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Subject: Carpet

Which is best choice: stain master, shaw caress, or smartstrand silk. Cost is a factor and we do have dog. Also have a Kirbey 4 vac.


Subject: Is this an oxymoron? Help!

We are moving into a house for only a year or two and need to buy some carpet that looks nice and isn't too cheap and isn't too expensive. That's because it is likely coming up in a couple of years for an extensive remodel of the home. Any suggestions?


Subject: carpet by Shaw

Can anyone tell me if Shaw's Designer Twist Platinum (T) has Anso Nylon Caress or just Anso Nylon? It's EA097. I'm comparing it to the Silk variety. It's a frieze. Will it be an excellent, strong carpet? We have 3 teenage kids, a dog, and a pool. Will kids walking on it dripping with pool water and a dog be a smart choice for carpet? It's not cheap! Also, I think I like the Balsa color, but I don't want it to look yellow/gold when it's down but rather light beige. Anyone? Thanks!


Subject: What To Know When You Go Carpet Shopping!

The best synthetic carpet to purchase is a carpet made from 100% Nylon - Type 6,6 this is a particular type of Nylon and is extremely dense so it holds up well, does not crush, has excellent yarn memory and has the best stain resistance due to this material density. As for yarn weight, stay within 35-40 ounces per square yard. Stay away from Polyester, Polypropylene or Olefin and "blended" materials these fiber materials will crush and mat in a very short period of time. DO NOT buy carpet based on the name ( Tactasse, Frize, etc.) These are purely marketing terms and really have no meaning so far as the fiber material is concerned. Always ask to see a CONTENT LABEL for the carpet you are buying. If they cannot show you one, go some where else. The best style should be a Cut Pile carpeting. Stay away from BCF (Bulk Continuous Filament) since these carpets are really made using one strand of yarn and if snagged will "run." Finally comes the padding, a good quality pad is worth it's weight in gold since padding absorbs the shock of walking and foot traffic across carpeting, plus padding gives that "cushy" feel, so don't scrimp on the pad. Don't accept the padding that is usually included with carpet, it is usually only bits of foam rubber glued together and will soon fail. Purchase a pad made from Polyester, yes, this is the time to buy Polyester, as a carpet pad, it holds up very well.

Nancy Stuart


I disagree with the comment regarding carpet cleaning with steam or hot water extraction. This system over wets carpet fibers and can result in mold or mildew growing beneath the carpet pad. Chem-Dry does not over wet carpets.

Cathy Hartley


I would like to know the best contractors in Amarillo, Tx

Steven J Loesch


Several years ago I got toughly screwed by carpet installation. The carpet had more waves than the ocean in a couple of weeks. The installer would not stand behind it and even the credit card company told me “when that carpet hits the floor it’s yours”. No more fitted carpet for me. When did replace it I used self-installed laminate to my complete satisfaction. For those who still want carpet tiles are now available. Check out the carpeting used in CVS stores. Next flooring job this will be my choice, different color of course.

Arthur Dawe


Looking for recommendations on the best kind of professional carpet cleaning.



Does anyone have any comments about SmartStrand carpet? How is wear, texture retention/matting, durability?

ron z

Subject: SmartStrand Carpet

We recently installed 200+ yards of Karastan Smart Strand, a Frieze style in a color called English Khaki. We LOVE it. We had lots of tile before carpet. The experience is like walking on silky sand. Ours does show foot steps but that's part of the casual contemporary look of the carpet. You have to be a little careful when it comes to vacuum cleaner selection. We were told to NOT use a Dyson, and to get a machine with manual height adjustment and adjustable suction (if possible).

The Karastan Smart Strand is incredably stain "proof".
We tested a scrap piece of carpet rubbing in grape jelly, mustard, ketchup, chocolate syrup, coke and cherry juice. We then placed the stained carpet in the Florida sun for 5 days. Finally we took a garden hose to it. Amazingly, it washed clean! The pile was a little napped from the hose washing but it sprang back to original. We now have that piece on "life test" outdoors in full Florida sun to see if it will fade.

Joan Longo


Could someone tell me who is a relibale company to clean a carpet or what chemicals are relieable



Alarm... If you are looking for good carpet, Stick to nylon. Dont go for these crazy newer fibers, there is not enough real life data. lab tests and demos dont mean nothing....
Besides, Mohawk is just a BAD COMPANY WITH BAD ETHICS. I WOULD NOT BELIEVE A WORD THEY SAY. A salesman told me that that smartstrand carpet is not even recyclable, it goes straight to a landfill, I have yet to look into that.

Roger Linville


If I'm laying carpet onto a concrete floor, how do I keep the carpet stretched tight since I can't install furring strips at the room edges. Also, do I need a vapor barrier below the pad?



What is the thought about wool carpeting. I read it was tne best for antiallergies and environmental friendly. How do you clean an area rug if there is new hardwood flooring that is not supposed to get wet.

Angie's List Staff


At, there are thousands of reviews on service companies, such as carpet installers and carpet retail stores.
By becoming a member, you can read reviews from other homeowners who live in your area about their experiences. This will help you make a smart hiring decision.

Patty Baldwin


We're looking to replace our carpet including padding. It hasn't been replaced in over 20yrs. Can you suggest a good company to go w/ and for a good price?

Jason West


Arthur Dawe
The best kind of carpet cleaning is hot water extraction. Renaissance is one of the best carpet cleaning companies in Fort Wayne. The owner and his son do all the work.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.