Carpet and Rug Dyeing - Important Terms to Know
Dyeing your carpet or rug can be a great alternative to purchasing an expensive new one. Often, the carpet itself is still plush and in good condition, but the colors have faded or stains have set in over the years. Dyeing it can cover the stains and revitalize colors so that it looks brand new but costs 50 to 85% less than a new purchase. Below are several important terms to understand when hiring a company to dye a rug for a residential or commercial property.
Pile - A term describing the length and density of fibers used to create the carpet.
Solution Dyed Fibers - A term referring to carpet fibers which have been dyed uniformly throughout. Less expensive, and therefore less durable methods, might only dye the outside of the fiber.
Sample - A small piece of carpet, which will give the buyer a better understanding of color and plush texture.
Right flat - The shortest pile available.
Shag - The longest, most plush pile available.
Berber - A type of carpet characterized by a dense, loop pile, often designed in neutral tones with flecks of darker color. The berber's durability and affordability make it a good choice for commercial properties.
Wall to Wall - Carpet which covers the entire surface of the floor in a given room.
Accent - Carpets of varying sizes which cover only a portion of the floor area in a given room. Often available in bright colors and bold designs, these rugs are used to decorate a space.
Runner - A long, thin rug meant to decorate narrow areas such as hallways.