geo pearl;2916601 Wrote:
> Hello, I have lived in an apartment with two kids for the
> last five years. Everything that spills on the carpet leaves
> a stain. The carpet looks gross. Cleaning up a mess
> just makes a bigger stain.
> Do landlords have access to cheap carpet that allows the
> above senario to happen? IF you have the answer, please
> don't spare any details. Thanks in advance.
The answer to your question is NO. Landlords, like myself, buy the
carpets for our apartments from the local carpet retailers just like
But, since we buy carpet much more often than homeowners do, we
generally deal with the "commercial" sales people and get a better
price. Also, because many of us are in the business of maintaining and
renovating our properties, we tend to know a lot more about construction
and renovation materials and practices than homeowners do. So, we know
much more about the carpets we're buying so as to ensure we're buying
the carpet that best meets our needs.
Just as there are different ways of skinning cats, there are different
styles of managing rental properties. In my own building I install only
SOLUTION DYED LEVEL LOOP NYLON CARPETS.
NYLON - is the strongest of the 3 plastic fibers (nylon, polyester,
olefin) used to make carpet in North America, so nylon fiber makes for
the longest wearing carpet. Over 90 percent of the commercial carpeting
sold in the USA is made from nylon fiber.
LEVEL LOOP - means the loops of the nylon yarns are all equal in height,
and there's a natural resilience to a loop, thereby ensuring the
normally long lifespan of a nylon carpet.
SOLUTION DYED - means that the fibers used to make the carpet don't get
their colour from dyes applied to the outer surface of the fiber (which
is what you get with conventionally dyed carpets). Instead, the colour
comes from tiny coloured solid particles (called "pigments") which were
added to the nylon as it was being drawn into a fiber. Consequently,
the colour of the carpet comes from these pigments suspended in the
otherwise clear or transluscent nylon plastic very much like the raisins
are suspended in raisin bread.
By using solution dyed level loop nylon carpet, you're getting the
longest wearing carpet available AND because those coloured pigments
that give the carpet it's colour are encased in nylon plastic, you can
use bleach straight out of the jug to remove stains from solution dyed
carpets without harming the carpet. That's because the bleach never
actually comes into contact with the pigments because they're encased in
nylon. With a conventionally dyed carpet, the colour comes from
coloured dye molecules on the outside of whatever kind of fiber the
carpet is made of.
And, in fact, the least expensive carpeting commonly available is Olefin
carpeting, and ALL 100% Olefin carpets are solution dyed, so that you
can use bleach to remove stains from them. But, Olefin is a weaker
fiber and so level loop Olefin carpets simply don't stand up to foot
traffic as well as level loop nylon carpets do.
Or, at least, I'd like to think that a smart landlord would learn about
carpeting and purchase the kind of carpeting that best meets his needs.