What Makes a Quality Carpet?

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Buying poor quality carpet is the quickest way to waste a good sum of money. Before you buy, don’t rely on a salesperson to make your decision. You can take a look to determine the difference between high quality and low quality carpeting.

Examining how your carpet is constructed will give you the most insight into how long it will last. Here is a quality checklist for you to make your own determination.

Quality Checklist: 

Fiber Types

There are numerous fiber types to choose from. Match the fiber to the characteristics of the room you plan to carpet.

Nylon Carpet

Nylon resists stains very well and is extremely strong. However, it tends to fade in sunlight.

Nylon may be better in a north-facing or east-facing living room or playroom where your family spends most of their time.

Wool Carpet

Wool is prone to soiling, so you wouldn’t put it beneath your dining room table. It may be better for the stairs and the bedroom where its hypoallergenic properties are most needed to ensure a healthy night’s sleep.


Polyester gives a soft, plush feel beneath the feet and can be produced in vibrant colors, perfect for bringing new life to your living room decor. Polyester also tends to be very resistant to stains, mildews and abrasion; a smart choice for busy families.


Avoid olefin in your entry halls because it tends to mat. Instead, use olefin carpet in kids’  rooms or outdoors where it will perform at its best. Olefin makes it easy to clean up messes, resists moisture, and remains colorfast.


Tightly twisted fibers signal durability and strength. Compare two carpets by untwisting a single piece of each and seeing whether it quickly returns to the original twist.


See how dense the carpet is by folding it back and seeing how much of the backing shows through. The carpet backing is often colored the same as the color of the fibers, so look carefully. A dense carpet will be more difficult to see the backing behind the fibers.

Surface Texture

Pile height does not determine durability. Cut pile is more luxurious, but will mat more readily and show footprints and vacuum tracks. Loop pile isn’t as plush, but wears extremely well and is popular with families of small children.

Mixed-pile carpeting blends the best features of both. During production, longer loops are cut to match the shorter loops. Separate the pile to determine whether you can touch the backing. Avoid a carpet that is easily separated.

Added Quality Features

Before you buy, verify whether your dream carpet features any of these properties:

  • anti-static
  • anti-soil
  • anti-stain
  • anti-microbial

Be an educated buyer! Download and print our Carpet Buying Checklist to bring along and enrich your shopping experience.

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