Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - Retired after 30 years, do not sell or install carpet.
Best Carpet Choices
For Kids and Pets?
Kids and Pets Can be Very Hard on ANY Grade or Style of Carpet. When our four children were young, they spilled lots of things on the family room carpet and it was very difficult to manage. There was no way to keep it clean for very long.
To combat this common parenting problem, I replaced our family room carpet every other year. I simply purchased an inexpensive apartment-grade carpet to keep the costs down and initially installed a good-quality, 1/2" thick, 8-pound Rebond type padding so I didn't need to replace the padding every time I replaced the carpet.
This saved us a ton of money over about 8 years and we didn't have to worry about the kids ruining an expensive carpet. Using a thicker and more dense (1/2" x 8-pound density) padding also helped save our kids from potential injuries as they played and romped around on the floor.
In our master bedroom we installed a higher grade of carpet because we didn't allow the kids or pets to be in our bedroom unsupervised or while carrying food or drinks (No Sippy Cups!)
Best Carpet Fibers For Kids Bedrooms?
Kids bedrooms tend do best with a low-cost polyester (or P.E.T. Polyester) carpet with a pile-height of less than half an inch.
Polyester is naturally stain resistant and cleans rather easily for most common food stains. Unfortunately polyester is prone to matting and crushing of the pile so the lower the pile-height the better.
I wouldn't spend a lot of money on carpet for kids bedrooms. Carpet Specifications Explained
Best Carpet Padding For Kids Bedrooms?
A thin padding works best for kids rooms, like a 1/4" or 3/8" thickness, 6-pound density Rebond type pad.
This keeps the cost down and it will help the carpet survive under demanding situations. There is no need to spend a lot of money on padding for kids bedrooms.
Best Carpet Styles and Colors For Kids Bedrooms?
A earth-toned, multi-colored plush or textured-plush style is most commonly used in kids bedrooms. It vacuums easily and easily hides dirt and stains.
Avoid light colors and single colored carpets. A darker color or a multi-colored carpet will yield the best results and help hide spots and stains. How to Choose the Right Carpet Style
The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your specific application and level of foot traffic and then to care and maintain it according to the Carpet Manufacturer's Warranty guidelines.
The Carpet Professor Says....
Choosing the wrong grade of carpet is the biggest mistake homeowners can make. Why? Because the carpet you buy MUST meet or exceed your needs and goals or you will not get the results that you desire.
Why spend thousands on a carpet that won't last as long as you hope? Check out my FREE Carpet Durability Guide to get a better idea about how to compare carpet specifications and understand what makes one carpet more durable than another.
Children and Pets Often Determine Best Carpet Choice
Homeowners often receive bad advice from inexperienced Carpet salespeople who fail to consider all the needs, goals and lifestyle of their customers, including the age and activity level of children and pets living in the home.
When Michael and Beth Johnson of Bend, Oregon purchased a looped Berber carpet for their home a few months ago, they made it known to the salesman that they were looking for a carpet that could withstand two young children, a large dog and two cats for at least 7 years.
The salesman failed to mention that a looped Berber carpet isn’t a good choice for a household with small children or active pets. The Johnson’s didn’t find that out until a few days after their new Berber carpet was installed as they watched helplessly as several loops became snagged and pulled in several areas.
"We called the carpet store right away to let them know what was happening and they wouldn’t do anything about it. They advised us to not pull on the snags, but to use scissors to cut off the snags flush with the top of the carpet. But other than that, they said that there was nothing more they could do. It’s a lot like getting a run in your nylons and it looks terrible" Beth recalls. "But this was expensive carpet not a cheap pair of pantyhose.
Now I have several runs down the middle of my living room and several more in other areas around the house. My husband Mike tried to repair a few obvious snags by using hot-melt glue, but it didn’t work."
"I’ve decided to live with it for now," Beth says. "I walk around snipping the snags as I find them, still, I was shocked when surfing the internet that Berber carpet isn’t recommended for small children and pets because it can snag and run easily and is difficult if not impossible to repair."
The Johnson’s found out the truth about looped Berber carpet styles after visiting a free consumer website founded by Alan Fletcher.
With more than 30-years experience in the carpet business, Fletcher provides free money-saving information and advice to homeowners shopping for new carpet, including insider secrets on carpet selection, padding, and installation, how to negotiate your best deal and how to avoid common carpet scams.
"The snags in their new Berber carpet can be repaired but it would never look like new. Even so, the cost of continual repairs could easily rival what they paid for the carpet" says Fletcher.
Mary Wiseman of Sacramento, California had a similar experience with Berber carpet in her home. "I didn't realize my dogs' nails would catch in the loops and leave little "pulls" all over the place." Wiseman said. "It was like carpeting your room with a knitted sweater."
"Berber carpet is a popular choice with consumers because of its elegant appearance. Its tufts are looped and aligned in rows for a clean uniform look" says Fletcher. "When choosing Berber, be sure to select one with smaller loops to get the best durability. But if you have young children or pets, it’s probably wise to avoid looped Berbers and go with a plush style to avoid the possibility of snags." Fletcher warns.
Choosing New Carpet Wisely
"How long do you expect your carpet to last? This is an important question in determining what grade of carpet to buy and how much you need to spend" Fletcher says.
"When selecting a carpet, the type of fiber, face-weight, pile density, and tuft twist are the key specifications that determine carpet price, quality and durability.
Carpet dealers today are increasingly reluctant to provide carpet specifications to consumers" Fletcher admits.
"Greedy carpet retailers and lazy carpet salespeople don't want to take the time to educate their customers about how to buy new carpet wisely carpet." Fletcher warns.
"Most larger carpet retailers now use private labels to prevent consumers from comparison shopping.
They are purposely making it harder for consumers to make wise and informed carpet choices, and I think this is wrong!
This is just one more reason why I created my informative carpet buying websites, to give consumers free access to honest and unbiased carpet buying information". Frankly, I think consumers need all the help they can get!
More FREE Key Carpet-Buying Information:
Should I CLEAN or REPLACE My Old Carpet?
What makes ONE Carpet better than ANOTHER? How to Compare Carpets
Visit Alan's Carpet Care Guide Learn how to make your new carpet last YEARS longer.
Learn about Carpet Installation Cost
Learn more: How to Select the Right Carpet Fiber
Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine your Level of Foot Traffic
and What Grade of Carpet You should consider buying for your home!
Common Scam: Learn about Private-Labeling of Carpet Samples
Why some local flooring retailers and home improvement stores try to prevent you from comparison shopping to get your best deal. How to avoid the Private-Label Scam.