Sat 9 May, 2009 12:41 pm
How can one assess the quality of carpeting--that is, how to pick out top quality carpeting?
Well there is lots of advice on the net, a wool carpet for a starters
I'd be interested in why you ask. Do you want to buy a carpet? Do you want to get into the business of selling carpets and learn all about it first? Do you want to sell all of us a carpet? Do you want to develop a carpet import export business and not know much about carpets?
Go to a carpet store, for heaven's sake, and ask the experts!
One of the most important things to look at when buying a carpet is the thickness of the padding. Do not skimp on that.
Not only will the carpet not be as comfortable to walk on, but it will wear out more quickly.
Also, make sure it has been treated for stain resistance. You will be thankful for that the first time someone spills coffee or wine on it. Stain Master is a good choice. That is NOT the same as you going over it yourself with a can of Scotch Guard.
Make sure someone who knows what they are doing installs it. Otherwise you can end up with carpet that buckles in the middle of the room, or anywhere for that matter.
Look long and carefully at your carpet choice, you will be living with it for years.
When looking at carpet samples in the store, look to on the back if there is information on the back as far as its durability, if it's appropriate for high traffic areas, etc.
Invest in a good vacuum cleaner, and vacuum your carpet often. That means several times a week. That keeps dirt from settling in, and keeps the pile of the carpet fresher.
Also, I suggest investing in a good STEAM cleaner. Don't rely on those ones you rent yourself, and outside carpet cleaning comanies add up, as far as money.
People have an outside company come in once or twice a year, and that is not enough. I steam clean my carpet about every 2 months.
When steam cleaning, don't rely on hot tap water. Put boiling water into the resevior tank. Don't over do on the cleaning solution either. That can stick to the carpet and just attract more dirt.
After steam cleaning with the water and solution, go over it again steaming with plain boiled water, with a cup of white vinegar mixed in. That helps bring up any soap residue, and eliminates odors. Any vinegar smell will disappear as the carpet dries.
Around three year back, we had bought classic Jaipur style wool carpet with silky sheen and rustic appearance. The good thing is that we still get lots of compliments for it from our guests and visitors. We are quite happy with its quality. Woolen carpets are much better in terms of durability and stain resistance than other fabrics. You can find many beautiful designs and textures of wool carpets in your local market.
Do you want to buy a carpet? If yes, then purchase a wool carpet. It is easy to wash and easy to keep clean. Only you have to do vacuuming it on daily basis.