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Carpet 101

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

Cozy, soft, and quiet, carpeting serves many functions. Wall-to-wall. Stair runners. Area rugs.

New and modern designs have made carpeting more stylish and easier to maintain than ever before. And rugs protect and warm up hardwood, LVT, laminate and tile floors!

Benefits of Carpet

  • Warmth - Carpet delivers thermal resistance, meaning in colder seasons it will retain warm air longer than other types of floors.

  • Comfort - Carpet provides a cozy and comfortable place to sit, play and work, an advantage over most hard surface materials.

  • Safety - Carpet softens slips and falls, making it a great option for homes with small children.

  • Limitless styles and colors - We have thousands of carpet styles and colors - we can find something that fits a customer's lifestyle and design preferences.

  • Noise Reducing - In addition to being a comfortable flooring surface carpet also works as a sound barrier.

Types of Carpet


Nylon is the leader in appearance retention, fade and heat resistance, soil and stain resistance, and color and styling. The highest performance nylon is Type 6.6, which has a tighter molecular construction, making the carpet more resistant to stain penetration.

  • Resilient - Remembers to spring back to shape

  • Durable - Good for high traffic areas

  • Colorful options - Easy to dye and comes in many color/style options

  • Versatile - Suitable for most applications

  • Cost - Generally less expensive than wool but depending on the construction can be the most expensive option

Who should buy nylon: Someone who is looking for carpet with great durability with stain resistance - suitable for busy homes with kids and pets.


Many polyester carpets, called P.E.T. (polyethylene terephthalate) contain content made of recycled plastics such as water bottles. This can make polyester a “green” option, and also helps strengthen the fiber to help it last longer. Polyester is also naturally stain-resistant and easily recyclable.

  • Soft to the touch - Known for its luxurious look, feel

  • Colorful options - Huge selection of bright, bold colors and styles

  • Stain resistant - Inherently stain resistant because doesn’t have open dye sites like nylon

  • Not as resilient as nylon - will mat/crush sooner in high traffic areas. Best for Ilower traffic areas such as bedrooms, offices or TV rooms

  • Cost - most often less expensive than nylon

Who should buy polyester: Someone who is looking for carpet with more face weight fiber, stain resistance and is less concerned about long term wear and tear.


Wool is the most commonly used natural fiber in carpeting. While synthetic fibers comprise most of the carpet fiber market, wool has its own niche and is a sought-after fiber option.

  • Resilient - Springs back to shape

  • Resistance to dirt - Naturally repels water and oil-based soiling.

  • Soft & warm - Soft underfoot and helps insulate a room

  • Fire Resistant - Naturally fire resistant with a slow ignition rate

  • Hypoallergenic - Tiny scales of the wool's fibers hold fine dust until it is vacuumed, minimizing allergens in the air.

  • Sustainable - Always a fresh supply of wool available, making wool 100% natural and fully sustainable.

  • Biodegradable - Biodegrades in soil, producing nitrogen, sulphur, carbon dioxide and water.

  • Cost - Generally much more expensive than the synthetic counterparts

Who should buy wool Someone looking for a natural, high end carpet. Often seen as an investment, which justifies the higher price tag. When selected according to household conditions and properly maintained, wool carpeting can last for many years. However, for busy households prone to constant spills and high traffic, a synthetic carpet may be more practical.

Care and Maintenance of Carpet

  • Vacuum weekly (or more if needed)

  • Remove particles that will agitate fiber and cause damage

  • Professionally clean every 18 months

Note: Always refer the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines for the flooring you have chosen. It is important to follow their care instructions so as not to void any warranties.

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