Buying a Carpet? 6 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Carpet

Making the decision to buy a carpet is not something that we do often but it’s a decision that we want to get right so that it will last for years to come. But how do you avoid repeating the mistakes people make when buying a carpet?

Having started out in business with carpet and upholstery cleaning, Gary has nearly 20 years experience and in the video and transcript below, he shares his thoughts to ensure you pick the right carpet for you.

6 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Carpet


Hi guys, today I want to talk about six mistakes that people make when buying carpets.

#1  They don’t take a carpet sample home

When you see a carpet in a carpet shop, it’s in a completely different light to what the lighting will be back in your home.

You’ve also got to the look at the fact that you may have a north facing room or a south facing room and it’s also good to look at it during the day and at night in your home to make sure it looks just how you want it to in your room.

#2  They assume stain free means that the carpet will never get dirty

This isn’t true. Carpets will always get dirty.

Stain free means that it’s easier to keep clean.  The dirt or the oil or whatever gets tracked into the carpet will not adhere to the fibre, as much as it would into a non stain free carpet. Stain free is also commonly associated with man made fibres, so it will be easier to look after and to clean over a longer period of time.

This what stain free means. Like I said, it doesn’t mean the carpet will never get dirty as this is not true.

#3 Buying online from a photograph

When you buy online from a photograph, this will never be the true colour and it will not look like that when you get it home.

I am sure the customer’s pictures of rugs and carpets look great online but when you see them in real life they look completely different. You must, must see a hard sample from correct color of carpet.

#4 Assuming expensive must be better

Not true.

Carpet prices range from five or six pounds of square meter right up to well over 100 pounds a square meter. It doesn’t mean just because you are buying a carpet at £60 or £70 or even £80  that it’s going to be a much better carpet than a cheaper carpet.

It’s more about getting the carpet that suits your traffic in the house, that suits your household that you can live with. Again, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive to get a good quality carpet.

#5 Buying a carpet because it’s bleach cleanable.

Now coming from a carpet cleaner background, I will never ever advise you to put bleach on the carpet, but if you have to, it’s mixed one part bleach five parts water. Then, whatever you put on that carpet you must blot to take it back out again.  However, you should only use bleach if it’s something really drastic that something has been set on it or you’ve spilt something colourful onto a white carpet white.

Even when a carpet states that it’s bleach cleanable, most of the time you must blot out everything from your carpet or have it professionally cleaned.

#6  A carpet isn’t the right type of flooring for your needs

Are you sure that a carpet is the right product to have or should you look at hard flooring?

There is a wide range of flooring now available and, again, the best type of flooring depends on the traffic coming through your house as to what’s best to live with.

It may be that you’ve got two or three kids, or you’ve got pets, which would mean hard floors are going to be much easier for you to look after and to live with. Carpet, obviously for the cleaning part, is much harder to look after if you have a lot of traffic coming through the household.

It’s worth taking time to understand and exploring which product would suit your home best.

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