Here are essential questions to ask yourself that should get you on the right track with Non-Toxic chemicals:
Where to get some recommendations?
Start by asking a friend, family member, or neighbour who has recently bought a carpet where they bought it from, and who laid it for them. This is probably the best way to find a reputable supplier that provides a good service and value for money.
How much carpet do you need?
Measure up each area you want to buy carpet for to get an idea of how many square yards or metres you need. Make sure to measure the extremes in both directions. If you’re planning to carpet a large area, or the whole house, you may be able to negotiate a better deal with the shop. If you only need to cover one or two rooms, keep a lookout for a remnant or a roll end – it should work out much cheaper for you.
How hardwearing does it need to be?
The greater the level of foot traffic, the harder use the area is going to get. Select a carpet that can withstand high traffic for your Hall, Stairs, Landing, Living and Dining Room areas. Bedrooms and areas of lighter use can be covered with a cheaper, lesser quality.
What is it made of?
Wool is soft, warm and resilient but can be expensive. Nylon (Polyamide) is usually cheaper, hardwearing and often patterned: the low weight styles can show flattening of the pile. Polypropylene is much cheaper than wool or nylon, hardwearing and has the added benefit of being fade resistant, stain resistant and bleach proof, so it’s a practical family carpet.
How long will it be down for?
Are you thinking of moving house in a year or two, having a baby, getting a pet? Why spend large sums on a carpet that will be a short-term installation and uses of Non-Toxic chemicals? Perhaps it would be better to select a medium weight, stain resist pile for now, then treat yourself later on to a better quality carpet, when things are more settled.
If you have to consider elderly relatives, children and pets and Non-Toxic chemicals
Then you will need a more forgiving carpet. Selecting a wool carpet may not be so practical: accidents, spills and stains may be more difficult to remove. Maybe a polypropylene pile carpet would be more sensible.
Does it come with any Guarantees?
Check with your supplier to see if the carpet carries a guarantee longer than the statutory 12 months. Some manufacturers give a 7 or 10 year guarantee on the stain resistance and wear characteristics. Check the label on the back of the swatch sample – you should find the details there. Ask the shop for a warranty form/brochure. Failing that, write to the manufacturer, ask for their guarantee statement and keep it with your shop receipt.
Who guarantees the fitting?
Don’t forget the fitting guarantee. Are the fitters employed by the shop or are they self-employed sub-contractors? You need to establish who is responsible if something goes wrong with the carpet should it shrink, stretch, pull up off the grippers or seams open up etc.
With over 37 years experience in the wholesale and retail carpet and flooring industry, Peter Tozer has helped thousands of consumers to buy carpet, advising them on all aspects of the process.