Thursday, November 30, 2006

This is the place for your questions and comments

Welcome to the Carpetguru's question and answer forum. I used to try and answer questions by email, but the volume of email has increased to the point to where I was answering many of the same questions. By using this forum, I hope to answer your questions as well as creating a sense of community. Here you can ask the guru any questions concerning carpet, carpet pad, vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, and hardwoods.

Also, if you have an installation question or problems I will discuss it with you here for all to see. To Reach the latest comment click on the comment link below, and then when the screen changes, click on the newest. If you are having trouble reading this blog you can leave a comment at www.facebook.com/carpetguru.CarpetClassics

Thank You,
Jim

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Anonymous said...

Hi - Thanks for your info on carpet materials.
I have found a wall to wall carpet in Chicago made of 'nusilk'. I am trying to find reviews about it's durability and clean ability but not finding much.
Have you heard of it?
Also I have seen a wool and viscose 50-50 blend. Reviews on viscose make me afraid to go for this. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Thanks!t

Anonymous said...

hi jim.

love your site. it's nice to see someone else in this industry that actually has the integrity to tell consumers the truth about the performance characteristics of different fibers and what the warranties actually mean.

I am a claims manager for a large retailer in the midwest and I battle with the mills and fiber manufacturers on a daily basis to honor the warranties.

to sybil. jim is correct. resista and tigressa are carpet one private labels. tigressa is a nylon made from shaw. resista is a PET that can come from several mills including shaw,mohawk, beaulieu, and gulistan.

As i am not much of a fan of PET's, stick with the tigressa. Vacuum regularly and have professionally cleaned once a year. In my experience the soft delustered yarns tend to show soiling more rapidly and it is important to remove the soil from the pile.

Jim. I recently received a tech bulletin from Mohawk regarding cleaning PTT and it also works on PET. Because both of these fibers have an affinity for oil, a pre-spray treatment such as traffic slam(which is designed to remove oil from olefin) with a citrus booster is recommended to get the oily soil to release from the fiber before extraction. I didn't know if you had seen. If you haven't, ask your rep about it or comment back on here and i will email you a copy.

Folks. If you are having your carpet cleaned, it is important to find a cleaner in your area that knows how to clean the different fiber types. Make sure you tell the cleaner what type of fiber you have when you make the appointment. Steer clear of the large cleaning chains and find an IICRC cleaner that knows what he/she is doing. You will pay more but it is well worth it to protect your new carpet.

WBF

Carpetguru said...

I have no idea what "nusilk" is , and until you can identify what the fiber really is, I would stay clear.
Also, I am not a big fan of any fiber blends for carpeting.

Good luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

WFB,

Thank you for your helpful advice. As you know it is now only important to keep your carpets clean, but to have them professionally cleaned at least every 18 months by a IIRC certified technician. What some people don't know is that failure to do so will void your factory warranty.

Thanks again,
Jim

Anonymous said...

So, let me start by thanking you for all of the valuable information you offer, it is absolutely fantastic!! I have a few questions for you. I am purchasing carpet for my family room. We have 1 child & 1 large dog. I have visited all of the local and big corporate stores. The carpet we have come to love are the diamond pattern styles. We have chosen 2. #1 is a Dixie, Pegasus Bay, Pile Height 12/32 x14/32", Density 3830, Fiber Tactesse BCF nylon. #2 is Mohawk, Distant Voyage, but can't locate the details other than Wear-Dated SoftTouch Nylon. We really like the Dixie because of the soft feel, but I think the Mohawk will last longer. Which do you believe will hold up better in our home? Also the Dixie has a 7 & 10 year warranty, but my local store is telling me that they will pick up the 18 & 15 year difference to 25 yrs. as long as we purchase the Healthier Living Cushion. Should I be wary of this, since it doesn't sound like I really need this padding? What padding do you suggest I look for? Should I be wary of this local store?

Carpetguru said...

Dixie makes outstanding carpets, and you will love this carpet in your family room. Like any carpet with loops, you should use as firm of a pad as you can. The Healtheir Choice pad (their 10 lb version) is worth the money. If you did not use that pad, I would use a 100 ounce slab rubber pad under your Dixie carpet. The carpet will last a long time, but only if you keep it professionally cleaned every 18 months. The family room is the highest traffic area in most homes, and as a result gets dirty fastest.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

I am looking for a very inexpensive way to carpet a basement floor, I rent and want it to be portable, but the room is 200 sq. ft. What do you suggest carpetguru? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Mr. Guru,
We plan to carpet our master bedroom, an adjacent room that we wish to use as a gym, and the stairway and hall leading to both. We would like to use the same carpeting everywhere, even if we have to use a combination of different types of padding. We tentatively selected an Aladdin by Mohawk carpeting marketed by Home Depot as Platinum Plus style “Enraptured II.” It is constructed from 100% UltraStrand BCF 4.0x4.0 twist nylon in a fairly dense, medium-height, cut-pile carpet, with a 49.0 oz/yd2 face weight. It has Scotchguard and Advanced Repel finishes, and is priced at $2.74/ft2 or $24.43/yd2. Our question is if and how this carpet may be used throughout. The subflooring has been suitably reinforced for the use of a treadmill and an exercise bicycle in the gym. Home Depot offers a few padding choices, but we are willing to purchase slab rubber, foam, or any other type of padding elsewhere, in order to mix-and-match the materials as advised. One salesman suggested we keep it simple by using the standard re-bond padding throughout, and adding a rubber or vinyl mat OVER the carpeting in the gym; another suggested using rubber gym flooring in lieu of padding UNDER the carpeting in the gym. Alternatively, we would consider using a high-quality commercial carpet throughout, if you have one to suggest. We would greatly appreciate any input or suggestions for our family.
Thank you!

Carpetguru said...

Enraptured II does not mean anything to me, as HD private labels all their carpet. You gave me specs, but no "par rating". For your use, you will need a carpet with a par rating of 4 or more. Install over 8 lb rebond in all areas except "gym", and use Shaw's Triple touch or Healthier Choice blue for that room.
See if you can find a real carpet dealer, and ask for a look at a commercial plush carpet. This super dense carpet will meet all your needs for wear. Also, if you have no pets, you can also look at a random sheared carpet(its sort of like a berber) for these areas.


Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

You can have a rug custom made for your basement floor. Carpets come 12 and 15 foot wide in most cases. With this in mind, see if you can vision a rug that would be close to fitting your area without seams. If this cannot be done, a professional can seam the carpet together to made almost any size rug you wish. Once the rug is made, it can be bound around to keep the rug from fraying on the edges.

This finished rug would be laid out over a thin pad so as not to "walk" all over the place. Find a full service carpet dealer that can do this for you.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly about the Dixie Carpet! I called my local store (which I found out is Carpet One, but my other choices are HD & Lowes)and asked about the 10 lb Healthier Living Cushion. They informed me that the 10 lb would be uncomfortable and they only use it in wheelchair homes. The quote I received was for the 8 lb. cushion. What do you think? Also the quote I received was $1700 for 40.33 sq yrd, which seems a little high? Your thoughts???

Carpetguru said...

The 8 lb pad will work if it is the Shaw Triple touch version of their froth foam pad. If that is what they are using, then the price you quoted is fair.


Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the amazing wealth of knowledge you send to your virtual customers!
With reference to the use of slab rubber, your site suggests using 100 ounce 19 lb density padding. Are these two different descriptions of the same material(100 ounce and 19-lb)? Does the 100 ounces refer to a cut dimension of padding (square foot, square yard or square meter)? I know that density refers to mass per unit volume, but would you please clarify the units that are being used for this spec?
I wish we were closer to Oregon.
Thanks!

Carpetguru said...

100 ounce pad means that a square yard of the pad weighs 100 ounces. Also, this same pad could have a density of 19 lbs; meaning that a cubic foot of this material would weigh 19 lbs.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

We are going to be replacing an outdoor carpet that is over both a concrete area and a wood deck that is around a pool. The area is fairly large. What are the best choices for lasting durability? Also, the present carpet needed to be powerwashed every spring due to black mold that grew. Do any new outdoor carpets not have this problem? We are looking for a good quality,easy to outdoor vacuum carpet. We would be interested in your comments.

Carpetguru said...

Shaw has a whole new line of outdoor carpets for this spring. Check out your local Shaw dealer.

The reason you get black mold is due to the dirt that is trapped in the spaces between the fibers. To keep the dirt to a minimum, you should hose down the pool area often with a "fire hose" nozzel attached to the end of your garden hose.

Good Luck,
Jim

BA Mom said...

Hi Carpet Guru!
Can you tell me what you think of this carpet? It is a Lee's Vino Vista Plus....and it was made by Mohawk as a demo for Carpet1 and is being discontinued. It has a twist of 5.5, density of 2659, gauge of 5/32, pile height of .624; pile weight of 46.1; stitches per inch of 11.33. It is "Filament 100% Smartstand Triexta" in a "Cut Pile Frieze".

We are planning to do 2500 sq feet - our whole house for about $10K. We have a very busy traffic area - and I'm concerned on how this will hold up..not a high density...and concerned about matting with the pile height. I thought frieze had higher twist numbers?

What do you think? Should I keep looking for something else or is this a good carpet for the price?

Carpetguru said...

