1. What is the difference between nylon carpet and wool carpet?
Wool is a natural fibre available from a variety of sheep breeds and its structure contributes to a wide range of carpet performance benefits. Nylon (Polyamide) is man-made formed during the extrusion process. Nylon is available undyed or as a SDN (Solution Dyed Nylon) option providing an extensive range of colours with improved stain resistance and colour fade properties. Both wool and nylon carpets have a proven history of durability and appearance retention as well as contributing to the control of excessive noise, temperature and humidity.
2. What is the difference between nylon carpet and polypropylene carpet?
Nylon and polypropylene are both man made continuous filament extruded fibres. Polypropylene is not available as a stock dye option.
Polypropylene is often the lowest cost carpet as it is the easiest fibre to extrude. It is more commonly used in low profile, dense carpet constructions due to low fibre resilience which may affect performance in the past, however with new technology they have made the structure of the fibre more resilient to wear.
Nylon (Polyamide) is also man made and formed during the extrusion process. Nylon is available undyed or as a SDN (Solution Dyed Nylon) option providing a wider range of colours with improved stain resistance and colour fade properties. Nylon carpets have a proven history of durability and appearance retention as well as contributing to the control of excessive noise, temperature and humidity. Nylon carpets often look and feel superior to polypropylene carpets
3. What’s twist carpet?
Twist is the number of turns put into the carpet fibre or yarn. Almost all carpets have twisted yarns. As a general rule, the more twist or turns on a fibre, the better performance you can expect. Yarns that are twisted tighter have a different feel compared to those that are looser.
4. Should I buy plush or twist pile carpet
A plush pile carpet is very luxurious and comfortable to live with. A twist pile carpet has the added benefit of minimising the appearance of tracking or foot marking. We recommend that you select products depending on your lifestyle and the foot traffic in your home.
5. If I bend the carpet and see the backing does this mean the carpet is low quality?
No. All carpets, except woven carpets, are made with spaces between the tufts (ends). Remember, except when used on stairs, carpet is laid flat on the floor. You can feel the thickness or density of different carpets by sticking your fingers into the pile, but make sure you do it on a flat surface. As a general rule, thicker, tighter, denser carpets perform better.
6. Do you need a special vacuum cleaner for different styles of carpet?
We recommend you use a different vacuum cleaner for different carpet styles. For low cut pile carpets, we suggest a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush that agitates the pile and loosens the soil for easier carpet maintenance. When vacuuming loop pile, cut-loop pile or berber carpet, we recommend that you turn the brush off or change the head to prevent excess fuzzing. For thicker carpets with a higher pile, the height of beaters may be raised and/or suction level reduced to make vacuuming easier.
7. What is the best carpet?
The best carpet depends on your lifestyle. Consider the following:
• Do you have a family that spends a lot of time at home?
• What are the high traffic areas around your home?
• What is the likelihood of staining (from mud, food, etc)?
• Do you have pets?
• Do you want to create a certain style?
• What is your budget?
8. Why can the colour of carpet look different at home?
Lighting can change your perception of carpet colour, making it look like particular areas are lighter or darker than others. The lighting environment between a carpet retail store and your home may also vary, therefore we recommend that you take a sample of carpet and view it in your home for colour before making your final purchasing decision. Also, during use, pressure on carpet pile causes the pile to lie in different directions creating the effect of “shading”. This shading is a characteristic of cut-pile carpets (particularly solid colour). Though on occasions dramatically affecting appearance, it has no detrimental effect on the performance of the carpet.
9. How wide is carpet?
The standard width for carpet in Australia is 3.66 metres; however, some styles of carpet are produced in widths of 4 metres.
10. Which is better: wool or synthetic carpet?
Both fibre types have great characteristics; neither fibre type is better than the other. A quality carpet is made with superior materials through a well-monitored manufacturing process using the latest technology. This level of craftsmanship will produce a carpet that offers maximum performance.
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