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What is the best carpet to buy for high traffic areas?

The best carpet to buy for high traffic areas will be durable, easy to clean, and less resistant to stains. These types of carpet are great options for homes with children and pets or for families that have a susceptible to track in dirt, sand, or other outside elements.

But what type of carpet is best for high traffic areas?

In most cases, nylon and polyester are two great high traffic carpets for homes. Let’s break down why.

Nylon Carpet

Nylon carpet is durable, easy to maintain, and great for high traffic homes. In many cases, nylon is even resistant to mold and mildew (which is great for spills, accidents, and water).

Although nylon is an extremely tough carpet, it should be steam cleaned every year or so. This way, you maintain the integrity of the carpet fibers.

It’s also important to keep in mind that all nylon carpet is not stain-resistant — only some types. With the majority of nylon carpet, it’ll need to be treated with a stain treatment to prevent spills from absorbing and leading to stains. However, if you opt for solution-dyed nylon carpet, then it’ll be much more difficult for spills to penetrate the fibers of the carpet.

Polyester Carpet

One con of nylon carpet is that it’s not always soft. So if you’re looking for tough, yet soft carpet, polyester might be the best option for you.

Keep in mind, however, this added softness will make it less durable overall than nylon carpet. This being said, polyester carpet is great at fighting off stains, and it does come in a lot of great colors and options.

Long story short, polyester is a great option for homes that require durable, stain-resistant, yet attractive carpet. Nylon, on the other hand, is a great option for high traffic homes that also require a durable, long-lasting material.

Interested in learning more about what carpet to buy for homes?

Now that you know more about the two best carpets for high traffic homes, let’s keep learning. We’ve built up a hub of resources that helps homeowners (and business owners) decide which carpet is best for them. Take a look at these resources below, and reach out to us with any questions.

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Do baseboards have to be removed to install carpet?

Do baseboards have to be removed to install carpet? This is a question we get asked often, because, obviously, the less work the better.

Let’s break down if you can install carpet without baseboards (or with) and what you need to look out for in the process.

Do baseboards have to be removed to install carpet?

No! Baseboards do not have to be removed to install carpet. In fact, many carpet installers choose to leave baseboards on during the carpet installation process. At the same time, you can also choose to install new baseboards before installing carpet

If you decide to install carpet after baseboards, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • There needs to be a gap present. This will give the carpet installer the opportunity to neatly tuck the new carpet underneath the baseboards to finish the install.
  • You need to avoid damage. Tack strips can lead to nicks on the baseboard if you’re not careful. Make sure you remain patient the closer you get to the baseboard with the tack strip. You may even want to shield the baseboard with painters tape.

If you decide to remove baseboards and then install the carpet, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • You could cause unnecessary damage. The simple act of removing the baseboards could end up breaking, scratching, or cutting the baseboards. Make sure you’re incredibly careful and patient if you decide to remove the baseboards before the carpet is installed (and then reuse them).
  • There needs to be a gap present. In both situations, you need to make sure a gap is always present for the carpet to be installed correctly. Most carpet installers recommend a gap between ⅜” and 1 inch. (READ: How high do you install baseboard for carpet?)

Want to learn more about carpet installation?

At Carpet Cave, we have decades of experience, finding, selling, financing, installing, and maintaining carpet. If you’d like to learn more about carpet installation, check out some additional resources below or reach out to us online!

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Where to buy carpet wholesale

Are you trying to figure out where to buy carpet wholesale? If so, we might be able to help. 

At Carpet Cave, we work with companies and installers all the time who are looking to buy carpet at wholesale prices. Let us share some of our tips and best practices for purchasing wholesale and discount carpet.

First things first, can anyone buy wholesale discounted carpet?

Yes! Anyone can buy wholesale discounted carpet. This being said, you’ll have to find where to buy, and you’ll want to find a vendor you like and trust. Why is this? Because you may end up purchasing a whole lot of carpet you don’t like, can’t maintain, or over-invest in.

What should you keep in mind before buying wholesale carpet and flooring?

