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The Best and Worst Places to Buy New Carpet

The Best & Worst Places to Buy New Carpet

 

© Alan Fletcher- Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate. 

Are you wondering where to buy new carpet and flooring to truly get a fair and square deal? Do you want to know how to easily recognize a carpet scam! I’m Alan Fletcher, a 30-year Carpet expert and trusted consumer advocate. 

In this candid report I reveal the untold truth about:

  • Where and where NOT to buy carpet, 

  • How to choose new carpet wisely, 

  • How to negotiate a great deal on new carpet 

  • How to avoid making costly and common carpet buying mistakes!

  • And much more…

 

Below I reveal the most common retail outlets for “Where to Buy New Carpet and Flooring” and give you my unbiased and professional opinion about buying carpet or flooring materials from them. Learn which carpet retailers to avoid and where to find your best carpet deal!

 

#1 Locally-Owned “Family Run” Carpet Dealers 

 Score 5.0/5.0  , My #1 Favorite Choice

With a few remnants stood up along the back wall, some in-stock rolls of carpet on display, a neat and tidy showroom and a good selection of brand name carpet samples. These long-standing neighborhood flooring retailers buy first-quality carpet directly from the carpet manufacturer, provide excellent customer service, have fair & square pricing, have knowledgeable staff and provide qualified installers. Should you ever have a problem or complaint they will do whatever it takes to ensure you are completely satisfied. Over the past few years I have compiled my own “hand-picked” list of reputable locally-owned Carpet Dealers that I am proud to recommend to my readers. See who I recommend near you

 

 

#2 Nationally Advertised or BIG-BOX Carpet Retailers

Score 1.5/5.0

These corporately owned conglomerates blanket the airwaves with repetitive TV commercials, radio ads, billboards and bus stops! They have locations located all over the country. I think home improvement warehouses like Lowe’s and Home Depot fall into this category because they use private labels, they farm out their installations to other companies, they require payment upfront at the time of purchase, and they may even charge you a fee to come out and measure your home. Should you have a carpet problem, they may just tell you to contact the installation company or contact the carpet manufacturer directly. In many cases, if you have a problem, no one is willing to step up and accept responsibility for your problem or complaint and you could end up stuck with a carpet that you are unhappy with. Learn more: Should I Buy Carpet from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Empire Today or Costco?

#3  800- Carpet Wholesalers

  Score 2.5/5.0

These are carpet and flooring peddlers who will send you small carpet samples through the mail. They want you to buy their carpet virtually “sight unseen” (other than a small swatch) There are no refunds on discounted carpets so you really have to be fully aware of all the fine print. You can save money if you buy from a reputable carpet

  wholesaler as long as you know exactly what you are buying and fully understand how the entire carpet buying process works and what is expected of you, especially regarding the delivery of the carpet and what you are required to do if you need to return a roll of carpet. Some 1-800 carpet outlets stores are reputable and some are not. The burden of being knowledgeable about your purchase falls solely upon you.  See who I recommend near you

There are six more dealer types to learn about on my website…

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Best Carpet Cleaning Prices

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

©Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate at AbcCarpets.com

  • When to have your Carpets Cleaned.
  • Finding a Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company.
  • Facts about Carpet Cleaning Prices.

A popular homeowner question is “How much will it cost to have my carpets cleaned?” If it’s been several years since your last professional carpet cleaning then your carpets are likely quite dirty, even though it may not appear dirty it may require some special “carpet cleaning” attention. 

The price you’ll pay for carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of your carpet and the amount of time and effort and cleaning products it will take to do the job right.

Rule # 1

The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned.

Imagine not cleaning your stove top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be to clean it thoroughly?

The same goes for your carpet. If you haven’t your carpet cleaned in years, no matter who you call it’s going to take some extra time and effort to do the job properly.

 

Rule #2

Don’t expect miracle results from low-cost or discount carpet cleaning services.

