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There are a few things you should look at when selecting the right carpet for your home...
Wool is one of the greenest (if not the greenest carpet) carpet there is. Made of sheep’s wool it is inherently stain and soil resistant. It is the toughest wearing fiber there is. Due to its natural structure wool creates pockets of air which act as a barrier to heat loss. You can save up to 12% on your energy bill through thermal insulation effects of wool carpet – it keeps rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. With that being said it is also one of the more expensive fibers.
Here at Clawes about 90% of what we sell is nylon products. Aside from wool it is the best wearing fiber. You will find it constructed a few different ways.
Polyester (also known as PET polyethylene terephthalate) is a synthetic fiber. Advantages to this fiber are that it is inherently stain and soil resistant, comes in bold, bright colors and is considerably less than nylon. Disadvantage being that it is not as durable or resilient as nylon.
The tighter the twist the better the wear is when it comes to carpet. A product that does not have a tight twist will bloom over time more quickly (where it slightly unravels at the tip).
Density of the carpet plays into how well it is going to wear. So if you have a high traffic area such as a hall, steps or family room you are going to want a product that is at least a 35 ounce weight or above.
Loop or cut pile? When it comes to wear the construction of the carpet (loop/berber or cut pile) is not a factor. Some things you may want to consider though are…
If you have a cat or small dog you may want to NOT go with a loop simply for the fact they can get their clawes under there and create a snag in the carpet.
Looking for a carpet to help camouflage your high traffic home? You should consider a textured carpet (slightly cut at 2 different lengths) to hide foot prints and vacuum prints.
Choose a carpet that is not too light, or not too dark. A very light colored carpet will show more dirt and soil. A very dark colored carpet will show lint and hair.
Have a basement that gets a lot of dirt and soil coming in and out? Choose a carpet that has different flecks of color vs. a solid color carpet. The more color variation the better!
BCF vs. Stapled Yarns
Bulk continuous filament (BCF) is one continuous fiber. So you will get minimal loss of fiber or shedding. A stapled yarn is not continuous, therefore having more loss of fiber over time and with wear. BCF is preferred for any moderate to high traffic area.