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- In this video you'll learn how to choose the best carpet for your home, including how to spot good quality, what colors to use, as well as how to maintain them. That's starting right now. - [Woman] Welcome to Homebuyers School, brought to you by Brookfield Residential.

(uplifting music) - Hi everyone, I'm Karl. Welcome to another Homebuyers School video, a channel where to get the latest strategies, tactics and tips from experts to help you with your home buying journey.

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So today I'm joined by Rebecca Hotchkiss, interior designer with Brookfield Residential, and today we're gonna talk about and answer the question, how do you choose the best carpet for your home? So, Rebecca, to start off with, what are the different types of carpet? - I mean, different types boils down to a lot of things.

You have different materials, you have different styles. I would say primarily people look at the different styles. That's what we have here. So I mean, you can see this would be a, quite simple, like a cut pile.

This is a bit of longer, people maybe know it as a shag, sort of frieze look. You have a combination of a cut and a loop. Then you have a loop. So that's one way to describe types of carpet, and then the next would obviously be materials.

- So Rebecca, how would you know if a carpet is good quality? - It depends on the material, that's one aspect. Different materials do come with different warranties. So good quality could be a 25 year warranty for some people, could be a lifetime warranty for other people.

It just depends on what you're looking at. - So when you install carpet, do they kind of look darker when you install them than when you see them or do they look lighter? - Generally we say they look about one to two shades lighter.

So the darkest you'll see it is in this application right here. - When you're looking at it from a design point of view, does it matter in terms of where you put the lighter carpet or the darker carpet? - Generally we tend to use the same carpet throughout a home just for consistency, kind of for that flow.

I mean, if you did wanna do something like a little bit of a more luxurious carpet in maybe an en suite, that could be an area, but generally speaking we do the same throughout. So stairs, basements, upstairs, other bedrooms.

- Okay, so you actually would use different types of carpets-- - Not really. - Really? - No, we tend to do the same just to keep it simple. High traffic areas like stairs, where you may see a little bit more wear and tear, we generally prefer to do something a little bit of a lower pile, but if it's just stairs to your upstairs, people will keep it all the same.

Some people don't even have carpeted stairs, so you don't even have to worry about that because normal wear and tear would be the same throughout bedrooms, throughout hallways, that kind of thing.

- So Rebecca, I think the number one question which all of us wanna know is, what type of carpet is easier to clean? - Depends on the material. I mean, you're looking at things like wool, which is great for dirt, and then you're looking at things like nylon, which is great for other staining products.

So depending on the carpet you have, it can be treated differently, making maintenance of it easier or harder depending on the material. - 'Cause I know before we actually started rolling you were talking about the vacuum, I think, marks.

So can you explain how does that work? - So here you have a bit of a longer pile. So, I mean, it looks more like that shag. This is where you see things. So you see vacuum marks, you see footprints. It never will look just perfect.

Something a little bit more lower a pile, like this, it's got that cut and the loop, it hides that. Because it's so small and so short, you don't have that movement. This one, again, that loop, even a little bit less, but this is for sure where you see the most vacuum marks.

- And I also wanna talk about staining, too, in terms of how to get stains out, because I know a nephew of mine came over to my house and put one of those goop stains onto the carpet. Even no matter how much you vacuumed it, you couldn't, like, it was stuck on.

Is there a different type of carpet that could prevent that? - I mean, you can't prevent everything, for sure, but having a man-made fiber, like a triexta, may be your better solution. It's probably your most durable, your easiest to clean, and they generally have the longest warranties.

Some are 25 years, some are even a lifetime warranty. So that's probably your better bet. Something like a natural material, like a wool, would be a lot harder to clean something like that out of.

- When you talk about warranty, and I remember in a previous video we talked about carpet replacement, and is it true that you actually need your carpets to be professionally cleaned for your warranty to take into effect? - It depends on the manufacturer.

We do have some manufacturers that every 18 months, you do have to have it professionally cleaned, and proof of that in order to have that lifetime warranty. And then others, just given the nature of the material, they're confident enough that you don't need to have that professionally cleaned.

Just with your normal vacuum cleaner is good enough to have that warranty in tact. - So, Rebecca, which type of carpet makes your room look bigger? - I would do a carpet that's sort of tone on tone with your walls.

That'll make it feel larger, your floor will sort of carry up onto the walls, and you'll have kind of that grand space. Doing a darker carpet, it may create contrast, which some people like, but on the downside, it may make your room feel a little bit smaller.

- And if you wanna know more about picking the color when painting your interior of your house, check out this video, and as well as I'll leave it in the description below. So, and in terms of color, how do you choose the right color for your rooms and your carpet? - I mean, you just have to look at your palette.

If you are going with warm grays, you wanna do a warm gray carpet. Lighting can be a big thing with carpet. Even with these ones here, you can see we have a little bit of a fleck, so a light strand and a dark strand.

So that kind of works to our benefit sometimes when we're working with a few different colors within that home. It kind of bridges the gap, which is nice. - And maybe for 2019 and 2020, what are some of the most popular carpet colors, I guess that you're seeing? - I mean, we're seeing a lot of gray beige.

You know, it's been popular for a few years, but it is not going anywhere. It's a nice warm gray. Works with all sorts of different tones within your home. - So Rebecca, do you have anything else to add in terms of carpet selection, tips, for in your home? - I really think it just boils down to looking at your lifestyle.

I mean, different colors suit different lifestyles. Different piles suit different lifestyles. If you're doing vacuuming in your home a lot or if you have kids or pets, you have to look at different factors to figure out what suits you best.

