My New Blog

Welcome to CarpetGirl’s new blog. I decided to start this due to the overwhelming response I have gotten on ivillage’s GardenWeb Flooring forums. I realize carpet is a confusing and often complicated process and I would like to help everyone to navigate the waters more smoothly. I am open to discussing any flooring related questions people have, but my expertise is in carpeting and has been for nearly 20 years.


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  2. Posted by judy on August 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I am interested in buying Smartstrand carpet, but am confused about the differences between Smartstrand with Sorona & Smartstrand without Sorona. an you enlighten me, and list the differences?
    Thank you, in advance

  3. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer is made with 37% sugar which has replaced petrochemicals. SmartStrand does not have this environmental feature.

    Either will perform equally well in your home.

  4. Posted by judy on August 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    That’s it? I thought there was a difference in the stain protection.
    Specifically, we are looking @ Miami Shores which we have only found at one outlet. Is it an older product? Could we find it in a newer product under a different style name, and how would it compare to Karastan Woodland Pass, which we are also looking at.
    Thanks, again

  5. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The polymers react the same regardless of the corn sugar being a replacement. Both will be equally stain resistant. Of course one is sourced from DuPont as well, if brands are meaningful to you.

    Miami Shores is a great product and was introduced in 2006. It is about 3 ounces lighter than Woodland Pass (intro’d summer 2007) and has fewer colors to choose from. If you find a color in Miami Shores you are happy with, you’ll be perfectly happy with the carpet.


  6. Posted by Bobby on September 19, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Am looking at Smartstrand and differents retailers; one has Latest Craze, New Sensations, etc and the other has Wilmington Heights, Trimaran, etc. neither has what the other one has. Is one set more recent; are they the same things named different; what is going on here and what’s the diff between these “lines”

    Thanx you are doing a great job informing us of carpet knowledge

  7. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 28, 2009 at 12:01 am


    Sorry for the delay!

    Different stores do have different names for the same or very similar products. That is probably what you are seeing. Sometimes the color names are the same…sometimes not, but if your intention is to do a direct comparison you can try that.


  8. Posted by jean frederic on October 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I’m considering ordering dupont sorona carpet from Owen Carpet in Georgia> I live on the west coast. The one I’m looking at is Smartstrand Intelligent style. I called Owen carpet and he quoted a price of $1.96 sq ft. Prior to this I was looking at HD Smartstrand Command Performance for $2.85 sq ft and Smartstrand Prominant for $3.27. Do you know how these compare. I don’t know the weight for the Intelligent style although owen carpet said it would be at least 70 oz. Is this a trustworthy company?

  9. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Owen is a reputable company. No worries there. Your post was not clear as to whether shipping was included in that pricing or not. Or if install was included in the Home Depot quote. It is very important to ask specifically what is and is not included in those numbers. Oh and your sales person was a little off – Intelligent Style is 60 oz as is Prominent. Command performance I is 40oz and CPII is 50.


  10. I went into Luna today in the Chicagoland area and came across a Mohawk carpet called Garza’s which had 66% Smartstrand, the remaining 34% was PET. I didn’t know such a combination existed. Will this be as soft as 100% Smartstrand and perform as well? Also, I cannot seem to locate the Aladdin line from Mohawk. Seems like it should be less expensive than other lines, and I want to see Nature’s Blend in person based on Jeff’s raving blog.

  11. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Yea that one is a one of a kind. It is currently the only PET/SmartStrand blend that we have. It is not quite as soft and won’t be as bleach resistant as 100% SmartStrand would be. Performance would probably be slightly less but since 2/3 is SmartStrand – not that much of a change.

    Visit….log in and then go to the product gallery. Once you find the product you are looking for, then search for a dealer. The system will only pull dealers who have that style. In your case – just pick Nature’s Blend.


  12. CG, Thanks for the info. I will pass on the PET/SmartStrand blend based on your advice. Maybe you can steer me to the right SmartStrand carpet for me and save me a lot of looking around.

