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"Smartstrand or Stainmaster?," in the Carpet Q&A forum, begins: "I am a consumer, trying to do research on carpet fibers. I am purchasing carpeting for an office and family ..."

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Old March 10, 2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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I am a consumer, trying to do research on carpet fibers. I am purchasing carpeting for an office and family room and was looking up reviews doing a google search on smartstrand. I have selected a anso caress nylon for the remainder of the house. I wanted a carpet with multicolors, but not a berber as I have 3 small dogs. I love this Mohawk elite frieze carpet, but I am not sure if a stain master carpet would be better or not.

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Old March 17, 2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Smartstrand is a nice fiber, soft, very cleanable for stains.
Stainmaster/ANSO Nylons are not as soft typically (you're walking on it) but they take SOILING much better than a polymer type fiber as Sorona Smartstrand.
Also Nylon has a higher melting point, so if you have heavy, heavy traffic it might hold up longer. Where as the Sorona MIGHT be more prone to crushing and matting due to a lower melting point.

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Old March 18, 2012, 04:04 PM   #3
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Thank You


Thanks Ortiz for your reply. I have selected an Anso Caress carpet for the main part of the house and am looking for a multi-color cut-loop product for the family room and office (Sandy HollowII 48.8 oz FW, 3137 density).

I really need to have a carpet that is 15-ft in width so now it appears that most stainmaster is out of the question. I saw the following patterns online:

Seeds of Comfort/Shaw 15' Stainmaster XLive Tactesse (40 oz FW)
Beyond Chic/15' Anso Caress 55oz FW
Everyday Life II/15' Shaw Evertouch BCF Nylon (56.6 FW)

Any comments on those carpets or fibers??

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Old March 18, 2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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1st two are good. Not really a big fan of the Evertouch

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Old March 18, 2012, 06:16 PM   #5
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Old March 18, 2012, 06:27 PM   #6
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seeds of comfort is a nice cut and loop basket weave almost styling, it's also called mirabeaux 2. I've sold alot of that, in fact my parents have it in black in their basement .
Great style for a home office/family room imo

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Old March 20, 2012, 05:03 PM   #7
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Need 15 ft width


I'm so frustrated looking for carpet. I found a beautiful ANSO caress for the main part of the house, steps and bedrooms. Now I am looking for a multi-color carpet for the FR and office. Ortiz doesn't seem to like Evertouch but it's the only carpet I can find so far. I sent a note to Shaw asking them for a list of the nylon carpets that they feel in 15-ft widths and they directed me to the dealer because they do not have a search engine to look for carpet width --what fabulous customer service - NOT! I would prefer a stainmaster luxurell but can only find in 12-ft widths. A 12-ft carpet would put a seam by the sofa where we put our feet and I don't think this is a good option.

Any ideas anyone? I can't really have a loop or berber carpet as my dog has pulled on the current carpet and created a run--don't want to take the chance.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old March 20, 2012, 05:22 PM   #8
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I'm so frustrated looking for carpet. I found a beautiful ANSO caress for the main part of the house, steps and bedrooms. Now I am looking for a multi-color carpet for the FR and office. Ortiz doesn't seem to like Evertouch but it's the only carpet I can find so far. I sent a note to Shaw asking them for a list of the nylon carpets that they feel in 15-ft widths and they directed me to the dealer because they do not have a search engine to look for carpet width --what fabulous customer service - NOT! I would prefer a stainmaster luxurell but can only find in 12-ft widths. A 12-ft carpet would put a seam by the sofa where we put our feet and I don't think this is a good option.

Any ideas anyone? I can't really have a loop or berber carpet as my dog has pulled on the current carpet and created a run--don't want to take the chance.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Any reason the seam couldn't be put on the other side of the room or across the room for that matter. Seams shouldn't be but a fine line at most, not something that jumps up and waves at you hollering here I am! If it was me I'd pick out the product I liked no matter what width it comes in, it may even work out to less yardage and a savings.

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Old March 20, 2012, 08:24 PM   #9
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With the kind of products you're looking at you will never see or feel a seam so I wouldn't let the meager selection in 15' goods sway the decision. I have Smartstrand in my house- lives up to it's reputation. Easy to clean and the softest thing out there.

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Old March 22, 2012, 06:23 AM   #10
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thx for replies


Thanks for your comments. We can't put the seam on the other side as it is the main walkway into the room and butts up to the hardwood floor in the hallway. I guess I was concerned about dirt collecting near the seam as it does now in our room, however, the current carpet is a crappy berber (probably olefin).

BTW, I wrote Shaw to see if they could tell me what carpets they have in a 15-ft width. They replied that they had 20,000 carpets and did not have a search engine to retrieve carpet by width; that I should contact my local dealer. That is really poor customer service. No wonder there is confusion out there.

I also have to comment on Shaw's advertising. Notice how the consumer is always a "she" (the merry homemaker). I thought we had progressed since the 60s and 70s.

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Old March 22, 2012, 12:37 PM   #11
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Try this page: ShawFloors Search Results for 15

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Old March 27, 2012, 09:36 PM   #12
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Try this page: ShawFloors Search Results for 15
Excellent! Curious why Shaw wasn't able to do that? Oh yeah, as in any business, you talk to people in a call center who don't know or understand. Really. They can't even get what you mean sometimes by "15'" or "search for 15' options". It's not their fault. They do what they're trained to do.

If you go to a specialist retailer, with trained people, who have been around for a while, they will get you these answers.

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Old March 28, 2012, 01:41 AM   #13
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Excellent! Curious why Shaw wasn't able to do that?
Well, because I don't work for Shaw. I work for you and all other TFP members and visitors.

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Old March 28, 2012, 09:26 PM   #14
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Well, because I don't work for Shaw. I work for you and all other TFP members and visitors.
And, we appreciate it!

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Old March 29, 2012, 07:02 AM   #15
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Thx to All


My experience has been frustrating thus far. I have gotten estimates from 3 small, long-established companies and one big box store. All came out to measure and there is a 53-yard discrepancy among the measurements. That seems like a lot to me, especially when I am purchasing somewhere between 250 and 303 yards of carpet (and at a dear price--just under $40/sq yd installed). I asked for nylon at one store and was pressured to purchase polyester--probably because that was more profit for them. Anyway, I am particular about what I want. I have dogs so can't have loop carpeting. I am satisfied with my selection for the main house and am trying to finalize the family room. I would love to have a high-quality frieze, but will settle for a multicolor textured nylon carpet. There are not too many choices left in 15-ft wide carpet which will provide the best scenario for the seams. Seams may not be a big deal, but in my opinion, the fewer seams the better.

Thanks for the search and your expert help!!!

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