If you walk into any carpeting store, you’ll find yourself amazed at all of the choices that are there for you to pick from. You’ll find textured plush carpets, saxony carpets, berber carpets, and even commercial grade carpets. There are carpets that
can be installed wall to wall, and carpets that can be cut to size with bound edges and carpet squares.
Your first consideration when purchasing a new carpet should not be color, even though it is important. Your first consideration should be how much traffic you are going to have on the carpet. If you plan to put carpet in the bedroom, then it won’t have as much traffic as carpet in the living room.
Stain resistance will also be important. This is something to think about with any carpet, especially carpet that is going to be used in a dining room or play room area where there will be a steady stream of food or possibilities for spills.
You’ll also want to inquire about the rating of the carpet as well. Indoor carpeting is normally rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating. Carpets with a 5 rating are considered the best for heavy traffic areas. Rating of 4 are considered outstanding and recommended for heavy traffic areas of your home.
Ratings of 2.5 to 4 would provide normal durability for your home. Carpets that rate 2.5 or lower should only be used with light traffic areas, such as bedrooms. Choosing carpet based on the type of traffic it will receive can help you save a lot
of money down the road, although you should buy carpet suited to your needs and requirements.
The highest quality of carpet you can buy is carpet made of wool. Wool carpets are very expensive, although you’ll reap the benefits over years of use as wool will easily out perform any man made carpet. Two of the best benefits of wool carpet include its natural soil resistance and it’s ability to retain appearance, meaning it won’t crush or wear down like other carpets.
The downside to wool carpet, is the fact that it is out of reach for most of us. If you can’t afford to have woold carpet installed throughout your entire house, then you should instead have it installed in the room that receives the highest amount of traffic.
There are several different man made carpets that you can choose from as well. If you have a high traffic area, then nylon would be an ideal choice due to the durability. Nylon is stain resistant as well, and repels mildew.
Carpets made of olefin is also a great choice for high traffic areas as it is very strong and easy to clean. Polyester is another good carpet as it is easy to clean and repels water based stains. Polyester is known for the look and feel of wool, although it is much less expensive.
The color consideration is also important. Light colored carpets create an effect of a larger space, although they do tend to show stains more easily. Dark carpets on the other hand tend to absorb light, giving a room what many know as the “cozy feeling”.
When you find a carpet that appeals to you, you should ask to take a piece of it home. Look at it during natural daylight and at night under an artificial light to see if the color changes at all.
The carpet that is made today is a mix of old world craftsmanship and a touch of 21st century innovation. By combining the two, carpet is able to become the household feature that we all know and love – and get tired of cleaning. Carpet can be manufactured in one of two ways; weaving or tufting.
Carpets that are woven are primarily wool and are very durable, and very expensive as well. The woven carpet types can be hand produced, as it has been for centuries, or by machine. No matter what method is chosen, the same procedures are followed. The yarn for the carpet is woven through or around vertical fibers known as warps, and then locked into place with horizontal strands known as wefts.
The woven carpets can utilize a variety of colors as well to create intricate patterns in the highest quality of carpets. Tufting machines can also be utilized as well, as they use computers to determine the patterns, styles, construction, and density. No longer does someone have to do everything by hand or mentally, as the tufting machines will take all of the guesswork out and make things easy on the operator.
Once the fibers have been locked into place, the carpet is dyed using a variety of methods that will create patterns or effects. For cut pile carpets, the final stage is stretched, cutting the pile loops. This is an important stage, as it will determine the softness and feel of the carpet.
The carpet will also receive a secondary stretch backing as well to give it stability and allow it to be stretched during the installation process. Most of the carpets of this day and age will receive stain protection as well, which happens during the manufacturing phase.
The way that a carpet is made will greatly affect how the carpet is installed. In the past, the creation of carpet was a very complicated process, as there were no computers or technology to do most of the work. Back then, it was all done by hand. The carpets were great, although there wasn’t any colors or textures that we have to choose from today.
The carpet manufacturers of today have a lot of technology at their disposal, which makes life at the plants easy. Operators can watch and operate machines to do a lot of the work, which makes their job a lot easier. The continuous fibers found with carpet are heat set and twisted at the mill to give a tightly twisted product that is commonly found with frieze carpets.
This type of yarn is less bulky although it will hold its shape for a long period of time, which is great for those who don’t like to replace their carpet every couple of years.