If your carpets are in serious need of a thorough deep-cleaning, don’t go searching for a Carpet Cleaner Coupon that says “Two Rooms Cleaned for $29.99!” You won’t be happy with the results from a light surface cleaning.

Carpet Cleaners that advertise super cheap prices are notorious for luring you in with an amazing low price special and once they arrive, they surprise you with an estimate so high it will knock you off your feet! You don’t need this type of aggravation! But be prepared to pay a reasonable and fair price to have your carpets properly cleaned.

Carpet Cleaning Cost

The typical cost to clean your carpet will range from 15 cents to 45 cents per square foot.

Dirty carpets take longer and require more effort to clean. This means if you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months like the carpet manufacturers suggest, then the cost to have your carpet cleaned should be on the low end of the pricing scale. 

But if you wait too long to have your carpets cleaned, then expect the price you are asked to pay to be on the higher end of the pricing scale. If you haven’t had your carpets professionally cleaned in 6 years, don’t be surprised when the estimate is twice or three times as much as you expect.

The fact is, all carpet cleaners must charge a reasonable price for their services or they won’t be able to stay in business. If it takes twice as long to thoroughly clean your carpet then expect the job to be priced accordingly.

One Room Cost Example:

A common bedroom size is 10’ X 14’ or 140 square feet. 

  • At 18 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $25.00 (Carpet doesn’t appear dirty)
  • At 28 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $40.00 (Carpet looks fairly dirty)
  • At 36 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $50.00 (Carpet is very dirty!)

Some Carpet Cleaning companies prefer to charge by the room or by the job. It still ends up being pretty close to the same price as it would be if calculated by the square foot, so if you know about how many square feet you need to have cleaned it will be easy for you to calculate an approximate cost. 

Whole House Carpet Cleaning Cost Example:

Most 3-bedroom ranch style homes are about 1000 square feet. 

  • At 18 cents per square foot – Total cost about $180.00 (Carpet doesn’t appear dirty)
  • At 28 cents per square foot – Total cost about $280.00 (Carpet looks fairly dirty)
  • At 36 cents per square foot – Total cost about $360.00 (Carpet is very dirty!)

  Please remember: It’ is NOT a scam for a professional carpet cleaner to charge you more to clean a very dirty carpet.

Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance

It’s up to you to make sure your carpet is maintained and cared for according to the carpet manufacturer’s guidelines. Failure to do so will void your carpet warranty and cause your carpet to wear out prematurely. Regular vacuuming and professional cleanings every 12 to 18 months is required and will allow your carpet to last as long as possible. Learn more How To Care For Your Carpet

Rule #3

Have your carpets cleaned before they start to look dirty.

Abrasion is what causes carpet to look ugly and worn out. If you wait too long between cleanings, your carpet can become permanently damaged. Dirt and grime can easily cause abrasive wear that cannot be undone. Once you reach this point there is nothing any carpet cleaner can do to restore the “like-new” appearance your carpet once had. Sure you can have your carpets cleaned, but you won’t be happy with the way your carpet looks when it’s done.

Rule #4

Make arrangements to have your carpets cleaned regularly

There are plenty of “poor quality” carpet cleaning companies that you need to avoid. So instead of clipping out a carpet cleaning coupon and rolling the dice hoping you get good service, visit Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory and see who I recommend near you. All the companies on my list are IICRC certified and personally hand-selected by me. They must pass my test before I will recommend them to you. Make an appointment and ask them about their Carpet Maintenance Plans.

What is a Carpet Maintenance Plan?

Offered only by professional carpet cleaning businesses, it’s a special price you can get for purchasing your future carpet cleanings in advance for a discounted price. Perhaps they might offer four carpet cleanings for the price of three or three carpet cleanings for the price of two. This can be a smart way to make sure your carpets cleaned on a regular and ongoing basis. 

