Everything you need to know about carpet.
Before you buy.
Choosing the best carpet is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle. For example, looped Berbers and high twist friezes perform wonderfully in high traffic areas in your home, but an elegant Saxony in the same area may show footprints.
- Available in 12′, 15′ and sometimes 13′ widths
- Carpet will be seamed unless room is narrower than above widths
- Seams sometimes visible with looped or low-profile patterned carpets
- Degree of visibility depends on texture, colour, lighting and furniture
Backing and Loops
- Backing may show when carpet bends over stairs depending on texture, colour and density.
- Looped carpet can snag at a seam or transition
- Pile reversal, or shading, is normal
- Consider window treatments and furniture placement to minimize
- Higher quality carpet = greater pile density
- Tighter twist construction results in better durability
- Easier to replace or update décor with carpet rather than hard surface products
- Adds value to any home
- Feels warm underfoot
- Reduces household noise
- Once installed it will often look lighter than the sample
- Colour affects the apparent size of the room
- Lighter coloured carpet visually expands the size of the room
- Darker carpeting brings the walls closer together, creating intimate feelings
- Neutral colours are best for frequently changing the decorating schemes
- Neutrals are good for rooms with a lot of existing furniture
- Neutral coloured, good carpet is good for resale
- Check warranty for stains
- Stain protection is an important consideration
- Carpet products have with different stain protection levels
- Warranties help guard against stains
- With quality comes increased stain protection and warranty coverage
- It is important to understand what is covered by the warranty
- Determines how a carpet feels underfoot
- Not just about feel
- Quality helps preserve the look
- Can extend the life and comfort
- Provides protection against wear and tear
- Sold using quality specifications, not colour specifications
- Colour of the sample in the store may not be the same as installed
Reading the label
- Become familiar with product specs warranties on the labels
- Protect your investment today and tomorrow
Know the entire cost of ownership
- This is one component of the entire project cost
- Ensure there are no budget surprises with final cost
- Ask for the total cost of the project to be calculated
Potential additional expenses:
- Furniture removal and replacement
- Demolition/disposal of old floor covering
- Sub-floor preparation
- Product delivery
- Carpet installation
- Materials required to complete the installation
In addition to the total project cost, be sure to also consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently the carpet should be cleaned and the cost to clean it.
Being knowledgeable and prepared for the big day when the new carpeting will transform your home is very important. Being ready for the installation of your carpet will make the entire process go faster and more efficiently. Knowing what to expect and being prepared will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family and your home.
Use a professional
Some of these basics follow:
- Seaming diagram is the installers’ “blueprint” for overall layout, seam placement and transition
- Professionals know how to deal with seams best
- Seams are inevitable
- Professionals excel at minimizing and hiding seams.
- Professionals insure seams are placed away from pivoting traffic, and not perpendicular to doorway openings
- Some styles show seam tape more than others, called telegraphing or peaking
- Peaking is seen more in low cut pile and looped carpets
- Atight seam can still be seen
- Sometimes extra carpet is ordered to better match patterns at the seams
- When two different flooring products meet like carpet to wood
- Professional installers will try to match the surface heights to minimize transitions.
What to know and do before installation day
Furniture is step one
- Remove all furniture
- Additional charges occur for moving furniture
- Empty the contents of china cabinets, closets
Know what to do with your present floor covering.
- Consider removal of old floor covering, sometimes messy and time consuming
- If you remove it, do it at least one day before for cleanup and floor preparation
- Leave tack strips in place
- Pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad
- Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching ; this is your responsibility
- May need preparation for new carpet – leave this to the pros
- Doors may not clear the new carpet and swing freely
- A professional can remove doors and re-hang, if possible
- They will shave or cut down to insure clearance at an additional cost
- Installing new carpet will produce waste
- Materials are usually collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site
- Hauling away is usually an additional cost
What to know and do during installation day
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will insure that the correct carpet is installed in the right areas.
- Some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival
- Be flexible and keep in touch with your retailer/installer
- Installers use tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous
- Keep children and pets are kept out of the work area
- Prior to the completion of the installation, walk thru the job with the chief installer
- This gives you the opportunity to ask questions about final details
What to know and do after installation day
- For odour sensitivity, good ventilation is important
- Some of the chemicals and adhesives in carpet, can smell for 48 to 72 hours
- Be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation
Fixing post-installation problems
- Shedding is a natural part of a new carpet
- Frequent vacuuming for the first few days should help
- Sprouting is the small tufts or loops that are visible afterwards
- Use small scissors to trim the loose fibers flush with the carpet’s surface
- For wrinkles or ripples, a re-stretch maybe needed
New carpeting can be elaborate and elegant, cool and contemporary or tasteful and traditional. It’s one of America’s most popular floor covering choices, enhances virtually any room and it can add value to your residence. Keeping that feeling, and your carpet in beautiful condition, is a challenge if you don’t know the proper steps of maintenance. And that’s why we created this section. We want you to know that, with the care guidelines below, your new carpet can stay attractive for many years, and many bare-foot crossings, to come.
- Place walk-off mats wherever there are entrances to your home.
- Buy a quality vacuum and use it regularly.
- Use a machine with a good beater bar and maximum suction.
- If your vacuum uses bags, be sure to change them frequently
- Carpet cushion plays an important role in preserving the look and feel of your carpet.
- Don’t vacuum over loose yarn or try to pull out the snag.
- Rearrange your furniture periodically.
- Treat stains as soon as possible.
- Cleaning by a reputable, professional cleaner is suggested approximately once a year to protect your investment.
- Read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.