The salesperson must possess knowledge of woven products and advise the customer at the time of the sale how the carpet will be installed and the method of seaming due to the costs involved. If the customer is unaware of the characteristics of the woven merchandise or does not understand the limitations of the installation, failure is assured.
One does not pay thousands of dollars to achieve the look, to be left with a disaster. At the time of the sale it is important to consider, the knowledge of the salesperson, the manner in which the product is sold, and after this is assured, the installation must be performed by only craftsmen and women known as the most qualified to install woven carpet.
Folks who are purchasing this type of carpet expect the finest installation professionals in their home or office. They should not be disappointed! Because of the lack of education for the flooring installers of today, few possess the ability to install these carpets to achieve customer satisfaction. Dealers must understand the skill required, the knowledge involved and realize this computes into additional installation dollars.
Prior to cutting any woven carpet, the construction fibers must be identified. This indicates the important characteristics of the weave's pliability.
Weaving is making a carpet or rug on a loom with face yarns held in place by interlacing them with WARP and WEFT yarns.
Lengthwise yarns are the "warp" yarns.
Widthwise yarns are called "weft" yarns.
FibersAccording to the Carpet and Rug Institute, "Fibers are the basic ingredient of the carpet construction. The type of fiber used and the way the carpet is constructed, determine how well the carpet will stand up to spills, pets, and daily traffic. Approximately 97 percent of all carpet is produced using synthetic fibers that are designed to feature style, easy maintenance, and outstanding value. "
The basic types of fibers are often blended to produce the finished carpet.
- Olefin (polypropylene)
- Naturals (sisal, coir, berber, jute, seagrass, rati, hogla, baboi, browny, kesav, flax, mountain grass and others)
Identification of FibersThe burn test is one of the best methods of fiber identification.
Orange flame, sputters, no smoke. Has the odor of burning hair. Black ash, irregular shape and crumbles easily to a fine powder. Smells like burning hair.
Burns evenly with a blue base and an orange tip with no smoke. Has the odor of celery or sealing wax. The ash will be hard, rounded and beadlike in gray-brown to black tones. Smells like burnt plastic.
Burns like a candlewick. The end will glow red and burn to ash. Smells like burning cardboard.
Emits a black smoke, drips with a very hot, molten liquid. Dries to a hard melt. Smells like burnt plastic.
Importance of Quality InstallationThe success and enjoyment of a woven carpet purchase and installation depends upon, among other things,
- The manner in which the carpet is sold
- The skills and knowledge of the salesperson as an Installation partner
- The choice of a skilled and knowledgeable Installation Specialist
- Site preparation
- Correct measurements included with a detailed diagram
- Manufacturer's installation guidelines
- Selection of the correct installation materials
- Choice of the correct cushion
- Additional time and expertise are always an installation requirement
Cutting corners or accepting the lowest installation bid is never acceptable or wise. If the installation is of no importance, it is always convenient to look in the phone directory and find the "cheapest and fastest" service available. Be prepared to live with the outcome.
When the cost of the installation becomes more important than the quality of the work, a beautiful carpet installation is no longer a work of art! Quality installation is a must! It is not an option with woven carpets. Everything comes with a price, but in the end the saying that, "One always gets what one pays for," is proven to be correct one more time.