How to identify a good carpet from the lot?

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Carpet is an expensive purchase and you need to judge a piece thoroughly before making a choice. However, the question is, how will you differentiate a good product from the bad?  Is the external feature the only criterion? The answer is No.

The following blog will make you a pro in identifying a good carpet. Read on to know more.

Weight

The weight of the carpet plays an important role in determining its durability as gives you an idea on the number of fibers present. However, in some cases, it is seen that the height of the fibers and not the weight that influence the quality of a carpet. Still, it is a good idea to go for carpets that are more than 35 ounces ( 992 grams) in face weight (weight of carpet per square yard).

Fiber Types

Fiber determines the look, feel, and price of the carpet. Here are the most popular fiber types available nowadays.

  • Nylon

This is the most common fiber type. It is highly durable, resistant to wear and tear.  Generally, prone to stains, though treatments are available to protect it. The carpet can fade if kept in the sunlight for long.

  • Olefin

Not as flexible as nylon, but the colors stay longer in Olefin. It is also resistant to wear and tear, resistant to mold and mildew, thus a good choice for outdoor carpeting. However, it is not very comfortable fabric to walk with bare feet because of its coarse fibers.

  • Polyester

Quite a popular option nowadays as it is affordable when compared to its counterparts. However, it is not suitable for high traffic areas because of less flexibility.

  • Acrylic:

Due to its wool-like look and cost-effectiveness, Acrylic carpets are slowly gaining popularity. It is also resistant to molds and mildew, hence a good option for outdoors.

  • Wool

Wool is the expensive fiber in the lot as it is a natural fiber. It feels good against the skin and is quite durable. However, it is not stain and dirt resistant and can fade easily in direct sunlight.

  • Blend

Blends of fibers are quite popular nowadays as they improve the quality of carpet on the whole in terms of homes interiors , feel and durability. The common blends are wool and nylon, and olefin and nylon.

Fiber Construction

  • Bulked Continuous Filament (BCF)

Made from a single strand of fiber, texture is added to the thread to add to the bulk of the carpet and make the twist more permanent.

  • Staple

Staple involves usage of short pieces of yarn, which cause the carpet to shed fibers and thus be removed by using a vacuum cleaner.

  • Twist

Here the fibers are twisted with additional fibers to give strength to the final carpet. This makes it more durable.

  • Heat Setting

In heat setting, the twist is locked, to strengthen the final product.

  • Tufting

The last step, here the fibers are pushed through needles and tufted to the back. This determines the density of the carpet due to the amount of yarn and closeness between tufts

Density

Density is a critical factor determining the quality of the carpet as it shows how many fibers are used and how close they are tufted together. According to carpet experts, denser the carpet better is its quality. You can test it by running your fingers through the carpet. In case, it is hard to feel the backing, carpet is dense.

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Author: Isha Mathur

She studied Instrumentation engineering but found her soulmate in writing. When not scribbling, you can find her drinking tea and talking all around the office.

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