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. If your pets have frequent accidents you might
want to install an inexpensive carpet and padding and plan to replace it more
If you do not have pet accidents you might consider a good quality
Frieze style carpet. The higher tuft twist make this style of carpet more
durable then most other styles. The fiber you choose is also important.
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I live in Clinton Township Michigan. My husband and I are
looking to replace all of our upstairs carpet. The carpet to be replaced includes
a hall, a stair case with 12 stairs, and four upper bedrooms.
Last week I stopped into a local family owned carpet store
to look at a carpet that I had seen in a family memberís home. The
carpet was made by Mohawk and is made from 75% Smartstrand and 25% P.E.T.
Tonight we had an in-home estimate from a well-known
shop-at- home company. The salesman brought out some plush style carpets that
he stated were great for high traffic areas. He showed us a 60 oz
weight, and a 50 oz weight carpet samples. I asked him if in fact that
they carried "Smartstrand" and he said yes however that it was a
special order carpet.
He went on to say that the sample that I had from
the local dealer was only about a 30 oz face weight and would mat down over
time. He instead suggested that his Shaw plush style was a much better choice
for the stairs and hall. He quoted us $3,750 to do the hall/stairs and
the four bedrooms. I had received a quote of $4,036 from the local family
owned carpet store with the 30 oz face weight carpet.
Both offered 8 lb padding. The shop-at- home company
offered padding without the moisture barrier, they have it but he did not
believe that we needed it (because it is just me and my husband in the home),
but the local dealer offered padding with the moisture barrier.
I came across your site after going online to look at some
other local carpet stores to see what they may have to offer. I guess I
would like an expert such as you to weigh in or give some advice as to
why the local carpet store would only offer us a 30 oz face weight and give a
quote of $4000 dollars and the shop-at- home carpet company quote $3,750.00
with w 60 oz face weight. Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Thanks for your carpet questions! I have to make some
assumptions with the limited information you gave me, so this is my best
ďguesstimateĒ response for you.
It sounds like you had Empire
Today out tonight to show you some low-quality polyester carpet samples. I never
recommend buying carpet from Empire, and I donít recommend you buy a carpet
made of PET or Polyester fibers unless you want it to last for less than 7
years. Polyester are the absolute worst fibers to make carpet, no matter what
any salesperson may tell you.
Neither of two carpets you mentioned can handle medium to heavy foot traffic
regardless of their 50 or 60-ounce face-weights. Polyester is prone to
matting down, and once it does, nothing you can do will revive the pile.
Fiber type, Tuft twist and
pile density are way more important factors to consider than is a higher
face-weight. You need to consider all the carpet specifications to know if the
carpet is durable enough to handle your application and last as long as you
A carpet made of Nylon is always the best choice for stairs
and hallways and other heavy foot-traffic areas. Smartstrand, P.E.T. or
Polyester fibers do not perform as well on stairs and hallways as they tend to
mat down quickly in medium to heavy foot traffic applications. If your home
has low foot-traffic, then a Smartstrand (Triexta) or a polyester fiber might work well for
you for a limited time, but it should still have good specifications, hopefully more than
30-ounce face-weight and good pile-density rating
(see attached carpet durability
Carpet Padding Choice
You donít really need a moisture barrier padding, so why
pay extra for it. A good quality Rebond type pad, 7/16Ē, 8-pound density
will do the job just fine in most residential applications. Always check with
the carpet manufacturer to make sure you choose the correct carpet padding for
the carpet style and application you require. See my List
of Carpet Mill Websites and toll-free phone numbers.
Learn more about
Barrier Padding and other specialty padding types.
Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see what level of foot-traffic you have in
your home and What Grade of Carpet you need to select to meet your
needs, goals and lifestyle.
Q. I have read that the new PET fiber is
even more stain resistant than nylon. Your web site indicated PET Polyester is the
worst. Why is this?
Whether or not PET polyester is more stain
resistant than Nylon is not the issue, the issue is that P.E.T. Polyester carpets mat
down quickly and have poor resiliency. That means that your new PET polyester
carpet will not retain a new appearance very long. Even after a good cleaning
it will still be matted down and look ugly. Who cares if your carpet is more
stain resistant if it wears out and mats down in just a couple of years. Nylon
is much more durable and will last years longer.
