The Ultimate Choosing a Carpet Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Nothing feels quite as good as the plush softness of carpet on bare feet, especially after a long, hard day. It may be slightly more costly and a bit harder to maintain than vinyl or tile, but carpeting is definitely worth the added expense and effort. Take our quiz and get some great tips on making on making your carpet purchase a good investment.

What is carpet padding made from?

Carpet padding gives carpet strength, support and extra cushioning. It is usually made from rubber or foam.


What kind of padding does a high traffic area need?

Carpet padding prevents your carpet from coming apart over time. Therefore, high traffic areas in your home need firm, dense padding.


How thick a padding do you need if your carpet has a density of six pounds (2.7 kilograms)?

If your carpet is cut pile or cut loop, the Carpet and Rug Institute recommends a 7/16 inch (11 millimeters) padding for six pounds (2.7 kilograms) of density per cubic foot. For Berber or thin loop carpets, the recommendation is 3/8 inch (9.5 millimeters) pad for 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) per cubic foot.


What should you specify when asking about pricing?

You should specify that you would like a separate quote for the materials and installation. This way, you will be able to shop around and compare prices.


How are carpet prices measured?

Carpet prices are measured in square feet, so the cost may be lower than you initially thought.


If you have kids or pets, what kind of carpet is best for you?

Carpet tile is a great choice if you have kids or pets, as you can replace individual tiles if they become very stained, instead of needing to replace the whole carpet.


Which material carpet comes with the highest price tag?

Wool is considered to the best material for a carpet in terms of comfort, warmth and durability, but it does come with the highest price tag. Nylon can feel similar to wool and is a cheaper alternative.


What carpeting is best for the basement and stairwell?

Olefin or polyester is best for moisture prone basements and stairwells, as they stand up the best to mold and mildew.


Which weave of carpet is easiest to clean?

Saxony, level loop and high density loop resist staining the best. Cut pile and multi-level loop trap dirt and do not come up clean even after shampooing.


How can I prevent vacuum cleaner tracks on my carpets?

To prevent vacuum cleaner tracks, go for carpet with a textured surface. This will prevent footprints as well.


What should you find out from the salesperson about carpet maintenance?

Find out how often you will need to steam clean the carpet; this will significantly affect maintenance costs. Also ask if there are specific cleaning products for the carpet.


What color carpet should I choose if I want to make a large space look cozy?

To make a large room look cozy, go for reds or golden shades. If you feel claustrophobic in your small room, opt for light or neutral shades.


What color is best to create a peaceful, calm feeling in my house?

Blue or green creates a feeling of peacefulness and calm. Go for a neutral shade only if you want to make your walls or furniture the focal point of the room, otherwise it will be too monotone.


What is the best shade of carpet to hide stains?

Dark shades are best to hide stains. Patterns, tweeds or textures can also do that job.


How can I avoid that "new carpet smell" when installing carpet?

"New carpet smell" comes from formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds used to make carpets. Choose carpets made from organic materials, such as wool, to avoid that noxious odor.


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