Deep Pile Carpeting is Gorgeous But…
Deep pile or ultra-plush carpeting has become a hot favourite with home owners in recent years…
The use of softer synthetic yarns give modern carpets a luxurious feel and look that is perfect for bedrooms and especially comforting in the winter months. Development of modern hi-tech weaving methods is responsible for these ultra-plush carpets, they are constructed from special yarns where each yarn contains more than 700 soft ,”silk-like fibres ”
But this high density carpet type can present a challenge when it comes to maintenance, the length of the pile and the softness of the the carpet texture and the density of the yarn make it difficult to use your regular vacuum cleaner.
The video below shows the problem clearly…
Consumer Reports demonstrates the difficulty when you attempt to vacuum your deep pile carpet. Either a carpet or an area rug made from the same type of carpet pile. Even with all his weight behind the machine .. the operator cannot push the vacuum cleaner across the carpet … it is stuck fast!
Why Does it Happen?
The video explains the nature of the problem and how to adjust your vacuum cleaner to solve the situation. The looseness of the fibre causes the machine to sink down into the carpet, the machine is buried in the carpet and air flow to the vacuum is effectively cut off . This creates a suction- cup effect and the vacuum is stuck fast.
Don’t forget that all home carpeting should be kept in top condition with professional dry cleaning at least once a year.
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The solution to the problem
Adjust the height of your vacuum … Examine your vacuum. Many upright vacuum cleaners have a height adjustment, adjusting the height of your vacuum is the secret to vacuum your deep pile carpet . Adjusting the setting for deep carpet pile will raise the machine wheels up so that it can maintain air flow and allow the vacuum to be pushed over the pile.
Cannister vacuums also may have a height adjustment. It will be located on the head of the cleaner. Look for it or consult the manual.
Your canister vacuum cleaner may have a suction control instead of a height adjuster. This achieves the same result, you can make suction more or less powerful and the control is usually located on the stem of the cleaning head.
If your own vacuum cannot be adjusted for suction or for pile height, then you might need to start looking for an alternative vacuum cleaner to vacuum your deep pile carpet. There are several different models available that will not only clean deep –pile carpet but can clean every other carpet type also.
How to vacuum your deep pile carpet :
Set your vacuum to the highest pile setting to start and if it is too easy to push across the carpet adjust it down until there is some resistance.
When you can feel the vacuum engaging with the carpet fibres and can see the brush strokes appear on the carpet pile then you have got the setting correct for cleaning your carpet.
Vacuum your deep pile or ultra plush carpet as regularly as you would normal carpet, at least once a week, more often if you have children or pets and always tackle stains and spots as quickly as possible.