Berber carpet is a type of loop pile carpet that is made up of alternating large and small tufts, and is one of the most common types of carpet on the market. Because of this unique makeup of its pile, Berber carpet possess a unique set of advantages and disadvantages when compared to other types of carpeting and flooring. Understanding what Berber carpet offers your home can help you decide whether or not it is the right choice for what you need.
Advantages of Berber Carpet
Stain Resistance: Berber carpet is made out of a very tight weave of loop pile, which makes it harder for liquids and other substances to penetrate into the fabric when compared to other styles of carpeting. This helps prevent stains from setting into the carpet, giving you more time to clean up spills and debris that may be on the carpet. This is not to say that Berber carpets won't stain, however: proper cleaning and maintenance are still necessary.
Aesthetic: Berber carpet's weave makes it appear to look handcrafted, even when it is made in a factory, giving a rustic and natural appearance to your floors. Furthermore, due to the tight weave of Berber carpet, it won't show vacuum marks or footprints as other types of carpeting, particularly cut pile carpets, can suffer from. This helps maintain a clean aesthetic even in areas of heavy foot traffic.
Affordable: Though the price of Berber carpet will largely depend on the size of the carpeted area in question and the type of fabric used to make the carpet, they tend to be on the affordable side of the spectrum, making them ideal for homeowners with a tight budget.
Disadvantages of Berber Carpet
Difficult to Clean: However, the same tight weave that gives Berber carpet immunity to footprints and resistance to staining makes Berber carpeting very difficult to clean. If stains do manage to make it into the carpet, it can be hard to get cleaning materials to penetrate the weave to remove them, often requiring professional cleaning to remove, which can be expensive.
Unravelling: The loops that make up Berber carpeting can lead to the unraveling of the carpet. Animal claws, small objects, and even toes can become snagged in the loops, which are then pulled loose and can cause the carpet to begin to unravel. Though this problem can be mitigated by choosing a Berber carpet with smaller loops, it is still something to keep in mind.Share
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