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Alan's Carpet Foot-Traffic Test* 

Alan Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert and Trusted Consumer Advocate


Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of Carpet is able to meet your needs, goals and lifestyle.


You can't choose new Carpet wisely unless you select a carpet that is capable of withstanding your unique level of foot-traffic you have in your home.


That's why I have created this simple Foot-Traffic test to help you determine the level of foot-traffic in your home based on several key variables. 


*This test is for entertainment purposes only and is not based on any scientific criteria. I have to say this because I don't want to be blamed for any decisions you make based on you taking this carpet foot traffic test and regarding you making your new carpet or flooring selection based on your test results or your interpretation of the test results as perceived from taking this test. No warranties are expressed or implied. If you are unsure about what carpet, flooring or padding to select for your specific needs and goals then you should seek professional advice from a trusted source with sufficient knowledge and experience of your choosing.




To determine your Carpet Foot-Traffic Score, answer all the following 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?

  • Each Child under 13   (add 4 points for each child)

  • Each Teenager            (add 6 points for each teen)

  • Each Small pet            (add 3 points each small pet)

  • Each large pet             (add 6 points each large pet)



3. Do you entertain or have grandchildren?

  • No                                           (add  0 points)

  • Entertain occasionally            (add 2 points)

  • Entertain often                        (add 6 points)

  • Grandchildren seldom            (add 2 points)

  • Grandchildren often                (add 4 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 a week                 (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 big is your home?


  • 1000 square feet                (add 6 points)

  • 1500 sf.                              (add 4 points)

  • 2000 sf.                              (add 2 points)

  • 2500+ sf.                            (add 0 points)








Add Up Your Points!


10 to 24 points  =  Low Traffic   


25 to 34 points  =  Medium Traffic  


35 to 44 points  =  Moderate Traffic  


45 points & up  =  Heavy Traffic





*Disclaimer - The Carpet Foot Traffic Test is for entertainment purposes only. 



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