Q: What are the different types of carpet fibres?
A: Wool – Is great for a carpet that is resistant to soiling, stains and is also fire resistant. It is long lasting, very easy to maintain, and also provides a natural insulation during the cold winter months. Many of our Wool carpets are often a man-made blend, created from durable and strong fibres.
Polypropylene – Ideal for the busy household, a polypropylene carpet has incredible stain resistant properties for any spilled foods or drinks. It is also easily cleaned with a diluted bleach solution. It is a long-wearing man-made fibre that is resistant to fading over time, and also very affordable!
Nylon/Polyamide – Are the hardest wearing synthetic fibre that has a very long-lasting appearance, and us usually used for bold colours or patterns.
Q: What type of carpet is best?
A: There are a number of factors that will affect the durability of your carpet.
-Pile weight: the amount of yarn placed into the wear surface of the carpet
-Pile height: the height of the yarn above the backing
-Construction: the number of stitches across the length and width of the carpet
-Gauge: the number of stitches per inch across the entire width
All of these properties together determine the overall durable and even the feel of the carpet. All short and dense pile carpets with a heavy pile weight are fantastic for heavily trafficked areas such as your stairs and hallway. Any lighter pile weight carpets can be used for your bedroom carpets, bathroom carpets, or your even lounge carpets, which are generally less used areas in terms of footfall.
Q: How do I know whether the carpet I want is suitable for my room?
A: Firstly, all Cormar Carpets are suitable for domestic use – some are suitable for commercial use too. Please speak to us about ourr bespoke matching service, designed to meet your unique needs.
Q: What advice would you give when buying a new carpet?
A: First, consider the area and amount of wear and tear involved. Your downstairs rooms and stairs will receive more wear are more prone to general soiling than upstairs rooms. Be prepared to spend more on a durable solution, for these heavily tread areas.
Get your room professionally measured and fitted by an expert who can account for every nook and cranny your room has. We also recommend asking us about finding the most cost-effective way for laying your carpet. Having your carpet fitted by one of our professionals will ensure it is done right! And by planning your steps ahead of time, you will minimise waste and save money!
Taking home carpet samples of the styles you like, will allow you to imagine your room with your new carpet in mind. You will also be able to see how the carpet will look in the day or nighttime, and with any artificial lights you may have in the room. Remember that carpet samples or cuttings must only be used as a guide, since all production batches can be slightly different.
It is important to choose a good quality underlay. This will help prolong the resilience of your carpet. We recommend keeping your carpet care guide that comes with your carpet in a safe place and nearby to you, so that you get the best from your new carpet over the upcoming coming years.
Q: Which carpets are best for young families?
A: Our easy-to-clean carpets are designed with your family in mind! Not only do they look and feel great, but these carpets are stain-resistant. With regular cleaning and maintenance, our carpets will stay looking fresh for years, whatever your young ones do! Many of our carpets now carry a 10-year stain and wear resistant guarantees.
Q: Which carpets are best for pets?
A: Be careful when choosing a loop pile carpet if you have pets in your home. Cats in particular with their sharp claws, can do severe damage the carpet and start what is known as “pilling”. This will look like ‘bobbling’ like you would see on a wool sweater. We recommend that you choose a twist pile carpet if you’re a cat or dog lover!
Q: What is carpet pile?
A: Simply put, a carpet’s pile refers to the yarn content above the backing. This can be either a short pile or deep pile. The carpet’s pile-height is measured starting from the surface of the carpet to the backing section. The location of the carpet needs to be carefully considered when choosing the which type of pile you want. Our carpets are designed for different degrees of wear and tear and we have different styles to suit different rooms in your house.
Q: Can my carpets be used for underfloor heating?
A: Underfloor heating systems are increasingly popular, because it is considered to be an extremely efficient and comfortable option for heating the home. Most residential new-builds and more commercial developments now have underfloor heating. This is why it is important to choose the right Cormar Carpet suitable for this type of heating, and to also maximise the effectiveness of any underfloor heating system that is installed.
Cormer recommends that the combined thermal resistance of carpet and underlay should not exceed a rating of 2.5 togs. All Cormer product ranges meets these criteria. Please rest assured our carpets and underfloor heating systems can operate effectively and efficiently together.
Please see one of our professional carpet fitters if you have any questions on this.
Q: How do I measure carpet for stairs?
A: Stairs can be tricky to measure! We always recommend that you speak to one of our professionals and use an experienced carpet fitter for your stairs or any part of your home that has many turns or odd angles in it. It is worth noting that on many occasions the carpet for the stairs can be taken from any excess carpet pieces that has generated from other rooms being fitted.