BA Mom,
This carpet will do well, it will be necessary to have the traffic areas cleaned every 12 months, and the main areas every 24 months in order to keep this carpet looking new. The fiber will not wear out, but the fiber is very soft, and will mat if too much foreign substance is left in the carpet.
As a general rule, the softer the fiber, the more often it should be professionally cleaned.

Good Luck,
Jim

BA Mom said...

Thank you Jim!
I appreciate all of your information and how quickly you responded. I can sleep tonight and quit stressing over a carpet choice!

Peggy said...

I am about to purchase a Beaulier carpetfor our bedroom that is called FiberEssence Carefree Living. The backing is LuxuryBac. Pile is 100% P.E.T Filament Polyester at $21.99 sq. yard. There is just my husband and I ..no pets but my husband unfortnately has ALZ and I want a carpet that can handle a sick patient. What is your thoughts on this? Thank You...Peggy

Carpetguru said...

Peggy,
You will love your Beaulieu carpet as long as you have it professionally cleaned e every 18-24 months.

Good luck,

Jim

On the Fence said...

Right on time and I thank you for your opinion.I am carpeting a 1400 square foot condo for the third time. I keep making the wrong carpeting choices.First I had a light grey plush with the home builders base padding, then a lighter colored Shaw BCF nylon Tactesse shag with 8 pound rebond padding.Both failed.

I have stairs that must be covered and a busy traffic pattern downstairs that flows from the entrance (and kitchen) to the carpeted living room area back to bedrooms and to the back deck, the traffic pattern cannot be changed.
My condo is long and narrow. Within 2 to 3 years new carpet starts to show matting,and looks dirty in the traffic area.I vacuum once a week.Pro cleaning 18 months. There are 2 adults in the home,2 cats, no children.I live in Florida,track in sand and dirt and food I suppose.I enjoy gardening and cooking. I keep a mat at the front entrance; both sides of the door, same at patio and garage doors.One mat in kitchen. There is an area of vinyl flooring between the front door and the carpet installation which was done with the intent of preserving the carpet(a walk off area) It didn't work.

I have looked at dozens carpets and listened to as many opinions. I have narrowed the choices down to similar styles, the cost difference however is substantial.
($6.18 for a nylon and $4.35 a square foot for a PET product)Both carpets are Shaw, both are textured cut pile with flecks in lighter brownish tones.Both are the same short height.Both will have Shah ecotouch crush resister, a 10 pound heavy traffic pad installed underneath. One is PET Cleartouch and the other is 100 percent Anso Crushresister Nylon. I cannot have berber or loops due to cats who like to comb carpet with their claws.

..

The carpets are
1)
Shaw- See The World 1 Style EOO24 -50.7 face weight, 2992 density and 6 twist and made of Shaw PET cleartouch. Performance is 3.75.



The second carpet is Shawmark Anything goes Green Cloud Spun Style OA164 a softer nylon called Anso BCF nylon, crushresister. It has a 3286 density and 6.65 twist and 56.6 face weight. Performance is rated at 4.



My four questions are

1) Will the performance of the AG Nylon be very superior to the PET cleartouch and worth the additional bucks? Which would you recommend, I could afford the more pricey Nylon if it will perform!By that I mean no noticeable degradation in the tracking area for years and years.If both are going to perform equally well (or equally poor), then I will get the less expensive.

2) Would you recommend any other type/style of carpet that might perform better given my traffic pattern,cats and stairs and cleaning habits? Please recommend if you know the name of the miracle carpet.

3) I have read that the softer nylons require more cleaning attention,is that true.

3)Do I need the expensive 10 pound pad which will increase the warranty for both carpets.( I also need sound barrier for the upstairs and neighbors-so higher r factors are good)

I thank you for your advice. I have been sitting on the fence since January about the carpeting-

HELP

Carpetguru said...

On the Fence,

You are looking at two carpets that have thick piles, and therefore will crush in high traffic areas. The nylon will look newer a little longer, but in the end will still show due to your demand that traffic lanes continue to look new.

I strongly suggest you look at a commercial plush carpet like Shaw's style under the Cabin Craft Commercial label, called Registry 30. Style number A5720. They also made a couple commercial plush carpets in 40 ounce versions. This is the only way you can achieve the density required to keep the carpet from crushing. You will still have to keep it clean, as these plush carpets come in solid colors; not tweeds. Generally, you will not find light colors in commercial carpets, so you may have to re-think your color choices.

Yes, you are correct, the softer the fiber, the more often the carpet requires cleaning.

As to padding, you can use Shaw's triple touch pad 8 lb version, under your commercial plush for best results. See www.carpetguru.com/froth.html

Hope this helps,
Jim

On the Fence said...

Thanks so much for your prompt response and suggestions.

Regarding the padding, I just read your information about the triple touch on your site yesterday and have already emailed the carpet installer about it for pricing.Thanks for that information.

Regarding the commercial applications,I have had commercial carpeting suggested by a carpet sales store before however my husband wants a little softer feel underfoot.

If you think that for my particular concerns the textured carpet will not be durable over the years in a residential style would you recommend patterned cut and loop style? Some that have been suggested to me by installers are
1) Dramatic Flair Sonoma Triexta PR: 3.5
Density: 3463
Twist: 5.5x5.5
Gauge 1/8
Face weight 35.3 and

2)Dixie Home Artessa
PAR 3.5
Density 5888
Twist 4.0x 4.5
Face Weight-unknown
Nylon Stainmaster Tactesse and one that I really liked-

3) I personally really like this one--Tigressa Obear
4011 density
Face weight 39 oz
BCF Tigressa nylon

These are less soft and cushy types of carpet and less appealing to my husband with the tired working feet however if they would be more durable than a textured rug we would adapt. These styles cost less as well.Do you feel these would stand up to our tracking problem better? Would they work on stairs? Would they show less wear on our walking track?

The last inquiry I would like to make of you is regarding your opinion regarding a frieze? On line I see that that the frieze type of carpet is often recommended for heavy traffic? I think that I would still have the matting problem?

I storngly want to avoid spending thousands of dollars just to have the carpet look worn down in the track area in several years.And I also need to get a carpet down soon, we have been prepped for months and have half of our possessions in the garage!

So in conclusion I am asking your opinion about
1)Which style of carpet would work best-outside of a commercial application?
2)Would you recommend the cut and loop or sculptured styles or tip sheared as noted above or a good Frieze over the textured plush I previously wrote you about?

3)--Are all of the commercial carpets "rough" feeling? I looked at two chain stores today and neither of them carried a commercial plush.The commercial styles available to see were really rough feeling and not what we would want in our main living area.Are the plush commercial carpets any softer?

Regarding color, I am actually looking at carpets in tones of beige or brown and am staying away from the lighter colors.

I am still on the fence and am hoping you can help me make the right decision.My husband is ready to put down almost anything just to get this resolved. So you are helping to save a marriage as well as helping to resolve carpet issues!

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I value your experience and your opinion.

I have read through your site information and it is a wonderful guide to carpet.

Thanks for helping those of us left alone in very confusing world of carpet

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are carpeting our basement. We are looking at two types of carpets. Our basement has a cement floor and we are carpeting the stairs and basically the television room and possible where our tablet will be for dining. Need some suggestions. We are looking at Shaw Nottoway 15' Storm cloud type carpet. They said they use the memory foam pad that has the varpor barrier on top or our second choice is Millcraft Bronze collection Mt. Cardigan and they too told us to go the memory foam pad with the barrier on it. We are looking for nice basement carpet that won't cause too much of a problem and will be nice for years to come. Will be running a dehumifier for most of the time in the basement. Just wanted to see your opionion on our carpet choices and pad suggestions.

Carpetguru said...

Because you have moisture in the basement, you should choose a pad that does NOT have a moisture barrier. I would use a spun fiber pad of at least forty ounce per sq yd.

You also can use a slab rubber pad, if you feel the fiber pad is too firm.

Either of the carpets you have selected will do fine.

Good Luck
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hi!I've been looking at Mohawk's SmartStrand and I think it has some great features. Specifically I'm looking at Dramatic Flair for the master bedroom. The room has traffic through it by my husband to reach his office/workspace. There are no pets, 2 adults. Face weight 35 oz. Density 3,463, Twist 5. x 5.5. This is a sculpted look with lower loops and a wave like pattern. The pile height as well as I can measure is 3/16'of an inch. My concern is about the relatively low face weight. I read your comment of purchasing at least 40 oz. For the hallway and stairs we are looking at another Smart strand with 32 oz. Face weight, 5.5 x 5.5 Twist and 3,478 Density. The pile is low as I thought this would be better on stairs. Could you please comment on your thoughts as to the face weight and if this would wear well. Thank you so much!

Carpetguru said...

In this case the construction is low and dense, so face weight can be as low as 28 ounces. It's the friezes that should be 40 ounces.

Good luck,
Jim

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Anonymous said...

I recently purchase a Shaw Anso Nylon Caress frieze carpet that's about 1 1/2" thick. It's very plush. My problem is my vacuum sweeper is very hard to push, and I've been told that the beater bar will "frizz" it over time. Do you have any recommendations on vacuum sweeepers for this type of carpet? I've been all over the internet and see that others have this same issue. Thank you for your help!

Carpetguru said...

For a carpet like a shag I like a light weight vacuum like an Orek.
Good luck,
Jim

Dan said...

I have a detailed question about 'T-seam' placement. I would like to email you on this since it would be rather lengthy. Dan

Carpetguru said...

