There are many homeowners who make mistakes that could seem simple, but are very costly when deciding on the upholstery for their homes. Look at the checklist below to help you make an informed choice on your Stanton Carpet and enjoy comfort in your home.
Before you take a carpet out of the shop, there are several things to consider. Begin by understanding the things that make one carpet better than the other. At the back of the carpet, there will be a specification label. This is what gives information about the manufacturer of the carpet, the type of fiber used to make the carpet, warranty, and the style and color of the carpet. There are carpets that will also reveal the anti-stain and anti-static treatments have been applied to the carpet.
The specs that are rarely included on the label of the carpet include the pile density rating, the pile height and the tuft twist count. Not many carpet manufacturers come clean about these details because they want you to buy their product with as little information as possible. What they do is make the comparison process so difficult that it becomes close to impossible to shop for the same Stanton Carpet, which might be going for less at another shop down the street.
The PAR Rating System
Many manufacturers of carpets have a durability scale that they use to let their customers know about the carpets they are selling to them. The scale rates the carpets from one to five. Five is considered the most durable, however, I think that these systems are not the best because they are not an accurate or true to life test. I would suggest that you try one of the best carpet foot traffic tests there are to figure out the carpet grade your home needs. The test takes into account the following factors:
The number of adults living in the home
Whether the home has children or grandchildren, teenagers and pets
How often the home is thoroughly vacuumed
Size of the house
How many times the carpets will be cleaned professionally every year
Points are given for each of the categories and the higher the points the heavier the traffic, hence the tougher the carpet you will need.
The tuft twist rating
Carpet strands are normally grouped together to form tufts. These tufts are then twisted as heat is being applied to set the fibers permanently. The tightness with which the strands are set is what determines the durability of the carpet. A tuft that is durable will have 7 twists and at times even more. When the twists go below 5, the carpet is termed as low grade. Note that the lowest number of twists is three while the highest is 7.5
The problem with buying the low grade carpets is that with time and use, they tend to untwist or blossom. This is what makes a carpet appear worn out. When the rating is higher, the carpet will be less likely to untwist, which means it will appear new for a longer period of time.
Choosing the fiber of the carpet
The fiber determines how the carpet will feel on your feet. It also determines durability to some extent. The best fiber that is available in the market today is nylon. Even though people will choose different fibers for their own reasons, this material is undoubtedly the most durable of them all. It is very resistant to abrasion and is easy to clean with anti stain treatments. When buying, you will be confronted with a choice between the 6.0 and the 6.6 variations. Both are strong and durable, however, looking for a carpet made with Teflon technology makes it even more durable.
Other reasons to choose nylon include:
The fiber has exceptional strength
It is resistant to abrasion
It cannot be damaged by oil and many other chemicals
It is low in absorbency, making the cleanup of spills easier
Tip: if you love the soft look and feel of wool but cannot afford the real woolen carpet, it is time to try softer nylon fibers that are sold under brands such as Tactesse and Lisse, The carpet is softer than the regular nylon one and will not burn a hole through your savings.
Other materials that make carpets include olefin, polyester, and smart-strand. These are the considerations to make before walking out of the store with one Stanton Carpet. There are other minor issues like color to think about but when you get this right, you are good to go.