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The Ultimate Choosing a Carpet Quiz
by Staff
Nothing feels quite as good as the plush softness of carpet on bare feet, especially after a long, hard day. It may be slightly more costly and a bit harder to maintain than vinyl or tile, but carpeting is definitely worth the added expense and effort. Take our quiz and get some great tips on making on making your carpet purchase a good investment.

What is carpet padding made from?

  • rubber or foam
  • wool
  • vinyl

What kind of padding does a high traffic area need?

  • firm, dense padding
  • softer padding
  • rubber padding, not foam

How thick a padding do you need if your carpet has a density of six pounds (2.7 kilograms)?

  • 3/16 inch (5 millimeters)
  • 5/16 inch (8 millimeters)
  • 7/16 inch (11 millimeters)

What should you specify when asking about pricing?

  • Make sure it includes a stain, manufacturing and wear and tear warranty.
  • Ask if this price includes sales tax, as they often add that only when charging you.
  • You should specify that you would like a separate quote for the materials and installation.

How are carpet prices measured?

  • cubic feet
  • cubic yards
  • square feet

If you have kids or pets, what kind of carpet is best for you?

  • synthetic carpet
  • rolled carpeting
  • carpet tile

Which material carpet comes with the highest price tag?

  • nylon
  • wool
  • Olefin

What carpeting is best for the basement and stairwell?

  • nylon
  • wool
  • Olefin

Which weave of carpet is easiest to clean?

  • level loop or high density loop
  • cut pile and multi-level loop
  • cut pile and high density loop

How can I prevent vacuum cleaner tracks on my carpets?

  • Go for short cut pile.
  • Go for a textured surface.
  • Vacuum clean in one direction only.

What should you find out from the salesperson about carpet maintenance?

  • Find out if you can shampoo it yourself, or it must be professionally done.
  • Find out how often you will need to steam clean the carpet.
  • Find out if it has been pre-treated with stain retardant.

What color carpet should I choose if I want to make a large space look cozy?

  • a light shade
  • blue or green
  • reds or golden shades

What color is best to create a peaceful, calm feeling in my house?

  • a neutral shade
  • blue or green
  • reds or golden shades

What is the best shade of carpet to hide stains?

  • dark
  • light
  • neutral

How can I avoid that "new carpet smell" when installing carpet?

  • Ask the retailer not to treat the carpet with any chemicals.
  • Have you and your family members wear plastic masks during installation to avoid getting a whiff of the smell.
  • Choose carpets made from organic materials.