All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home

How Long Will My Carpet Last? 

All about Carpet Durability, Carpet Cost and specifications

  • All About Carpet Durability and Foot Traffic for Your Home,

  • Carpet Cost, Carpet Durability,

  • How Long Does Carpet Last?

 

There are several carpet specifications that will help determine if a carpet can handle your level of foot traffic. The main factors most homeowners must consider are:

 

Carpet Fibers

There are several different types of carpet fibers to choose from. For example; Nylon is known as the most durable fiber available today and is also the most expensive to manufacture. But not all nylon fibers are created equal. Some are more durable than others and some nylon fibers are made softer than others due to the diameter or “denier” of the strand. The thinner the fiber strand the softer the carpet will feel. But does a softer feel make for a less durable carpet? I think so…

Tuft Twist

When groups of fiber strands are gathered together and twisted they form into “Tufts” These tufts are inserted into the carpet backing to create various styles of carpet. When the tufts are twisted together they use heat to “set” the tufts – similar to how women use a curling iron to curl their hair. The number of twists formed per lineal inch is how they determine the “Tuft Twist” rating. Most plush style carpets have a tuft twist rating of 4 to 6.

Frieze styles are known for having a tuft twist rating of 6 to 8. Generally speaking, the higher the tuft twist rating the longer your carpet will retain it’s “like new” appearance. This is because over time the tufts may begin to lose their twist or “blossom”, causing the carpet to gradually lose it’s like new appearance.. Some carpet fibers are able hold their “twist” better than others and this ability is known as being more “resilient” Nylon is the most resilient carpet fiber available today. Polyester is the least resilient carpet fiber.

Face-Weight

Carpet face-weight is the weight of the fiber that is used to manufacture the carpet pile. Face weights range from 20 ounces to 120 ounces and most residential carpets sold today are between 30 to 60 ounces. Generally speaking, the higher the face-weight, the more durable the carpet will be. But this does not always hold true. If the pile height is too tall, it may be more prone to matting and crushing.  Depending on your level of foot traffic, you may need to limit the pile height and increase the face weight. This is what we call the “Pile Density” rating.

Pile Height /Density Rating

Using a mathematical formula we can take the Pile height and pile face-weight to determine the Pile Density rating. Generally speaking, the higher the pile density the more durable a carpet will be. This holds true more often when the pile height is not too high as to limit the potential for matting and crushing of the pile.  Once the carpet tufts begin to fall over, crush and collapse the carpet will lose its like-new appearance. Some carpet fibers are more prone to matting and crushing than others. With nylon carpet, a good cleaning may help restore the tufts to their original upright position and allow your carpet to regain some or all of its like new appearance.   However, carpets made from other fibers may not yield the same favorable results. What is the best pile height and density rating for the carpet that will best serve your needs and goals? 

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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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Cat, Dog, Pet Urine Stain Odor Products – Do they really work?

 

Cat pee, cat piss, cat spray, cat urine.

No matter what you call it, it stinks!  

By Alan J. Fletcher

I have a cat urine problem like so many people do today… this is my story….

The problem I have is, I love my cat. And even though she is ruining my carpet and making my life miserable I need to find a simple solution to this problem. It may not be so simple because I’ve tried many products featured on television and at this point nothing really seems to work. They are nothing more than rip-offs.

So, at this point I am desperate to find a viable solution to my cat urine problem and am willing to try anything, at any price, to resolve the problem, as long as I don’t have to get rid of my cat. She is my best feline friend named Carmen.

Carmen is a middle aged cat, about 7 years old now I figure. I rescued her from the humane society about four years ago. They said she was about three years old. She is a multi-colored cat, with a Carmel tone and a long tail. Carmen is a fairly lazy cat, and she stays inside most of the time. But she goes outside when it is not raining and the mood suits her. During the day she prefers to curl up in a ball and sleep on my bed or hang out near the front window on her carpet covered cat condo.

Most of the time she uses her litter box when she is home alone but sometimes she sneaks behind the television to pee in the corner. She also likes to pee in a spot in the spare bedroom sometimes. I don’t know exactly why she does this; perhaps I am at fault for not putting her outside more often. Maybe she smells another previous pet in that spot and it is a territorial thing. Maybe I don’t change her litter box as often as she might like. I just don’t know anything for sure. She won’t tell me. I never punish her, I don’t think spanking a cat is something that I could live with.  

When I am home, she may wait by the door patiently until I let her out. But she only stays outside for an hour or two and then wants back inside. She is not a very social cat. There are other cats in the area but she does not interact with them. Maybe it is because she has been spayed. The neighborhood tom cats don’t have any interest in her.

