For a first time buyer, choosing a carpet can be a hard decision. But not to worry, our carpet specialists at Kildare Carpets And Flooring have put this guide together to help you with your decision.

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a carpet:

WHAT’S YOUR LIFE STYLE?

Indeed design and your budget is an important decision, however we generally start with the space you have and how it is being used

Do you have pets? Children? Someone who normally replaces the oil in the vehicle or motorbike (however not his/her boots)? What amount of people are walking on the carpet?

These and different questions can help you decide on what carpet to choose for your home. Here are some different questions that will help you choose.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CARPET OPTIONS?

• Wool or synthetic: All carpets used to be produced using 100% wool, however when the cost of wool shot up, the quality descended. Which is the reason 80/20 mixes utilizing synethetic filaments took off. A portion of these now offer elevated requirements of solace and functionality (ie, they are hard wearing and all the more sympathetic).

• Pure wool: The best manufacturers still use 100% wool, especially New Zealand wool, for their top-quality carpets. Not only is wool a magnificent fibre with beautiful attributes, people sometimes forget that it’s also a natural product, and both renewable and recyclable.

• Wool Loop Carpets: These type of carpets deserve a special mention. Their loop pile means the wool doesn’t need the same care and can be of a lesser quality, but you still get a high standard of carpet. (However, animals such as cats and dogs can rip them easily.)

• 80/20 blend: The most widely recognized mix is wool with 20% nylon. This gives every one of the benefits of wool, as far as look and feel, with the additional quality of nylon.

• Synthetic strands: Carpets produced using manufactured filaments are getting progressively prominent. They can be exceptionally hard-wearing and give a beautiful look to any room, adding a luxurious feel. For a family home, we often recommend going for a polypropylene carpet, which can be cleaned with bleach.

Synthethic carpets are highly durable, yet the drawback (since they are produced using oil-based items) is that they flatten after a period. So you may well need to change your floor covering all the more regularly.

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WHAT STYLE SHOULD I GO FOR?

The first thing to decide is whether you want to go for plain or a pattern? The most popular is plain. It’s a simpler choice and will save you hassle in the long run if you change your wall colours or furnishings as it goes with almost anything.

Dark or light colour? Keep your floors dark and your walls light. This is much easier as it allows for more wall colour choices in the long run. If you have a hectic home and want a light colour carpet, then choose polypropylene and plan to replace it more often. Dark colour carpets show their age much slower.

What about smaller homes and apartments? Try and go for the same carpet style and colour all over your home as it will make the place feel bigger.

CAN I SAVE ON UNDERLAY?
Underlay is a great investment. It is used to take the pressure off your carpet as people walk on it. Not using underlay will reduce the carpets lifespan.

Whatever carpet you choose, it’s important that you go with what you are comfortable with. Our team of experts at Kildare carpets and flooring will help you find the best carpet for you!

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