When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
At first glance, carpeting may all look the same and you may not think there is much difference in the types of carpeting available for your home. In truth however, there is a wide range of choices when it comes to the material used for carpeting and the length and density of the fibers, all of which will affect how carpeting feels and its overall longevity. If you're in the market for new carpeting for your home, note a few simple terms and factors about carpeting in general so you make the right choice.
The fibers of carpeting can be made from wool or a synthetic material like nylon. Wool is very thick and durable and offers a natural resistance to stains, and is very warm. This is why 100% wool carpeting is usually more expensive than carpet made with any other fiber. Nylon is also very popular because it's so durable, although it may not have the same comfortable texture as well. Polyester fibers are not as durable as nylon or wool but it's very stain-resistant.
Acrylic is also a popular option that is very durable and it also doesn't fade as easily in sunlight, so it may be good for tropical areas. This material too is not as soft as wool, which is why it's often more affordable. Carpet fibers can also be blends of any of these materials; you might choose a wool-nylon blend to save some money while still getting a comfortable carpet that stays warm.
This refers to how the fibers are woven and cut, and the carpet pile is what gives it its thickness and texture. Saxony is a very dense, thick pile that is very comfortable but which is prone to showing footprints and marks from the vacuum cleaner. Frieze pile is very short and dense and often used for high-traffic areas such as offices and commercial buildings. While it's very durable, it may be not be an attractive or comfortable choice for a home. Textured pile is a good compromise; it's not as thick as Saxony pile but is longer than frieze pile, making it more comfortable under your feet.
Loop pile carpeting is more durable but suited for homes; this is a pile that is looped back into the carpeting, giving it a thicker feeling. Berber is a type of loop pile that is very dense and comfortable, and also very durable. Level loop is also thick and very durable, but not as plush and thick as Berber. It may be good for high traffic areas such as a hallway or family room.
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