Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

Two Andersens installers roll out a new carpet in a home

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh new carpet. A carpet past its prime, on the other hand, is a sad sight to behold. How do you know when it’s time to replace your carpet? The life of your carpet varies depending on its quality, ranging between 5 to 25 years, but there are some signs you can look for that indicate your carpet may be due for replacement.

Stains

A stained carpet is unsightly and can be embarrassing if you have guests over. If no amount of cleaning can remove the staining, hire a professional carpet cleaner. If even the pros can’t restore your carpet, and there’s no option to replace the affected section, it may be time to bid your carpet adieu.

Aged underlay

The underlay or padding installed underneath your carpet is designed to make your flooring more comfortable to walk and lay on. If your carpet underlay has deteriorated over time, it can cause unevenness and wrinkles on your carpet surface. Not only does this age your home, it doesn’t feel great underfoot either.

Fading

Over time, light from the sun can strip your carpet of colour. Although re-dyeing your carpet can be an option, results can be mixed, and might not be worth the cost or effort compared to replacing it entirely. If your once vibrant flooring is now only a washed-out shade of its former self, it could be time to replace it.

Smells

Regular cleaning of your carpet should be able to keep smells at bay. If you notice lingering odours coming from your carpet even after a cleaning, the smells may have seeped deeper into your flooring. In more extreme cases, this could even be a sign of mold or mildew, which can pose a health risk to your family. It’s a surefire sign that your carpet needs to go.

Wear

Is your carpet matted, frayed, or ripped? Matted or crushed carpet fibres can sometimes be returned to their former fullness with cleaning. If your carpet has lost its form for good, though, it will no longer be very comfortable to walk on. Frays and tears can be difficult to repair, and depending on the size of the tearing, also dangerous for your home’s inhabitants. In this case, it’s best to look at updating your carpet.

Ready to pick out your new carpet? Visit your nearest Andersens showroom or call us on 1800 016 016 for an obligation-free FREE measure and quote.

Carpet Buying Guide

Collage of aerial shots of feet standing on different styles of carpet

Looking for the best carpet? Let our carpet buying guide guide you! Because of factors like budget and taste, the best carpet for your neighbour might not be the best carpet for you. So, how can you decide which carpet will suit you? Start by considering these points.

FIBRES

Many home renovators dream of a bottomless bank account. The reality is most home renovators do have to consider their budget. Carpet is a more affordable flooring option but the price can still vary. The cost of your carpet will depend on which carpet fibre you choose. Check out the features of each carpet below.

Polypropylene

  • Synthetic
  • Most affordable
  • Colour-fast
  • Resists most stains
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited colour range

Polyester

  • Synthetic
  • Affordable
  • Soft
  • Lustrous appearance
  • Rich colour
  • Water and stain-resistant

Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Wide colour range

Solution Dyed Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Increased stain-resistance
  • Increased colour-fastness
  • Long-term durability

Triexta

  • Synthetic
  • Soft
  • Matte appearance
  • Highly stain-resistant
  • Partially made from corn

Wool

  • Natural
  • Luxurious
  • Soft
  • Insulating
  • Biodegradable

STYLES

A big part of buying carpet is style. The look of your carpet will differ based on the construction method used. 

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are created by cutting the yarn loops to create a  soft, upright pile. You can vary the pile length and twist level create a variety of styles, including:

Plush

  • Lightly-twisted yarn
  • Smooth surface
  • Formal look
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Low-traffic areas
  • Suits formal spaces (living and dining rooms, guest rooms)

Twist

  • Pile twists in different directions
  • Random texture
  • Casual style
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits the whole home

Frieze

  • Longer pile
  • Textured finish
  • “Shaggy” look 
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits high traffic areas
  • Suits informal spaces (bedrooms, family rooms)

Loop Pile

This style is constructed by threading the fibres through the carpet backing to form a series of loops. The following are some styles of loop pile carpets:

Level loop pile

  • Tightly-threaded loops
  • Uniform surface
  • Durable
  • Suits high traffic areas (hallways)

Multi-level loop pile

  • Varying lengths of loops
  • Textured surface
  • Durable 
  • Distinct shapes and patterns
  • Hides dirt

Berber

  • Short loops
  • Rugged surface
  • Flecked appearance
  • Durable
  • Hides dirt and marks
  • Suits high-traffic areas

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining cutting and looping methods creates interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet adds a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile

  • Lineal patterns
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Stylish
  • Hides dirt and footprints
  • Suits kids’ bedrooms or playrooms

Textured cut and loop pile

  • Uneven surface
  • Artistic patterns
  • Illusion of depth
  • Hides marks and dirt

GRADES

Carpets are often graded against their best form of application, so if you have a really specific need for acoustic, fire or traffic rating ask one of our experienced flooring consultants to advise which type of carpet is suitable. Often, the best result for your requirements, is not most expensive option. Listed below is a brief description of the various strengths of carpet available.

