Carpet | How To Tell The Quality Of Carpet | Manchester House Cleaning Services
Determining the quality of carpet can be difficult, carpet quality is the result of many factors that should be observed as a whole.
Many factors contribute jointly to the overall quality of carpet, not one factor in isolation is more important than the other. The overall quality of carpets depends on the combination of these factors, not on a single aspect.
Carpet quality is overall determined by the design of the carpet you choose, carpet fibre, carpet design, carpet pile, face weight are among the other contributing factors that determine the overall quality of the carpet you choose.
Below we will take a look at the main factors that determine the overall quality of the carpet and what you should know when you want to tell the quality of the carpet you will be choosing.
Carpet Face Weight.
Carpet Face Weight is the weight of the carpet pile per square yard, usually, the higher the face weight the higher the quality and durability of the carpet that you are going to choose is going to be. Carpet face weight is measured in ounces on a scale of 20 to 100, with most domestic carpets falling somewhere between 35 to 60 ounces. Carpet face weight is usually an indicative measure of quality, however, higher face weight alone does not determine the overall quality of carpets, all factors we discuss should be considered as a combination. Face weight has been marketed as a stand-alone characteristic for quality, this is not the case, carpet quality is a result of several factors that should be considered together.
Fibre and carpet quality.
There are two options when considering carpet fibres, natural and synthetic ones. Nylon and polypropylene are the most used synthetic carpet fibres, while wool is the most commonly used natural fibre. Synthetic fibres make up the vast majority of domestic carpets, however, wool blends are also often used. Nylon and polypropylene offer certain advantages when discussing quality, namely durability, flexibility, long lifespan, and resistance to wear and tear. Natural and synthetic fibres have individual-specific characteristics related to quality and what type of fabric you choose is mainly dependent on personal preference (and budget).
The most commonly used synthetic carpet fibre is nylon. Nylon is particularly durable, offers resistance to moisture and heavy soiling, has a long lifespan. Nylon fibres are soft, durable, and ultimately affordable. Wool is the ultimate choice in natural carpet fibres. Wool fibres are resistant to soiling to a point and offer similar crush resistance as nylon does. Wool will have relative moisture absorption properties, however, is easily susceptible to staining. If exposed to heavy moisture wool can also shrink. Wool carpets offer good resistance to soiling and hide dirt well. Wool carpets, however, should be cleaned more often as leaving dirt sitting on them too long can damage the fibres. Wool also feels luxurious and soft, however, its biggest drawback is price, wool is comparatively far more expensive than any synthetic fibre you can choose.
Choosing the right carpet fibre is mainly dependent on personal preference and budget. As far as overall quality both synthetic and natural fibres have advantages, no fabric is better than the other they are just different in feel, durability, and overall properties. What type of fabric you choose is a personal choice, however, the vast majority of domestic carpets are made of synthetic fibres. As far as overall quality what type of fabric you choose has a big impact, however, the choice between synthetic and natural fibres is dependent on specific characteristics you are looking for.
The type of fabric used for your carpet makes a huge difference. Different carpets perform differently under certain circumstances. While the residential carpet market is dominated by synthetic fibres, wool and wool blends have many advantages, especially for people that are looking for an eco-friendly option.
Carpet density refers to how close the fibres are stitched into the carpet backing. Carpet density is calculated using a specific formula. The closer the tufting (stitching) the higher the density. As a stand-alone characteristic carpet density will not solely determine quality, however, if matched with fibre type, face weight, and fibre twist carpet density is a very important indicator of overall carpet quality. About 90% of residential carpets are tufted, meaning that there are little pieces of cut or looped carpet fibre picking through the underlay.
Fibre twist refers to the number of times individual carpet strands are twisted together. Fibre twist is often ignored, however, it is one of the best determining factors for carpet quality. Fibre twist measures individual carpet fibres and how many times they are twisted together, as measured to within a single inch of the length of the carpet fibre. As you would imagine the higher the number of twists the better the carpet quality. A higher twist number means a more durable fabric and a stronger carpet. If you measure an inch of fabric and count how many twists you can see in it you can determine the fibre twist count yourself. Looped carpets are not measured in this way as the fibres loop back into the carpet itself.