Getting to Know Your Carpet

Oh, carpet.

Carpet is like an old family friend. It has been around for a long as we can remember, comforting us, cushioning our every step and adding that extra aesthetic value to our lives. But when you think about it, how well do we REALLY know carpet?

Well, this article from DIYNetwork.com helps to shed a little light on our often-overlooked flooring friend.

Carpet is, as you would have probably guessed, made of fabric, either natural or synthetic. Natural fibers are led by none other than wool. It is the number one selling natural fiber, providing both wear-ability and clean-ability. The only downfall to wool is that it is not hypoallergenic.

Synthetic fibers, meanwhile, come in four categories:

Acrylic: This synthetic fiber is made to replicate wool. Acrylic is colorfast and resists stains and sun bleaching. While it is a bit harder to clean than wool, it is hypoallergenic.

Nylon: This is the king of the carpet world. Nylon is resistant to stains, static electricity and wear. Its nature reduces shedding and it absorbs dyes well

Olefin/polypropylene: This synthetic fiber makes great indoor-outdoor carpeting.

Polyester: This hypoallergenic synthetic fiber is also fairly resilient and will not wear easily. It handles sun well but is a bit more difficult to clean than nylon or wool and tends to lose its bounce fairly easily.

Now carpet of any type is nice, but it cannot do the job alone.

Padding, placed under the carpet, can be just as crucial (if not more crucial) to your carpets performance than the type of fiber you choose. Padding comes in several types, including:

Felt: This padding is made of animal hair or jute (the glossy fiber of certain Asian plants—Corchorus olitorius and C. capsularis—for all you botanists). It is quite pricey and works well with woven carpets.

Urethane foam: This padding is the most common form of padding and comes in many densities. When shopping for it do the Mr. Whipple and squeeze the Charmin out of it to check how dense the product is. If it flattens easily between your fingers, there isn’t much there but air.

Rebond: This padding is recycled urethane leftovers scrunched together. It’s available in your basic plethora of thicknesses and you should shop for it as you do for urethane foam. In other words: squeeze away.

I hope this article has helped you get to know your carpet a little better.

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