Area Rug Cleaner Offers Advice on Purchasing New Carpet or Area Rugs – How to Choose Wisely in Syracuse, NY!

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Area rug cleaner, ABC Oriental Rug, offers the following advice on purchasing new carpet or area rugs for your home in Syracuse, NY: 

Decisions about purchasing new carpet or an area rug for your home or business can be difficult. Wall-to-wall carpets should last at least 10 years, longer if vacuumed regularly and cleaned periodically by a professional carpet cleaner.  Area rugs come in so many different sizes, styles, shapes, and fibers, making the decision of which to purchase difficult as well. 

You may be purchasing new carpet for the first time or perhaps your old carpet has reached the point where it can no longer be satisfactorily cleaned professionally.  This is the perfect time to choose new carpet based on your current needs.  Ask yourself these questions to get started:

·                            Do you have small children who will be crawling on the carpet?

·                            Will food or drink be consumed in the area? 

·                            Do you have dogs and cats, where dirty feet and urine and vomit could become problematic? 

·                            Do you have a lot of traffic in some areas, little or no traffic in others? 

·                            Is there a fireplace in the area? 

·                            Do you have areas where a lot of sunlight comes through?   

·                            Is the area susceptible to water damage?

 

HOW TO CHOOSE WISELY WHEN PURCHASING NEW CARPET

Important characteristics to look for when purchasing new carpet to help you make an informed, wise decision:

RESILIENCY

This is the ability of the carpet to return to its original state after a thorough vacuuming and/or a professional carpet cleaning.  It is also descriptive of the strength of the fibers.

CLEANABILITY

This describes the ability of the fiber to be cleaned to a satisfactory level.

AFFINITY TO OIL

The cleaning of a fiber that has a high affinity to oil based stains means that these stains may be very difficult to remove, if at all.

STAIN REPELLENCY

This describes how easy or hard it will be remove ordinary spots and spills from the carpet.  This also describes the ability to repel water-based spills.

SUN FADING

If heavy sunlight coming in from large windows is a factor, stay away from carpet fibers that are susceptible to sun fading.

FLAMMABILITY

This can be a problem around wood-burning stoves or fireplaces.  A low melting point can also produce burn lines, especially in areas where furniture or carts, especially with wheels, are used frequently.

PRICE

Price is in expressed in general terms as  Expensive, Moderate, and Inexpensive but will, of course, vary which each individual store or dealer and can be influenced by decorating styles at the current time.

COMMON CARPET FIBER TYPES:

It is important to remember when purchasing new carpet that fiber types have both positive and negative characteristics.  The 5 major types of fibers, Acrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, and Wool are listed below according to their specific characteristics.  Of course, there are also carpets that are manufactured with a blend of fibers.  Knowing the characteristics of a fiber can influence your decision process when it comes to time to purchase new carpeting or an area for your home or business.

Acrylic

Resiliency-Modest

Cleanability-Good

Affinity to Oil-Medium

Stain Repellency-Good

Sun Fading-No

Flammability–Extremely Flammable

Price-Inexpensive

 

Nylon

Resiliency-Excellent

Cleanability-Good/Excellent

Affilinity to Oil-Medium

Stain Repellency-Good

Sun Fading-Yes

Flammability-Flammable

Price-Moderate

 

Olefin

Resiliency-Poor

Cleanability-Good/Excellent

Affinity to Oil-High

Stain Repellency-Excellent

Sun Fading-No

Flammability-Low Melting Point-Subject to burns from abrasion

Price-Inexpensive

 

Polyester

Resiliency-Modest

Cleanability-Good/Excellent

Affilinity to Oil-High

Stain Repellency-Excellent

Sun Fading-Moderate

Flammability-Extremely Flammable

Price-Moderate

 

Wool

Resiliency-Excellent

Cleanability-Good/Excellent

Affinity to Oil-Low

Stain Repellency-Good

Sun Fading-Yes

Flammability-Naturally Flame Resistant

Price-Expensive

FURTHER INFORMATION TO CHOOSE WISELY

To protect your investment and help your carpet or area rug to last longer and wear well, it is extremely important to insist on 2 things: 

·                            A quality pad must be installed under the new carpet or rug. 

·                            Proper installation with a power stretcher is essential to extending the life of wall-to-wall carpet.

As a general rule, a short, tightly woven carpet will do best in high traffic areas.  A softer and thicker pile may be more preferable if small children will be playing and crawling on it.  A thick, velvety pile may work best for a more formal, less trafficked area but may readily show footprints.

Since machine made area rugs are also manufactured with the above fibers, knowing the specific characteristics of each will be helpful in choosing area rugs for your home or office as well.

Please feel free to call our office at 607-272-1566 if you have further questions or would like suggestions from our experienced staff for your purchase.  You may also fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you or you may contact us by clicking here.

 

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