    • Does it have a warranty? If this is a big concern for you, then you’ll definitely want to ask the vendor before purchasing it. Many discounted flooring options are discontinued, and as a result, it may not have a warranty anymore.
    • Will it actually work for the setting? If not, you want to reconsider investing in the wholesale flooring. If the level of foot traffic or lifestyle of the occupants does not match the flooring, you’ll end up losing money in the long run.
    • Is there a return policy? Make sure you ask the vendor everything you need to ask before purchasing the flooring. This includes store policies on returns, exchanges, restocking fees, and shipping. Since it’s wholesale pricing, you may not get as many benefits as you’re used to. And whatever you do, make sure you get this down in writing. If you agree to a verbal promise, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble and with a lot of unneeded flooring in the near future. 
    • What are the problems? The floor is likely discounted or wholesale for a reason, so ask why. This is especially important if there’s a cosmetic issue you haven’t seen yet or a known issue with level of quality.
    • Is it actually wholesale pricing? Before you commit to purchasing a lot of flooring, make sure you do your research and figure out if it truly is wholesale pricing — or if you’re being duped into thinking it is. This may involve some phone calls and mathematics, but it’ll be well worth it in the end.
    • Will you need more of it in the future? If so, will you be able to find it somewhere? If not, then you may want to avoid this particular brand or type of wholesale carpet. 

Interested in buying wholesale carpet?

We’ve got you covered! At Carpet Cave, we always have wholesale flooring options available. Reach out to us online or stop by our location in downtown Bakersfield to see what we currently have in stock.

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Picking a Bakersfield carpet store for your next project

Are you looking for a Bakersfield carpet store for your next home improvement project? Or maybe you’re looking for a Bakersfield carpet company to remove and replace the commercial carpet in your local business? 

Either way, we’ve got you covered.

At Carpet Cave, we’ve helped the residents of Kern County find, finance, and install the flooring of their dreams.

Here’s how we can help you.

Our Bakersfield carpet store is well connected

We’ve been in the carpet business for decades. Because of this, we’ve built, expanded, and strengthened our relationship with carpet manufacturers from all over. 

We can access:

  • Bulk and wholesale flooring for large commercial jobs
  • High-end designer flooring for interior decorators
  • Residential flooring of all varieties for home improvement projects of all types

Check out some of the flooring options we can provide, and reach out to us online with any questions.

We’re a Bakersfield flooring store that also installs carpet

At Carpet Cave, we don’t like to leave our clients hanging. Instead, we prefer to walk our clients through the entire carpet project. This includes carpet installation.

Over the decades, we’ve built up an amazing pool of top-rated carpet installers. These installers are well-reviewed and 100% trustworthy. If you’re looking for carpet installation in Bakersfield, not only can we help — but we’d love to help.

Don’t forget the financing options!

You shouldn’t wait years to get the carpet of your dreams installed in your home or business. We offer a variety of amazing financing opportunities to get your carpet purchased and installed sooner — rather than later

Reach out to us online to learn more about these opportunities.

Want to learn more about carpet installation and products?

We’ve built up a hub of educational resources that can help you better understand the carpet installation process, including best practices, tips, and answers to common questions. Take a look at some of our most popular topics, and reach out to us if you have any questions.

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Is it cheaper to install carpet yourself?

If you’re thinking about getting new carpet installed in your home, then you might be wondering, “Is it cheaper to install carpet yourself?”

New carpet can be a great addition to any home; however, the cost can be a major determinant for some people. From the carpet itself to the carpet padding to the carpet install to miscellaneous project fees, the costs of new carpet can quickly add up.

Of course, you might be able to cut back on costs if you install the carpet yourself. But is the cost of a DIY carpet install actually cheaper than a professional job? 

Let’s break it down.

The average cost of a carpet install

Carpet installation cost will vary based on how much square footage you’re working with. On the low end of things, a 1-room, 100-square foot job can cost on average around $700, and a 1-room, 1000-square foot job can cost on average around $7,000.

Other factors that can increase the cost of installing carpet:

  • Moving furniture
  • Stairs
  • Removing pre-existing flooring
  • Fixing inadequate subfloor
  • Installing carpet in multiple rooms

On top of the carpet install cost, you also have to include the price of the carpet and padding. This can cost anywhere between $1 and $12 per square foot — all depending on the quality, thickness, and brand of the carpet. Carpet padding will cost around $1.50 per square foot.

Keep Reading: Do you really need padding under carpet?

The costs of installing carpet yourself

Right off the get-go, you’ll need to include the same costs for padding and carpet. This obviously doesn’t go away just because you’re installing carpet yourself. What does go away, however, is the price of the carpet install and any miscellaneous fees associated with it.

