What type of carpet has the best stain defense?
I've seen stainmaster carpet, and I was wondering which type of carpet resists stains the best. I'm redoing the carpet in a dining room, and my cats continually pee on the carpet in this room, so I need a robust carpet.
Question answered by *Sombra*
I have Stainmaster ... and I have 3 dogs and a cat.
My carpet is not yet 4 years old, and it is destroyed. "Stainmaster" isn't worth the time it takes to type the word.
OK, the truth is ... if a stain is just on the surface, and you catch it and clean it RIGHT AWAY ... yes, you can usually get it out. However, if it soaks through, forget it. You may be able to get most of the visible stain out, but the smell? No way.
If you could replace your carpet with Pergo, tile, anything BUT carpet, I'd recommend it. If, however, you do want to use carpet, I'd look into commercial-grade carpet. That's the stuff used in department stores, restaurants, offices, etc. Not too luxurious, but pretty tough. It is a very "tight" carpet ... most wet stains and spills will wipe up. And it can be vigorously scrubbed without damaging it.
If you buy a carpet with an allover pattern, in a medium-to-dark tone, it will better hide the stains than one that is a solid color, especially a light color.
My basement floor has ugly carpet that is glued down to the concrete underneath, what can I replace it with?
The carpet is simply too difficult, absolutely impossible, to get up off of the cement floor. Are there any flooring options we can lay over the carpet?
Question answered by DM
The best bet would be to rent an electric floor scraper. It has a heated blade on it that will melt the glue so you can rip it off. Otherwise you could always put in a sub-floor or floating floor and do whatever you wanted, tile, hardwood, linolieum or carpet. But once again it is strongly recommended that you remove the carpet first. Because if you flood, you will have major problems. Just remember, if you're going for hardwood, never install over concrete unless you have a subfloor in place.
How to match carpet seamlessly?
I am planning to reinstall the carpet in one room of my house.
I want to match this carpet exactly to the carpet in the hallway outside the room. Luckily, I managed to find an identical replacement carpet at a local store. This is a do-it-yourself project. I have read a lot of instructions on the Internet describing how to install a carpet but they do not describe if it is possible to match the carpet seamlessly between two different sections of the floor and what precautions I should take to do it. I will appreciate any tips on it (or a link). A very large area of my house (1750 sq ft) has identical carpet and I do not see any visible joint anywhere. So it must be possible. Appreciate your help.
Question answered by OleGreyGoose
Did this myself a few years back. Just a matter of rolling out the carpet and matching any patterns up, then use a carpet tape to hold the seams together. Mine is still holding with no seam showing. 3M has the best carpet tape that I know of.
What is the cheapest carpet I can find for apartment?
Installing carpet in my apartment, all 4 rooms. I need to know what kind and where to get the cheapest. Thank you
In Massachusetts, if that matters.
Question answered by Your
You can probably find some pretty cheap carpet reminants from like home depot or Lowe's for pretty cheap, and can get them the size of the room.
How can I paint the hallway with carpet and not get paint on the carpet? Plastic doesn't work?
The carpet comes right up the baseboard and I can't use plastic. So how can I paint the baseboard all the way down without getting paint on the carpet?
Question answered by sbharveyz79400
Im a professional painter. I dont use tape. Go out and buy a nice paint brush at a "Paint Store" that has soft bristles. Get a 2 or 2 1/2 inch brush straight not angled. Dip gently into the paint swipe both sides on the side of the paint can, start high and its a technique of pushing the paint downward behind the carpet. The soft " thin " bristles will reach behind the carpet and get the baseboard. I dont think the others understand what your talking about when you say painting the baseboard. You dont want to remove the baseboard because its not needed and its a huge pain in the ass. You cant tape high plush carpet because you have to reach far down. Just get a big drop cloth as close to the wall as possible and dont use too much paint. Its not that hard at all. Oil base paints are easier to work with when you are doing this kind of painting because its more "sticky" and wont run like the water based paint.
