Carpet shopping is quite frustrating. I have been to approx 8 stores in the last few days. Each time the salesperson tries to steer me to polyester. I find it also difficult to comparison shop because most of them don’t give you any specifications of the carpet, but just say that this is a good carpet and I can give it to you for this or that price. They ask very few questions as to what you are looking for…
Does this sound familiar? Do you have a polyester carpet story to tell?
Berber carpet snags easily. Dogs with long toenails and kids with sharp objects, toys or other playthings can easily cause snags. Snags are difficult and expensive to repair. If you find a snag, don’t pull it, snip it off with scissors. If you have kids or pets, you might want to avoid buying berber carpet.
Berber carpet has to be installed in a certain direction on stairs to prevent the rows from “smiling” as it wraps around the front of the stair. If the berber carpet on the stairs is not going the same direction as the carpet in the main rooms, it may not look very good. Berber carpet should be installed in the same direction, and the stairs are the deciding factor since berber must be installed in a certain direction on stairs. If you are having Berber carpet installed, think about the direction before you measure and place your order, you probably can’t change the carpet direction after the carpet has been measured and ordered.
Berber carpets with small loops tend to look better and retain their new appearance longer than berbers with large loops. Larger loops tend to collapse and fall over quickly, and when they do, rarely bounce back to look like new again. Most Berbers are made with a fiber called Olefin, also called Polypropylene. It is a strong fiber, but it does not clean easily. Buying a Berber made with Nylon costs more, but is a much better way to go if you want a berber carpet that will last longer. Berber carpets are more expensive to install because they are more difficult to install, as much as $1 or $2 more per yard. A power-stretcher must be used to install berber carpet or wrinkles may develop. A special pad is required to keep the warranty in effect, usually 1/4″ thick and at least 8 pound density. I believe that using Chem-Dry to clean Berber carpets is the best way to go. Hot water extraction, or the “steam cleaning” method can cause berber carpets to stretch-out and develope wrinkles if too much water is injected into the carpet and it soaks through into the carpet backing and carpet padding. Water is a mortal enemy of berber carpet and the Chem-Dry method uses very little water.
Did your carpet have defects? did you try to make a valid carpet warranty claim? Did they tell you that your carpet problem is not covered under the carpet warranty? What is your story? What was the final outcome? What carpet fiber did you have, polyester? Consumers want to know the truth about carpet warranties.
If your carpet is not installed correctly it could shorten the life-span significantly. Professional carpet installers (almost always) use a power-stretcher to stretch the carpet tight from wall to wall. This all-important “stretch” prevents wrinkles from developing during the life-span of your carpet. Another tool, the carpet knee-kicker is to be used in addition to the power stretcher. The knee-kicker is a hand held tool with a rubber pad on one end, the installer uses his knee to move the carpet into place. It looks like it hurts the knee to use this tool, and it does! If the installer just uses a knee kicker, your carpet may not be stretched in tight enough. Sometimes, in a very small room (10 x 10 or less) , a knee-kicker may be sufficient to get enough stretch. Before you hire a carpet installer, ask if a power-stretcher is used. If not, you may want to look for another carpet installer. Do you have carpet installer questions? Post your questions here!
What is the best pad for concrete floors? What is the best pad for stairs? What about these new fancy pads like odor eating and moisture barrier? Are they worth having or just another carpet scam to get consumers to pay more for something they don’t really need. What are your experiences with carpet padding?
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Have you had a bad experience with a carpet installer? Did they fail to install your carpet correctly? Does your carpet have wrinkles? Do your carpet seams look terrible? Do you have a carpet layer nightmare or experience? What was the final outcome? Tell all!
After having carpet professionally steam cleaned, how long should it take before the carpet is fully dry? What happens if the carpet gets too wet? Can mold or mildew form under the carpet? What are your experiences (good or bad) with professional carpet steam-cleaning companies?