Choosing the perfect carpet for your home
is a big decision to make, and nothing compares to the feeling of luxurious, soft carpet under your feet. Sure carpet requires maintenance like any other floor covering, however, there really is no substitute for it in terms of sound insulation, warmth and overall comfort.
With the wide range of colours and styles of carpets readily available, it can be really difficult to choose the perfect design and carpet types for your home. This guide covers topics including:
- Different types of carpets
- How to choose the best carpet for you
- How to measure a room for carpet
- How to install a carpet
- How to clean a carpet
- How to repair a carpet
- Safety advice
Different types of carpets
Loop Pile Carpets
Loop pile carpets are an extremely popular design for many home owners; traditionally they are made from either a flat weave, level loop or multi-level loop pile. They normally have a more textured appearance and are fantastic if you are aiming for that rustic, authentic style in your home. Due to their hard-wearing properties, they are fantastic for busy or high traffic areas and look particularly stunning in hallways, on stairs and on landings.
Saxony CarpetsDue to the softness of the Saxony carpet, it is often a popular choice for homes as it adds a sense of luxury and provides additional warmth to your rooms. Due to its deep pile construction, While the Saxony is a little more difficult to clean than other carpet types, it more than makes up for it in comfort and softness.
Twist Pile CarpetsA twist pile carpet is a cut pile carpet made from twisted fibres and is one of the most popular types of carpet. The twist fibres often appear course and textured allowing them to create the perfect authentic and rustic finish to the home. You can find twist carpet in two different styles; plain and heathered. Choose which style you prefer based on where you will be placing the carpet; heathered is more suitable for high traffic areas.
A patterned carpet is traditionally hardwearing and great at maintaining its stunning appearance. Normally, you will find patterned carpets have a velvet finish which adds a sophisticated elegance to any room. Patterned carpets are ideal for high traffic areas like the hallway and stairs.
Which carpet should you choose?
It is essential that you choose a carpet that not only complements your home’s interior design but also your lifestyle.
What is the pile of a carpet?
Carpet pile is simply the thickness of the fibres used to create the weave of the carpet. Along with the thickness, the length of the fibre also determines the pile of a carpet.
The pile will make a difference to both the production and the price of a carpet.
Which type of carpet is the most hardwearing?
The best carpet to be used in high traffic or busy areas is a patterned, loop pile carpet. Loop pile carpets are particularly hardwearing and popular in busy rooms, while patterned designs help to disguise damage or stains and make the carpet even more durable.
How do you choose the right texture of a carpet?
The texture of the carpet you choose should reflect your lifestyle. Some textured carpets require more maintenance than others so make sure you take this into consideration when making your choice.
Where is the best place to have carpet in a house?
Carpet should always be placed in rooms where warmth is necessary with the most popular rooms being bedrooms, living rooms and hallways. Alternative flooring options such as vinyl are typically preferred in wetter rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom – where spillages and stains are more likely to occur – but there are some specialist carpets available for these rooms.
Which carpet is best for pets?
Patterned carpets work well in houses with pets and children as they are hard-wearing and durable. They are also more resilient to stains and muddy paw-prints.
How do you measure a room for a carpet?
The best way to measure any room for a new carpet is to measure the rooms’ widest points. Multiply the length by the width to get the total amount of square metres needed. If your room is not a regular shape, you should ensure that you measure the size of any indentations (for fireplaces, alcoves etc) and add these to your total. If you’re not confident measuring a room yourself then we will do it for you.
How do you remove an old carpet?
You should begin by ripping the carpet up; it is normally easiest to start in a corner near a wall. Then divide the carpet into smaller sections and roll it up. Be sure to remove the padding underneath too. You may need a hammer and chisel for this.
Should you clean a floor before laying a carpet?
It is recommended that the floor is clean before new carpet is fitted so vacuum and clean the floor thoroughly. If your underfloor is wooden then you should also ensure any areas that are not level are sanded down.
How to install a carpet
We always recommend to use our professional carpet fitting service to do the job as our experts can ensure a flush fit that keeps the carpet taut and secure, but if you decide to install your own, then make sure you have a good plan before you start.
To fit a carpet, you must begin by choosing the backing , if using a felt backed carpet you can lay the carpet in the room and just use a can of spray adhesive to fix the edges of the carpet around the perimeter of the room.
If you use a polypropylene or hessian backed carpet, start with laying gripper around the edges then underlay for additional comfort. Then place your carpet on top, ensuring it overflows the room by 4-6 inches at each side so that you can cut it to size and ensure it fits properly.
How do you clean a carpet?
To keep your carpet looking great you need to maintain it properly, and that means choosing the correct cleaning products that are best suited to your carpet type. Different types of carpet require different levels of care and maintenance so always check the guidelines before purchasing.
As a general rule, most carpets require regular vacuuming as well as cleaning with carpet shampoo or powdered cleaners. Cleaning your carpet can prolong its life and maintain its quality, as well as reduce germs and bacteria in your home.
How can you repair a carpet?
If your carpet suffers damage then you might be able to repair it instead of replacing it. If you are unable to clean the damaged area, then you may be able to cut out the area with a knife and use it as a template to cut out a replacement piece from a spare piece of carpet in the same design.
Prepare the hole by applying some adhesive and slot the replacement piece of carpet into place. When replacing patterned carpets, it is important to make sure that the pattern is lined up correctly.
Carpet Safety Advice
Are all carpet cleaning materials safe?
No. Some carpet cleaning materials should not be used if you have children or pets in the home. Always read the label before using.
How flammable are carpets?
All of our carpets are fire retardant and have undergone numerous safety checks but the materials can be flammable. Do not allow your carpets to suffer prolonged exposure to naked flames or excessive heat.