Macy Daniels

Types of Carpets and Rugs - What They are Made of

Rugs and carpets can transform any type of space. However, as with all home furnishings, carpets and rugs are constructed differently from various fibers. Read here to learn the types of carpets and rugs, and which will work best for your home. The fiber type usually determines how much pressure the carpet can withstand before succumbing to wear and tear.

Types of Carpets and Rugs

● Nylon

Is the most tenacious of all the fibers. Clean Customs Carpet Cleaning says once nylon carpets have been treated with stain protection chemicals, they can resist virtually all types of accidents. Hence this is the type of fiber you'll want in the kid's playroom and in rooms you entertain all your visitors.

● Wool

Is a great fiber material, especially for those conscious about the stain protection chemicals usually added to other carpet fibers. Wool has its own natural protection, and while it's very expensive and a fairly durable fiber, though accidental spills can become a big problem for you in the long run - so maybe use this in your bedroom.

● Polyester

Comes in a wide array of designs and colors and is considered to be one of the most luxurious fibers. However, it isn't very suitable for rooms that get a lot of traffic.

● Olefin

Is very resistant to mildew, stains and damaging effects from sunlight. While durable, olefin fibers are considered less durable than nylon and polyester - even though all three are synthetic fibers.

Type Of Construction

In the early 90's, carpets were woven - which is obviously why they were so expensive (relative to the worth of a dollar). These days, most of the carpets you'll come across were made through a construction process known as "tufting". Which is essentially a giant sewing machine, with lots of needles, working simultaneously to insert loops of fiber to form the carpet. Even though tufting is a lot faster than weaving, a high quality carpet will usually take a lot of tufting time.

● Density

Or how closely packed the carpet fibers are. The more dense a rug is, the more resistant to wear and tear it will be. One way of knowing how dense a carpet is, is by bending the carpet in a U-shape and seeing how visible it is from the back. The less visible, the better it is.

● Twist

How tightly wound each yarn has been twisted - to resist loosening. The standard number of twists for cut piles is between 3 and 6 twists for every inch. Anything higher is really great.

Type Of Dye Method Used

● Solution Dye - dye is applied on the fiber before it is woven to form a carpet. This method makes the carpet more resistant to the elements and harsh cleaning chemicals later, but the colors don't come out vibrant.

● Continuous dye - is applied after the tufting. Because of how late in the carpet making process the dye is applied, the colors are more vibrant and bold.

In Conclusion

Taking all these factors into consideration when looking at the various types of carpets and rugs for each space in your home can affect how long the carpet will last, and thus the return on your carpet or rug investment.

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