She does like to play. We play with a string and a catnip mouse at times. I tried using dental floss once, it was mint flavored and when she put it into her mouth she did not like the flavor at all. She even watches television with me. I can see her head moving as objects move across the screen. She becomes very alert when a dog barks or a cat howls on television. She sleeps on my bed at night.

She loves tuna flavored wet food but I only giver her that a couple times a week. I give her dry food, the vet recommended kind. She seems to like it just fine.

I don’t know why she pees in the corner. It might be my entire fault. Maybe she is not able to hold it very long and I don’t notice that she wants to outside in time. Perhaps she is just lazy. Maybe she is mad at me for being gone at work all day. I don’t know. I just know that she is making my life miserable. I cannot afford to have the carpets cleaned every month or replace the carpet every year. I need a solution that is low cost and highly effective.

Regardless of why she is doing this, I now have a couple areas where the odor is very pungent and I just can’t stand the smell of cat pee, especially on those warm summer days. I have got to do something, and replacing the carpet is not my first choice, nor in my budget.

When those television commercials say that they have the solution to my cat odor problem I pick up the phone and read off my credit card number. I have tried three pet urine products in the past 9 months without much success. Recently I saw a new product on the market, let’s call it brand X.  This one says it will cure my urine problem once and for all, I really hope this one works because I am tired of spending money trying to deal with this problem. 

They claim that it can quickly and easily remove pet urine stains and odor from carpets and upholstery simply by spraying on their newfangled enzyme solution and letting it dry. So for about twenty bucks I desperately needed to give it a try, hoping and praying that this time it will be THE product that will finally solve my never-ending dilemma of pet urine from my beloved cat.

Once the product arrived, I eagerly headed to the main hidden area where Carmen tends to frequent. So I spray and spray the magical solution until my hand becomes fatigued, soaking the entire area as the directions have stated. Then I sprayed the other areas that were not as severe.

During the treatment, my curious feline wanted to know what I was doing so she came over to the evil spot and sniffed around momentarily and then fled indignantly. I could tell that she recognized the stinky area as one of her no-tell zones and she didn’t want to hang around long enough to be held accountable. 

After applying the product I am instructed to wait until the product has time to work it’s magic and dry completely… So I eagerly wait…………………….

If you’re like me, waiting for something to happen is nerve racking. Waiting for a stain to disappear or odor to be eliminated is very difficult to see as it happens, but every couple of hours I headed back to the scene of the crime and look to see if there was any noticeable difference. I put my face down close to the carpet and sniffed eagerly. Not a fun thing to do, and at this point the smell was still there in full force. Eewwww!

I have to say that cat urine (or any other urine) is not a nice smell to endure and putting my nose within two inches of the nasty spot is making me feel like a slave to my beloved kitty. And although I would never consider giving up my cute little friend, this urine problem is putting a horrible strain on our relationship. I have spent over $130 in the last two years on urine remedies and cleaning supplies, so far no luck in solving this issue. 

The next morning I woke and went straight to the treated area to see if it had dried. It had not. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine and enzymes. In my eagerness I had used up almost one entire bottle on this one main spot, so drying time will obviously take longer. I figured if I sprayed on a ton of this stuff it will work better. Once again my nose is inches from the carpet hoping to smell nothing more than a sweet fragrance, but the urine smell was still very evident. I am not going to make any rash decisions until the area is fully dry.. So I am off to work. I want to make sure this product has plenty of time to work its magic. I will check it again when I get home in about 7 hours…

Home from work I head straight to the spot to see if the area was dry. It was not. Again I put my nose to the area hoping for a sweet smelling carpet. Eewwww… no sweet smell yet. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine again. This is frustrating.  I decide to not deal with this again until the next morning. 

I wake up and the first thing on my mind is the cat urine issue. I have more important issues to deal with but this issue is the one on my mind. What have I become? A slave to my cat? There are major issues at work that I am facing, legal and financial obligations looming but still the cat pee is the first thing I think about when I wake up. So, I head out to the living room, move the TV out a little and once again rub my hand across the carpet and I discover the area is finally dry! I quickly place my nose to the spot and…. It still smells like cat pee. But there is a hint of fragrance too. I guess it is like the old saying of fish and roses. I think the smell is not as bad, but never the less, the smell is still there. Even after two weeks, the smell is still just as strong. Now my cat has found a new spot to pee, behind the plant next to the couch. It happens to be near the heat vent. I think my problem has become worse. 

For those of you looking to find the best option for your pet urine problem, I don’t believe any quick-fix spray shown on TV is going to do the trick. One product I have found does work but it is not a quick fix. It requires some work and diligence.

 

 

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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?

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