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Carpet Questions & Answers #3



Q. Face-Weight vs. Carpet Quality? 

Face-weight does have a bearing on the quality of carpet but not with every type of carpet. Face-weight is the amount of fiber or yarn that is used to make the carpet pile. 


I am sure that you have seen thin and thick carpets. The thicker the nap (pile) the higher the face-weight.  Just because a carpet is thicker doesn't mean it will last longer or wear better. The key to longevity and durability is in the type of fiber you select and the pile density rating. Learn about What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?



Carpet Made from P.E.T. Polyester

Q. What are your opinions on this new polyester fiber? I have a very active home (4 inside dogs, 2 kids, traffic, traffic, traffic) and I am considering purchasing this carpet for my living room and hallway.



This is one of my favorite questions to answer, as this is not a new fiber at all! P.E.T. (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is polyester produced from recycled soft drink bottles, and has been available for decades. Here is my take on this fiber:

While polyester is a very soft synthetic fiber, and it is available in wonderful colors, polyester fibers will mat down quickly and is very hard to clean. It sounds to me like you really need a carpet that cleans easy. 

The main problem is that polyester or PET will crush or mat down in a hurry. That means in areas where there is heavy traffic, like down the hallway, polyester/PET carpet will mat down quickly and never come back to its original appearance. 


In your case, with kids and pets I bet within six months you would be very unhappy with your polyester carpeting. Do not listen to the advice of carpet sales people who recommend polyester, no matter what they say! 


Because polyester is so cheap to make, carpet manufacturers have tried for years to make a good carpet out of polyester, with limited success. every year they come up with some new technique that they claim will make polyester more durable. It hasn't happened yet.


Nylon is more expensive than polyester, but it will tolerate an incredible amount of abuse. It cleans easily and won't mat down like polyester. 


Buy a continuous filament 100% Nylon carpet and you will be much happier in the long run! Nylon is the most durable carpet fiber and is known to tolerate heavy foot traffic and last years longer than any other fiber. It also resists stains and is easy to clean as most nylon fibers are treated with topically applied anti-stain treatments.



Sorona is another option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and very stain resistant. It is also known as Smartstrand by Mohawk. It is a fairly new product but it seems to be very durable. 


The Sorona or Smartstrand Fiber is a better choice than Polyester or PET Polyester if you want your carpet to last longer and resist matting and crushing of the pile. See my Recommended Carpet Stores near you. I don't think Sorona fiber aka the Smartstrand fiber is as durable as a Nylon fiber. See my opinion about the Smartstrand fiber.

Installing Carpet on Stairs?


Q. I have a question regarding carpet for my indoor stairs (steps). How should I go about completing this job myself?


Installing carpet on stairs is very difficult and easy to make costly mistakes. Putting carpet on stairs will usually require hiring a professional to measure and install. You should contact a qualified carpet installer to help you with this. If you give me more details about what you would like to accomplish. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost



Q. Should I Choose Berber Carpet?


Q. Hi, I was wondering how well does Berber withstand high traffic areas. Is it easy to keep clean and what kind of padding is the best? I am going crazy trying to decide if I want a plush carpet or Berber. I have a newborn son and know I will soon have lots of messes to clean up! Thank you for responding at your earliest convenience.



Berber can be made of Nylon or Olefin, and of the two, Nylon would be the better choice. Berber is a nice looking carpet, and can be quite reasonably priced. However, It is not the best choice for folks with kids or pets. 


If you must buy a Berber be sure to select one with small loops, the big loops fall over quickly and look bad sooner. As far as pad goes, an  8-pound 1/4" to 3/8" thick is recommended. Learn about Carpet Cost



Not The Carpet I Ordered?

What happens when the carpet comes in and it does not appear to be the same weave, or loop that was selected? I just purchased some nylon Berber carpet. However, the weave or loop is much larger than the sample and I have concerns about the nylon pulling. I like the smaller loop. The larger looks like the yarns has been snagged or pulled.



If you have ordered carpet from a carpet retailer and the carpet does not closely match the carpet sample, you have every right to refuse the carpet. You should get exactly what you ordered, so contact the retailer and ask them to look into it. 


If there is a noticeable difference they should reorder the carpet and there should not be any additional cost to you. With any Berber carpet, a smaller loop size is always preferable to larger loops, as the smaller loops will retain their new appearance longer. Large loops tend to fall over and lose the new appearance quicker. Learn about Carpet Styles



Seaming Different Color Carpets Together


Q. I want to replace my family room carpet with a different color, but not the bedroom. What do you do where the two carpets meet?



A carpet layer would seam the two carpets together right underneath the door between the two rooms. He cuts both sides straight and puts some hot melt seaming tape under the carpets to join them together. 


Even if the two carpet colors are very different it doesn't usually look bad, it is very common to have different colors of carpet throughout the house. 



Moisture Barrier Pad for My Dog?


Q. I have an older dog that does have urine accidents and this is what I am faced with. I plan on putting down a moisture barrier pad, that I think will help w/the cleaning. What do you recommend for this situation?



Don't waste your money upgrading to a fancy moisture barrier pad, it won't make that much of a difference in the long run. A regular Rebond pad will work just fine. 


I suggest you invest the money you'll save with a carpet cleaning machine like a Bissell to help deal with your frequent pet accidents. They cost less than $200 and work very well. Learn more about Carpet Fibers



Best Padding for a Dry Basement?


Q. I am shopping for new carpeting to be installed over a dry concrete floor. Every salesperson gives us a different recommendation for the padding. What is best? Rubber, Rebond or Fiber?


Answer: If your basement is dry you have nothing to worry about. Rubber padding is expensive and is a great pad for basements but Rebond pad is great too and it is much less expensive. If you have any moisture in your basement at all, I would recommend using a Synthetic Fiber Pad. It breathes well and is mold and mildew resistant. 


It would be a smart idea to do a moisture test just to be sure. you can get a low-cost moisture test kit at a flooring distributor or ask your carpet dealer where to buy one near you. If I were buying carpet for my basement, I would definitely buy a Nylon carpet, and use a 6 or 8 lb. Rebond pad. Expect to pay about $4.50- $6.50 per yard for a good quality pad. Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you require.



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