Carpet is a popular flooring option for Aussie homes because it is comfortable, affordable, and easy to maintain. It provides a range of benefits, including insulation, improved acoustics, and comes in a wide range of colour and style options.

Have a question? Learn more in our FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information and expert advice about your particular circumstances, contact your local store.

What are the benefits of using carpet for floor covering?

Carpet is made from soft materials, such as wool or synthetic fibres. It is often used in homes and other buildings to provide a warm and comfortable surface to walk on. One of the main benefits of carpet is that it is comfortable to walk on. It provides a soft, cushioned surface that is gentle on the feet and can help reduce fatigue and discomfort. This makes it a good option for bedrooms, living rooms, and other areas of the home where people spend a lot of time on their feet.

Carpet also has insulating properties, which can help keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This can help reduce energy bills and make a home more comfortable throughout the year. In addition, carpet is available in a wide range of colours, styles, and patterns, so it is easy to find a type that matches the decor of any home.

Another benefit of carpet is that it can improve the acoustics of a room by absorbing sound. This can help reduce noise levels and make a home more peaceful and relaxing. Additionally, carpet can be easier to clean and maintain than other types of flooring, such as hardwood or tile. It is also relatively durable and can last for many years with proper care.

Overall, carpet is a popular flooring option for Aussie homes because it is comfortable, affordable, and easy to maintain. It provides a range of benefits, including insulation, improved acoustics, and a wide range of colour and style options.

How do I select the best type of carpet for my needs?

Selecting a carpet type for your home depends on several factors such as your lifestyle (e.g. do you have kids or pets? Do you enjoy entertaining?), the room where the carpet will be installed, and your budget.

Here are some common carpet types and their characteristics:

  • Nylon carpet: This is a very popular and durable type of carpet. It is great for high-traffic areas and is stain-resistant.
  • Polyester carpet: This type of carpet is soft, eco-friendly, and affordable. It is ideal for low-traffic areas and bedrooms, but it is not as durable as nylon.
  • Polypropylene carpet: This is a low-cost, stain-resistant carpet that is perfect for basements or outdoor areas. However, it is not as durable as other types of carpet.
  • Wool carpet: This is a natural, eco-friendly option that is soft, durable, and naturally stain-resistant. However, it is generally more expensive than other carpet types and requires more maintenance.

For assistance on selecting the ideal carpet for your home or business, talk to a flooring specialist at your local Solomons Flooring store.

Given wool carpets are expensive, why should I consider wool carpets for my home?

There are a number of excellent reasons to choose wool carpet:

  • Durability: Wool is a durable natural fibre that can withstand heavy foot traffic and last for many years with proper care.
  • Softness: Wool is naturally soft and luxurious, making it a comfortable and cozy option for bedrooms and living areas.
  • Stain resistance: Wool is naturally stain-resistant, thanks to its natural lanolin coating, which makes it easy to clean and maintain.
  • Eco-friendly: Wool is a renewable resource and is biodegradable, making it an eco-friendly option for homeowners who want to minimize their environmental impact.
  • Insulation: Wool is a good insulator, which means it can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, leading to energy savings and lower utility bills.
  • Natural flame resistance: Wool is naturally flame-resistant, making it a safer option for homes.

While wool carpet can be more expensive than other carpet types, many homeowners consider it a worthwhile investment for its durability, comfort, and eco-friendliness. Browse our range of wool carpets here.

How can I visualise what my new carpet will look like?

Try our user-friendly Room Visualiser to see how your chosen carpet might look in your room. You can upload a photo of your actual room!

By clicking on the Room Visualiser panel on the Carpet detail page, the application will be populated with your chosen carpet, ready for you to upload your image.

Also, be sure to talk to the experienced team at your local Solomons Flooring store. They will be able to offer advice on selecting carpet types, colours and alert you to any important things to note with your chosen carpet such as colour variation due to lighting, the size of your room, the pile type and even the colour of the surrounding decor.

How do I choose the right colour and style of carpet to match my decor?
Choosing the right colour and style of carpet to match your decor can be a bit overwhelming, but there are a few things you can consider to make the process easier:
  • Consider the existing colour scheme of your room: Look at the colours of your walls, furniture, and accessories. You may want to choose a carpet colour that complements or contrasts with these colours to create a cohesive look.
  • Think about the lighting: The lighting in your room can affect how the colour of your carpet looks. If your room doesn't receive a lot of light, allow for the fact that the carpet may appear darker than you expect.
  • Consider the style of your room: The style of your room can also play a role in choosing the right carpet. For example, a more traditional room may look better with a patterned or textured carpet, while a modern room may look better with a solid colour carpet.
  • Think about the function of the room: The function of the room can also affect your carpet choice. For example, a high-traffic area like a hallway or living room may benefit from a darker, more durable carpet.
  • Test out samples: It's always a good idea to test out carpet samples in your room before making a final decision. This will give you a better idea of how the colour and style will look in your space.
Ultimately, the right colour and style of carpet for your decor will depend on your personal preferences and the overall look and feel you want to achieve in your space. For expert advice, pop in to your local Solomons Flooring store and speak with a flooring specialist.
How do I properly measure the area where the carpet will be installed?