    I want something on the less expensive side that is a frieze, but looks close to a cut pile. In other words, I don’t want a frieze that is too shaggy or one that has strands far apart from each other. Also, since price is an issue, I’m not concerned about having the Sorona or Dupont name — plain SmartStrand is fine.

    Also, I’m confused about carpet names. I understand that each store comes up with their own name for the same carpet. If this is the case, what do posters mean when they provide a style such as “Smartstrand Intelligent”? How can anyone know what this is if each store makes up its own names (and a store name isn’t provided). If I go to Mohawk’s website and find a product, how can I find this same product at a store without knowing what the specific store calls it?

    Please enlighten me.

  13. Carpetgirl,

    Haven’t received a response for my most recent question, but I now have another one:

    Just got off the phone with a salesman from a Mohawk dealer. He indicated that there are now two types of SmartStrand:

    1 – SmartStrand which is PTT/Triexta
    2 – SmartStrand Sorona 3GT

    He claims that #2 is more expensive, softer, and more durable than #1.
    Is this true?

    Please clarify,


  14. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Sorry Jay – I get to this as often as I can but occasionally I am a little slow.

    If you go online and choose a retailer you will only see what they have at their store. If you do not choose a dealer and simply pick a style, the brand a retailer carries will determine the names they have and it could be more difficult. Stores typically do not make up names…we will however, change names depending on channels, brands and sometimes even warranty requirements. I know it is not ideal for consumers but it is the only way we can track sales by channel.

    It’s very difficult for me to choose specific styles for you. There are a number of very traditional textures in the line that should be far enough from a frieze to make you happy.

    As for the two SmartStrands – the primary difference is that one is a DuPont eco-friendly polymer and the other is not. You’ll see that one marked 3GT or Sorona which are DuPont trademarks. Softness, stain resistance and durability are essentially the same…tho you might find a few carpets in the generic SmartStrand line that seem a little harsher…those are older yarn systems that are indeed not as soft as the new ones. If Brand and Green is important to you consider Sorona, if price is the only driving factor – SmartStrand PTT is fine. Based on your earlier note – you seem like a SmartStrand guy.


  15. CG,

    Thanks for the clarification. If I go for SmartStrand PTT, then I would like to stay away from the older yarn systems that you mention since I want a carpet as soft as possible. How do I determine if a carpet is made using this older yarn system? Is there something specific on the label I can look for?

    Thanks again.

  16. CG,

    Thanks for the clarification. If I go for SmartStrand PTT, then I would like to stay away from the older yarn systems that you mention since I want a carpet as soft as possible. How do I determine if a carpet is made using this older yarn system? Is there something specific on the label I can look for?

    Thanks again.

  17. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Jay –

    There is no label or such…you can feel the difference.


  18. I am trying to decide between SmartStrand and EcoChoice (made by Shaw) both from Carpets Plus. The Smartstrand is a longer plush (60 oz.) with a 10 year stain and texture warranty. I am concerned that it may matte or not wear as well in high traffic areas (stairs, hallways, etc.) The EcoChoice is a little bit shorter plush (54 oz.) with a 20 year warranty all around. I cannot find reviews on EcoChoice or Shaw to see if this would be a good carpet to go with. Also, how do I know if the SmartStrand I am looking at is the more durable, Sorona 3GT? Any advice would be appreciated.

  19. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    EcoChoice is a line for CarpetsPlus I think and not a Shaw name…probably why you can’t find much on it. I THINK the Shaw EcoChoice is nylon – which I really don’t understand being EcoChoice. Mohawk’s EcoChoice is SmartStrand Sorona. They basically gave each major manufacturer a display for thier key “green” product. The warranty differences don’t make a lot of sense to me either and you might want to ask. SmartStrand Sorona typically carries a lifetime stain warranty, so the lower warranty could be something unique to CarpetsPlus.

    The SmartStrand you are looking at is Sorona and it is still your best option…unless you are ok with the temporary stain protection on the nylon. It washes off with cleanings. Wear and traffic wise, density can play a factor, but it sounds like you simply have one whose pile is a little shorter and overall is lighter. I tend to always go heavier even with a longer pile. Density factors in a number of things including weight, pile height and how close together the tufts are.

