Why Vacuuming Carpet Is Important!

Why is Vacuuming Carpet So Important?

Q. How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpet?

By Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor (CarpetProfessor.com )

Vacuuming Your Carpet frequently and thoroughly is an absolute must if you want your carpet to retain its like-new appearance and last as long as possible. You can easily cut your carpet’s life span in half if you don’t vacuum regularly and maintain your new carpet according to the manufacturer’s new carpet warranty requirements.

Periodic Carpet Cleaning and Regular Vacuuming

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned periodically, usually every 18 months. This will keep your new carpet warranty in force. Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer.

Learn more: Read a typical new carpet warranty here.

The Main Problem: Most Homeowners Don’t Vacuum Often Enough. 

Improper carpet care and maintenance is a common reason why your carpet will wear out prematurely. Abrasion from ground-in dirt and grit can quickly cause your carpet to lose its like-new shine and quickly make your carpet appear worn-out, look dull and dingy.

Once damage from abrasion is done, there is rarely anything that can be done to reverse the damage. This also voids your new-carpet warranty due to improperly caring for and maintaining your new carpet according to the requirements, as stated in your new carpet warranty.

Most Carpets Don’t Wear Out, They ‘Ugly-Out!’

The common phrase ‘Ugly-Out’ is a common expression used for any carpet that loses its shine, or when the surface pile mats down prematurely. This event is most common in medium to heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, in front of couches and main traffic to and from the front door!

How do I reduce the damaging effects from abrasion?

Abrasion caused by ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why carpet will show signs of wear and tear before its time. Dirt and grime is mainly tracked-in from the outside via shoes, pets and many other sources. This is the major cause of carpet abrasion.

“Frequent vacuuming is an effective way to reduce the damage caused by abrasion and can help your new carpet last years longer!  Sadly, most homeowners do not vacuum enough, and most folks do not have their carpet cleaned on a regular basis.”  – Alan aka The Carpet Professor

 

Learn more: How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Once your new carpet starts to look dull and dingy, you have already ruined your carpet to some degree. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do reverse the damage already done and make your carpet regain its original shiny like-new appearance. Ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why your surface carpet fibers will lose its shine.

Carpet manufacturer’s new carpet warranties will quickly deny your warranty claim if you have not properly maintained you carpet according to their warranty requirements.

Learn more: http://www.carpetprofessor.com/ABC_carpet_cleaning_cost.htm

How to Prevent Carpet Damage!

It’s the sand-like dirt, grit and grime that is tracked into your home and deposited into the carpet pile over time that causes of the loss of carpet fiber shine. There are some easy ways to help prevent the damage from happening, or at least slow down the amount of damage you experience over time.

First, a walk off mat is a great place to start. Simply wiping off your shoes before entering the home will help considerably. Some entry mats are better than others.

Next, some homeowners ask visitors remove their shoes and even provide “house” slippers to wear when entering their home. This will surely help reduce the amount of grit that causes damage to your carpet to some degree.

Vacuum Vacuum Vacuum!

Frequent vacuuming is a smart way to help reduce the amount of dirt and grit that causes abrasion to your carpet. Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is an important key to help keep your carpet looking like new. However, selecting the right grade of carpet is equally important.

Call a professional carpet cleaning company and have them do a deep carpet cleaning on a regular basis according to your new carpet warranty requirements. This will help stop the abrasion to your carpet pile from getting worse.

Need to buy new carpet? I have created my own special Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help homeowners determine what grade of carpet to consider buying, based on several key variables.

Should I have my Carpets Cleaned or Buy New Carpet?

Some Carpets are designed to last for only 3 years and some are designed to last for over for 30 years, but sooner or later your Carpet will have outlived its usefulness and should be replaced. Below is Alan’s Quick Carpet Replacement Guide to help you determine if your old Carpet is still worthy of another professional cleaning or if it’s finally Time to Choose a New Carpet!

Learn more: Alan’s Carpet Replacement Quiz

Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways about how to make your carpet last years longer. My advice? Read your new carpet warranty carefully. You have certain obligations to properly maintain your new carpet. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance requirements, your warranty will be deemed null and void.

 

Question: How Often Should I Vacuum my Carpet? 

Answer: How many people live in your home? That’s how many times you should vacuum each week, especially in high traffic areas, stairs, and in heavy traffic lanes!

  • Do you have 3 people living in your home?
  • Then you should vacuum your carpet about 3 times per week!
  • 5 people = Vacuum 5 times per week.

This is why having a good quality vacuum with enough suction power is important. Abrasion is a main cause of carpet wear. You can see the effects of abrasion most obvious in hallways or other main traffic lanes and on stairs. Carpet fibers can only tolerate a certain amount of abrasion before they show the permanently damaging effects.

