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.