Frieze carpets are very popular due to their immense comfort, their attractive appearance, and the fact that they are so durable. However, If you own a frieze carpet, you will know just how challenging they are to clean compared to other carpets. This is because of the unique design of frieze carpets, which is similar to the shag carpets that were popular in the 1970s; they have a deep pile and lengthy, twisted, horizontal fibres. Because the fibres aren't vertical like the fibres of most carpets, it is harder to get to the grime residing in the carpet with just a vacuum cleaner. In fact, the twist in frieze carpets is what attracts a lot of people to this type of carpet, as it easily conceals stains, dirt, and footprints.
Obviously, though, after a while frieze carpets do need to be cleaned so that they can last a long time without deterioration. Read on for some tips on how to keep your frieze carpet clean, and when it's a good idea to leave it to the professionals. A professional carpet cleaner will be able to get to the dirt that is hiding deep down in the twisting loops of the carpet, give it a deep clean and leave your carpet looking as good as new.
Vacuum with a beater bar
If you try and vacuum your frieze carpet with a regular vacuum, as you would with most carpets, you will not get to the debris that has gathered under the loops of the fabric. Instead, you should use your vacuum with the beater bar attached. The beater bar will agitate the twisted fibres on your carpet, and this action will loosen solid dirt and other debris. Once that is done, you can remove the beater bar and vacuum up the debris. Try and vacuum your carpet at least twice a week to make sure you are getting all the dirt that has gathered, grime that you probably won't be able to see but that is lurking beneath all those attractive loops.
Hire a professional to clean it periodically
To keep your frieze carpet in tip-top shape, it's worth getting it cleaned professionally once or twice a year. During a professional cleaning, your cleaner will use a similar action as described above to loosen the debris, making it easier to give the carpet a proper professional clean. They can also remove any stains (which you shouldn't attempt to do on your own--a professional has the right tools for the job), and, if necessary, use products that will return the carpet to its original colour.
With the correct care and attention, your lovely frieze carpet will look as good in a few years as it does now!