Not all carpet is manufactured for the same purpose and there is a lot to consider when choosing; Andersens can advise you on the right choice for your living space. Depending on your lifestyle or need, there exists a range of grades:

Medium Duty:
Medium to Low traffic flow, best for bedrooms and spare rooms

Heavy Duty:
Heavy traffic flow, best for hallways and busy living areas. Also, good for families 2/3 kids or more

Extra Heavy Duty:
A lot of traffic flow, great for hallways and busy living areas. Also, suitable for commercial offices/shops.

 

CARPETS BY ROOM

Bedroom: Carpet is an amazing choice for bedrooms. Soft underfoot and warm during the colder months, carpet will not only look amazing but will also make your bedroom feel cosier. 

Bathroom: Carpets might not be the best choice for your bathroom. Please speak with our sales consultant for advice on the best products for this area. 

Kitchen: Much like Bathrooms, kitchens aren’t the best place for carpet. With spillage, high amounts of water, chemicals etc. it might be a better option to look into tiles or vinyl.

Living:  Carpet is a great choice for living areas however, a durable and easy to clean fibre should be chosen to help make sure your brand-new carpet doesn’t soil or stain.

Hallway: Very similar to the Living room, the hallway or entry way is a great place to get resilient and easy to clean carpeting. Not only does it look great but it also provides comfort and can be easier to maintain then hardwoods.

Commercial Spaces: Carpet is a great choice for a commercial space.With a durable fibre and natural colour’s you can do amazing things for your commercial space.

Still need more help with buying carpet? Our friendly flooring experts at Andersens will be happy to help. Visit a showroom near you.

The Insulation Benefits of Carpet

There are many factors to consider when deciding which floor covering is right for your home, such as design, cost, and durability. An often overlooked feature of floor coverings is how well they insulate your home against the elements. With temperatures dropping and energy costs on the rise, home insulation is more important than ever. More so than any other flooring option, carpet provides excellent insulation against the winter climate by preventing heat loss in the room overall and by keeping the air at feet-level warmer.

The Science

Insulation and heat conduction go hand in hand, and the combination of the poor heat conduction of carpet fibres and the poor heat conduction of the air that’s trapped in the surface pile of carpet means that carpet is the perfect insulator. In this way, the carpet and carpet underlay work together to create a barrier of air to keep heat inside, keeping both the air at feet-level and the room itself warmer. For the homeowner, this translates into a smaller temperature differential between the head and the feet, leading to greater comfort and a warmer room temperature.

Factors like pile length and carpet thickness directly correlate with the insulation benefit and amount saved on heating costs. Longer pile such as Plush, Frieze, and Multi-level Loop (pictured below) provide a greater insulation benefit than shorter pile, such as Level Loop and Sisal/Cord.

Carpet_Styles_Insulation

A Comparison to Hardwood

When compared to other floor covering options such as timber or vinyl, the insulation benefit of carpet can be up to 10 times higher and is comparable to fibreglass insulation. This is because without carpet’s underlay, pile effect, and low thermal conduction of air trapped in the pile, there is no insulation buffer between the heat inside the room and the cooler area below the floor.

Speak to one of our friendly sales consultants at your local Andersens store for more professional advice on the insulation benefits of carpet.

Styling a Minimalist Timeless Bedroom

The bedroom caters to so many options; from baby’s nursery, children’s dormitory style then evolving into a teenage sanctuary, and of course the master boudoir. Styling a bedroom should not be difficult; after all we want a calm, enveloping feeling when we retreat at the end of the day.

Carpet is ideal for the bedroom and perfect for year round comfort – providing that luxurious softness under your toes as you hop out of bed in the morning. Our twist pile Night Shadows Feather carpeting choice is mid-price solution dyed nylon with incredible softness for that luxurious feel. Due to the low denier per filament, there are more filaments per fiber – making these carpets super soft and durable with a 15 year warranty.

To compliment the light tan carpet, we’ve chosen a deep, warm subdued natural green wall colour with clean white trimmings to break up the hues. Painting only half the wall is a clever and easy way to give your bedroom a great design impact, especially when the halves are tied together with wall art and framing.