    Good luck – CG

  20. Posted by Jill on November 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Hi CG –
    I have run across your postings on the ivillage GardenWeb Flooring Forums – so very insightful/informative and helpful!

    I have a quick question – I have been researching various types of carpet (Stainmaster and Wear Dated nylon Tactesse, Stainmaster Luxura and Xtra Life, Wear Dated Solutia Soft Touch nylon, and Smartstrand BCF PTT/Triexta) – and trying to decide – if the Smartstrand fiber/polymer is REALLY as durable as nylon (and will stand the test of time, which I think you definitely believe!) PLUS has the superior stain resistance, then it seems like the best of both worlds! – a no brainer –

    I have found one Mohawk Wear Dated Solutia Soft Touch (Brentwood) nylon that I like, however – 53 oz, twist 5.5, density 2822 (I would like a bit of a higher twist but perhaps that very high density makes up for the twist in terms of durability). And then there is a Smartstrand BCF (not Dupont Surona, though) PTT – Hunter’s Haven – 50 oz – which I am heavily considering – I called Mohawk to try to get the twist and density info (the dealer did not have it on hand) but they said a dealer would have to call them to get it – so I just called my dealer (whom I have an appt to meet later today) and my contact said she would get it for me before I come in –

    I am not sure how often you check this blog – but even if it’s after today, if you could please reply, I would be so appreciative – which of the two above would you recommend? In your opinion, is the Smartstrand to which I am referring a good, LONG-lasting (stain-resistant AND resilient/durable/will spring back, etc) carpet for the whole house (living room and 3 bedrooms)? Or is the Wear Dated Soft Touch a better choice? If I’m going to be paying close to 4 grand, I just want to be sure to make the right decision (!)…

    Thanks and again, I so appreciate any input/insight you can provide!

  21. Posted by Jill on November 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Also, I meant to add – the price across the 2 carpets that I am considering is roughly the same (25.40-25.54 per square yard)…

  22. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I’m sorry Jill. I am traveling and just getting to where I could logon and reply.

    I have seen all the test data to prove to me that the SmartStrand wears and stands up to traffic as well as nylon – so I consider that a wash decision wise. I also worked for Wear-Dated for about 9 years and know that brand well. 5.5 turns is good…any more would probably look so different that you may or may not like the style anymore. Hunter’s Haven is actually 55 oz – so weight is a crapshoot too. I do not have the twist levels here with me. If you like the look of the styles equally and you’ve found a color in both, then it is all about stain resistance. I go SmartStrand…everytime.


  23. Posted by Jill on November 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hi CG – no need to apologize – I so appreciate your providing this forum/medium for dialogue and for getting back to me!
    I did wind up going with the SmartStrand (!) – once I saw the technical specs, I was definitely sold! The twist on the Hunter’s Haven is 5.5 x 5.5, and the density is 3234 – and yep, my dealer had 50 oz marked on the sample, but then once I looked at the actual spec sheet that Mohawk faxed over yesterday, I saw the certified pile weight actually shows 53.90 oz. Oh, and the PAR is 4. 🙂
    Also, thanks for your reassurance regarding the durability – again, from having read your postings, I highly trust and respect your opinion and expertise!
    Now we are just waiting for word on the final production date – it’s been pushed a couple of times (we’re ordering Hunter’s Haven in Wheat Flower), apparently (as the dealer has checked on this for a couple of other people previously, it turns out) – but as of late yesterday the dealer talked to an expeditor who said this will definitely be rolling soon (we heard that demand for SmartStrand has picked up considerably this year, and the production expectation based on last year’s sales is being exceeded – perhaps at least partly due to the FTC’s classification of PTT as Triexta!).
    Anyway, yes, I had found a color that I liked in both styles – although of the two colors, I did like the SmartStrand Wheat Flower better – also, I am in my (almost) mid-thirties and my husband in his late 20s – we don’t have any children (yet) but he is bad (no matter how much I try to train him otherwise – ha!) about tracking in dirt from outside – so given that tendency as well as the possibility of kids in the future, the stain resistant feature was definitely VERY important to me, and also helped to tip the hat toward the SmartStrand. And, I actually had a preference (installment-wise) for the dealer who has the SmartStrand versus the one at whose location I had seen the particular Wear-Dated I liked. So all in all, I feel very confident and happy/at ease with my choice of the SmartStrand Hunter’s Haven!
    Again, thanks so much!

