The most common types of fiber:
- Nylon – Very wear resistant and can conceal and resist soils and stains.
- Olefin – Resists permanent stains, easily cleaned, colorfast, resists static electricity, used indoor and outdoor.
- Polyester – Luxurious and soft when used in thick, cut-pile textures, has great color clarity and retention and is easily cleaned and resistant to water-soluble stains.
Two important terms to consider when determining a carpet’s performance:
- Density – The amount of pile yarn in the carpet and closeness of the tufts.
- Twist – Winding of the yarn around itself. Higher twist provides more durability.
High traffic areas: Consider nylon fiber carpet in a Textured Saxony or High Twist Frieze construction. Casual living areas where food and beverage are present: Consider a polyester fiber carpet in any construction available: Food, spills and stains are no match for carpet featuring Resista with advanced stain technology.
To get the most out of any carpet either one of these high-density cushions is recommended: Rebond pad with a height of 7/16″ and a density of 6 to 8 lbs. A 1/4″ rubber pad.
Once you’ve decided which areas in your home you want to carpet, take some measurements of these areas before shopping. Bringing in your own room measurements will enable the sales representative to provide you with a more accurate estimate of cost even before the area has been professionally measured even if somebody else will be installing. The process is not difficult with these four easy-to-follow steps: Sketch out the areas needing new flooring with a pencil. Begin with the largest room showing doorway locations with the relationship between each adjoining room, hall, closet, or stairway also being covered. Starting with the largest room measure the overall room wall-to-wall in each direction, in each area, with a tape measure. Write these numbers on your drawing in feet and inches rounding up when you have fractions of inches. Feet are written as large whole numbers, inches are written next to them smaller and underlined. Mark each room with the color scheme you desire for it.
So you’ve finally decided on carpet for that room you’re decorating – maybe it’s your living room, or perhaps your bedroom, or maybe it’s your entire house – but now what? Once you have decided on carpet for your bedroom, living room, or any room for your home, the decision-making has only begun! You have to decide where you’re going to put the carpet, what color matches your lifestyle, and what style to purchase.
What to consider prior to making a carpet purchase:
- How many people live in the house?
- Will this room receive heavy or light traffic?
- Are there any pets living in the house?
- Will this area be exposed to food and beverages?
- What about style?
- Do you want a formal look or a more casual look?
Color is the very basis of the room’s décor and it must make a statement that reflects your style and personal taste. Don’t worry, carpet comes in almost any color, pattern, and texture you can imagine. Beige, one of carpet’s most popular colors, can make a room appear more spacious. Warm colors heat up a room that is lacking light. Cool colors create a sense of calm Medium and darker-colored carpet can hide soil If you want to make a bold statement, choose a carpet that has a color in common with your furniture and draperies.
There are many different types of carpet to choose from including Plush, Textured, Frieze, Berber, Level Loop and Pattern. To be able to select which one is right for your home you should understand the basic differences between them. Keep in mind that one thing all of these varieties of carpet have in common is that their performance is a function of their density and amount of twist in the yarns. The density of the carpet refers to the amount of pile yarn in the carpet and the closeness of the tufts. The twist refers to the winding system of the yarn itself. A tighter twist enhances the durability of the carpet.
Care & Maintenance
Many people don’t realize that one of the best things they can do to maintain the life of their carpet is to vacuum it frequently. Vacuum low traffic areas at least once weekly. High traffic areas, especially areas where children and pets spend a lot of time, should be vacuumed at least three times weekly. Have your carpet cleaned at least once a year, preferably by a carpet cleaning professional. If you have children and pets, you need to have your carpet cleaned twice a year.
Clean, white absorbent cloth or paper towels. Dyes from colored cloths could stain your carpet. Warm, NEVER HOT, water. Warm water and mild detergent mixture-1 quart of water with 1 teaspoon of detergent. To make a smaller amount of this solution, use less detergent. Excess detergent can cause your carpet to attract soil, so make sure you don’t have too much detergent in your mixture.