To compliment the wall and floor colours, we’ve chosen monochromatic hues for the bed spread with sheets to match the wall colours and a pop of a contrasting eggplant yellow in the pillows. With a bright feature wall such as ours, you want to make sure your furnishings and décor are minimalist so they don’t detract from the impact of the wall colour. We’ve worked our feature wall with;

  • Contrasting eggplant pillow cases
  • Minimal wooden side tables
  • Hanging industrial lamps
  • White minimal photo framing
  • Light grey and white upholstery
  • Natural wicker sitting chair

The luxury twist pile is perfect not only for your bedroom, but also staircases and hallways. See more of our minimalist bedroom inspiration on our Pinterest board here. 

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

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The Lounge Room Retreat

Room: Lounge Room
Product: Crystal Creek 72/Retreat

The lounge room – be it high-end chic or French country casual – is always going to be a beautiful space and a real looking glass into your style. From the choice of your lounge suite to the colour palette on your walls, they all convey to your guests who you are. The flooring choice, an equally important decision, should be of a more formal style to give the room a solid design point you can build upon effortlessly.

For our Hamptons-inspired lounge room, we’ve chosen the Andersens Crystal Creek Retreat carpet, a textured loop, solution-dyed nylon for a great classic look. As we have chosen a lighter hue for the lounge, it’s important to make sure you won’t have any issues keeping it clean, which is why we’ve chosen a Stainmaster carpet. Not only is it guarded from simple spills but it’s also resistant to fading from UV light.

To keep the room looking bright and compliment your carpeting choice, choose a lighter colour for the walls. You can then offset the light wall and carpet colours with darker upholstery and furnishings in a mix of print and plain. Having a lighter base colour allows you to add your personal touch in unexpected ways, always complimenting your style and telling a story.

To complete our Hamptons-style room, we’ve added a navy touch and coastal-themed trinkets, combined with natural wicker furniture.

  • Ornamental sea shells
  • Navy colour pillows
  • Beige coastal embellished pillows
  • Natural wicker relaxation chairs
  • Cork coffee and side table
  • Coastal photography

A lounge room should feel comfortable yet be easy to maintain, so make sure your carpet selection is chosen carefully – you don’t want to worry about every little spill. Stainmaster ensures you can choose a lighter colour without any additional worry, giving a gorgeous, light, inviting feel to your lounge room and a perfect place to show off your style. See more of our minimalist lounge room inspiration on Pinterest.

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

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Create a Relaxing Family Room

The family room has become one of the most used and versatile rooms in a family home: acting as a rumpus room, entertainment area or a space where you can casually unwind at the end of the day. With so many purposes and uses, the flooring of your family room should accommodate for all by being comfortable yet durable.

Selecting carpet for this area is often the best choice – it’s soft underfoot, reduces noise levels and it’s great for small children at play. With many different carpets textures and fibres to choose from, you need to make sure you choose one that can withstand pets and children, but is also soft underfoot. If you’re not sure what kind of carpet you need, learn more about Andersens range of carpets here.

We have chosen the modern Caulfield Square Ash Grey for our family room. As a Solution Dyed Polypropylene Textured Loop carpet, it’s designed for durability with stain resistant properties and loop texturing for high traffic areas. The darker colour also reduces risk of accidental stains from showing. A great value carpet that will stand family traffic for years, it’s also within a good budget range and is perfect if you’re a first home buyer or in the rental market.

To complement the deep grey flooring, choose a light wall colour to make the room look larger and more inviting. We’ve also added an additional metallic wallpaper feature to create a sense of fun, excitement and depth – subtly tying it in with the rest of the room with metallic pillows and décor.

  • Extra pillows to create a sense of softness
  • Subtly linking wall theme to furnishings
  • Soft, inviting couches and seats
  • Practical storage for entertainment equipment

Additional pillows and rugs in a deep colour, such as purple, will make sure your family room looks and feels inviting to everyone in the family. By keeping the furniture monotone and decorating with pillows, you can easily achieve a totally new look just by replacing your upholstery – cost effective and quick! To see more family room inspiration, follow us on Pinterest.

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

A Guide to: Best Flooring for your Children’s Playroom

A playroom is undoubtedly one of the happiest places in your homes for your children – and it can be one of the worst places for your cleaning endeavours if you’ve chosen a poor option for the flooring! With that in mind, we’ve put together a few little options for flooring in your children’s playroom:

Continue reading “A Guide to: Best Flooring for your Children’s Playroom”

A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your Bedroom

When it comes to choosing flooring for your bedroom, the choice you make often reflects your personality in a way that is far more personal than anywhere else in the house. It is for this reason that we recommend really taking your time to choose the perfect flooring for your haven – aka your bedroom.