I think it is a very smart move and you have the option of setting the date of cleaning whenever it is convenient for you. You will save money in the long run, your carpet will last years longer, your home will always look nice and be a healthier place to you and your family to live.

Carpet Cleaning Extras

Spills, spots and stains…

Some carpet stains need special treatment and require extra time, treatment and effort. You should expect pre-treatment of most spots and stains to be included as part of the basic price, but in some cases, especially with pet accidents or biological spills and stains there may be an extra charge.  It’s impossible to predict how much extra it might be without knowing the type of stain, size and disposition of the affected area. 

Carpet Damage, Restoration and Repairs

Carpet Cleaners may be able to repair or restore your damaged carpet. Carpet is often damaged from floods, accidents, burns or pets, but may be repairable or restored by a competent carpet Cleaning technician.

Some spots and stains are impossible to clean but other options may be available. In some cases, depending on the type of carpet you have, carpet dyeing may restore the color to a faded or bleached out area. Burns can be cut out and replaced with leftover carpet or by using the same carpet taken from a “less critical” area (like a closet).

Some carpets may need to be re-stretched or reinstalled. The cost for these extra services will depend on your situation. If the cost is too high or if the carpet is not repairable you will have to decide if it’s time to start thinking about buying new carpet.

Also: 

Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist – CarpetProfessor.com

Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist – CarpetProfessor.com

 

There are certain wise steps every homeowner should take in order to make sure the carpet you buy will meet your needs and goals and that you don’t make simple yet costly carpet buying mistakes.

The Carpet Professor (www.carpetprofessor.com) has published a free and useful list of The order of events you need to be aware of,  and what issues you need to look out for, in a handy and useful PDF file entitled: “Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist”.

Click the link below to learn secrets to how to buy carpet wisely, and what you need to do to make sure your carpet is selected wisely and installed properly and you have few problems along the way!

 

http://www.carpetprofessor.com/before_you_buy_new_carpet_checklist.htm

Expert reveals secrets to buying new carpet like a pro!

How Do I Choose the Right Carpet Fiber? What is BCF?

How do I choose the Right Carpet Fiber?

What Does BCF Mean?

Q. I have four kids and three dogs. I need a carpet that is able to take a beating. My question: I am confused about carpet specifications. What is BCF?  I see these initials on the back of some carpet samples but not others? What does this mean?

Alan’s response:

BCF stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. You want to buy a carpet made from a continuous filament fiber. The work “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel thicker and fuller.  The “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or “extruded”  in one long strand.  When they make carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber. 

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What is a Staple Fiber?

A Staple Fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches long, that are spun together to make a long strand. Strands are then twisted to form a tuft. When carpet is made using staple fibers, the carpet will tend to shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. While this is normal, it is not a result that most homeowners enjoy living with. When you vacuum up bag after bag of loose fibers, it makes you think your new carpet will shed so much it will eventually become totally bald! So unless you like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament Fiber. 

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What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals. 

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber. Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triextra or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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About Berber Carpet: What Every Consumer Needs to Know!

How to Choose the Right Berber Carpet?

By Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

What is Berber Carpet?

Berber carpet has been around for a long time and originally was hand-made by the Berber tribe of North Africa. Berber rugs are still hand-made today in parts of Africa, but is not the same as those made on machines here in America.

Homeowners today have a lot of choices and options available with Berber carpet styles and quality levels. Here are facts and useful information to help you choose the right Berber Carpet for your home.

Berber Carpet Styles

  • Looped Berber Styles
  • Patterned Loop Style
  • Cut and Loop Styles
  • Patterned Cut and Looped Styles
  • Cut Pile Berber Styles (no loops)

Should I Choose a Looped or a non-Looped Berber Carpet?

Not all Berber carpets have loops. One popular style is called a “Cut Berber” and has no loops. (Hence the word “cut”) This style is also known as a California Berber.  Some Berber carpets are made with loops and cut-loops and are known as “Cut and Loop”. If the style has a repeating pattern then it is called a “Patterned Cut and Loop”. These can be most costly but are quite beautiful and have an elegant appearance.

