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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Want New Carpet Before the Holidays? Better Hurry!

Need New Carpet installed by Christmas?

©Alan J. Fletcher – Carpet Expert, Consumer Advocate & Webmaster at AbcCarpets.com

If you’ve got friends and relatives coming over for the holidays you might be considering replacing your old worn out carpet. Here are some “insider” tips & tricks to help you choose new carpet wisely, save money and hopefully make sure you have it installed before your holiday guests arrive!

Every year, right after Halloween there is always a hot rush to buy new carpet, but some homeowners end up waiting too long and discover that they can’t get their new carpet installed in time for Christmas and other holiday events.

There are two ways to buy new carpet; Buying “in stock” carpet from local carpet retailer or ordering from a manufacturer’s carpet sample and wait for your new carpet to be shipped on a truck from Dalton Georgia.

Buying “In Stock” Carpet

If you want your new carpet installed fastest, you might want to consider buying carpet that is available locally “in stock” There are always plenty of rolls of carpet readily available for immediate installation at local carpet retailers. The main benefit is that you can have it installed rather quickly and the prices can be quite reasonable.

The downside is that the carpet selection is usually limited to stock on-hand; it can be difficult to determine the grade or quality of the carpet in question; the carpet may be “second grade” goods and there might not be any manufacturer’s warranty coverage.

Ordering New Carpet from the Manufacturer

Every carpet retailer has carpet samples that you can take home and consider for a few days. The benefit of ordering new carpet from the mill is that you are guaranteed to get “first quality” carpet and you will always get the full manufacturer’s warranty. You also have the benefit of selecting the exact grade or quality you require and choose the color and style that you really want.

The downside is that you will have to wait for the carpet to be shipped before you can have it installed. It can take one to four weeks for your carpet to arrive, perhaps longer if the weather is bad or unforeseen problems arise.

If you decide to order from a sample, then you need to make sure you have your home measured accurately and place your order as soon as possible.

To help ensure you get your new carpet installed in time for the holidays:

  • If you want your new carpet installed before Thanksgiving, you should place your order no later than October 26th.
  • If you want you have your new carpet installed before December 24th, you should place your order before November 23th.
  • If you want your new carpet installed before January 30th, you should place your order no later than November 28th.

Every retailer has a different timeframe for scheduling installations so check with your local dealer as soon as possible. Take the time to do your carpet homework and you will stand the best chance of choosing new carpet wisely, saving money and having your new carpet installed long before your holiday guests arrive!

How to Choose the Right Carpet for YOU!

In order to save the absolute most money possible and get the whole job done correctly from start to finish, you need to make wise & informed choices. I have dozens of pages and articles posted on my website that you can freely access to learn about how to buy new carpet wisely. In order to be completely satisfied with your New Carpet purchase you need to consider all the following and more:

Selecting the Right Carpet

The carpet samples you see at the carpet store may look and feel great, but some carpets will mat down and begin to wear out within a year or two. You can’t tell if a carpet is well-made just by its look or feel. You need to know how to interpret all the various carpet specifications to determine if the carpet will be a suitable choice for you.

The main 4 carpet specifications are: Fiber type; Tuft twist; Face-weight and Pile density. Homeowners need access to complete and accurate product information in order to make wise and informed carpet choices. This information is normally found on a label affixed to the back of every carpet sample. Learn what these specifications mean and how to interpret them on my website.

Good Advice

Homeowners often rely on the advice and suggestions of carpet salespeople. Unfortunately, some carpet retailers hire salespeople who are good at selling, but lack sufficient carpet knowledge and experience. Don’t allow the salesperson to make carpet or padding choices for you.

Selecting the right carpet padding

Selecting the right padding is very important. Padding has three main specifications to consider depending on your needs and goals. It’s important that you select the right type, thickness and density rating that is appropriate to your carpet selection and application. Some pads are better for use on stairs; some are better for basement applications; and it’s important that you meet the carpet manufacturer’s padding requirements or you might void your new carpet warranty.

Where to Shop for Carpet

Depending on where you live, you may have limited choices as to where you can conveniently shop for new carpet for your home. In rural areas, there are usually fewer choices and you may need to drive to a more populated area to have more choices and better options. Not all carpet stores carry the same grade and price point of carpet. Some carpet retailers cater to high end clientele while others cater to apartment owners or “do-it-yourself” customers. Visit a local carpet retailer with a good selection of the styles, quality level and pricing of carpet that you are interested in buying.

Proper Installation

Many carpet stores have a hard time finding qualified carpet installers. Installed wrong, your new carpet can lose half its intended life span. It is your responsibility to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. On my website you can find out how to determine if your installer is properly licensed, bonded and insured to install your carpet in your state, what questions to ask and how to check references. Print out and use my free Carpet Installation Inspection Form and do a thorough walk-through with your carpet installer when he is finished and before he leaves the jobsite.

Visit www.AbcCarpets.com to learn more…You can:

  • Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to learn what grade of carpet you need to buy based on your own personal needs and goals.
  • Print out my Free Carpet Shopping Form!
  • Print out my Free Carpet Installation Inspection Form
  • Have carpet buying questions?  Free email service: “Ask the Carpet Expert”
  • Buy from a Reputable Carpet Dealer! See my list of Preferred Carpet Dealers!

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

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.