Carpet

By far the most popular choice, carpets in a bedroom give you a warmth that no other flooring option can. We’ll focus a bit on the four most common types of carpeting are pattern, texture (or texture plush), loop (Berber) and frieze (twist or shag) to help you make your choice a little more easily:

 

 

Pattern carpets come in many designs, patterns and colour options but are more often found in large spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms, and basements

 

 

Textured carpeting is the most common type used by homeowners in bedrooms because of the many colour options, types, low cost and durability.

 

 

Looped carpeting, also known as Berber, is, most durable and expensive – great for basements not really for the bedroom…

 

 

Finally frieze, shag, or twisted carpeting is the most popular carpeting type used in bedrooms because it’s casual, durable, cozy and offers many traditional, contemporary and modern options.

Wood and Bamboo

 

 

Natural fibre hard flooring is fast becoming a popular choice for flooring in the bedroom due to it’s stylish looks and it’s durable, easy to clean nature. Whilst it doesn’t quite offer the same coziness as carpets in the bedroom, it can be warmed up with rugs. If it’s luxury style you’re after, then this may be the flooring for you.

Tiles

 

 

Whilst more commonly suited to wet areas and heavy traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms and main living areas, tiles are steadily gaining popularity in the bedroom. Still far behind it’s carpet and hardwood counterparts, tiles suits a very specific type of person with a very specific type of look. Whilst it is very difficult to make tiles look warm and inviting in the bedroom, very few flooring options give you the same sense of stand-offish style. To beat the chill underfoot in winter, add some under-floor heating.

Those are our top picks for flooring in the bedroom. As always, we’d love to help you make your choice a little more easily. Ring us on 1800 016 016 to arrange a personal appointment with one of our style specialists or visit our website.

 

 

DIY Laying Carpet

Carpeting your own floors is one way to save money and be cost effective. Not only is it a quick way to add value to your home, it can freshen up your room and give it a total makeover especially if you are looking at putting your house on the market or buying a new home.

 

Just be careful along the way, as it may interfere with your product warranties and in some cases it may be easier to just get it installed by a professional so you can just view the final product without having to outlay any hard work, apart from the colour choice of course.

So here are some of our tips if you plan to DIY your new carpet

Step 1 – Prepare your floor base

You will most likely need to remove your existing floor coverings to make room for your new carpet. Ensure that your floor is level and clean before you commence.

Tools that you may need to do the job:

  • Tacks
  • Tack strip
  • Hammer
  • Malet
  • Underlay
  • Carpet
  • Needle & course thread
  • Wall trimmer
  • Knee kicker
  • Stair tool
  • Hot melt tape
  • Carpet stretcher

Step 2 – Installation

The Tack Strip for edging

 

Firstly – nail in your tack strip around the entire perimeter of the area to be carpeted, except any doorways. Leave a gap between the tack strip and the wall (the width of the new carpet’s thickness).   Hammer down your strip,

Underlay

and spread out your underlay with the smooth side up within the tack strip area, ensuring it’s the correct type recommended by the retailer for your chosen carpet.

Trimming edges and laying it out

Once you’ve got your underlay down, ensure you trim away the edge of a carpet that is woven so that it will not fray or ravel as recommended by the manufacturer – this is usually about 2 cm from the selvage (if necessary).

Roll out your carpet and let it relax before fixing it into place.   Before and during the installation ensure you have plenty of ventilation in the area where you’ll be laying your carpet, and make sure you keep the area dry.

If you are planning to use hot melt tape to seal the fresh cut seams of your carpet you’ll need to use the carpet stretcher to condition the carpet for the non-stretchy hot melt tape.   For tufted carpets you should use either tape as well as latex, hot melt tape, electric tape or pin tape.  For most woven carpets, you will need to hand sew and pin tape areas as recommended.

Once you have the carpet in place and tape joins have settled, use the power stretcher as recommended by the manufacturer. Only apply the degree of stretch required for your carpet type as recommended, the stretcher smooths & stretches the carpet into it’s final resting place on top of the tack strip. Hook the carpet onto the tack strip and trim the excess pieces of carpet.  When using a wall trimmer be careful to leave enough excess carpet to tuck into the gap and don’t staple your carpet to the tack strip.

