How to Choose the Right Carpet

With so many years cleaning your carpets, we have learned a thing or two about what makes a good carpet in terms of durability, warmth and, of course, stain resistance. So, when choosing the right floor covering for your home, we can give you some expert advice, whether it’s a bedroom carpet, carpet for your living room, or throughout the whole house.

Why choose carpet in the first place?

  • The cushioned surface absorbs sound and is much quieter to walk on than hard surface flooring.
  • Carpets are one of the most economical flooring products to have installed.
  • The insulating properties of carpets provide additional warmth underfoot during cold seasons.
  • Carpets are non-slip, and so is safe underfoot, especially for children and the elderly, and provides a cushion to prevent breakage when delicate items are accidentally dropped.
  • Most synthetic carpets are treated with static, stain and soil resistant treatments, making them easy to clean and maintain.

There are plenty of fibre types and carpet styles to choose from, but it’s a good idea to look at the choice of carpet materials first.

Nylon

Nylon is the most durable carpet fibre available and is frequently treated with stain protection. It’s often the fibre of choice for homes with pets and children and is perfect for heavy traffic in hallways and stairs.

Polyester

Polyester is known for its luxurious look, feel and wide selection of colors and styles. It’s a good value carpet for homes with a normal amount of traffic.

Olefin

Olefin offers good stain and moisture resistance, but scores below nylon and polyester for durability It is best suited for loop pile construction or high, very dense cut piles.

Wool

Favoured for their beauty and durability, wool carpets have natural soil resistance qualities, but are not inherently stain resistant.

Sisal, Jute and Seagrass

Traditionally woven using natural fibres, these carpets are an organic, environmentally friendly flooring solution that combines everyday practicality with rustic charm. They are surprisingly hard wearing, and can be dyed in a wide range of colours.

These materials can be used singly or mixed together to produce a variety of carpets.

Berber

Named after the Berber tribes that originally wove carpets by hand, modern Berber is a highly durable, loop pile carpet. The yarn, often nylon or wool, is quite heavy, and the loops can be either one height, or even different heights, forming a textured pile. Usually unpatterned, the weave often contains small flecks of dark colour on lighter shades of background colours resembling a natural undyed version of the traditional Berber carpets.

This type of carpet is naturally stain-resistant, withstands heavy cleaning, and dries quickly.

Berber carpets are suitable for heavily used areas due to the extreme durability, such as:

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Hall, stairs and landing

Loop pile

Loop pile carpets are made from wool, nylon, polypropylene or a blend of these fibres. The loops of yarn are uncut, and the final result can be flat or textured. Loop pile carpet is often chosen by families as it’s hard wearing, practical and looks stylish. It is excellent at hiding footprints and is ideal for busy areas of the house, such as:

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Bedroom
  • Hall, stairs and landing

Twist pile

Twist pile carpet is made from tightly twisted fibres which create a textured surface that is springy underfoot. They frequently come in plain or heathered styles. Marks are less likely to show up on heathered carpets, which combine yarns of complimentary shades to create a flecked, multi coloured effect, making them ideal for heavily used areas, such as:

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Hall, stairs and landing

Cut pile

Cut pile carpet is made from twisted yarns that are densely woven, feel plush underfoot, and cut with an even pile. The primary disadvantage of a cut pile carpet is that it tends to show marks such as footprints and vacuum marks. These carpets are associated with quality and luxury, and as result, tend to cost more compared to solid textured or looped carpets.

There are five basic styles of cut pile carpet – Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable, each providing a different look and texture. The primary difference among these styles is the amount of twist in the yarns which will ultimately influence the carpet’s durability.

Cut pile carpets are suitable for:

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Bedroom

So, when choosing a carpet, you need consider the amount of traffic an area gets, the feel you want and, of course, your colour scheme, and select a carpet that fits your lifestyle perfectly.