Carpets are still in fashion. They’re a great, cheap option for any home. The only reason why some people don’t like them is because they don’t know how to care for them. Carpets look great new, but if you don’t take care of them, they can wear away pretty badly. 

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a carpet. And we’re here to help you with 3 things to know before buying a carpet. 

Know Your Carpet Styles

Carpets come in all sorts of different styles and “piles”. Piles refer to the actual yarn that builds the carpet. The pile and style of your carpet is entirely up to your preference. Some people want a softer, more luxurious carpet and others want a carpet that’s a bit more firm.

Before you buy your carpet, you want to make sure you get a few testers. Get samples of different styles and piles of carpet, and be sure to feel them so that you can make a decision on which is best for you. 

Know How to Clean Your Carpet

You need to know the material of your carpet so that you know how to clean it. If you have a carpet that’s dyed color, you don’t want to use bleach to clean the carpet. And some types of carpet can only be steam cleaned. This is why you want to know the exact style and pile of your carpet is crucial. 


Padding is a layer of rubber you put in between your carpet and the subfloor. It’s a protective layer that gives a little cushion to protect your carpet from small to medium pressure. You actually have a choice for what kind of padding to use. If you’re in a room that has a lot of music happening, you can use your padding to absorb the sound so that it doesn’t leak to other rooms. If you’re in a bedroom, you can use thicker padding for more heat insulation. 


Carpet is a wonderful option for any home, but you have to know how it works. By knowing your carpet style, how to care for it, and the type of padding you need, you’ll be much better prepared to install and care for your carpet.