Selecting Carpet Quick Guide.

Choosing The Best Carpet For Your Needs.

A Quick Guide to choosing the best carpet for your requirement and application?

The best carpet for your home can depend on multiple factors, including:

  • Do you have any children?
  • Which rooms of the home are you carpeting?
  • How much foot traffic is likely in those rooms?
  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • Are you looking to achieve a particular theme or look?
  • Heavy traffic or light traffic?
  • Fade resistance required if near south facing windows etc?

The best choice of carpet fitter/ carpet installer?

It may be best to rely on local and genuine reviews to assess the quality of any given local carpet fitter. Also request actual testimonies or contact number of a recent customer and ask if you can view an example of recent or older work (especially if expensive wooden flooring!). Installation requirements should be discussed with your carpet fitter as part of the initial pre-purchase negotiations.

How do I find the best carpet for the application I require?

Check the quality of the carpet from the grading standard it has (ask your carpet seller/installer). Such carpet grading as by certain Carpet Classification Associations or Schemes.

What sort of underlay is required for new carpets?

 Underlay and carpet work together as a complete flooring system and underlay should always be used. Ask your retailer to match a quality underlay with the quality and proposed used of your carpet. Also discuss relieving of internal doors if required as some carpet fitters will include in the fitting price, but some may not.

How often do I need to clean a new/carpet?

Normally vacuum your carpet weekly and as visibly required.

Carpets in general should be steam cleaned or hot water extraction cleaned approximately every 12 to 16 months depending upon the usage, material and colour. Light and dark colours attract the same dirt and debris, light colours tend to show  dirt and traffic sooner.

Will carpet fade over the years?

 All carpets have the propensity to fade over time in direct sunlight.
We recommended that you use window protection (e.g. curtains or blinds etc) for areas where direct sunlight appears on the carpet for extended periods of time. e.g. South facing rooms or patio doors and large windows.

How wide maximum is carpet supplied generally?

4 metres or 5 metres width depending on the manufacturer. Off cuts or end of roll can also be supplied in more bespoke and tailor made dimensions.

How do I know how much carpet I need?

 Your carpet fitter may ask you to send measurements and a rough floor plan sketch if the shape is odd, or the carpet fitter may visit to assess the room shape and measurements.

Why can the colour of a carpet look different once at home?

 Use swatches or sample books to select your carpet at home.
Lighting can change your perception of colour and the lighting environment between a carpet retail store and your home will vary. So when choosing your new carpet you should borrow a sample from your carpet retailer and view it in your home at various times of the day, as colour can appear different under varying lighting sources (e.g. natural daylight versus artificial lighting at night).

Are woollen carpets more prone to staining?

Stain protection is not required on wool carpets due to the fibres natural ability to resist dirt, stains and spills.

Is a woollen or a synthetic carpet more superior?

Neither is particularly better than the other as both wool and synthetic fibres both have their own specific benefits. 

Does having carpet in a house increase the risk of asthma and other dust-related allergies?

There are a range of other likely triggers in homes that can increase exposure and cause a respiratory reactions.

What type of vacuum cleaner do I require for a new carpet?

We recommended using an upright or quality barrel vacuum cleaner, fitted with a power driven rotating brush or combination beater or brush bar that moves around the carpet pile and mechanically loosens debris for removal by the vacuum. This is best  for low pile carpet. Try a small area of a carpet first if it is prone to fuzzing, to prevent excess fuzzing turn the rotating brush off or adjust the level.

For very thick and soft pile carpet, look for the following specifications when selecting a vacuum cleaner:
• Adjustable height – use the highest setting where appropriate to increase carpet life and decrease carpet wear
• Optimal suction – vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction are less effective
• Large diameter wheels or Dyson Ball – a vacuum should glide across the carpet with little/no resistance
• Adjustable suction – use a suction level which allows the vacuum to move easily while lifting the dirt and other foreign matter. 

What does D.P.F stand for and what does it mean?

D.P.F is an acronym and means Decitex Per Filament. D.P.F is a unit of measure for the mass density of carpet fibres, defined as the mass in grams per 1000 meters. The lower the D.P.F the more filaments there are per fibre which makes for softer more dense carpet, with better insulative/ heat retention properties.

What is a woven carpet and how does it differ from a tufted carpet?

 Woven is the traditional method of marking carpet on looms. Coloured yarn is individually woven into place, so woven carpets are capable of producing intricate patterns. The carpet pile and backing materials are woven together in a single operation.

Tufted carpets are made on machines where the yarn is stitched through a backing material (primary backing). The tufted cloth then has adhesive latex applied to the primary backing and a secondary backing fabric is then attached to stabilize the carpet and give it its final appearance. 

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