T seams are usually done to conserve waste. If you are willing to pay for the extra yardage, then you can eliminate the t seam.

Good luck,
Jim
jim@carpetguru.com

glgoodrich said...

Dear CG,

We are remodeling a house and paid a flooring specialist to remove the tile from about 1800 square feet of it. He removed the thin set from the areas where laminate will go, which he said was very difficult. He did not remove the thin set from the areas which will be carpeted because he said, with a 1/2" pad, the thin set would not transfer through. Is this true? Should the thin set be removed from all of the flooring?

Thank you for your time,
Grant Goodrich

Carpetguru said...

Goodrich,

The thin set will not show through a 1/2 pad that is 8 lb density, but it may if the trowel marks are deep, and the pad is only 3/8 inch and 6 lb density.

Good Luck,
Jim

Scottb said...

Excellent website Carpetgutu...

I am looking for a frieze to put over a slab family room that gets a lot of traffic. I was considering smartstand but have been scared off of it by several local dealers who have said it was worse than polyester. All of the choices are above 40 oz weight but I can't find the twist specs. or a nice weardated durasoft bcf nylon. we like the colors of the pet bcf polyester better but i am concerned about durability with 3 kids. Any suggestions

Carpetguru said...

Scottb,

Do not be afraid of Triexta. However, the colors that you like are most likely tweeded or two toned, and those choice in triexta are limited at this time. (Mohawk is bringing out some new styes this summer).
Don't worry about twist levels too much It is more important that the carpet have a par rating of 4 or better. This will be excellent for your family room, even if the carpet is made from PET filament. There are some great wearing and good looking PET carpets from Bliss (a division of Bealieu) .

Install over a pad that does not have a "vapor" barrier. Use slab rubber for best results over concrete.

Good Luck,
Jim

Mom's email said...

Dear Mr. Carpetguru,
What do you think of the Martha Stewart carpet collection sold at HomeDepot? I am thinking of purchasing some to replace my old carpet, it is made by Shaw LTD.
I would have loved to have gone the laminate route but because the subflooring in this old house is not level, was steered away from that.

Thank you for your wonderful site, I have learned so much! Barb

Carpetguru said...

Mom's email,

The Martha Stewart collection is a private label line for big box stores like HD. You will find similar Shaw carpets at your local dealer.

You should be aware that all carpet collections have a range, and most range form bad to fantastic. You should know from reading my site that construction is key, and that fiber is second. However, in the end, it is all about installation, and installation has not been Home Depot's strong suit. Also, HD makes you pay for everything up front. Thus, if there is a problem you have little or no leverage when resolving complaints.

Hope this helps,

Jim

Anonymous said...

We currently have a waffle (on one side) rubber pad under a Berber carpet on a concrete slab. We have had water damage to the carpet from an exploding hot water heater, but were told this rubber pad is fine.

Carpet and pad are at least 23 years old. Would you recommend trying to retain the original pad or get a new one? (We are buying new, low pile, plush carpet.)
There is a definite walking path in the room, and that area feels flatter and harder than the corners where there is no foot traffic. So, wouldn’t rubber be thinning over this much time?

If you recommend keeping old rubber pad – how can it be cleaned?

If you recommend new, one company is talking about a ½” thick pad with Mylar outer lining – with cuts in it for breathability. They say the selling point is that in the lower level it will help insulate from the cold concrete underneath. Your thoughts about this product?

Thank you for your advice!
Jennifer
Minnesota

Carpetguru said...

It is not recommended that you reuse
old carpet pad. It will void any warranty you may have with the new carpet. Use a 8 lb rebond without a moisture barrier. It will work just fine. Do not use anything with a solid vinyl skin on the back.

Good Luck,
Jim

Joe said...

I would like to know more about "solution dyed" and non "solution dyed" PET carpet. is one better in performance or easier to clean? Should I care about these two methods?

Carpetguru said...

Joe,
Non solution dyed PET is subject to more stains than solution dyed PET.
Further, solution dyed PET will not fade, and can even be cleaned with a diluted solution of bleach.

Also, Filament PET performs better than staple PET in most cases. If your carpet sample sheds a great deal, look for a different carpet.

Good Luck
Jim

Anonymous said...

I am looking for high quality carpet for our family room that is low on chemical smell. It seems that most of the "healthy" carpets offered are carpet tiles, which I am not interested in. I am mostly interested in carpet which does not emit alot of toxins; it does not have to be made of recycled plastic bottles, wool, etc. Can you offer some suggestions? I live in Connecticut. Thank You.

Carpetguru said...

Dear Connecticut,

Off gassing (fumes) that come from carpet are not caused by the fiber, but rather the latex that holds the two backings of the carpet together. The more latex, the more vocs.
Shaw has introduced SoftBac carpets, and these carpets do have less vocs. The normal carpet and pad combo will give off voc for 48 hours in a well ventilated area.

If you are are deathly allergic, I suggest ceramic tile and woven area rugs.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog and could really use some help. We have radiant floor heat throughout our home and need to replace approx. 200 sq.yds. of carpet, all above grade. What type of carpet padding would you recommend, and also what weight of carpet should we consider to maintain maximum heating benefit from the radiant floor. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Jim

Thanks for sharing you knowledge, the information has been very helpful as I search for carpet in my rental duplex.

I found a local reseller / installer that has been in business 15 years. He will power stretch and has responsibility for everything with his crew.

Mohawk Private Label-winning way
31.5 - 100% Staple Nylon
Rating 3.5 - 4
FHA
Twist 4.0 - 4.5
10 year wear
built in stain protection

I know wear life will depend on renters but in a non rental house how long could I expect it to last?
I will upgrade to an 8lb pad and it is $15 yd installed.

Appreciate any thoughts

David in Denver

Carpetguru said...

David,
$15 dollars installed is a very good price, especially if that includes the 8 lb pad at 7/16th thickness.

The carpet is marginal at best. It will wear well, but while doing so will shed for the life of the carpet. Renter's vacuums will be crammed full of carpet fuzz. Also, what little stain protection added to this carpet will wear off after a couple of commercial cleanings. IT IS NOT BUILT IN.

For a few dollars more be yard, you should be able to purchase Mohawk's Aladdin Division's style called "Power Play". This Triexa carpet will be much more easy to clean than nylon, and will be just as strong WITHOUT the fuzzing problem. The stain protection is the nature of the fiber without having to add a chemical to make it temporarily stain resistant.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

For radiant heated floors I like either slab rubber 90 to 100 ounces, or spun nylon fiber pad 40 ounces per sq. yd.

The carpet should be between 32 and 42 ounces of face weight, depending on the style of carpet. Loop carpets can be as light weight as 24 ounces.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hello Jim. Fantastic site. Your dedication to your industry and craft is outstanding.

We're looking at some berber-style carpet by Richmond in a material they call BCF Chromolon.

I believe Richmond is a Canadian company. I also believe Chromolon is some type of Polyester but can't find out if it/s PET PTT etc. Might you know?

We're looking at a 80 square yard install plus stairs and need to get 10 years from the carpet in a relatively low wear situation.

Many thanks.
Larry

Carpetguru said...

Larry,

The Chromolon is their name for olefin fiber. This berber will not wear out in ten years, but it will crush on the stairs, and will be difficult to clean out any substance that would have an oil base, i.e. mayo, mustard, gravy, oil for the fur of a pet, the oil from the bottoms of your feet, etc.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Jim,
You are awesome. I wrote to you recently and received some good info. I would like your opinion of a carpet we have looked at to install over Radiant Floor Heat in the Colorado Mountains: The carpet is 1V36/Country Estate-513/Royal Treasure from Horizon by Mohawk.
Pile: Smartstrand Triexta
Twist 5.50
Fabric Textured Cut pile
Pile 0.684
Stitches per Inch 6.33
Certified Pile Weight 47.04
Density 2476
PAR 3.00
I am concerned about the PAR as we will have some stairs and heavy traffic areas. The weight is slightly over what you suggested for Radiant Floor Heat. Obviously my concern is heat transfer through the carpet and pad. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have. Thanks.

Carpetguru said...

Your Smartstand carpet will server you well. Just install over a 90 ounce slab rubber to obtain optimum effect of your radiant heat.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

This might sound crazy...but I can't afford to replace my super cheap crappy stick tile carpet. I have two sled dogs...and I only have one strip of carpet in the whole house (10'X6'). Vacuuming it twice a day is no fun, and despite using several different kinds of adhesive (including gorilla glue)...the corners keep coming up. (please keep in mind this is one of those rentals that was highly abused before I moved in...and I have already sanded and refinished 4 rooms that had black paint on top of beautiful parquet floors...the landlord does not care what I do to the house...and I am willing to put in time...not money.)
Here is my question...
I have a bunch of polyurethane...and I am wondering if I can apply layers of it over the thin stick tile carpet. I mean, I am sure I CAN...but do you think this is the worst idea ever?
The carpet is dark red...if it matters. Any thoughts?

Carpetguru said...

Please do NOT apply such chemicals to your carpet. You will end up with a partially dissolved gummy mess.

Buy some cheap laminate floor at Goodwill , costco, sams, or garage sale,or Criaigslist, and install using the red tile as the pad.

Good Luck,
Jim

Bill said...

Hi Carpetguru

I appreciate your honesty and integrity by sharing so much information with consumers. I have learned so much about carpeting from your website and felt quite prepared when visiting a carpeting store.

