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11 Tips when Buying New Carpet 

To make your home look great and feel comfortable, there are several things to consider when choosing a carpet for your home. Therefore, here are some tips before you buy a carpet.

  1. Check out the carpet’s performance and health benefits or asthma allergens.
  2. Always make sure the type and quality of the carpeting will stand up to your standards and expectations. The wrong choice will not last and can cause you disappointments.

Below are eleven suggestions for buying a carpet that will work best for you.

Carpet for Asthma Allergies

As a severe asthmatic, this is a priority for me. With over 33 years in the carpets industry, I have researched with the Asthma Society and hard flooring experts. This includes the carpet manufacturers and my personal experiences and I have come up with the following findings:

  1. Hardfloor is only beneficial to Asthmatics if it is vacuum-cleaned and mopped at least twice a week. It does not hold on to dust, mites, germs, pollen, and pollution. It merely sits on a hard floor. For this reason, each time you step on the hard floor, all those germs and asthma allergens are re-expelled into the air, which the asthmatic has to breathe. Therefore, it is not the best choice for asthmatics.
  2. Wool Carpet is often said to be asthma allergen-free. It is hard to find unbiased information online. From my experience, wool carpet is nasty for my asthma. When the natural fibres break down, a small wool lint is expelled into the air. Each time you walk on the carpets, bits of wool, lint dust, and asthma allergens expelled up into the air. Thus, asthmatic has to breathe, which causes inflammation and wheezing.

There are two other factors, with wool carpet for asthmatics.

Wool Carpet. When a regular weekly vacuum cleaning takes place, a wool carpet holds on to moisture, and therefore as a natural fibre, it will be one of the first home items to start mould growth. Also, wool is porous, which makes it prone to dirt, pollen, and a good pollution holder which, when stepped on, these particles are expelled into the air. Therefore, it is not suitable for asthmatics.

If you or someone in your family is asthmatic or suffers from similar respiratory allergies, I don’t recommend buying a wool carpet. I would also recommend that other than vacuuming weekly, using a truck mounts carpet cleaner with over 70 Celsius hot steam would be more efficient and ideal to remove and kill dust mites and allergens every three months.

Synthetic Carpet. The prominent synthetic carpets available in Auckland, New Zealand, is Polypropylene and Nylon solution dyes. Polypropylene is zero porous and hard-wearing. Dust and asthma allergens sit on a hard floor. Therefore, each time you step on the nonporous polypropylene, germs and asthma allergens are released back into the air. It is okay for asthmatics, provided that it is vacuumed regularly or at least weekly. A better choice would be availing for six-monthly truck mount carpet cleaning with over 70-Celsius hot steam to help remove and kill dust mites and allergens.

Solution Nylon carpets. This type of carpeting is similar to polypropylene carpets. However, softer and full-bodied. A viable option for asthmatics. Although, for the first month, there can be a small issue that can upset some people with Asthma. In my personal opinion, I didn’t notice any adverse allergies or Asthma with my new Nylon carpet, and I’m usually susceptible to any allergies. Solution Nylon carpets are paired with my regular vacuuming and truck mount hot steam carpet cleaning.

11 Carpet Buying Tips

Carpet Pile Twist

Look at the pile twist in the yarn pieces. Several twists may give you the right carpeting. The number of pile fibre twists will affect the overall performance and the fibre pile’s density. Do not confuse the carpet pile density with the height of the fibre pile. Pile height is not related to density. Thus, it has nothing to do with performance.

Remember that the more spring on your carpet, the more footprints are hidden. Therefore, after quality carpets, you will have to trade off the spring because the more vibrant rugs do not have the twisted crimped texture.

Fibre Stain Protection

You should find stain-protected carpets with soil protection and static guard for the carpets to perform well for over three years. It is recommended for Carpets to be cleaned at least once a year. Most property owners only clean their carpets once a year. However, you may have to carpet clean them for heavy traffic lane areas as often as two times a year.  The carpet industry has introduced some fantastic carpets with stain protection, soil guard, and static protection. New carpets are better than ever before.

