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Test House

Knowing more about a carpet’s fabric helps you choose the best product to remove stubborn stains without damaging the fibres.

Tasneem Larney


Nylon: Hardwearing, durable, and easy to clean and maintain. Nylon is stain-resistant and can revive after steam cleaning. Protect the carpet with a stain treatment.

Polyester is cost-effective and one of the more eco-friendly synthetic fibres. However, it’s less resilient than nylon, and more likely to show damage and fade.

Wool is expensive, so is often mixed with other fibres. These carpets are durable but not as resistant to abrasion as nylon nor as stain resistant as most synthetic fibres. Stains can be difficult to remove and the fibres are easily damaged by high-alkaline or bleach cleaning agents. Not a practical choice for busy households.

Polypropylene: Durable, with a similar feel to nylon. These carpets are resilient and often resistant to stains, mildew and flaking.

Acrylic has a similar texture to wool, is more affordable and is stain-resistant.


• Deal with stains as soon as possible. Gently scrape off most of the substance or blot from the outside in. The carpet type determines how easily stains lift. Pile carpets vary in thickness: the thicker the rug, the more easily particles are trapped.

• Never rub, scrub or brush a stain as this can damage the texture or pile of the carpet and cause pilling.

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