Advice to keep in mind when choosing a carpet for your specific needs

Posted on: 20 November 2015

Carpets have long been a staple in households as they are cosy and can create a homely and unique look to a room. They are also easy to maintain, are relatively cheap and are easy to install. They even keep the noise levels down in your house more than solid floors.

Too many options can be a good and bad thing. There are so many different styles, colours, and qualities to choose from that it can become quite an overwhelming process. Most householders will not be used to choosing carpet and will often struggle with the selection process. By using a few pieces of advice, you can greatly shorten the list of potential choices. Here is some advice to help you do just that.

Durability

You want to get a carpet that will last you long into the future and that is of a good quality. The quality and durability of a carpet depends on its thickness, the type of fibres that it is made from and how the carpet has been made.

The thickness or density of a carpet is how close the fibres are in relation to one another. When the carpet is denser, it will remain straight up for longer and will not be as prone to crushing. On the flip side, if a carpet is too thick it will not be as soft. Therefore, you need to find the right balance between the two.

There are a few main types of carpet to choose from. Wool carpets are the most expensive option, as they are extremely durable as well as being soft. Nylon carpets are perhaps the best option for considerable foot traffic. They are soft and come in a wide range of different styles and colours. They are prone to stains so you need to keep this fact in mind when considering your situation. Polyester carpets are relatively cheap, are stain resistant and are usually made form Eco-friendly recycled material.

Stain resistance

This is a very important factor to consider. When you have a lot of young children or pets, there is a higher chance of stains occurring. Therefore, you don't want to choose an option that is not stain resistant.

Inherent stain resistant carpets are composed of a material that doesn't absorb liquids. Solution dyed polyester and continuous filament polyester are the most popular types of carpets that have this characteristic. Stain treated carpets are those that have been treated with a stain repellent substance. 

Contact a carpet retailer for more information on options. 

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