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January 31, 2019 - Karl Yeh

"So there's nylon. There's a polyester. They're the most commonly used ones. There's a polypropylene type of carpet. Usually not used that often. It doesn't wear very well at all. But it's a quick fix for a basement playroom or something like that. And then of course your wool carpet. It's very luxurious, very expensive."

Are you in the market for new carpet or planning to replace the one you have? Bought a new home and need to choose a carpet? In this episode, we discuss the different types of carpet, which is the most durable and best ones for pet owners. We also explore how to clean carpet stains (especially pet messes) and why you need to have your carpets professionally cleaned. 

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Hi everyone. I'm Karl Yeh. Welcome to another home buyer's school video. A channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts. And remember, if this is your first time on this channel, and you wanna get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below. Hit the little notification bell so you don't miss [00:00:30] anything.

So today I'm joined by Deborah Armstrong, Senior Interior Designer with Brookfield Residential. And today we're gonna talk about types of carpets. And so I guess the first one is,

What is the most durable type of carpet?

Deborah Armstrong:         

Most durable types of carpets I would say would be your nylon carpet, and then your wool carpet. They have very, very strong fibers and can stand up to a higher traffic.

Karl Yeh:          

Yeah. And I've always wanted to know about carpets. Does the, I guess, the length of the carpet matter?

Deborah Armstrong:          

No. Not [00:01:00] really. It's how many fibers per square inch. That's what's the most important.

You can have a really long fiber and very little material per square inch, and it's gonna just lay over, flop. It's gonna show it's wear and tear. It's not gonna feel good underfoot.

Karl Yeh:          

What are the different types of carpets for homes?

Deborah Armstrong:         

So there's nylon. There's a polyester. They're the most commonly used ones.

There's a polypropylene type of carpet. [00:01:30] Usually not used that often. It doesn't wear very well at all.

But it's a quick fix for a basement playroom or something like that. And then of course your wool carpet. It's very luxurious, very expensive.

Karl Yeh:           And which ones-

Deborah Armstrong:          Very hard wearing.

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Karl Yeh:          

For me is which one's the easiest ones to clean?

Deborah Armstrong:         

Your polyester carpet in itself is more stain resistant than a nylon carpet. However, the carpet manufacturers today have got great stain guards that are warrantied [00:02:00] very, very well.

So between a nylon and a polyester, I'd say there you're two best carpets. Nylon is gonna be twice the price of a polyester carpet.

Karl Yeh:           Okay.

Deborah Armstrong:         Just because of its wear and tear ability. It's just stronger.

Karl Yeh:          

And so my dog had many accidents on our carpets.

If you have pets, what carpet would you recommend?

Deborah Armstrong:          

I would probably go with a nylon carpet that's [00:02:30] got a really good warranty. And a good stain protection on it.

To make sure that you don't void that warranty, you're gonna wanna make sure that you clean and have professionally cleaned.

Don't use those ones you rent-

Karl Yeh:           From Safeway?

Deborah Armstrong:         

No, they are not good for your carpets, and they do not clean.

In fact, they probably put more dirt down, and your carpet will get dirtier quicker. Because it can't extract that soap.

And the soap then acts an agent [00:03:00] to actually attract more dust 'cause it's sticky.

Karl Yeh:           Really?

Deborah Armstrong:         Yeah, so don't use those. Worst thing you can do.

Karl Yeh:          

Worst thing you can do is, okay, so let's talk about that more. Because I know I do that every six months. And I think I'm doing a great job because-

Deborah Armstrong:         But is your carpet seem to get dirty quicker and quicker?

Karl Yeh:           Yeah, it actually kinda does.


Yeah. So you want to professionally clean because they can extract all that cleaning agent, the soaps.

Karl Yeh:          

Oh. So when you're using the ones from the stores, you just go over, [00:03:30] but all the soaps there and just attracts-

Deborah Armstrong:          

Well, it's ... You do rinse it. It does have a rinse cycle. But it doesn't, it's not strong enough to get all of that residue out of there.

Karl Yeh:          

So let's say for example, 'cause we've had to do this. We've had to clean up our pet's mess. We've cleaned it up, and then we usually go to the grocery store and get the carpet cleaner, right? What would be a better solution to doing that?

Deborah Armstrong:         

Well, when you ... All right, have an accident.

Whether it be your pet or a glass of wine or a coffee, whatever it is. You want to first blot out right away. Don't let it dry that mess. Just blot it, get it out of there. And then put hot water. No soaps.

Karl Yeh:           Just hot water.

Deborah Armstrong:         

Just hot, hot water onto that carpet. Keep applying and blotting. Blot it all out. If you still see it, apply more. Just keeping doing.

Karl Yeh:           Keep blotting? Okay.

Deborah Armstrong:          

Yeah. Today's carpets, most of them have great stain resistance in them. You shouldn't have a problem getting those out. [00:04:30] And then you wanna make sure if you do have an accident where you don't, you can't get it out.

Your carpet's gonna be warrantied. They're warrantied for like 20 years, 25 years.

Depending on the product that you buy.

But you have to be able to show them that you've had your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.

You wanna make sure that you keep those receipts in a safe place. If you don't have those, then your carpet, or that warranty may not be valid.

Karl Yeh:           Oh, okay.

Deborah Armstrong:         Anymore. It's [00:05:00] very important.

Karl Yeh:          

Is there anything you can do without going to a professional to keep your carpets clean?

Deborah Armstrong:          

Vacuum. You wanna vacuum those carpets weekly. And remove any stains, small stains right away.

Don't let them dry.

Karl Yeh:          

And that's another thing. So what if you spill either ketchup or red wine.

You know, very staining agents. Is it, what you said in just putting hot water. Does [00:05:30] that usually lift?

Deborah Armstrong:          

Yes. 'Cause a lot of the carpets have a stain protection on the carpet that's going to ... So it's not going to absorb like some of the old carpets did.

So if you get at it right away, you probably won't have a problem.

Karl Yeh:           Okay.

Deborah Armstrong:         

Another key for that is, especially if you do have pets, there are underlays nowadays that have a barrier to protect the moisture going all the way through to your subfloor.

Karl Yeh:          

Okay. And remember, if you wanna know more about best carpet [00:06:00] underlay, watch our video above.

Can you spot remove stains on a carpet?

So let's say you have a stain in one section of the carpet, and unfortunately you can't remove it. Is that something that you need to remove the entire carpet?

Or can you actually spot remove carpet?

Deborah Armstrong:          

You can, you actually can if you've got that exact same carpet. If your carpet's not so old and you're putting in this brand new piece of carpet that it looks so different it will look like a patch, but you know, it's always advisable to have a little bit of carpet for those areas.

That you can [00:06:30] do that. You know?

Karl Yeh:           So when you buy brand new carpet, you probably want some extra, just-

Deborah Armstrong:         

Yeah, and they usually leave a little bit behind for you if there is some. For those areas. And yes, as long as the carpet's not too old.

Otherwise, you are definitely going to see that patch. It will look like a ...

Karl Yeh:           Perfect. Do you have anything else to add in terms of carpets?

Deborah Armstrong:          Just vacuum, keep them clean, keep your warranties.

Karl Yeh:          

Awesome. Question for you is:

What type of carpet do you have, and have you had any accidents on those carpets and how did you deal with them?

Let us know in the comment section [00:07:00] below. Thank you very much for joining us. And we'll catch you next time.



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