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Buying Guide

Coles Fine Flooring | Stainmaster

Helpful information for the STAINMASTER® Carpet buyer

Carpet can offer more versatility & comfort than other flooring options. It is also more “budget-friendly” than most other choices, and there are styles to coordinate with every décor. Before you shop, consider your priority in terms of your carpeting purchase, and be prepared to give your designer a detailed idea of your expectations for your carpet & the room it will be in.


Understanding your needs is the first step to finding the perfect carpet for you. Do you have children?  Pets?  Which rooms get the most traffic? Thinking about these questions will help you narrow down your options and find the perfect carpet for your home.

Before visiting the store, think about your room and your lifestyle. High traffic areas such as the living room, hallways and stairs call for the most durable carpet. Homes with children, pets or lots of foot traffic will be best fit for a stain and soil resistant carpet. Every STAINMASTER® carpet is made of 100% premium nylon 6,6 fiber with stain and soil protection not found in other carpets.

Planning out your space by thinking about the rooms you want to carpet, the amount of traffic they experience, their size and light situation, then evaluating your expectations is the second step. Are you concerned more with how it will look and feel aesthetically or do you need it to stand up to the madness of kids and pets? Consider colors in terms of the size of the room and amount of foot traffic. Lighter carpet may be optimal for smaller rooms, but not necessarily for high traffic areas, while mid-to-darker carpets make larger rooms feel cozy and welcoming. Bring swatches of fabric and paint chips from your room to help match your existing décor.

Lastly, know your terms. A balance of three factors — fiber, twist & density — is what determines the durability of your carpet. The five major types of carpet Fiber are nylon 6,6, nylon 6, polypropylene (olefin), polyester and wool. STAINMASTER® carpet uses only nylon type 6,6 fiber. This is the strongest, most resistant carpet fiber available. Twist is the winding of the yarn itself. The tighter the twist, the more the carpet will resist changes in appearance and texture. The amount of pile in the carpet and how close together the tufts are determines the Density. Generally more dense carpet means better quality. You can check density by pressing your fingers into the carpet and trying to reach the backing. You can also bend the carpet into a U shape to see how much backing shows. The less you see, the denser the carpet is.

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