Choosing Carpet Tips

Tips For Choosing Your Ideal Carpet

carpet buying tipsBe prepared for the following questions your salesperson may want to ask you so that they can help you make the best carpet buying tips for you and your home.

With so many different colours, materials and designs available, it can be challenging to choose the best carpet for your home. Some articles may require frequent cleanings that won’t fit into your busy schedule, others come with a high price tag, and some may even affect your health. 

The wrong carpet may wear out quickly, fade or show stains that stubbornly resist your best cleaning efforts. Protect your investment and choose the best carpeting for your home with these carpet buying tips.

Carpet Buying Tips

  • Examine the density. Density describes the amount of pile yarn in the carpet and how close the tufts are to one another—generally, the denser, the better. Bend the carpet sample in a U shape with the tufts facing out. The less carpet backing you see, the thicker the carpet.
  • Check the carpet classification. There are carpet classification scheme labels on the back of carpet samples. These give information on their durability, as well as suitability to different locations.
  • See the cheap ones. Bear in mind cheap carpets may look scruffy within a few years – it is worth investing in a fibre that will carry on.
  • Match the wear status – medium, bulky, or extra heavy – to the area that you will be carpeting. Stairs will be needing extra-heavy carpeting as they take more wear and tear.
  • Bring the samples home – check them in each room with different lighting. Know carpet can show secondary colour different versions from the example in the shop or minor variations between production runs, but these shouldn’t be too noticeable.
  • At all times, make sure carpet installation is the last redecorating job you do after wallpapering, painting or construction.
  • Protect your carpet through the technique of placing furniture caps under the legs of heavy furniture.
  • Move furniture around every once in a while (or even move it a few centimetres) to prevent uneven wear.

Proper Care And Routine Maintenance

  • It may not look dirty, but it is essential to vacuum your carpet at least once a week. Removal of soil will reduce the pile fibre’s abrasive forces, increase your carpets life, and make it more hygienic for your family.
  • To prevent staining, spot clean immediately after a spillage. Use the appropriate chemical for both the type of carpet you have and the type of stain. Seek advice from the manufacturer or a qualified carpet cleaner.
  • Hot-water extract (steam clean) carpet every 1-2 years. Maintenance clean (dry cleaned) in the interim. To find out more about carpet cleaning, see Carpet cleaning.

The carpet ought to last, on average, for more than ten years. However, this can depend on many factors. Several well-cared-for high-quality rugs can survive much longer.

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BY GRAEME STEPHENS · PUBLISHED 30/12/2014. UPDATED 14/05/2021

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