Stairs are tough on carpet. Consider alternatives like hardwood,
laminate and the like. Easier to clean, wears better, looks better.
Carpets just hold dust and dirt. We've eliminated most of it in our
Simon Caster wrote the single word "carpet" in his subject line.
Carpet is what you put on the floor.
Now, if you put something more useful in your subject line, I might
actually respond accordingly...
I would stick with nylon only. I'm not up on current fibers but nylon
is the toughest. Get the highest basis weight you can. Flat
constructions like shag, if they still make it, wear worse.
Then there is a matter of dirt hiding and static resistance.
There are nylon fibers constructed for all the best attributes but I've
also seen off spec industrial grades used that were not made for
carpets. These are things to discuss with the carpet seller.
I also avoid the remnant type places. Guy once sold me a nylon carpet
that turned out to be polyester. I had done the testing myself. I got
a chunk of purchase price back.
Half the house is carpet and half is travertine.
You can have ours, it's high quality with expensive pad underneath.
approx 2,000 sq ft worth, some extremely large sections.Never been
'lived' on. Replacing it ALL with travertine.
Carpet - the onlhy thing you will buy over...and over....and over...
Carpet Cleaning companies love it when
you put that stuff on the floor. Just did ours _again_ only one room
18x15 =$181. I can look forward to
doing it again in 2 years when it will be over $200. As for stairs -
The caveman who was the first to throw a bearskin on the floor should
have been shot!
The things one puts up with to satisfy the wife!!
gee carpet is warm on the feet and quiet......
however we have dogs so its not really practical. I am 55 and as a
child wall to wall carpet was fashionable. carpet normally lasts 10
years if you vacuum it often......
carpet doesnt really wear, the imbedded dirt wears the fibres of the
Years ago, we bought a 'commercial' grade carpet cleaner, about $4,000
that heats the water, has rating of 1200psi, plugs into two different
service outlets to operate, and purchased cases of really good carpet
cleaner from Brulins Indiana. Every month, just clean the carpet,
like vacuuming. The extraction is so thorough, the carpets dry within
2-4 hours. That way, the carpet stays new. The top 'look' keeps
nicer. When I took up a section, underneath between rebond pad and
carpet had NO grit, or dust, bright colors - looked like just
Seriously, look into getting a cleaner like that, both your Ms. and
YOU will be lot happier. Plus, line the perimeter of the room with
Raid's new product, "Bug Barrier" in our area takes out spiders,
centipedes, flying critters that land on it, and scorpions.
I just thought I would mention this because there's a widespread
misconception that carpet shampoo'ers clean carpets better than vaccuum
A carpet shampooer and a vaccuum cleaner are two separate tools meant
for totally different purposes, just like a screwdriver and a pair of
Vaccuum cleaners are intended for removing SOLID dirt from carpets, like
sand, pollen, dead skin cells, paper and cloth fibers, etc.
Carpet shampoo'ers are intended for removing wet or dried up liquid
spills from carpets.
That's because as soon as you get a carpet wet, there's a force that
comes into existance called "surface tension" that wants to keep solid
particles like sand grains and dead skin cells stuck to the fibers of
Next time you're at the beach, try cleaning sand off of wet feet and dry
feet and see which one works better. Of course it'll be dry feet cuz in
that case there's no surface tension trying to keep the sand grains
stuck to your skin.
The best way to clean any carpet is to vaccuum it with a good quality
vaccuum cleaner to remove the solid dirt particles first, and then
shampoo it to remove any dried up liquid spills or dissolve any stains.
Well of the houses I owned or own, one rental home has tile for the
stairs and it holds up best (I don't like it for other reasons) but
you wanted to know what carpet is best and I'd say berber for strictly
traffic. The negative side of berber is when you have to have it
steam cleaned, it's harder than pile carpet.
What kind of traffic.....five kids? Old couple? Dogs? Open stairway,
where looks matter more? Cheap or luxury? You can buy runners in all
price ranges...hold down with removeable rods so it can be changed easily.
I just looked at a nice home that had carpet in the kitchen...hadn't
seen that for about 40 years :o) Bought the one with vinyl in the
kitchen....I'm more fussy about maintenance than esthetics at my age and
if I slip and fall the vinyl will be a tad softer.
Yes, but all those places are areas where road grit (from sanding and
salting) are going to get ground into the carpet pile and wreck it. I
wouldn't use carpet floor mats in the cab of a garbage truck either.
There are different kinds of flooring suitable for different
applications. If there's gonna be no more sand and road grit on these
stairs than there would be on the living room floor, I don't see why
carpet would be any less suitable for the steps than the living room.
If this carpeting was ti be installed on the front or back stairs into
the house, then I'd agree as well. But, my understanding is that the
stairway is inside the house and not at either a front or back entrance.
I agree; I wouldn't use carpeting for the living room either.
Full disclosure: I'm not totally opposed to carpeting. I built a
cat-scratching post using a piece of very expensive carpeting material.
The cats enjoy it.
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