We are going to carpet our upstairs (3 bedrooms, hall, stairs) and I have a couple of questions about the carpet installation for the stairs.

1) The salesperson at the carpet store told us that they would install the carpet on the stairs by cutting the carpet and installing it on each stair instead of doing a "waterfall" installation.

2) He also said that the installation on the stairs would use glue and staples instead of just stapling it.

What do you think of these two issues, and is there anything else I should be aware of regarding carpet installation on stairs?

Thanks for your help.

Norm said...

Hi Jim,

Have you had any experience with the Beaulieu SoftSense polyester products? We're looking at a product called Provincial, Bliss style 2938. The specs I've found show a 35 oz face weight, which is a little light compared to your recommendations for polyester.

This particular carpet has an odor-reducing treatment and antimicrobial treatment. I'm just not sure if these "treatments" add real value to the carpet, or if they're more gimmick. As an alternative at a similar price from our dealer, we're looking at Shaw Hunter's Ridge (style 52V25), which is also about a 30 oz face weight, but BCF nylon.

The carpet replacement is part of work to get our house ready to sell. Our existing carpets are in poor enough shape that they really have to be replaced prior to selling (I'm sure some date from the early '80s). We're in a neighborhood where it's likely the new owners will have kids and/or pets.

Thanks for any opinions you have to share.

Norm

Carpetguru said...

The installer was referring to what is called "California Wrap" here on the West Coast, and it results in a more pronounced nose for each step. It has a more polished look and is preferred by most. It cost more to do, but people like the look. This type of install only works if there is a true nose to each step. Otherwise, waterfall is your only alternative.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

Norm,

We have sold the Provincial style and have never had a complaint about it. It has some advantages over the nylon product in that it is more "pet proof" than any nylon except solution dyed nylon, and this particular carpet is solution dyed resulting in a carpet that will not fade, and will be more stain resistant even when the stain protective chemicals wear off.

Whomever buys the house will thank you for being a knowledgeable shopper.

Good Luck,
Jim

muirhouse said...

Hi Jim, so grateful for all the quality and composition information. But now I am looking for how to find the best PATTERN. I have just a few that I love (a Berber style, a navy commercial with a random swath of white ranging through it, etc.) But when I try to find the mfg of these that I either have, or have seen at friends, I spend hours all for naught. Can you help?

Anonymous said...

Are you familiar with a Shaw carpet, manufactured under the Tuftex Div, named "Ballerina" in a 46 oz weight. I don't believe this is a store private brand, but I cannot find specifications on the internet. Is this a good carpet for moderately heavy traffic? Your comments would be appreciated.

Carpetguru said...

Muirhouse,

If you find a pattern carpet you love, then buy it. The make of the carpet is unimportant. If it is a berber, it will wear. Just make sure the fiber is nylon.
More important, is finding a qualified installer to make the carpet look like it should. Many dealers who carry these kinds of carpets also have skilled craftsmen that can pattern match and make the carpet look great.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

As far a I can find out Ballerina is a TufTex carpet. Even the Shaw dealer website does not list the face weight, or the fiber type. Without a sample book in hand, I cannot guess on the quality of this carpet.

In general, Tuftex is the more expensive line of Shaw carpets. Many of the carpets made my Shaw with similar looks, are 20% cheaper from other divisions i.e. Philadelphia, or Queen.

Good Luck
Jim

Kelly said...

Thanks for your site! We are replacing carpet in the master bedroom. Carpet One has the Resista carpet on sale 50% off right now. We had originally decided to go with SmartStrand but are wondering if we should take advantage of such a "great" sale. Are the 2 brands even remotely comparable? We're looking at the higher quality of both brand. What density should we be looking at? What padding do you recommend? We're new to the replacing-the-carpet-thing so any info. is helpful!

Carpetguru said...

Kelly,

Resista is PET polyester and if constructed well will perform in the bedroom. If you expect it to have the stain resistant
qualities of SmartStrand, then the Resista carpet sample has to say "solution dyed" somewhere on the back. It not, it will not be as stain resistant as Smartstrand.

Also, remember that 30 ounces of Smartstrand will wear better than 40 ounces of Resista.

You savings may only be imagined, as all Carpet One franchises have to maintain a retail markup in order to cover their expensive overhead.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

We are planning to replace the carpet in the second floor of our home as well as the stairs that lead to the second floor. We are looking at Beaulieu Bliss Magic Fresh Marathon Key and Mohawk Liberty Station EverStrand. What is your opinion of these carpets? Which is the better choice? Any advice or insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Linda

Carpetguru said...

The names Marathon Key and Liberty Station do not mean anything to me. I need to know the spec i.e face weight, pile make up, and if available a par rating.

I would guess that both of these are PET fiber, and maybe one or both are solution dyed. If that is the case, you will have outstanding stain resistance.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hello Dave,

I really appreciate the honest, knowledgable opinion you have provided in your blog.

I have recently purchased a new construction condo near the beach. It has a concrete floot. The unit is on the 3rd floor of the building. I am considering a short frieze type carpet that will wear well and is easy to vacuum and clean, especially sand. Also, the installed carpet needs to be comfortable to lie on, which my husband does. He cares about cushiness not softness.

I have gotten dizzy at the carpet stores. They give contradicting information. I am considering the following three carpets that I would like your opinion on.

1) Masland - Key West (by Dixie)
Nylon - Stain Master luzerell carpet
continuous fiber
Teflon protector
Face Weight - 48 oz
I do not have the twist or denisty. I was not smart enough to ask the dealer for a spec sheet.

2) Shaw - Ivy Trellis212 (Q3667)
Nylon - Stain Master Tactsse, BCF
Face Weight - 54.6
Thickness - .590
Weight Density - 181927
Twist 6.0
Stiches - 12.66
Backing - Polypropopylene, Softbac Platinum

3) Shaw - Corner Cafe (EA037)
Nylon - Anso Caress, BCF
Face Weight - 53.6
Thickness - .650
Weight Density - 159138
Twist 6.1
Stitches - 11.83
Backing - Polypropopylene, Softbac Platinum

I was considering purchasing a 8lb 7/16" rebond pad. We have a nice pad in our current home and it makes a big difference.

I would appreciate your feedback on my choices and any other recommendations to consider.

I have looked at reviews on line and hear nightmares about both Shaw and Mohawk carpets, including their premium products (Smart Strand and Anso) and the poor customer support. I am wondering if the Dixie Masland is a better product. I don't care that it is a designer/specialty brand. I am concerned about quality and durability.

I appreciate your perspective and apologize for the length of my post.

Cynthia

Carpetguru said...

Cynthia,

The two carpets that are stainmaster will be better. The Shaw "Ivy Trellis" will be the best of the three. It will be the most "cushy" of the three.

You are correct to install over an 8 lb rebond pad. Use a pad without a vapor barrier, as you are installing over concrete. You want the concrete to breathe.

Good luck with your project,

Jim

BTW there is no Dave

Bill said...

Hi Jim

You answered a question for me on June 6 regarding the "California Wrap" which, I found out, is called a "French Wrap" up here in Canada.

Anyways, I have some other questions for you. We were about to buy the Mohawk Wunda Weve Elite Impressive Legacy 60 oz with OptiBack along with the Shaw Triple Touch Frothed Foam Premium 8 lb. underpad from a large chain in Ontario (Alexanian's Carpet) but I had some concerns I wanted to ask you about:
1. The salesperson told me that their installers do not use a power stretcher because it would rip the carpet and was typically only used in commercial installations. He said a knee kicker was better because our rooms are small (largest room is 16' x 12') and a knee kicker allows for more control. I asked him if a power stretcher was required by CRI-105 and he said it wasn't. Is that true? Are the standards different in Canada?

2. The salesperson told me that the carpet would be cut at their warehouse and not at my house. Is that how it's typically done?

3. I asked if I could have the label from the roll to verify that I was having the same carpet installed that I was paying for. At first he said it wasn't possible because the carpet would be cut at the warehouse, but then he said he could get the label and packing slip for me from the warehouse. Does this sound like an unusual arrangement?

Finally, is there any problem with installing Mohawk carpeting with a Shaw underpad? Would it affect the warranty?

If you could answer my questions then that would be great. Thanks Jim.

Bill

Robin said...

Just want to say Thank you for your website! I did not know where to start in making carpet and pad decisions. You answered all my questions, giving me great confidence as I make my choices. Thanks again.

Carpetguru said...

Bill,

If this dealer where in the USA, I'd run from him. He is lying to you. If you do not power stretch in your carpet, you have no warranty period.

Shaw's triple touch padding only extends the warranty on Shaw carpets, NOT Mohawk. Mohawk has their own padding that extends their warranty.

If it were my home, I would prefer that the roll of carpet arrive at my house with the factory wrapper still in tact; complete with all shipping labels.

My best advice is to find a different dealer.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

Robin,

Thank you for your kinds words. It is my goal to keep the honest dealers, honest, and the crooks out of this business. I hope you find a reliable dealer. If you live in the USA, check out Angie's List under Carpet Sales and Installation.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

We're having problems with our carpeting right now, and the managers at our apartment are trying to blame our cat for the "ruined" carpet, that was installed 8 years ago. They are claiming the cat urinated all over it (in giant, mountain lion sized patches) and soaked the pad underneath, so that even after we steam clean it, the stains from the urine come back to the surface when being walked on. So my question is, if that was true, why would the carpet appear cleanest in the most high traffic areas, and the stains only appear where no one walks (around closet doors and in corners)?

