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Carpet Maintenance and Care

Styles & Textures
To maintain your carpets' original appearance, it's important to choose the style and texture that suits your needs. For example, patterned carpets are ideal for frequently used rooms because of how well they hide traffic wear. And, using the following tips, you can find the perfect carpet for any room in your home:

Velvet - Rich, luxurious surface, perfect for any light-traffic room such as formal living or dining rooms.

Textured Plush - Creates stability, hides footprints and vacuum marks, and adds a casual beauty to any room.

Saxony - Unique, subtle highlights and accents make it perfect for less formal rooms such as family rooms and dens.

Multi-Colored Textured Carpet - Ideal for high traffic areas such as kids' and recreation rooms.

Berbers and Sisal Loop Designs - Warm and casual appearance is perfect for rooms with high activity and is frequently found in today's hottest designs.

Carpet Pile
A firm, dense "pile" - or the yarn on the face of the carpet - defines a carpet's quality. To check a carpet's density, bend a corner of the carpet. The more backing the bend reveals, the less dense and durable your carpet. Conversely, the most durable carpets have tightly twisted yarns densely packed into the carpet.

Cut Pile - Features carpet loops that have been cut to create individual, upstanding tips. Creates a luxurious look and feel, suitable for almost any room in your home. Available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, from rich, dense velvets to textured saxonies that minimize footprints.

Loop Pile - As opposed to cut pile carpets, loop pile carpets are not cut or sheared - the loops themselves form the carpet's surface. This makes them extremely durable as well as beautiful. And, their easy maintenance and ability to hide traffic wear make them perfect for high-traffic areas such as great rooms, kids' rooms and recreation rooms.

Level Loop Pile - The pile loops are of equal height and uncut, creating a smooth and level surface that offers excellent wearing qualities, making it ideal for the commercial market.

Cut Pile and Loop Pile - Combines cut and loop pile to create various design effects. Available in solids as well as multi-colorations for striking patterns or subtle designs. And, its prominent, random patterns are excellent for hiding soil.

Carpet Fibers
Common fibers are used alone or blended together in modern-day carpets:

Nylon - The most commonly used carpet fiber due to its durability, resiliency and built-in soil resistance. And, many nylon carpets - such as DuPont StainMaster, Wear-Dated and Anso CrushResister - are further treated for added stain, soil, wear and crush resistance.

Polyester - An exceptionally soft fiber that provides great color clarity and inherent fade and stain resistance. It's less expensive than nylon, but does not perform as well in heavy traffic areas.

Polypropylene (Olefin) - The fastest growing type of carpet fiber because of its strong resistance to stains, fading and moisture. Also highly cost-effective.

Wool - The original carpet fiber, wool is still used because of its luxury, beauty and natural soil-repellent qualities. However, it is more expensive when compared to synthetic fibers. Visit the Wool Bureau to find out more about wool carpeting.

Padding
Quality padding not only adds to your comfort, it also adds to the life of your new carpet and area rugs. It improves noise and thermal insulation as well as cleanability. There are many different types of padding for different types of installation, and we recommend you replace padding each time you replace your carpet.