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The Right Carpet for Your Home

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The right carpet can provide warmth, character, and pure luxury. Whether you want to redo your living room or bedroom or hallway, knowing which type of carpet to buy is important.

Broadloom Carpet

Broadloom carpet is a type of carpet that comes in rolls that are usually 6 feet wide and up to 100 feet long. This type of carpet is most often used in commercial settings, such as office buildings and hotels, and less often in residential settings. Broadloom carpet is typically dense and heavy, so it can be difficult to install without professional help. Also, broadloom carpet is high-maintenance, requiring professional cleaning to ensure that it looks its best.


Vertical-Woven Carpet

Vertical-woven carpet is made by binding or weaving fibres together in a way that causes them to stand straight up. It is often referred to as "Berber" or loop-style carpet and is typically found in homes. This type of carpet is relatively thin, so it can be laid quickly and easily, and requires only occasional cleaning to maintain its appearance.

Roll-Up Carpet

Rolled carpet is a type of carpet that is made of either synthetic or natural fibres. It is typically sold in 12- or 15-foot widths, and can be up to 100 feet long. This type of carpet is easy to install and maintain and is a good choice for high-traffic areas. It is also a good choice for people who have allergies, as it does not trap dust and other allergens.

Area Rugs

Area rugs are a type of rolled-up carpet that is typically used to cover a specific area, such as a living room or bedroom. Area rugs are available in a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials that can enhance the look and feel of any room. Area rugs are also easy to clean and maintain and can be moved from room to room as needed.


Tufted Carpet

Tufted carpet is made by binding fibre strips together, then inserting them into a thin fabric backing. The tufts are then cut to the desired length, leaving the tips of the fibres exposed. This type of carpet is soft and luxurious and is often used in bedrooms and other high-use areas. It is easy to clean, but its durability is somewhat limited.

Loop Carpet

Loop carpet is made from either polyester or nylon fibres that have been twisted into a continuous strand. It is then woven into a backing material to form a thin, dense carpet. This type of carpet is durable and has a low-pile height, making it an ideal choice for walkways. It also tends to be easy to clean.

Backing Material

The backing material of a carpet serves as the foundation for the fibres, so it needs to be durable and strong. Some backing materials include:

Wool Carpeting: Wool is a popular choice for carpets because it is durable and resilient and can last a long time.

Polypropylene Carpeting: Polypropylene carpets are made using continuous filaments, so they have a tight, heat-set pile that is resistant to crushing and stretching.

Jute Carpeting: Jute carpets are made from natural fibre and are biodegradable. They are also resistant to staining and fading.

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Nylon Carpeting: Nylon is a synthetic fibre that is strong and durable. It is also resistant to staining, fading, and mildew.

Synthetic Carpeting: Synthetic carpets are made from man-made fibres and are typically less expensive than other types of carpeting. They are also resistant to staining, fading, and mildew.


Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is a layer of material that is installed between the floor and the carpet. It serves to protect the floor and to extend the life of the carpet. Carpet padding is available in a variety of materials, including foam, felt, and rubber. It is also available in a variety of thicknesses to match the needs of each individual.

Carpet Selection

Choosing the right type of carpet can be difficult because there are so many factors to consider. However, with some time and research, you can find the perfect carpet for your home. When selecting a carpet, be sure to consider the:

  1. Location of the Carpet: Where will the carpet be installed?
  2. Traffic Levels: How much traffic will the carpet see?
  3. Style of the Room: What style of room will the carpet be installed in?
  4. Budget: How much can you afford to spend?
  5. Cleaning and Maintenance: How easy is the carpet to clean and maintain?

When selecting a carpet, be sure to consider the traffic levels. Carpets designed for high-traffic; high-use areas will not hold up in less-traveled places. Also, consider the style of the room when choosing a carpet. If you are installing a carpet in a formal living room, you will want to choose a different type of carpet than if you were installing it in a playroom.


Colour Selection

When selecting a carpet colour, be sure to consider the other colours in the room. You will want to choose a shade that blends well with the other items in the room. You should also consider your own personal tastes and preferences, as well as those of your family.

Remember to keep the colours of the carpet and its padding consistent if you are installing a matching colour for your home. If you plan to install a contrasting colour, make sure that it brings the room together in the way you want.

Carpet Maintenance and Cleaning

Regardless of the type of carpet you choose, it is important to clean it regularly in order to keep it looking its best. Carpet cleaning can be a difficult task, but there are a few tips that can help:

  • vacuum the carpet regularly;
  • stains should be treated as soon as possible;
  • carpet should be professionally cleaned once or twice a year.
  • Avoid getting your carpet wet, because it can cause mildew to grow in the fibres of the carpet.
  • When it comes to cleaning your carpet, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Be sure to consult with a carpet manufacturer or carpet retailer if you have specific questions about your own carpet.
  • Do not use bleach while cleaning your carpets because it can damage them over time.


In many cases, homeowners make the mistake of choosing a carpet for their home simply because they like its appearance. However, it is important to consider other factors, such as traffic levels, cleaning and maintenance, and color selection. With a little research, you can find the perfect carpet for your home.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Charlene Gallant

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