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11 Buying New Carpet Tips 

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 buying carpet tips.

  1. Check out the carpet’s performance, health benefits and 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 disappointment.

Below are 11 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 34 years in the carpeting industry, I have worked with the Asthma Society and hard flooring experts. This includes carpet manufacturers and my personal experiences. I have come up with the following findings based on the said factors:

  1. Hardfloor is only beneficial to asthmatics if 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 are expelled up into the air. Thus, asthmatic has to breathe, which causes inflammation and wheezing.

There are two other factors with wool carpets 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 someone in the family is asthmatic or suffering from similar respiratory allergies, I don’t recommend buying a wool carpet. Besides vacuuming weekly, I would also recommend using a truck-mounted carpet cleaner with over 70°C 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, are polypropylene and nylon solution dyes. Polypropylene is zero porous and hard-wearing. Dust and asthma allergens sit on a hard floor. Therefore, germs and asthma allergens are released into the air each time you step on the nonporous polypropylene. It is okay for asthmatics to undergo vacuum cleaning regularly or weekly. A better choice would be availing of six-monthly truck mount carpet cleaning with over 70°C 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 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 hidden footprints. Therefore, you will have to trade the spring after quality carpets because the more vibrant rugs do not have a 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 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 carpet 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. Also, 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 to have your new carpet laying done by a professional carpet laying. The dealer may have their installation crew or direct you to someone they recommend.

Allergies and 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 carpet tips contain treatments to reduce moulds, dust mites, common asthmatic, and allergy triggers.

Prepare The Sub Floor

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

Choosing The Right Carpet

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

Choose a more lustrous carpet fibre to make the room look lighter or brighter. Remember, a smooth, luxurious carpet will show footprints and 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 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 is easier than a pile carpet to clean. The chunky look of wool Berber carpets will have a level loop pile, so it has a popular chunky look.

The hard-wearing factor is essential, and 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. Of course, a cheap carpet is a low-quality carpet. That is why it is essential to be aware when selecting the carpets you need and like. Therefore, just because the carpets seem like a reasonable price at the time, you might think the other way when you have to replace the carpets in 3 years instead of 25 years. So shop for the carpet carefully!

Carpet Guarantees/Warranties

Look for the guarantee on the carpet, and what the guarantee covers.

  • Does it just replace the carpets
  • Does it also include the installation
  • What will void the warranty
  • What is not covered
  • Know before you buy it

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

For the Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry Buying Carpet Tips Experts, call 0800 783-266 or email Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry.


Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 35 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland service experience.

Updated: 16/04/2022

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