The Ultimate Choosing a Carpet Quiz

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The Ultimate Choosing a Carpet 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?
rubber or foam
Carpet padding gives carpet strength, support and extra cushioning. It is usually made from rubber or foam.
wool
vinyl

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What kind of padding does a high traffic area need?
firm, dense padding
Carpet padding prevents your carpet from coming apart over time. Therefore, high traffic areas in your home need firm, dense padding.
softer padding
rubber padding, not foam

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How thick a padding do you need if your carpet has a density of six pounds (2.7 kilograms)?
3/16 inch (5 millimeters)
5/16 inch (8 millimeters)
7/16 inch (11 millimeters)
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.

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What should you specify when asking about pricing?
Make sure it includes a stain, manufacturing and wear and tear warranty.
Ask if this price includes sales tax, as they often add that only when charging you.
You should specify that you would like a separate quote for the materials and installation.
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.

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How are carpet prices measured?
cubic feet
cubic yards
square feet
Carpet prices are measured in square feet, so the cost may be lower than you initially thought.

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If you have kids or pets, what kind of carpet is best for you?
synthetic carpet
rolled carpeting
carpet tile
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.

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Which material carpet comes with the highest price tag?
nylon
wool
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.
Olefin

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What carpeting is best for the basement and stairwell?
nylon
wool
Olefin
Olefin or polyester is best for moisture prone basements and stairwells, as they stand up the best to mold and mildew.

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Which weave of carpet is easiest to clean?
level loop or high density loop
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.
cut pile and multi-level loop
cut pile and high density loop

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How can I prevent vacuum cleaner tracks on my carpets?
Go for short cut pile.
Go for a textured surface.
To prevent vacuum cleaner tracks, go for carpet with a textured surface. This will prevent footprints as well.
Vacuum clean in one direction only.

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What should you find out from the salesperson about carpet maintenance?
Find out if you can shampoo it yourself, or it must be professionally done.
Find out how often you will need to steam clean the carpet.
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.
Find out if it has been pre-treated with stain retardant.

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What color carpet should I choose if I want to make a large space look cozy?
a light shade
blue or green
reds or golden shades
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.

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What color is best to create a peaceful, calm feeling in my house?
a neutral shade
blue or green
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.
reds or golden shades

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What is the best shade of carpet to hide stains?
dark
Dark shades are best to hide stains. Patterns, tweeds or textures can also do that job.
light
neutral

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How can I avoid that "new carpet smell" when installing carpet?
Ask the retailer not to treat the carpet with any chemicals.
Have you and your family members wear plastic masks during installation to avoid getting a whiff of the smell.
Choose carpets made from organic materials.
"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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