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Carpet Advice

Benefits of Carpet

  • A carpeted floor is a safer floor. The soft surface reduces the impact of a fall.  Carpet is inherently slip-resistant.
  • Carpet stifles noise and impact of foot traffic.
  • Carpet provides excellent warmth underfoot for bare foot.
  • Most carpets are made to be highly stain-resistant.
  • Carpet has a very large verity of colours and patterns more than any other flooring.
  • Carpet costs significantly less than any types of flooring, with regards to sub floor prepared and fitting.

Tips to look out for

  • Are there any particular fabrics or existing decor to be matched?  What are your future decorating plans?  Remember to choose the carpet first and install it last.
  • Do you want a plain carpet, patterned carpet, or one with texture or boarder?  You have a large choice so experiment with colour and design.
  • How long do you reasonably expect your new carpet to last?  Is it a quick fix or long term purchase?
  • How much do you want to spend?  Don’t forget to include the price of fitting and underlay and other materials.

Having answered these questions, are you ready to buy? When you do, always remember to:

  • Make sure to allow 10-15 cm extra to each wall
  • Ask the manufacturer to send you a sample so that you can see it in your own environment and in your own natural light.
  • Buy new underlay.  It will prolong the life of your new carpet by up to 40% as well as giving added comfort.
  • Keep any surplus carpets – you never know when it will come in handy!
  • Buy the best carpet you can afford.  As with everything else, you get when you pay for and carpet is no exception. 

Deciding what Quality

The main aspects of carpet quality involve carpet density, twist, and pile height. Denser carpets will last longer and feel more comfortable underneath bare feet. The denser and higher a carpet is, the more material the carpet requires which thus inflates the price. The saying "You get what you pay for," is particularly true when it comes to judging carpet quality.  Carpet quality is a factor of the fibre used, and the twist, finish and density of the fibre. Thickness is not a factor of quality; a common misconception. Thickness may make a carpet more luxurious, but it does not affect its quality or performance. Thickness is a matter of preference, like color or pattern, not a sign of quality.

Underfloor Heating

Under floor heating systems are growing in popularity and we are often asked about their compatibility with carpet. The Carpet Foundation carried out some research in conjunction with the Under floor Heating Manufacturers Association (UHMA) and this proved conclusively that most carpet can be used over under floor heating systems without impairing the performance of the system.  Ask the manufacturer to confirm that your specific carpet is compatible with underfloor heating.

Regular Maintenance

  • Use a doormat that will significantly reduce the rate at which the carpet will soil.  Use a remnant of off cut from our new carpet.
  • Vacuum you new carpet regularly.  This will prevent dirt and grit from matting the fibres.  An upright vacuum cleaner fitted with a beater bar and/or brushes is recommended for cut pile carpets.  A vacuum only model is best for loop pile carpets to prevent pilling.
  • Always vacuum new carpet.  When a carpet is first laid there may be some fluffing or shedding of loose fibres but this is perfectly normal.
  • Carpet care treatments, should be Wool safe approved as that means they have been scientifically tested and are safe and effective for cleaning wool rich carpets.
  • Ordinary detergents such as washing up liquid or soap should not be used on carpet.


We believe that the following information is the best currently available. It is subject to revision as additional knowledge and experience is gained. makes no guarantee of results and assumes no liability or obligation in connection with this information.