Common Carpet Questions
J Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert and Trusted Consumer Advocate
Q. Carpet Shedding and Fuzzing
I vacuum a lot. And out of the 2 months I've got about 10
bags of FUZZ filled in my vacuum bags when changing. The store says it is
because it is a heavy nylon carpet and will stop fuzzing in a couple of more
months. I paid a lot of money for this home improvement. What's up with
You bought a nylon carpet made from
staple fibers, these are short pieces of nylon, about 8 inches long. Better
quality carpets are made of a continuous filament nylon, one long
extruded strand. These carpets are labeled CF or BCF for "Continuous Filament".
Yes, you will be vacuuming up fibers for awhile, but it will subside
eventually, up to a year. You should have been told in advance that you were
buying a carpet made with a staple fiber and that you would be seeing a lot
Q. How would you know if you were getting a good deal on your carpet or
You wouldn't. There is no carpet blue book. There
are no consumer advocate flooring magazines that I am aware of. This
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.
Q. What about the
great offers of Free Padding or Free Installation with my
Its easy to fall for those "FREE" gimmicks! It is very common for retailers
to "hide" those FREE items in the price you pay for the carpet.
Make no mistake, 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 get informed!
Q. What about the banner hanging outside the
carpet store that says, "Wholesale to the public?" or
Factory direct prices? Is this really true?
their statements are just a play on words. Carpet retailers are middlemen, they
have a brick and mortar store to operate and employees to pay. All these signs,
banners and other gimmicks are used to lure you into
their store. Once you go inside, they will use every trick in the book to get you to select one of their
products and buy from them. Beware, you can save hundreds by avoiding
these type of retailers.
The truth is, there really is no free lunch!
Anything offered to you for free will be charged to you one way or another, or else the free item is not worth having.
Often, a retail flooring salesperson will ask you to feel how soft the carpet is with your hand.
dig your fingers into the pile. Feel how thick and luxurious it is? Perhaps they will have you walk on a swatch of carpet with a square
piece of pad underneath it to show you how good it feels underfoot.
These common sales techniques are just like the test drive at the car dealership. If they can get you to imagine in your mind how great
the carpet would look and feel in your home then they know you will buy
it. You need to check out some carpet samples and take them home for a few
days! This will give you the opportunity to consider and compare!
How a carpet feels and looks when it is new
has absolutely no bearing on whether or not it is a quality product, if it will
last, if it will clean easily, and especially if it is the right carpet for you!
This is exactly why I wrote my carpet buying secrets book.
Be very cautious,
Do your homework, and learn about carpet
Don't fall for sales gimmicks and don't buy under sales pressure!
Don't be pressured into buying right now, take some samples home for a few days!
Take flooring samples home and take your time making your selection.
Tell them you want to take some carpet samples
home and then take those samples to other carpet stores to compare prices with similar products.
Order my book and save yourself the
headaches and save money too!!
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 floor, or
install 1/2 “ off the floor. 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.
could go either way, but I think installing the baseboards 1/2" off the
floor is best. If there is a gap (to prevent dust and airflow) it needs
to be sealed first using some caulking. The tackstrip can then be installed
after the moulding is installed and be placed in the proper position
for carpet installation.
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?
stores show the carpet specifics 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
Tuft Twist count is very critical. Defined as the number of twists
each tuft has per inch, the more twists, the longer your carpet will look
like new. 5 to 7 twist is good, less than 5 and your carpet will mat
down faster. Frieze styles have the best twist ratings.
or how thick the pile is, is important too. The more tufts per square inch
the thicker the carpet. In a nutshell, if you can easily find the backing
through the pile the density is low. If you have to work hard to separate
the tufts to be able to see the backing, then the density is higher. With
cheap carpets you can see the backing without spreading the tufts apart.
Dense carpets don't crush as easily. It's like the grass on a putting green,
thick and dense. Lots of thick grass is good and it wears well. Same goes
is important too. You need enough fiber weight if you want your carpet to
last. Check out my ebook for all the information you need to make sense of
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