- ByÂ Michelle Holman
- 29 Sep, 2017
GETTING STARTED – Where youâ€™re planning to purchase a carpet, you will need to consider what sort of footfall it will have to endure, this will help you narrow down your options. You can afford to treat yourself to a bit of luxury in the bedroom, where a softer pile will withstand slippers or bare feet, but youâ€™ll need something with a dense, tight, low-pile tuft in those high-traffic areas.
There are a variety of surface texture options available, which affect the feel, appearance and performance of your carpet.
â€¢Â LoopÂ piles replicate the appearance of natural flooring such as sisal and coir. Remember that cats and anything with long claws and loop piles do not mix! They typically come in natural and neutral shades.
â€¢Â SaxonyÂ has a pronounced sensuous feel with a deep pile. Very popular in bedrooms, saxonies do flatten and so are not practical in high-traffic areas.
â€¢Â PatternedÂ carpet usually has a smooth velvet surface with excellent appearance retention and is very hardwearing.
By and large, the more luxurious the surface, the greater care it will need. Shorter pile generally wears better than long but is not as luxurious. It all comes down to personal taste, future plans and room usage.
WoolÂ â€“ Generally used for high-quality carpets, youâ€™ll pay more for natural materials, but youâ€™ll get a great looking floor covering that is made from sustainable fibre, is resilient and highly durable. It gets top marks for insulation, too â€“ good for reducing heat loss and noise â€“ and retains its appearance remarkably well. Wool also feels beautiful and soft underfoot!
Wool-mixÂ â€“ Some consider a mix of 80% wool, 20% man-made fibres (such as polyamide or polyester), as the best combination for an all-purpose carpet.
PolypropyleneÂ â€“ This man-made carpet fibre is a popular choice, because itâ€™s hardwearing and resistant to stains. It can be cleaned using a part-bleached cleaning solution, although always check with the manufacturer or retailer first.
PolyamideÂ (also known as nylon) â€“ Available in a wider range of hues and vibrant clear colours that canâ€™t be reproduced in wool. A good all-rounder for family homes, good-quality polyamide or nylon carpets come with built-in stain-resistant treatments and score high marks for wearability.
PolyesterÂ â€“ Often used for textured or shag carpets. Polyester is most like wool in appearance and feel, and is remarkably soft, durable and stain resistant. Most often used as a blend, rather than on its own.
WoolÂ is the classic carpet fibre. It is soft, doesnâ€™t flatten easily, keeps its appearance well, is easy to dye and is fire-resistant.
NylonÂ is very strong and also doesnâ€™t flatten easily. It is often used in blends with wool.
PolypropyleneÂ is stain-resistant and wears well but it flattens easily.
PolyesterÂ wears well and is easily cleaned but does flatten.