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What to know about carpet

Carpet flooring is a beautiful addition to your home, being stylish and up-to-date with technological advances that keep making it better and better. You'll see hundreds of rolls in all colors, patterns, and styles when you come into a carpet flooring store, and there are some terms you should know. It's unnecessary to be an expert, but the more you know when shopping for carpet in Charlotte, NC, the easier the process will be for you.

Fiber: the most crucial decision you'll make

The very foundation of a rug, fiber, is the material from which the yarns are made.
They are broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic, and they are both excellent choices. Ultimately, it will come down to how much you value specific characteristics.

Although there are acrylics and blends, there are five most commonly chosen. Wool is natural, and it is soft, durable, and white. Don't worry about the color; natural oils with tiny scales repel dirt. It is somewhat absorbent, so spills should be wiped immediately.

Synthetics include nylon, known for super strength and resiliency. It has good stain resistance when a protectant is used. Polyester is hydrophobic, meaning that it doesn't absorb. It is a little less resilient than nylon, so it's best used on moderately foot trafficked floors.

Olefin (polypropylene) is most closely associated with Berber (looped) styles. Triexta is relatively new to the market, but it already has a reputation for superior strength and permanent stain resistance built into the fiber. It's also budget-friendly, so it's often used in commercial rugs.

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Carpet pile: another important decision

First, a carpet anatomy lesson: All rugs start as a straight loop; the fibers are pulled through the backing, much like needlepoint. An example is a Berber style. They either stay that way or cut at various lengths, referred to as cut piles. Some rug piles are high, with long loose fibers such as the shag; others are low, with short, tightly woven fibers. The Saxony is considered a medium carpet pile. A carpet's pile affects style, texture, and the feeling underfoot and sometimes performance; low pile rugs are easier to clean and more durable, which is why you'll always see them in busy offices.

"Luxury at your feet'' is our tagline and our experts can help you choose the right carpet for your home. Come into the Floor & Interiors By Design showroom in Charlotte, NC for some information, a free consultation, and a free carpet flooring quote. We service areas in and around Charlotte, NC, Huntersville, NC, Matthews, NC, Concord, NC, Kannapolis, NC and Cornelius, NC.