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 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 comfort
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.
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 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 email@example.com
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.
No moths in your carpet!
The magic words: vacuum and polypropylene
Carpets and moths – the lowdown
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
More 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!
January Sale On Now!
Order before Christmas and pay January Sale prices
Greendale carpet prices already competitive now have fantastic bargains on top
Our fabulous Greendale Range of carpets is already incredibly competitively priced, and sale prices for January have now been announced too.
If you think you might need a new carpet in the New Year and you have a little time to spare before Christmas, come and take a look now at our showroom already full of great offers – we can process your order at January prices for January delivery and job done!
While our fitters are racing around fitting in the pre-Christmas fittings our showroom is peaceful but the display cabinets are full of all the January bargains all set up and ready to go.
From beautiful wool to bleach cleanable polypropylene (in remarkably tasteful colours too) the choice is yours at your friendly, knowledgeable carpet store on the Ampress Park in Lymington (just opposite Screwfix!) with ample free customer parking outside.
Our Greendale range of carpets guarantees great quality AND highly competitive carpet prices, on your doorstep in Lymington. This is all thanks to our membership of the Greendale Buying Group.
We’re closing for our annual Christmas Holiday at lunchtime on Thursday 21 December, we’ll then be open again from 3 January 2018. So if you know you need a new carpet do pop in now, you can borrow samples to get the colour exactly right, and we’ll make the whole process swift and painless so you can get back to the Christmas preparations!
Alan, David and the team at John Cooper Carpets!
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.
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).
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.
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
Sophisticated, versatile and available in many shades.
Neutrals 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 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!
Enhance your room with a bespoke rug
Hard floors and fitted carpet can benefit from a rug
Increasingly hard floors are a popular choice downstairs, whether hardwood, laminate, vinyl or tile. Incredibly practical, they can lack a certain snugness which can be easily remedied with a rug. A rug has a unique way of bringing together all the elements of a room, such as the style and colour scheme. A rug can also be laid over wall-to-wall carpet to enhance a room.
There are many other benefits of having a rug:
A rug will significantly decrease the noise in your space. Carpet quieter to walk on than a hard floor and also absorbs sound from the air. Lay down an area rug and listen to the difference.
Comfort and warmth
Carpet is, of course, a lot softer than a hard floor and far more comfortable to stand on. A rug is also warmer than a hard floor, providing greater insulation, especially if it has a pad under the rug.
A rug helps space feel grounded. When properly placed, a rug can help anchor the furniture in a room, which helps to create a cozy, intimate space. For example a living room rug should be large enough that all the main pieces of furniture are all sitting on or touching the rug. Without the rug, it can feel as though the furniture is lost or floating in the room.
JCC Top Tip: Choose the biggest rug you can afford for the space to pull the room together.
A rug can also help the space the feel calmer. Energy travels quickly over hard surfaces, and more slowly over soft surfaces. Fast-flowing energy can create feelings of excitability or anxiety, so with nothing to slow down the energy flow, space can feel somewhat chaotic. A rug slows the energy and introduces a sense of calm.
A rug can actually have a positive effect on allergens in the home. For years, people with allergies have been advised to remove all carpeting from the home, as carpets trap allergens. Recent studies have shown that carpet is actually beneficial to allergy sufferers because it traps allergens, keeping them out of the air, where they will be breathed in. If you have no carpet in your home and suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions, you may find that a rug will help alleviate some of those problems.
Design your own rug with John Cooper Carpets
Gone are the days when you need to trawl around furniture stores searching for a rug to match your room’s size and colour scheme. We can help you create a rug that is perfect for your space.
Choose the main material for the centre of your rug from a huge selection. Choose your border style – single, double, narrow, wide, piping… it’s your call! And choose your border fabric: cotton, jute, linen, leather, faux suede, tweed, herringbone… there’s quite a choice! Choose your colours. Then choose the exact size that you require for your room.
JCC Top Tip: If you are playing it safe with plain coloured furniture, bring personality and fun into your room with a bold statement rug, think colour and pattern…
Come along to the John Cooper Carpets showroom in Lymington or call us to discuss how you can make your room cosier with a bespoke rug. We can design with you a rug from the Alternative Flooring and Greendale Carpets ranges.
The benefits of a wool carpet
From health benefits to long lasting endurance, wool is the perfect choice.
Buying 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 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 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 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.
And 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!).
A Carpet made of Paper?
Well, such a carpet does exist – but what happens when it gets wet?!
It’s April 1 and we know carpets and floorcoverings aren’t the most scintillating subject so forgive our small subterfuge to get you here but now you are, do take a look at our fabulous new vinyl floorings – brilliantly practical as well as smart and attractive too.
And, we’re open this morning between 10 and 1 – so do pop in and have a proper look at our new range of vinyls, and also our practical bleach cleanable carpets!
We’re opposite Screwfix on Ampress or give us a ring on 01590 675955 – we’ll be ready for your return April Fool!!
PS Here’s the paper carpet article if you’re interested!
A new vinyl floor for spring
Come and see our new selection of vinyl floorings at John Cooper Carpets
The latest range of Beau Flor vinyl flooring is available at John Cooper Carpets
Hard wearing and practical, the new season’s high quality vinyl floorings now in stock at John Cooper Carpets also come in a great range of styles including wood effect and modern.
With patterns and colours ranging from subtle to exuberant, there’s a vinyl floor to suit many more rooms than you may previously have considered.
Vinyl flooring has come of age and it’s a far cry from the vinyls of even a decade ago when they were rather out of fashion. The vinyls of today are very much “in”- and for good reason.
The many benefits of vinyl floorings
Warm and comfortable underfoot, easy to clean, no maintenance, and above all good looking too, they’re suitable for every room in the house.
They’re also fantastic value.
So at John Cooper Carpets and Floorings we’ve taken a big decision. We have discontinued our previous selection of wooden floors in our showroom at Ampress Park, and have instead increased our range and stock of vinyl flooring.
Having for a long time maintained a small selection of wooden floors, we have replaced them with a fabulous new range of quality, practical hard wearing and attractive vinyl floor options.
This decision was not taken lightly. But it was made for what we believe is a good reason and that’s quality.
John Cooper Carpets can advise you on the best floor coverings, including Beau Flor
Put simply, the vast majority of wooden floors available today at prices which people want to pay, are not in our opinion of sufficiently high quality for us to believe we should be selling them.
Whereas the new ranges of quality vinyl floorings are absolutely brilliant value for money.
So if you visit us this spring you’ll find on display a vastly expanded range of lovely vinyl floorings all of which despite being of the highest quality, are also priced to match most households’ expectations.
If you haven’t previously visited us and experienced our legendary friendly expertise, make this spring the time to do it!
Opposite Screwfix on Ampress Park
The easiest way to direct you to our Ampress Park showroom is to say follow the signs to Screwfix and we’re just opposite, with free parking right outside the door.
Along with our comprehensive range of carpets (including the latest exclusive arrivals from Greendale), our vinyls are also displayed at a comfortable height for inspection – no heavy lifting from the floor is needed.
Have a coffee and fire questions at us!
We’d love to offer you a tea or coffee while you’re looking around – and if there are other carpet and flooring matters you’d like to discuss at the same time please take advantage of our knowledge and love of sharing it!
Contact us for more information
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.