We have loved cleaning your Carpets in Merton for over five years now, but carpets have a much longer history and depending on your Carpet type, we adapt our approach to bring your carpets back to life.
But if you decide to change your carpet, you need to understand which type you should buy to suit your needs.
-Brief History of Carpet and Rugs
Although it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly when carpets and rugs were initially invented, suffice to say that there is evidence to suggest that Carpets made of sheep and goats wool, were spun and woven in around 6000 BC.
The oldest rug in the world, namely the Pazryk carpet, has been carbon dated to 500 BC. It was discovered within a flooded tomb of a tribal chieftain or a possible Prince, in the Pazyryk Valley, of the Altai Mountains in Siberia. The freezing temperatures preserved the carpet until the tomb was opened in 1949. It is currently displayed at Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
King Henry VIII and Cardinal Wosley amongst others, finally imported them into England in around 1540 AD.
Types of Carpets
Woven carpets are created using a loom, a similar process used to weave fabrics and tapestries. They are more expensive and are usually used in places of luxury and prestige for instance high end hotels.
The carpet pile is placed into the backing as it is tightly woven and cut, this gives it a U-shape that makes its feel velvety, durable and strong. The process is versatile providing a good choice of colours and designs.
The oldest method of carpet weaving; similar to the Axminster process, apart from being continuously woven throughout. The carpet is then cut to create loop textures making it both luxurious and durable.
The Berber carpets are named after the Berber tribes of North Africa and Asia. They consist of a handmade thick wool, nylon, polypropylene or a blend of these fibres, providing durability with a cushioned effect.
The Berber carpets are not recommended if you have pets with claws such as cats, as the fibres are easily pulled out.
Level Loop Pile
As the name suggests a Level loop pile is made by woven even loops in both ends of the carpet backing. This type of carpet is durable with a natural look, even when made from synthetic fibres. They can be easy to clean and are good if you have a high traffic area.
Multi-Level Loop Pile
Similar to the loop pile, apart from the varying loop heights (usually two or three) to create a random textured appearance. These carpets are good for children’s rooms as they are good for hiding stains, but they also need to be regularly cleaned to stay hygienic and free of allergens.
The cut pile is most popular type of carpet. Cutting looped carpet fibres at the top creates cut pile with yarn bundles standing straight. Cut pile is firmer and less resistant to being compressed.
This process is the same as Wilton carpets. The flat weave loop pile is woven across a wider area creating a flat textured effect.
Saxony carpets are tightly entwined cut piles that are set straight using heat. The individual fibre tips create a soft elegant texture. They are best suited for children's rooms as they conceal stains and marks, these carpets have medium durability.
Frieze (free-say) is a tightly twisted pile carpet cut to a low pile with a dense surface, providing a curly coarse, random surface texture, that hides footprints, dirt and dust. The result is a highly durable carpet suitable for high traffic areas such as passages and living rooms.
A Twisted carpet is very popular due its hardwearing properties. It is twisted tightly to give a defined, textured surface that is ideal for high traffic areas. They are hard wearing and less likely to show indentations such as footprints.
Velvet/Plush carpets are gently twisted into a smooth softer texture so as to achieve an overall luxurious finish. This type of carpet tends are prone to highlight every indentation and should be used in rooms with light use such as bedrooms.
Cut & Loop
This type of carpets combines both cut and loop fibres, providing a variety of medium sculptured durable surface textures and patterns.
The popular Shag Pile was the trend back in the 70’s, as is making a comeback! The deep soft pile can be up to 50mm long. However, it loses its bounce, flattens easily and is not very durable.
Some of our clients are torn between removing their carpet and having wooden flooring installed. This blog will help you to answer some of the questions that are frequently asked when people decide to make the change.
Wooden flooring can be installed in most areas including your Home, Business, Conservatory, Play areas, Kitchens and Bathrooms. It is a cost effective way to transform your living spaces, and ensure your home is kept hygienic and free of dust mites, particularly useful if you have pets and/or children that suffer from these allergens.
Regularly hiring a Professional carpet cleaning service such as Merton Carpet Cleaners, will prolong the life of your carpets and also prevent and remove the allergens that are trapped within the carpet fibres. However, if you do decide to take the plunge, it is important that you understand the three types of flooring that can be installed:
Wood effect Laminate Flooring is made of melamine resin and fibre board materials, set with an image imposed to create the desired effect, under a protective transparent layer to protect the surface.
What we can see here is that laminate is probably the most cost-effective, and probably the most beginner friendly. However, due to other factors such as the overtime moisture penetration, difficult installation possibilities and problems that can be caused if improperly done, some may be worried to go down that specific route. Therefore, although it is cost-effective and provides quantity over quality, you must ask yourself if it is worth the price.
This type of flooring is derived from pieces of Oriented strand board (OSB), Plywood or Medium density fibreboard (MDF) wood glued together.
Due to the practical positives of engineered wood, some may opt for this. It is a perfect match between synthetic and real, and due to the long life expectancy, potential to look real, ability to be modified and overall flooring protection offered, many would choose this option. However, because this flooring is very easily damaged, difficult to install in specific played and can be expensive, people who wish for convenience may not choose this option.
As the name suggests it is made of pieces of solid wood.
While solid wood is real, long lasting and just as endurable as modified wood, it is the preference for some, usually those who have a specific image in mind. However, due to the expensive costs of the flooring itself, as well as potential costs of keeping the flooring clean in addition, those who are looking for cheaper alternatives can find it without losing much quality.