MUKILTEO, WA — In order to properly care for carpets in both residential and commercial locations, cleaning professionals need to know the characteristics of the carpet’s fiber — in other words, what type of carpet it is, according to a press release.
"Carpets are not all alike and this can have an impact on how they are cleaned and maintained. There are actually several carpet types and sometimes, carpet fibers are even combined," said Mark Baxter, an engineer with U.S. Products.

This month's U.S. Products Carpet Care Advisory focuses on safe and effective ways to determine different carpet types, the release stated.

According to the release, the following are some other “fire” tests that can be used to determine a carpet fiber type:

  • Wool will produce an odor similar to burning hair
  • Rayon usually burns rapidly and produces a burning wood or burning paper odor
  • The flame produced by nylon often has a blue base and orange tip; the odor produced can be compared to celery
  • Olefin also can produce a blue base and orange tip flame, but emits a candle-wax or possibly an asphalt-type odor
  • Polyester tends to sputter as it burns and produces a sweet, fruity odor.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.