Tips for Carpet Buying
Whether you’re buying wall to wall carpeting or rugs, there are some things you should know before deciding on what will be right for you and for your space.
Benefits of Carpet:
There is a reason that carpet has been around for centuries. It’s been used on walls as well as floors and provides the following benefits:
- Insulation – keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer
- Aural insulation – reduces sound pollution
- Slip free – safer than slippery hard floors
- Comfort – easier on feet
- Colour & pattern variability – can complement your décor or make a room look smaller, larger, lighter, darker
- Air filtration ability – traps airborne pollutants
- Multiple types for different applications – long luxurious piles for comfort, short durable piles for high traffic areas
Questions to Ask Yourself Before you Buy:
- Is the space subject to high or low traffic?
- Will it be prone to staining?
- Do you have an inside pet?
- Is it a thoroughfare or a space to relax in?
- Do you want the space to look lighter, darker, bigger or smaller?
- What colours and patterns will complement your furnishings?
- Do you want the carpet to be the focal point for the room?
- How much do you have to spend?
Talk to the salesperson in the shop you are purchasing your carpet or rugs in and discuss the issues above. In Australia, there is a star rating system known as the Australian Carpet Classification System (ACCS) and it is used to classify carpets according to durability and appearance retention. Be sure to ask about this and look for the symbol.
Types of Carpet:
There are 3 basic types of carpet:
- Nylon – strong, durable and comes with stain resistant coatings;
- Polypropylene – more economical, great stain resistance but lacks resilience and bounce. Tracks easily and can melt at very low temperatures;
- Wool – luxurious and expensive, it’s very durable but requires more maintenance. Its absorption qualities make it prone to mould.
These types are further broken down into the types of construction:
- Woven – the traditional method of carpet construction, labour intensive and expensive;
- Solid cut pile – a tufted carpet that is attached with adhesive to a secondary backing, fibres are looped and then cut to the same height – very durable, dense and soft. Great for homes with pets as no claws can get stuck in loops;
- Loop pile – a tufted carpet, attached to secondary backing, the fibres are left uncut. Soft and dense it is prone to threads being pulled;
- Cut & loop pile – a tufted carpet, attached to secondary backing with some fibres being left looped and others cut – it creates a sculptural look and feel with patterns appearing to be cut into the carpet. Very soft and dense but once again, threads can be pulled;
- Modular tiles – tufts are inserted into PVC or bitumen compound which has been coated onto a backing fabric, an extremely durable option for families as tiles can be removed, cleaned or replaced if damaged. Lacks softness underfoot though.
Directions in Carpet 2015:
- Carpets are becoming a focal point for interiors rather than just a neutral backdrop that complements furnishings.
- Look out for geometric patterns and bold use of colour.
- Texture is popular with cut and loop piles becoming more extreme and sculptural.
- Vintage, nostalgia, handmade and bespoke are popular buzzwords.
Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Brisbane:
Once you’ve purchased your carpet, it is very important to maintain its longevity through twice weekly vacuuming with a good quality vacuum cleaner and professional carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months. Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Brisbane have professionally trained technicians so that you can have the confidence that your precious investment will be taken care of by the very best in the business.