  24. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Yay! So glad you found what you LOVE and you sound so excited! Do hang in there on the arrival dates. Demand has far exceeded expectations and our PTT suppliers are having a hard time keeping up. It’s gotten MUCH better but still longer than we like. I should refrain from the younger man comments…but you go girl! I am almost forty and the hubby 46 – I can’t train him either so good luck with that:)


  25. If I use a 10lb moisture resistant pad will the aladdin smartstrand hold up ok. I know it,s not the heaviest weight.

  26. I’m working with a local retailer and considering a purchase of Smartstrand 3GT Sorona. Your posts have been a huge help to me in understanding what we are looking at.

    The carpet style is “Posh Origins”. I can’t find reference to this style anywhere on the web or even on the Mohawk site! This is a major purchase for us ($5,000 for three bedrooms, stairs, and hallway) and I also wanted to price shop some online. Does this product go by another style name? Why can’t I find it anywhere but it is in the local carpet shop?

  27. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 15, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Doug – 10lb is what I put down with my SmartStrand. Go with it.

  28. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Hey Rex…strange that you are looking at a builder brand at a local retailer but he probably does a good bit of builder work. See what you think about Intellegent Style. Those two should be real close.


  29. Posted by Bruno on January 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm


    My carpet guy suggested and quoted using a 7lb pad (which I didn’t understand, since I thought 6lb, 8lb, and 10lb were standard, maybe he meant 7/16″???) to use with the Posh Origins Smartstrand 3GT installed on top of an old maple hardwood floor (some flex in floor due to age – will be firming it up first with ringshank nails & screws and adding ~ 3/8″ Ply or OSB to raise level to new tile in kitchen already installed.

    Could you please tell me what would be your recommendation for padding on top of this type of floor?

    Also, could you please tell me what is the weight of this carpet?

    Thank you very much for you blog / posts. I was leaning towards the Smartstrand 3GT already, but and now sold on it.

  30. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Bruno…I want to check in with a person I consider to be the Queen of Cushion. Hope to hear back from her today and we able to answer your question correctly. One I can answer right now is weight – that style is 60 ounces.

    Hold tight on the other…will reply as soon as I hear from her.


  31. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry for the delay Bruno. She was traveling on business until today…but back to yoru question.

    There are 7 lb cushions on the market. Mostly positioned for price point…”you want something better than a 6 but don’t want to pay for an 8″ kind of thing. For you though – I recommend at least an 8. (I have 10 in my home) Mohawk has actually just introduced a cushion specifically for SmartStrand that has all the things I have been recommending to you all and enhanced warranties as well. We call it SmartCushion (you probably could have guessed that one). Here’s what it gives you:

    * ViscoElastic Memory foam to enhance the feel underfoot.
    * SpillSafe moisture barrier to prevent spills and stains from getting into the cushion and wicking up later.
    * Antimicrobial to inhibit growth of mold, mildew and fungus in spills that aren’t cleaned up right away.
    * 8# density for the support needed to get maximum wear from carpet
    * Wear and texture retention warranties for SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona extended to 20 years
    * Carpet warranty becomes transferable. Consumer has 30 day satisfaction guarantee or 60 days (depends on type of store you purchase from) on carpet.

    All the bells and whistles.

    If you are looking for the lowest cost recommended cushion – minimum 6# density covers fiber manufacturers warranties. But for stain removal, you should, at least, go with a moisture barrier on whichever cushion you chooses. The type of floor you have outlined suggests that there aren’t any moisture issues that would require the cushion to “breathe” allowing moisture to pass through – so definitely do that.

    BUT – best choice is SmartCushion.

    Hope this helps!


