How much thought have you ever put into carpet? Maybe this is something we should have done before we had new carpet installed in March, but we didn’t and now I fear we may be paying for it.
Wes and I noticed soon after returning from our trip to Israel that our carpet was not looking quite as nice as it used to. We thought it was odd, but figured I just had the vacuum on the wrong setting or something. After experimenting with several vacuum settings, it was undeniable: Our carpet was looking worn.
We thought maybe it was because it needed to be re-stretched (our vacuum was skipping like a wake-boarder over some spots) so we had our installer come back and take a look. He said the carpet was taut but that it did indeed look quite worn for carpet that’s barely even made it through one whole season change.
So, we called the company that sold us our carpet and they sent out a carpet inspector. He just left the house and I have to say that I wish we’d read up on carpet a little more. I also wish that the lady who sold us our carpet had thought to educate us, but that’s a different matter entirely.
The inspector (who was a cop at one time and thinks that Super Troopers is an awesome movie. Which it is. You’ve gotta love an ex-cop with a sense of humor) took one look at our stairs and told us that we had polyester carpet.
Oh. I wondered if that was supposed to mean something.
He proceeded to explain that different carpet materials have different properties. Apparently, our carpet is made from polyester and is excellent with stains. He said that our carpet is great for people with children because it’s hard to stain it and, if a stain does happen, it comes out really easily. He said that the down side to having polyester carpet is that it mats down easily. Meaning it looks tired and worn-out a couple months after installation.
I guess vinyl carpet holds up to wear really well but stains easily. We never ventured into wool territory but it probably has its very own set of pluses and minuses. Even the kind of vacuum you use is important to keep in mind when taking care of carpet. Our vacuum got a nod of approval from the inspector, and the Dyson vacuums inspired a tirade about how the brush bristles are too stiff and beat the snot out of long carpets. Huh.
Then, he shared with us a trick for removing candle wax from carpet. I guess all you need is a piece of white terry cloth and an iron and voila! Wax be gone!
Tirades and awesome advice aside, I wish we’d known all this before we chose our carpet. I think that, worn-down carpet aside, polyester carpet is best for us and our future stain-making children, but I wish we’d known what to expect. I just wonder whether this is all public knowledge that Wes and I missed out on or if it’s something few people know and then later come to find out about like we did.
This leads me back to my original question: How much thought have you ever put into carpet?
Also, have you all known about the wax-lifting trick all this time and been holding out on me? Seriously, where were all of you when I spilled that candle at my parent’s house and had to pick it out of the carpet with my nails for an hour? Speaking of which, where was that cop-turned-carpet-inspector? He was probably pulling me over for speeding, but he could have at least taught me that quick tip before handing back my license, don’t you think?