Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

When it’s time to remodel your floor, you might find the decision to be very tough. Just the decision on whether to go for hardwood, carpet, or any other type of flooring can be tough. But even then, you have to decide what kind of carpet you want to get. Should you find the cheapest carpet possible, is it better to buy a more expensive one? Or should you try to find a balance between your budget and the right kind of floor?

Knowing what to look for in a carpet can get rid of most of the confusion you get when shopping around. The rest can be taken care of by a flooring professional.

For this blog post, we want to share our process for choosing the right carpet for you. It’s always very personal, but this guide can help you better understand what to look for in your carpet.

Woven Carpets

A carpet is made by weaving and cutting fabric onto an underlay. There are three weaving styles that each have a significant effect on the quality of carpet:

  • Woven
  • Tufted
  • Needlefelt

Woven carpet is among the most expensive and come in a variety of colors and patterns. These are a bit higher quality – and it shows in the carpet. Tufted are much more common and less expensive. They are not made with a color or pattern, but are often dyed. This is what you would consider a traditional home carpet.

Needlefelt carpet is a high-tech, ultra-sturdy carpet often used in hotels or public buildings. Very rarely are these carpets used in the home, as there are other ways to get a sturdy and beautiful home carpet with less of a price tag.

Durability

The next question you should ask yourself is how much wear and tear your carpet will have to take. If it’s a room that’s barely used – and you have a practice of keeping your shoes at the door- then you can save your money on a more fragile carpet. But if this room will get regular use, then it’s worth the extra dollars to get a sturdier carpet.

Other Add-ons

You might also decide to get more modern carpets that are especially made for the modern home. One option we recommend is getting a water-proof carpet. Water and liquid damage are one of the main reasons why a carpet can deteriorate quickly. And those stains are not friendly to the eye.

Having a carpet that’s easier to maintain, lasts longer, and stays nice as you use it is definitely worth the few extra dollars, as you will save a lot of money in repairs and upkeep.

3 Modern Ways to Use Carpet

3 Modern Ways to Use Carpet

Carpet gets a little bit of a bad rep these days. Older carpet is hard to take care of, looks outdated, and can look filthy if it’s not cleaned regularly. Nowadays, hardwood floors are the most popular flooring option available, with wall-to-wall carpet having a reputation as being cheap.

But there’s nothing wrong with saving money if you can make it work, and there has been a lot of renovations in carpet that will make your living space more beautiful and elegant than ever before. Here are 3 modern ways to use carpet.

Use Rugs

The main design of today is simplicity with variety. Multiple designs that are very different, but simple in themselves. One way to do this is by using a plain carpet and layering it with rugs. This is a common solution for hardwood floors but is considered less often for carpet.

Part of the reason why is that using rugs on carpet is technically putting the same thing on top of itself, but it’s the variety of design that keeps it from feeling redundant. The rugs should be a different color and a little more complex in design.

Use Colorful Furniture

If you have carpet that’s very simple, very traditional, then consider going bold and colorful with your furniture. This contrast will bring more attention to your interior design and allows your floor to ironically blend in with everything else.

You can also embrace the one color of your carpet and use the same color throughout the room. This is a great choice for bolder colors like red or blue.

Go with Variety and Color in Your Carpet Design

Instead of adding color and variety to a dull carpet, you can also use carpet that itself is lively. You can do this through varying carpet tiles, geometric designs, or using layered and multi-color carpet designs. There are so many more unique options for carpet today than even a few years ago.

Carpet can be beautiful and elegant, you just have to be creative with it!

4 Modern Carpet Trends

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We asked a few times in previous blog posts if carpets are obsolete, and while we disagree, we can’t deny that the trends are changing. There are still benefits to having a carpet; it makes your room warmer, is cheaper than hardwood, and is safer for toddlers and young children. You don’t have to settle for a boring, old-fashioned carpet either, there are options available to keep your home looking modern.

Bold Colors

Traditionally, carpets have subdued colors. Traditionally they’re either white, blue, red, yellow or grey. But now bolder, more unusual colors. Multi-color is also becoming pretty popular. Like a geometric black and white pattern. But other colors too, like bright blue, dark or bright green, or silver. These colors work best when there’s some pattern. A single, unified color is much less in fashion than bolder more unique designs and patterns.

Geometric Patterns

As we said, single colors are out and patterns are in. Some simple, but unique style customized for the individual is an excellent way to add personality to a single room. These patterns can take bold colors and make your floor into a work of art. Maybe creating a frame around a color or using something like a diamond pattern.

Waterproof Carpet

Yes, you heard that right! Technology has taken us to new, wonderful strides and that includes waterproof carpet! You no longer have to worry about water damage, mold, mildew, stains, or pet smells. Imagine the old wine spill on a white carpet catastrophe, with a waterproof carpet, you just get a paper towel and blot it out, it’s that easy.

Carpet Tile

The final trend that’s here to stay is carpet tile. Instead of taking one big swath of carpet and installing it to fit your room, you would get a set of square tiles and place them in rows on the floor. This setup can give you many advantages. For one, if your carpet gets a stain, you only need to replace that one tile.

