Buying Tips for Carpet & Rugs
Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly
Your choice of carpet cushion will affect the overall performance of your carpet in many ways. The extra dollars spent on a quality cushion can extend the useful performance of your carpets. Often, a carpet warranty will be tied to the quality of carpet cushion you select – choose wisely to take full advantage of your warranty! Crushing or flattening of your carpet can mean it needs replacing for aesthetic reasons long before its useful wear life is over – and quality carpet cushion will help prevent this.
Don’t judge the quality by feel alone
Don’t be deceived by thick and luxurious carpet! Instead, you need to determine what conditions could affect the performance of your carpet, and what kind of performance is appropriate for your unique needs. Some tightly twisted fibers don’t have the same cushy feel but will give you longer life and better wear than a plush carpet, and resist soiling, matting, and crushing.
Read the labels
Generally speaking you can review the stain resistance, anti-static claims and wear warranties right on the back of the sample. You also will see the type of fiber ( nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), the face weight, density, and twist.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person
Carpets 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.