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New Carpeting Recomendations Needed
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Post# 364495   12/31/2016 at 18:34 (477 days old) by Stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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We have moved in with my mother as she is now 88 and in need of daily assistance.
She lives in a modern though 40+ year old custom built home here in sunny Southern California, designed by my father...a floor covering salesman by trade!
Any who, the original carpet was a shag of varying hues of gold nylon. For over 25 years, post kids, it has been a medium pile white/beige shag. The carpet currently sports huge spots from grand kid spills, and a grey tint from brush fire ash, years ago, that permeated the house. But forget any (more) professional cleaning as it literally has holes sun burned through MANY SQUARE feet of carpet area, and rot from soon-to-be-repaired water damage that was hidden for many years.
Phew! So the need is ample as the current rug is truly past due for replacement. We have waited until our kids were through the worst stain prone years; and we were living here full time to get it done without upsetting our usually hectic vacation visits.
We have kids of 5 and 7 years in age, high traffic areas are carpeted, stairs, hallways etc. But we all remove our shoes before entering. Our 'green/granola' leanings would say wool, but we accept that the best value will likely be a nylon variant. Home Depot has a economically priced wool for instance, but I was not impressed when I saw it in person.
Any and all thoughts regarding manufacturers and retailers would be most welcome.
Before and after pics will be posted showcasing all participating upright and canister vacuums that may be about. Thanks in advance for any info that may be forthcoming.

Post# 364497 , Reply# 1   12/31/2016 at 19:05 (477 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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Hi, We bought our current house when we retired to Florida 6 years ago. Our old house was custom built also in 1955, it was all hardwood floors with area rugs. This house was built in 2005 with wall to wall and was a forclosure that the bank hard to do repairs. They replace all the carpeting with beige saxony cut pile, it was nice but drove my wife crazy because you can see all the footprints, even from the cats. We have older children now. What we did last year was replace all the carpeting even though it was only 4 years old in the family room, living room, dining room, with Mowhawk Smartstrand Forever clean, Smart Pet. You dont see the foot prints and our one cat does a splurg and purge on occasion and they wipe up with the lysol wipes and not one stain. Vacuums great, we have a Dyson Cinetic big ball animal, Dyson DC07 Animal, and Electrolux Epic 6500SR.


Post# 364498 , Reply# 2   12/31/2016 at 19:17 (477 days old) by Stricklybojack (Southern California)        

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Soft to the touch is important as my kids spend a lot of time playing on the carpet.

Post# 364499 , Reply# 3   12/31/2016 at 19:48 (477 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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It is very soft, but durable.

Post# 364500 , Reply# 4   12/31/2016 at 20:39 (477 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

I know it's been talked about before...But! Whatever you buy pay attention to the warranty and anything in the care instructions about the VACUUM CLEANER you are using on the carpets! Some makers are voiding warranties is they determine a too aggressive/stiff brush is being used. I have friends who made a claim on Stain Master because the top of the carpet had gotten all fuzzy like their poodle. A manuf. rep spent several hours looking at the carpet alongside a new sample of the carpet. He finally asked what the vacuum cleaner was. Central with a Hoover Windtunnel PN. He pulled out a copy of the warranty and the care instruction and said that the warranty would not cover the carpet because of the overly aggressive nozzle. Lots of angry words later, he relented on some rooms that weren't vacuumed as often as the traffic areas. Moral is that he recommended the PN from Aerus as being O.K. New attachment set later, case closed! My friend even finds the nozzle easier to push than the Windtunnel!

Post# 364514 , Reply# 5   1/1/2017 at 10:31 (476 days old) by Gman (Parker, CO)        
Mohawk Smartstrand Vacuums

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We had Mohawk Smartstrand in our old home and just replaced our bedroom carpet in our new home with it. Love it, but the salesman specifically stated you can not use a Dyson on it. No problem for me as I think they are terrible vacuums. There are only certain vacuums that you can use as many of the modern vacuums today will choke on it.

Post# 364594 , Reply# 6   1/3/2017 at 00:08 (475 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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We've had most of our carpets replaced about 6 years ago from a company in Idaho that put in 3 different types of carpet in certain rooms. I can't remember the brand of carpets we put in but I did remember that the CRI actually recommended these carpets and I also remembered that they were really expensive. We have berber, smartstrand, and saxony (Not to mention we still have old plush and berber carpet in some rooms). We actually love it overall, we get it steam cleaned about every other year because we don't wear shoes in our house. Before we had our carpets replaced, I bought a Dyson DC17 refurbished and I took it back because it tore up more carpet fibers than any other vacuum I've ever used since the Dyson had very stiff brushstips. After we got our carpets replaced a year or two later, I bought another Dyson refurbished but it was a DC27, I was told from someone that the brushstrips weren't as stiff compare to the the DC17 so I gave it a shot. After that I took it back because it did the same problem as the DC17 did on our carpets and to be quite honest, the brushstrips felt just as stiff as the brushstrips on the DC17.

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