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?