This being said, there are going to be other costs you’ll encounter during a DIY carpet install. While a carpet installer will come with all the necessary carpet installation tools, you likely will not

Some of the accessories that you’ll need to install carpet yourself may include:

  • Cutting tools
  • Seam roller ($50 – $150)
  • Carpet tape ($14 – $50 per roll)
  • Carpet stretcher ($65 – $400)
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Trimmer ($30 – $100)

Many people who want a DIY carpet install think the only costs will be the carpet and padding. And as a result, they don’t budget for the tools and miscellaneous items they need to actually install the carpet. 

Is it cheaper to install carpet yourself? Yes, it can be. But it’s important not to forget that there are additional costs associated with a DIY install. This being said, make sure you budget appropriately.

Keep Reading: Is it hard to install carpet yourself?

The cons of a installing carpet yourself

Sure, you can save thousands of dollars on a DIY carpet install; however, other costs may start to creep up on you in the future. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons you may want to save up for a professional carpet install.

Why you may not want to install carpet yourself:

  • You don’t know what you’re doing, and you’ll need to spend a few days, weeks, or even months researching and learning how to install carpet. 
  • You’ll miss important steps of the carpet install process, and you’ll end up with improperly installed products. This can result in visible tack strips, carpet that moves around, carpet that doesn’t tuck neatly into the baseboard, and other problems.
  • You’ll void your carpet’s warranty, due to improperly installed carpet. This means, if any issues come up with the quality of the carpet you installed, then you may not be able to get it replaced.

Debating between a DIY and professional carpet install?

Then you’ll want to check out these additional resources before moving forward in your carpet install.

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How high do you install baseboard for carpet?

If you’re getting new carpet installed, you might be wondering, “How high do you install baseboard for carpet?” Or maybe you’re wondering, “Why do you need a gap between the baseboard and the floor at all?”

Either way, the gap is there for good reason. Let’s break it down.

Why do you need a gap between the baseboard and the floor?

There are two main reasons there should be a gap between the baseboard and the floor when installing carpet. 

First, if there is flooding for any reason, this gap allows for the absorption of water (and building code may even require it). Secondly, a gap needs to be present, so you can easily tuck the carpet underneath the baseboards.

How high should baseboard be off the floor?

In the majority of cases, the gap between the baseboard and the floor will be between 3/8” and 1/2”. However, if you’re working with a thicker carpet and/or padding, this gap could easily be as wide as a full inch. This being said, many experts believe 1/2” is more than enough space for any carpet thickness.

Keep in mind, while it is important to tuck the carpet in tightly under the baseboards, you don’t want it to look forced. Make sure the carpet has enough room to be snug — but also look seamless with the rest of the room.

Are baseboards installed before the carpet?

Most carpet installers will install the baseboards before the carpet. This is why it’s important to measure thickness and find the appropriate height gap. 

Even though you can install baseboards after carpet, it’s a cleaner, faster process if you install them beforehand. This way, you can better avoid getting paint, stain, or caulking on carpet.

Additional carpet installation resources

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Is it hard to install carpet by yourself?

If you’re wondering, “Is it hard to install carpet by yourself?” — the answer really depends on your level of commitment. 

While it is possible to install carpet yourself, you need to prepare, plan, and educate yourself for the carpet install. 

Here’s what you need to keep in mind if you want to DIY your carpet install.

Make sure you measure correctly

If the carpet is going inside a perfectly square room, then you’re lucky, and this process will be much easier. However, if you have random angles, corners, and stairs in the room, the measurement process can be a little tricky. 

If you’re new to carpet installation and not trying to become a professional carpet installer anytime soon, then here’s what we recommend:

  • Draw out a rough sketch of the room. 
  • Measure the square footage. Do this in sections if the room is not a perfect square.
  • Take these measurements and your sketch to the company you’re purchasing carpet from, and ask them to help you confirm the total amount of carpet needed.
  • Order around 10% more carpet (to account for measurement and install issues).

Prepare the room

Before you install new carpet, you have to prep the area for installation. Make sure you take your time on this phase, so you don’t encounter unnecessary hurdles during installation.

