ASK KEN - EP. 12:
Can Vacuum Cleaners Damage My Carpet?
Ken's Quick Answer:
"If you have a looped carpet that's woven, and not tufted, beater bars in vacuums can pull the fiber apart and ruin your carpet."
Ken's In-Depth Answer:
"Today, I want to talk to you about something different: vacuum cleaners and how, in some cases, they can damage your carpet.
This problem doesn't have anything to do with the quality of your vacuum cleaner—in fact, the problem is just as prevalent in expensive vacuum cleaners as it is in cheap ones. Inside of your vacuum is a brush that spins round and round. I call it "the big, bad, beater bar."
Beater bars aren't always bad. In fact, they help you pull the dirt out of a piled carpet. But expensive woven carpets have yarns that go together, with nothing holding them in place except the weave. If you get a brush, like a beater bar, and you start to abrade that fiber, you can actually pull the fiber apart and ruin your woven carpet.
If you're looking to buy low, tight, looped carpets that are woven—whether they're synthetic or wool—they require gentle care. Think about using a vacuum that allows you to pull the beater bar up out of the way so that you don't abrade your new woven carpet.
If you have any questions about what vacuum you should choose for your new carpet, don't hesitate to give us a call at 401-214-0285."