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Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale Carpets

Flooring trends and practical realities, by Alan

Cosy comfortable carpets, grey is the colour, stripes are in too!

A realistic down to earth take on flooring trends from the Lymington oracle: Alan

The annual Flooring Show, the UK’s flagship national flooring event, took place in Harrogate last month.

Supported by key industry bodies such as the Contract Flooring Association, National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers and the Flooring Industry Training Association and bringing together all areas of the industry, the Show celebrated its 56th birthday this year and continues to be the best-loved and biggest event on the industry’s calendar.

And some of the discussions were quite profound.  There was talk about how increasing populations and environmental challenges combined with the momentum towards compact living and multi-use spaces and the increasing emphasis on “wellbeing”, will require flooring products to be created that are adaptable, that transform and are multi-purpose.  “They should be fluid just like the spaces in which they will be used…grounding, calming, comforting… often connecting us with the environment and cultural heritage.”  (More along these lines here)

Back on earth in Lymington, here’s our personal local expert take on current and upcoming flooring trends.

Loop pile is the style and grey is the colour!Grey is the new beige in carpets, finally

Loop pile is the style, grey is the new beige.  That’s because carpets and floors are always last on the act!  In fact if you buy Homes & Gardens and see emerging trends, it’ll be at least two years before carpets catch up – but since most people mostly want neutral colours it’s fairly academic!

Carpets are in!

Carpets are still regarded by we Northern Europeans as the flooring of choice for everything except the kitchen, utility room and maybe the hallway.

People who choose hard floors for the living room usually end up covering a large area of it with a rug.  The fact remains that in winter especially, a large reception where sitting still is the main activity is much more comfortable for relaxing in if it’s covered in carpet.

The acoustics are different – softer!  The ambient temperature is kinder.  It just feels quieter, and more relaxing.

Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale CarpetsStripes and more stripes!

Stripes are very popular at the moment for common areas – and stripey custom made stair carpets are a la mode too.

A new carpet for Christmas?

There’s just about time still…

We’re the local stockist for Greendale Carpets and they are well up on all the trends, with plenty of tasteful stripes as well as all the plain colours you could imagine to complement your colour scheme.

Greendale is a big cooperative carpet buying group with fantastic stock holding facilities, owned by its local independent retailers members like John Cooper Carpets.  Do read more about Greendale here, it will give you the confidence that we independents really can provide great quality at competitive prices, in fact we dare to say it even more boldly: better carpet quality for the price.

Whether you’re looking for plain greys, colourful stripes or have other ideas, there is sure to be a quality Greendale carpet for your requirements.National Wool Week - or Month

By the way if wool is your choice, National Wool “Week” is so popular it’s taken over the whole of the month of October.  We’re always delighted to share our love of wool carpets!

Come in and have a chat with Alan Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm, or email enquiries@johncoopercarpets.co.uk

The importance of underlay

The importance of underlay

“Underlay” may sound boring but it’s incredibly useful!

Do I really need new underlay when I’m buying a new carpet?

The simple answer is yes – and here’s why.

In the olden days newspaper was used as underlay!  Which certainly indicates that its usefulness has long been well known.

And although it may seem wasteful to spend money on something you don’t even see, in fact the underlay is just as important as the carpet, and carpet fitting should never be carried out without an underlay first – the only exception is if the carpet you choose already has a really thick backing.  But that’s exceptionally thick, which very few are.

In fact the quality of the underlay is really as important as that of the carpet itself and for plenty of good reasons. .

Above all, underlay helps your carpet last longer

Your carpet’s underlay helps to protect your carpet against the inevitable wear and tear that comes with time,  which helps your carpet to last longer.  Which will potentially repay your investment in it, well before any other factors are considered!

Underlay helps minimise noiseUnderlay helps to insulate your home

Carpet underlay can help to reduce heat loss.  So another part of the investment is repaid by the saving in energy bills and actually keeping the room warmer – and feeling cosier.

Underlay helps to reduce noise – and stress levels too!

The thickness of the underlay will determine the amount of noise reduction it can provide.  But any underlay should to some extent help to reduce noise, for example of heavy footsteps or furniture being moved.  There’s enough noise everywhere else, minimising it where we can definitely helps minimise stress levels too!

Underlay helps to minimise marks and dents – pristine carpet for longer

You’ll probably have noticed how heavy furniture can leave marks on soft carpets which don’t disappear once the furniture is moved.  However a good underlay will cushion that same soft carpet and minimise both the likelihood and the seriousness of indentation marks.  Which of course will help keep your carpet looking at its best.  Which will increase your enjoyment of it too!

