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Ten tips on when and how to select carpeting

February 17, 2014

Ten Tips on When and How to Select Carpeting

CHICAGO — There is often a cost savings time of the year to buy certain products. This applies to automobiles, real estate and carpeting. But, along with knowing when to purchase carpeting to get the best price possible, there are other issues managers should consider.  
Because of this, Doug Berjer, a carpet cleaning expert and product manager for CFR (continuous flow recycling) carpet extractors, offers the following Ten Tips on how to select new carpeting:

  1. Buy when it's cold: The winter months are the slow season for carpet dealers so buyers may be able to negotiate the best price.
  2. Padding: Typically, carpeting requires a layer of padding to help protect the carpet and reduce wear.
  3. Pile: While some facilities may want a plush pile, these tend to show footprints and vacuum tracks; this will not happen with low pile carpets.
  4. Wool or synthetic: Wool often requires more involved cleaning; synthetics tend to resist soiling and are often easier to clean and maintain
  5. Price comparison: Some dealers have reduced charges for the carpet, but higher prices for installation; ask dealers to provide charges for both separately to compare "apples to apples."
  6. Stain resistant: A stain resistant carpet will help protect against staining, however it tends to be more expensive. "If the carpet is near a food service area, stain resistant carpeting may be a 'must-have.' In other areas it may not be as important," says Berjer.
  7. Read the warranty: Carpet warranties are often dull and complicated; however, they are a must-read for managers before making a selection.
  8. Color: Dark shades hide soiling; light shades show soiling.
  9. Cleaning: Always ask how the carpet should be cleaned. Many carpet manufacturers now require that their carpets be cleaned using the extraction method to protect the warranty.
  10. VOCs: Most carpets are now manufactured with fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These carpets have a reduced impact on building users and the environment.

"And always remember, selecting a carpet is a long-term investment," adds Berjer. "You want to make a selection that will meet your needs and satisfaction now and for years to come."
About CFR, a Tacony Company  
CFR designs and manufactures a complete range of eco-friendly carpet cleaning systems and high performance specialty tools with an innovative, patented technology that is radically different from other carpet cleaning systems. Continuous Flow Recycling (CFR) technology provides superior moisture-controlled cleaning, faster drying times, and increased cleaning productivity that is unmatched compared to standard carpet extractors on the market today.  Through a state-of-the-art recycling filtration system, coupled with moisture-controlled atomization wand technology to minimize carpet moisture, CFR is the Greenest carpet cleaning system available.