How to Buy and Maintain a Carpet [NOOK Book]

Overview

These days nearly everyone has carpet in his or her home and you probably do too. Wall to wall carpet is as common today as a car in the driveway or a television set in the living room. After a home and an automobile it is the third most expensive investment made in your lifetime.

The majority of people today know very little about this expensive investment. The sad truth ...
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How to Buy and Maintain a Carpet

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Overview

These days nearly everyone has carpet in his or her home and you probably do too. Wall to wall carpet is as common today as a car in the driveway or a television set in the living room. After a home and an automobile it is the third most expensive investment made in your lifetime.

The majority of people today know very little about this expensive investment. The sad truth is that less than one percent of the population knows enough about carpeting to make the proper choice of purchase, or even the best method of cleaning.

Ten years of research into consumer floor covering pro¬blems has made author Robert L Selby one of the most know¬ledgeable men in his field. His experiences with home-owners, renters, real estate and property management firms have brought into focus the tremendous lack of know-ledge that the consumer has in regard to their floor cover¬ing. He also has uncovered widespread fraud, incompe¬tence and deceptive adver¬tising by carpet retailers and so-called "professional" car¬pet cleaners.

From coast to coast in nearly every city the consumer is being cheated and lied to by the greedy and unscrupulous.

"Knowledge is the key to pro¬tection," states the author. So it is through this book that you, the consumer, may be aided in all phases of floor covering... from purchase to spots and stains and every¬thing in between.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I
GENERAL INFORMATION
Brief History of Carpeting.
Velvet & Wilton Weave .
Axminster & Chenille Weave.
The Natural Fibers Cotton & Wool.
Woolens—Worsted & Jute.
The Man-Made Fibers Rayon..
Acetate, Nylon & Polyester..
01efin....
How is todays carpet made...
Carpet Types Level Loop & High Low Loop..
Sculptured Shag—Cut & Loop..
Plush—Velvet Flush—Saxony..
Frieze & Shags..
Cushion Backed Carpeting..
Flammability..
Electro Static Shock.

PART II
PURCHASE
So you think you need carpet..
Rooms for special thought.
Kitchen, Bathroom Carpet..
Carpet Squares..
Carpet the Wall..
Special Carpet Dye Orders.
Measurements...
Carpet Weights...
The Sales Person.
Who do you buy from..
Lets look at those ads..
The Bargain..
Shopping Prices...
Carpet Guarantees..
Dept. Store Carpet...
Franchise Carpet Stores..
Independent Carpet Store..
Home Operator..
Padding..
Do you need padding..
Soil Retardants...
Grade Levels (foundation).
Now you can bargain...
Actual Purchase...
Installation...
Scarps..
New Home Carpet...
Commercial Carpet...
Resilient floors..
Coving..
Maintenance of Resilient Floor...
Other Types of Resilient Floor...
Hardwood Parquet..
Ceramic Tile..
Other Types....
Oriental Rugs...
Oriental Rug Cleaning.
Rental Property..
Motel Carpet Maintenance....

PART III
MAINTENANCE
Maintaining Your Carpet..
Doormats...
Stairs...
Pets & Carpets...
Adults & Carpets....
Furniture Imprints...
Chairs with Coasters...
Wrinkles & bubbles in Carpet..
Snags in Carpe
Prevention of Rust Spots...
Soil Retardants....
Carpet Fading....
Casters that Bleed....
Furniture that Bleeds...
Paint the Garage Floor...
VACUUMING
How to get the right one..
(The Door to Door Salesman)...
How about their product...
So what do I buy....
How do I use it....
Why Vacuum..
Lets Vacuum...
Save on Vacuum Bags...
Carpet Sweepers..
Built in Vacuums...
Buy your own shampooer...
Does your carpet need cleaning..
Clean Your Own....
Soaps & Detergents....
Chemical Steps in Cleaning..
History of Soap...
How to use the equipment...
Rotary Method...
Procedures..
Steam Clean...
Procedures....
How it Works...
Moving the Furniture..
Odors & Deodorants...
Powdered Deodorants..
Potted Plants...
Floods—Severe...
Floods—Minor....
Finding the Professional Cleaner.
Carpet Cleaning Ads...
How to get the right one..
Take Advantage of a Special...
Carpet Dying.....
Repair Your Own Carpet...
Seams...
Spots & Stains...
Tool Kit....
Wax—Gum—Cigarette Bums....
Urine—Rust—Blood—Wine...
Coffee—Tea—Vomit....
Glue—Nail Polish—Ballpoint Pen...
Gravy—Furniture Polish—Crayon....
Butter—Asphalt—Mascara—Tar...<
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Editorial Reviews

Past President
Two past presidents of the California Carpet Cleaning Institute have endorsed this book.
Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader's Cal-Perg organization recommended this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894961335
  • Publisher: Ross Books
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Selby has owned a carpet installing and cleaning business for over 14 years. He conducts classes in the care and treatment of carpets as well. He has bought, installed and cleaned almost every type of carpet there is. This book is a quick summary of his experience and advice.
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