Carpet FAQs

 
Carpets have magical powers. They provide warmth and homeliness into any room, and they tie together a room and color scheme. They can even make a room feel smaller or more spacious. Carpets are a fabulous alternative to tiles as they offer an added layer of protection to your floors and coziness to your space.

We have compiled some carpet FAQs for you.
 
 

Choosing carpets

 
How to choose a carpet for the different rooms in my home
 
Bedrooms
Most standard bedrooms with a regular double bed pair well with carpets that create an illusion of more space in the bedroom. Your bedroom floor is going to be the first thing your bare feet touch each morning, so it’s important to choose a carpet that has a soft, cushioned feel that makes it very soothing.

Stairs
Choose a carpet material that is as durable as it is stain resistant. This includes natural fibers like wool and sisal to synthetics like nylon, polyester, triexta, and olefin. Of these, a synthetic nylon carpet may be your best bet for safety, stain-resistance, and strength on stairs.

Living room
When it comes to living room rugs, smaller rugs will appear cluttered and make a room look smaller, whereas larger rugs will make the room appear more spacious. It’s important to consider what kind of home you have, for example, if you have pets and children running around a shaggy or wool rug may be more practical than perhaps something made of satin fibers, and so on.

Kitchen
Kitchen rugs have become increasingly popular over the past years. Persian inspired runners are a global favorite as they help transform kitchens from a working to a living space and make the area much warmer and more inviting.

Basement
The best flooring for a basement is one that addresses most, if not all of the issues that basements are typically fraught with. You can choose either carpet tiles or ones that mimic different natural stones. They have molded plastic bases that raise the tiles slightly off of the concrete slab. This allows the concrete floor beneath them to breathe.

Entrance
Commercial entrance carpets provide protection from slippage, dirt, and water in your building. Entrance carpets are essential for preventing slip hazards by scraping dirt and absorbing moisture from footwear. Choose long-lasting materials like durable carpet, vinyl, and rubber mats.

Hallway
The hallway is the first area of your home guests will see, so it’s important to find the right carpet to make a great first impression. Similar to carpets for stairs, hallway carpets have to deal with a lot of footfall and need to withstand dirt being walked in. Make sure your carpet suits your personality and your home’s decor.
 
 
 
How to choose the carpet color
 
Variances in color choices depend on the location of the rooms and the number of levels in the house. If your house is small, laying one color and type of flooring throughout the main living areas visually expands the living space. Neutral-colored carpets, such as tan, brown or gray, are safe options since they work with virtually any wall or decor colors. Avoid carpets that are extremely light like white or beige because they don’t hide dirt as easily as darker carpeting. Also, avoid extremely loud colors and busy patterns since they’ll likely be too stimulating for the bedroom.
 
 
 
How to choose carpet padding
 
Before choosing your carpet pad, you should look at where you’ll use it and choose a pad that can take a beating if you stand a lot or have kids who will play there. This will be thicker padding. When choosing your carpet pad, it all comes down to your particular needs.
 
 
 
Which carpet style is best for my home?
 
Saxony
Saxony (also called velvet or plush) is a cut pile that works well in formal dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. It shows footprints and vacuum marks and is not a good choice for high-traffic areas and active kids.

Textured
Textured has a two-toned appearance, hides dirt, and reduces footprints and vacuum marks, making it one of the best types of carpet for active lifestyles. It is essential for high traffic rooms, such as bedrooms.

Frieze
Frieze is the most durable and most expensive. Its tightly twisted tufts give the surface a nubby texture that covers footprints. It wears better than Saxony and textured, and can, therefore, be used in heavy traffic areas.

Sculptured
Sculptured, or cut-and-loop, made with looped and non-looped tufts, is economical and durable. The varied shading hides dirt well, but the seams can be more visible.

Looped or Berber
Looped or Berber is popular for its elegant appearance. It is not good if you have small children or pets because they snag and run easily and are tough to repair. It also mats down quickly and is harder to clean.
 
 
 
How do I choose between natural and synthetic fiber?
 
Choosing between natural and fiber depends on the type of fiber in the rug, and the differences in both the quality and wear of the area rug. For the most part, you will find synthetic rugs to be less expensive than natural fiber rugs, like wool or silk. Natural fiber maintains its integrity for a longer time; they are prone to lasting longer than synthetic fiber. You’re best to do a bit of research to determine which type of area rug is best for your home and lifestyle.
 
 
 
What carpet to choose to make your house look brighter?
 
The key to using an area rug to help your room look bigger is to use the correct rug size. Do not select a carpet that’s too small because it will make the room look choppy and smaller.

Light colors help to make a room feel bigger than dark colors do. Using lighter tones of your favorite color throughout the space helps to visually expand the space. The increased light from the lighter tones in the space contributes to a more open feeling.
 
 
 
How to choose a carpet to go with hardwoods:
 
Wood floors are prone to scratching, which can leave the surface looking scuffed and dull when sunlight shines on it. You can eliminate this problem through the use of a carpet. Popular area rug color choices for each floor tone include:

Dark Hardwood:
  • Beige
  • White
  • Gray
  • Light blue
  • Pastel Yellow Light colors with bright red or blue accents
Light Wood:
  • Pale Orange
  • Earthy tones
  • Moss green
  • Burgundy
  • Red
  • Brown
 
 
 
 

Carpet installation

 
How long does carpet installation take for 3 rooms?
 