Underlay provides extra comfortUnderlay helps insulate your home

The extra layer of padding makes for a more comfortable and cosy carpet underfoot, which is something you’ll appreciate daily.  for the whole of the life of the carpet

How do I know which underlay I need?

So now you understand why you need to have carpet underlay, let’s take a look at which will be best for your carpet.

Soft or firm?

Depending on which room in the house the carpet is intended for will depend on which underlay is best to use.  For instance, if you are laying carpet over a hard floor which will receive a lot of foot traffic, such as the living room, then a firmer underlay will be the best option and offer the most protection. Whereas, a bedroom which receives less footfall will be happier with a soft underlay which will also provide greater softness underfoot.

Felt

Traditional felt underlay is not as easily obtainable as it used to be, but still remains the most hardwearing underlay available.  It is also the most environmentally friendly, often made from recycled fibre too.

Rubber

Rubber is a tough underlay so it’s ideal for commercial use and also for the heavy foot traffic areas in the house. It is available as “waffle” rubber and “crumb” rubber.

Most modern carpet underlays have tog ratings to help customers gauge their thickness. Similar to duvets, the tog rating will indicate the thermal insulation too.

How to fit a new underlay and carpet

For the best results a new and firm underlay should be laid on a clean dry floor. It should be fixed by tacks or tape, with joins butted together. This will stop movement of the underlay when the carpet is laid. The carpet should be stretched evenly and held on a carpet gripper which has been pre-nailed to the perimeter of the room. This will help the pile of the carpet to sit upright, giving the best resilience to foot traffic – and also helps to reduce the wear of your carpet.

But we’ll take care of all that for you of course – just come in and have a chat with Alan Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm, or email enquiries@johncoopercarpets.co.uk

Mabel will normally be here to greet you as well – and with water bowl at the ready will also greet any canine companions of yours!

PS  For more information about underlay Alan recommends looking at the websites of Ball and Young and Interfloor.

 

Carpet moths on carpet

A moth free carpet for your Lymington or New Forest property

No moths in your carpet! 

The magic words:  vacuum and polypropylene

Carpets and moths – the lowdownCarpet moths on carpet

Moths ate their way through clothes, carpets and curtains in record numbers in 2017 and look set to continue in similar style this year.

Moths’ caterpillar larvae feed on protein found in natural materials such as wool, silk, and fur, and rough edged holes in clothing or bare patches appearing on carpets and rugs indicate an infestation is underway.

 

Moths are more prevalent in the south of the UK where it’s warmer, and they tend to produce in spring hence the proverbial “spring cleaning”.   From time to time we are presented with evidence of moth infestation,  see charming close up!  And it’s a horrible job, to have to take up a moth ridden carpet!

In case you’re fascinated… female carpet moths can lay hundreds of eggs during their short lifespan of approximately two weeks. The eggs will be laid in dark undisturbed areas, like under rugs or furniture and towards the edges of fitted carpet. The eggs typically hatch within ten days. The larvae will happily feast on your carpets and clothes for many months. The moth larvae digest a protein called Keratin, which is found in wool. While the larvae remains undisturbed with a constant food source, they can live up to three years before developing into adults. The adults will then lay more eggs and the cycle starts all over again.  Adults do not eat wool – it’s the carpet moth larvae that cause the damage.

Prevention is the best cure

Moth infestations are notoriously challenging to deal with once established, because hiding places are many  especially in bedrooms with wardrobes and chests of drawers full of “stuff” and, believe it or not, moths love the inside of horsehair mattresses!

A good way to discourage moths in the first place is to ventilate rooms and let in as much daylight as possible.   Also, pull furniture away from walls to vacuum underneath, concentrating on the edges of carpets near the skirting boards. Vacuum both the front and the backs of rugs regularly.

You’ll find more useful tips on this website https://www.mothprevention.com

Moths don’t like polypropylene

The most practical way to avoid the problem is to cut down the choice of moth habitats you offer in your home.

And if you choose one of the modern carpet materials you’ll be taking a big positive step, because moths hate polypropylene – they are unable to eat much of it at all, and provided no other sustenance is available they will eventually die out due to starvation.

Polypropylene has lots of benefits and is great value

bleach cleanable carpetsMore and more people are choosing polypropylene for lots of other good reasons too like being hard wearing, easy to clean after spills and stains, and coming in a multitude of colour choices.

