Many customers thinking of replacing their carpet have asked my opinion. I am certain they are frustrated by all the choices and want a recommendation from someone with many years of cleaning and repairing experience.
This frustration has led many to abandon carpet as a flooring choice, thinking all carpet is a nuisance, leading to disappointment and/or high maintenance costs. Purchasing carpet however, shouldn’t be a scary thought or a risky experience… Think of buying carpet as an investment in making your home a warmer, softer, comfier place to live.
I’ve found 4 basic keys to remember when buying new carpet that will guarantee you’re happy with your investment for 15-20+ years:
- Get 100% Nylon only, not a blend, not poly- anything, just 100% Nylon.
- Get a dense weave, the color and style is up to you and your tastes. Carpet density is the key to having a carpet retain its like new appearance longer. The higher the density the more durable the carpet will be. Dig your fingers into the pile of the carpet. Are the fibers tightly packed or are your nails digging into the backing of the carpet? Thin threadbare carpets are less expensive and don't wear as well. Thick plush carpets are more expensive and wear longer. I will say that the most popular and prevalent weave is cut pile.
- Get STAINMASTER® protection (stain treatment), not SCOTCHGARD™ (soil treatment). STAINMASTER® is a vastly better protection system and worth spending a bit more to get. Your goal is to get value on your purchase, so you love your carpet for 15-20+ years!
- Do not void your manufacturer’s warranty by installing your nice carpet improperly. The manufacturer has specifications on the install, including required pad thickness. Retailers will suggest a pad upgrade (feels better, handles traffic better, etc.), and you may be tempted. Don’t deviate from the manufacturer’s required pad thickness or any warranty requirement (maintenance). Check their specifications before you order and talk with the warranty departments if necessary.