Choosing the Right Carpeting for Your Home

Buying carpet is a big decision, especially if you are buying for more than one room in your home. Many factors come into play when deciding on carpeting. Things such as how much traffic an area gets, do you have children or pets and how dirty does your house get? The answer to these questions will help you find the best carpet for your home’s needs.

Types of Carpeting

Like rugs, carpeting comes in several different types. Cut pile carpeting is when the carpet fibers are cut evenly. There are many different types of cut pile carpeting such as Saxony, which is a level cut pile clipped to about a half inch in height. The closely packed yarn fibers have a soft, smooth surface making it perfect for more formal rooms. Textured is another type of cut pile carpeting that isn’t as densely tufted as Saxony but still has a very soft feel to it. The tight twist construction of the carpet helps it resist dirt and soil making it a great choice for family rooms. Textured carpet is one of the most popular carpet options. Then there is Frieze carpet, the last type of cut pile carpeting. These carpets have a short, durable twisted pile fiber that is well suited for busy areas. Often found in commercial areas, frieze carpeting features a somewhat informal look, but hides footprints and carpet marks very well. There is also loop pile caring where the yarns are looped and fastened to the backing. These are very good choices for high traffic areas because of its durability. There are two types of loop pile carpeting, Berber which is made from wool nylon or olefin and level loop which is harder and stiffer than other carpet options but easier to clean. So now that you know the different types of carpeting, lets take a look at what carpet is acutally made of and why that matters.

Know your Carpet Fibers

Carpeting is made from either natural materials like wool or more synthetic materials such as nylon, olefin, acrylic, and polyester. Each material creates a different looking carpet. Nylon is the most common carpet material and the strongest fiber making it the best choice for high traffic areas. Nylon is dirt and mildew resistant, non-allergic but is more prone to static than other materials. Then there are Olefin carpets which were originally designed for outdoor use because of their resistance to moisture, mildew, shedding and static. It’s widely used for its durability and wool-like appearance. It is dyed before it’s made into a fiber making it hold its color for longer. Next is polyester which isn’t as durable as nylon but just as stain resistant and comes in a wide range of colors and textures. Acrylic is the closest to wool of any of the synthetics. It was primarily made for commercial use but since it is so easy to maintain, cleans easily and is resistant to static, mildew and moths, became widely popular in homes as well as businesses. Lastly, there is wool. Wool offers a deep, rich look and feels with excellent resilience and durability. It is not naturally stained resistant but is the most expensive of all the types of carpet.

How to Properly Care for Your Carpets

Proper maintenance and regular cleaning of your carpet can help it last so much longer. Although many carpets are stain resistant, it is still essential that you regularly clean your carpets by vacuuming and steam cleaning. Rearranging furniture to prevent traffic paths from forming in the carpet and helps the carpet wear evenly. Close curtain and blinds during peak sunlight hours of the day to avoid bleaching of the fibers from direct sunlight. It is also recommended that you have your carpets professionally cleaned yearly even if you steam clean them yourself to avoid buildup of dirt, dust mites, and allergens.

Having carpet installed in an expensive endeavor but one that is very rewarding. Carpeting creates a completely new look and feel to every room in your home. Kids love the softness and comfort carpets offer and knowing how to clean and care for those areas will keep you from going crazy when your kids or even pets make messes on the carpet. Do your research before making a final decision on carpeting for your home and don’t’ be afraid to ask a professional for advice. What kind of carpet will you be adding to your home today?

How To Choose The Best Area Rug For Your Living Room

If you’re looking to spruce up your living room, a simple way to do it is by getting an area rug. They can provide warmth and comfort to the room, as well as color and texture. Area rugs function as artwork; they help define spaces and add touches that bring new life to the room. Also, they’re a lot easier to clean and replace than wall-to-wall carpeting. Changing the look of the room can be as easy as getting a new rug, something a lot harder to do with a wall-to-wall carpet. There are many options of area rugs, but there are also guidelines that can help identify the best choice for a particular space. Here are some aspects to consider before buying an area rug.

Mind the size

When choosing an area rug for a living room, it’s crucial to take into account the size of the room and how the furniture inside it is arranged. It’s very common for people to buy an area rug that is too small for the room. As a rule of thumb, an area rug should be large enough to fit all the essential furniture pieces, or at least to fit the front legs of the main upholstered pieces while leaving the back legs off the rug. Before getting your rug, consider all the furniture in the room and how you’d like to arrange it. If the room you’re going to furnish is exceptionally large, consider using different rugs to break down the conversation areas. While they don’t have to be identical, make sure their patterns and colors go well together. The rug should be centered, with equal distance between the rug and the walls on all sides. As a rule of thumb, there should be between 10 to 20 inches of uncovered floor between the edges of the rug and the walls. There should also be enough space for people to walk on the rug. If people are walking or standing with one foot on the rug and the other foot off of it, the rug is too small, or the furniture is not arranged properly on it.

Shake things up with color and textures

Think of rugs as if they were pieces of art on your floor. They can draw attention to a particular part of the room and infuse the space with visual interest. So don’t be afraid to go bold, and experiment with different patterns, colors, and textures. If you do choose bold patterns, remember to arrange the furniture in a way that doesn’t completely cover them up. This is another reason to keep in mind your furniture arrangement before you buy it.

Make it last with proper maintenance

While cleaning will depend on the rug’s materials, there are some things you can do to keep your rug looking its best and in perfect condition for many years to come. The type of maintenance the rug needs and where you will be using it are two things you must consider before making the purchase. Thickness is one factor that determines how a rug should be maintained. For example, medium and high pile rugs need more than regular vacuuming: they need proper cleaning once a year to remove dirt, hair, and dust. Thinner rugs should also be taken outside and shaken out regularly. Check the tags on the rug to see its materials and the cleaning instructions before you buy it. Some rugs made from natural fibers cannot be cleaned and can be permanently damaged by large stains or spills. And since rugs can last for several years, it’s a good idea to keep the tags on, so you (or the next owner) know how to take care of it even years after you purchased it.

An area rug can be a great way to add color and life to a room. Before you buy one, remember to consider the size of your room, what furniture you have in it, what colors you’d like to add to the space, and what kind of care the rug might need. This way, it’ll be easier to find the perfect area rug for your living room.