Another benefit to having carpet tile is that you can mix and match different tiles however you like. This can lead to some bold, creative, and unique designs.

Overall, the trend is to go more bold and more personalized. One of the most common carpet cliches are that they’re supposed to look boring, old fashioned, and dull. But when you consider the modern styles and options available to you, a carpet can make your home look unique in ways other floors can’t.

Are Carpets Obsolete?

Carpets don’t have the best reputation. They’re hard to clean, wear out, and often don’t look too appealing. They look hideous when they’re wearing out and can even decrease the value of your home. Carpets have no place in the modern home…or do they? The above criticisms against carpets are valid, we can’t deny that. But carpets still have value in the right home.

 

All flooring options look good when installed properly. Having the right person there with you to make your vision for the house a reality is invaluable. Sometimes the best choice is to replace carpet with hardwood floors, but not always.

 

Makes Your Home Warmer

 

For anyone living in a house that’s a little cold, or you want to keep warmth in for whatever reason, carpet can help with that. The fabric absorbs heat while hardwood floors stay cool. It’s enough of a difference where you don’t notice it in the summers, but it will make getting out of bed in the winters much more comfortable.

 

Safer for Little Ones

 

Children are not the most careful creatures. They run, slip, fall, and bump into anything in their way. Having a soft floor to land on will make those hundreds of little bumps and falls easier to handle. It’s also helpful for the elderly, or any adults who lean on the clumsy side (no shame in that, obviously). It’s not like you can fall everywhere and never expect it to hurt, but it will soften the impact enough for a baby possibly get back up instead of crying.

 

Beautiful, Modern options available

 

Carpets don’t have to be ugly. When a comment on aesthetics is made about carpet, it’s more often about old style trends and designs. But you can create stunning and unique designs with a custom carpet. Take a look at some carpets we’ve done!

 

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 So, are carpets out of fashion? A little. But are they obsolete? No, far from it. They still serve their unique purposes and can be beautiful when well maintained. At the end of the day, you decide what you want your home to be like, and if that includes carpet, great! And if it doesn’t, that’s OK, we have plenty of other options!

Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!

Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!

Summer party season is here! The Fourth of July is the biggest and best reason to throw a summer shindig. Big parties cause big messes!  Be prepared to deal with messy kids from running through the sprinkler, lots of guests tracking dirt in and out from the outdoor BBQ to the indoor space, along with spilled drinks, apple pie, hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ ribs. Kruper Flooring has you covered with some handy tips to clean up spills for many different types of flooring.

There will be a lot of traffic in between the backyard and the kitchen or living room for your Fourth of July party. One of the best tips to keep any type of flooring clean is to place door mats on both the inside and the outside of the exits. This will greatly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that’s tracked onto your floors. Door mats are easier to clean, and much cheaper to replace. Encourage guests to stay outside as much as possible, and if they have to come in, request that they take off their shoes.

CERAMIC TILE – Wipe up spills quickly on ceramic tile, especially acidic foods like BBQ sauce. The tiles will not soak up any stain, but the grout can! Use a soft damp mop to clean. String mops are the best kind 5 1 7 225x300 - Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!because the strands can get into the grooves to clean the grout where the dirt really tends to stick. Make sure not to use any abrasive cleaners or tools because they could scratch the glaze on the tiles.

VINYL – Vinyl floors are quick and easy clean up! Get those spills cleaned up as soon as possible with paper towels. Once the excess is cleaned off, hit it was either a cleaner specific to vinyl, or a gallon of hot water mixed with a cup of apple cider vinegar.

6 13 10 225x300 - Keep Your Floors Clean During Your Fourth of July Party!HARDWOOD – Your hardwood floors need special care to stand the test of time. If you need a quick clean up, use your broom to clean up debris with a broom or a vacuum with the floor brush attachment. Never use the beater brush on your hardwood floors, as this can cause damage. Clean up those messy spills as soon as possible so that the stain doesn’t set. Then use a commercial grade wood floor cleaner. Make sure not to put too much excess water on the floor, this can cause water spots or warping. Wipe up excess water with a soft towel.

CARPET – Similar to any other flooring types, spills on your carpet need to be cleaned up right away to prevent them from setting in. If a party guest spilled and you didn’t notice it until much later, use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain. After letting it sit for 3-5 minutes, dab it (do not rub it in) with a damp cloth to absorb any of the spill.

SLATE – For slate floors, an easy paste of baking soda and water works wonders for acidic stains like ketchup, juice, BBQ sauce or wine. For more stubborn stains, try scrubbing with a soft bristled brush and a bit of rubbing alcohol.

No matter what type of floor you have, Fourth of July parties are going to bring lots of people and potential spills and dirt into your home. Help combat stains and damage by placing mats at entrances, encouraging guests to take their shoes off, and cleaning up any spills or dirt as soon as they occur. If you’ve got some stubborn stains or any questions about cleaning your floors, contact us right away!