When you decide to renovate your home, selecting the right flooring can be a challenging but very important decision. From hardwood floors to tile or stone, there are a lot of hard flooring options to explore, but nothing feels quite like carpet. Hard flooring is usually easier to keep clean, but it can also be uncomfortable and unwelcoming. That’s why so many people are still turning to a softer, more comfortable surface – carpet.
Advantages of Carpeting
Carpeting is a great alternative to hard flooring for a variety of reasons. Carpet minimizes noise from foot traffic and keeps echoing to a minimum. It’s also a much more comfortable surface for playing on the floor if you have children. You can relax on the carpet for a quick nap or do your daily exercise routine comfortably. Carpet is warm, friendly, and there are so many options to choose from in terms of texture, softness, style, and color.
While there are many advantages to having carpet in the home, there are a few downsides. Dirt and stains cling to carpet and are more difficult to remove. Carpet can also wear down after prolonged use. Finding a durable type of carpet will help you extend the longevity of your flooring so make sure to use the following tips when selecting a good type of carpet for your home.
Understanding Some Important Carpet Terms
Sometimes when you start your search for the perfect carpet, it can be overwhelming to try to discern the subtle distinctions between the different types of carpet. The carpet’s fiber, usually nylon, is attached to the woven backing. Nylon is the preferred material for use in carpet fiber because it is strong, durable, and can be cleaned much easier than other materials. Other fiber options are wool, acrylic, and polyester.
Pile refers to the height of the fiber, or the length of the carpet from the base. The texture can affect how the carpet feels and is classified by the way that the fibers are interwoven together – twisted, looped or cut. The density of the carpet refers to how dense the carpeting is or how close the fibers are to each other. As a general rule, carpet that is denser and thicker is more comfortable and is less likely to wear over time so it is preferable to carpet that is less dense.
Carpeting Styles: Quality and Durability
When you are evaluating different carpeting options, make sure to look at the quality and the durability of each type. Selecting the right style is essential to getting the look and feel that you want from your new carpet. A few styles to know before you start comparing carpeting include the following:
- Saxony: characterized by a plush, velvety feel; very lush in appearance
- Textured: available in an assortment of colors and varying fiber heights
- Sculptured: looped and non-looped tufts create aesthetic shading
- Looped, or berber: modern style; flecks of dark color contrast against a lighter background
- Frieze: most durable carpeting style; easiest to clean and maintain
Colors and Patterns for Carpet
While beige and gray are still the most popular choices when selecting a carpeting color, the options for selecting color and patterns for your carpet have exploded in recent years. Even if you do plan to go with a more neutral shade like beige, make sure that the undertone of that color blends with your overall decor. Sometimes a beige color can be tinted to look a little yellow, or it may look cooler. Make sure to really evaluate the colors and look at the variety of colors and patterns available before you make your choice.
In most cases, using the same color of carpeting throughout all of the rooms in the home that will be carpeted will look the best. If you are laying carpet in a larger home, you may be able to use different colors in separate areas, but usually it is best to stick with the same color throughout.
Tips to Help You Care for Your Carpet and Improve its Longevity
Once you’ve selected your carpet, here are a few tips to keep it clean and help it to last longer over time.
- Purchase a quality liquid carpet cleaner to keep on hand at all times and to use if any accidents happen
- Clean up stains or spills as soon as they happen
- Intense stains, for example from wine, should be cleaned up by pouring cold water on the stain and then gently blotting away the substance as quickly as possible. After you have removed all of the excess, use the carpet cleaner to remove any of the stain that is still remaining.
- Vacuum the carpets as often as you can; preferably once daily
- Hire professional carpet cleaners at least once per year to perform a thorough carpet cleaning