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Carpet Basics

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Carpet is still the flooring of choice for many American homeowners where warmth and comfort are a priority in their decorating. Choosing the right color and style with confidence is easier if you have a basic understanding of today’s carpet fashions and how they apply to your personal tastes and lifestyle. Mohawk offers the finest collections of carpet brands to meet a family’s needs, preferences and decorating budget.

  • Light colors generally show fewer footprints, while dark colors show less soil and stains.
  • Low-luster yarns will show fewer footprints, while high lustre, shiny yarns show more highlights and accents.
  • To minimize maintenance light colors are best restricted to low traffic areas such as dining rooms, formal living rooms and guest bedrooms.
  • Multi-colored carpets are extremely effective in minimizing the effects of everyday dirt and soil.
  • Carpets with higher twist levels will hold their like-new appearance longer, even in traffic areas.
  • * Color
    Color is always first on our minds when it comes to choosing a floor. Consider how you want the carpet to coordinate with your interior. Do you want the carpet to be the focal point or blend with your interior?
    * Foot Traffic
    High Traffic areas, such as hallways and enteryways require durable carpets made of resilient fibers engineered to resist wear abrasion, crushing and matting. Other areas, such as bedrooms and family rooms may have high traffic areas as well. Take a moment to inspect the carpet you are replacing before it is removed to identify high traffic areas in your home.
    * Performance
    The performance and quality of a carpet is directly related to the amount and quality of fiber that goes into the pile. The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform. Thin, less dense carpet will lose its surface appearance faster. It is best to buy the highest quality carpet and cushion that you can afford.
    * Carpet Fibers
    The most common fibers used in carpet today are nylon, olefin, polyester and natural fibers such as wool or sisal. The inherent characteristics found in each of these fibers helps determine their use and color offering. Premium, nylon soft fibers are extremely popular and offer superior soil-hiding characteristics, comfort, durability and brilliant color palettes.
    * Soil Resistance
    With soil-resistant treated carpets you no longer have to be afraid of choosing a lighter, more vibrant color to enhance your decor.
    * Odor Protection
    With Mohawk Carpets treated with Odor-Eaters™ technology worries about pet and food spills are minimized.
    * Stain Resistance
    Most residential carpets offer some type of stain resistance. Those who enjoy entertaining or who have children and pets should consider carpets with high levels of stain resistance.
    * Carpet Construction
    Carpet construction varies from loops, cut piles to patterns which produce different degrees of texture, appearance and durability. Each type of construction is designed to meet the diverse lifestyles of today’s families. Click here to learn more…
    * Carpet Cushion
    Carpets last longer and perform better when the proper cushion is used underneath. Although carpet cushion is often thought of as an add-on it is an integral part of the carpet system. See Mohawk’s Carpet Cushion for more detailed information.

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