Carpet is still the flooring of choice for many American homeowners where warmth and comfort are a priority in their decorating. Choosing the right color and style with confidence is easier if you have a basic understanding of today’s carpet fashions and how they apply to your personal tastes and lifestyle.
Low-luster yarns will show fewer footprints, while high luster, shiny yarns show more highlights and accents. To minimize maintenance light colors are best when restricted to low traffic areas such as dining rooms, formal living rooms and guest bedrooms. Carpets with higher twist levels will hold their like-new appearance longer, even in traffic areas.
Color is always first on our minds when it comes to choosing a floor. Consider how you want the carpet to coordinate with your interior. Do you want the carpet to be the focal point or blend with your interior?
High Traffic areas, such as hallways and entry ways require durable carpets made of resilient fibers engineered to resist wear abrasion, crushing and matting. Other areas, such as bedrooms and family rooms may have high traffic areas as well. Take a moment to inspect the carpet you are replacing before it is removed to identify high traffic areas in your home.
The performance and quality of a carpet is directly related to the amount and quality of fiber that goes into the pile. The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform. Thin, less dense carpet will lose its surface appearance faster. It is best to buy the highest quality carpet and cushion that you can afford.
The most common fibers used in carpet today are nylon, olefin, polyester and natural fibers such as wool or sisal. The inherent characteristics found in each of these fibers helps determine their use and color offering. Premium, nylon soft fibers are extremely popular and offer superior soil-hiding characteristics, comfort, durability and brilliant color palettes.
With soil-resistant treated carpets you no longer have to be afraid of choosing a lighter, more vibrant color to enhance your decor. Mohawk’s Forever Fresh gives added protection to your carpet for when those inevitable accidents or spills occur.
Most residential carpets offer some type of stain resistance. Those who enjoy entertaining or who have children and pets should consider carpets with high levels of stain resistance.
Carpet construction varies from loops, cut piles to patterns which produce different degrees of texture, appearance and durability. Each type of construction is designed to meet the diverse lifestyles of today’s families.
Carpets last longer and perform better when the proper Padding is used underneath. Although carpet Padding is often thought of as an add-on it is an integral part of the carpet system. See Mohawk’s Carpet Cushion for more detailed information.