Although carpet has been around since the late 1700s, homeowners still have a lot of questions that need to be answered before their purchase. Today, we will look at the top most-asked questions to help address any concerns you may have. Let’s take a look!
Q: Is it stain-resistant/proof?
A: While traditional carpet can succumb to stains, flooring manufacturers have seen the need for stain-resistant carpets and produced a number of products. That being said, it is important for homeowners to understand that no carpet is stain-proof. Of course, being stain-resistant is just as desirable since homeowners want some type of element fighting back against their mishaps. From SmartStrand by Mohawk to StainMaster’s PetProtect®, the marketplace is filled with diverse, outstanding products to help fight back against your stains.
Q: Is it odor-free & pet-friendly?
A: As mentioned above, companies like StainMaster provide a product that is made for pets. Their PetProtect® carpet combats against pet hair and odors, as well as being easy to clean and durable. This revolutionary product, “resists spills while being breathable,” meaning moisture is not trapped in your carpet fibers.
Q: Is it hypoallergenic?
A: It is a common misconception that carpets are bad for people who suffer from allergies. While in fact, the right type of carpet can be hypoallergenic. It is important to fully understand the different types of carpet and discuss it with your sales representative, but here are some things to keep in mind:
- Fibers like nylon, olefin, & polypropylene are mold- and mildew-resistant.
- Tightly woven carpets may be better for households who suffer from allergies. Since they are tightly woven instead of being loose, it can be easier to clean as well as less susceptible to storing allergens.
- If you suffer from allergens, be consistent with your cleaning schedule for carpet. Make sure to vacuum at least two times a week, and deep clean your carpets yearly.
- Keep in mind VOC emissions by searching for a carpet with a low VOC emissions rating from GREENGUARD.
- Take a close look at the carpet pad you buy as well since some carpet padding can store common allergens.
Q: Is it durable, or will it matt and crush?
A: Carpet durability depends on the carpet fiber, twist, and density. Here are the most popular carpet types:
- Berber: Has incredible durability and is great for active households with high-traffic areas. That being said, your pet’s claws may snag this fiber.
- Cut & Loop: Provides patterns for a statement piece in any space.
- Freize: A more stylish choice with great durability.
- Texture: Great for high-traffic areas.
For help understanding the durability of carpet fibers, we looked at Shaw Floors‘ comparison table:
Since carpet fiber helps determine durability, it is important to understand their properties fully. The above table can help you compare the different types of fibers for your household. Carpets that are not durable can result in matting and crushing.
Q: Will I see the seams, and how is seam placement figured?
A: It is incredibly important for homeowners to realize that carpet seams are not invisible. That being said, you can have an install with seams that are less visible. Additionally, your carpet fiber choice makes a significant impact on whether or not the seams are more or less visible. When determining seam location, installers use the layout of the room, where the least amount of foot traffic is.
Q: How do I measure for a carpet install?
A: When it comes to measurements, it is best left to the professionals. Homeowners can often mismeasure, leaving excess carpet, or not enough carpet for the project. If you are completing it as a do-it-yourself project and insist on measuring it yourself, you can follow these simple steps:
- On a sheet of paper, draw out the room you are carpeting.
- Measure the room and round up your measurements by six inches. Write down each measurement on your drawing.
- Multiply the length by the width of the room for your square footage.
- Allow for extra carpet by adding 5% to the total.
Q: Does carpet wrinkle?
A: Yes, carpet can wrinkle due to these five circumstances:
- Poor Installation
- Low-Quality Product
- Frequent Moisture
- Excessive Humidity
Q: What is the care and maintenance like for carpet?
A: Carpet needs a regular maintenance schedule. You can visit our previous blog post here to learn all about carpet’s care and maintenance information.
If one of your concerns or questions was not answered, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment. Thanks for reading!