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Quiz: Understanding Your Carpet Label
by Staff
Are you installing new carpet in your home? There is much to consider when purchasing carpet: color, durability, stain resistance, weave, material, thickness. Luckily, all the information you need is contained in the label. Take our quiz to see if you are savvy carpet label reader.

How many types of carpet weave are there?

  • two
  • four
  • eight

What is the most common process used to make a carpet?

  • tufting
  • hooking
  • knotting

What does density refer to?

  • fibers per square inch
  • fibers per foot
  • the thickness of the fibers

What twist level indicates durability?

  • less than five
  • more than four
  • at least 10

What is the difference between face weight and total weight?

  • Total weight includes the carpet backing.
  • Face weight includes the carpet backing.
  • Total weight includes the packaging.

Which is the most popular type of fiber?

  • polyester
  • wool
  • nylon

Which is the most expensive type of fiber?

  • acrylic
  • wool
  • olefin

What is a disadvantage of a acrylic carpeting?

  • It's expensive.
  • It stains easily.
  • It pills and fluffs.

What criteria are used to obtain a Performance Appearance Rating (PAR)?

  • density, twist, fiber and stain resistance
  • density, twist and face weight
  • the carpet's condition after a year of normal traffic from a family of four

How seriously should you take the Performance Appearance Rating (PAR)?

  • It's very trustworthy.
  • It's moderately trustworthy.
  • It's not trustworthy.

What does Teflon and Scotchgard technology do to liquids spilled on carpets?

  • It makes liquid form beads.
  • It makes the carpet resist absorbing it.
  • It neutralizes their odor.

How does a StainMaster carpet work?

  • It's coated with wax to prevent food from sticking to it.
  • It causes liquid to form beads on the carpet.
  • It neutralizes the electric charge in the carpet.

What do manufacturers do to make their product resist stains?

  • treat the carpet with chemicals
  • weave the strands in a pattern that doesn't absorb liquid
  • both of the above

How reliable is the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label?

  • not very
  • moderately
  • very

Which notorious chemical is put on carpets?

  • ozone
  • formaldehyde
  • Freon

How can you prevent your carpet from harboring germs?

  • Treat it with antibacterial spray.
  • Shampoo it regularly.
  • Vacuum it regularly.

How many times warmer does carpet keep a house than hardwood?

  • three times
  • five times
  • 10 times

How can you determine a carpet's R-value if it's not written on the label?

  • Multiply its durability score by three.
  • Multiply its thickness in inches by 2.6.
  • Multiply its density and twist score by its total weight.

What should you keep in mind when deciding which size carpet to buy?

  • The carpet will expand over time.
  • The carpet will shrink over time.
  • You'll need more carpet than the actual room size.

With regard to warranty, what should you always do?

  • Read the fine print.
  • Buy an extended warranty.
  • Don't buy an extended warranty.