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Shopping For Carpet
The allure of carpet lays not only its soft and luxurious texture, but also in its ability to enhance and match any décor. It is suited to both formal and casual environments, while offering a palette of colors that cannot be found in any other flooring material.
The interior of your home should be designed as an interrelated unit. When choosing a color scheme, consider the walls, window treatments, carpet and other furnishings. It is always a good idea to bring paint and fabric swatches to the store when shopping for carpet.
The shade of carpet you choose can greatly enhance the other design aspects in the room, bringing continuity and overall balance. Lighter shades and colors will visually enhance the room and make it appear larger, however lighter colors show more tracking and dirt. Darker colors and multi colored patterns do not show as much dirt or wear and tear, but they do make rooms appear smaller.
When selecting carpet, one must consider many aesthetic as well as technical issues. Of all the factors, fiber selection is the most important. The most widely used fibers in the manufacture of carpet are: olefin, polyester and nylon. All three fibers display unique inherent characteristics that affect the way the carpet performs and making each fiber suitable to a different application.
Nylon fiber is the softest and most luxurious of all synthetic fibers. It is a highly resilient fiber and displays excellent resistance to matting and crushing, making it perfect for high traffic areas. It has good stain resistant properties, but can also fade when subjected to direct sunlight. The combination of its qualities makes nylon the best fiber for carpet construction.
Polyester fiber is not as soft as nylon; however it is more stain resistant and is available in a wider range of colors. Polyester is not very resilient and tends to show more matting and crushing than nylon, making it unsuitable for high traffic areas. The high sheen and elegant looks of polyester fibers are well suited to formal environments such as dining rooms, and the combination of a high level of stain resistance and affordable price make them the perfect choice for low traffic areas such a bedrooms.
Olefin fiber is the least expensive of all synthetic fibers used in the manufacture of carpet. Olefin is a solution died yarn, making it unique among the fibers in that it is the only fiber that can be cleaned utilizing a bleach water solution. Olefins are mold and mildew resistant, and will also not fade when subjected to direct sunlight, making this fiber perfect for indoor/outdoor areas. Olefin is however the least resilient of all fibers and should only be considered in the berber construction. Although not suitable for a plush, olefin berbers will stand up to the heaviest traffic without showing any wear and tear for years.
Pile height and density are also important factors that must be given consideration when shopping for carpet. Although soft to walk on, carpets with a high pile height do tend to matt and crush easily. When selecting a carpet with a high pile height, ensure that it is constructed from nylon fiber, as nylon has the best retention qualities and will resist matting and crushing. Denser carpets have more vertical support, resulting in better performance, less matting and crushing, and will hide track marks and foot prints.
The quality of pad you choose will have a direct impact on the performance of your carpet. There are many types, densities and thickness of pad available, each one purporting to have better qualities than the next. As a rule of thumb, the denser a pad, the better it will wear, and this will translate directly to improved performance from your carpet.
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Do You Know How To Use Window Coverings?
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Geothermal Heat Pumps 101
It seems like about three million of you have asked me to explain how a geothermal system works. Well, maybe not three million, but it's a bunch of you and I'm honored that I have the opportunity to do it.
How to Replace the Rollers on Your Patio Sliding Glass Glass Door
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Home Improvement for The Ladies!
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Ten Things You May Not Know About Selecting Hardwood Flooring
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A Review of Popular Dehumidifier Products
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How To Identify A Quality Interior Shutter
1. Shutters have proper louver tensionThe shutters louvers should be smooth and stay in the desired position throughout the lifetime of the shutter.
Here Comes The Sun: Solar Energy is Becoming More Attractive for Mainstream Consumers
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The Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom
Before beginning any bathroom remodeling, you should create a budget. Pick an amount of money you can reasonably afford, and then check the costs of supplies to estimate what you can do in your remodeling project.
Chairs, Rocking Chairs and Other Comfortable Places To Park It!
A chair is one of the best inventions ever made. If you've been standing a long time what can appeal more to the eye than a comfortable chair.
Home Air Filters: Knowing Which One to Choose
Since air filters are one of the bests tools for eradicating allergens from your home, more people are using them than ever before. The trick is to find the one that works best for you, depending upon your specific needs.
Non Slip Maintenance Of Honed Interior Marble
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Installing a Toilet
The installation of a toilet is a relatively easy job for a homeowner. With a couple of wrenches, a screwdriver and a few shims a new toilet can be installed in about one hour.
Research Concerning Color in Homes and Workplaces
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Building Wood Stairs
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Removing Your Old Sliding Glass Door
Last week I explained how to measure your existing sliding glass door so you can order the vinyl replacement door. This week I am going to go over the steps required to remove the old sliding door before installing the new door.
Summer Is Here! Consider Tackling Key Home Improvement Projects While The Weather Is Good!
Summer time means barbeques, baseball, camping, and yes, Home Improvement Projects! As the weather gets nice and the days get longer so do lists of home improvement projects. Here are a few projects which are best done in the summer maximizing the long days and the good weather!Gardening/Landscaping: Depending on which part of the country you live in it may be too late to plant a garden from seed, but you most likely still have time to get your garden going using starters.
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