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Quiz: Do you know how to Properly Select Carpet?
by Staff
It's winter, and the floor beside your bed is ice cold. It's not exactly tempting to get out of bed. But what if your feet were to land on warm, fluffy carpeting? Getting out of bed would be a completely different experience. Take our quiz to get the lowdown on choosing and installing carpet in your home.

How many different criteria should you take into consideration when purchasing a new carpet?

  • three
  • four
  • five

If you want your furniture, artwork or walls to be the focus of the room, what color carpeting is best?

  • neutral colors
  • bright colors
  • pale colors

What does a carpet's pile refer to?

  • the softness of the fibers
  • the density of the fibers
  • the height of the fibers

What is an example of a loop pile cut?

  • Berber
  • Saxony
  • frieze

What is the name of the style when fibers are looped and then cut?

  • level loop
  • cut pile
  • cut and loop pile

Which pile style is the most durable?

  • loop pile
  • cut pile
  • cut and loop pile

Which carpet type is the softest?

  • plush
  • Berber
  • Saxony

What is the softest fiber?

  • wool
  • olefin
  • polyester

Which of the following fabrics best resists wear and tear?

  • olefin
  • acrylic
  • polyester

What is the purpose of carpet padding?

  • It keeps spills from reaching the subfloor underneath.
  • It prevents mold and mildew from growing underneath the carpet.
  • It insulates the room and enhances the carpet's durability.

What is the major advantage of carpet tiles?

  • It is cheaper.
  • Individual tiles can be replaced instead of a whole carpet.
  • It is easier to install and can even be done on your own.

How much does carpet cost?

  • $4 to $33 per square yard
  • $5 to $55 per square yard
  • $10 to $120 per square yard

What size carpet sample should you take home?

  • a strip about 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) long
  • a square about 6 inches (15.2 centimeters)
  • as large as you can get

What is a good way to cut costs when installing carpets?

  • Install the carpet yourself.
  • Do a lot of shopping around for the best price.
  • Skip the carpet padding.

What causes that distinctive "new carpet smell?"

  • glue used to install the carpet
  • mold and mildew
  • formaldehyde