The advantages of loop and twist carpet styles.

  • By Jennifer
  • 25 Jul, 2017

First … you might not know that all tufted carpet begins with a loop pile. If cut pile or cut-and-loop pile is desired, loops are cut during manufacturing.

  • In loop styles, loops are left uncut.
  • In cut pile styles, all loops are cut.
  • In cut-and-loop styles, some loops are cut. Pattern and texture are provided by the contrast between the uncut and cut loops—sometimes uncut loops are dominant; sometimes cut loops are.
  • In twist styles, loops are cut and yarns are tightly twisted.

Now … on to the advantages of loop and twist carpet styles. (Again, we’re talking about tufted, not woven, carpet.)

Loop Carpeting

In loop styles (in which all yarn loops are uncut), yarn can be tufted in loops of even or varied heights. Level, even loop heights create a uniform surface, while varied heights create appealing designs.

Loop carpets are ideal for rooms in which stylish design and texture are desired. Extremely durable and practical, loop carpets provide maximum durability for high-traffic areas with lots of activity. In addition, these styles are superior at maintaining long-term appearance, and they hide footprints well.

Cut-and-loop carpets in which uncut loops dominate are also excellent choices for active areas.

(Berber refers to a loop style using bulky yarns, usually with color flecks, and featuring a surface that can be level or have multiple levels. A good value, Berbers are often made from polypropylene—but nylon is also used.)

Recommended for: Basements, recreation rooms, workout rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms.

Twist Carpeting

Twist styles (in which yarn loops are cut and twisted tightly together), are today’s most popular carpets. Casual, fashionable, and soft, they are also durable. They give rooms a fresh, updated look.

Twist carpets offer an exceptional color range that includes solid and heathered looks. These styles hide footprints and vacuum cleaner marks beautifully.

In general, the higher the twist level, the better the carpet’s performance.

(Frieze’ refers to a cut-pile carpet style with a very high twist level. Each yarn strand is twisted so tightly that, at its end, it curves back over itself in a kinked effect. The result is a durable product with a textured, nubby surface. Frieze’ carpets may be more costly because of higher production costs—lower twist products tend to cost less.)

Recommended for: Bedrooms, sitting rooms, media rooms, and living rooms.

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Wood

Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful, adding a certain kind of warmth to the room that other types of flooring just can’t match. They are one of the more expensive types of flooring, though, but they are long-lasting and age beautifully, making the cost worthwhile. The downsides of wood, besides cost, is the discomfort of a hard surface underfoot. This is easily fixed with an area rug.

Carpet

Carpet is the number one choice for flooring in bedrooms, but it is less popular in living rooms. Still not an unpopular choice, though, since a carpeted living room offers softness underfoot (a plus if you have babies or children) that only carpeting can provide. A carpeted living room is also a less noisy one, since carpet absorbs sound. There are a few downsides of carpeting to keep in mind, however. Although fairly easy to keep clean (run a vacuum over it once or twice a week), it does have a tendency to stain and will show signs of wear over time. You can expect to have to replace your carpeting at some point.

Tile or Stone

Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.

Whichever type of flooring you choose for your living room,  Valley Floor Covering  has got you covered! Click  here  for a free quote.

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While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.


If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
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