Step 3 – Carpeting stairs

If you’re installing new carpet to a staircase you should make sure the stair nosing’s are well rounded and not square to prevent unnecessary damage to both your carpet and underlay. For an extra good fit, cut the underlay about 3 cm narrower than the width of the stairs so you will be able to turn the carpeting edge under. You may also need to install tack strip on each step to maintain proper tension in the carpeting.

Attach a tack strip on each tread and riser with pins on the steps aiming toward the riser and having the pins of the riser tack strip pointing down toward the tread.   The gap you leave between the treads should be a little less than twice your carpet’s thickness.

Lastly:

  • Put down your underlay.
  • Use a knee kicker or stair stretcher to install your carpet and make the carpet look as smooth as possible.
  • Fit your carpet to the tack strip as tightly as possible, pushing it into the gullies between the treads and the risers using a stair tool.
  • Make sure the carpet lays smoothly over the stair’s steps.

When you are finished installing your carpet remove all the excess trim and vacuum the entire surface & corners.  You are now ready to enjoy your new carpet and the satisfaction of doing your own carpeting job.

If all of this sounds too hard, speak to one of our experts in store

Andersens home remedy carpet cleaning tips

Home remedy carpet cleaning has been found by many people to be just as effective, if not more effective than any carpet-cleaning product you buy in the supermarkets. Andersens’ would like to share some of their home remedy carpet cleaning tips to help give your carpets the best chance of looking new for longer, despite spillages.

When dealing with a variety of liquids spilled on your carpet, there are some different methods of cleaning up each individual spill, depending on the type. The different types can include wine, animal marks (eg.urine) and blood but, there are some important things to remember when first sighting a spill.  These are:

  • Act fast – The longer a spill/stain is left, the more difficult it is to get out
  • Don’t Scrub – Clean up the spill by dabbing with paper towel or a dry cloth
  • Don’t oversaturate carpet – Use minimal liquid for solution = less chance of mould
  • Use appropriate solution – Right solution means removes spill/stain faster

One of the most popular and successful carpet-cleaning home remedies is good old white vinegar.  This can either be used in a carpet-cleaning machine or mixed with water to dab or spray with a spray bottle on the stain or spill.  Only apply a solution after you have already absorbed as much of the spillage as possible with paper towel or a dry cloth.

When mixing a solution of white vinegar to dab or spray onto the stain, mix 50/50 with water and white vinegar.  Allow this to absorb into the carpet fibres so that it reaches all the fibres, not just the top layer.

Solutions with white vinegar can vary from 1 to 10 with water, to 50/50 so it can depend on the severity of the stain, mainly by the colouring.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, use this too as it will assist with the process after you have applied the solution and help to dry out remaining moisture. Putting some baking soda on it will also help bring out the moisture; just remember to vacuum it up once it is dry. If baking soda is still showing, use a stiff brush to brush the carpet, as this will help bring it to the surface so you can vacuum it up entirely.

White vinegar can be just as successful when mixed like a normal cleaning solution into a carpet-cleaning machine.  Whether you use a carpet-cleaning machine or a cloth, you may notice the vinegar smell while cleaning, but that will disappear once the carpet is completely dry.

Soda water is another popular carpet cleaning solution home remedy. Just apply the same as the white vinegar, but you can pour directly onto the stain.  Be careful not to saturate the carpet.  Allow it to penetrate for about five minutes, then dab with paper towel or a dry cloth.  This can also be repeated if necessary if you are still seeing remnant of the stain.

If you don’t have any baking soda, salt can be just as effective. Just pour the amount of salt required to cover the dampened area.  Then cover with a damp cloth and allow to sit for a few minutes. Once the area is dry, vacuum up the remaining salt residue.

Another simple carpet cleaning home remedy is with ammonia. This is recommended for spills and stains with grease, dairy, egg and blood.  The solution mix should be half a cup of water to one tablespoon of ammonia and use gloves before mixing and while cleaning.  Remember though to cleanse the area with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water afterwards by dabbing with a cloth.No matter what home remedy carpet-cleaning tip you use, just also remember to dry the carpet as soon as possible afterwards.  The fastest way to do this is by putting a fan or heater facing the dampened area to assist with the drying process.  If you don’t have a portable heater or fan, then the next best option is to use a hair dryer.

For an easy-to-follow guide on which solutions to use for which spills or stains, then use our “Spotting Guide” for carpet which is located on our ‘Floor Care’ webpage on our website.  You can go straight to that page Here.