Reputable Carpet Dealer

Always buy your carpeting from a reputable carpet dealer.  Look for a long-term quality customer service-oriented carpet dealer with a varied carpet selection. Make sure the dealer stands behind the products they sell.

Types of Carpet

Look at all the different types of buying carpets tips that are available to you. Also, look at the various underlay pad available for the carpet. Don’t skimp on the underlay pad. Just because it’s not visible doesn’t mean it is not essential. A cheap thin underlay will not do your new carpeting any kind and will shorten the life of your carpet. An underpad that is too thin and will not only fall apart under your carpets but will also damage the carpet over it.

Professional Carpet Laying

It would be best if you had your new carpet laying done by a professional carpet laying. The dealer may have their installation crew, or they will be able to direct you to someone they recommend.

Allergies Asthma Carpet or Hard flooring

Vacuum or mop? Making decisions about the right flooring for your home can be challenging if your family has asthma or allergies. Some used to say people with asthma and allergies should replace carpets with hard flooring. But this is no longer thought to be necessarily the best option. Carpets can trap allergens in their pile, while hard floors allow the allergens to float around. Some modern buying carpets tips contain treatments to reduce mould and dust mites, common asthmatic, and allergy triggers.

Prepare The Sub Floor

Remember, the floor where you place the carpet pad should be adequately prepared to protect the investment. The better grades of carpeting usually need a better class of underlay or carpet underlay pad.

Choosing The Right Carpet

The colour and texture will affect the look of the room. Additionally, lighting conditions will change the look of the carpets. If the carpet fibre pile is smooth or even surfaced, a soft plush looks suitable in a formal dining room. Use an Oriental fibre pile weave style to get a formal or commercial look to any room.

To make the room look lighter or brighter, choose a more lustrous carpet fibre. Remember, a smooth, luxurious carpet will show footprints and also vacuum marks. If you like this look, ask for a lustre fibre; but if you don’t like the carpet look, tell the sales rep that you don’t want the pile of a lustrous carpet.

You can get the carpeting on an uneven surface where the looped pile is a bit rough. By combining different collections at different heights, you will have a sculptured look. The colour can also duplicate this look or the carpet being varied colours. You will find that some carpets get this look by carving on the pile of the carpets’ surface.

Remember that a high pile carpet is not suitable for high traffic areas. These fibres will be trampled and harder to clean, so use the best buying carpet tips.

High Carpeting Traffic Areas

The first pile or low loop is an excellent performer in a high-traffic area. You will often see this type of carpeting in offices. It wears like iron and cleans up flatter and easier than a pile carpet to clean. The chunky look of wool Berber carpets will have a level loop pile, so have a popular chunky look.

The hard-wearing factor is important, it will hide the soiling, staining dirt better. Although, not many carpets are as good as level loop pile fibre carpeting.

You Do Get What You Pay For with Carpets

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. A low-quality carpet is a low-quality carpet, that is why it is important to be aware when selecting the carpets you need and like. Therefore, just because the carpets seem like a good price at the time, you might think differently when you have to replace the carpets in 3 years instead of 25 years. So shop for carpet carefully!

Carpet Guarantees/Warranties

Look for the guarantee is on the carpet, furthermore, what the guarantee covers. Does it just replace the carpets, or does it also include the installation; what will void the warranty, and what is also not covered? Know before you buy it.

These ten buying carpet tips will have you choosing the right carpets for the room in no time. Your room will have a brand new facelift and look awesome!

For the Auckland Steam n Dry buying carpet tips experts, call 0800 783-266, or email Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry.

Thus, written by Graeme Stephens 2001. An IICRC Certified Master Restoration Technician with over 33 years of car cleaning and laying experience.

BY GRAEME STEPHENS · PUBLISHED 30/10/2001. UPDATED 05/05/2021

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