  32. Posted by Gary on January 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Hi CC,

    Trying to decide between two different carpets, hoping you can help.

    Carpet number 1 is sold by Great Floors in Lynnwood, WA and they call it the following:
    STYLE: 1166 Enlightened Decor
    COLOR: 568 Moroccan Leather
    PILE: 100% SmartStrand BCF Triexta, Made With Dupont Sorona, Renewably Sourced Polymer
    REPEAT: None
    Some othe numbers at the bottom of the sample; GX1001l66-568D, RN99717, 0609J
    Here are the other specs that the salesperson got for me.
    Yarn twist per inch: 5.5×5.5
    Gauge: 3/16
    Stitches per inch: 9.00
    Certified pile weight: 44.10 ozs
    Total Weight: 79.50 ozs
    Density: 1714

    Carpet number 2 is sold by Rogers Carpet in Everett, WA and it is called:
    STYLE: 7235 Painted Sky
    COLOR: 509 Saddlery
    FIBER: 100% Mohawk Smartsrand BCF, 3GT Polyester Made With Dupont Sorona Polymer
    Here are what the salesperson got on this carpet:
    Twist: 6.5X6.5
    “Weight” (not sure if that is total or certified pile weight??): 45ozs

    The warranties are very similar with carpet number 1 having a 15 year fade warranty vs. 10 for number 2. Carpet number 1 also has a lifetime anti-static warranty vs. 20 years for carpet number 2.

    We were leaning towards going with Rogers Carpets (Carpet number 2) but carpet number 1 that Great Floors has seems to be softer. Carpet number 1 just feels softer to us, is this because the twist is 5.5 vs. 6.5? Some other reasons??? Is the weight of these carpets a little on the low side? The warranties seem very good to us.

    Thanks for your help?

  33. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Hey Gary –

    Higher twist does tend to “firm up” a carpet’s hand (how it feels). Sometimes softness is a result of the fiber denier – or thickness. That is not the case here, the fiber deniers are the same.

    45 ounce weight is fine (they were talking pile). I don’t typically recommend anything under 40, but even then you are ok. I worry more about density than weight. The carpet weight is a function of 3 things (which you even have listed for #1) – the gauge of the tufter (related to the number of needles epr inch of width – for the 3/16 above there are 16 needles for every 3 inches of width), the stitches per inch (length measurement for how many times those needles punch through in an inch) and height of the pile (we can adjust that). I look for a carpet that has a nice balance between the 3. Take a 45 ounce for example…if most of the yarn weight is in the pile height, for a shag maybe, you might feel or see the backing because the tufts would have a good bit of room in between. Both of the styles you are looking at have a healthy balance of these construction parameters.

    Technically – either is great. You will simply have to decide this one based on aesthetics. If the softness sells you – you with #2.

    Good luck and I hope you love your carpet!


  34. Posted by carpet shopper on January 24, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Hi Carpet Girl,

    You are wonderful I feel so educated!! I have finally decided on Smartstrand (not sorona) do to our budget. I was considering Belle Meade and Higher Standard no density, twist is available from them. Both are unbranded fibers. Wondering if you had any recommendation on these. Both came from a local Mohawk dealer but not sure if the names are different than other stores. The carpet will be used in bedrooms in a no shoe house. 3 young children, no pets.

    My other question was with the water seeming to run right through the carpet…does that get to the pad pretty quickly? Since we are on a budget we were just going to go with a 6 pd pad (free).. Not sure if mositure barrier was helpful when steam cleaning the carpet…helping it not get to the pad or does that not really matter. Thanks!!!

  35. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    A no shoe house! Wow – let me know if the kids keep that up when they are teenagers!:)

    I pretty much always recommend a moisture barrier pad (for any type of fiber) as well as upgrading pad. Most people think the pad doesn’t matter and that couldn’t be more false. If you upgrade your pad, you WILL upgrade the life of your carpet. I’ve seen tons of testing data that shows it to be true – higher densities literally add years to the life of your carpet. If you can find a way to add a little to your budget, it will be worth it.

