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Unbiased Carpet Information For Homeowners

©2021 by Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate


You can spend hours searching the internet for complete, honest and accurate carpet buying information or you can find it all right here at 


Surfing the internet for more carpet information will just confuse and confound you even more and might even drive you crazy. 


Read dozens of Free Carpet Articles to learn all about how to select and buy new carpet wisely.


How to Avoid Making Costly Carpet Buying Mistakes

Too many homeowners are scammed or ripped-off when buying New Carpet because they don't know what they're doing and don't have easy unfettered access to all the performance details and manufacturing specifications about the carpet they are considering.


What's the underlying problem here? Why do so many consumers select the wrong grade of Carpet, pay way too much for padding and installation and end up unhappy with their new carpet? It's because it can be very difficult for homeowners to obtain honest, accurate and complete carpet information. 


Many homeowners make the costly mistake of trusting the advice of inexperienced or unscrupulous Carpet salespeople. That's a common mistake because most Carpet salespeople don't have sufficient carpet product knowledge or hands-on experience. 


If you are in the market for new carpet, don't let any one Carpet salesperson make all your Carpet Choices for you. You need to make your own choices based on your unique personal needs, goals, lifestyle and budget.



Inexperienced Carpet Salespeople

Sadly, many Carpet salespeople have limited access to complete and accurate carpet information. Their limited carpet knowledge often comes from a manufacturer's brochure, the internet or an outdated carpet sales training video. 


Most Carpet salespeople are hired due to their SALES EXPERIENCE, not because of their CARPET KNOWLEDGE. In order to get hired they need to be good at closing the sale, but that doesn't mean they are any good at helping you choose your new carpet wisely.


Carpet manufacturers love to create flashy posters, banners, signs and displays to promote their so-called new and improved product lines and they are quick to point out all the good qualities about their products. But they fail to mention any of the negative aspects or bad qualities about their products. Remember, they are only in business to make money and everything they do is solely designed to increase their profits. They may say or do whatever it takes to convince you to buy their products whether it is a good choice for you or not.



Here's a Trick Question for You. 

If you were thinking about buying a new automobile and wanted to know if you were making a good choice, who do you think could offer the most honest and complete information about the vehicle in question?


A. The Manufacturer?

The manufacturer's brochure would show you great photos of the vehicle and describe all the newest features and mechanical specifications. They will have a color chart so you can pick out the color you like best. They might have a special financing offer to help lower your monthly payments a bit, that is, if you finance the vehicle through their credit company. The company brochure is designed to make the vehicle look appealing to you. It is not a comprehensive buyer's guide showing all the pros and cons of the vehicle.


B. The Salesperson?

The salesperson you meet will ask you what type of vehicle you are looking for and will take you out for a test drive. They will show you how to operate all the newest features and equipment. They will tell you all the good points of the car you are considering. However, the size of his paycheck depends on how many cars he sells by the end of the month. So the salesperson might just tell you exactly what you want to hear, hoping you will agree to purchase the vehicle.


C. The Mechanic?

But a seasoned Auto Mechanic would be able to tell you about the vehicle's service history, any common problems, manufacturer recalls and common consumer complaints for that particular year, make and model. They may also know if previous buyers have been happy with the quality and performance of the vehicle. The mechanic doesn't make any sales commission from the vehicle you buy. The cost you pay for maintenance and repair is where they make their money. If they give you honest and sound advice about a car you are considering, their hope is that you will trust them enough to take care of all your vehicle service needs in the future. If they give you bad advice today, you will surely find another place to have your car serviced tomorrow. This makes sense to me. 



The Same Rules Apply When Choosing New Carpet.


So when buying new CARPET, you want the wisdom and advice of someone who has had many years of "hands-on" experience with the carpet you may want to purchase. You want someone who can tell you how well the carpet performs over time, how long it will last under certain applications similar to yours, if there are any common problems or consumer complaints and how to take proper care of your new carpet. That person is The Mechanic. In carpet terms that is the same person as the Carpet Installer


Consider me to be the experienced Carpet "Mechanic" who's advice you should trust. I don't sell or install carpet anymore and I certainly don't manufacture it. But I have spent over 30+ years selling, installing, repairing, researching and learning virtually everything about carpet of all types, grades and styles. I know carpet inside and out, and it's third generation family thing too.


I know how carpets are made and I know how long they will last in a given situation. I've installed tens of thousands of yards of carpet and most other flooring products too. I have worked with over 20 different carpet retailers over the years. I've witnessed just about every carpet sales gimmick, retail carpet scam, carpet measuring rip-off and every low-down sneaky carpet sales trick in the book.


This is why I am uniquely qualified to author the most popular and most valuable Carpet Buying Guide.  I am the expert carpet mechanic who's opinion and advice you should trust! Every type and style of carpet has its own positive qualities. However, it's the negative qualities of the carpet (they fail to tell you about) that consumers need to know about - in order to make wise and informed choices. 


For example, Polyester is one of the softest fibers used to make carpets today. It has the most vibrant colors and it resists stains and cleans easily. That's what the manufacturer's brochure says. But what are the negative qualities of polyester carpets? The pile mats down in a hurry. They don't mention that in their brochure and the untrained or unscrupulous carpet salesperson won't mention it to you either. In fact, most carpet salespeople today believe that carpets made from POLYESTER are better than ever. Tell that to all the angry homeowners who email me with horror stories about their matted-down polyester carpets. Learn more about Carpet Fibers


Be Advised. Don't blindly trust any carpet product information derived from Carpet brochures, Carpet advertisements, carpet selling websites or commissioned Carpet salespeople. You need to do your own homework in order to make wise choices for yourself. You must be sure to buy a carpet that is designed to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. Take My Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test




Carpet Professor's Preferred Carpet Dealers

It's really hard to find an honest and reputable carpet dealer these days! That's why I have created my own special list of hand-picked Carpet Retailers who are locally owned, give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and hire qualified installers. See who I recommend near you!



















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