How to choose a good carpet

Your carpet should not only suit your style but have the qualities that make it last long and look good in the area where it will be placed. Here are some facts about carpets:

Nylon is a common carpet material. It’s the strongest fibre, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas. It’s also a durable synthetic and is easy to clean and maintain. In addition, nylon is soil and mildew resistant, resilient and non-allergenic.

The higher the traffic, the more durable the carpet should be. There are three factors that determine durability: twist, density and fibre. The most durable carpet types are made of wear-resistant fibre that is tightly twisted and has a high density.

To help prevent carpets from showing wear in high traffic areas, rather avoid carpets with high-pile. These fibres won’t stay up for long after heavy use, and will look like they need to be freshened up.

LIFESPAN

The lifespan of carpets varies widely based on the type of carpet you purchase. A low-grade carpet will last for 1 to 3 years. Medium-grade carpets have a lifespan of 5 to 15 years. Top-of-the-line, high-grade carpets can last between 15 and 25 years with proper care.

As liquids can stain carpets, avoid carpeting areas where liquids may be spilled. If excessive water spills or floods your home, such as from a leaking fish tank or a burst geyser, your carpet and the underfelt may grow mould or mildew and will need to be professionally cleaned or replaced entirely.

 Natural fibre carpets look good, however, some are rough underfoot. If you are considering natural fibre carpets for your bedroom, where you would typically be barefoot, you could rather use the rough varieties as mats on top of tiles to achieve the effect you want. On the other end of the scale, a woollen carpet provides a soft, luxurious feel.

Darker shades of carpet are a good choice if you have children, as they won’t appear dirty so quickly. Dark coloured carpets may also last longer because of the thickness of the material when compared to light coloured carpets or rugs. If you are carpeting rooms that don’t get as much natural light, rather opt for a lighter shade of carpet. This prevents the room from looking even darker.

There are many more considerations when choosing a carpet for your space. For advice on carpeting, please feel free to contact us!

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