Forum Title: I'm stuck, having trouble making a decision
Hey guys, I've been carpet shopping for over a month and a half, and just don't know what to do here. Originally I went with a big box store to do a quote for me, their price came in pretty high, so I started shopping around. I found a couple smaller businesses that order carpet in that are well rated locally, but the savings are minimal. Okay, so on to my dilemma. Originally I was dead set on Mohawk carpet, the SmartStrand Ultra due to all the marketing hype, especially because they seemed to claim having excellent durability, resistance to wear, warranty, and 100% stain resistance. I have a small dog that is getting older and has become very unreliable about peeing outside, so I'm expecting to run into a lot of pee mistakes. I've heard though from many sources that SmartStrand doesn't actually hold up better than nylon 6,6 / Anso when it comes to traffic wear patterns. I've also heard that carpet warranties are a nightmare to get claims approved on. So I've begun looking at Nylon instead, there are three brands I'm checking out. I can tell you that one of the most important things to me is making sure that I can extract urine / urine smells even if it sits for a day or two, and that it doesn't saturate the pad. I'm going to get upgraded pads with a stainguard layer, I'm told that will help a lot. So far I'm considering - 1. Stainmaster PetProtect Nylon 6,6 with a decent weight / height 2. Bliss w/their anti-scent technology but it's a shorter / more dense pile 3. Shaw Anso with the upgraded backing The carpet guy was trying to steer me in the direction of either Stainmaster or Bliss, and he said if it was his choice he'd choose Bliss. The Bliss is not Nylon 6,6 though as far as I know, but it does have a scent neutralizer (I'm not sure how long it lasts). Either way all the carpet brands I'm looking at are being priced at ~$37 sq/y, and we're getting nearly 350 sq yards. Should I expect to have more haggling power when buying so much carpet at once? Can you guys let me know your thoughts? I have to make a decision today/tomorrow, I really can't drag it on any longer as I have to coordinate with a move. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
Category: Carpet Post By: DIANE TORRES (Huntington Beach, CA), 01/21/2019

Generally, I would go with the nylon product. Having said this, there is no such thing as pet proof carpet - even a full plastic faux grass will retain liquids in spots that can't be easily scrubbed out. And the odor blocking thing is good for about a year, you will wear/vacuum/scrub most of it out by then. If you really have to have carpet, and you know that your dog is growing incontinent, then spend on pad and save on carpet. By that I mean; get a moisture-barrier pad, one that is taped at the seams (and maybe perimeter) and then buy a carpet that you are ok with tossing out in a few years. There is just no fabric product that will last more than 5 years with medium to heavy urine inundation - so once you have your head around that, get the carpet that you like the look and feel of. That's where your payoff is, really, anyway.

- JESSIE JENNINGS (Dubuque, IA), 04/20/2019

There's a carpet that keeps liquids on the surface, not sure which one it is or availability, we've talked about it here a couple times, Roland would know. No isolating the dog to rooms not carpeted? Friends of ours moved out of rental with dogs and cats, I was there before and after cleaning/deodorizing by independent carpet cleaner, smelled pretty good, clean regularly( maybe 1 year intervals) You may end up replacing sections down the road, it's a little painful knowing what your spending now only to dump it 6-8 years later. Develop a relationship with the retailer, not the box, there you will get good advice and long term support.

- KIRK RODGERS (Redondo Beach, CA), 04/12/2019

This came across my desk 3 weeks ago, as our sales staff is training for this up and coming product. Other companies are also coming out with 'H2O' carpets.Tigress H2O - Waterproof Carpet & Flooring David

- GLEN ALVARADO (Champaign, IL), 04/17/2019

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