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Judith Taylor Designs

Lol. That's a great reason to hire a designer. Contractors are great at building things but not known for their expertise in understanding fibres, knots, and rug construction. Product knowledge and advice is a time and money saving investment. Depending on what area you are in there should be someone who can help you out. Many designers offer online advice, and a reputable carpet showroom should have extensive product knowledge. Good luck!

   
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SouthernBelle ~

If anyone has ever, ever, EVER pulled up carpet, even from the floors of the most nit-picking, neat-freak, tidy person that has ever lived, they need no further explanation and they will never want carpet. Filth comes all the way through to the baseboard (whatever you have as a base) and it's there. Forever. As in always. Somebody gets sick, spills a sugary drink, whatever you want to imagine that does happen in your home, you clean the surface of carpet. It's always down there below, lurking. It is physically impossible to truly "clean" carpet. Sure, on the surface it's nice and pretty, but trust me. Don't believe it? Go watch carpet being pulled up. I could go into chemical toxicity but that's all over the place in so many products that it's another tale, altogether. Carpet it nasty, Enough said.

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chocolatesnap

I have pulled up carpet, my own, 10 years old, placed on an excellent, waterproof 8lb. pad (wrapped top and bottom). I have a tight woven, Karastan, nylon carpet. And no, there was no lurking anything. Spills, bodily fluids, and all other grossness, are just as able to seep into the pores of wood, and between the cracks of the planks, etc. Wood coatings/urethanes are notorious for high VOC's if you want them to also be spill and scratch resistant. And wood can attract pests. People who choose tile, often add rugs everywhere--which can attract the same dirt as carpets, and are difficult and expensive to clean. Every type of flooring has its pros/cons. You have to choose what is right for you--and clean/maintain it appropriately.

I think carpet got a bad wrap when everyone pulled up the original loose weave, 70's carpets with the old, pulverized yellow, pads--and yes, it was gross. Plenty of grossness in old wood floors filled with pet pee stains too.

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