Berber is a popular carpet pick. Its rugged, wooly look along with its durability and low cost make it an ideal carpeting option for many homes, particularly those with wall-to-wall carpet.
What Is Berber?
Berber, also called high level loop, consists of hundreds (or thousands) of tight, upward-facing yarn loops. Together, they make up a nubby, bumpy-looking texture. Berber weaves help hide footprints and vacuum marks. The loops are easier to clean than cut pile, plush carpets where fibers are exposed to accumulate more dirt.
Choosing a Style
Gone are the days when all Berbers were a boring shade of beige. The Berber weave comes in many different colors and fibers, including the high-end wools, nylons and polyesters and the less expensive Olefin (polypropylene) and petro-plastic (PET) options. Because Berber is a more affordable style overall, investing a little extra money in a natural fiber is a good idea. While many carpet owners feel that natural fibers “wear out” quicker than synthetics, you should remember that they generally take longer to become saturated with dirt and debris. They are also less flammable and less susceptible to melting than Olefin and PET. Berber installation can be tricky because of the subtle patterns formed by the loops so it’s normally best to have it installed by experienced professionals.
The looped weave of Berber protects the carpet from accumulating as much dirt as a fluffy carpet but it can also trap the dirt that gets in. This means you won’t have to vacuum your carpet nearly as often as with cut-pile but be ready to have the carpet professionally cleaned from time to time, especially if you have synthetic fibers. Many folks who can’t decide whether or not a Berber carpet is more or less difficult to clean than a plush carpet would be surprised to learn that the fibers really make all the difference.
Stains happen. When they happen on a Berber carpet, it’s best to first pre-treat the affected area only. Many Berber styles have issues with seepage. You should avoid putting a lot of liquid on Berber, even liquid cleaners. Start spot treating your Berber by absorbing as much of the staining substance as possible. Then, carefully blot the stain using a clean towel or rag and some gentle cleanser. Scrubbing the stain, applying heat or leaving the stain untreated for a long period of time can all make matters worse. If your spot treatment fails, it may be time to call in the professionals. Should they find the stain permanent, you’ll need their help replacing the sullied patch.