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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Buy Carpet: What You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Decision

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Will not hold up to traffic. Will flatten quickly and is not recommended for residential use.


The most common for residential installations. Made of recycled polyurethane foam, is usually multicolored and looks like lots of little pieces stuck together (they are). Comes in a variety of densities and thicknesses to accommodate all manufacturer specifications.


Very dense and more expensive than rebond. Fiber pad will help a berber carpet wear better.



The best thing you can do for carpet is to vacuum often and thoroughly -- twice weekly if at all possible.

And in conclusion ...

Have you figured it out? There is no better carpet for the price than a 100% nylon frieze installed over rebond padding. Nylon frieze resists stains. Spots come up very easily. It does not mat or become crushed. Nylon frieze is reasonably soft underfoot and will bring you many years of enjoyment.

That was easy. Now comes the hard part -- selecting a color you will enjoy for 15 years or longer!

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary a Question," or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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