Carpet Buying Tips
When purchasing any new carpet, here are a few simple carpet buying tips to look out for:
- Density describes the amount of pile yarn in the carpet and how close the tufts are to one another. Generally, the rule of thumb is that the denser, the better. Examine the density by bending the carpet sample in a U shape with the tufts facing out. The fewer carpet backings that you see, the denser that the carpet is.
- 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.
- Bear in mind that cheaper 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. For example, stairs will need extra-heavy carpeting as they tend to take a lot of wear and tear.
- Bring the samples home and check them in each room with different lighting. Know that carpet can show secondary colour different versions from the shop’s selection 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, i.e., after wallpapering, painting or any construction.
- Protect your carpet through the technique of placing furniture caps under the legs of heavy furniture.
- Move furniture once in a while (or even just a few centimetres) to prevent uneven wear and tear.
Proper Care And Routine Maintenance
- It may not look filthy, but it’s essential to vacuum your carpet at least once a week. The reason is that the removal of soil will reduce the abrasive forces on the pile fibre, increasing lifespan and making it more hygienic for your family.
- To prevent staining, you have to clean immediately after a spillage. Use the appropriate chemical for both the type of carpet you have and the type of stain – seeking advice from the manufacturer or a qualified carpet cleaner.
- Carpets need to be hot-water extracted (steam cleaned) at least every 1-2 years and can be maintenance cleaned (dry cleaned) in the interim. To know more about carpet cleaning, see Carpet cleaning.
Carpets should last, on average, more than ten years. It may depend on many factors, for instance, usage, the quality of the rug and how well it is maintained. Several good-quality carpets that are well-cared do last a lot longer. Protect your investment and choose the best carpeting for your home with these carpet buying tips.
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BY GRAEME STEPHENS · PUBLISHED 17/12/2014. UPDATED 06/03/2021.