The Differences Between Frieze and Berber Carpet Styles

My friends over at The Carpet Guys have a post going up on their blog today about the differences between Frieze and Berber that is a worthwhile read for homeowners. Here is their link: http://bit.ly/1SZZg94

Where To Buy Carpet? Alan’s Preferred Carpet Dealers

Source: Where To Buy Carpet? Alan’s Preferred Carpet Dealers

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

Berber Carpet Cleaning Complaints

© By Alan Fletcher

Why do some Berber carpets attract dirt and are hard to keep clean? 

While Berber styles are elegant and beautiful when new, there is a common complaint from homeowners with Berber carpets made with the Olefin fiber. Consumers often report that within a week or two after a professional cleaning, previous spots and stains tend to reappear as if they were never cleaned at all. This is because the Olefin fiber is inherently oily and often makes Olefin hard to clean and prone to attracting dirt like a magnet. Old stains tend to reappear like magic.

Read full article here

Want New Carpet Installed by Christmas?

Want New Carpet installed by Christmas? If you’ve got friends and relatives coming over for the holidays you might be considering replacing your old worn out carpet. Here are some “insider” tips & tricks to help you choose new carpet wisely, save money and hopefully make sure you have it installed before your holiday guests arrive!

Every year, right after Halloween there is always a hot rush to buy new carpet, and to have it installed before the holidays. But some homeowners end up waiting too long and discover that they can’t get their new carpet installed by Christmas and other festive holiday events.

There are two ways to buy new carpet; Buying “in stock” carpet from local carpet retailer or ordering from a manufacturer’s carpet sample and wait for your new carpet to be shipped on a truck from Dalton Georgia.

Buying “In Stock” Carpet

If you want your new carpet by Christmas, you might want to consider buying carpet that is available locally “in stock” There are always plenty of rolls of carpet readily available for immediate installation at local carpet retailers. The main benefit is that you can have it installed rather quickly and the prices can be quite reasonable.

The downside is that the carpet selection is usually limited to stock on-hand; it can be difficult to determine the grade or quality of the carpet in question; the carpet may be “second grade” goods and there might not be any manufacturer’s warranty coverage.

Ordering New Carpet from the Manufacturer

Every carpet retailer has carpet samples that you can take home and consider for a few days. The benefit of ordering new carpet from the mill is that you are guaranteed to get “first quality” carpet and you will always get the full manufacturer’s warranty. You also have the benefit of selecting the exact grade or quality you require and choose the color and style that you really want.

The downside is that you will have to wait for the carpet to be shipped before you can have it installed. It can take one to four weeks for your carpet to arrive, perhaps longer if the weather is bad or unforeseen problems arise. If you wait too long before ordering, you will not get new carpet by Christmas.

If you decide to order from a sample, then you need to make sure you have your home measured accurately and place your order as soon as possible.

To help ensure you get your new carpet installed by Christmas:

  • If you want your new carpet installed before Thanksgiving, you should place your order no later than October 26th.
  • If you want you have your new carpet installed before December 24th, you should place your order before November 23th.
  • If you want your new carpet installed before January 30th, you should place your order no later than November 28th.

Every retailer has a different time frame for scheduling installations so check with your local dealer as soon as possible. Take the time to do your carpet homework and you will stand the best chance of choosing new carpet wisely, saving money and having your new carpet installed long before your holiday guests arrive!

How to Choose the Right Carpet for YOU!

In order to save the absolute most money possible and get the whole job done correctly from start to finish, you need to make wise & informed choices. I have dozens of pages and articles posted on my website that you can freely access to learn about how to buy new carpet wisely. In order to be completely satisfied with your New Carpet purchase you need to consider all the following and more:

Selecting the Right Carpet

The carpet samples you see at the carpet store may look and feel great, but some carpets will mat down and begin to wear out within a year or two. You can’t tell if a carpet is well-made just by its look or feel. You need to know how to interpret all the various carpet specifications to determine if the carpet will be a suitable choice for you.

The main 4 carpet specifications are: Fiber type; Tuft twist; Face-weight and Pile density. Homeowners need access to complete and accurate product information in order to make wise and informed carpet choices. This information is normally found on a label affixed to the back of every carpet sample. Learn what these specifications mean and how to interpret them on my website.

Are You Getting Sound Advice?

Homeowners often rely on the advice and suggestions of carpet salespeople. Unfortunately, some carpet retailers hire salespeople who are good at selling, but lack sufficient carpet knowledge and experience. Don’t blindly allow any salesperson to make all your carpet or padding choices for you. Do your carpet homework. My list of free unbiased carpet information articles:

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Selecting the Right Carpet Padding

Selecting the right padding is very important. Padding has three main specifications to consider depending on your needs and goals. It’s important that you select the right type, thickness and density rating that is appropriate to your carpet selection and application. Some pads are better for use on stairs; some are better for basement applications; and it’s important that you meet the carpet manufacturer’s padding requirements or you might void your new carpet warranty.

Where to Shop for Carpet

Depending on where you live, you may have limited choices as to where you can conveniently shop for new carpet for your home. In rural areas, there are usually fewer choices and you may need to drive to a more populated area to have more choices and better options. Not all carpet stores carry the same grade and price point of carpet. Some carpet retailers cater to high end clientele while others cater to apartment owners or “do-it-yourself” customers. Visit a local carpet retailer with a good selection of the styles, quality level and pricing of carpet that you are interested in buying.

