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Do You Run an Honest Carpet Cleaning Company? I’m a 30-year veteran of the carpet business and I provide free carpet buying information for homeowners.

My readers are always looking to hire an honest, reputable and locally-owned Carpet Cleaning Company that offers fair & square prices, does a great job and provides first-class customer service.

My Readers are leery of shady carpet cleaning businesses that advertise heavily and offer unbelievable low-cost specials. My readers would rather deal with a carpet cleaning company that offers reasonable prices and hire employees that are clean-cut, kind, honest, helpful and hard-working.

To be considered for free inclusion, your company and employees must be IICRC Certified or equivalent.

 

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Karastan Carpet Complaint

Karastan Carpet Complaint

We had a Karastan nylon carpet installed about 8 years ago.  It’s now deteriorating rapidly. We continue to find thousands of broken carpet fibers in the carpet and on adjacent surfaces every day, even after vacuuming.

I was led to understand that nylon carpet is the most durable fiber available, so I’m very surprised at this deterioration. Parts of the carpet are often exposed to sunlight, and deterioration is worse in those areas.

Is this deterioration common in nylon carpets? Would steam cleaning prevent further deterioration? Karastan Carpet Complaint!

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Alan’s Response:

Thanks for your email. Sorry to hear about your Karastan Carpet Complaint. I don’t have a complete picture of your circumstances so I am going to give you my best opinion and a general response and let you draw your own conclusions.

Feel free to respond with any additional info you think may be pertinent! There may be several issues you need to consider…

From my website:

Carpet Shedding and Fuzzing Explained:

http://www.homecarpetshopping.com/why_do_carpets_fuzz.htm

Direct and indirect sunlight is bad for all carpets and causes the fiber to become faded and weak and the backing to become dry and brittle. This sounds like it could be your main issue. Other factors that may be contributing to the deterioration:

Your climate, type of heat used in your home, very low humidity combined with other climactic factors can easily play a part to your carpet deteriorating more quickly.

Heavy foot traffic, active kids and pets, and improper maintenance also help break down the carpet fiber prematurely.

From my website:

How Long Does Nylon Carpet Last?

http://www.abccarpets.com/carpet_cost_longevity.htm

 

My Advice:

Contact the retailer where you purchased your Karastan carpet and ask them to come out and take a look. Do you have your original sales receipt showing exactly what carpet style you purchased? If so, they can look it up to see the warranty limitations.

Do you still have your original new carpet warranty paperwork? If so, you may still have some limited recourse from the manufacturer if you have followed all their warranty requirements to the letter.

From my website:

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

Steam cleaning will not solve your problem, but regular cleaning is required periodically to keep your new carpet warranty in force. If your warranty has expired or is null and void due to a lack of required care and maintenance, then you should contact a reputable carpet cleaning expert and have them take a look. They may have a way to help extend the life of your carpet for a little while longer.

From my website::

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

 

Nylon Is The Most Durable Carpet Fiber

Karastan Is a well-known and trusted brand!

Karastan does make a good quality carpet, but some carpets are only designed to last 7 to 10 years. Maybe your carpet has already outlived it’s intended lifespan.Carpet quality is determined by the materials use to construct the carpet and the specifications.

Yes, nylon is the most durable fiber available today, however not all nylon carpets are created equal. It all boils down to the manufacturers specifications of the carpet in question, including: Fiber type, tuft-twist, pile height, pile density, fiber face-weight, and much more…

How well the carpet is constructed makes a big difference in the life-span and overall durability of the carpet.

Carpet Specifications: Take a look at my free Carpet Durability Guide Chart. It may help you make wise carpet choices in the future.

Link: http://www.carpetsupersite.com/Carpet%20Durability%20Guide%20Chart%202016b.pdf

New Carpet Warranty Limits

If you did not purchase your carpet from a locally-owned family-run flooring dealer, then your outcome may not be very favorable for you. Big box retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot and nationally advertised conglomerates like Empire Today are not known to be very helpful when a customer has a complaint.

The Final Outcome – Karastan Carpet Complaint

Don’t expect to get a free full carpet replacement or a huge discount on new carpet, but there is a small chance for a little something in your favor if the dealer you purchased from is reputable and locally-owned.

Family-run flooring dealers are often willing to (throw you a bone) give you a discount on your new carpet to make sure you are a satisfied and hopefully a repeat customer.

If you purchased from a locally-owned, family-run flooring dealer, I have found that being pleasant and patient during their investigative process will usually lead to a better end-result for you, if you know what I mean.

I doubt you will have any new warranty coverage left at this point, but the dealer knows you have plenty of friends, co-workers and relatives in their service area and you might mention you would be happy to recommend them highly and post a favorable online review if you are treated right.

Hope this helps!

Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor – Karastan Carpet Complaint

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Why Vacuuming Carpet Is Important!

