- 1 Where Do We Purchase From?
2 What kind of carpets should we purchase?
3 Do Some Stores have better quality Carpets?
The carpet stores you see and hear advertised carry the same quality of Carpets. The biggest differences you will see and hear are the amount of Commercials. Big name stores have a bigger advertising budget then the smaller Carpet stores. The trend is having a carpeting store within a store. Art Van Furniture store was one of the first stores to begin this Trend. Does Art Vans furniture sales reputation reflects the quality of carpeting they sell. Stores like Home Depot, Lowes. Reamers Floors all carry or have access to the same quality carpeting.
The two biggest Carpet Manufactures are Shaw Carpets and Mohawk, followed by Stairmaster and Karastan, and many more smaller manufactures.The name of the company does not reflect the quality of carpets. Some companies have been around longer than others. The carpet manufactures produce different types of carpet materials, quality, and Styles. Personally speaking for me, as a 20 Year Carpet Cleaning business in Michigan, there is no special difference in the manufacture. Quality of carpeting is solely based on how the carpet is constructed and the kind of material used to manufacture the carpets.
There Are three major types of carpet Fibers manufactured.
Nylon Carpet Fiber: Is a Synthetic fiber; made from thermoplastics
Advantages: . Nylon is strongest carpet fiber, and is very resistance to Abrasion (wear), and has excellent Memory twist. Nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles.
Polyester Carpet Fiber: Made from recycled Plastic Bottles
Advantages: Resistant to spills, and is considered to be a green product
Olefin Carpet Fiber: Is a Synthetic fiber, made from Polypropylene
Advantages: Olefin’s advantages are its strength, color fastness and comfort, its resistance to staining, mildew, abrasion, sunlight. The fibers have low moisture absorption, but they can wick moisture and dry quickly. It does not dye well, but has the advantage of being colorfast. Olefin keeps its strength in wet or dry conditions and is very resilient.
A brief definition of the carpet fibers, still does not answer the question. Which carpet fiber is the best to buy? The three fibers all have their advantage and disadvantages; therefore the answer is all of them. Now that your confused let me explain.
1) Have Pet activity
2) Children playing
3) Close to Garage entrance
4) Shoes or slippers be worn
Olefin Carpet is perfect for a room that will have foot traffic, and spills, pet friendly and cost is lower than the other two fibers. Stairs that will have shoe and slipper traffic is ideal, because Olefin is very resistant to wear. Pet stains and spills are easier to remove, because the fiber resists water. Basement, and rooms that have extreme traffic, or room off the garage entrance. Garage entrance is the weakest and most soiled part in the home. Shoes containing oils and soiling from outdoors, grease from Garage is tracked in. Olefin is not ideal for a room such as a kitchen or a room that will have heavy furniture. Olefin loves to attract oil from kitchen vapors, is not kitchen friendly. Heavy furniture will crush Olefin carpet fiber, does not bounce back in the future.
Olefin Carpet Cleaned: When Olefin gets soiled its very obvious, loves to attract oil and will attract dust. Carpet Cleaning Olefin is unique. Because olefin resists water, it’s very hard to precondition the carpet, special conditioner is applied to counteract this dilemma. Carpet Cleaning Olefin requires that more dry strokes are performed by the steam wand. The drier the carpet is the less chance that stains from the back of the carpet or padding will resurface. Perfect carpet for kids and pets and traffic rooms, vacuumed and steam cleaned at least once a year, Olefin will last at least 20 years. Price is usually around $12 -$17 a square yard.
Nylon Carpet Fiber: Is perfect for any room in the house, it is the most expensive Carpet Fiber, but is worth the price. The twist in the carpet determines the quality of the carpet. The more twists you have, the stronger the fiber will be, average is 6-9 twists. The amount of carpet fiber per square inch contributes to the quality of the fiber. Fingers placed inside the carpet tuff, can feel the carpet backing, its poor quality. The more twists in fiber combined with more fibers per square inch, will give the higher resilience to wear. The third factor to consider, is the carpet fiber one long strand or is it a bunch of fiber combined (Bulk Filament) together. If the fiber is bulk filament, chances are the fiber will break down in short period of time. Vacuuming process will fill the bank very quickly with carpet Fuss.
Nylon Carpet Cleaned; Responds good with Carpet Steam Cleaning. The more fibers there are the less wear I will encounter when I steam clean Nylon Carpets. If you prefer not to vacuum and are not planning to get the carpets professionally cleaned once a year, then go with cheaper carpet like Polyester. The life span of neglected Nylon carpet is similar to the life span of expensive polyester carpet.
Polyester Carpet Fiber: Is the carpet that most stores will push on consumers. Because it’s made from plastic, it is not recommended for high foot traffic areas. Polyester installed on stair case or hallway, is a nightmare. The carpet will look beautifully the day of the installation. Six month will pass by, kids running up and down the stairs, walking back and forth in hallway; it starts to lose its luster. Polyester is usually referred to as P.E.T of environment friendly carpet. The reason a carpet store will push you to purchase polyester is because, it’s cheaper to make and profits are higher. Myself I dislike polyester, the only room I would recommend it, is in a room that has very low foot traffic. Dining Room or guest room is ideal room to install Polyester. The only benefits, of polyester is that its resistant to stains and it’s cheaper to buy then Nylon. Keep in mind that the same factors outlined in Fiber quality applies to polyester. Beware many unethical companies (Hear their commercials loud and clear) Will show you a sample of a nylon carpet, and install polyester. Polyester because it’s made from plastic, will float in water. Cut a piece of the fiber and place it in a cup full of water. The fiber floats, its Polyester, better call the 800 number. Do not be deceived by the commercials you hear. Just because some carpet stores are louder than others, does not mean there better.
In conclusion my last tip is the Carpet Padding, the thicker and heaver the better. Choose a 8 Lbs. density padding, no less. Keep samples of the padding you purchased and compare to the padding being installed? Be a wise customer, be smart shop and compare. If store is promoting free installation, run. Padding that costs $2 a square yard will be increased to 8-10 square yard, with free installation. Nothing is free when it comes to purchasing carpet, except smiles.