Carpetguru said...

Could be that the animal also used those areas, but the carpet cleaner did not concentrate his machine in those areas.

No carpet is pet proof, especially if an animal uses the carpet as its own personal toilet. The urine will delaminate the carpet. Thus, both the pad and the carpet need replacing. However, since the landloard and you got 8 years of wear out of the carpet, and the average life of apartment carpet is ten years, you should only be liable for 20% of the cost of new carpet and pad.

Good Luck,
Jim

Susan said...

Hi,
I am looking at two carpet samples for my bedroom. One is Herb Garden II by Beaulieu, 100% BCF nylon, 1/8 gauge, 46 oz. face weight. The other is Twilight by American Berber, 90% olefin, 10% nylon, 3/16 gauge, 52 oz. face weight. I cannot find the tuft twist or density rating for either. They both have 10 yr. limited wear and 5 yr. texture retention warranties. The Beaulieu carpet has a 7 yr. stain protection warranty, and the American has a 5 yr. limited stain warranty. Which of these, if either, would you advise? I am leaning toward the Beaulieu, but when I bend back the sample I can see a lot of the backing. Will this be troublesome? Thanks!

Susan

Carpetguru said...

Susan,
The "Herb Garden" is by far the better piece of carpet. Carpet made from Olefin, unless constructed in a commercial loop (indoor/outdoor carpet), do not do well.

The backing of the carpet will not affect the carpet's surface wear. The stitch rate of a carpet is not related to the backing in tufted carpets. Woven carpets, on the other hand, can be judged on quality by counting the rows on the backing.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hello, do you have any opinion on the toxins that may emit from carpeting material?

Carpetguru said...

The fumes from new wall to wall carpet come from many sources, the least of which is the fiber itself.

Many people buy wool thinking this natural fiber carpet would have no off gassing. Not true. If the wool carpet you buy is tufted and not woven, the latex in the backing will be the major source of off gassing.

Pads also have some off gassing, but like the carpet latex, is all but gone in 48 hours of installation. This could take longer if the home is closed up in the winter, and no one wants to open a window.

None of the fumes are "toxic" which infers they are fatal in some cases. The worst case is that they prove to be in irritant to those who are extremely sensitive to latex.

Other sources of "off gassing" are the fumes from seaming the carpet together with hot melt tape, various glues used to hold the pad in place (concrete installs), and dust stirred up during pull up and disposal of old.

Nothing that involved in the install of carpet and pad should be any more harmful to your well being than painting a room with a fresh coat of paint.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions! I am looking for advice on some carpet, but the sample does not provide much info. I'll give you what I see on the label and if you could give me your opinion that would be great!

Evans Black Collection
product type: 95779925
Style: Quarter Mile
Fiber: 100% Resista BCF PET Polyester

Price is almost $6.00 per sq foot installed with what they say is their "Best Pad" I don't have any specs on that yet however.

The second choice we have found is Tuftex
Fiber: 100% Anso Nylon
Performance Rating 4.5

I don't see where either of these state if they are Solution Dyed. Any thoughts???

Carpetguru said...

If you can, find a dealer that does not private label their carpets. Carpet One franchise owns the "Evans & Black name, and you have no idea who really is making the carpet.

Tuftex, a division of Shaw Industries, makes some good carpets, but the tuftex line in general is over priced for what you get, in my opinion.

If you have pets, you may want to look at Smartstrand carpets. These are available in excellent quality for between 5 and $6/sq ft. (from a non franchise dealer) installed over quality pad. In that price range, the install should include moving furniture, pull up of old carpet and pad, and installation of carpet and pad.

Good Luck,
Jim

Debbi Mercado said...

Hi Jim,

You are giving me some peace of mind to know I can get an honest answer. I have had a HORRIBLE experience with a Shaw carpet that basically fell apart on the stairs, and swore I would never buy another product from them.Now I am shopping for carpet and have chosen a Stainmaster Shaw Trabuco. I find very little about this carpet online. It does have a 63.4 face weight, but I can't find the twist or density specs. The fact that it is tactesse and made by Tuftex comforts me, but I can't shake the scary feeling that it is a Shaw carpet. Also, I'm told the color I picked has to be "made" because it isn't popular and they don't stock it. Should I be at all concerned about any of this. It was pricey, but I am so trying to avoid my last mistake, I feel that if I pay more I should get more. Thoughts? Thanks!

Debbi

Carpetguru said...

Debbi,

You did not mention if the Tuftex carpet you are looking at is a plush, as loop, or a shag. Each style performs differently.

Don't be concerned that the dealer has to order your carpet, and the mill never has all the colors in stock at the same time. It is normal to have to wait two weeks or more.

Carpet purchased after July 1st carry the lifetime stain warranty from Stainmaster. Just remember to keep your carpet professionally cleaned every 24 months.

Good Luck
Jim

Debbi Mercado said...

Hi Jim - Thank you for your response!! I wish I knew the answer to what type it is - it is not loop, it is on the long side, but I think it's a texture, not a shag. Does that make sense? So....I should be more concerned about the Stainmaster lifetime warranty than the fact that Shaw is making it, correct? Thank you, again!

Debbi

Carpetguru said...

Debbi,
As long as the pile height is not over one inch, you will not have a problem. If it is a Shaw carpet, it will have a "par" rating on the back. If it does not, ask the dealer to look it up on the Shaw website and print out the info for you. The par rating should be 3.5 or higher.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jim, for all your great info! My problem isn't pile height-- it's knowing what type of carpet and pad to put in a rental house for long-lasting durability and stain-proofing. There's obviously a cost-quality tradeoff, but a rental is a special situation.What's your advice?
Nancy

Anonymous said...

We want to replace our carpets in the family and living room but are concerned about off-gases from the new carpet and pad. Can you suggest a method of installation for a standard carpet and pad that will limit these off-gases OR recommend brands of carpet and padding that have reduced off-gas?

Carpetguru said...

If a carpet is tufted (and most are), there is a latex holding the primary and secondary backings together. This latex is the major source of carpet off gassing. Fiber does not off gas. You could look for a woven wool carpet, but be prepared to spend at least $100/sq yd for the carpet alone.

The pads with the least off gassing are froth foam and spun nylon fiber.

Also, some fumes are created during the installation process i.e. heated seaming tape, pad glues, and seam sealers. Generally, these all go away in a few hours.

Overall, 90% of all off gassing is completed in 48 hours if the area can be well ventilated.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

This was so helpful and informative. I can't seem to read the rest of the page on the "How to tell if a carpet is well made". The page ends in mid-sentence. Is anyone else having this problem and if not where can I read it at.

Carpetguru said...

If you go to www.carpetguru.com/const200.htm and you are viewing with IE-8, or Firefox, you should have no problem.

Contact me at jim@carpetguru.com an let me know what browser you are using.

Thanks,
Jiim

Anonymous said...

Hi, I may want to replace some of the molding in my rooms. Would I put the new molding down before the new carpet is laid? I realize there could be some inadvertant nicks that could happen during installation, but it seems that otherwise, the carpet could be in the way of getting the molding properly placed?

Thx for your time!

Carpetguru said...

Today most moldings are set 3/8 inch off the floor. This keeps the molding level all the way around the room, and does not require the molding to follow the slope in the floor. Most installers of molding use a laser to mark a line in the wall which to hang the base. This is all best done before the carpet is installed.

Good luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

I am considering Fabrica Advanced Generation Nylon or Masland Stainmaster. How do they compare with each other in terms of stain resistance on stairs?

Carpetguru said...

Both carpets have similar stain technology; they both have a chemical addrf to the outside of the fiber in order to repel liquids. Both carpets have dye sites (like small pours in the fiber) that allow untreated areas to receive color from liquids including urine. After the stain chemical wears off (about 5 years or two commercial cleanings) you have unprotected fibers that will stain. Thus you must pay the carpet cleaning person to reapply the stain treatment.

If, however, you purchased a solution dyed fiber, or the new Smartstrand, your worry about stains would be over. There is no need to add a chemical to these fibers, as there are no dye sites in them, and as a result, these fiber often carry a lifetime stain warranty.

Furthermore, both Fabrica and Masland are very "proud" of the products, and consequently cost about 20% more than a similar product from one of the big three (Shaw, Mohawk, and Beaulieu).

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

You helped me buy carpet last year and it was just what we needed. Still looks brand new! This is just to let you know how much you are appreciated.

Am getting ready to purchase wood flooring for bedrooms. Sure wish I could find a "wood-guru" as helpful as you are!
Sondra

Carpetguru said...

Thanks for your kind words, Sondra

Anonymous said...

Hi,
In advance, thank you for your time. It is so difficult to figure out what to purchase. I need to re-carpet about 1200 sq.ft. of a ranch home. this includes an open staircase to the basement. My problem is matching up to a mostly white with grey streak Italian ceramic tile. I have a very light colored Berber currently and need to find a light carpet with hopefully a pattern or flecks of color. I have gotten a quote 803.37 sq. ft. for a Stanton Bryant wool carpet @ $5,503.09 without the pad. I am also considering a Masland BCF nylonor a Shaw Anso nylon 100% BCF nylon with a 4.0 perfomance rating and a softback platinum . I would love to do the entire house in wool but the price may be prohibitive. Your thoughts?
Thanks.
Jane

Carpetguru said...

