Understanding Carpet Looks

Understanding Types of Carpet Looks found at the Flooring Galaxy -

There are three basics decisions when considering buying carpet for your perfect carpet.
Those three Carpet thoughts are do I need stain resistant, how important is wear resistant, and what look do I want to make my room look perfect.

The stain resistant type of carpet is made of polyester fiber, and resists stains 100%. It is fiber-washed and treated with Scotchguard to protect your carpet from spills. This type of carpeting would be used in bedrooms, offices and TV rooms. These areas would be low traffic since this carpet would have low wear-resistant properties.

One brand of this stain-resistant carpet is Mohawk Everstrand. It is made up entirely of recycled plastic bottles. Using these materials create a stronger yarn than others do.

Wear resistant carpet is made with nylon fiber and can handle traffic. It resists crushing and matting, and you would choose this type of carpet for living rooms, hallways, play rooms, and stairs. Although it is not stain-resistant, it will handle the heaviest traffic with ease.

The last carpet choose is what look do I want along with wear and stain resistance. Carpet look can be made of Triexta Fiber and is stain resistant and handles traffic effortlessly. You could use this carpet in any space you would want, including dining rooms.


Cut Pile carpets are used in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, dens and great rooms. The denser the fibers are, the less footprints and vacuum cleaner marks will show.

Plush Saxony fibers can show footprints and vacuum cleaner marks and is the most formal looking.

Textured Saxony show less footprints and vacuum cleaner marks has a less formal look.

Frieze fibers are very durable and do not show footprints or vacuum cleaner marks as much.

Loop Pile carpets have a knobby appearance, and are more durable than the cut-pile carpets because you typically can not mat down the fibers. These carpets may have level loops or multi-level loops to either form a pattern, or just to create interest with coloration.

Cut and Loop carpets (also called cut and uncut) have loop and cut yarns to make up a design on them. This makes traffic marks less noticeable and also makes a more interesting floor covering to the room.

Color can be added to a carpet in two different ways ? solution dyed or topically dyed.

Solution dyed carpet strands are colored all the way through. Since the color goes all the way through, these carpets will have the best fade and bleach resistance.

Topically dyed carpets are applied to the top of the carpet, and leave the color on the surface of the fiber. If you have sunlight coming into a room with windows, this type of carpeting may be prone to fade from the sunlight.

Nylon has the best fibers for foot traffic, but stain easily, so stain- and soil-resistant treatments are usually applied. This carpeting may need to be replaced after several cleanings.

Polyester fibers have made advancements in the carpet world. New technology is able to offer a much better fiber called P.E.T. (polyethylene terephthalate) polyester fibers. These new fibers allow manufacturers to offer stronger carpets, and are much more traffic-resistant and stain-resistant.

Polypropylene (also referred to as: olefin) is a solution-dyed fiber that is wonderful as far as stain-resistance goes, but is very poorly rated in traffic areas. The best performing type is a tight-loop.

Everyone loves a soft carpet, am I right? They may be constructed from nylon, Triexta or P.E.T. polyester. Triexta is a new yarn fiber, and was approved in 2009. This fiber, PTT polmer, is known as (poly trimethylene teraphthalate), and is durable, soft and stain-resistant. It is used for carpet, apparel fabrics and automotive flooring.

However, be careful when shopping for this type of carpeting. Some of these carpets even require a special vacuum cleaner. It?s best to talk to your carpet specialist when shopping for these soft carpets.

For an adult or guest bedroom, it would be fine to choose a soft carpet, because it?s not likely to have spills happening. Be careful in choosing ? solid colors tend to show any speck of dirt, stains, or crumbs.

For a child?s bedroom, it would be wise to choose a stain-resistant nylon or polyester fiber carpet. Your living room will need to handle traffic, and spills. It should be pre-treated to handle stains and odors. Also consider carpets to handle furniture marks because of their weight.

Family rooms, as do the above-mentioned child?s room, will also need to have pre-treated carpets. It will also need to have protection from stains, odors and traffic. Because of all of these factors, a great choice would be to purchase multi-colored loop pile and dense-textured carpets.

Dining rooms run a close second to the child?s bedroom and family rooms, as far as durability goes. You should consider carpets that have stain-resistance, solution-dyed fibers, Triexta, and anti-microbial treatments.

Hallway and stairs present the problem areas which receive the most traffic and turning-motion footprints. Your best choice would be low, dense-pile, nylon carpets.

Basements have an entirely different challenge. Start with a great carpet cushion, and then choose a carpet which is dense and multi-colored.