Thats it cut and dry, thats how the pros do it.
What kind of carpet cleaning should I choose?
My carpet gets very dirty and lots of stains on it. I havn't hired professional cleaning company to clean it before, so I don't know I should choose what kind of cleaning. I need a kind of cleaning which can clean it thoroughly and gets dry quickly and does not need to move all my furnitures out. I asked several carpet cleaning companies, but their suggestions were all different. I wonder if there is someone knows this?
Thanks for your answers, but I do not want DIY. I want hire a professional team to clean it. I consulted some companies; one said steam clean was the best; one said steam clean did not dry quickly; one said their self-invented method was the best. I was confused, so I came here to ask for help. I only want answers about professional cleaning, not cleaing by myself. Thanks.
I am in Kensington, Sydney. If anyone can suggest a good company, that would be great.
Question answered by Barbara E
In the past I have used Stanley you-know-who ... they arrived on time, treated my antiques with respect; when replacing the furniture they put down little pads that were easily removed the next day; the carpet was clean, fresh and ready for a dinner party within six hours. There are other companies that use the same system, I would ask friends and neighbors for referrals or ask the company for references from recent customers. Look for a company that has been around for a few years. Make sure the company is insured for any damages to your property. Also, ask if their workers are bonded and experienced.
Finally, many commercial carpet cleaners apply a stain guard type of product to your carpet, which will help minimize the impact of occasional spills. This will help stretch out the time between commercial cleanings
How to install carpet on hardwood floor?
I have a 5mx4m Carpet that I'm going to be installing in my new room. To install it, could I just use an exacto knife to cut the right amount of area to fit my whole floor? Or do I have to buy expensive tools like a kicker and a carpet trimmer.. I'd rather get help and tips on installing it with an exacto knife! Thanks!
By the way, the carpet is seperate from the underpad if this helps.
Question answered by Stephanie Mildred
Carpet is really suitable for hardwood flooring in order to protect in from scratches and dirt and it is also advisable to know the exact measure of the carpet that you install on your hardwood flooring, it is also better if you ask some advice from the experts.
How do you install a carpet runner on already installed carpeting?
We already have carpet on your stairs but want to keep it clean because it is a light color with a runner. All sites we've looked at show info on wooden stairs but not carpeted stairs. Any help out there?
Question answered by ms manners
I would install a clear vinyl runner over the carpet.
Here is a website on how to do it:
How to you get rid of carpet marks from heavy furniture?
My carpet has 'dints' in it from where my bed and wardrobe used to be. How to I make the carpet look normal here?
Question answered by *Sombra*
You can set an ice cube down in the dent and let it melt, or just spritz a little water from a spray-bottle onto the squashed-down area ... let it sit for 10 minutes or so. The carpet fibers will absorb the water and start plumping back up again.
Then kinda "scruff" the carpet with your fingers ... pull it up and finger-comb it back and forth ...
You can either let it dry and then vacuum, or dry it with a blow-dryer on a low setting and vacuum. Either way, your carpet should look good as new.
Is old carpet backing harmful and what is the safest way to dispose of it?
I have had to roll back some old fitted carpet and have been shocked by the mess underneath. The foam backing has disintegrated and now a very fine powder although the carpet itself is still in good condition.
I think the carpet has been down for more than 25 years.
Question answered by ANF
The foam "dust" is not toxic but the fineness of it can cause respiratory problems and leave one with a cough if inhaled into the lungs. Best thing is to roll back the carpet carefully and then vacuum in small areas as the carpet rolls back.Us a good quality cleaner. This will stop the dust from spreading. Once you have up the foam dust then carefully take the carpet from the house. It will still have a lot of the dust in it. Get it down to a tip soonest. Do NOT attempt to burn as fumes will be toxic. Do not brush up the remaining dust but keep vacuuming until it is gone. Brushing will cause the dust to get airborne.