Jane,

Unless you just love the color of the wool, I would focus on the Masland product or the Shaw product. They will be easier to clean in the long run, and will provide outstanding service.

Good Luck,
Jim

Josh and Leslie said...

Greetings from Gresham! We are carpeting our bedrooms and hallway which is around 67 square yards. We're trying to decide between these 3 carpets.

1. Gullistan Soft Excellence
2. Smartstrand Intelligent Style
3. Smartstrand Gentle Essence

Since we are doing our hallway we want to make sure the carpet will wear well, but still want softness for our bedrooms.

We were also quoted for our pad.

1. 8lb rebond
2. Smart Cushion
3. Martinique 100 oz rubber pad
4. Superba 125 oz Rubber pad

My husband has a ton of allergies, so we are just wondering if it is worth it to upgrade from the 8lb to any of the other 3 offered.

Thanks so much!
~Leslie

Carpetguru said...

I like Intelligent Style, and I have it in my bedroom. Its so great to get up and step on such soft luxury. I also installed it over the SmartCushion to get the extra warranty.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim --

What a wonderful site -- so much truly helpful information!

I hope you can advise me as to my problem too.

I bought Masland Americana carpeting which was installed on July 3rd, 2011. It had a strong "new carpet" smell which never dissipated, even though I had windows open providing a cross-breeze most days.

We put up with the odor through a mild winter by opening the windows often, with the odor minimized when the furnace was on too.

In May 2012, when the heat and humidity began to rise again, the "new carpet" smell was once again very strong.

I had asked the carpet dealer about the smell in the fall of 2011 without receiving a specific answer (He just recommended an odor-absorbing carpet.) In May of 2012 I began to ask for help in earnest, which was difficult, as most of my calls were not returned. I live in a rural area, about 70 miles from the dealership. When the owner of the dealership did finally return my calls some 5 to 6 weeks later, he recommended that I have the carpet professionally cleaned (accomplished July 17, 2012) but the odor returned within 36 hours.

After many more phone calls to the dealership (most of them not returned as promised), Masland sent a carpet inspector who checked the basement, the adjacent room, my vacuum, and pulled up a bit of carpet and pad from beneath a furnace vent. He agreed that the carpet was emitting a strong odor and could find no other source in the house. After Masland processed his report, the company had the carpet removed and replaced with an identical product on September 11, 2012. I specifically asked that I not receive carpet from the same dye lot/run so that the problem would not recur.

The new carpet has now been down for five weeks, again with windows open most days with a cross-breeze through the room. The strong, acrid "new carpet" smell remains, and is so strong that we seldom use the room, though it is our home office.

Masland's promised analysis of the removed carpet is now due, according to their schedule. However, this morning I called the dealer to request that information (which he assured me earlier in the month I would receive), and again, no one is returning my call. In June 2012 I did speak with a carpet tech at Masland who gave me only general information and I called a Masland extension provided me by the carpet inspector to check on the progress of their response to the inspector's report. After this, Masland would not speak with me, telling me I had to talk with the dealer only.

I am very frustrated, as we cannot comfortably use the room with this odor. I do not believe we are particularly finicky. My husband is a full-time farmer and we are no stranger to odors in the barns and machine sheds, though we keep them out of the house. He is not a sensitive guy, but he agrees that the "new carpet" odor is strong and unpleasant.

I might also add that we had a bedroom carpeted in 2006 and carpet laid in a bathroom in 2010, neither manufactured by Masland. We noticed little or no odor after 7 to 10 days (or less).

If Masland finds the source of the odor in their analysis I will look forward to working with them to resolve the problem. However, my experience over the last 15 months leads me to expect that the report (if I am even able to get a copy) will yield no useful information and I will be "stuck." To complicate matters, Masland is the only company I have found which manufactures the particular shade of olive green carpet that we need in this room.

If Masland offers no new information, should I pay for independent analysis of the carpet or air quality in the room? What should I look for? I would really like to know what is causing this odor. After I resolve this problem, we also need new bedroom carpeting and we could not sleep in a room with this smell. I DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS AGAIN!

Thank you for reading such a long post. Any suggestions you could offer me are most welcome!

Carpetguru said...

My only suggestion is to have your Masland America carpet inspected by a certified Master Senior Carpet Inspector. These experts charge for their services, and are difficult to find in rural areas.
Google carpet inspectors for one in your area. He will be able to test the carpet for any defects that are the mills responsibility. If he finds such defects, you now have a way to force the dealer and the mill to replace your carpet. The cost could easily be over $250, so you have to decide if you want to take the risk. The inspector may find nothing wrong, and you will still have a problem.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jim. It is helpful to know what kind of expert I need to help solve this mystery. One step at a time, I suppose.

Lew said...

I am considering purchasing Mohawks Sandscape carpeting http://www.mohawkflooring.com/carpet-search/Sandscapes/Pharaoh/. Do you consider this a good carpet
Thanks
Lew

Carpetguru said...

Lew,

This is an outstanding carpet and will wear well. The only consideration will be seam placement, and the carpet installers ability to match the pattern. It could turn out to me a disaster if the pattern is not matched.

Find a really good installer,

Good luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

I have a large Oriental Carpet that is on top of wall to wall carpeting. I want to get a pad to put underneath it to prevent it from bunching up. What do you recommend? The carpet is 8' 11" X 10'9". What size should the pad be? Thank you for your help.

Carpetguru said...

There is no pad that you can buy that will keep your oriental rug from bunching up. The problem is that the
carpet and pad underneath allow too much movement every time you walk across the rug. This allows the rug to move just a little. As a result, the rug bunches up. The thicker the carpet and pad underneath, the more movement in your rug.

The ideal setting is a hardwood floor, then a specialized no move pad, then the oriental rug. Anything else will not work.

Good Luck

Jim

Carpetguru said...

Your runners on top of commercial carpet will not stay in place as they to do not have anything that grips the carpet underneath.
There is a vinyl runner available that has "cleats" on the bottom to prevent movement. It is difficult to find a dealer who carries this product. Try janitorial supply companies.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

Installing used artificial turf is never a good idea.




Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Jim,

I am replacing carpets in the bedrooms. What do you think about Bliss HealthyTouch Perfect carpet? I read somewhere that polyester carpets will shed with vaccuming and are inferior to nylon as far as resilience is concerned. I am okay if the carpet lasts 10 years.
Thank You

Chris

Carpetguru said...

Chris,

Installed properly, this carpet will last longer than 10 years. The Healthy Touch series is made from filament PET and will not shed or all suck up in your vacuum. Just remember to have it cleaned every two years by a professional steam cleaner.

Good Luck,
Jim

Lynn said...

Jim -
I'm so glad I came across this blog today! We are researching carpets and liked the Karastan Venetian Romance with an 8 lb pad. However, after reading some reviews, seems that the SmartStrand can have a couple of issues: 1. shows footprints/vacuum lines and 2. can be very difficult to vacuum. Is this true for all SmartStrand carpets or just some with higher pile?

We are covering approximately 1600 sq feet and I have indoor pets, so I vacuum frequently. Any suggestions for other carpets to consider if all SmartStrands aren't Dyson-friendly? We just want a quality, pile carpet that will hold up well and resist stains.

Thank you in advance!

Carpetguru said...

Lynn,
I do not know the specs for the Karastan carpet you are looking at, but if it is made from the new Silk version, and the pile height is above 1/2 inch, then you could have the issues you mentioned. You can get Smartstrand carpets in the original Sonora version. These will show less footprints than Silk and are easier to vacuum. I still would keep the pile length to 3/4 inch or less.

Remember, the softer the fiber and the more luster the fiber has, the more footprints and vacuum marks it will show. Delustered fibers have a "wool" look, and are not shiny.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Hi, great website. I have the option between Tigressa Eclair and Shaw Town Creek. Just curious if you thought one was better than the other or if both are substandard.

I live in a Town House i plan on keeping 2 more years or so and not interested in buying great carpet but would like quality. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Carpetguru said...

If your "Bigalow" carpet is a looped product i.e. a berber, then 32 ounce fiber pad is good. A 40 ounce spun nylon fiber pad would be better.

Good Luck
Jim

Carpetguru said...

Tigressa Eclair and Shaw Town Creek are both made by Shaw. Either one will look good for at least five years, and maybe longer.

I would make my decision at this point based on color.

Good Luck,
Jim

Shaundra said...

Hi Jim!
I am shopping for Mohawk Smartstrand carpet. I want something that is good in a hightraffic area and will wear well for 5+ yrs in case I resale my home.
I would like to know what denisity range and twist number you would recommend.
Thanks for ALL the great advice! You don't know how much you have helped me!!

Carpetguru said...

Shaundra,

Don't worry so much about confusing numbers like density, twist level, pile weight, stitch rate, as they all play a role in carpet performance. The exact relationship between these is what makes a carpet behave a certain way.

An easier way for the consumer to tell if the carpet is going to last is you use the par rating system that is standard to the industry, and should be available to you from the dealer, or, sometimes printed on the sample itself. If the par rating is a least 3.5 or higher, then your carpet will look good at the end of five years. You will have to have the carpet professionally cleaned twice in that period, but you will easily be able to make the carpet look new enough to sell the home.

Avoid shags, as they mat too much, and avoid looped carpets, as the seams will look bad, and the house will not sell as fast.

