How to Select a Good Carpet

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When it comes to adding new flooring for your home, understanding how to select the right kind of carpet saves time, effort and money in the long run. By picking good, quality carpet, you reduce the number and frequency of times that your carpet needs to be replaced. Good carpet has several characteristics to look for. Once you understand what to look for in good carpeting, you'll be able to select the carpet that best fits your needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet samples
  • Internet access
  • Visit a carpet supply store to compile a list of possible choices. In the store, you will have a chance to feel the carpet, read information on the samples available and speak with sales associates who can answer any questions you may have. Use your cellphone or a pen and paper to jot down the names of carpets that strike your interest the most.

  • Fold the carpet samples back onto themselves to check for yarn density. Poor-quality carpet has loosely packed yarn, while higher quality carpet features tightly-packed yarn. According to the Utah State University Cooperative Extension Smart Shopping for Home Furnishings, dense carpet looks newer longer.

  • Select a carpet fiber based upon where the carpet will be placed. Carpet fibers come in wool, acrylic, nylon, polypropylene and polyester. Each type has different advantages and disadvantages, such as nylon's high stain resistance and the crush resistance of wool. Because of the texture differences, some work better in high-traffic areas than others.

  • Observe the carpet surface texture in comparison with your carpeting needs for the area. Carpets can be either level loop pile, multi-level loop pile, frieze, Saxony, plush or sculptured. Smart Shopping for Home Furnishings notes that frieze carpeting holds up well in high-traffic areas, while long pile carpets tend to show footprints and matting.

  • Check the twist of the carpet fiber for its ability to bounce back easily. To do this, use your fingers to unravel a piece of yarn on the carpet sample, then let the yarn go. If it goes back into place afterward, the carpet can probably withstand plenty of traffic within a home. Carpet that doesn't bounce back into place may not be good-quality carpet.

  • Take note of extra features of the carpets you have an interest in. Extra features such as anti-staining or anti-static should be considered a perk for a carpet. Check to see if these treatments wear off of the carpet eventually, however, such as with vigorous cleaning or regular wear and tear.

  • Read the warranty information for the carpets. Carpets should have a well-constructed warranty. Some offer limited lifetime warranties for the duration of the carpet's life in your home, while others offer only 30-day warranties. Understand the full terms of the warranty and how it could affect carpet use in your home.

  • Research carpet choices thoroughly. Outside of the store, make use of the Internet to research your top picks. This includes visiting the manufacturer's website to read up on them and checking out consumer and professional reviews of the carpet. Consumer reviews can help with an assessment of how the carpet holds up within a real home.

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