Buying a new carpet: Guide to color selection

George C By George C, 8th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-zulpft/
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As a quick guide to color selection, warm colors can make a room feel warmer in room that lacks light, cool greens and blues have the opposite effect and have a calming influence.

Buying a new carpet: Guide to color selection

As a quick guide to color selection, warm colors can make a room feel warmer in room that lacks light, cool greens and blues have the opposite effect and have a calming influence. Lighter colors make the room seem larger, while darker colors make it feel cosy, whereas medium and darker colors will hide soiling in heavy traffic areas.

Type of fiber considerations

The type of fiber and the way the carpet is constructed are key factor in the basic performance of the carpet. It is important to get full information on the use of the carpet and a firm indication of how it will perform.

To determine the quality of the carpet you've to look at its pile and density. Density is the thickness of the pile yarn and how close the tufts are to each other. High density is preferred, with ideally so many fibers grouped in every 25cm square of the carpet such that it is hard to insert a finger down the mesh.

The general rule being the denser the pile, the better quality the product. The texture and style of the carpet are usually determined by the type of pile that is used in construction. If the pile is left as uncut loops, this gives a more casual look and is likely to be more hardwearing – ideal for those active families with children and pets. The loops can be at a regular height or multi-level, which creates patterns in the carpet.

Any carpet regardless of quality will benefit from the use of a quality underlay. Gone are the days of underfelts that were almost waste material being given away free of charge with every carpet purchase.

Today there is a wide variety of underlays to meet the demands of any area of the house, and there is no doubt that they'll greatly enhance the service life of the carpet and ensure your investment is fully protected.

Guide to carpet maintenance

Although modern carpets are designed to hide soiling, this does not mean that they don't need cleaning. A daily vacuuming – particularly in high traffic areas will keep carpets looking and feeling good, and it'll extend its lifespan.

It'll also improve the overall air quality as it reduces the volume of airborne dust. Interesting to know in this regard that (according to research) carpets are better for allergy patients than hard flooring for the same reason.

Take advice from your supplier or the website of the manufacturer, but a professional clean once a year is essential to remove any contaminants that the regular vacuuming may have missed. However, perhaps the best and most economical way to keep your carpet clean is to prevent it from getting dirty.

Although walk-off mats are regularly used in commercial and industrial buildings to keep the floor clean, they're hardly ever favored by homeowners, who often use off-cuts and even cardboard for this purpose. But these will not function as properly as a mat designed to do the job.

A quality walk-off mat outside the door and perhaps an area rug inside will ensure that the carpet will not be affected by incoming dirt, wet and grit.

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