I would look for a short dense plush, a short textured plush, or a short super tight twisted frieze. All of these will do the job.

Good Luck
Jim

Shaundra said...

Jim,
You really have no idea how much you have helped me! Thank you so much for this and I wish the best to you and yours!
Best regards, Shaundra

Carpetguru said...

To learn more about certified carpet cleaners visit www.iicrc.org .

Good Luck,
Jim

Gina Gill said...

Hi Jim,
Thank you so much for the carpet info, but I'm afraid that it is all overwhelming for me. I'm looking at carpet for my great room. I have one 13 year old & a dog. I like the frieze, but not sure if my roller vacuum will damage it. We like to entertain, so it's also a high traffic area. Can you please make some suggestions!!! I have done so much shopping but I'm afraid I'm going to make the wrong decision. I want to get a carpet that will last, but not one that will require me to buy a new vacuum. Thank you again for everything!

Carpetguru said...

Gina,
You can still purchase a frieze as long as the fiber is not too soft. Stay away from Mohawk's Silk, or any of the new "super soft" fibers. If you can find an old "stiff" nylon fiber that is made in a short tight twisted frieze construction, you will not go wrong. Look at some of those from Milliken or Masland mills. With these you could use any upright vacuum you chose.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

If you mean rebond foam padding, the memory foam rebond is superior to regular rebond foam.

If yo mean memory froth foam, it is superior to rebond or prime urethane foam.


Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your great website.

You seem to indicate that a Frothed Foam Pad is best, (but not over concrete).

What is the best Pad to use over a concrete slab?

Thanks!

Carpetguru said...

Best padding for concrete floors is a slab rubber padding that is at least 90 ounces. This is only necessary if you plan to be in the home over 15 years. If not, a quality rebond will work fine.


Jim

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind reply. If I lived within 200 miles of your store I would be your customer!

We plan to be in the house for 50 years! (New construction ha, ha.)

I'm looking for an alternative to rubber (I'm concerned about smell).

The below have a breathable moisture barrier that will stop water and liquid spills while allowing moisture vapor from beneath to pass through and evaporate.

For use on a concrete slab I read earlier that you liked "Healthier Choice Blue".

http://www.caldwellcarpet.com/healthier-choice-carpet-pad-blue.htm

A similar product from Stainmaster.

http://www.stainmaster.com/page/our-carpets/carpet-cushion

Are you "OK" with this on a concrete slab?

Your wisdom is greatly appreciated!

Carpetguru said...

Pad stored in a warehouse is good for about a year. It is supposed to be installed and covered with carpet so that UV light does not get to it. If the pad is brittle feeling, it is too old.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

I love your site and read all about carpet before my purchase. I told the carpet store I wanted Nylon. Below is what I bought. Is it Nylon? What is 100% continuous filament? They assured me it was a Nylon.They even came down $3 per square yard to match what I wanted to spend ($35 sq yd) Is this carpet durable and of good quality?
Southwind
235601
Product
Mosaic
SKU
Color/Pattern#
5805
Color Name/Item
Mountain Creek
Width
12.0
Grade
1st Quality
Backing
AB
Fiber Brand
Solution and Spaced Dyed
Fiber Content
100% Continuous Filament
Warranty
15 YR. Limited, Stain & Retention Warranty

Thanks, Kathy

Carpetguru said...

Looks like everything was on the label EXCEPT the name of the fiber. Solution dyed and continuous filament can also be PET polyester fiber.

Carpet samples, by law, have to disclose the fiber make up. I.E. nylon, poiyester, wool etc. Even a blend has to be shown, i.e. 50% nylon/50% polyester.

There is a high probability that the sample is a private labeled carpet, and the dealer does not want you to know the fiber content. If you think you are not getting nylon, ask the dealer to state the exact fiber make up on your sales invoice. This way in the future, if there is a problem, and your dealer sold you the wrong fiber, you have basis for a law suit.

Good Luck,
Jim

topcatclr said...

Thinking of getting this Shaw PET Cleartouch carpet below. I am really confused of performance of this over nylon. Will this wear well over the long haul? Thanks
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Item #233133
ProductFifth Symphony II (T)
ManufacturerShaw
SKU
Color/Pattern#164
Color Name/ItemDried Herb
Width12.00
Grade1st Quality
Surface TypeTwist
Gauge3/16
Total Weight81.8
Fiber BrandQueen
Fiber Content100% BCF Cleartouch PET Polyester
Residential or CommercialRes.

Carpetguru said...

Shaw has a way of giving you lots of info on the sample that does not relate to performance.

The fact that the carpet has a total weight of 81.8 ounces does not tell be how much actual fiber is in the carpet. I need "face weight" and pile height.

This is one of those Shaw carpets that comes in three weights, Fifth Symphony 1, 2, and 3.

If you take good care of this carpet, and follow the rules for cleaning and vacuum use, perhaps you will get 10 to 12 years use out of this carpet.

Use a vacuum that is lightweight or has no brushes. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends an Orex upright.

Good Luck,
Jim

topcatclr said...

Al i know is it is rated a 4. Will it wear well, ie not matt down?

Carpetguru said...

A par of 4 generally means the carpet will not appear worn after lots of use.

Matting and crushing are two different things. Matting is when the carpet is crushed and will not vacuum back. This is usually caused by the fibers being dirty and coated with scum of some kind. Hence, the mills want us to professionally clean our carpets every 18 to 24 months using hot water extraction method (steam).

On the other hand, I have seen shag carpets with a rating of 4 or more that still crush badly on stairs and other high traffic areas. Keeping the shag looking nice requires special vacuums and rakes.

Hope this helps,
Jim

Anonymous said...

what is your opinion of coronet softsense PET carpet? think its about 40 oz and two tone its a dense short stranded fiber maybe a 5 twist?

Carpetguru said...

PET from Coronet (Beaulieu) at 40 ounces is good if the twist level is good. Check out the par rating on the carpet and make sure it is at lease 3.5. For filament polyester I like to see 36 ounces as the bare minimum if you expect more than 7 years wear out of the carpet. 40-45 ounces with same tight twist, and good carpet cleaning habits will get you ten years wear. 50 ouces, 15 years, and 60 ounces longer provided the twist level is still good, and the pile height has stayed below 3/4 inches.

Good Luck
Jim

Cindy Haendler said...

Please help! Am trying to use the local mom and pop carpet stores. Having very difficult time getting samples and full specs....stores reluctant to give me more than one!,, How can one choose with just one sample?.. I called Mohawk Kerastan but they said the stores need to obtain it and not the co. Itself. And, of course, the store is telling me to get this from the manufacturer. What do Ido?.. As an aside, this is a wealthier area in CA. Also, we are looking at higher end carpet. CARPET BUYING HAS CHANGED FOR THE WORSE! Thanks so much for your help.

Carpetguru said...

Cindy,

Many Carpet One dealers carry large samples. They also tend to carry higher end carpet.
For really good high end carpet, check out the carpets made by Masland or Milliken. Both make outstanding carpets. You may have to search around to find a dealer who carries one or both of these.

Good Luck,
Jim

Cindy Haendler said...

Thank you, Jim. We are not looking at very high end but something in the $6-$6.50 range including installation. Looking for saxony in a medium blue-green; considering nylon vs. Smartstrand vs. Everstrand; last about 20 yrs.; considering Smartstrand over nylon with Stainmaster due to allergies. We were looking at a Mohawk Karastan Smartstrand BCF "Bella Villetta" or "Monte Etna." Having a hard time getting full specs on these. The Monte Etna sample does not have specs on it....do SAMPLES state specs?
Lastly, do you have a specific pad recommendation for those with allergies? I have read conflicting ideas on the Internet.
Thanks again for all you do!

Carpetguru said...

Cindy,

Some samples at big box stores have specs on the back of the sample, but big box stores have their own names on their samples, so it is extremely difficult to comparison shop.

Fiber makes no difference when it comes to allergies. The fiber is inert. There is no off gassing from the fiber. What does affect some people are the chemicals added to the carpet to make it stain resistant, i.e. Stainmaster or Teflon. Also, the latex used in making the backing will affect some people.

When it comes to pad, most have some off gassing. Those with latex allergies should avoid rubber padding. I like Healthier Choice froth foam or Shaw's Triple touch padding.

Good Luck,
Jim



Js said...

Have a house built in 1992. I have found out that my carpet upstairs and on stair way is a rubber backed berber glued to subfloor. My first thought is WTF. Gluing down something that should be changed ever seams like a bad idea. How do you change the carpet?

Carpetguru said...

Unfortunately, JS, you have to finish what you started. You need to take a square nose shovel, sharpen the edge, and scrape off the old rubber from the floor.
You can take a box cutter (heavy duty one) and cut down through the carpet and the pad. Make six inch wide "rows", and the start at the edge and carefully get the carpet and pad loose at the edge. While a helper pulls back on the piece that you have gotten loose, carefully take the shovel and loosen the bond between the carpet/pad and the floor. Work your way down each row. This should make the job manageable.

You may have to take a citrus solvent over the floor with a scrub brush to get up the remaining pieces of rubber backing and glue.
However, if you are going to reinstall carpet and pad, you canjust use the shovel to knock off the high spots, and then cover the floor with the new pad. This will not work if your new carpet is a level loop or has a very flat surface.

Good Luck,

Jim

Brenda said...