Honest Carpet Cleaning Services|AbcCarpets.com Recommended List

I’m always looking for honest, reputable, top quality carpet and rug cleaning companies to list on my website and recommend to my readers.

Here’s a link to my website, See who I recommend near you;

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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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Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

© By Alan Fletcher

Why do some Berber carpets attract dirt and are hard to keep clean? 

While Berber styles are elegant and beautiful when new, there is a common complaint from homeowners with Berber carpets made with the Olefin fiber. Consumers often report that within a week or two after a professional cleaning, previous spots and stains tend to reappear as if they were never cleaned at all. This is because the Olefin fiber is inherently oily and often makes Olefin hard to clean and prone to attracting dirt like a magnet. Old stains tend to reappear like magic.

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Alan’s Preferred Carpet Cleaning Professionals

Hey everyone! Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. The warmer weather will make your freshly cleaned carpets dry faster and you will enjoy having beautiful carpets all summer long!

FYI, if your carpet is still under warranty you must have it professionally cleaned at least once every 18 months or you may void the manufacturers warranty. You don’t want that to happen! Besides, a clean and well maintained carpet will last years longer and it will help reduce those nasty airborn allergens too!

Here is my new list of hand-picked Carpet Cleaning Companies for homeowners. I’ve been building this special list of preferred service providers because of all the carpet cleaning scams we all hear about. The last thing you want is to hire a fly-by-night carpet cleaner who jacks up the price or does a lousy job. Not to mention the possibility of  ruining your carpet or voiding your new carpet warranty.

And don’t forget, it’s important that you only hire a carpet cleaner that is well-trained, reputable  and certified by the IICRC. Don’t hire any carpet cleaner just because they claim to have the lowest price or have a discount coupon that sounds too good to be true!  Visit my website to learn about current Carpet Cleaning Prices.

Do you know a really great carpet cleaning company? Send me their name and contact number!

Looking for a great carpet cleaner? Visit my website and take a look at who I reccommend near you.

Thank You!

Alan Fletcher, Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

website: AbcCarpets.com

Email: Alan@AbcCarpets.com

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory

Just launched… Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory at AbcCarpets.com, a great place for homeowners to locate and find an honest and reputable carpet cleaning company.

The Complete Carpet Buying Guide on CD-Rom by Alan Fletcher

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Participating Carpet Cleaning businesses now offer a free promotional CD-Rom of Alan’s Complete Carpet Buying Guide, a 136-page ebook designed to help consumers choose new carpet wisely, save money and avoid scams. Learn More

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

©Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

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, and may require some special 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 it will take to do the job right…

Here’s a complete rundown of the common Carpet Cleaning costs to have your carpets professionally cleaned and what you need to know about proper carpet care and maintenance to make your carpets last years longer…

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How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory, a useful new resource and guide by Alan Fletcher, founder of AbcCarpets.com, a popular carpet information website for consumers.

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory at AbcCarpets.com

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory, a useful new resource and guide by Alan Fletcher, founder of AbcCarpets.com, a popular carpet information website for consumers. 

Anyone searching for an honest & reputable carpet cleaning company will soon have free access to a special hand-picked list of locally owned & reputable Carpet Cleaning Companies, each who will have passed Fletcher’s strict requirements and guidelines for inclusion.

Fletcher says that creating a list of recommended carpet cleaning companies was an obvious decision due to the sheer number of consumer complaints filed every year with the Better Business Bureau.

“Carpet cleaning scams are so prevalent because it’s difficult for consumers to determine which companies are honest and which are not. One common scam attracts new customers with a discount coupon but use high pressure sales tactics and charge a much higher price once inside your home,” says Fletcher

“Since I’ve already helped over a million homeowners find a reputable carpet dealer and learn how to buy new carpet wisely, providing a list of my recommended carpet cleaning companies will be another great reason to visit my website,” claims Fletcher.

Fletcher has long touted the importance of proper carpet care and maintenance. “You’ve got to take proper care of your carpet if you want it to last as long as possible. Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is very important,” advises Fletcher.

“Every carpet manufacturer now requires professional cleanings on a regular basis to keep their warranty in force,” warns Fletcher. “And you’ve got to keep your receipts or any warranty claim will be denied”

According to Fletcher, his carpet cleaner directory will be of the home-grown variety, not like those computer generated lists that homeowners are forced to wade through while searching for useful information. “I like to keep it simple and I know my readers appreciate that,” said Fletcher

“My list is not like the yellow pages that show every carpet cleaner in town, I limit my recommendation to just one or two Certified Carpet Cleaning companies for an entire community,” Fletcher reports. “My goal is to make it easy for consumers to save time & money, to avoid scams and have their carpets cleaned properly!”

Fletcher says it will take about three months to complete the first phase of his new Carpet Cleaner Directory. He will officially launch Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory on June 21st, 2011. Until then Homeowners are invited to visit his website at any time during the construction process but the number of recommended carpet cleaners will be limited.

