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How to Choose Your Next Carpet

Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas.  She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.

 October 12, 2012

Here at Aaron’s Quality Cleaners we do a fantastic job of cleaning carpets. But we really get a lot of questions about choosing carpets. So, industrious company that we are, we researched the subject, combined that research with our experience cleaning carpets and came up with our top three factors to look for when choosing your next carpet. Being a carpet cleaner, we focused  on durability and ease of cleaning. Here they are:

  1. Fibers! If your household consists of kids or pets, then the most durable, stain resistant carpeting out there is nylon. It is not as soft and luxurious as wool, but it is less expensive and will be easier to maintain, for longer. Polyester and Olefin carpets are even cheaper, but are also less durable than nylon.
  2. Color! Choose a color that will hide pet hair, debris, and grime. White carpets show everything. Dark, solid color carpets tend to reveal a lot, too. A patterned carpet does a better job of disguising dirt. Multiple colors in a carpet tend to hide things even  better.
  3. Construction! Strong construction heightens a carpet’s chances of performing as expected for the intended period of time. The main three points to look for are density, face weight and twist.
    • Density:  this is the measure of how tightly fibers are stitched into a carpet’s backing. The higher the density, the better the resistance to crushing. (3000 to 4000 is a good number)
    •  Face weight:  this is the amount of fibers per square yard of carpet. A carpet should have a face weight of at least 35 to 40 ounces. (Do not confuse this number with total weight)
    • Twist:  This is the number of times the carpet fibers are twisted together before being tufted into a carpet’s backing. Around 5 twists per inch indicates a good quality carpet. One example of a high twist carpet is frieze.

Spending the extra money up front for these features far outweighs the money you would have to spend on maintenance and early replacement costs down the line.

And when it does comes around to needing your new carpets cleaned, remember, we’re the best carpet cleaner in Fresno!

Aaron’s Quality Cleaners cleans carpet, tile, aggregate and upholstery in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California 


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