Hi Carpetguru..
I'd like to ask your opinion about carpet I am purchasing. This is my first experience with purchasing new carpet and I'm finding myself confused and nervous! This carpet is going in my living room, two bedrooms, stairway and a small loft area. I have chosen Coronet Jamaican Garden (face weight 50, PET filament polyester) and it's a frieze, color is Iced Latte. I have a 70 lb Weimaraner and two long haired cats. Not a lot of traffic through my home and I take good care of my home and carpet...clean off the dogs feet, request that everyone remove shoes...I am bothered by foot prints in the carpet so I vacuum way too ofen. Can you please tell me your professional opinion of the carpet I have chosen. I'm having it installed by a local company called Leary's and I've chosen an 8 pound pad (opted out of the plastic pet pad)...I have a two level home and the base is concrete. Thank you for your help...I appreciate it...this is a big purchase for me.
Brenda

Carpetguru said...

Brenda,

I just recently sold a family with large dogs the same carpet you describe. Because this is a tightly twisted well constructed carpet, you will enjoy it for years. It will be the most cleanable carpet you have ever owned. Just remember to have it professionally cleaned every 18 to 24 months to keep the factory warranty. This carpet, if installed correctly, should last you for years.

Good Luck
Jim

Anonymous said...

Jim,

We are looking at replacing our carpet with the Mowhawk Smartstrand Sorona product. Our old carpet had slab rubber, what would you recommend under this Triexta? We will be purchasing a short cut loop style, not the 'silk' product. We have dogs and this product made the most sense to us.

Thanks,

Susan

Carpetguru said...

Use Mohawk's Smartcushion for extra long life and an extended warranty from Mohawk. This pink colored pad is made especially for your Sonrona product. A small percentage of the sale of this pad goes to help cure breast cancer.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Jim, We just installed Shaw carpet, Unique Sensibility II, a 78 oz nylon, with a 8 lb 1/2 in rebound pad. I has not been power stretched. The problem is excessive indentations when you walk on or vacuum the carpet. It reminds you of a beach. Is there anything we can do to improve the situation. The installer is coming back to power stretch.

Carpetguru said...

If you stretch in the carpet, and then vacuum it to death, it will not cure your footprint, vacuum mark problem. It is a function of the carpet. The thicker the carpet,more footprints. The softer the fiber, more footprints. Soild color, more footprints. Plusher carpet, more footprints.

The only carpet that will show little or no footprints is an all looped carpet made from a delustered nylon or wool.

If you do not like looped carpet, you can select a frieze (a true frieze (not a shag) that has a subtle tone on tone to it. A good example would Milliken Carpet Mills style name "Crown Suite".

BTW, I doubt very much if Unique Sensibility 2 has a face weight of 78 ounces.

Good luck,
Jim

Eric B said...

Eric B--- San Diego CA
Dandavats Gurudev, I am one of those installers who sells carpet out the back of his pickup truck in a sense. Actually i use a local "wholesaler" Recently certified by CFI but have poor fund of knowledge regarding carpet products and sales. How can I gain this knowledge to better serve the public and please describe the steps i can take to open my own storefront. How to establish relationship with mill rep etc.thank you

Carpetguru said...

Eric,

Before you open a storefront, you should go to work for that "wholesaler" or a successful retailer in your area. You will learn the business after a few years. You can not learn the business as an installer for a retail store, but only as a salesperson.

Explain to the store owner that you don't want to be on your knees forever, and that you would like to learn sales and marketing. Installers often make good salesmen, and with a little training, great salesmen.

Do not open a storefront without lots of cash and credit. You may have to buy from a local distributor at first, but there are enough mills out there you will find a supplier that will risk having you as an account.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Is there any online source you know to be fully reputable?

Carpetguru said...

Source for what? Carpet or information?

Lori B said...

Dear Carpet Guru --

I'm SO glad I found your website; it's chock-full of very useful information.

I live in the Los Angeles area and am looking for wall to wall *patterned* carpet for a room that's approx. 30x30 feet that has some high traffic areas. I'm only at the beginning of my search but found one that is close to what I'm looking for: http://www.prosourcefloors.com/Products/GRAND-FLEUR-P80977C4.aspx (in the Waterfall color)

Is this a decent carpet? What should I expect to pay per yard? I've read your website and learned quite a bit, but I'm not sure I can find a "local storefront" as you recommend that sell this. Any tips or warnings for me?

With great appreciation,
Lori

Carpetguru said...

Lori,

This is an excellent carpet and is made 13.5 wide. You are going to have a certain amount of waste due to your room size and pattern matching. This carpet, however, is one of the few that really can be pattern matched if installed by a competent installer.

Be advised that the retail price for this carpet is about $39.95 on the West Coast, and a few cents cheaper on the East Coast. Expect to pay extra for quality installation. Install over a semi firm pad.

This stainmaster carpet is an excellent choice. Allow minimum three weeks for delivery.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

Jim, What do you know about carpet classics by Michael J. Collins?
Patty

Carpetguru said...

Patty,

I own a carpet store called Carpet Classics in Tigard. OR
I have no idea who m. Collins is.



Read carpetguru.com.

Jim

Anonymous said...

Do you have an opinion on the laminate floors from Mohawk? They are using the Uniclic system for interlocking. Although we orginally wanted carpet, due to health concerns, we decided hard flooring would be a better choice.
I am considering Mohawk's: Grosvenor Square, Barchester, South Beach, Georgetown, Maison, Ellington, and Kincade. Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated. Their website really does not explain the differences between their different grades of laminate flooring. They vary in price from $1.31/ft² to $3.78/ft²at one online dealer. Thanks.

Lori B said...

Dear Carpet Guru,

Thank you so much for your answer to my question on the patterned carpet. Glad I was able to pick a good one. I also have a large master closet that I bet they could carpet the scraps with.

Two more quick questions.... sorry!! I have a rug and a carpet that I was thinking of having dyed instead of replaced as they're in good condition, but have minor stains. One is an 8x10 like this: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/hudson-shag-rug-natural/?pkey=csolid-rugs& (Except the yarns are a bit thicker, but it is wool). The other is wall-to-wall and is a very dense, plush saxony in snow white w/Stainmaster -- I do remember it was $50/yd. I thought Mohawk made it but can't find it now and bought it 6 years ago.

What's your experience with dyeing rugs like this? Better to replace?

Thanks again!!

Lori

Carpetguru said...

Mohawk makes some good laminate floors and some bad. Those below $2/sqft tend to be bad.
The key is using the right underlayment. Find a laminate without its pad attached. Then use the most expensive sound proofing pad you can find. There are many on the market.

Good Luck,
Jim

Carpetguru said...

Lori,

It has been my experience that attempts to dye such carpets end by being only temporary. I have seen more than one case where, after a time, the dye comes off on the bottom of stocking feet, and then get transferred to a linoleum floor, or another carpet.
If you find a company that will warranty crocking for many years, then you can take the risk.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

hi there. i hope you're still taking questions. we're looking at installing a shaw "new life berber" "tuftex" anso nylon carpet, softbac platimum 20 year no wrinkle guarantee.

wondering what you think of this in terms of performance, and also if it would be ok/wise to go with a the light almost ivory color. we like the lighter color, but concerned about stains and dinginess over time. thank you so much.

Carpetguru said...

Your Tuftex berber should wear very well. For longer life install this berber over Shaw's triple touch pad.

You can use the lighter shade. Just remember to have the carpet professionally cleaned every 18 to 24 months by a certified operator using the latest Steam Cleaning equipment

Also, make sure the carpet is installed according to CR-105. These two things insure that you will have a shot at warranty coverage.

Good luck,

Jim

kathieo said...

I have an active family and a dog. what do you know about Bliss by Beaulieu:Chincilla carpeting. I am installing in my bedroom and computer room.
Supposedly it is polyester filamet (PET) with face weight 50 and 15 year limited durability, Lifetime limited stain, 10 yr limited texture retuention and fade, 10 year no wrinkle.
I can not find any ratings on this.Please help!!

Carpetguru said...

Kathieo,

The carpet you have chosen will work very well. In your computer room be sure to use a "chair pad" for your office chair.

This carpet will not fade, and will last a very long time if you keep it clean.

BTW, the par rating on this carpet is 4.00

Good Luck,
Jim

J in Seattl said...
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J in Seattl said...

I recently (last weekend) had wool burber carpet installed in two bedrooms (Stanton - royal dutch carpets) over a "heavy felt pad", it feels hard to me. Could you tell my the pros and cons of getting the pad replaced now versus latter. Can I wait, is it better to do it sooner than later? Can the carpet be re-streached over a new pad. Which pad do you recommend. Sorry I don't have all the specs on the carpet. Thanks Seattle

Carpetguru said...

J in Seattle,

Your carpet was installed over the correct pad for the type of carpet you purchased. If you use a softer pad, you risk the delamination of two carpet backings. If that happens, you will see the carpet begin to fuzz like a cheap angora sweater.

Next time if you want soft, by a frieze and install over a 7/16th six pound rebond.

Good Luck,
Jim

Anonymous said...

We are buying pre construction and standard carpet is Shaw 100% BCF Nylon Alpha 25oz nylon with r2 trn stain treatment over 7/16" 5.5lb rebond pad in 2 bedrooms. No pets, no children and we are in our 70s. Does this sound ok or should we upgrade and to what would you advise.?

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