Aside from providing a safe and comfortable surface for kids to play, there’s nothing like a good carpet to make your room feel warm and luxurious. Although it requires a bit of maintenance as opposed to vinyl or tile, there’s no substitute for that warm feeling you get when you walk on a soft carpet with bare feet. However, with so many different styles, designs, and types, it can be difficult to know where to start. Some carpets require frequent cleaning that might not fit into your busy lifestyle, while others come with a hefty price tag. Here are 5 great tips for choosing the perfect carpet for your home.
Don’t skimp on your underlay
Just as an impressive building needs a good foundation, your carpet needs a good underlay, especially in high-traffic areas. Underlay gives strength, support and even a bit of extra cushioning. You might not be able to see it, but if you buy a cheap one, you’ll definitely notice the wear on your carpet in as little as a few months, so always go for the most expensive you can afford. It will save you money in the long run!
Consider various carpet types
Carpets come in many styles according to their pile. For instance, Plush carpeting is fashioned from tightly twisted yarn and is soft, dense and inviting. It will, however, show vacuum tracks and footprints, so it’s not great for high traffic areas. Saxony is similar in style to Plush and has the same effect. Conversely, Berber carpet is flatter and denser and is made from continuous looped fibers. These attributes mean that it won’t show vacuum tracks or footprints and do a good job of hiding certain stains. As a result, if your carpet is going into a hallway, the main thoroughfare or a well-used room, the Berber should certainly be a consideration. Finally, textured carpeting is a fashion from fibers that are cut to differing lengths. This cause it to reflect light meaning that any dirt or stains can’t easily be seen. Like Berber, it’s ideal for high traffic areas.
Knowing your maintenance requirements
If you’re investing in a new carpet, you don’t want to purchase on something because it’s become a real pain to keep clean. For this reason, it’s always best to stick to the carpet you can maintain easily. For example, if you have pets it would be wise to avoid expensive shag-pile carpets that are notoriously hard to clean.
Beware of warranties
Most carpet retailers will offer an array of warranties. The problem is that many warranties don’t really amount to much in that they offer very little true coverage. Take a crushing warranty as an example. Retailers offer this as a form of ‘protection’ for your carpet and if you take a look at the small print it generally states that if the pile height can be restored to its original height, then there’s no issue. The trouble is that using cleaning methods such as hot water extraction, this is usually only a temporary thing and after time, the pile height will diminish. As a result, it might be extremely difficult to make a claim. The best course of action is not to go overboard with warranties. If you do need a peace-of mind, then simply purchase the bare necessities.
Consider going green
Adhesives used in some carpet underlay can have an impact on air quality and your overall health. Compounds such as formaldehyde have been known to exacerbate asthma and bring about other allergies. Why not protect your family by going green! Consider materials such as jute, wool or other organic materials to keep your home free from toxic carpet odours.
So there you have it. 5 great tips on what to consider when choosing the right carpet for your home!
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