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The Differences Between Pile Carpeting

You may have heard the terms "low pile," "medium pile," and "high pile" used to describe carpet, but you may not know what these words mean.

What is pile carpeting?

Pile carpeting is a blanket term that conveys to someone else that a particular rug or carpet has a measurable height. Depending on measurements, the words "low pile," "medium pile," and "high pile" can be used to describe carpets in your home.

What is low pile carpeting?


Low pile carpeting has a relatively flat feel and appearance. The generic gray wall-to-wall carpeting installed in some office buildings would be deemed "low pile" carpet because they are composed of tightly woven fibers and their height comprises less than 1/4''. They are durable, easy to maintain, and cleaning is a breeze. The tight fibers and lack of height make it tough for pet hair, dust or dander to embed itself into the carpet. With that said, it is ideal for living rooms where children play and dining rooms where people eat. Turbo nozzles are recommended for cleaning low pile carpet, but the same cannot be said for vacuums with automatic height adjustment.

Vacuums for Low Pile Carpeting


 Electrolux EL7080ACL UltraOne Classic
 Miele Classic 1 Capri
 Miele Compact C2 Onyx
 ProTeam Backpack Vacuum
 Dyson Ball Multi Floor
Electrolux EL7080ACL UltraOne Classic Canister Vacuum  Miele Classic C1 Capri Canister Vacuum Cleaner  Miele Compact C2 Onyx Canister Vacuum Cleaner With STB205-3 Turbo Brush  ProTeam Super CoachVac Backpack Vacuum with Xover Floor Tool Kit B Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum 

What is medium pile carpeting?


Medium Pile Carpeting
Medium pile carpeting shares characteristics of both low and high pile carpeting. Their fibers are not the tightest in the world, but they are not longest either. Dirt and debris can still get stuck in them, but not to the degree of a high pile carpet. Their height reaches 1/2 inches at most, and a motorized brushroll would work best for regular maintenance. Vacuums with automatic height adjustment are not recommended for medium pile carpeting.

Vacuums for Medium Pile Carpeting


 Electrolux JetMaxx EL4040AZ
 Miele Classic C1 Titan
 Miele Compact C2 Topaz
Miele Classic C1 Delphi
Power Team Perfect Canister C101
 Power Team Perfect Canister C103
 Dyson Cinetic Big Ball
Electrolux JetMaxx EL4040AZ Canister Vacuum  Miele Classic C1 Titan HEPA Canister Vacuum Cleaner   Miele Compact C2 Topaz Miele Classic C1 Delphi   Power Team Perfect Canister Vacuum  Power Team Perfect Plastic Canister Vacuum  Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Vacuum

What is high pile carpeting?


High Pile Carpet


High pile carpets are softer, fluffier, and have a "heightened" appearance. These carpets have long threads that are practically magnets for dirt and debris. With that said, having one by your front door where their is a lot of foot traffic is not a very good idea. To properly maintain, you should get a vacuum cleaner that has height adjustment and an electric power nozzle that performs agitation. This is a fancy word to describe how the brushroll spins and lifts up dirt and debris embedded in high pile carpets. The Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog has an electric power head and two motor system that can readily tackle these types of carpet present in your home. Moreover, this upright vacuum comes with the 6 inch Miele STB101 Turbo Mini Brush that is great for cleaning stairs, chairs, and other pieces of furniture.

Vacuums for High Pile Carpeting


 SEBO Airbelt K3
 Miele Complete C3 Kona
 Miele Complete C3 Brilliant
 Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog
 Electrolux UltraOne Deluxe
Model: EL7085ADX

 Electrolux UltraOne Signet
Model: EL7083ASG

 Electrolux Ultraactive Deepclean
Model: EL4300B
SEBO AIRBELT K3 Canister Vacuum Miele Complete C3 Kona Canister Vacuum Cleaner  Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner   Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Electrolux UltraOne Deluxe Canister Vacuum EL7085ADX   Electrolux EL7083ASG UltraOne Signet Canister Vacuum  Electrolux Ultraactive Deepclean EL4300B

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