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Carpet Foot-Traffic Test

 

 

How much should I spend on new carpet? Your new carpet will wear out too fast unless the carpet you choose is capable of withstanding your home's unique level of foot-traffic.

 

I designed this simple 6-question test to help you determine your level of foot-traffic based on several key variables. 

 

Once you know your foot traffic score, you can use my free Carpet Durability Chart to help you locate, identify and compare carpets that are specifically designed to meet all your needs, goals and lifestyle. 

 

Then you can determine how much you need to spend on new carpet, padding and installation.

 

 

Test Directions:

 

This test helps define the level of foot traffic you have in the busiest areas of your home. These areas are usually the living room, family room, dining room, stairs and hallways. Bedrooms usually have low foot traffic. To determine your Carpet Foot-Traffic Score, answer the following 6 questions carefully and add up your points:

 

 

1. How many adults live in your home?

  • Each adult  (add 5 points for each adult)

 

 

2. Do you have children, teenagers or pets?

  • Child under 13   (add 4 points each child)

  • Teenager           (add 6 points each teen)

  • Small pet            (add 3 points each pet)

  • Large pet            (add 6 points each pet)

 

 

3. Do you entertain or have grandchildren?

  • No                      (add 0 points)

  • Occasionally     (add 2 points)

  • Often                 (add 6 points)

 

4. How often do you vacuum thoroughly?

  • Never                (add 25 points)

  • Once  a week   (add  6 points)

  • Twice a week   (add  3 points)

  • Three times     (add  1 points)

  • Everyday          (add  0 points)

 

 

5. How often do you have your carpets professionally cleaned?

  • Once a year          (add 2 points)

  • Every other year   (add 0 points)

  • Every third year    (add 4 points)

  • Never                   (add 25 points)

 

 

6. How Large is Your Home?

  • Under 1000 sf  (add 6 points)

  • 1500 sf.           (add 4 points)

  • 2000 sf.           (add 2 points)

  • 2500+ sf.         (add 0 points)

 

 

Scoring:

 

10 to 24 points  =  You have Low Foot Traffic

25 to 34 points  =  You have Medium Foot Traffic

35 to 44 points  =  You have Moderate Foot Traffic

45 points & up  =  You have Heavy Foot Traffic

 

 

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Learn how to make wise and informed choices. Learn what characteristics makes one carpet more durable than another.

 

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