The Beginner`s guide to Choosing a Low-Maintenance Carpet

 

Moving into a new home or simply refurbishing your current place of residency comes with a lot of anxiety, financial struggles and great time management skills. And although buying new furniture and reorganizing may be a dream come true for any interior design geek, to most of us mere mortals these tasks challenge our overthinking nature and of course, the depths of our wallet.

Now I know that going to Ikea may be a great Sunday activity, because you get to browse hundreds of eye-catching decoration pieces, testing the softness of mattresses and picking the best set of cutlery. But those actions may be time-consuming and an annoyance evoking chore for those who share no excitement or interest whatsoever when engaging in such wasteful acts.

Before embarking on the journey of renovating their home, one should always take the basics of it into consideration first. Forget about the bedframe and the shoe rack, because they won’t be of great importance and use unless there is a stable and a good looking floor beneath them. Choosing the perfect carpet for each room of your home is the most significant task before there’s permanent residency in the property.

The Pros and Cons of Having Carpets at Home?

Many would say that hardwood flooring is the way to go, because it offers an undoubted appeal to any indoor space, is easy to clean and can be always covered with colorful rugs which could be replaced in accordance to the season. However, carpeting is still a viable option for those who seek eternal comfort and coziness all throughout the year. Although carpeting is considered to be more inexpensive than traditional wood flooring it still is hard to maintain when exposed to various unsanitary conditions. It does offer advantages to families who prefer stepping on soft surfaces and have toddlers who like crawling everywhere. So let’s break down the best and worst parts of having carpeted floors at home.

easy to clean carpets

Advantages of Carpets

Most often people would prefer to have a nice surface to walk onto and one that matches the overall atmosphere, purposes and design of the indoor space. Therefore carpets do have a lot to contribute to any home’s appearance. Here are some reasons why homeowners should opt for carpeting:

  • Carpets are a great combination of style and feasibility.
  • Once installed, they act as a non-slippery surface which makes them perfect for stairways.
  • No more squeaky noises! The carpet is perfect for baby nurseries and bedrooms, where silence is cherished.
  • During the colder months, you will always be stepping on warm and fluffy floors. Slippers can be put to rest.

Disadvantages of Carpets

Although carpet have many benefits, there sure are some cons of carpeting your home like:

  • They trap moisture and dust, which could cause allergies.
  • When stained and damaged, the process of replacing the old carpeting with a new one is costly.
  • Walking with your shoes on the carpet is a BIG no-no, because the carpet fibres capture all the dirt and can hold onto it for as long as you don’t vacuum it.
  • Maintaining a carpet in good conditions is also more than just a regular household chore, because no store bought cleaning tools and detergents can prevent wearing out of the carpet fabric.

Choosing the ideal Carpet

Depending on where you want to have carpeting there are a few staple questions you should ask yourself before purchasing anything for that matter:

  • Is the room a high-traffic area?
  • Will there be many furniture pieces on top of the carpet?
  • Is appeal more important than practicality?
  • Am I searching for a budget-friendly carpet or can I splurge?

After you have answered all of these questions and it has become clear that although good looking carpets with intriguing designs and colours are eye candy for you but you’d rather invest in a more affordable and easy to clean floor covering, then you have narrowed your choices to the good old

Low-Maintenance Carpets

Even though these types of carpets are a luxury of the modern age in which synthetic materials are used in the mass production of almost any furniture piece, they do still hold a warm spot in anyone with a more practical approach to furnishing.

When choosing a low-maintenance carpet there are a few things, you should take into consideration:

  • Material
  • Pile
  • Height and density

Convenient Carpet Materials

Unlike the natural carpet fibre which is made out of cotton or wool, synthetic fibres are less prone to breakage and therefore don’t require too much effort to retain their initial look, however there are differences which make certain fabrics more superior than others.

Nylon is one of the most common synthetic carpet fibres because of its ease of cleaning and its resilience.

Another great and frequently manufactured carpet material is polypropylene. These carpet fibres allow easy and efficient cleaning, but are not prone to staining.

Acrylic carpets are a great dupe of wool ones but are indeed more affordable. The acrylic fibres don’t retain any liquids and their colour doesn’t vanish as the time goes by.

Therefore these three synthetic materials are what you should be looking for when buying a low-maintenance floor covering.

Types of Carpet Fibre Pile

The construction of the carpet fibres is also a significant part of its durability and sanitary efficiency.

When searching for a low-maintenance carpet, you should look for one with a loop pile - this type of carpet structure is most suitable for high-traffic areas, because the fibres are formed into loops and then tufted through the backing. The lower the pile the easier the cleaning process.

Cut loop pile carpets are also suitable for those who seek both practicality and style - they are a combination of cut and loop pile fibres which makes them way softer than the loop pile ones but easier to upkeep than the cut pile carpets.

Density and height of the fibres

The more fibres there are in a carpet structure the thicker its surface will be, making it sturdier, but definitely harder to maintain because of its proneness to trapping more dirt. Therefore opting for a medium-density carpet would be encouraged, especially when you can’t keep up with the constant vacuuming.

The height of the fibers is also a key characteristic to consider when buying any carpeting. The lower the height, the more painless and undemanding the sanitation procedures would be.

Cleaning a Low-Maintenance Carpet

As you have probably figured it out already, low-maintenance carpets have their specific needs, too depending on their material characteristics. Of course, the reason why you prefer to invest in such floor coverings is because you want to know that no rigorous maintenance techniques will be required to keep the carpeting in a somewhat agreeable condition.

But if you have been too caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, even this part of your home can be easily forgotten about, unless you have pets which have gracefully left an immense amount of their hair onto the carpet surface.

Whether you don’t have time to deal with the sanitation of your home or you simply want to make sure that the carpeting is professionally treated once in a while, “Number One Carpet Cleaning”’s assistance is just one call away. Contact us and we’ll make sure that these low-maintenance carpets will last you a lifetime.