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Carpet Buying Q & A
By Alan J Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
Carpet Buying Questions & Answers
Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand kids, cats, dogs and heavy traffic.
I have a somewhat formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through that living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast. Any help would be appreciated.
You have a common dilemma, too much traffic that few carpets can tolerate. You need to decide how long you want your new carpet to last, and learn what grade of carpet you need to select that is capable to withstand your high level of foot traffic. Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see where you stand.
Q. I have read that the new P.E.T. fiber is even more stain resistant than nylon. Your website indicated PET is the worst. Why is this?
Whether or not Polyester or Smartstrand is more stain resistant than Nylon is not the issue, it is that Polyester carpets mat down quickly because they have poor resiliency. That means that your new Polyester carpet will not retain its new appearance very long. Once it mats down. even after a good cleaning it will still be matted down and look ugly. Learn more about carpet fibers like Soronaģ Smartstrand, Triexta and P.T.T. Learn more about Carpet Fibers
Q. Does this price range sound reasonable?
I am installing a DriCore subfloor system in the 1,200 SF basement of my newly constructed home. The basement will serve as a family room & play area for my family which includes 2 children under the age of 5 and a de-clawed (front & back) cat. I have been looking for a good quality frieze carpet to put over the Subfloor.
Since you have two young children, and children spill a lot, you may want to consider a lesser grade of carpet and plan to re-carpet in 5 to 10 years. Many people do this because in a few years the children will not be as hard on the carpets and spills and stains will not be such an issue. No carpet warranty covers all types of stains. Either way you go, a nylon frieze is a good choice for you. How much does carpet cost?
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Q. Is there a simple test to see if a carpet is Nylon or Polyester?
Iíve just installed Mohawk wall-to-wall carpet throughout my home. I do not have the paperwork with me as I write this, but I remember it is a new type of carpet that resists pet problems more than any other type, and the pad is the standard type. The problem is a very strong odor has developed within 2 days of the install. The odor resembles mildew...as if someone left wet towels piled up. Every room smells and it seems to be getting stronger every day. Now 5 days later, we have moved to a motel while the carpet people contact a rep from Mohawk and determine what the problem may be. They say they have never experienced this. Any ideas?
One of my most important rule for consumers for making a major purchase, (car, appliance, carpet) is to never buy a product that has just been released to the public. I always wait until all the bugs have been ironed out and make sure that the product has stood the test of time. In this case, it sounds like you have purchased Mohawk's newly released Odor Eaters Carpet. Now, while I do not know what the smell is, I would be willing to make an educated guess that it has something to do with a reaction between the processing chemicals, and the type of padding you have used. I am very interested in knowing what the carpet rep has to say.
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