Here are some steps to take when preparing for carpet installation:

  • Move all furniture out of the room
  • Remove all pre-existing flooring
  • Remove any baseboards (if necessary for the install), as well as any doors or hardware that could impact the install
  • Sweep the floor and repair any gaps in the flooring
  • Install carpet tack strips. Check out this short video on how to install carpet tack strips.
  • Install carpet padding. It’s important not to skimp on this part of the prep. Carpet padding does a lot for the overall durability and comfort of your carpet.

Cut & install the carpet

After the tack strip and padding are installed, it’s time to measure, cut, lay, and stretch the carpet. Again, make sure you take your time and be as precise as possible. The actual installation is probably the most difficult part of installing carpet. In many cases, you can cut costs by doing the prep work on your own, but still having a professional installer lay the carpet down for you.

Here are the key steps of installing carpet:

  • Measure and cut your carpet by sections, starting with the longest wall. Use chalk lines to keep track of measurement lines to ensure even cutting.
  • Use carpet tape or glue to adjoin two sections of carpet together.
  • Use carpet installation tools to attach the carpet to the tack strip.
  • Use a carpet stretcher to stretch the carpet. Trim and tuck as you stretch.

Here’s a quick video guide on the entire install process:

Additional flooring resources

Interested in learning more about flooring and carpet installation? Check out these additional resources, and fill out our contact form if you have any questions.

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Do you need padding under carpet?

Do you need padding under carpet? Many people wonder this as they’re getting ready to purchase new carpet for their home or business. Padding, afterall, is just another added expense to the carpet install process (and you won’t even see it once everything is finished). 

This being said, is it absolutely necessary to install carpet padding underneath your new carpet?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes… it is absolutely necessary to install padding underneath carpet, and here’s why.

Carpet padding makes your carpet softer

Thin carpet is not comfortable for anyone. And even if you plan on buying the thickest, softest carpet around, it’s still going to seem thin without carpet padding underneath it. But not only that, your carpet will feel cheap, old, and dirty without padding underneath it.

Padding makes it easier to clean and maintain your carpet

If you don’t install carpet padding underneath your carpet, then there will be nothing for your carpet to latch onto. It’ll just be resting on top of your pre-existing ground floor. Because of this, when you try to vacuum or clean your carpet, there will be very little suctioning capability, and your vacuum cleaner won’t be able to suck up all of the dirt.

Carpet padding keeps you warmer and quieter

The added layer of padding underneath your carpet works double-time. Not only will it absorb extra sound (especially if you’re walking on a second floor or up some stairs), but it will keep warmth in — which is especially useful during those cold winter months.

Additional flooring resources

Interested in learning more about flooring and carpet installation? Check out these additional resources, and fill out our contact form if you have any questions.

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Do you install baseboard before or after carpet?

Do you install baseboard before or after carpet? We get asked this question a lot, and the answer depends on preference or individual circumstances.

Thankfully, you can install carpet or baseboard first. Either will work. So if you have one already installed, don’t worry. You don’t need to start over. 

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which to install first. Let’s break it down.

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How to find carpet installers near you

If you want to find carpet installers near you, Google is not your only answer. In fact, there are a ton of great ways to find carpet installers that are tested and verified.

Let’s take a look at those ways right now.

Ask your Facebook friends

If you still have a Facebook account, then this is a perfect place to start. When you create a post asking for recommendations, Facebook alters the look of your post. Instead of a regular post, Facebook makes it more noticeable that you’re asking for feedback. Your friends can then drop business names into the post and share insights with you. This is a great way to find carpet installers that your friends and family have already vetted for you.

Check out Google Maps

Instead of scrolling through Google search results, scroll through Google Maps results. To do this, type in “carpet installers near me” and click on the first Google Maps result. From here, you can look through all reviews left by previous customers and check out before and after photos posted by the company and customers. This is the perfect place to find a company’s best and worst customers (since people are more likely to leave a review if they’ve had a really good or really bad experience). Then, you can get a better idea of how the installer responds to complaints and what quality work they can produce.

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Search local listings sites

If you’re on Google, check out sites like Angi and Yelp. Although these sites shouldn’t be your end-all-be-all, they can give you a good idea of where to start your search for a carpet installer. Companies can pay to advertise or get certified on these websites, so it’s important not to take everything at face value. However, you can still find some decent reviews, and of course, a healthy list of installers to research.

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