Learn more: Which Vacuum Should I Buy?

 

Professional Carpet Cleaning is Required!

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer’s warranty requirements, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned (18 months on average) every 12 to 24 months to maintain their new carpet warranty. Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer. Otherwise, your warranty could be null and void!

The Size of Your Home Matters…

The more people living you have living in your home means more vacuuming may be necessary. If you have a smaller home, vacuuming is more critical than if you have a larger home. For example: Five people living in a 5000 square foot home usually requires less vacuuming then does five people living in a 1000 square foot home.

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy, it’s a simple non-scientific test based on several key factors.

Learn more: What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?

 

More frequent vacuuming or professional carpet cleanings may be necessary if you have any of the following circumstances:

 

  • Have active teenagers, or have young children.
  • Have indoor cats, dogs or other pets.
  • Entertain often, or have grandchildren that visit frequently.
  • Live in a dusty or rural area, or live on or near a farm.
  • Have Allergies, COPD or Asthma.
  • Live in a moist or humid climate.
  • Live in a small home with moderate to heavy foot-traffic.

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Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring?

Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring? 

It’s because they fail to do their homework! By doing a few hours of research, most homeowners can save a ton of money and end up selecting the right grade of carpet or flooring product that will meet or exceed their goals, lifestyle and overall expectations. 

I have written dozens of online pages on my websites which contain valuable content that you can use to help you make wise and informed carpet and flooring selections.

You should be very wary of all the scams and rip-offs that are prevalent thru-out the carpet and flooring industry.  This is a wake up call! I am sure you have heard about con-artists who are out to steal your personal identity and scam you out of your hard earned money with online phishing scams. Well the same is true in the carpet and flooring business. There are plenty of carpet and flooring scams that you need to learn how to avoid!

Visit my website to get education from my 30+ years of hands-on experience and stellar unbiased carpet and flooring information that will help you avoid common scams and rip-offs. Visit www.AbcCarpets.com to learn how to avoid common retailer Carpet and Flooring Scams and rip-offs!

Best Carpet For Kids Rooms? Carpet College Has Your Answer!

If you have active kids and teenagers like I’ve had, you know first-hand that you cannot be in all places at all times and when your child spills grape juice or drops a peanut butter and jelly sandwich face-down on your carpet, it takes more than a just few minutes to get those stains to come out!

I also had two cats… that for some reason would vomit on the carpet quite often. I never did find out why they do this but I get plenty of emails from other homeowners who have the exact same problem!

My wife and I had four kids and they were all born about 2 years apart. So having a one-year old, a three-year old a five-year old and seven-year old kept us running both day and night!

 

How I survived 4 kids and 2 cats

Since I am a carpet installer, I had the ability to change our family room carpet at a much lower cost than most homeowners. But that doesn’t mean you should have to pay a fortune to replace your carpet on a regular basis if you have active children, teens or pets. In my free and unbiased articles posted on my websites you will learn many powerful insider secrets to buying the right grade of carpet for your home and how to negotiate a fair and square deal.

 

If you want to buy a carpet to last for 3 to 5 years… Don’t spend more than you need to! You can buy a decent looking nylon carpet that will last for three years or more for less than $16 per square yard installed with pad! How? Let me teach you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned to help you save the most money possible and save you time and headaches too!

On the other hand, if you want to buy a carpet that can last for 10 to 20 years or more, then I can help you choose the right grade to meet your needs and goals.

Take a look at all my free articles to learn more about choosing the right grade of carpet and padding for your active children, teenagers and pets!

If you don’t have kids teens or pets, then your choices will increase and your new carpet will last years longer, that is if you care for it properly!

 

Read More Free Carpet & Flooring Articles:

Carpet Professor – Best_Carpet_for_Kids_and_Pets – CarpetProfessor.com

Carpet College – CarpetCollege.com -Free Resource for Homeowners

Carpet College – Carpet College – Get Educated About Buying New Carpet

Carpet University – CarpetUniversity.com – Carpet Cost 

Carpet University – Carpet University – Carpet Specifications Explained

Floor Professor – How to Select New Flooring Wisely – FloorProfessor.com

Landlord Floors – Landlordfloors.com – Guide to Carpet, Tile and Flooring Replacement and Repair

 

Smartstrand Carpet Complaint

This is an important post for those who are in the market for new carpet. Carpet defects are not common but when they do happen it can be difficult to get a remedy.

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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Karastan Carpet Complaint – CarpetProfessor.com

Website: AbcCarpets.com and  The Carpet Professor

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Why Vacuuming Carpet Is Important!

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? 

Read My Full Article Here