Buying polypropylene might make sense to your wallet too but it’s definitely not about buying a “cheap” carpet, it’s about what’s better long term for your space.  And with new polypropylene ranges coming out all the time like our fantastic exclusive Greendale editions, you’ll be spoiled for choice and get excellent value too.

For those for whom nothing but wool will do…

…we can help you choose a wool carpet which has been pre-treated for moths.  Come and see our fabulous Ulster ranges. 

If you’d prefer to avoid carpet altogether…

…you’ll be impressed by the quality of our ranges of top quality vinyls.

Call or call in to John Cooper Carpets…

…for our renowned combination of free parking right outside the door, friendly atmosphere with absence of corporate clipboards, easy to browse display of all our ranges, a sit down on our comfy sofa with a cup of coffee, samples which you are welcome to borrow free of charge, expert advice and expertise on hand on all aspects of floor coverings and fittings, and finally all round great value prices!

We’re open Mondays to Fridays 9am – 4pm.  But if Saturday’s your best day we are happy to open up on request –  email or call us to make an appointment and you’ll effectively get a private viewing!

 

The telltale signs you need a new carpet

The Telltale Signs You Need A New Carpet

Whether or not for Christmas it’s a win win with John Cooper Carpets…

There are merits to having a new carpet or even a new mat to welcome your guests for Christmas, but the Festive Season is also prime time for spills so maybe best to postpone fitting until the New Year.

Meanwhile if some of these signs are familiar it’s probably time for a new carpet for your own delight – whether before or after Christmas.

Greendale Carpets stayclean serene twist available from John Cooper Carpets

Stubborn Stains 

Your lovely new carpet was pristine and pleasing to the eye, soft and bouncy to the foot, made you feel proud.  Then came parties, children,  pets, and those inevitable clumsy moments.

If you’re hiding an increasing number of stubborn stains with strategically placed furniture, it’s time for a new carpet!

Here at John Cooper Carpets Lymington we offer a wide choice of excellent quality stain resistant carpets from our brilliant value Greendale range, as well as alternative types of flooring and fabulous rugs  (matching socks not included).

Unseasonal “Scents”

Are you spraying freshener on carpets to camouflage smells? No matter how careful you are, the fibres in carpets attract and hold dust and moisture which eventually turns to musty smelling mildew especially when pets lie on them too.  At John Cooper Carpets we can advise on odour-resistant carpets too.

Worn Patches  

Threadbare areas and frayed edges, scratched by the dog or cat for good measure? Replacing with John Cooper Carpets is so easy – either come to the showroom or we’ll be happy to visit with samples.  The newest ranges include some exceptionally tough carpet options too for well used areas too – let us show you!

Limp & lifeless underlay

Less than a spring in your step? Underlay makes a huge difference!  Spills are also over time absorbed by the underlay. If you want to enjoy the sensation of thick, comfy carpet underfoot again, talk to us at John Cooper Carpets.  A good quality underlay is a sensible investment which we’ll explain.

Sneezes and wheezes

It may not be a seasonal sniffle!  Allergens live in the crevices and fibres of older carpets, which can increase allergy symptoms and is another good reason to refresh flooring.  If allergies are a serious issue we’ll show you some alternative flooring solutions to carpet as well.

 “That’s the carpet my granny had in her house”

You know a style overhaul is due!  Whatever your budget and whether you prefer contemporary or traditional, we have options for all tastes from our fantastic range of Greendale carpets to rugs and runners like this from Alternative Floorings.

Carpet for Christmas or New Year Sale Deal!

Here at John Cooper Carpets in Lymington we are fitting carpets right up to the last few days before Christmas – but you will need to book this week.  So if you know you want it for Christmas call us now.

Alternatively by mid December we can give you a New Year delivery deal based on our January Sale prices.

So either way give us a ring, email  or call in to our convenient showroom on Ampress Park (opposite Screwfix) and let us take you through the options!

Grey is the new neutral in flooring

Grey is the new neutral in flooring

Sophisticated, versatile and available in many shades.

Greendale Carpets stayclean serene twist available from John Cooper CarpetsNeutrals like ecru, beige, camel, tan and white have been popular for decades because they look good on walls and floors, making spaces look larger, lighter and blending beautifully with other, brighter colours. Over the last few years, grey has become dominant as the new neutral.

Grey can look sophisticated – it provides an intensity to understated hues and enhances bold shades. Grey works well in the background, as if it’s not there, or you can let it stand out. According to psychology, grey is the colour that signifies peace and balance.

