How to Choose the Best Carpet for Your Home
Installing new carpet in your home is a major project, and if you choose the wrong type of carpet for your carpet installation, you probably won't be happy with your results in the long run. Carter Oosterhouse shares his trade secrets for choosing the best carpet for high-traffic areas, stain-prone areas, comfort and appearance, allergy-prone family members and for managing the amount of VOCs (those compounds that give off that "new carpet smell") that are released into your home's environment. He also lets you in on the secret of how to extend your new carpet's seven- to 10-year lifespan by up to two years.
And now that you've weighed the options, Eric Stromer shows you how to get stains out of carpet!
Step 1: Loop Pile
Also known as berber, this type of carpet is very durable and is perfect for high-traffic and stain-prone areas of your home.
Step 2: Cut Pile
Also known as plush, this carpet's strong points are comfort and appearance. It's perfect for formal living rooms and comes in a variety of lengths, from shag to short. Longer cut piles feel most comfy to your feet, but they don't hold up as well to high traffic and can trap more allergens than other types of carpet.
Step 3: Cut and Loop Pile
A combination of berber and plush, this hybrid carpet is perfect for dining areas. It blends the comfort of cut pile with the durability of loop pile.
Step 4: Recycled Polyester
This eco-friendly carpet is made with recycled plastic bottle caps. It releases low levels of volatile organic compounds -- substances that create that "new carpet smell" -- and can be a healthier option for both your home and the planet.
Items You'll Need
- Loop Pile Carpet
- Cut Pile Carpet
- Cut and Loop Pile Carpet
- Recycled Polyester Carpet