How can I best care for my carpets?
We’re glad you asked! It’s a common misconception that carpets will always look the same as the day they were fitted, however, this isn’t quite true. Fret not! At London Carpet Solutions we aim to provide useful advice that can help improve the appearance of your carpet and its longevity, so you can enjoy that soft luxurious feel for longer.
Do you fit carpets?
Yes, we do! Fitting carpet or any other type of flooring purchased from London Carpet Solutions is an additional service we can arrange if you need us to. Our carpet fitting service starts from £6.50 per m2 - just let us know if you want fitting included in your quote. We can also arrange to uplift and remove your old flooring at the same time for an additional fee. If you decide you just want to order carpet from us and use your own carpet fitter or lay the carpet yourself, that's absolutely fine.
Can you turn the carpet leftover from my fitting into a mat?
Yes, we offer a ‘whipping’ service, which is the technical name for the action of edging an offcut or carpet, so that it can be made into a rug or mat. If you bring your offcut into our store, they will be able to confirm the price for this service as well as how long it will take.
Do you sell runners for stairs and hallways? Do you sell stair rods?
Yes, we do! We can place an order from any of our carpet ranges as long as a minimum quantity of 4 metres is placed. This can then be cut down and whipped into a runner for stairs or a hallway thus expanding your choice greatly. We do also sell a wide range of lovely stair rods to add those gorgeous finishing touches.
Do you sell rugs?
Yes we do & we can transform any carpet from our collection into a bespoke rug! Any piece of carpet can be edged to your specific size and shape to create the perfect made to measure rug. This technique is know as carpet whipping, and it's a specialist skill. Our store offers the carpet whipping service. Choose one of our wonderful carpets or make matching doormats out of offcuts. Let us know the size and we’ll whip your carpet into shape! Ask one of our flooring experts about this service during your appointment or in store.
I’ve spilled something on my new LCS carpet, what should I do?
Oh no! It’s always a panic-inducing moment when you see that glass of red wine tip over in slow motion onto your plush cream carpet, but the quicker you act, the less chance there is of it staining.
Do you have any leftover offcuts I can have?
Our store may have additional offcuts remaining from a previously cut carpet, or may have small remnants for you to have at a small price. This can vary so please do get in touch with us via our Sales & Support line on 0203 488 9766 so we can help find what you're looking for.
What's the best carpet for pets?
The best option for a pet-friendly carpet is one with a short pile. Loop carpets are a great choice as any pet hair tends to sit on top of the carpet, making it much easier to vacuum. Go for a shorter loop carpet as taller loops can sometimes snag on your pets' claws. A carpet made from 100% polypropylene is stain resistant so any muddy paw prints or little accidents can be easily cleaned up.
What's the delivery leadtime for carpets?
The answer is... it depends. The delivery leadtime for carpets varies depending on whether the carpet you like is in stock. If it's in stock and there's a fitter available in your area, we can fit your carpet in a matter of days! We'll always let you know if there's likely to be any delays to your order, and offer alternatives where possible. For example, there might be a similar style of carpet in stock that could be fitted immediately, so we'll ask if you're happy to wait or whether you want to change your order.
Do you do carpets wider than 5m?
No, 5m is the widest carpet we have available. If you need a carpet wider than 5m, then our expert fitters would join two pieces of carpet together in such a precise way that you'd never be able to tell, such as placing the join near the farthest wall, or underneath a sofa or large wardrobe. Our flooring experts can advise you of your options when they measure your floor, as well as suggest the best style of carpets to choose so the join is less noticeable.
What's a carpet tog rating?
A carpet tog rating is exactly the same as a tog rating for a duvet - it's how good it is at insulation. The higher a carpet's tog rating, the better it'll be at keeping your room warm, so pick a carpet with a high tog rating if you'll be laying it over draughty wooden floorboards!
You need to pay special attention to tog ratings if you've got underfloor heating. Whilst you want to insulate your room, you also want the heat to be able to flow up and into the room. A lower tog rating will transmit underfloor heating more efficiently. We'd recommend a maximum of 2.5 tog on top of underfloor heating. Underlay also has a tog rating, so this could be a combination of a high tog carpet and a low tog underlay, or vice versa.
Which underlay is best for carpet?
There's a lot of choice when it comes to carpet underlay, and the experts at London Carpet Solutions can help you decide which underlay is best! Just like a superhero's sidekick, underlay provides support for your carpet and helps enhance its performance. Carpet underlay comes in a variety of different materials, including recycled PU foam and sponge rubber, as well as a range of thicknesses. Our carpet underlay ranges from 8mm - 12mm, so make sure you choose a thicker underlay for a room with high footfall.
Why is there a line on my new carpet?
There are two reasons why there might be a line running along the length of your new carpet. The first reason is known as a pole mark and is caused by the pole that the carpet is tightly wrapped around during transportation. These indentations are normally found close to a wall and should fade away as the carpet becomes acclimatised to the room. You can help to speed up this process by regularly vacuum cleaning the line to bring the pile back up. If the line doesn’t disappear after 4 weeks, please contact us.
The second reason is known as a line fault and is caused by an issue in the carpet manufacturing process, resulting in a visible line of higher pile along the length of your carpet that won't disappear over time. If you have a line fault in your carpet, please contact us straight away on 0203 488 9766 and we'll arrange for the issue to be rectified.
Is carpet delivered already cut to size?
Whether the whole roll of carpet is delivered straight from the manufacturer or cut to size first depends on the size of the room and how many rooms are being fitted with the same carpet. Sometimes, if the amount of carpet on the roll (the cut) is similar to the room size then the whole roll might be delivered. That way, if there's a mistake in the floor measurements, there's extra carpet to work with.
If the same carpet is being installed in multiple rooms, such as stairs and a landing, it will probably be cut to size in the warehouse where is plenty of space to roll it out. Some of the bigger cuts of carpet are extremely heavy and it wouldn’t be possible for the fitters to get the carpet inside your home if it wasn't cut down beforehand.
Do you repair carpets?
Unfortunately, we don’t do flooring repairs. Whilst our fitting partners can repair some subfloor issues, and we can also rectify any fitting issues under our 2 year fitting guarantee, we can’t help with aesthetic flooring repairs.
We can help you rectify most household stains. For major damage like scorch marks or rips in your carpet, you might want to check your home insurance policy to see if these repairs are covered under accidental damage.
How much does it cost to carpet a room?
We're frequently asked how much it costs to carpet a room, and the answer is that it depends on lots of different things: the type of carpet, the size of the room(s), how many rooms, the type of underlay, the location it will be fitted, and which accessories you choose, among many other things.
To give you an idea, our cheapest carpets start from £4.99 per m2 and our charge for fitting carpet is £5.30 per m2, so it costs less than £240 to carpet a small 3x4 metre room (including underlay, door bars, and grippers). We can also uplift and remove your old flooring for an additional cost, and this is something we can arrange for you when you place your order. Our flooring experts will be able to talk you through the costs of fitting a new carpet when you visit us in-store or book a home visit online.