A carpet can make a dramatic difference in how a room looks, and if yours is dreary or worn, it might be time to replace it.
On the other hand, the carpet may only need a good cleaning to regain its magnificence. Before you decide to make a major investment in new carpet, consider hiring a professional cleaner.
Move a piece of furniture that may not have budged in a few years. How does the carpet beneath it look? Would cleaning make a significant difference or do you think you are beyond that?
Before You Buy
It it’s time to buy new carpet, spend some time in a carpet store before you decide on what to buy. Don’t be swayed by price alone.
Other considerations are the fiber, pile, the padding, and the installation. If you plan to buy wall-to-wall carpet, you will want to have it professionally installed.
An alternative to wall-to-wall is a bound carpet that you lay as an area rug. This is less costly than wall-to-wall, but you will have to take into account the condition of the floor under the carpet, as you’ll be able to see it.
Carpet comes in several materials. Wool is more expensive and may wear better than synthetic carpet. Plus, it is naturally stain resistant. Synthetic fibers often are meant to mimic wool. Many carpets are made of blends.
The pile might be thick and luxurious or short and efficient. It could be looped, or cut for a sheared pile. Each type has its uses and you will have to decide what works best for yours.
For example, if you are carpeting a hallway or staircase, you might want a short, looped pile; for a bedroom, you might want a deep, velvety sheared pile.
Regardless of what kind of carpet, extend its life with good padding. Ask the salesperson what kind is best for the type of carpet you buy.
After You Buy
Unless you buy a very small piece of carpet that you can carry yourself, the store will deliver it to your house or apartment. If it’s being installed, you will probably be responsible for moving the furniture in the room. Ask about this before the installers arrive.
Once the carpet is in place, don’t be surprised if it sheds a little. This is particularly true of wool carpet. The shedding will stop after a little while.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the carpet. For most, a good vacuuming once or twice a week is all it needs to look great!