Carpet provides the foundation for the rest of your surroundings. Nothing beats the luxurious feel & warmth provided by carpet. There are many styles & fibres to choose from. Our experienced staff can help guide you in the right direction to find the perfect floorcovering that suits your individual needs.
Different qualities of carpet will perform at different levels.
To narrow down your carpet selection, there are a number of factors you need to take into consideration to help find a product that best suits your needs - What kind of ‘traffic’ will your carpet endure? What style & texture would best suit your situation? Do you have pets?
The Carpet Institute of Australia have created a grading system known as the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS) which tests and rates carpets based on their results. This is the most widely used grading system - however there are others in the marketplace. You will find gradings on the back of samples. They give you a very clear indication as to what level of durability each carpet will deliver so your selection is made easier.
The colour palettes available today are wide and varied. Choice of colour can create different moods, feelings and perceptions in your home. For example - shades of blue and green are often perceived as cooling, soothing and calming, light colours give areas a more spacious appearance, whilst darker colours give these areas a more cosy feeling. For more information on colour selection speak to one of our staff at Churchills Carpet Court today.
There are a wide variety of fibres used in carpet manufacturing, each of them delivering different looks, feel and varying lustres to suit the needs of today's customers.
Each of these different fibre types has their own strengths based on the types and style of construction they are produced in.
The fibre you choose affects the characteristics of your carpet – performance, durability, resistance to staining, feel & also cost. The amount of fibre used in carpet (density and weight) also affect its performance and cost.
- Nylon - Nylon carpets are outstanding in their ability to resist abrasive wear, loss of pile fibre due to foot traffic and resilience in recovering from pile crushing. Many years of research into nylon fibre construction has enabled fibres to be specifically engineered and treated to minimise soiling, varying the degree of lustre, maximise colour, clarity and the application of stain blocking technology which significantly increases the fibres resistance to staining and improves the cleanability. There are two methods used to add colour to the nylon fibre, one is continuous dyeing whereby the nylon fibre is produced in white form and the colour is then added. The other method is called solution dyeing where the actual colour is added to the actual molten nylon polymer before the yarn is produced – meaning that the colour runs right through the fibre. Both methods deliver an excellent finished yarn that will deliver excellent on floor performance, with easy maintenance.
- Triexta - A synthetic fibre, constructed with the use of corn syrup. Whilst chemically related to a polyester fibre, Triexta has improved on the durabilty, softness and stain resistance of the synthetic family of fibres. Triexta's abilty to recover form pile crushing is equal to that of nylon. ?The individual fibres of triexta naturally repel liquids, slowing the rate of absorption and creating more time to mop up spills.
- Wool - Wool is seen by many as the classic carpet fibre. Being a natural fibre, wool has excellent recovery from stress under the influence of moisture so that wet cleaning revives the pile as well as removing soil.Where does the wool come from? Wool produced in Australia is generally believed too soft for use in carpet. The vast majority of wool used for carpet comes from sheep that live in colder climates i.e. New Zealand, England and Scotland where the sheep grow ‘coarse’ wool which is ideal for the wear and tear that carpets endure.When used correctly in dense pile construction, wool offers long term durability, appearance retention and the ability to keep its fresh beauty and unquestionably "grows old gracefully."
- Polypropylene - Polypropylene fibre is coloured using the ‘solution dyed’ process described earlier. Polypropylene has excellent soil and stain resistant properties and also boasts excellent colour fastness. The fibre does not quite have the same resilience and recovery from general pile crushing from day to day wear as nylon. When constructed in tight dense loop pile carpets it delivers exceptional service, wear and tear and excellent value for money.
- Polyester - Polyester is another synthetic fibre. Polyester offers excellent stain & fade resistance as well as performance and value for money. Polyester fibre is often made from recycled materials – making it more environmentally friendly.
Underlay is an an important consideration and will enhance the quality and features of your new carpet. Please come into store, to discuss underlay options with our trained staff.
- Blends - There are a number of blended fibres used in carpet production. 50/50 wool/nylon or polypropylene to 80% wool/20% nylon and variations in between. Combining fibres can mean you get a blend of the positive properties associated with two types. For example, you can get a carpet which delivers the soft luxurious feel of wool with the added abrasive quality and strength of nylon.