Proper Installation

Many carpet stores have a hard time finding qualified carpet installers. Installed wrong, your new carpet can lose half its intended life span. It is your responsibility to make sure your carpet is installed correctly. On my website you can find out how to determine if your installer is properly licensed, bonded and insured to install your carpet in your state, what questions to ask and how to check references.

Print out and use my free Carpet Installation Inspection Form and do a thorough walk-through with your carpet installer when he is finished and before he leaves the job site.

Visit AbcCarpetpro.com to learn more…You can:

  • Take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to learn what grade of carpet you need to buy based on your own personal needs and goals.
  • Print out my Free Carpet Shopping Form!
  • Print out my Free Carpet Installation Inspection Form
  • Have carpet buying questions?  Free email service: “Ask the Carpet Expert”
  • Buy from a Reputable Carpet Dealer!

Carpet Dealer Directory

It’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

Best Carpet Cleaning Service Directory – Carpet Professor

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaning Service Directory Anyone searching for an honest & reputable carpet cleaning company will soon have free access to a special hand-picked list of locally owned & reputable Carpet Cleaning Companies, each who will have passed Fletcher’s strict requirements and guidelines for inclusion.

Alan's Best Carpet Cleaning Service Directory | Carpet Professor

Fletcher says that creating a list of recommended carpet cleaning service companies was an obvious decision due to the sheer number of consumer complaints filed every year with the Better Business Bureau.

“Carpet cleaning scams are so prevalent because it’s difficult for consumers to determine which companies are honest and which are not. One common scam attracts new customers with a discount coupon but use high pressure sales tactics and charge a much higher price once inside your home,” says Fletcher

“Since I’ve already helped over a million homeowners find a reputable locally-owned carpet retailer and learn how to buy new carpet wisely. Providing a list of recommended carpet cleaning service companies will be another great reason to visit my website, Carpetprofessor.com,” claims Fletcher.

Fletcher has long touted the importance of proper carpet care and maintenance. “You’ve got to take proper care of your carpet if you want it to last as long as possible. Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is very important,” advises Fletcher.

“Every carpet manufacturer now requires professional cleanings on a regular basis to keep their warranty in force,” warns Fletcher. “And you’ve got to keep your receipts or any warranty claim will be denied”

According to Fletcher, his carpet cleaning Service Directory will be of the home-grown variety, not like those computer generated lists that homeowners are forced to wade through while searching for useful information. “I like to keep it simple and I know my readers appreciate that,” said Fletcher

“My list is not like the yellow pages that show every carpet cleaner in town, I limit my recommendation to just one or two Certified Carpet Cleaning companies for an entire community,” Fletcher reports. “My goal is to make it easy for consumers to save time & money, to avoid scams and have their carpets cleaned properly!”

Homeowners are invited to visit his website at any time during the construction process but the number of recommended carpet cleaners will be limited.

Interested parties can email Alan at AbcCarpetPro@gmail.com or visit for free consumer carpet information and advice.

Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaning Service Directory

Alan's Best Carpet Cleaning Service Directory | Carpet Professor

 

email Alan at AbcCarpetPro@gmail.com

How To Choose Carpet Like A Pro

Looking to buy new carpet? Regardless of what you might read online or hear from retail carpet salespeople, choosing the right carpet is not an easy task. The average homeowner doesn’t know very much about carpet and especially what makes one carpet better than another.

In order for a carpet salesperson to be able to help a homeowner effectively choose the right grade of carpet, a lot of very specific questions need to be asked and answered and then if the salesperson is qualified, can they accurately recommend a suitable carpet to the consumer. 

Unfortunately, darn few carpet salespeople have sufficient product knowledge to be qualified to advise homeowners. Those who I find are qualified are usually related to a well established family-owned floor covering business.

It always amazes me when I look through the help wanted ads and see “no experience necssary” for a carpet sales position. Corporately owned carpet retailers often use Monster.com to attract and hire salespeople. It’s obvious that the employer is more concerned about finding candidates with high sales closing rates than product knowledge or industry experience. 

What does that mean for you the consumer? Your needs and goals are not their main concern, they just want to get the sale no matter what they have to say or do to get it. Here’s the requirements from a  recent help wanted I found for a nationally owned carpet chain:

Education and Experience Requirements for Flooring Sales:

  • High school diploma
  • 1-2 years retail sales experience and/or customer service experience
  • Requires evenings and partial weekends
  • Professional, neat, clean-cut appearance
  • Product knowledge preferred

Product knowledge is preferred, but not necessary? Is this the salesperson you want advising you? It sounds like they would be willing to hire just about anyone. The reason is, there are not very many qualified carpet and flooring salespeople out there!

You might want to bypass the need for a carpet salesperson’s advice, but  you will need to do your own carpet research. Then you can use your own knowledge  to choose the right carpet that will meet your needs and goals and still be within your budget. I can help you accomplish that.

Start by taking my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet will work best in your home.  http://www.homecarpetshopping.com/carpet_foot_traffic_test.htm 

When you’re done taking my foot traffic test,  continue on to my website and read my free articles to learn all about how to buy carpet wisely and avoid getting ripped off. Feel free to email me if you have any carpet questions and be sure to check out my Preferred Carpet Dealers at AbcCarpets.com

Alan Fletcher

Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

Website: AbcCarpets.com

email: Alan@abccarpets.com