Best Carpet For Kids and Pets?
Alan Fletcher - aka - The Carpet Professor
and Pets Can be Very Hard on ANY Grade or Style of Carpet.
our four children were young, they spilled lots of things on the family room
carpet and it was very difficult to manage.
combat this common parenting problem, I replaced our family room carpet every
other year. I simply purchased an inexpensive apartment-grade carpet to keep
the costs down and initially installed a good-quality, 1/2" thick, 8-pound
Rebond type padding so I didn't need to replace the padding every time I
replaced the carpet. This saved us a ton of money over about 8 years and we
didn't have to worry about the kids ruining an expensive carpet. Using a
thicker and more dense (1/2" x 8-pound density) padding also helped save
our kids from potential injuries as they played and romped around on the
our master bedroom we installed a higher grade of carpet because we didn't
allow the kids or pets to be in our bedroom unsupervised or while carrying
food or drinks (No Sippy Cups!)
Carpet Fibers For Kids Bedrooms?
bedrooms tend do best with a low-cost polyester (or P.E.T. Polyester) carpet
with a pile-height of less than half an inch. Polyester is
naturally stain resistant and cleans rather easily for most common food
stains. Unfortunately polyester is prone to matting and crushing of the pile so the
lower the pile-height the better. Don't spend a lot of money on carpet for
kids bedrooms. Carpet Specifications Explained
Carpet Fibers - What Consumers Need to Know
Carpet Padding For Kids Bedrooms?
thin padding works best for kids rooms, like a 1/4" or 3/8"
thickness, 6-pound density Rebond type pad. This keeps the cost down and it
will help the carpet survive under demanding situations. There is no need to
spend a lot of money on padding for kids bedrooms.
Types of Carpet Padding
Carpet Styles and Colors For Kids Bedrooms?
earth-toned, multi-colored plush or textured-plush style is most commonly used
in kids bedrooms. It vacuums easily and easily hides dirt and stains.
light colors and single colored carpets. A darker color or a multi-colored
carpet will yield the best results and help hide spots and stains. How to Choose the Right Carpet Style
How Much Does New Carpet Cost?
The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is
to choose the right grade for your
specific application and level of foot traffic and then to care and maintain it according to the
Carpet Manufacturer's Warranty
Carpet Professor Says....
the wrong grade of carpet is the biggest mistake homeowners can make. Why?
Because the carpet you buy MUST meet or exceed your needs and goals or you
will not get the results that you desire.
spend thousands on a carpet that won't last as long as you hope? Check
out my FREE Carpet
Durability Guide to get a better idea about how to compare carpet
specifications and understand what makes one carpet more durable than another.
and Pets Often Determine Best Carpet Choice
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert & Consumer
often receive bad advice from inexperienced Carpet salespeople who fail to
consider all the needs, goals and lifestyle of their customers, including the
age and activity level of children and pets living in the home.
Michael and Beth Johnson of Bend, Oregon purchased a looped Berber carpet for
their home a few months ago, they made it known to the salesman that they were
looking for a carpet that could withstand two young children, a large dog and
two cats for at least 7 years.
salesman failed to mention that a looped Berber carpet isnít a good choice
for a household with small children or active pets. The Johnsonís didnít
find that out until a few days after their new Berber carpet was installed as
they watched helplessly as several loops became snagged and pulled in several
called the carpet store right away to let them know what was happening and
they wouldnít do anything about it. They advised us to not pull on the
snags, but to use scissors to cut off the snags flush with the top of the
carpet. But other than that, they said that there was nothing more they could
do. Itís a lot like getting a run in your nylons and it looks terrible"
Beth recalls. "But this was expensive carpet not a cheap pair of
I have several runs down the middle of my living room and several more in
other areas around the house. My husband Mike tried to repair a few obvious
snags by using hot-melt glue, but it didnít work."
decided to live with it for now," Beth says. "I walk around snipping
the snags as I find them, still, I was shocked when surfing the internet that
Berber carpet isnít recommended for small children and pets because it can
snag and run easily and is difficult if not impossible to repair."
Johnsonís found out the truth about looped Berber carpet styles after
visiting AbcCarpets.com a free
consumer website founded by Alan J. Fletcher.
more than 30-years experience in the carpet business, Fletcher provides free
money-saving information and advice to homeowners shopping for new carpet,
including insider secrets on carpet selection, padding, and installation, how
to negotiate your best deal and how to avoid common carpet scams.
snags in their new Berber carpet can be repaired but it would never look like
new. Even so, the cost of continual repairs could easily rival what they paid
for the carpet" says Fletcher.
Wiseman of Sacramento, California had a similar experience with Berber carpet
in her home. "I didn't realize my dogs' nails would catch in the loops
and leave little "pulls" all over the place." Wiseman said.
"It was like carpeting your room with a knitted sweater."
carpet is a popular choice with consumers because of its elegant appearance.
Its tufts are looped and aligned in rows for a clean uniform look" says
Fletcher. "When choosing Berber, be sure to select one with smaller loops
to get the best durability. But if you have young children or pets, itís
probably wise to avoid looped Berbers and go with a plush style to avoid the
possibility of snags." Fletcher warns.
New Carpet Wisely
long do you expect your carpet to last? This is an important question in
determining what grade of carpet to buy and how much you need to spend"
Fletcher says. "When selecting a carpet, the type of fiber, face-weight,
pile density, and tuft twist are the key specifications that determine carpet
price, quality and durability. Carpet dealers today are increasingly reluctant
to provide carpet specifications to consumers" Fletcher admits.
carpet retailers and lazy carpet salespeople don't want to take the time to
educate their customers about how to buy new carpet wisely carpet."
Fletcher warns. "Most larger carpet retailers now use private
labels to prevent consumers from comparison shopping. They are
purposely making it harder for consumers to make wise and informed carpet
choices, and I think this is wrong! This is just one more reason why I created
my informative carpet buying websites, to give consumers free access to honest
and unbiased carpet buying information". Frankly, I think consumers need
all the help they can get!
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