The Carpet Conundrum: What to Look For In a Great Carpet!
When it comes to buying carpet for our homes, we often times are shopping by color alone. Why this can be instantly gratifying, it is not the best means of determining what flooring option you will be living with for the next 20 years. Carpet comes with a variety of options making each unique to the next manufacturer’s version. So, with that being said, what should you go with?
That is definitely something that we cannot tell you, but we can certainly steer you in the right direction by explaining what the stain and soil options and the durability of the carpet mean, then you can take this knowledge and ask the right questions in your purchase. Hopefully by having a better understanding of the product you have your eye on, you will be able to predict how your carpet will perform over the test of time.
The Overall Durability of the Carpet
In many advertisements you will see the word “Durable,” but do you know what this durability is referring to as it pertains to Carpet? Allow us to Explain:
Several factors go into determining if a carpet is durable or not, however fiber type, density and twist of the carpet are the key items looked at. Let’s break down what each of these means.
- Fiber Type – The fiber type of the carpet is the main factor in assessing it’s overall durability. While fibers are constantly being developed and discovered there are currently for prominent types. These types are Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, and Blended Fibers. The fibers are created to act differently on several aspects as some are more prone to stain prevention while others wear better overt or are even softer than most. The fiber is a huge inclination of what you can expect your carpet to excel at.
- Density – Carpet density is measured by the amount of tufting a carpet has per square yard. The more tufting a carpet has the higher the density of the carpet. Because of the added fiber from tufting the carpet becomes more and more durable the higher the number is. Then helps when dealing with high traffic applications, in places where a lot of crushing happens, and makes for better stain and soil resistance.
- Twist – No it’s not the dance, but with a higher twist you may be dancing in joy. A higher twist makes for a much more durable carpet, this is because the more the yarn is twisted the more carpet fiber is packed into individual yarns. A high twist is detriment to a carpet’s ability to last.
Carpet Soil and Stain Protection
Why this is also durability related, it should really be in its own category. Our biggest gripe about carpet is that it has a much higher chance of staining that other types of hard surface flooring. But because of the many advancements in fibers and chemical treatments, carpet is now incredibly sufficient when it comes to protecting itself.
While you would be hard pressed to find the exact differences in the chemical treatments it is much easier to look at the fiber first to determine the level of protection the carpet will yield.
Nylon – nylon itself is not actually the best on its own for resisting spills and moisture absorption. But this is actually highly beneficial when you pair it with a chemical treatment because it takes it’s absorption and uses it for good. Once the treatment is done you have a very strong fiber when it comes to stain and soil resistance.
Olefin – This fiber is actually great on its’ own as fare as stain resistance goes. Mainly because it is very resistant to moisture and mildew. It is excellent at repelling soil as well.
Polyester – this type of fiber is actually highly resistant to stains in its’ natural state, and is also rather soft.