No, we aren’t talking about a small mountain of carpet samples. When we mention carpet pile, we are talking about the yarn used in creating carpet and how it is attached. Interestingly, different carpet piles offer different benefits, and therefore one type of pile might be better for your home – or a specific room – than another type. Let’s discuss the different types of carpet pile and which ones would be best for certain circumstances.
Types of Carpet Pile
Carpet pile is typically looped or cut to a certain length and then twisted to stay in place. Roughly speaking, the more twisted it is the more durable it is. The difference in styles also opens the way for different textures. This means some piles resist dirt more easily while others are soft and cozy. When you consider who will be walking on the carpet, how often, and even what the room will be used for, choosing the right kind of pile becomes easier. Here are some general types.
- Cut Pile – This pile has straight strands of yarn or fiber that is cut and then twisted to hold its shape and position. Many styles use heat or other methods to set the pile. Longer lengths of cut pile is soft and forgiving, making it cozy for feet, but it can also act like a sponge when it comes to spills. Cut pile works very well in relaxing rooms or areas that will not see a lot of traffic. It also does a great job catching hair, dander and allergens until you can vacuum them up.
- Level Loop – This pile features twisted loops that are all the same height, typically offering a more rigid texture than cut pile. This might not be as aesthetically pleasing, and perhaps not as comforting to walk on in your bare feet, but its durability is high, making it more resistant to stains and spills. You’ll find this pile being used more in commercial offices, but if you have it in your home, it is typically accompanied by a thicker padding underneath to add a softer feel underfoot.
- Patterned Loop – using loops of varied sizes, this pile is designed to create a texture or pattern in the carpet. Sometimes you will find versions of patterned loop pile in family rooms or areas where guests are met. It can catch on pet claws easily, so be careful.
- Cut-Loop Pile – like the name suggests, this is a combination of cut and looped pile. It offers a wide variety of textures and patterns, but also less durable and will show wear quicker than either of the others.
What If the Carpet is Already There?
Keep in mind that we are not suggesting you tear up your carpet and start looking for one that fits your lifestyle. Unless it’s showing significant signs of wear, your current carpet will do wonders – especially if maintained with professional carpet cleaning from Preferred Carpet Care. And don’t forget you can accentuate your living area with rugs to provide a different texture and more padding. Some styles are meant to be more functional, others more informal.
Although we might have some suggestions as to what kind of pile would be best for your circumstances, a carpet retailer or interior decorator might provide further details or recommendations. And, of course, the final choice is up to you. Nevertheless, Preferred Carpet Care is happy to help keep whatever pile you have fresh and clean for the life of your carpet. Give us a call or contact us online for more information.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On March 7, 2019