If you’re looking to buy new carpet for one room or the entire house, a few things to know when picking out the perfect carpet.
According to the trade journal “Floor Covering Weekly,” carpet accounts for more U.S. sales than all other flooring types combined.
With good reason: it's affordable, and comes in hundreds of colors, textures and styles. Plus it’s soft and warm to the touch, and a good sound blocker. Got kids playing an instrument? Carpet their room.
A few key questions can help a carpet salesperson help you find the best choice for your needs. Create a set of expectations for yourself to ease the buying process.
1. What type of room will the carpet be used in?
2. Formal or informal, high- or low-traffic?
3. How do you want the carpet to feel underfoot?
4. What's your carpeting budget?
5. How much effort do you want to put into maintaining your carpet?
6. When do you need the carpet?
7. How long do you want the carpet to last?
Types of Carpet
The two main types of carpet construction are defined by the way the carpet fibers are attached to their backing.
Loop pile means the fibers are bent into little loops. It’s a very durable, stain-resistant carpeting, but has a low profile and limited cushioning. Within the loop pile family are:
Cut pile carpets cut the yarn tips so there aren’t any loops. Cut pile carpets tend to be denser and softer than loop pile. There are several types of cut pile:
Cut and loop is yet another type of carpet that has both cut pile and loop pile fibers and combines the best qualities of both. It’s good for hiding dirt and stains.
There’s no universal grading for carpet quality, so beware of manufacturer’s claims to offer one. Instead, consider weight and density.
Weight indicates how many fibers are present in the carpet. The more fibers, the heavier the weight and the higher the quality of the carpet.
Density shows how many fibers are in the pile and how closely packed the fibers are. The denser, the better. You can “field test” density with your fingers — if you can feel the carpet backing, the carpet won’t be very dense.
Types of Fibers
Fiber is a critical area when it comes to carpet. There are three basic fibers used today in the carpet industry:
Price changes from one carpet to another because of the various weights and structures. The very low end of the scale in most cases is olefin. Polypropylene is the cheapest product, polyester is the second and nylon is the highest quality of the synthetics.
Carpet padding - or the cushioning layer - is critical to carpet installation and the longevity of your new carpet.
The proper backing cushions the foot, insulates from cold and noise and increases the life of the carpet. However, thicker is not always better. A less cushioned floor may be preferable to those whose steps may be a bit unstable at times. When foot testing a carpet, test it with a padding sample underneath.
Caring for Carpet
Proper care extends the life of every carpet. Vacuum often, rearrange furniture regularly to avoid traffic paths and close curtains / blinds during peak daylight hours to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Remove stains immediately by using a white cloth and warm water. NEVER rub. Just blot and lightly twist. For more difficult stains we recommend Carpet-Aid stain remover.
Yearly professional truck mount carpet cleaning is needed to keep your carpets under warranty - even if you clean the carpet yourself in between.
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