There is nothing quite like the feel of brand new carpet underfoot. The warmth and softness that carpet offers is second to none, and it remains the most popular choice for bedrooms and family areas in the home. With many brands offering stain resistance built right into the fibres and impressive long term warranties, you can rest easy knowing carpet can offer both durability and practicality. With new innovations in textures and patterns as well, we have a huge in-stock selection of current trends and classic basics which are sure to satisfy any shopper

Berber carpet

Berber rugs are high quality products that first originated among the Berber tribe in North Africa. Today these rugs are popular all over the world because of their durability, cleanliness and lack of maintenance. Though they are all crafted similarly, there are four different types of materials generally used to create these rugs. These include the traditional wool, polyester, nylon and olefin.

Polyester berber rugs are a new spin off from traditional wool. Many environmentally conscious consumers are proponents of this material because many brands are made from recycled items like bottles and tires. Another benefit of polyester is that it is extremely stain resistant because liquids tend to be unable to soak in. The downside is that polyester rugs are some of the least durable berber rugs.

Berber rugs can also be made from olefin, a synthetic fiber which has increased in popularity. Perhaps the biggest reason for its popularity is that olefin tends to be the least expensive variety. This material is therefore often the best choice for people who want a quality look on a budget. Another plus to olefin is that it is largely stain resistant. The main drawback is that olefin is more likely to develop pressure marks than the other types of berber rugs

For certain rooms and budgets, Berber can be an good carpet choice that lasts a long time. Homeowners should keep in mind that this style does not offer the same softness as plush, high-pile carpets, but because of its durability, can be the perfect carpet choice for functionality over form.

Plush Carpet

Plush carpeting is an example of cut pile carpeting that is distinguished by a weave that is smooth and dense. The actual cut of the pile is such that the appearance of the carpet surface gives the impression of perfectly manicured section of grass. Lower and somewhat more dense than is found with Saxony carpeting, this type of floor covering is widely available, and the option of choice for many purposes.

There are several advantages to the use of plush carpeting. One of the benefits is a comfortable covering for the floors in the home. Because their construction calls for the small tufts to be closely spaced, carpets of this type have a cushioning effect even without the addition of a pad underneath the carpeting. For homes with children, or adults who sometimes like to sit on the floor, this can be a great option.

From a maintenance point of view, plush carpeting also is a viable option. Generally, the style of carpet is treated to be soil and stain resistant. The addition of protective chemicals to the surface of the fibers helps to repel stains from liquid spills, as well as prevent tracked in dirt from adhering to the fiber.

Shag carpet

Shag rugs are a type of rug made of long pile which has a shaggy appearance, hence the name. Rugs are usually manufactured by making loops out of material and then shearing the excess. Shag rugs are not sheared, leaving long pieces of material to create a lush, soft, fluffy look.

Shag rugs are made from a variety of materials, ranging from synthetic fibers like nylon to cotton, wool, linen, angora, leather and other natural fibers. Shag rugs can be found in extremely small throw rug sizes, wall to wall carpet, and everything in between. Not only do shag rugs come in different sizes, but they are also available in uniquely cut shapes and wild combinations of colors

Loop Pile Carpet

Loop pile carpets are a design of carpets that are created using a series of uncut loops. The loops are created using weaving machinery that can be configured to create a set pattern of heights or go with one uniform height. This diversity in the way the loops are created allows the carpet to feature a very plain appearance, or sport an intricate design.

Generally, a loop pile carpet is constructed of fibers that are considered to be long lasting. Polypropylene, or olefin fiber, is often an excellent choice for this type of carpeting, since it holds up very well under a great deal of wear.

One of the advantages to loop pile is that the finished product tends to be easy to clean. The loops actually can help prevent spills from soaking into the body of the carpet. Along with helping to fend off stains, the design also holds up well to cleaning with professional machinery, even when strong chemicals are used for the task.

Commercial carpet

Commercial carpeting are usually formulated to provide all the color and texture of any carpeting options used in the home, while still providing superior resistance to wear and tear. As with options with carpeting for the home, commercial carpet also offers a range of types that will fit well in all types of public buildings and workplaces.

Low density loop piles are easily one of the best options for commercial carpet in high traffic areas such as lobbies, classrooms, and various types of health care facilities. A low density loop pile does not have the plush qualities of other carpeting options, but the short pile resists crushing and matting better than just about any other option. The pile is also practical, in that it provides a relatively smooth surface that makes it much easier to handle rolling traffic, such as wheel chairs in hospitals, or supply carts in offices.

Nylon Fibers

Nylon Carpets are wear-resistant, tolerate heavy furniture and is very durable. Nylon Carpets are available in many colors, and styles. Nylon is an excellent carpet fiber that is worth the price, because it will outlive most of the other carpet fibers.

Polyester Fibers

Polyester is typically found in middle-grade carpets. It's not as durable as nylon, but the cost is less. Polyester carpets thus have good value.

Olefin (Polypropylene) Fibers

Olefin (Polypropylene) carpets are wear-resistant, durable, produce low static-electricity, and resistant to moisture. Olefin is an excellent carpet fiber, which is commonly used in the majority of residential homes.

Wool Fibers

Wool is a natural yarn that is made into carpet. Wool carpets have a luxurious feel, warmth and suit all climates, quite durable. Wool carpet is generally the most expensive, however, if you are eco-friendly and want a natural floor, then wool carpet is the way to go.

Carpet Care & General Care:

The best way to ensure your carpet's longest life is to vacuum regularly, even if it doesn't look dirty! Weekly vacuuming is recommended for normal traffic, and at least ones or twice a week for heavy traffic areas (hallways, stairs, exterior entry ways).

Be Prepared

It is the recommendation ,Association to have the following items and solutions to hand for dealing with spillages as soon as possible:

  • Clean white absorbent cloth or towel
  • Dry Cleaning Solution - Surgical Spirit (usually available from local Chemists)
  • Detergent Solution - One teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water
  • Detergent Vinegar Solution - Add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent Solution
  • Ammonia Solution - One teaspoonful of branded household Ammonia (available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water

General Tips

  • Do not over wet into backing materials
  • Always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain
  • Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios
  • Scrape up or blot up any excess prior to treatment
  • Blot, never rub or scrub
  • Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery i.e. (washing up liquid, wash powders, household bleach, disinfectants)
  • Always work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading
  • Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet or fabric
  • Encourage quick drying (carefully use a hairdryer on mild heat to assist)
  • Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success
  • Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods, Urine

  • Blot up surplus spillage
  • Use Detergent Vinegar Solution, a little at a time
  • Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards
  • Frequently blot with dry cloths
  • See below for final rinse procedure