Buying Tips for Carpet & Rugs
Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly
The performance of your carpet cushion directly impacts the performance of your carpet. Spending those extra few dollars on cushion is highly recommended, since you can then gain many extra years of quality performance from your carpet. Make sure you make the right decision on cushion quality to take full advantage of your warranty – many carpet warranties are tied to the grade of cushion you select. A carpet cushion affects many factors that will increase your satisfaction with your new carpet, including underfoot feel, sound dampening, durability, ease of cleaning, and insulation – each of these ultimately affecting the life of your carpet! Quality cushion helps to resist the crushing or flattening of the fiber that can cause your carpet to look old or worn long before its useful wear life is over.
Don’t judge the quality by feel alone
Thick and luxurious carpet can be deceptive. Therefore, you should start your carpet buying journey by determining what kind of performance you require from the carpet, and what kind of conditions could affect it. A tightly twisted yarn helps resist soiling, matting, and crushing, while a “more luxurious” or “softer” yarn that is not tightly twisted will tend to crush and flatten out more quickly.
Read the labels
It’s usually easy to find out all the information you need about a particular carpet – the stain resistance, anti-static claims, and wear warranties can be found listed on the back of the sample, along with the type of fiber (nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), face weight, density, and twist.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person
Carpet can be tricky – compared to other flooring options there are a greater variety of performance and quality issues that can complicate your buying choices. To ensure you get the carpet and carpet cushion that will give you long life and excellent wear, be sure to enlist the help of a knowledgeable salesperson.
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