Interested parties can email Alan@AbcCarpets.com or visit AbcCarpets.com for free consumer carpet information and advice.

 

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How To Care For Your Carpet

Free Unbiased Consumer Carpet Information

©Alan J. Fletcher – Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate

Proper Carpet Care

This article is for the benefit of practical homeowners who want to have their carpet last as long as possible. Carpet has become one of the most costly of all home improvement projects and if not cared for properly it will surely wear out prematurely or worse. It’s very hard to find complete, honest and accurate carpet information and most consumers tend to get conflicting carpet advice from numberous sources including sly salespeople, crazy carpet cleaners, backyard bloggers and wacky website wordsmiths.

As an expert in all aspects of carpet, I must first say that if you select a carpet that is incapable of tolerating your level of foot traffic in your home, you will not be able to enjoy your carpet’s intended lifespan as specified by the manufacturer. When your carpet begins to mat down and “ugly out” as they say, you will have no recourse with the manufacturer’s warranty and there’s virtually nothing you can do to revive your carpet. Therefore, it is imperitive that you select the proper grade of carpet to meet your needs, goals, lifestyle and budget. To get a basic idea about what grade of carpet might be best for you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test.

Proper Carpet Care Starts the Day your New Carpet is Installed!

The Carpet installers just packed up all their tools and drove off into the sunset. Your new carpet is finally installed and you are standing there in the middle of living room marveling at how beautiful it looks! Get out your camera and take some pictures! Take lots of pictures in every room to document the way it looks today. Having these photos could be very important to you in the future should you have need to file a claim with the carpet manufacturer. File them away in a drawer along with your sales receipt and a copy of the full manufacturers warranty. 

Vacuum Thoroughly

The vacuum you use will help determine how long your carpet will last. You must have a good quality vacuum that is in good working order. Too many homeowners think their old vacuum is doing a great job but they never take it in to have it serviced. Folks, even if you own the top of the line model, you still need to have your vacuum serviced at least once a year. Some of you may have paid thousands to buy a Rainbow or Kirby from a smooth talking door-to-door salesperson way back in 1972, buy you still need to have it serviced regularly if you want your new carpet to last as long as possible! If you prefer to have your kids do the vacuuming, make sure they take their time and do a good job!

The Carpet Warranty 

You did read the full manufacturer’s carpet warranty didn’t you? If not, do it now. It will give you specific instructions as to what you must do to keep your warranty in force. If they have a recommendation take it as absolute. For example, if they recommend you use a vacuum with a beater bar, then it means you must use a vacuum with a beater bar and it must be in good working order. There is no room for creative interpretation on your part. If you do not follow all their recommendations to the letter your warranty will be voided.

The First Spot on the Carpet

Sooner or later something will be spilled on your new carpet and you will have a chance to see how easy it cleans up. Every new carpet has some form of anti-stain technology and while some are definitly better than others they all do a pretty good job. In your warrany they list what types of stains are covered and those that are not. Most manufacturer’s have a carpet care guide that will tell you the proper method to use to do a simple spot cleaning so you should have that information handy or go online and visit their website to see what they recommend. If that is not available you can also do a Google Search for “Carpet Stain Removal” and visit a carpet cleaning website.

Daily Wear and Tear

Every household is different and you must determine what makes your home most damaging to your carpet. Maybe you have teenagers who have a lot of friends and they run up and down the stairs fifty times a day. Perhaps you have twin toddlers that wander around with sippy cups spilling milk and juice wherever they go. Or it might be just you and your spouse both sitting in a recliner in front of the television in the same spot, night after night. You can take steps to combat what I call “Rug Burn”. You can put runners down the hallway or in front of the couch that will halt the abrasive wear hazzard. You can put self-sticking clear plastic on the stairs to reduce the abrasion from your active kids. You can move the furniture around a couple times a year to change the traffic pattern.  To limit difficult stains from spills, give your children apple juice instead of cherry koolaid and spread miracle whip instead of mustard on those hot dogs! In other words… Be proactive!

Regular Professional Cleanings

It may not make sense to you at first, but you need to have your carpet cleaned before it starts to look dirty. If you wait until your carpet looks dirty the dirt will already be causing irreversable damage to your carpet.  The goal here is to prevent dirt and grime from causing damage to your carpet in the first place. Most carpet warranties require professional cleanings at least every 12 to 24 months. For new carpet, I recommend you have your first professional cleaning between 12 and 18 months and then once a year therafter.  For older carpets that are beyond warranty coverage, a thorough cleaning at least every other year would be wise. Keep those receipts as proof that you had your carpets cleaned, they will surely ask for them if you file any warranty claim!

How to choose carpet

If you are in the market for new carpet, visit my free carpet information website to learn how to buy new carpet wisely, how to avoid scams, how to get qualified installation and how to save the most money! Visit http://www.AbcCarpets.com to learn more.

Alan Fletcher  –  email me at Alan@AbcCarpets.com

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