Important Factors For Selecting Your Home's Carpet.
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Pile Height and Density:
When shopping for carpet you will hear terms like face weight, density and twist. These are the three things that determine the construction of the carpet’s surface. First of allface weight is just the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet expressed in ounces per square yard. This number is not to be confused with “total weight” which refers to the face weight PLUS the weight of the latex and the two backings. Some misinformed salespeople will proudly proclaim a carpet to have a weight of 70 or 80 ounces. In most cases this is the “total weight” not the face weight. DO NOT purchase a carpet just because it has a higher face weight. Back in the days when SEARS sold carpet they were famous for selling carpet by the pound. Their salespeople would exclaim “Well Lady this is a 60 ounce carpet for only $14.99″. The uninformed buyer, not knowing any better, would be impressed.
The term density is simply what the name implies. The closer together the strands of the fiber are together at the base of the carpet, the more dense the carpet. Density is important because it effects how the carpet is going to look and perform. For example a low face weight carpet i.e. 18 ounces, if constructed in a loop that is extremely dense, will last for years. A prime example is that old kitchen carpet made from nylon. It lasted for years in your KITCHEN! Nylon is so strong, that even 18 ounces performed when constructed in a dense short pile. If one were to make a carpet less dense, then the amount of yarn and its twist level would have to increase in order to achieve the same level of performance. And remember; carpet performance is always improved by regular or annual cleaning. Go to the Best Carpet Cleaner in Erie, CO 80516 to find out more.
Twist level is the amount of twist that two plies (or more) of fiber are given. You can sometimes count the twists by examining the face of the carpet carefully. The more twist in the fiber, the less dense the carpet has to be, and it can even have less fiber. A short, medium dense, 40 ounce face fiber, high twist carpet will last as long as many looped carpets. A twist level of six twists per inch is a good starting point. This means in a inch of a two ply fiber there would be six turns or twist that you could count.
There is an old saying in the carpet business. “The shorter, the tighter the twist, the denser, the better the carpet. ” The short tight twist carpet is called a frieze This is the best wearing style of carpet that is not a loop pile i.e. commercial carpet. A frieze with a longer pile and a little less density is a style called textured plush. This style is still excellent for wear, and has a elegant look. A textured plush with even less yarn creates a style called a textured Saxony. This style is still going to perform well, but in the very heavy traffic areas some crushing will be noticeable. Remove even more yarn while keeping the same longer pile, will create a shag carpet. Shags are casual, and if tightly twisted, can give years of service. Shags will crush, but will recover with a good vacuuming, but only if the carpet is kept clean. For longer lasting carpet, have us clean it on an annual basis at the Best Carpet Cleaner in Erie, CO 80516.