All carpet will show some indentions but to minimize this it’s ideal to choose a very dense low pile carpet.
Bulked Continuous Filament (BCF) refers to the construction and content of the yarn. The carpet yarn is made up of continuous fibers as opposed to random lengths twisted together (which is referred to as a staple yarn).
Studies have determined that a well cared for carpet does not contribute to allergies or asthma. Allergens actually settle on top of the carpet in the fibers (not blowing around the room).
A good vacuum machine utilizing a hepa filter can extract the allergens from the carpet. They can then be removed from your house.
Frieze is a carpet consisting of tightly twisted yarns.
Frieze is typically the best performing style in cut pile construction. Considered casual or informal, it is a great choice for high-traffic areas of the home.
This style will perform very well in high traffic areas. With proper and periodic professional cleaning this carpet will look good for many years. The twists actually reset themselves when the dust and dirt is heat extracted or steam cleaned when recommended.
Wool, it’s produced by shearing a sheep annually and the collecting of the product does not harm the host.
Areas with light traffic should be vacuumed once a week. Areas with high traffic patterns should be vacuumed twice a week. Up to 3 passes are recommended for light soil with 5 to 7 passes necessary for heavily soiled areas.
Changing the direction of the vacuum occasionally will help the pile stand upright and reduce matting.
Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or combination beater/brush bar that agitates the carpet pile and mechanically loosens the soil for removal. Carpets with thick loop pile construction, particularly wool and wool blend styles may be sensitive to brushing and rubbing the pile surface and may fuzz. For these types of carpets, a suction-only vacuum is recommended or an adjustable brush type. Replacing vacuum cleaner bags often is also very important.
Steam cleaning or hot water extraction is the best method for cleaning carpet. It removes soil and most stains and also resets the twist in the carpet fiber.
Nylon carpet does not wear out. It changes in appearance or “uglies” out because the carpet fiber loses its twist.
The fiber content, twist level, and the density are the three most important factors in determining the long-term durability of your carpet.
The twist of the fiber is the way the fiber filaments are spun into yarn and how the yarn is in turn twisted upon itself. Twist is usually locked into the fiber with a steam or heat setting. The tighter the twist, the more the carpet will resist changes in appearance and texture.
During carpet manufacturing, natural and synthetic fiber are converted to yarn and tufted or locked into a backing to form the pile or surface that you walk on. There are four major types of carpet fiber – nylon, polypropylene (olefin), polyester and wool.
Carpet pad protects your investment. It acts as a shock absorber by absorbing the pounding of foot traffic. Your carpet will feel better, look better and last longer. Pad also helps your carpet maintain its appearance. The right carpet pad will help the carpet resist matting and crushing.
There is no question that a good cushion is critical to carpet performance, but remember that you walk directly on the carpet so you want carpet constructed to meet your needs and lifestyle. If you buy a cheaper carpet that doesn’t meet your needs, you’ll have a cushion that feels great, but you may not be satisfied with the look of your carpet.
Most consumers purchasing carpet think that carpet padding is simply to make the carpet feel softer underfoot. While this is one of the benefits, the main reason is to protect the carpet from premature wear.
The weight associated with carpet pad refers to how much that pad would weigh per cubic foot. Typically, the denser the pad, the longer wear life you can expect from both the pad and your carpet.
N6 Nylon, PET Polyester and DuPont Sorona would be great selections. N6 Nylon products are 100% recyclable and can be recycled into carpet over and over again. PET Polyester is another product that is made by weaving recycled plastic into the carpet fibers. DuPont Sorona has an ingredient in its polymer made from corn, which is a renewable resource.
No. Carpet has become the lowest VOC-emitting floor covering and one of the lowest-emitting products used in new construction and renovation
A dense, low, closed loop pile with a pattern or fleck in medium shades. Dark solid color colors show lint and pet hair.
No. Matting is usually a fiber related issue. Wool and nylon fibers have better texture retention than olefin. Shop for carpets with good texture retention warranties.
Wool is naturally resilient to dirt and soil. It is easy to clean. Wool is a non-allergenic fiber; therefore it does not promote the growth of bacteria or dust mites. Wool is durable, long lasting and flame resistant.
Nylon is the most popular carpet fiber because it resists wear and is quite resilient. Nylon fibers hold up well to the weight and movement of furniture and nylon is particularly good for heavy traffic areas. Polyester is easy to clean and is inherently stain resistant although it is not as resilient as nylon.