It goes with pretty much anything

Bright, bold colours are in this year. Whether it’s turquoise cushions, stainless steel appliances or deep magenta walls, grey flooring goes with just about anything. Neutral flooring is always the perfect way to start, and grey adds a stylish touch to the safe neutral colours we are used to.

It looks good everywhere in the house

grey sofa and flooringGrey is not just limited to carpets. It also looks fantastic in luxury vinyl hard flooring (stone, slate or wood finishes), stone floors and laminate flooring, meaning it looks fantastic in any room of the house. Having a continuous colour scheme will help blend rooms together, making spaces look bigger.

Many shades of grey

Getting grey right can be complex. The depth of a certain hue, whether cool or warm, can induce an entirely different ambiance and have a tremendous impact on the vibe of the room.

At John Cooper Carpets, we stock a fantastic range of grey flooring – whether you’re looking for wool, synthetic and blends of both or hard flooring – to suit all budgets and tastes – and in many shades of grey (definitely MORE than fifty!). We will be delighted to advise you on your flooring and will help you select the perfect carpet or hard floor to suit your needs and your decor.

Visit our showroom in Ampress Park, Lymington and take a look at our fabulous range at even more fantastic prices!

The John Cooper Carpets Summer Sale starts 1st August 2017!

Our summer sale starts on 1st August and includes many of our ranges. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm throughout the month. Come along and see our great range of flooring!

The benefits of wool carpets

The benefits of a wool carpet

From health benefits to long lasting endurance, wool is the perfect choice.

Wool carpets are the healthiest choiceBuying a carpet can be a little overwhelming. There is so much choice – colours, textures and materials. The first question we’re often asked is ‘which one is best?’ Obviously the answer to that will vary depending on where the carpet will be used, but for most family home carpets, the answer is easy: If you are looking for carpeting that will bring elegance and sophistication to your space, yet is still easy to care for, you should consider a wool carpet.

Wool carpets have had a reputation for quality and durability for hundreds of years. A wool carpet brings so many benefits that it is hard to look past it when it comes to choosing flooring that gives that luxurious look yet can stand up to everyday life.

Wool rugs and carpets are warm and welcoming. Wool is sophisticated. Wool feels like home. Wool is quality – it looks it, and it feels it. Here are some of the many benefits of wool carpets…

Wool carpets are easy to cleanWool carpets are healthy

Wool is a natural ‘smart’ fibre that is hygienic and non allergenic, it has no harmful gasses and deters the growth of bacteria and dust mites and also has the ability to absorb humidity in the air to release back when the atmosphere becomes dry. It also has extra grip which helps prevents accidents. Wool is the perfect choice for asthma sufferers thanks to its natural filtering ability.

Wool is flame resistant

Sheep don’t tend to catch fire! Wool carpets are naturally flame resistant with a slow ignition rate and have the ability to self extinguish (rather than melt) if exposed to fire due to upper pile forming, a thick insulating layer that has the ability to inhibit fire.

Wool carpets are durable

Wool provides superb performance and is able to look great and ‘wear gracefully’ over many years. This is due to its natural strength and crimp, meaning that pile compression, tracking marks and shading are significantly reduced. It is therefore ideal to use in busy areas which have a lot of footfall.

Wool carpets are durableWool is easy to look after

Wool is a completely natural fibre, which means it contains natural oils. These oils are resistant to soiling so all you will need to keep your carpet looking good is regular vacuuming. Whilst wool will repel some spills, some quick thinking and an absorbent cloth are recommended, as the first part of a solution to those inevitable household spills.

Wool carpets also have colour fastness that is superior to synthetic carpets, due to wool’s natural ability to take in dyes. Colour will last for longer and won’t deteriorate like the temporary additives that are used on synthetic fibers.

Wool is Environmentally Friendly

Wool is a renewable fibre; it protects sheep during colder months and can then be shorn and used for other products, such as carpeting. Wool carpets are also biodegradable and recyclable: so after many years serving you and your family, your carpet can be turned into other products, rather than contributing to landfill. What’s more, the energy that goes into producing wool is much lower than other synthetic carpet materials, keeping the carbon footprint very low.

Wool carpets are luxuriousWool will insulate your home

The wool is energy efficient as it will act as an insulator keeping your house warm. Wool will also absorb sound and will cushion the home against echoes and noise from the family.

