How to Choose a Good Carpet

Adding carpet to your home is an exciting process that can revitalize an old room, finish off your basement once and for all, or give your entire home a much-needed facelift. Carpet also adds a sense of warmth and comfort to a home that few other floor coverings can offer. Not only are there a wide variety of types, colors, and materials to choose from, it's often a significant investment that will be with you for many years. While this type of commitment does require a bit of careful research, with a bit of thoughtful planning, you'll be well on your way to fresh carpet in no time!

How will you use your carpet?

As carpet is usually designed with a specific purpose in mind, it's important first to decide how and where you'll be needing to install your newest floor-covering. For high-traffic or constant use areas, you may want to consider a tougher and more durable carpet that will withstand years of abuse and professional carpet cleaning. For these areas especially, it can be a great idea to plan to incorporate a carpet protector to help keep your room looking great while extending the life of your floor covering. In areas such as bedrooms and living rooms, softer and plusher carpet is perfect for stretching out and doing a bit of yoga or playing with your pets and kids. For outdoor surfaces, it's necessary to install specially designed mildew-resistant carpeting to prevent rot and decay from occasional moisture.

Natural or Synthetic?

What your carpet is made of is also an important factor to consider. Of the natural materials, wool is the most common and most relied upon choice. Durable and resilient, wool holds dye quite well. One of the softest and best natural insulators, wool carpeting adds a sense of warmth to your home. Those with an allergy to wool may do well to consider the various synthetic options available.

Synthetic carpet is available in four different variants

Nylon is likely the most common synthetic carpet fiber and for a good reason. Superb stain resistance, incredible durability, and an easy to clean nature have led to great success for this humble thread. Thanks to these features, nylon is most frequently used in high-traffic and commercial applications that require extra durability. If you plan to incorporate carpeting into a business or office, a commercial carpet protector will help to prolong the time between cleanings while preserving your investment.

Acrylic was designed to replicate wool while providing a stable and hypoallergenic surface. While acrylic is subject to a bit of fuzzing with use, it holds color and resists stains quite well. As acrylic is a bit tougher to clean, a carpet protector applied soon after the install is a solid consideration.

Polypropylene is the wonder of the indoor-outdoor carpeting world. Perfect for patios, mini-golf in the backyard, garages, and more, polypropylene sacrifices comfort for durability and weather-proof offerings. While you likely won't need a professional carpet cleaning treatment as much when using this type of material, you probably won't be stretching out with your puppies too much on it either.

Polyester is another solid choice for those looking for comfortable and durable carpet solutions. While it does lay down a bit with use, polyester holds dye quite well. As polyester resists the fading power of the sun better than other fibers, it can be great for sunny foyers and living rooms alike.

What's Your Style?

There are two primary types of carpeting, Berber and cut pile. Berber is created by aligning rows of fabric loops together. These loops create a uniform appearance that may lend to the showing of seams. For those concerned with aesthetics, Berber may not be the preferred choice.

Cut pile carpeting is essentially Berber, or looped carpet, that has had the top of the fabric loops removed. Cut pile carpeting is further classified by its appearance, color pattern, and configuration. From the luxurious and durably Frieze to the elegant and natural appearance of Sculpted patterns, cut pile carpeting is great for adding comfort and dimension to a room without sacrificing appearances.

Caring for your Carpet

Your install is complete and now its time to plan to protect it. Always underfoot, carpeting must face the rigors and abuse of our daily lives while maintaining that fresh appearance. To keep your carpet looking and performing at its best, it can be a good idea to partner with a professional carpet cleaning company you can trust.

For years, Nevada residents have looked to Zerorez® for help in keeping their residential and commercial carpets looking great. Working silently to destroy your carpet, the intense sun, heat, and dust in the Henderson region can take their toll on your carpet, but it shouldn't have to be that way. Thanks to the help of a specialized Carpet Protection Treatment combined with regular professional carpet cleaning, your investment will stay soft and fresh while looking good as new! To schedule a consultation or appointment, be sure to contact Zerorez today!

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