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|Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Job
With so much choice getting the right carpet for the right place in your home or
contract location can be an extremely daunting prospect. Luckily for us however, the
way carpet is made today means there are very few really poor carpets.
Improvements in fiber technology and carpet construction techniques thankfully
mean that even the less expensive carpets will wear well if they are put in the right
Of course, different fibers and constructions will lend a carpet certain properties -
wool carpets, polypropylene carpets, nylon carpets or a blend of fibers will each
react differently within the same location – but this is by no means the end of the
The length of time a carpet will last depends on several factors and each must be
considered at the purchasing stage: the carpet pile itself, the fiber, the weight of the
fiber and the density of the pile will all contribute or detract from a carpet’s suitability
for your chosen location.
The rule of thumb in selecting a carpet is location, location, location. You will find
that it pays dividends to spend slightly more for higher quality carpets for areas of
high wear such as hallways and living areas, but you may well be able to save some
hard earned cash where those feet aren’t quite as frequent.
All carpets have suggested end use locations, but you should always seek the
expert advice of you retailer before making that final decision. Remember that we at
www.carpetinfo.co.uk have no vested interest in selling a particular carpet, so we
are well placed to offer you a step-by-step guide to getting it right.
With all those family occasions, dinners in front of the TV and relaxing afternoons
with the Sunday papers, living rooms are prey to high levels of footfall and
accidental spillages and stains. No other area of the home will be subject to
continual risk from dropped food, excited kids, animals and that evening glass of
wine than the living room and as such it demands a carpet that performs. Not only
this, it is also the favorite room for making an impression, so carpets need to look
So you’ve guessed it, it is vital to ensure a hardwearing carpet for this area. Look
for those that offer a high pile density, using 40oz as a minimum guide, and you may
want to consider a carpet with a stain-resistant treatment, particularly if you have
kids or pets. However, wool and man made carpets have a natural resistance to
staining, so as long as you get on the clean up case as soon as possible, vacuum
regularly and get them professionally cleaned on a regular basis you should be
While they don’t experience as many feet as living rooms, dining room carpets are
even more likely to get stained and generally by spillages that can do maximum
damage. Red wine, sauces and soups can all wreck a carpet if it isn’t carefully
chosen. Again, get your mitts on a carpet with a high pile density, but take care to
clear spills quickly. Or you could always box clever and put your table on top of a
rug. Should food fall this will be significantly cheaper and easier to replace.
The bedroom is about unadulterated luxury and a nice deep pile will bring the
ultimate softness to your toes. Bedrooms are not as prone to thousands of foot
steps as the main areas of the home, so you can afford to use a slightly less dense
carpet and hence save a bit of money over dining and living rooms. Remember that
most of the time you are going to be have bare feet or be in those worn out, but too-
comfortable-to-chuck-away slippers so wear and tear is minimal. And apart from the
odd cup of tea to kick-start your day, stains from food and drink won’t be such a
problem. Don’t forget that spare bedrooms get even less use and so can make do
with a more cost effective, lower density pile than main bedrooms.
With people going in and out, shoes and bags dumped by doors and debris from
outside blowing in, the hallway is the place for dirt to gather and so hard wearing
carpet qualities are paramount. Also remember that the narrow width of hallways
make them prone to continual and heavy foot traffic so always use a dense carpet
and perhaps consider the use of a runner in the busiest area. Every hallway worth
its salt should be fitted with a mat that will remove mud, moisture and those
annoying bits of gravel that gets stuck in the sole of your shoe. It’s probably also a
good idea to chose a darker, or patterned carpet to hide any dirt that does make its
The same rules apply to stairs as they do to hallways. Carpeted stairs are great for
keeping noise level downs, but are also subject to a considerable amount of footfall,
especially on the edges. Choose a hardwearing, dense carpet and if you are
considering a loop pile texture than remember that they do have a habit of fraying
on the stair edge over time.
Not as fashionable as they used to be, but all the same many people still desire
carpet in bathrooms, ensuring warmth and comfort underfoot. However, you can’t
just fit any carpet that takes your fancy and the fiber content and the carpet backing
should be carefully considered. Only choose a carpet that is rubber backed and go
for a 100% nylon or polypropylene fibre blend. Be warned traditional fibers and jute
backings will retain moisture and that can make your haven of tranquility smell
damp. There are specialist bathroom carpets available.
As with bathrooms, not a particularly fashionable choice for this area of the home
and don’t forget that that they will be exposed to all sorts of potential staining. If you
still want a carpet for your kitchen then consider carpet tiles. These have a low pile
height and are easy to clean and should one prove just too stubborn then you can
just easily lift and replace with a nice new one.