Wool is luxurious

There’s nothing more luxurious than the comfort and warmth of a wool carpet. It is soft under foot, yet extremely durable. Due to its beautiful protective layer it can easily shrug off dirt and resist stains, and will trap dirt and dust in its layers until it is vacuumed up. When it comes to wool, you get a carpet that doesn’t only feel soft and luxurious under foot, but will also look beautiful for many years to come.

Without doubt, there remains a strong consumer perception of the link between quality, luxury and the feel and appearance of wool carpet whether 100% wool or wool rich. Wool’s soft and natural feel to the hand and beauty underfoot cannot be achieved with any synthetic fibre. Wool’s natural luster and gentle light reflection characteristics give a home or office an elegant and peaceful setting.

Wool carpets actually cost less than synthetic carpetsAnd actually, Wool costs less!

Although wool carpets have a slightly higher initial cost than synthetic, this is massively offset by their longevity and ease of maintenance. Wool carpets actually cost less!

The best way to understand the benefits of wool carpet is to experience it. We have wide variety of wool carpets on display at the  showroom – plain colours and statement patterns. We stock the full range of Greendale Carpets as well as other top quality ranges, including the eye-catching designs of Alternative Flooring (some of which are pictured here!).

Come and see for yourself how a luxurious wool carpet can transform the look and feel of your home.

Buying a carpet or other floor covering

John Cooper Carpets selection of carpets and flooring

Buying a new carpet or floor covering should be a rewarding experience. Whether it’s for a new house, or refurbishment of your present home it will be a focal point, bringing colour and texture to your scheme. Carpets and flooring provide warmth and insulation as well as good looks. Unlike anything else in your home, however, you walk on it – so it has to be durable and fit for purpose.

When designing your interior you can explore many flooring possibilities: plain or patterned, traditional or contemporary, vibrant colours or restful pastels. At John Cooper Carpets we have a huge range of styles on offer and, combined with over 45 years in the business, can offer you valuable guidance and practical advice.

Here are our top 10 tips when buying a new carpet:

1) Visit your local independent retailer

You will find prices equal to or better than the multiple retailers – and a far greater levels of service. Carpet is now a highly technical product, advances in fibre technology and construction mean that it is more important than ever to get an expert’s advice.

Being a member of The Greendale Buying Group ensures that John Cooper Carpets can source UK and overseas ranges at extremely competitive prices, providing you with exceptional quality and value.

2) Make sure your floor covering is suitable for its intended location

Some carpets are not suitable for the stairs, for example, where there is a lot of wear, others are best suited to bedrooms or lounges. Bathrooms and kitchens need careful consideration because of the water and ease of cleaning. The wrong choice can lead to an expensive mistake!

3) Check what your carpet is made of

Wool, polyester, nylon, coir, even plastic bottles! Carpets are very technical products these days and all these different fibres perform in different ways which will affect wearability, appearance and cleanability.

4) Make sure you get a quote for the whole job to avoid surprises

The lowest ticket price may not be the lowest total price or guarantee the best job. Makes sure your price includes fitting underlay and door bars, together with furniture moving, carpet disposal and other services. Compare like with like.

5) Get your room professionally measured

Measurement and planning correctly to ensure maximum coverage for minimum waste. Most rooms are not square and knowing the size of your room accurately will also help us plan where a join may need to be – or even do away with one altogether.

6) Ask for a sample

How a carpet looks in a shop may be different to how it looks in your home with your own lighting conditions.

7) Get it fitted by an expert

Carpet is an expensive purchase and if its not fitted correctly you’ll not get the pleasure from it you deserve. We employ fitters who are highly trained and have many years of experience in different shapes and sizes of rooms.

8) Buy a new underlay

It will feel fantastic underfoot but more importantly will keep your new carpet looking better for longer and prolong its life by up to 40%! Underlay can also give the benefit of sound and heat insulation, comfort and appearance.

9) Buy the best you can afford

As with anything else in life you get what you pay for and floor coverings are certainly no exception. The right budget allocated to your carpet purchase will undoubtedly pay dividends!

10) Show your friends!

Your new carpet will make your room look better than ever, so be proud and show it off!

The time to purchase a new carpet is now!

Right now, prices are going up due to the currency situation and they will go up steeply once everybody has exhausted currency reserves and has to buy materials at the going rate. In fact, prices of carpets elsewhere have already gone up.

At John Cooper Carpets, across all our Greendale ranges, we are not increasing our prices until at least the middle of February.

So come and take a look at our comprehensive range and we’ll give you a quote! We’d also be delighted to visit you at home where we can measure up straight away – get in touch and we’ll organise a visit.