Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Carpet Knowledge

Here is some basic carpet knowledge I have gathered and think it will be very useful. 

Carpet is measured in yards.

1 square foot is equivalent to 9 square yards. So if your room is 300 sq ft then divide it by 9 to get how many square yards you will need in carpet.

You want to make sure the nap of the carpet is running in the same direction throughout the entire space. 

There are many types of carpet fibers and ways they are formed. They are listed below.


  • altSmooth, soft, cut-pile surface
  • Versatile in performance and in appearance
  • Works well with traditional rooms
  • Used frequently in formal areas

Textured Saxony

  • altTextured surface helps hide footprints
  • Great casual appearance
  • Extremely popular style
  • Ideal for active families
  • Used in any room


  • Fine, tip-sheared surface
  • Elegant style, very formal


  • altTextured surface, with nubby appearance
  • Extremely durable and long wearing
  • Great for active rooms

Cut and Loop

  • Distinctive carved appearance
  • altCut and loops give a variety of surface levels
  • Multi-colors help hide stains and traffic
  • Can really spice up a room
  • Fits a variety of room settings
  • altSeveral different levels of loops
  • Creates a unique-looking, pattern effect
  • Has a casual appearance
  • Very durable, hides traffic well

Level Loop

  • alt Loops are all the same height
  • Usually made with olefin fiber
  • Casual appearance, but extremely durable
  • Great for active family rooms, game rooms, or media rooms

Carpet Fibers

This is the most popular synthetic carpet fiber used today. It offers tremendous value, performance, and ease of maintenance. Nylon provides brilliant colors and hides soil and traffic well.
This fiber is also called polypropylene, and is extremely popular in berbers and level loops. Olefin carpets are highly stain, static, mold, and mildew resistant. They can be used for indoor or outdoor carpets, including outdoor turf. Their resistance to matting and crushing are not as good as a nylon fiber.
Gives excellent color clarity with a soft feel to the carpet. Lacks the durability of a nylon carpet.
Has a real wool look and appearance. Used mainly in level loops, bath mats, and some velvet carpet styles. Offers good mold and mildew resistance with low static levels.
Wool offers the ultimate rich, warm appearance, as well as outstanding performance. Its elegant look is unsurpassed.

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