This Carpet Price Sound Reasonable?
am installing a DriCore sub-floor 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 Sub-floor.
Since you have two young children, and
children spill a lot, you may want to consider a lower-grade of carpet and
plan to re-carpet again 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. If you want to save money, go
with a P.E.T. Polyester and expect to replace it in 5 years. If you put in a
good quality pad now, you should be able to reuse part or all of it when you
upgrade to a better grade of carpet in about 5 years.
more: How Much Does New Carpet Cost?
Nylon Carpet Test?
Is there a simple test to
see if a carpet if Nylon or Polyester?
All fibers used to make carpet have different melting points, and there are
burn tests that can be performed to determine what fiber it is. I don't advise
consumers to perform these tests, but they can be found on the internet by
doing a simple web search.
Grade of Carpet Should I Select?
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.
Using a Power Stretcher to Install Carpet
Q. I got your ebook and it and this website have been very helpful. Based on your
book, I even developed my on 45-question worksheet for each and every carpet
company I talk to. Itís been a real education. As more anecdotal evidence of
why itís absolutely necessary to get two bids, I called one guy who was
listed under carpet layers in the phone book. He said they also like to sell
carpet and came out to the house to measure. He then tried the lump sum
pricing, which I asked him to break down. He did so reluctantly, giving me the
carpet price and the pad price, and saying everything else was installation.
It worked out that installation was about $17 a sq. yard. Yikes. I went to
another company and without having him to the house asked about installation -
$3.50/sq. yard + $1.50 for removal, a bit more for stairs and $2/ft for
transition metal (of which we have maybe 20 feet), working out to about $5.50
sq. ft. I called a carpet installation company and their pricing was similar
to the second company. Amazing.
Another anecdote - you don't recommend Berber for pets. We bought a remnant
for our dog to sleep on. Within a day he'd put a run in it. Not surprisingly,
we decided against doing Berber.
Anyway, now to the question. In your book and on your site, you strongly
recommend a power stretcher. All three companies say they'll use if needed,
but, as a general rule won't for residential work unless there's a 50-foot
room. For a smaller room, it doesn't provide as much flexibility in angling
(one company showed us a picture and trade article). Any response for these
All right - second question. Any experience with Mohawk's Forever Fresh
line or Beaulieu's Magic Fresh? I understand they are both good for pets
smells and that Beaulieu's carpet (by Hollytex) has a 5 year limited warranty
where they will replace the carpet (labor excluded) for any stain or smell. I
do understand that I have to use a double-sided moisture resistant pad to not
void these warranties. Any thoughts?
Thank you for such a nice
e-mail. It really makes me feel good to know that I am making a difference
with my book and website. Now, to your first question: "In your book
and on your site, you strongly recommend a power stretcher. All three
companies say they'll use if it needed, but, as a general rule won't for
residential work unless there's a 50-foot room. For a smaller room, it doesn't
provide as much flexibility in angling (one company showed us a picture and
trade article). Any response for these guys?"
Using a power stretcher in smaller rooms? Yes! I have a word for these guys.
Thanks, but no thanks! No responsible, qualified installer would ever say that
a power stretcher should only be used in a 50-foot room. Its one thing to say
that a small closet can be "kicked in" but every consumer should
know the facts: unless you want your carpet to develop wrinkles within 1 to 3
years, insist that a power stretcher is used in every room of your home.
"If these installers won't use a power stretcher then hire someone who
about Carpet Comparison
Every year I see and hear about all the great new innovations that the carpet
manufacturers come up with. As the next year rolls around, some of those great
new innovations from the previous year are gone. I have a rule: never buy an
untried and untested product. This goes for cars, appliances, electronics, and
I usually wait at least three years to make sure that all the bugs are
worked out and that there are no unknown problems. This rule applies to
Mohawk's Forever Fresh and the new Odor Eating products too.
I just received a
letter from an attorney yesterday who has been forced to move into a motel
because their newly installed Odor Eating Carpet has developed a horrible
smell. These new products only cost you more money than you really need to
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