Plush carpet is both a traditional and popular choice for residential use. Media homeowners choose plush carpeting for the comfort and warmth it brings to a room. Read on to see if this carpet style is the best pick for your home.
What is Plush Carpet?
To describe this carpet style, we first need to define pile. Carpet pile refers to the individual pieces of yarn, which make up a carpet’s surface. Carpet comes in two general forms: cut pile and loop pile. When constructing cut pile, yarn is woven through the backing material and then cut to a certain length. Alternatively, when constructing loop pile- also known as Berber– yarn is continuously looped through the carpet backing.
In plush carpeting, pile is set to a medium height and twist. The individual pile fibers all rest at the same height, providing a uniform look and soft feel underfoot. This style has both benefits and drawbacks, which need to be considered when deciding if it is the right choice for your space.
Benefits of Plush
- Soft & Comfortable: Perhaps the greatest benefit of plush carpeting is simply the comfort it provides. Your carpet choice ultimately depends on personal preference, and this often comes down to how a carpet feels.
- Variety of Colors: Plush carpeting comes in a variety of colors that can match any décor.
- Patterned Styles Available: Unlike Berber or frieze, plush also comes in patterned styles. These are made using various pile heights to essentially carve out a design in the carpet. Patterned styles are great for concealing dirt and imperfections.
- Liquid Spills Do Not Spread Easily: While the scattered texture in frieze carpeting conceals dirt and imperfections well, it also spreads liquid spills. Alternatively, the uniform surface in plush carpeting does not spread liquid spills. Using carpet fibers with stain-resist technology further increases resistance to wear.
Drawbacks of Plush
- Durability: Plush carpeting is not recommended for high traffic areas. It is a better choice for bedrooms or formal areas with low foot traffic.
- Visibility of Dirt and Wear: While the uniform surface of plush carpet does make it very comfortable, it also shows dirt and wear more easily.
- Shows Vacuum Lines and Footprints: This drawback ultimately depends on personal preference, but if visible vacuum lines and footprints bother you, consider Berber or frieze options as alternatives.
To ensure your carpet lasts as long as possible, we recommend vacuuming at least once a week, and more often for high traffic areas. Treat stains as soon as possible by blotting and using an appropriate cleaning solution. And for further maintenance, steam clean your carpet every 12-18 months.
If you are looking for new carpeting for your Media home, call Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley. We offer free, in-home design consultations and bring all our samples to you using our mobile flooring showroom.
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