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To ask whether you'd rather be a fire risk or ravaged by moths? (carpet)

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pollybee123 Tue 14-Mar-17 19:43:17

Manmade fibres = burst into flames in the event of fire (if one starts)

Wool/wool mix = loved by moths. And I'm the type to leave clothes sitting around.

What carpet would you get?

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Tue 14-Mar-17 19:48:04

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MewlingQuim Tue 14-Mar-17 19:52:30

Have had 80% wool for 7 years and still no moths here. How long do they take to turn up? confused

SquidgeyMidgey Tue 14-Mar-17 19:55:13

We've had/got moths (can you ever say they're gone?) and while they're a pita I'd rather them than a shiny plastic carpet.

notMarlene Tue 14-Mar-17 19:58:24

I just avoid carpet. Hate the stuff.

Girlwhowearsglasses Tue 14-Mar-17 19:59:29


Seriously we have some rugs and a stair carpet. We've never beaten the moths but they'd be worse with a carpet.

I've never ever regretted it. We have a puppy now and I'd have lost the will to live with carpets....

CigarsofthePharoahs Tue 14-Mar-17 19:59:43

I insisted on polyprop carpet in our current house.
Our last house had 80% wool carpet throughout and we got a nasty infestation of carpet moth we struggled to eradicate. Ended up with a massive bald spot in the living room.
When we moved out we discovered more of the buggers behind the wardrobe.

pollybee123 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:10:18

Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

I'm not the biggest fan of carpet either, but our staircase was put together by a bodge-it type, so needs must. It's only for the stairs and the landing.

I'd narrowed it down to these before the moth issue was brought to my attention:

Now considering this:

But have yet to receive samples.

SquidgeyMidgey Tue 14-Mar-17 20:11:38

It would be ok on stairs, the little buggers live under furniture where it's dark.

SignOnTheWindow Tue 14-Mar-17 20:12:56

Could you use something like coir or seagrass? We had this in an old house on the stairs and landing - it was pretty hardwearing.

IME, artificial fibre carpets end up looking pretty manky pretty soon.

pollybee123 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:25:04

I received a sample of sisal, but we found it quite rough? Have a sample of seagrass and coir on the way.

Girlwhowearsglasses Tue 14-Mar-17 21:06:29

Ooh - stairs - I think you do need wool or you can get issues with it being slippery. But you won't have dark corners with furniture on top so I wouldn't worry

pollybee123 Tue 14-Mar-17 22:01:35

Thank you for the feedback on stair carpet, I'm very tempted. The wool ones are so lovely!

meshletterholder Tue 14-Mar-17 22:06:37

Wow, another person who had the same dilemma as me! I agonised for ages!
We went for wool in the end, a 100% wool in a very flat weave, life a waffle.
its on our stairs and a very empty spare room with minimal furniture.
i chose because i figured the furniture in the spare room is so easy to regularly vacuum with no nooks for bugs to hide in and the stairs are in constant use and frequently cleaned.

meshletterholder Tue 14-Mar-17 22:08:26

also, i thinkid check the specs for alternative flooring and crucial trading carpets - some premuim/ more expensive brands come with anti moth treatment already on the carpet

pollybee123 Tue 14-Mar-17 22:11:51

Thanks Mesh. The point about the stairs being cleaned and in use regularly is a valid point too. They aren't mothproofed apparently, but can be done as an aftertreatment. Your carpet sounds nice too.

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