Glenearn Carpet Guide.

Three ways to buy a carpet from Glenearn.

1. Stock Carpet

Plain carpet, patterned carpet, wool carpet, synthetic carpet, stair carpet,  – whatever carpet you are looking to buy, our expert advisors will give you expert advice.

2. Special Order

We have a large showroom area where you can select a quality carpet in the size required from a wealth of manufacturers. The choice is vast but don’t worry an expert is always on hand to guide you.

3. Ex Stock/Clearance

When we come to the end of a roll we heavily discount for clearance to pass the savings on to our customers. See our section on Special Buys for more information.

Carpets and Asthma.

 It is a widespread misconception that carpet is a cause of asthma, and so not suitable for asthma sufferers. The fact is, unlike smooth floors, carpet acts like a sink and actually ‘traps’ dust, so preventing it being blown around. Indeed, independent research by the German asthma and allergy federation (DAAB) found that the indoor air in a carpeted room contained less than half the amount of fine particulate dust than in rooms with smooth floors.

Carpets and Underfloor Heating.

Underfloor heating continues to grow in popularity – and the UK carpet industry has been working with the Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association. Tests carried out with them, using a selection of carpet types and underlays, showed that carpet can be used over underfloor heating systems without impairing the performance of the system.

It is another myth that carpet is not compatible with underfloor heating.  Carpet and underlay with a combined thermal resistance of up to 2.5tog may be used.

Carpets and underlay.

As a Carpet Foundation member we follow their Consumer Code of Practice that has been approved by the Office of Fair Trading, recommend that new underlay is bought with every new carpet.

The reasons for this are:

  • Underlay is vital for a new carpet to sit properly and wear evenly
  • It improves the feel of the carpet underfoot and helps with that ‘luxury’ feel
  • It increases heat and sound insulation and can reduce energy costs
  • It reduces pile compression and so enables a carpet to retain its appearance for longer
  • Noise insulation. Acoustics are considerably improved with carpet and underlay while impact noise is reduced
  • New underlay can increase the life of your carpet by forty per cent

Remember that just as carpet may wear more in certain areas, so does the underlay. You wouldn’t buy a new car with old tyres! What is more, manufacturers may not accept a complaint if old underlay has been used or worse still, no underlay has been used at all.

Remember to buy new underlay with a new carpet!

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Carpet Construction.

Our staff will guide you through the minefield of fibres, stitch rates and pile weights to ensure the carpet you buy is the right one for you and the way you live your life.

The most widely used of all the natural fibres used in carpet manufacturing.

It’s natural springiness ensures excellent appearance retention properties over a long period of time, is inherently anti static and naturally fire retardant. The ultimate environmentally friendly fibre, wool is soft and has a higher resistance to soiling than most other fibres.

Wool maybe blended with other fibres such as nylon to increase resistance to abrasive wear or used as a pure wool blend. Good quality wool is still the fibre of choice for all the best quality carpets produced today.

The most durable of all the fibres used in carpet production.

Polyamide is more commonly referred to as Nylon; it is the most durable of all the fibres used in carpet production.

There are two main types of Nylon, Nylon type 6 and Nylon type 6.6. Type 6 is usually blended with wool to create wool and nylon blends. Type 6.6 has a different molecular structure which allows for added features such as soil resistance and better appearance retention.

The fibre can be solution dyed (as polyprop) for better stain resistance or hank dyed as wool.

It is the best of all the manmade fibres for appearance retention and has the best recovery properties in heavy traffic areas.

There are many treatments added to polyamide fibres which aid in resisting soiling, crushing and staining. Although there are only a few residential ranges still made in good quality type 6.6 polyamide, the fibre is widely used in the commercial sector throughout the world.

Inherently stain resistant to most stains and can withstand very harsh chemicals, even chlorine bleach.

Polypropylene is made from petroleum based products; it is inherently stain resistant to most stains and can withstand very harsh chemicals, even chlorine bleach.

Due to the nature of the fibre, certain oil based chemicals (including the oils from your skin) can fix itself to the fibre and cannot be removed. On light colours this will be seen as soiling in the traffic areas, spots reappearing after cleaning and yellowing.

Due to the fibres low melting point, abrasive wear and friction on the pile surface can cause irreversible flattening and matting.This is less obvious on mid tones and darker colours.

Although resistant to fading, intense sunlight can degrade the surface of the pile.

As with all fibres there are varying qualities of polypropylene and they can perform quite differently in the same location, the fibre can be chemically set or heatset, which has an impact on the look, handle, performance and price of the finished carpet.

Given all the above Polyprop in various forms is still sold widely, it does not shed fibres, is easy to clean and relatively inexpensive in comparison to the better quality polyamides and wool fibres. Certainly the better quality polypropylene fibres represent excellent value for money and there is wide selection of colours and styles to choose from.

Extremely fade resistant, provides excellent resistance to stains and provides an excellent choice of colours.

However, like polypropylene, it does have poor resilient properties and is susceptible to flattening and matting in main traffic areas. This can be overcome to some extent by buying denser or tighter piles with a more twisted yarn.

Polyester is manufactured in staple fibre only and while it’s not as durable as nylon, it’s quite durable and resists wear.

Available in a wide selection of textures and colours. It is non-allergenic, sheds moisture and resists moths and mildew at a lower cost than wool or nylon.

While it’s susceptible to pilling, shedding and oil-based stains, it otherwise cleans fairly easily and is enhanced by stain treatments.