To install 500 square feet of carpet in one room you can estimate about two to three hours depending on furniture moving and removal of existing carpet. If the room is empty and ready to go, the job should take about two hours. So 3 rooms should take 6 hours or so.
 
 
 
How much does carpet installation cost?
 
While carpeting has a wide range of prices, the average homeowner pays between $7 and $12 per square foot ($63 to $108/square yard), with the average installation size roughly 10-feet by 14-feet for an average cost of $980 to $1,680.
 
 
 
How to measure for carpet installation:
 
To calculate your total square footage for a room, just multiply your room width and length together. Use a decimal when needed. That is 12′ width x 10′ length = 120 square feet divided by 9 = 13.33 yards.
 
 
 
How to prepare for carpet installation
 
  • Start by measuring the room carefully and drawing a floor plan.
  • Use your measurements to calculate the amount of carpeting and carpet pad you’ll need.
  • Take your measurements and plan to a carpet dealer.
  • Completely remove old ceramic tile and tile backer board.
  • Fill any large cracks and depressions with latex patching compound.
  • Remove floor register covers and interior doors.
  • Note that if your new carpeting is thicker than the flooring material you had before, you’ll have to trim the bottom of the door so it works properly.
  • Move furniture and protect areas where needed.
 
 
 
What is tackless carpet installation?
 
When the carpet is stretched over them, they grab the carpet through the backing to keep it snug to the base molding or wall. The carpet is normally cut a wee bit “fat,” and the excess is tamped into the gap between the strip and the wall. A good mechanic will still use some tacks here and there, where some special reinforcement is a good idea.
 
 
 
What if I can’t remove furniture for carpet installation?
 
There is carpet moving equipment that can be used to install carpet without moving furniture. It is appropriate for houses and apartments as well as companies. Usually this method is used for removing carpet from one room to another or changing the carpet in the room. The technology lifts the furniture to place carpet and then returns down the furniture after the work has been done. Speak to an expert about this method.
 
 
 
How Long After Carpet Installation Can I Move Furniture?
 
From the moment when the carpet is completely glued to the floor, you can walk on it. But, furniture should not be moved in the following 24 hours from the moment of complete gluing, to avoid possible damages.
 
 
 
 

General carpet questions

 
How hygienic are carpeted floors?
 
Bacteria and germs and in particular dust mites from carpets can put some people at greater risk of asthma, eczema, and perennial allergic rhinitis caused by allergies to dust mite fecal matter. Carpet washing with an advanced cleaner helps to reduce allergens by removing dust mite matter and uses antibacterial cleaner to help eliminate nasty bacteria.
 
 
 
Do carpets improve noise levels in a home?
 
Reductions of up to 50% to 70% are achieved when carpets are used. It is important to note that sound absorption will be lower if the carpet backing is too impermeable. Wool carpet improves a room’s acoustics, whether it is in a public facility or your home.
 
 
 
What type of carpet is the most durable?
 
Nylon is the most popular. It’s durable and resistant to wear. It’s not good at fighting stains, so some varieties include a stain-resistant treatment. Olefin is resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew and makes a good carpet for basements and outdoors.
 
 
 
How do I prevent static electricity?
 
  • Use a humidifier. Static electricity is more active when the air is dry, especially in the winter months when people heat their houses, further reducing humidity in the air
  • Treat your carpets with an anti-static chemical
  • Rub upholstery with dryer sheets
 
 
 
How can I get rid of dents made by furniture?
 
  • Remove the furniture
  • Protect the floor underneath
  • Fill the dent with ice cubes
  • Leave the dent overnight
  • Blot the area dry
  • Fluff the carpet fibers using your fingers or a small brush
 
 
 
How to remove mold from a carpet:
 
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the mold and leave it on overnight, which will absorb moisture and bad odors
  • Vacuum up the baking soda and scrub the mold with white vinegar to kill it
  • When you’re finished, blow dry the areas you scrubbed, so they’re not damp.
 
 
 
How long does a carpet last?
 
Carpet doesn’t last forever, even with the best care. Most manufacturers say carpet should last for 10 years with proper care. After 10 years, signs of wear show on the major walkways and the carpet fibers start losing their texture.
 
 
 

Carpet maintenance tips

 
Treating stains
 
  • Always treat the affected area immediately. The longer the spill sits there, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Remove as much solid material as you can with a spoon, or a dull knife.
  • Add water and blot, using detergent sparingly if needed.
  • Vacuum back and forth, adding more water to the stain as you go until completely clean.
  • If stains remain after cleaning, moisten tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour. Blot and repeat until completely clean.
  • Alternatively, mix 50 ml of biological detergent in five liters of lukewarm water and apply the foam with a sponge.
 
 
 
Maintenance tips
 
  • Vacuum your carpet regularly to prevent soil from embedding itself in the pile.
  • Keeping traffic and other use factors in mind, consider professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months.
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags.
  • Remove heavy furniture dents by stroking the dented area with the edge of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron.
  • For extensive water damage, consult professional cleaners to dry your carpet from the front and back.
  • Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction.
  • A vacuum with large wheels is easier to move across soft carpeting.
  • Rearrange your furniture from time to time so that permanent indentations aren’t created.