When it comes to floor cov­er­ings car­pets are def­i­nitely back in vogue

En­hanced by new fi­bres and vastly im­proved wear­a­bil­ity, car­pet is def­i­nitely back in vogue, writes Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

For a while there car­pet was the Cin­derella of floor­ing, pushed firmly out of the spot­light by tim­ber floor­boards and gleam­ing tiles which promised to trans­form rooms into con­tem­po­rary, low main­te­nance won­der­lands.

The prom­ise that you could sim­ply wipe up a mess and do away with vac­u­um­ing, weighed heav­ily in their favour.

But car­pet is com­ing in from the cold, as in­no­va­tions, fun colours and its un­de­ni­able warmth re­vives in­ter­est.

Car­pet Court na­tional prod­uct man­ager, An­thony Carter, says that while hard floor­ing such as tiles and vinyl re­mains pop­u­lar in high-traf­fic liv­ing ar­eas and hall­ways, car­pet is star­ring in theatre rooms, par­ents’ re­treats and bed­rooms.

“At the same time, car­pet yarn tech­nol­ogy has moved to­wards softer yarns and higher den­sity car­pets. So the emerg­ing trend has been to see cus­tomers buy­ing softer more lux­u­ri­ous car­pets for these ar­eas.”

So­lu­tion dyed ny­lon fi­bres con­tinue to dom­i­nate the res­i­den­tial car­pet mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of their fade re­sis­tant qual­i­ties, but new prod­ucts are com­pet­ing for a chunk of the mar­ket.

“Triexta, a mod­ern fi­bre sourced partly from corn, has also proved pop­u­lar in re­cent years. It has in­her­ent stain re­sis­tance, fade re­sis­tance and best of all can be cleaned just with water,” An­thony says

Car­pets fell out of favour with many be­cause they were thought to re­quire the most work to main­tain and the risk of stains.

“If car­pets are vac­u­umed weekly and steam cleaned an­nu­ally, they ac­tu­ally pro­vide a very clean and ex­cel­lent floor­ing choice,” says An­thony, who points out tim­ber and tiles still need to be swept daily and mopped reg­u­larly.

“Car­pet traps dirt and dust and stops it cir­cu­lat­ing in a room, al­low­ing it to be vac­u­umed.

“So the mes­sage on dust and al­ler­gies is more about cor­rect main­te­nance rather than one floor type be­ing bet­ter than an­other,” he says.

Car­pets also have ob­vi­ous acous­tic ben­e­fits and wool car­pets can also pro­vide ex­cel­lent fire safety. They ab­sorb mois­ture dur­ing high hu­mid­ity and re­lease the mois­ture back in low hu­mid­ity – a nat­u­ral air­con­di­tioner of sorts.

“Last but not least, car­pet is a great choice for safety. Many fam­i­lies choose car­pet for this rea­son with young chil­dren.”

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