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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Carpet that lasts?
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:44:12 AM »
I'm trying to find carpet for my living and dining room. We're a young family with a child and a dog. Does anyone have any recommendations for a durable carpet? Any advice on ones to avoid?


  • Stubble
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Re: Carpet that lasts?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2019, 08:47:37 AM »
This is something I've been looking into lately. I haven't replaced mine yet, but it seems you have to find the sweet spot between density and price point. No matter the brand, density seems to be what you look at to determine how it will wear.


  • Bristles
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Re: Carpet that lasts?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 09:03:25 AM »
Higher quality and higher density carpet is the only way to go.  I own multiple rentals and one house had super expensive carpet the house came with.  It's almost white.  When I bought the house it looked like it was in perfect shape (even though it was 9 years old).  I left it in for the renters and after 5 years it was pretty beat up (I thought I would have to tear it out).  The carpet cleaner came and said it was high quality carpet and would clean up fine.  Shockingly it did.  I finally tore it out after 20 years.  Replaced it with cheaper mid grade carpet.  It was useless after 5 years (pretty threadbare and worn out looking).

I know it's normally marketing and upselling but listen to what a person at a reputable carpet store says as you get what you pay for with carpet.  I learned my lesson and put high end carpeting in my home (with dog and kids) and it's holding up really well.


  • Magnum Stache
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Re: Carpet that lasts?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 09:36:23 AM »
I put in a pretty high quality carpet in my house 26 years ago (Queen carpet), about 600 sq. ft. worth and paid $3000.00 then.  I still have it and have had pets for many years.  It's stood up very well, but is wearing in high traffic areas.  I got a medium taupe colour that doesn't show dirt too easily and have shampooed it many times, although that does take the stain-resistance off and makes it get dirtier faster.  I would suggest getting something that doesn't show footprints and when looking at samples, bend them backwards.  You shouldn't see the backing and it's best if you have a hard time getting your fingernail down onto the backing.  The denser it is, the less it will wear.


  • Walrus Stache
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Re: Carpet that lasts?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 10:51:18 AM »
I just had carpet installed. I got the Mohawk Lifemaster(?) carpet. Its the same stuff that when it came out, they had the ad on tv about putting in the zoo and letting it get completely destroyed, then cleaning it. My parents have it in their rental and they're very happy with how it's holding up.


  • Pencil Stache
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Re: Carpet that lasts?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2019, 11:56:19 AM »
Go with a high grade wool carpet in a neutral (gray, sand, speckled) tone. Lasts forever.