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Carpets Info

1.      Carpet cleaning  

Carpet cleaning is important to get done professionally. Weekly cleaning does not get rid of all the dirt and odours on the surface of your carpet and therefore professional machinery is needed. Carpets do have the ability to cause potential health issues and it is therefore important to live in a clean environment, especially for people with allergies. 

Carpet cleaning is important, but doing regular DIY vacuuming is what maintains the carpet in good condition. 

How Often Should I Get My Carpets Cleaned?  

It is not always visible to the eye, but carpets become dirty real quickly due to kids, pets, dust, food and drink spills, dirty shoes and any other incidents. It is therefore important to get carpet cleaning done regularly. A standard timeframe to work with is between 12 and 18 months. This, however, depends on personal circumstances and usage. 

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Different carpet cleaners have different pricing options. Some charge per square metre, and some per room. See which suits you best when choosing between suppliers.
What Technique of Carpet Cleaning is Best to Use?
When choosing what technique to use different factors should be considered. Is drying time important? When was the last time the carpets were cleaned?  What fibres are the carpets made off? What stains and odours is being treated? By answering these question your supplier should be able to  advice you whether you should dry clean or steam clean. 

What is the Difference Between Dry Clean and Steam Clean?
Both these techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what method is used, carpets can be dry from 30 mins to 8hrs.
Dry cleaning techniques differentiate depending on what suppliers you use, three of which will be discussed.  


  1. Dry-Foam Method: This method is performed by applying a shampoo to the carpets; which is left to dry before vacuuming it up. The shampoo soaks up the dirt as it dries.
  2. Dry-Chem Method: This is also known as Bonnet Cleaning, and is the more popular way of dry cleaning. The process is very similar to the dry-foam method, however instead of using a vacuum, bonnet pads are used instead. These pads rotate at a high speed absorbing the dirt from the carpets.
  3.  Dry-Compound Method: Instead of using soap or liquids, a powdery substance is spread over the carpet and left to absorb the dirt. A large vacuum machine is then used to extract the dirt and chemicals from the carpet.


 Dry carpet cleaning does not mean that no water or moisture is involved, but is highly beneficial when you need the carpets to dry quick.

Steam cleaning is better explained as hot water extraction. The process begins by pre-vacuuming the intended rooms thoroughly.This is to eliminate all dry-soils prior to spraying the cleaning solution on the carpets; which is followed by treating all spots and stains. With the use of the steam cleaner, a solvent is released into the carpets at a high temperature, this allowing the dirt to rise. The dirt is then sucked up by a high pressure extractor and the carpets are left with clean with a fresh deodorised smell. The technique does leave the carpet damp longer than some other methods; however it removes the dirt and smells from a deeper surface.   

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  2.      New carpet  

A new carpet can really change the look and feel of a room. With the variety of colours, textures and styles, the choice of carpet really comes down to personal preference and the suppliers at After A Quote can help you find the best carpet for you. Carpets are not only decorative, but can be beneficial as it helps reduce noise, especially between levels on multi-story buildings. 

Different types of carpet.  

It is important to remember that the denser the carpet, the longer it will last. The density basically depends on how close the yarns are packed together. There are various different types of carpets, with all of them falling under one of three categories of construction; cut pile, loop pile or cut and loop pile. 

Cut pile is when the tips of the loops have been removed during the weaving process and therefore the carpet is constructed with single strands of fibre.  Cut pile carpets often have a very soft look to them. Loop pile is weaved loops of fibre left uncut.  The loops can all be one height, or designs can leave them all at various heights.  Loop pile carpets are quite durable and are easy to maintain as it does not hold stains. And lastly, cut and loop pile combines both techniques to create various designs. 

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  • Woven – Woven carpets are known to be the best quality carpet. It does come with a higher price than other carpet styles; however it is extremely durable and comes in a variety of designs.
  • Saxony – Saxony carpets are a denser cut pile weave, and are often found in homes due to its soft touch.  This carpet comes in such a large variety of colours and designs but it does, however, tend to mark footprints or other movements on the carpet.
  • Tufted –   Tufted carpet has a cut pile and it is one of the most commonly used carpets today. Tufted carpets have primary and secondary backings to provide durability and is more cost effective than majority of other carpet types.
  • Frieze – Frieze carpets is a form of cut pile with all fibres twisted. It has the advantage of not showing foot prints or vacuuming marks due to its shaggy appearance. Frieze carpets can become a little pricy; however it is a perfect choice for a family home.
  • Plush (sometimes known as velvet). Plush is a form of cut pile carpeting with the pile slightly twisted. It is often found in bedrooms due to its dense feel. Plush Carpet has a very elegant look to it, however, high foot traffic becomes very visible.
  • Berber – Berber carpets are one of the most popular loop pile carpets, especially due to its durability. The colour of a Berber carpet is usually an off-white to light brown. Different Berber carpets does come in a variety prices, however with a higher prices comes higher quality. The main disadvantage to Berber carpets is that it can be damaged easily if the loop starts unravelling.

Different fabrics used.

  •  Nylon – Nylon would be found in most homes as it is not only extremely durable, but stain resistant. It is the perfect fibre to use for families with kids and pets.  Due to its ability to handle wear and tear, nylon carpets are recommended in high foot trafficking areas.
  • Polyester – Polyester is not as pricey as wool or nylon and is easy to maintain. Polyester comes in a range of colours with the advantage of not fading easily. It is not recommended in areas with heavy furniture or a lot of foot traffic as it not as durable as some fibres. It is, however, a soft and comfortable carpet fibre.
  • Wool – Wool does have the disadvantage of being more expensive than other carpet fabrics; however the superior difference can be felt by one stroke. Even though wool is not as stain resistant as synthetic fibres, it is a soft, comfortable fabric, with long lasting durability. It comes with the option of keeping its natural colours, or is very easily dyed to a preferred colour. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, wool is an excellent choice.
  •  Olefin – Olefin is also known as polypropylene and is the least expensive fabric used for carpets. Olefin is not always as durable as the other carpet types; however is very resistant to stains and will not fade due to sunlight.Blends – To get the qualities of different fibres, blends are available. Wool and nylon blend will provide you with an extremely, durable, conformable carpet.
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Pet Owners




  • If you have pets that live inside it is very important to get carpets that are stain resistant. Durability is also important, especially for cats, and therefore nylon is recommended. Wool is extremely durable, but does not have the stain resistance needed for pets.


1.      Damage repair

Whether it is food or drink spills, caused by flooding, burns or pets, the suppliers at After a Quote can help you repair your damaged carpets.

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