Are you looking for carpets for hotel or residential areas? Hotels must comply with a series of fairly stringent measures regarding noise pollution. Noise is a problem for many hotel establishments and residences due to the poor acoustic insulation that some buildings have.
Now that the confinement is over and with the recovery of the tourism sector, the debate is reopening about the importance of creating acoustically healthy spaces and what insulation materials can be used to protect guests from noise.
Advantages of carpets in hotels
Did you know that carpeting is one of the best ways to dampen noise? You would need a floor about 60 cm thick to equalize its effect. On the other hand, the carpet also acts as a natural thermal barrier that reduces temperature variations. Particularly in large rooms, this could mean savings of between 8% and 12% in energy consumption.
Considering all these advantages, it is not surprising that most residences and hotels rely on carpets and rugs as essential elements in their decoration. This in turn raises a question that we want to address in the following section.
What type of carpet or rug is the most suitable for a hotel or residence?
In any store’s specialized catalog, you will find carpets of all styles, colors, and textures (many of them can be customized according to the client’s tastes). As for materials, we have from organic fabrics such as virgin wool, cotton, Tencel or natural silk, to synthetic fibers such as polyamide. What is the best option in each case? We will give you some ideas!
A different covering for each area of the hotel
Taking into account the characteristics and use of each room of the hotel, it is advisable to choose one type of carpet or another.
The carpets and rugs in areas of the hotel with a lot of traffic, such as the hall, corridors or stairways, must meet a series of technical characteristics. The main thing is that they must be safe and have a good adhesion to the floor, and also that they fulfill the function of dampening noise. They should also be resistant to prevent premature wear.
On the other hand, in rest areas such as bedrooms or living rooms, the comfort of the guests should be a priority. Here it is advisable to use soft, thick carpets that improve the thermal sensation in the room and also serve as acoustic insulation.
In rooms that are more exposed to the sun, such as conference rooms, it is best to make sure that the carpeting is UV-resistant.
Plain or patterned carpets?
Carpets are one of the last pieces to be installed by decorators and it is therefore very important that they harmonize with the rest of the room.
In many urban hotels we find different areas (corridors, halls, rooms, offices) that are very delimited and the general feeling that is transmitted is that of an “unwelcoming” space. A flat colored background (either carpet or tiles) will provide a sense of unity and balance. In the case of tiles we can even create an optical illusion of greater depth by playing with two shades of the same color.
Carpets are the best option for rooms. They serve to define areas, so they are ideal for more open spaces. One of the first questions is whether to choose a plain or patterned carpet.
We should decide which elements of the room we want to give greater prominence. If we want to highlight the upholstery or curtains, it is best to opt for a single-color carpet. On the other hand, if the sofas are plain or in soft colors, we can decide on a more detailed patterned carpet.
As for color, if the hotel room has dark walls, plain carpets in neutral and light colors such as ivory or beige will look better. This will give a greater sense of spaciousness to the room.
In any case, you should bear in mind that dark colors are more “long-lasting” and generally resist intense use better without deteriorating so quickly.
What are the best materials?
The best raw materials are those of natural origin such as wool, cotton or silk. Synthetic fibers (polyamide, polyester, rayon) are practical and easy to clean, but do not provide the same warmth.
Wool is the most valued fiber in the manufacture of carpets. It provides extraordinary comfort and softness. In addition, it dampens noise and is a natural insulator of both cold and heat, so that carpets made of this material can be used throughout the year.
One of the characteristics of wool, unknown to many people, is its ability to recover after intense use, since it returns to its shape after being walked on. It does not accumulate static electricity, it is antibacterial and anti-allergic. Its only drawback is that it may release some hair at first, but this is solved by vacuuming a few times.
However, for common areas of the hotel that receive a lot of traffic (corridors, stairs, etc.) it is best to choose carpets made of synthetic fibers such as nylon/polyamide. The latter are considered the most durable on the market. Many of them are also resistant to sunlight.
Long pile or short pile?
Long pile, fluffy rugs are in vogue this year, in both natural and synthetic materials.
Long pile rugs are ideal for living rooms and bedrooms. They insulate very well from the cold and dampen noise, but they are more delicate than short pile carpets and are not at all recommended for high traffic areas.
Short pile carpets are all those with cut pile (knotted carpets do not fall into this category). They are easier to clean and can even be vacuumed with a robot vacuum cleaner. Among the softest and most delicate are those made of viscose.
Once the carpets are installed in your hotel, regular cleaning and care is essential to keep them looking as good as new and last much longer in good condition.
No one will take care of your carpet like professional carpet cleaners, such as Brother’s Carpet Cleaning.