Loops have two main drawbacks you must consider.

  1. Loops can be easily snagged. If you have active kids or pets then a looped Berber may not be a good choice for you. Repairing snagged loops can be costly. Some snags can run (like a pair of nylon stockings) causing major damage to your carpet that may not be repairable.
  2. Loops tend to fall over in high traffic applications. This is especially true with Berber carpets made with Olefin. The larger to loops the more prone they are to matting and crushing. Choosing a Berber with smaller loops will decrease the chances for matting and crushing.

How Much Does Berber Carpet Cost? (Not including pad and installation)

  • Berber carpet made of Wool can easily cost $80 per square yard and go up from there.
  • Berber made of nylon range from $25 to $60 per square yard, depending on the type of Nylon and the carpet style. (The popular “Softer” Nylons are a bit more costly.)
  • Berber made of Olefin range from $10 to $25 per square yard.
  • Learn more about Carpet Cost and Prices

Should I Select a Wool, Nylon or Olefin Fiber?

When it comes to selecting the right Carpet Fiber for you there are two main things you must consider: Cost and Longevity.

Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Wool is the most expensive fiber and while it is very soft and durable, it is also the most costly to maintain. Wool carpet must be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner who has been specially trained to clean wool carpet. The cost is significantly higher than for the cleaning of other types of carpet. Wool carpet can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Nylon is a very durable fiber and is less costly than wool. Nylon cleans easily and resists stains very well. Nylon is the most resilient fiber which gives it the ability to retain its like-new appearance longer than any other synthetic fiber. Depending on your amount of foot traffic in your home, a good quality Nylon carpet can last up to 20 years or more if well cared for. Learn more about Nylon

Olefin is the least costly fiber to consider. Olefin is inexpensive to manufacture and is prone to matting and crushing because it is not very resilient. During the manufacturing process the fiber becomes oily and while they try to remove all the oil through a multiple rinsing process, it is difficult to do. The residual oil on the fiber tends to attract dirt and makes the carpet difficult to clean. Berbers made with Olefin are very reasonably priced but generally only last up to 10 years.

Installing Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is much more difficult to install than regular carpet styles. Berber is a heavy carpet and is much more difficult to handle, seam and cut. Most installers charge at least $1-2 extra per square yard for installing Berber carpet and also charge a higher fee for installing Berber on stairs. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost

What is the Best Padding for Berber Carpet?

All Berber carpet styles require a high density padding and a lower thickness than other non-Berber carpet styles. In most cases, a minimum of 8-pound density and a thickness of no more than 3/8” is required. Check with the carpet manufacturer to make sure you select the correct padding specifications.  Using the wrong padding can void your carpet warranty and may cause your carpet to wear out prematurely.

Commercial Grade Berber Carpet Styles

  • Level Loop
  • Cut Pile

These are the two most common Berber styles used in offices and institutions today. They are very durable because they have a very high pile density. The loops are very small and packed tightly together to help prevent matting and crushing. They can be made with one solid color or from multiple colors. Most homeowners don’t choose a commercial grade carpet unless they need to use a wheelchair or walker. The lower pile height makes it easier for the elderly to walk.

Where to Buy New Carpet?

I have created a special hand-picked list of Reputable Carpet Dealers that I recommend to my readers. For more Information about how to buy new carpet wisely or where NOT to buy carpet please visit my free consumer website at http://www.CarpetProfessor.com

Expert reveals secrets to buying new carpet like a pro!

New Google Map Features Preferred Carpet Dealers!

Click on this special link to see my list of recommended Carpet Dealers nationwide! These are all hand- selected by me personally and are the best of the best!

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Don’t buy new carpet from unscrupulous carpet retailers, buy from a dealer you can trust! Visit my website at Http://www.abccarpets.com to learn how to buy new carpet wisely!

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