The Cons of Berber Carpeting

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The Cons of Berber Carpeting
Berber carpeting offers high durability. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Berber is a popular type of carpeting that is known for its loop construction. It almost has a wave-feel to it because the loops are set up in distinctive rows. It is an inexpensive type of carpeting but it is also fairly durable so it is popular in office settings. Before selecting Berber carpeting, you should be aware of some of its disadvantages.

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Cleaning

Carpeting in general requires a higher level of maintenance than other flooring options such as tile or linoleum. Because Berber carpet is manufactured with fibres it can be hard to clean or remove stains from these fibres. If you spill something on Berber carpeting like a liquid, the fibres will soak up the liquid, causing the stain to penetrate the full depth of the carpet. These stains can be very difficult to remove.

Durability

Berber carpet can be easily damaged by dragging furniture across it or by high foot traffic. Moving something such as a chair or desk across the carpet will burn the fibres and leave an irreversible mark. Additionally, it is easy to snag the loops of the carpet with high heels or dog and cat claws. If you leave something heavy sitting on the carpet, it will crush the fibres which can't be repaired.

Texture

Berber carpet can have a much rougher feel than other types of carpet such as shag, especially with less expensive versions. The fibres can be coarse, and the "spongy" feel you get with other types of carpet might be absent in cheaper Berber.

Unravel

Berber carpet is woven so it is possible that the ends can unravel if not trimmed and finished properly. This can result in a very ragged look.

Allergies

Many forms of Berber carpeting are not hypoallergenic. If you have allergies, this type of carpet can cause you to have an allergic reaction. Additionally, the Berber fibres are an ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew if they become damp.

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