There was a helpful article on choosing the right carpet on the cleaning website CleanLink.
The article was written by Doug Berjer, product manager for carpet cleaning machinery manufacturer Tornado Industries.
Here are some tips for choosing the best carpet for your home:
Colors and Patterns
…selecting the right colors and patterns is a very serious consideration; in a heavily trafficked area or where there is plenty of light, a multicolored carpet will help hide inevitable stains and soils.
The wealth of new carpet patterns and styles can be overwhelming, but don’t be daunted – choice is good, says Doug. Next, he says, choose the best installer.
Are they experienced? Do they follow proper installation practices? Improper carpet installation is the number one problem with new carpets.
The CRI 104/105 Installation Standards are the only installation standards recognized by the carpet industry. Check with your installer and make sure they follow CRI 104/105.
Learn more about CRI installation standards,
Some carpet manufacturers offer an extended, even lifetime performance warranty with their carpet backings; having this warranty can prove worthwhile, especially if the carpet is installed in a busy walkway.
Some carpets are now installed with no pad. Traditional roll carpeting should always be installed over a pad, approximately 1/4- to 1/2 - inch thick and designed to help support the carpet; padding should be thicker in areas that receive considerable foot traffic.
When selecting a pad for your carpet, check the carpet manufacturer's requirements for thickness and density. The right pad forms a good foundation and provides increased insulation, making a room quieter and warmer.
Read more about selecting the correct cushion for your carpet.
Low-gassing carpets release fewer volatile organic compounds into the air, an attractive feature that is beneficial to the environment and facility users.
And, since most of the carpet manufactured in the U.S. today has been certified to CRI’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality standard, you can be certain of buying a truly low-VOC product – one that exceeds all regulatory requirements for lowering VOC emissions.