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What carpet material is best for your home?

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The look, feel and quality of a carpet is largely dependent on the carpet material used to make it.

 

The four main carpet materials used in the UK are – Wool, Polypropylene, Nylon and Polyester, or a mix these 4 fibres.

Wool
Wool is the most desirable choice of carpet material, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s 100% natural, has great durability and stain resistant properties.Wool is also naturally flame-retardant, is soft underfoot and very hardwearing.

Wool is more expensive than other manmade alternatives but a great choice if you want luxurious carpets that will last decades.

Polyester
Most like wool in appearance and feel, modern polyester produces a natural softness. It is warm and easily cleaned. It’s commonly used in long pile carpets, as it has a glossy appearance.

We don’t recommend that you lay polyester in high traffic areas such as hallways or main living areas, as it can show its age after just a few years.

Polypropylene
Polypropylene is resistant to stains as the colour is locked in during the manufacturing process. Polypropylene is not only hard wearing but it’s also fade resistant. Polypropylene is very good value for money, and so can be a good budget carpet option.

We recommend this type of carpet material in children’s bedrooms and playrooms where spills can be common.

Nylon (also known as Polyamide)
Nylon is a popular choice for homeowners as it is good for almost any part of the home, including high-traffic areas. It wears well and doesn’t flatten as easily as polypropylene or polyester. It’s also stain-resistant and easy to clean.

One drawback of nylon is that it tends to build up a static charge, which is transferred to a person walking across the carpet.

Underlay
Don’t forget that the quality of the underlay used will make a huge difference to the appearance of your carpet and how long it lasts.

 

For more advice on what carpets to choose for your home contact us on 01234 354882.

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