It is the eternal dilemma – to opt for the appearance or the reliability. Usually these two do not go together. So it goes with choosing a new carpet for your home. Most people make decisions depending on the color, pattern and softness of the carpet, but do not consider their individual lifestyle and how it would affect the carpeting.
There is a huge variety of materials and styles on the market, which makes the selection process even harder. To the untrained eye and uninformed customer it is all about matching colors. We’ve asked the carpet care experts of Pure Blue Cleaning for advice on maintaining the immaculate looks of our carpets for longer. They shared with us that understanding the carpet weave and structure of the fibres will help tailor your needs and preferences to your lifestyle, which will contribute to an optimised maintenance process.
Most Common Carpet Types
There are two basic types of carpets according to the weaving technique.
You can recognize this type of carpets by its fibres, the tips of which should be pointing upwards. These carpets provide a more pleasant feel underfoot, as they are softer therefore a more preferred option for kids rooms, bedrooms or every other areas where dwellers tend to walk barefoot.
- Durability – the less durable of both types, cut pile carpets are best placed in low-traffic areas
- Designation – appropriate for homes where no kids or pets are present. Also, people with respiratory conditions might get affected since these carpets tend to assemble more dust, mites and bacteria amongst its fibres
- Common styles – there are a few common styles designated according to the angle at which the fiber piles are cut: plush, textured, cable, frieze and saxony.
You will immediately distinguish this carpet type from the other one by the weave of loops. You will not be able to see the tips of the fibres. Loop pile carpets are not soft, which makes them a less preferred option. On the other hand, they are easier to clean.
- Durability – extremely long-lasting, loop pile carpets are the greatest investment if you like to plan things in the long run
- Designation – appropriate for high-traffic areas, offices, restaurants and more.
- Common styles – these are the level loop, cut and loop and the multi-level loop.
Now that you have the knowledge, you can make an informed choice and select the most appropriate carpet for your lifestyle!