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The Carpet Professor reveals solutions to common carpet problems, avoiding scams and making costly mistakes.


Q. What's up with my carpet shedding so much?

Over the past 60 days I've filled 10 vacuum bags with loose Carpet Fuzz. The carpet store says it is because it is a heavy nylon carpet and it will stop fuzzing shedding in a couple of more months. I paid a lot of money for this new carpet.


Alan's Answer:

You bought a nylon carpet made from Staple Fibers. These are short lengths of nylon fiber, usually about 8 inches long that are weaved together to make the strand. Some of these short fibers come loose fairly easily when the carpet is new. Just rubbing your hand across the carpet pile will loosen up some fuzz.


Yes, you will be vacuuming up loose fibers for awhile, but it will subside eventually, up to a year. 


You should have been warned in advance that you were buying a carpet made with a  Staple Fiber  and that you would be seeing a lot of loose carpet fuzz sucked up in your vacuum bag for quite a while. 


Better quality carpets are made of a continuous filament nylon, one long extruded strand. These carpets are labeled CF or BCF for "Continuous Filament". You wouldn't have a lot loose fibers with a carpet made with a continuous filament.


Q. How to know if you're getting a good deal on carpet? 


It's not easy. There is no carpet blue book and there are literally thousands of carpet styles and colors and they are constantly changing the prices. There are no carpet magazines that have a list of current carpet styles and colors that I am aware of. The carpet you can buy today may not be available tomorrow!


My website offers the best and most complete information to help consumers obtain a square deal on carpet. Until now, all carpet buying consumers could hope to do was to shop around from one store to another to hopefully find another similar or identical products to be able to compare prices. 


It is very time consuming and not easy to compare by any means. I have tried to help by providing unbiased carpet information and make a short list of flooring dealers that I believe are honest and reputable. Learn more: Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist



Q. What about Free Padding or Free Installation?



It's easy to fall for those "FREE" carpet sales gimmicks! It is very common for carpet retailers to "hide" the cost of those FREE  items in the price you pay for the carpet or other add-ons and upgrades. They know if they can lure you into their store, then they'll have a good chance to convince you to buy carpet from them... 


Beware, you can spend hundreds more than you need to.... You can get a good deal on carpet but you need to watch out for sneaky carpet sales scams! Should I Buy Carpet Lowe's, Home Depot, Empire Today or Costco?



Q. What about retailers who claim to have Wholesale Prices?



Carpet retailers have to make a reasonable profit because they have a building to maintain, lots of overhead, and employees to pay. They may carry second-quality goods at prices at lower than normal, but still they have to make at least a 40% markup on all their products in order to survive. 


Carpet dealers can often get great deals on rolls of carpet from the mill. These discounted rolls of carpet may be over-stock, factory-seconds, off-color, roll ends or discontinued goods. If you buy some of these items, you can get a good deal as long as you know exactly what it is you are buying. 


All the signs, banners and other advertising gimmicks you see and hear about are used to lure you into their store. Once inside, they will use every trick in the book to get you to select one of their products and buy from them. Some carpet dealers are reputable and some are not. 


There are ways to buy new carpet at near wholesale prices. I have a page explaining how to go about doing it without making costly mistakes. How to buy new carpet wholesale?


Q. Installing Baseboards Up Off The Floor?

We are remodeling our house and will be installing carpeting in the bedrooms over hardwood floors.  Should the baseboards be installed on top of the new carpet, or installed 1/2 “ off the floor prior to installation of new carpet? I have been given conflicting advice on this subject so am not sure which installation to go with.  


One installer mentioned that it was better to have the baseboards flush with the floor so create a better seal and not allow air and dust to come up from under the house and prevent that dark edging that can occur around the perimeter of the room.


Alan's Answer:

You could go either way, but I think installing the baseboards 1/2" off the floor, prior to carpet installation, is the best way to go. If there is a gap (to prevent dust and airflow) it needs to be sealed first using some sealant or caulking. 


The tack-strip can then be installed after the baseboards are installed and be placed in the proper position, in front of the molding for proper carpet installation. Do all interior painting at least a week prior to installing new carpet and plan on doing a little touch-up on the baseboards afterwards.



Q. Are Carpet Specifications Important?

We are shopping at Home Depot for carpet and noticed the weight, density and twist is listed on the back of each sample. Other carpet stores in the area don't list that information on their samples which makes it difficult to compare. How do I handle this and is that information critical to the carpet purchase?


Alan's Answer:

Some stores show the carpet specifics on the back of their samples and some don't. Those that don't are hoping you won't ask. Would you buy a car without knowing what engine size it was? Of course not. So why buy carpet from a dealer that wants to keep you in the dark. I'd simply say, if you want my business I need to know the numbers, if you can't or won't provide them I will take my business elsewhere. Understanding Carpet Specifications 2022 Carpet Professor



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