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Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

There are many different Vinyl flooring options for you to choose from. We have one of the largest displays of sheet vinyls in the area, from Leoline, Rhinofloor, Juteks, Lifestyle and Polyflor. Please come in and discuss your requirements with us.

Protect your carpets from life's little disasters!

Protect your carpets from life's little disasters!

Accidents happen to all of us, so choosing the right carpet option is important. If you choose a wool carpet from Kingsmead we can offer the Wool Owners Warranty, a special aftercare service, designed to look after your carpet. Many of the modern man made fibre carpets are stain resistant, some bleach cleanable, making it much easier to protect your carpet from the hazards of modern life.

INVICTUS Heathers, and Plains

INVICTUS Heathers, and Plains

A new range of carpets from Associated Weavers that comes in two weights with unbeatable comfort thanks to the unique combination of “body”, texture, softness and lustre.

With all the latest colours for your home, they have a 20 year manufacturers stain and wear warranty. 

Great Value 

Camaro

Camaro

Camaro is one collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor, replicating the natural beauty of stone, slate and marble, alongside a creative range of accurately detailed woods that are textured with grain and knots sympathetically represented, designed for use in all residential and light commercial interiors

New iSense, the softest carpet around!

New iSense, the softest carpet around!

Made from the exclusive iSense yarn this collection is very soft yet at the same time is very strong.

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Carpets Explained

Construction

The loops of yarn are either left in place for loop-style carpets, such as Berbers, or cut with blades for cut-pile carpet. There are a variety of different finishes in carpets; Loop pile carpets can be a single level or multilevel loop, there can even be a mix of loop and cut piles, along with multilevel loops giving many different pattern variations and finishes. Tufted carpets can be: standard twist, Saxony, frieze, Chunky, velvet plush, in single, two, three and four ply yarns adding to the finishes available.

 

Carpet Density

Density refers to how much yarn is used in the pile. The more tufts of yarn per square inch, the more yarn there is to wear and provide a resilient surface that resists crushing. The denser a carpet, the harder it is to push through the carpet to the backing with your fingers.
Also, when bent back in a U-shape with the pile facing outward, a denser carpet will show less of the backing. Density is measured in stitches per inch or face weight, which is the weight of the fibre in the pile per square yard of carpet.

 

Carpet Fibres & Yarns

All carpets are made from either natural fibres, man made fibres or a combination of both that are spun into yarn that is then woven or tufted into the finished article to be found in carpet retailers throughout the globe.

Raw fibres are blended together in precise proportions according to the ‘character’ and ‘handle’ of the yarn required for the carpet in question
The blend is scoured, pulled and teased until it is straighter, whiter and free of natural burs and foreign bodies. The fibre is systematically opened up, layered and cross layered before the resulting ‘web’ or ‘spat’ is split into ‘slubbings’ that are then pulled and twisted on a spinning frame. This helps to add strength to the single strand of yarn. Two or more of these strands are then twisted together – ‘doubled’ – and this results in a yarn with high tensile strength capable of being tufted or woven by the latest high-speed machinery at maximum efficiency and at the lowest production cost.

Colour is introduced either at the raw fibre stage or when the yarn is spun into the thickness and length suitable for the carpet in question.
If the fibre is solution-dyed, a technology that is only available in man made fibres, the colour is added at the polymer stage. This ensures that whatever shade chosen is actually an inherent part of the fibre which gives solution-dyed carpets extra durability. These fibres are particularly resistant to prolonged exposure to UV-light and will not be face adverse fading should they be exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals.

Other than the material, the durability of a carpet depends on several factors: density of the tufts, twists of the yarn, and heat setting.

 

Yarn Twist

Twisting the yarn enhances the durability, particularly in cut-pile carpets. In most nylon, polypropylene, and polyester cut piles, the twist is set by heat or steam to help the carpet retain the twist. The cut ends of the carpet pile should be neat and tight. Higher piles create a softer feel and more luxurious appearance but tend to crush more easily and are more difficult to clean.
Most carpeting today is very colourfast. Solution-dyed carpet, in which the dye is added to the fibers when they are made, is extremely colourfast. Yarn dyed carpet, which is dyed after the yarn is made, provides some colour variation and is also very colourfast. In general, light-coloured carpets show dirt and stains, while dark colors show lint. Mottled colours such as tweeds and textured patterns tend to disguise dirt and wear, and are good choices for high-traffic areas and rooms where spills or stains are likely

 

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