Carpets can make all the difference to the comfort and warmth of your home. However, choosing a carpet that will meet your needs isn’t as simple as picking an attractive colour.
At Chelsea Cleaning, we don’t sell carpets – cleaning carpets and rugs is our specialty. We “know carpets” though, and are familiar with how tricky it can be to choose the right carpet type.
Our team has compiled this 2019 carpet buying guide to help you identify the best, long-lasting carpet choices for different areas of your home.
Carpet fibre types to choose from
Different carpet fibres offer different benefits in terms of durability and aesthetics, and have a different feel underfoot.
Wool is the softest and most luxurious option, making it popular for bedrooms and lounges. Wool is also durable enough for high traffic areas and is surprisingly stain-resistant as long as spills are dealt with immediately. Wool is also naturally fire-resistant.
Despite being synthetic, polyester is known for its soft texture underfoot. It also takes colour very well, but is not as resilient as nylon. Polyester is easy to care for and is fairly stain resistant, so it works best in bedrooms.
Nylon is one of the most durable of all the carpets fibres. It’s ideal for high traffic areas and homes with pets and children due to its excellent stain resistance. Nylon also has excellent colourfastness and comes in a great variety of styles and finishes.
Also known as olefin, polypropylene is a synthetic carpet fibre that is water and stain resistant. This makes it ideal for entrance halls and passageways. While not quite as resilient as nylon, it also boasts excellent colourfastness, so colours won’t fade.
Carpet pile types to choose from
Carpeting is made from fibres that are cut, looped or a mixture of both. Each gives a different finish and look, as well as underfoot feel. Each comes in a variety of different fibre types.
Cut pile looks quite different depending on the fibre used and the length of the fibres. For example, shag carpets have very long fibres while frieze pile has twisted fibres to create a curly textured finish.
Loop pile comes in level, where all the loops are the same length, and multi-level with loops at multiple different heights. Multi-level loops create texture and patterns, while level creates a uniform look.
Cut and loop
The combination of cut and loop pile usually creates a pattern using textures instead of differences in colour. These patterns can be subtle or bold, depending on the length of the differing fibres.
Tips for deciding on a fitted carpet
When deciding on the right carpet for a room, ask yourself what attribute you need the carpet to have. Is it more important that it’s hard wearing? Or does it need to be stain-resistant? Perhaps, comfort and warmth are more important, as they might be in a bedroom for example.
Once you’ve decided on what you need most from the carpet, you’ll know what to look for. Colour and texture, while important, should be secondary to a carpet’s practicality. If you have pets and children, there will be areas of the house that will need a much tougher carpet than others.