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Today we had an impromptu shopping day, checking out carpets, ovens and rangehoods.

First of all, we went to Graham Jones Carpets in Cheltenham. They were closed. So we went north on Nepean Highway to the strip of home supply shops north of South Road. There's a few carpet and rug shops quite close to the Hungry Jacks store; however on a Sunday only two seemed to be open - Carpet Call and Carpet Choice.

At Carpet Choice we found the Godfrey Hirst Eco Plus Range. This carpet incorporates 37% polymer derived from corn sugar, and 63% less greenhouse gas emissions than standard nylon carpets. We decided to not go with wool carpets because they apparently stain easier, and because of pilling. We think a nylon (or nylon blend) carpet is less conducive to dust mites and easier to clean.

The Eco Plus range is Australian made, based upon Dupont Sorona Fibre. It is $230 per lineal metre ($63 per sq.m), plus $10 per lineal metre for a prime rubber underlay.

We then went to Carpet Call. They didn't have an environmental friendly option, but after some hunting around we found the Redbook range of nylon carpets. A loop/cut pile patterned carpet felt good, and was only $60/sq.m ($220 per lineal metre). In the Solutions Collection range we found one for $71 per sq.m.

With our preferences unresolved, we went to Harvey Norman on South Road to look for ovens. We then found that they had a carpet section, so we looked at Redbook then their IQ150 range from Mohawk Industries. The Wild Oats colour was $49 per sq.m. plus $17 per sq.m. for underlay (rubber or foam) and installation.

The salesperson explained that IQ150 is from the US. Some Internet searching suggests that IQ150 may be Dupont's Sorona Fibre too (the Dupont website mentions Mohawk Industries as a place to buy Sorona Fibre, and its percentage of natural polymers is the same as Eco Plus). The retail prices are basically the same.

I'll be calculating some floor areas tonight and checking our budget. We like the idea of using the Dupont Sorona fibre.


  1. There are great points about carpet tiles. One of these is that they are the perfect floor covering even if you have children. You do not have to worry about spill wrecks again nor will you ever have to rearrange your furniture to cover stain. You just have to slide out the stained tile and replace it with an extra.


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