The simple answer is to book a free measure and quote. Your local flooring specialist will be more than happy to provide a free consultation to accurately measure your rooms, assist with flooring selection and provide a quotation.

However, if you enjoy a DIY project, here are some steps to properly measure the area for carpet installation:

  • Start by sketching a rough diagram of the room and labelling each wall. This will help you keep track of your measurements.
  • Measure the length of the room by running your tape measure along one wall from one end to the other. Write down the measurement.
  • Measure the width of the room by running your tape measure along the wall perpendicular to the first wall you measured. Write down the measurement.
  • If the room is not a perfect rectangle or square, divide it into smaller, rectangular sections. Measure each section separately and add the measurements together to get the total square meterage of the room.
  • When measuring doorways, measure the width of the opening and add a few inches to the measurement to ensure that the carpet will extend slightly beyond the doorway.
  • Don't forget to account for any closets or alcoves within the room. Measure these areas separately and add the measurements to your total square meterage.
  • Once you have your total square meterage, add 10% to 15% to account for any waste or extra carpet needed for cutting and seaming.

It's always a good idea to double-check your measurements to ensure accuracy before purchasing your carpet. If you're unsure or need additional help, reach out to the friendly experts at your local Solomons Flooring store.

What is the best way to maintain and clean my carpet to keep it looking new?

Proper maintenance and regular cleaning are important to keep your carpet looking new and extend its lifespan. Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning your carpet:

  • Vacuum regularly: Vacuum your carpet at least once a week to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap allergens and pollutants.
  • Clean up spills immediately: Blot spills with a clean, dry cloth as soon as possible. Do not rub the spill, as this can spread the stain.
  • Use a carpet protector: Consider applying a carpet protector to help repel spills and stains. This can be done by a professional or with a DIY product.
  • Deep clean periodically: Have your carpet professionally deep cleaned at least once a year. This will help remove embedded dirt and stains that cannot be removed with regular vacuuming.
  • Use the right cleaning products: When spot cleaning your carpet, use only cleaning products specifically designed for carpets. Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach.
  • Rotate furniture: Move your furniture around occasionally to prevent wear patterns from developing on your carpet.
  • Use doormats: Place doormats at entrances to your home to trap dirt and debris before it enters your home.

By following these tips, you can help keep your carpet looking new and extend its lifespan. It's also a good idea to check your carpet manufacturer's instructions for any specific care recommendations.

How do I select the best underlay for my carpet?
Underlay is an important component of carpet installation. It provides several benefits, including added comfort, insulation, noise reduction, and protection for your carpet.
  • Density: The density of the underlay will affect how much cushioning it provides. A denser padding will provide more support and extend the life of your carpet.
  • Thickness: The thickness of the underlay can also affect the comfort and durability of your carpet. Thicker padding can provide more cushioning, but it may not be suitable for all carpet types.
  • Material: Padding can be made from various materials, such as foam, rubber, or fibre. The material you choose will depend on your budget and specific needs.
  • Carpet type: The type of carpet you have will also influence the type of underlay you need. For example, a looped carpet may require a thinner, denser underlay, while a plush carpet may require a thicker, softer underlay.
  • Installation method: The installation method of your carpet will also affect the type of underlay you need. For example, if you are installing your carpet over a concrete subfloor, you may need a moisture barrier underlay to prevent moisture from seeping into your carpet.
It's important to choose the right underlay for your carpet to ensure it provides the right level of comfort, support, and protection. Consult with a flooring specialist at your local Solomons Flooring store to help you choose the right underlay for your specific carpet and installation needs.
Do you have any buying tips for carpet?

As with all flooring we strongly advise that you only make your final choice once you have seen the carpet in the room it's intended for. The lighting in our showrooms will be very different to that in your home. Everything in the room can affect the way the carpet looks; the natural light from the windows, the wall colour, the artificial lighting and even the furniture.

It's not just colour that's important when making a carpet choice. You also need to consider carpet fibres and pile. Fibres are pure wool, silk or synthetics. Pile, formed by looping the fibre through the backing could be finished in a variety of ways. Uncut, cut, Saxony cut - which is the most common cut, textured cut, frieze cut - which is great for high traffic areas like commercial locations and plush or velvet cut pile. Your carpet choice will either pull your other design choices together or clash glaringly. And remember, if you take care of your carpets they will last many years, which means you'll probably change those curtains and that sofa, not to mention the side lamps long before you change the carpet.

Our personnel can give you best advice once they've seen the room in question; advise not only on colour but also the fibre choice and pile.

So, pop into one of our showrooms, or browse the ranges below to discover what we already know - there's magic in a Solomons floor!

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