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Do you know enough about Choosing New Carpet to avoid making Serious and Costly Mistakes? Buying carpet is not as simple as it was 20 or 30 years ago and today it is very easy to make poor carpet choices. 


Smart carpet shoppers do their homework and research before making such an important and expensive purchases like new carpet. Can you make all the right choices and get the whole job done start to finish? Maybe so, my simple carpet quiz will put your carpet buying knowledge to the test! 


Are you a Smart Shopper? You need to be. First, take your sweet time making your choices! There are hundreds or thousands of your hard-earned dollars at stake!


Second, have a game plan! You should already have a good idea about what carpet style and main characteristics of the carpet and pad you need or want to buy. You should know how long you expect your carpet to last and about how much it's going to cost for the carpet, the pad and the installation, long before you reach for your checkbook. 


When you visit any retail carpet store, you don't want to start asking advice from the carpet salesperson. Most of your carpet buying questions should have been researched and answered long before you start shopping for carpet. 


Any questions you have for the salesperson should be limited to  "How much does this carpet cost per yard?"  or "Do your installers use a power-stretcher?" or "Can I see a copy of the manufacturer's carpet warranty?".


After you visit several unscrupulous carpet retailers, you'll almost think you're buying carpet from a used car lot. The last thing you need is high-pressure salespeople and a head full of conflicting information. You will quickly understand the reason why I say you don't want to rely on any salespeople to make your choices for you.



 Carpet Quiz 


Find out if you are ready to buy carpet wisely! There is no scoring, just consider these 20 questions to see if you know the best answers that will apply to your next carpet purchase.


1. Do you know which carpet padding to use for your home? 

Which type of padding gives the best bang for your buck?

  • Rebond                                            

  • Foam                                                 

  • Rubber,                                             

  • Synthetic fiber                             

  • Recycled fabrics                        


2. Here are some common features padding may have for an extra charge. 

Do you know what benefits they provide? Which of these features do you think are worth paying extra for? 

  • Moisture barrier                                 

  • Odor eating                                        

  • Anti-microbial                                    

  • None of the above                            


3. Do you know what padding Density to choose? 

  • 4 pound                                                

  • 5 pound                                                

  • 6 pound                                                

  • 7 pound                                                

  • 8 pound                                                

  • 10 pound                                           


4. Do you know what thickness of pad is required?

  • ¼"                                                 

  • 3/8"                                               

  • 7/16"                                            

  • ½"                                                


5. Do you know about carpet fibers? Which fiber is most resilient? Which is the most durable?

  • Nylon                                         

  • Olefin or polypropylene         

  • Polyester or P.E.T.                   

  • Nylon / polyester blend         

  • Sorona                                       


6. There are different ways to make carpet.  

Would you choose a Continuous Filament fiber or go with a Staple Fiber?

  • Continuous filament

  • Staple fiber


Carpet Care and Maintenance

How you care for your carpet will determine how long it will last. 


7. How many people live in your home? Why does this matter?



8. How many days per week do you vacuum on average? 

How often should you vacuum your home?



9. Do you have a good vacuum with a beater bar? 

  • Yes

  • No


10. How often do you have your carpet professionally cleaned?

  • Never

  • Every 6 months

  • Once a year

  • Every other year

  • Every three years


11. Do you keep all the receipts for the professional cleanings?

  • Yes    

  • No


12. Do you know what the following carpet definitions / conditions mean? 

Which of these conditions are covered by the manufacturer's warranty? 

  • Appearance retention

  • Crushing

  • Fading or color loss

  • Footprints or indentations

  • Matting

  • Shading

  • Shedding

  • Filtration soiling

  • Wrinkles

  • Yellowing


13. Have you visited the website of "The Carpet and Rug Institute"? (CRI) 

  • Yes          

  • No


14. Are you familiar with the requirements set forth in "The Carpet & Rug Institute's Standard 105 for Residential Installation"?

  • Yes            

  • No


15. Do you know which manufacturer's warranties apply to your particular carpet?

  • Yes

  • No


16. If some of your carpet is found to be defective and you file a valid claim with the carpet manufacturer, what do you think will typically happen next?

  • They will refund my money 100%

  • They will refund a percentage of my money

  • They will replace all my carpet with another carpet of my choice

  • They will remove all of the old carpet and install new carpet of the exact same type and style.

  • They will remove the defective carpet areas only and install new carpet of the same type and style.

  • They will issue a pro-rated credit to your retailer equal to the cost of the carpet material only, for the affected area only, the credit is good only toward new carpet from the same manufacturer. They will not pay to remove your old carpet, nor will they pay to have your replacement carpet installed.

  • They will pay to have the carpet repaired if possible


Carpet Installation

How your carpet is installed will determine how long it will last


17. What is the best day to have your new carpet delivered to your home:

  • The day it is to be installed

  • The day before

  • The week before


18. What is the best climate to have your carpet installed

  • On a warm day with the doors open

  • On a cool day with the doors closed

  • Any day with the heater on (66*F) before and during installation


19. What should do you do before the carpet installer begins to install your new carpet?

  • Move all small breakables and valuables into a safe and secure area

  • Make arrangements for kids and pets to be out of the work areas

  • Check to make sure the installer will use a power-stretcher

  • Take photographs or a video of the entire area in case you need to prove damages in court

  • Make sure the installer has brought the right carpet style, quality and color

  • Have the installer roll out the carpet so you can check the carpet for obvious defects.

  • Make sure you have the original carpet sample so you can compare it with the carpet delivered


20. What should you do after the carpet installer is finished installing your carpet?

  • Call all your friends to come over and see the new carpet!

  • Inspect the carpet installation completely. Withhold final payment until you are completely satisfied.

  • Pick up all the carpet scraps and vacuum the carpet well.

  • Show the installer where you want all the carpet and pad waste to go.

  • Find out how long the carpet seams will look so obvious. 


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About The Carpet Professor:

Looking to buy new carpeting but feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, options and potential scams? The Carpet Professor's website is a free unbiased carpet information resource and buying guide for consumers. Alan Fletcher is a retired 30-year industry expert and consumer advocate. He maintains a special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores to recommend to his readers.


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