Shopping for new carpet can be a little bit overwhelming. There are so many styles, colours and materials to choose from that it can be quite difficult to fully realize the advantages and drawbacks of each one. What’s more, picking the right carpet is important. After all, according to experts it’s the third largest investment in your home. It influences the degree of comfort, functionality, appearance and warmth. In order to ease the decision making process, we’ve put together information on the most vital steps and issues to consider before using your credit card in the store.
How to Buy The Right Carpet
You can find lots of professional guides on buying a carpet. Here is an excellent and exhaustive example. Most experts in the field recommend to make a preliminary carpet requirements analysis. It looks like this:
• What room/rooms do you intend to carpet? Consider how much traffic the carpet will get.
• How will it fit in your wider interior design?
• How much will you have to spend for professional carpet cleaning annually? You can learn a few useful carpet cleaning tips here.
• Last but not least, what is your budget? Cost of carpeting includes not only the carpet itself, but padding and installation as well.
• How many square yards of it do you need? Get measurements and add 10% to account for pattern matching and irregularities.
• Ask the installer to re-measure and confirm your calculations.
Keep in mind that the information above isn’t exhaustive. You can always add points you deem relevant to your particular circumstances. After you have set the wider picture, you can move on to consider your purchasing decision in detail.
Types of Carpet
It’s good to know that most carpets which are sold in the UK are either tufted or woven.
• Tufted – There is a simple reason behind the fact that most carpets are tufted. They are cheaper and quicker to manufacture. The process is pretty straightforward. Pile yarn is inserted into backing fabric. To increase durability and stability a second layer of backing is added. It’s good to know that tufted carpets are limited in range of colours and patterns.
• Woven – This is the traditional way of making a carpet. Instead of inserting the pile yarn into the backing, it’s woven. Hence the name. Compared to tufted, woven carpets are a lot more durable, keep their appearance and last longer. However, all that makes them a lot pricier than tufted carpets.
Choosing the right fiber for a room or entire house is paramount. If you want to prevent a carpet from wearing too soon or stained too easily, pick a fiber which will fit with the use of the room/space. These days you can find two types of fibers – natural or synthetic. However, there are blends as well.
• Synthetics – There are three main types: nylon, polypropylene and polyester. These fibers are best suited for bathrooms, kitchens or homes with young kids. Nylon has the best characteristics of them all. It’s the most durable, stain resistant and often is blended with wool. It’s the most expensive option. The other two synthetic alternatives have lower price tag, but flatten quickly.
• Natural – Wool is the most widely used one. And there are lots of reasons for that. It feels soft to the touch, retains colour and texture for years, insulates and is flame resistant. However, it’s more expensive than all synthetic fibre options.
After we have dealt with functionality, it’s time to pay a little bit attention to appearance. It’s important to to choose colour and design which will fit in your overall home interior. It’s a personal choice, but you can benefit from a few tips.
• Colour – In a room the flooring is the base from which you start building your decorating scheme. For this purpose neutral shades work the best. You can utilize colours to make space looking larger/smaller than it actually is. Dark rooms can benefit from bright coloured carpets to appear warmer. Another touch are borders which can provide a distinctive look to any room.
• Patterns – As a rule of thumb plain carpets are a lot easier to include in a decorating scheme. They are more flexible and coordinate easily with wall coverings, curtains and furniture. However, on the other hand patterned ones make a statement through their range of motifs and can hide signs of staining and wear.
Carpet styles don’t end with just colour and pattern. There are several different styles about which you can read more about here.
Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance
It’s reasonable to expect to have your carpet for longer, if you treat it right. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are essential in preserving its texture, colour and appeal. Little things like treating a stain immediately or an annual deep carpet cleaning can contribute a lot towards its preservation as a top quality home asset.
• Protection – There are a few smart tricks to protect a carpet from soiling, wear or tear. For a start check if the carpet is protected with a Scotchgard anti-staining layer. It’ll prevent permanent staining. Another great idea to reduce the amount of dirt and dust reaching fibers is to place door mats. Most of the unwanted particles will be caught at door.
• Cleaning – You can do a lot to keep a carpet or rug in good shape. But you have to be consistent in your efforts. Make a cleaning schedule fitting with your more important work, family and social activities. Vacuum surfaces at least once a week to remove loose debris and soil particles.
It’s good to know that you can include a range of green cleaners in your weekly carpet cleaning schedule. Substances like vinegar and salt can help you reduce the use of dangerous commercial products. Here you can find a bunch of recipes for home cleaning with baking soda.