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New carpet makes a big difference to your room, and not just because it is a different colour. It renews the room, and makes you want to keep it looking new and fresh for ever. But like everything else, carpet gets old, but there are some solutions to give it a pick-me-up.
Indications of wear
Sooner than you expect, there may be indications of wear, such as a thinning appearance. Basically, this is the fault of the underlay. Underlay’s purpose is intended to cushion your carpet, and make it feel soft and plush underfoot. But if the wrong underlay is used, you will find that your carpet wears more quickly than expected. Make sure the underlay is the best quality, most suitable for your type of carpet. Some underlays are made from natural rubber or foam. Do you have a multi-storey house? You might like to know that there is also acoustic underlay, so it can muffle sound between floors. Ask your carpet retailer. Tell them what you have and what you need, and they can advise you.
This is the length and thickness of the fibres of your carpet. Shag carpets have long fibres, and Axminster carpet is short fibres. In high traffic areas it is most obvious when your carpet pile is losing thickness. It is probably because the wrong carpet was put in that area where traffic is most likely to be heavy. Tell the carpet retailer where you want the carpet to go. Tell him if you have children or pets, and where they usually spend a lot of their time and energy in the house.
So what to do about it? One solution is to place a piece of furniture to disguise the worn area. However the results of high traffic on carpet are only there because that’s where everyone needs to walk, and putting furniture there will just move the high traffic to another part of the carpet. Another solution is to put an area rug over the worn out area. There are so many choices of size, colours and patterns. The ultimate solution is to rip up the old carpet (maybe it’s been there for a long time anyway) and put down new carpet and underlay which is totally suitable for the area.
Indentations from furniture
When you rearrange the furniture, you can see indentations left by the heavy furniture in the carpet. Low quality carpet contributes more to this problem. This is another question to ask your carpet retailer, how to withstand indentations from furniture. A possible solution is to move the furniture just a bit every so often to spread out the indentations. Otherwise, don’t move the furniture at all. Just be sure the furniture is in the right place to start with. But if you must move it, put load spreading supports under the furniture to distribute the weight. Or you could put a rug between your furniture and the carpet.
When you are buying carpet, be sure to put all these questions to the salesman and trust that he knows what he is talking about.
Last piece of advice – vacuum your carpets weekly, and have them professionally deep cleaned by a company like these professional carpet cleaners in Wollongong. This will increase the life of your carpets.
Pet ownership in Australia rates highly. Really there are more homes that have pets, than homes that don’t have pets. So pets have to be taken into consideration in so many ways in our lives. A big consideration is getting the flooring that is right for you and your pet.
You might think that tiled floors, or timber floors are better choices. You think they are easier to keep clean. But they might be difficult for pets to deal with. They are hard on their feet, and may cause discomfort. They can be slippery, and again cause discomfort, perhaps even accidents if your excitable pup loses traction and slides across the floor into the china cabinet. The sound of doggy nails against the hard floor will give you a clue that Fido is in the room, if you think that is a good thing.
But for comfort, for less strain on feet and legs, both for yourself and your pet, carpet is a very popular choice. Especially if you and your pet are in the habit of stretching out (in summer) or curling up (in winter) on the floor for a nap.
Carpet retailers will give advice on the types of carpet that you can use. Loop pile carpet should be rejected, as should the shaggy pile. This can be snagged on the pet’s claws. Nylon carpet is durable and cleans well, and is usually cost effective. Wool carpet also is worth considering. A carpet tile floor can be easily repaired by replacing individual tiles, as necessary.
Some carpets have been treated to be water resistant, so that quick clean-ups can get rid of stains from pet faeces, urine or vomit.
Should you match your carpet colour to your pets?
This is the ultimate answer for those situations where the pet is the most treasured feature in the room. Of course you should! Fifi is a beautiful blonde with golden highlights. Give me a carpet that will match her colouring! Then we won’t notice when her hair falls all over the carpet.
However probably the best choice is a shade in the range from mid to dark colouring. In this way you might disguise the appearance of pet hair, and reduce the need to vacuum so often.
That’s all good for the pampered lap dog who spend their days indoors. What about …
The Outside Dog
They run around outside, digging in the garden, getting grass and foliage in their fur, and dirty feet. Most of the time they stay outside, but there are times they want to be inside. Put down doormats so they can wipe their feet …. Good for you if you can train them to do that. But some of the better quality doormats can remove the better part of the dirt that the dogs might try to introduce into the living room.
In any situation, lap dog or outside dog, your carpet will develop a doggy smell. It is advisable to get your carpets deep cleaned regularly by a professional carpet cleaner with a stain and odour removal service, who has the equipment and the knowhow to restore any and every type of carpet to look and smell its best.