How to Choose the Best Quality Carpet In Melbourne
Do you want to walk on the soft side of carpet? We will explain the different types of carpet piles, how to find them in stores and what the average costs are.
Which carpet material is the best?
There is no one carpet fibre that is right for everyone. The best carpet choice depends on the location, the person using it, the amount of traffic it will receive, and your budget.
Wool carpet is just like your favourite jumper. It’s warm, luxurious, and durable. It is also more expensive than other fibres. Wool is a good choice for areas where aesthetics are important. It is naturally stain-resistant and can withstand liquid-based spills. However, you will need to quickly clean up any spillages. Wool carpets that are cheaper will likely pill.
Nylon is a man-made fibre that is strong and durable. Nylon is a popular choice for carpets because it’s less expensive than wool, and some look even better with an added stain-resistant feature. It will not fade from sunlight or cleaning, so it is ideal for high-traffic areas such as homes with children and pets.
Polypropylene, a synthetic fibre, is popular for its affordability, water resistance, and durability. It is often used to rent properties, garages, or playrooms. However, it feels and looks cheap because of its low cost.
Nylon blend carpets can offer you all the benefits of wool carpets at a fraction of the cost.
Wilton and Axminster carpets are made from a blend of wool and nylon. They have the same quality as pure wool. Blends of 50/50 wool/nylon can be difficult to clean as the nylon cannot be added to it to resist staining. These blends often use lower quality wool yarn, which can pill.
What other information do you need about carpet buying?
Before you go to the shops
It doesn’t matter what colour or type of pile you choose, but it is important to have an idea. Professional carpet cleaning should be done at least once per year. The right colour and pile can hide dirt and stains between cleanings.
Is it important which carpet colour you choose?
- Lighter colours look great in small spaces but will show stains better than darker colours.
- Dark colours hide stains but show lint.
- Speckled Carpets will hide stains and lint but some people believe they look dirty even though they are clean.
You should remember that colours can look very different online. Your screen and the image you are viewing can both have flaws. You can either see the carpet in person or have samples sent to you.
What kind of carpet should you choose?
The pile refers to the length of the carpet’s fibres. The longer the pile, the carpet will be shaggier.
- Loop pile carpet is made up of individual yarn strands that are pulled through the backing twice to form a small loop. It is more casual and hides footprints better than other carpets.
- Cut pile carpets are made with the loops at the top leaving straight-up yarn tufts. This carpet has a more formal, luxurious look than the loop pile but can show footprints and tracks from vacuum cleaners.
- Twist pile Carpets are designed to hide footprints and vacuum tracks. They twist the fibre ends tightly, but they can show dark and light spots over time.
- Loop pile carpets allow you to create different pile heights, which allows you to make textured carpet designs. This is a great way to hide footprints and dirt, but they are also more difficult to clean.
What should you look out for in a store?
There are a few things you should do before heading to the carpet shop.
Density is the ratio of tufts to pile yarn and the carpet’s density. The carpet sample can be checked for density by being bent in a U-shape with the tufts facing forward. The carpet will be denser if you have less backing. The denser the carpet, the better.
Durability: Look for the label
The durability story is not just about density. The quality of the fibre and the construction are also important. This can be difficult for average punters to assess.
The Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS) was developed by the Carpet Institute of Australia. It is a voluntary industry labelling system and grading system that carpets of all fibres can use.
Carpets have a star rating of 6 for residential use and 4 for commercial or contract. This indicates how well the carpet performed in independent wear tests and performance tests. You will also find information on the label about whether the carpet is suitable for light, medium, heavy, or extra-heavy traffic. For high traffic areas like stairs, hallways, entranceways and children’s playrooms, get a heavy-duty rating.
Before you buy
Your carpet’s appearance will be affected by the lighting and other materials. You can take samples home to test them under various lighting conditions, such as natural daylight, artificial lighting or disco lights.
Underlay will help extend the life of your carpet, absorb sound, protect floors from scratches, and add insulation. When you purchase your carpet, make sure to choose it.
There are two options: rubber or foam underlay. There are many types of underlay. Make sure you stand on it to check that it is firm and comfortable.
The carpet installation will be more affordable if it is done by the company that you bought it. Get a detailed quote from the retailer. Most quotes will include installation and underlay, but not always moving the furniture.
How much does carpet cost?
Broadloom meters are the most common way to price carpet. When comparing carpet prices with other floor coverings such as timber or tiles, remember to convert square metres to the broadloom metre.
How often do carpets need to be replaced?
You can replace your carpet every 10-15 years depending on how often you use it, the amount of stains that it gets, and the wear and tear it takes. Carpets that are frequented by people, such as living rooms and hallways, will tend to wear faster. You should keep the carpet offcuts or buy extra carpet when it was installed. This will allow you to replace the carpet as needed.
Broadloom Metre: 1mx3.66m
Solution Dying refers to adding colour to nylon carpet fibres during production rather than applying it to the surface after. This makes the carpet colourfast against sunlight and cleaning.
Berber carpets are made from thick yarns that have been tufted into large loop tufts. These carpets are usually made in earth tones and have a flecked appearance which makes them great for hiding stains.
Cord carpets are Sisal-style/cord carpets with tighter loops than Berbers. They have a stiffer feel, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.
Plush/velvet carpets are made with a pile that has been cut multiple times to give it a velvety sheen. However, this also exposes every footprint.
Saxony Carpets look similar to velvet but are not as smooth.
Twist carpets are made with tightly twisted fibres, which curl slightly at the pile’s surface. They are suitable for high-traffic areas because they hide footprints and vacuum marks.