Polypropylene is a synthetic fibre used in most style carpets. This type of carpet is hard wearing & is an easy solution for commercial or residential usage. It’s easy to maintain & great for heavy duty wear areas. High traffic residential areas & medium traffic commercial areas are best suited for polypropylene carpets. They are easily steam cleaned & very stain-resistant.
Nylon carpets are the most popular & are available in many styles & colours in all pile constructions. Nylon carpets are typically used for residential applications & come in a range of wear ratings for medium, heavy or extra heavy duty traffic areas. This softer surface carpet has long-term resilience & durability. There’s a solution for every room in your home with a Premium nylon carpet; the selection of colours & styles that are available to coordinate with your decor is almost endless.
A good quality wool or wool blend carpet will outlast other carpet types & are suitable for both residential & commercial applications. Wool’s unique fibre structure makes it durable & hardwearing, so wool carpets keep their appearance longer. Available in a huge range of styles, wool & wool blend carpets are somewhat limited in the colour choices available. Modulated or level loop, twist & plush pile are the most popular carpet styles in wool or wool blend carpets.
Wool is a natural product, & its lanolin makes wool naturally stain-resistant, however wool is porous, so Scotchgard & other similar products will penetrate rather than protect. Be sure to clean any spills straight away. It is also flame-retardant & acts as an insulator, helping to reduce ambient noise.
Carpet’s most durable fibre, solution-dyed nylon carpet offers complete consistency in colour. Pigment & polymer are mixed before extrusion, so it offers a colourfastness against light & won’t fade , as well as long-term resilience, durability & superior stain resistance. The non-porous fibre can also resist odours. Solution-dyed carpet is very resistant to abrasion & wear as well as matting, which will keep the carpet looking like new for a long time.
Plush Pile carpet has the same appeal as velvet; luxurious soft feel underfoot inviting you to lie down & roll on it. As with velvet, the pile direction adds another dimension with shading effect as you walk over it.
Twist Pile carpets are usually manufactured in plain or 2-tone colours. As the name suggests, the nylon or wool yarn is given a heat-set twist to include a practical dimension to the soft, inviting fell of the product.
These are not like normal tufted carpets. They are made from premium quality yarn & are woven. This weaving process helps eliminate pile crushing & shading that occur in normal tufted carpets. We offer a range of 100% wool or a mixture of pure wool yarns woven with flax or sisal. Domestic life: 12 years. Commercial life: 4 to 7 years, dependent on foot traffic.
|Wool||Solution Dyed Nylon||Polypropylene|
|Fastness to Light||Good||Excellent||Excellent|
|Fastness to Water & Cleaning||Good||Excellent||Excellent|
|Fastness to Oxidising Gases||Fair||Excellent||Excellent|
|Ease of Cleaning||Excellent||Excellent||Fair|
|Static Electricity||Good if antistat fibre added||Good if antistat fibre added||Good|
At Carpet Options we believe a good foundation is the difference between a so-so average carpet job & an excellent carpet job with a superior finish. That’s why we prefer to use Airstep Stepsmart underlay when we install your carpet. Airstep Stepsmart is specially formulated to provide superior underfoot comfort & outstanding durability in heavy traffic environments. With a 7mm thickness & 120kg density, Airstep Stepsmart is manufactured from high density rebonded polyurethane foam. It is highly resilient, helping your carpet to retain its comfort, shape & appearance for years to come. It provides excellent thermal & sound insulation & is unaffected by moisture & spills. Airstep Stepsmart is suitable for all types of floors, including heated slabs.
Airstep Stepsmart is Australian Made & meets Australian Standards AS 4288-2003 requirements. Airstep Stepsmart is also Green label Accredited by the Carpet & Rug Institute USA, ensuring it meets strict criteria on VOC emissions for superior indoor air quality. Manufactured from 90% recycled material, this carpet cushion is environmentally friendly, being 100% recyclable itself, able to be reprocessed into a new product at the end of its useful life.
Airstep Stepsmart carpet cushion has been treated with the proven microbial Ultra-Fresh, for the effective long term control of destructive bacteria, mould, mildew & fungi. It also provides lasting hygienic freshness & effective odour protection.
Airstep Stepsmart will make any carpet feel richer, thicker & more luxurious. It improves acoustics by reducing noise transfer, Extends the life of your carpet & improves carpet appearance & retention & is guaranteed for the life of your carpet.