What to consider when choosing a carpet

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There’s a reason that carpets turn up time and time again in the pages of flooring catalogues, and that’s because they’re so comfortable and friendly to our feet.

Carpets continue to be a fan favourite in many homes, particularly in living areas such as the living room and bedrooms, for this very reason.

However, when you’re choosing carpets for your home, it’s important to make sure that you consider its durability, how easy it is to clean, its composition, and its colour.

In this article, we look at each of the above factors, so you can make a more informed decision around which carpet will offer you the best performance in terms of durability, useability and practicality.

Durability

Living rooms typically experience a high volume of traffic. People are using them at all hours of the day as they watch television, play games, and generally chill out after a long day at work.

The same can be said of bedrooms, although not to quite the same degree. This is why the carpets you choose for your home should be durable.

Make sure that you select a carpet that can stand up to the test of time, as well as to the pressures of everyday use.

A quick indicator for a sturdy, durable carpet is its wear warranty, which guarantees the buyer a certain amount of time in which it is insured against wear and tear – typically, the longer the wear warranty, the better its durability.

Another tip for quickly eyeing up the durability of a carpet is to bend a sample backwards to see if it shows the backing.

If it flexes back with little force, it means it’s of a lesser quality and will likely deteriorate sooner than one that withstands the bend.

If this still doesn’t help you out, ask your local flooring consultant about the carpet’s face weight, tuft twist and density rating.

For the best, sturdiest carpets, you’ll want one that measures in at 34-40 ounces (Face Weight), 5 or more (Tuft Twist), and a density of 2,000+.

How easy is it to clean?

Something else you’ll want to take into consideration is how much time, effort and money you’ll have to put in to maintaining the integrity and quality of your carpet.

This typically boils down to how easy it is to clean.

Because the living room experiences a lot of use on an everyday basis, it is more prone to experiencing accidents such as spills and stains.

That red wine you like to enjoy while you’re watching the evening news? Yep, that is more likely to end up on the carpet of your living room than any other space in the house.

If you have a carpet that is easy to clean, it is going to alleviate any stress you might experience should you happen to spill that wine, or if your child tromps muddy shoes…
 
 
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