- So the question of the day I have for you is, what type of carpet do you use for your home, as well as do you have any additional tips when selecting carpet when moving into a new home. Let us know in the description below.

If you wanna know more about carpets and flooring, check out this playlist here, as well as additional videos on interior design right here. I'll see you in our next video. in this video you'll learn how to choose the best carpet for your home including how to spot good quality what colors to use as well as how to maintain them that's starting right now welcome to home buyers school brought to you by Brookfield residential hi everyone i'm carl welcome to another home buyer school video a channel where you get the latest strategies tactics and tips from experts to help you with your home buying journey now remember this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts hit the subscription button below hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything so today I'm joined by Rebecca Hodgkiss interior designer with Brookfield residential and today we're gonna talk about and answer the question how do you choose the best carpet for your home so Rebecca to start off with what are the different types of carpet I mean different types boils down to a lot of things you have different materials you have different styles I would say primarily people look at the different styles that's what we have here so I mean you can see this would be a quite simple like a cut pile this is a bit of a longer people maybe know it as like a shag sort of frisée look you have a combination of a cut and a loop and then you have a loop so that's one way to describe types of carpet and then the next would obviously be materials so Rebecca how would you know if a carpet is good quality it depends on the material that's one aspect different materials do come with different warranties so good quality could be a 25 year warranty for some people could be a lifetime warranty for other people it just depends on what you're looking at so when you install carpet do they kind of look darker when you install them with then when you see them or do they look lighter generally we say they look about one to two shades lighter okay so the darkest you'll see it is is in this application right here when you're looking at it from from a design point of view it doesn't matter in terms of where you put the lighter carpet or the darker carpet generally we tend to use the same carpet throughout our home just for consistency kind of for that flow I mean if you did want to do something like a little bit of a more luxurious carpet and maybe an ensuite that could be an area but generally speaking we do the same throughout so stairs basements upstairs other bedrooms okay so you actually wouldn't use different types of carpets not really no we tend to do the same just to keep it keep it high-traffic areas like stairs where you may see a little bit more wear and tear we generally prefer to do something a little bit of a like a lower pile but if I mean it's just stairs to your up stairs people will keep it all the same some people don't even have carpeted stairs so you don't even have to worry about that because normal wear and tear would be the same throughout bedrooms throughout hallways that kind of thing so Rebecca I think the number one question which all of us want to know is what type of carpet is easier to clean depends on the material I mean you're looking at things like wool which is great for dirt and then you're looking at things like nylon which is great for other staining products so depending on the carpet you have it can be treated differently making maintenance of it easier or harder depending on the material because I know before we actually started rolling you're talking about vacuum mm-hmm I think marks so can you explain how does that work so here you have a bit of a longer pile so you mean it looks more like that shag this is where you see things so you see vacuum marks user footprints it never will look just perfect something like a little bit more lower a pile like this it's got that cut and the loop it hides that because it's so so small and so short you you don't have that movement this one again that loop even a little bit less but this is for sure where you see the most vacuum marks I also want to talk about staining too in terms of how to get stains out because I know enough of nephew I came over to my house and put like one of those goop stains onto the carpet even no matter how much you vacuumed you you couldn't like it was stuck on is there like a different type of carpet that could prevent that I mean you can't prevent everything for sure but having a man-made fiber like a tri x2 may be your better solution it's probably your most durable your easiest to clean and they generally have the longest warranty some 25 years some are even a lifetime warranty so that's probably your better bet something like a natural material like a wool would be a lot harder to clean something like that out of when you talk about warranty a number in a previous video we talked about carpet replacement and is it true that you actually need your carpets to be professionally cleaned for an action for your warranty taken - if it depends on the manufacturer we do have some manufacturers that every 18 months you do have to have it professionally cleaned and proof of that in order to have that lifetime warranty and then others just given the nature of the material they're confident enough that you don't need to have that professionally clean just with your normal normal vacuum cleaner is good enough to have that warranty intact so reco what what which type of carpet makes your room look bigger I would do a carpet that sort of tone on tone with your walls that'll make it feel larger your floor will sort of carry up onto the walls and you'll have like kind of that grand space doing a darker carpet it may create contrast which some people like but on the downside it may make your room feel a little bit smaller and if you want to know more about picking the color when painting your interior of your house check out this video and as well as I'll leave in the description below so Wow and in terms of color how do you choose the right color for your favorite rooms in your carpet I mean you just have to look at your palette if you are going with warm Gray's you want to do a warm gray carpet lighting can be a big thing with carpet even with these ones here you can see we have a little bit of a Fleck so a lights trend and a dark strand so that kind of works to our benefit sometimes when we're working with a few different colors within that home it kind of bridges the gap which is nice um and like maybe for 2019 2020 what are some of the most popular carpet colors I guess and we're seeing a lot of gray beige you know it's been popular for a few years but it is not going anywhere yeah it kind of it's a nice warm grey works with with all sorts of different tones within your home so Rebecca do you have anything else to add in terms of carpet selection tips for a new home I really think it just boils down to looking at your lifestyle I mean different colors suit different lifestyles different piles to different lifestyles I mean if you're doing vacuuming in your home a lot or if you have kids or pets um just you have to look at different factors to just figure out what suits you best so the question of the day I have for you is what type of carpet do you use for your home as well as do you have any additional tips when selecting carpet when moving into a new home let us know in description below if you want to know more about carpets and flooring check out this playlist here as well as additional videos on interior designs right here I'll see you in our next video

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