    The moisture barrier is more to protect the subfloor than the pad itself. In the majority of cases your spills will not be so volumous that you will saturate your padding and reach the subfloor but it can happen. Moisture in wood is BAD! Small spills that get the padding wet will likely dry on their own.

    I don’t think you will find a 6lb with a moisture barrier – I suspect that starts at 8lb. Spend the money on an 8lb. Forego the moisture barrier if you have to…but no harm in trying to negoitiate with your dealer. Tell him you’ll upgrade to an 8lb but you want him to “throw in” the moisture barrier. Can’t hurt:)

    Oh and the carpets you listed are both great for what you’re doing. Pick either.

    Good luck – CG

  36. Posted by carpet shopper on January 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks so much! I will get their pricing for the upgraded pad to see if we could swing it. I thought that would be better too but the salesperson thought it was unnecessary. Appreciate your guidance. Still had some concerns with the carpet expecially since the salesperson didn’t seem to like it one bit and wanted to sell me the PET explaining it would last longer and Smartstrand was too new. How could I get the density and twist info on these carpets if the salesperson did not have access to this? I would much prefer the softer more stain resistent carpet….but in this economy it is an expense that we hope will last for many years to come.


  37. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    An uninformed sales person…unfortunately there are entirely too many of those. PET would never perform like a PTT product. You’d be very disappointed. SmartStrand entered the market in the early 2000’s and Mohawk introduced in in 2004. I’m disappointed that he/she is not educated at this point. Very frustrating for me when people, like you, don’t get the right info…but I guess I would have no blog if you did, huh?

    You certainly get what you pay for – remember that! PET and PTT are a great example of that:)

    Dealers typically have access to spec’s but try calling Mohawk and see if the technical folks have that info. 800-2MOHAWK. Think they are available week days only but I’m not sure. I do not have the twist or density information, but I can tell you that Belle Meade is a bit heavier than High Standard. I like that weight a little better and it would be my choice.

    Good luck – CG

  38. Posted by doug on January 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    We have decided on Horizon Magic Isle carpet with Dupont Sorena for our Den. I was a little concerned about the density. It was 3478. Is this a good choice? We are going to use Mohawks new padding called Smart Cusion. Is that a good choice also?

  39. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Both are perfect choices Doug. I actually have Magic Isle in my own home and we love it. The new SmartCushion is a great addition to the line. Gives you that moisture barrier and increases your warranty. Seems you need no help from me:)


  40. Posted by beaniegirl on February 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm


    I’m a singleton who just bought my first home a few weeks ago, so not only is it my first time buying flooring, but there’s no one to share the misery with me! 🙂 It’s been pretty daunting and can’t tell you how grateful I am to find you “out here” as a resource, particularly for this type of carpet. I’ve seen several thick, plush styles I liked at local flooring stores: 1I50 Intelligent Style, 1I45 Brilliant Design & 1I51 Organic Luxury (the Nutmeg color was perfect). My local wholesale distributor inquired w/ Mohawk and said Org Lux was unavailable and the other two were discontinued; however, I’ve seen Intelligent Style & Brilliant Design offered by a number of distributors online so I’m not sure what’s really the case.

    How can I find something similar when I can only find a few kinds locally?
    How do those styles compare to others I found at the distributor (Kedge & Danforth) or the ones at HD (Command I & II)?
    And finally, are any of these online carpet retailers (several in GA) reputable, or is it a bad idea to buy carpet online?

    Thanks so much!

  41. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Beanie –

    Sorry this has taken so long – I was at a trade show for the last few days.

    Those styles are not discontinued to my knowledge. Might be backordered and not available at this very second, but not discontinued. The carpet is so popular we are working hard to keep up!

    Have you gone to and looked for dealers in your area? A Floorscapes dealer should have a good supply of SmartStrand including the colorwall styles. I know some people have had great success with online orders…but you’ll need to have a reputable installer in mind if you go that route. And it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a small sample before you buy – 6″ x 6″. Then you can compare it to what you actually get…the colors could vary slightly but the feel of the sample and the carpet should be the same.

    Thanks for the kind words and have a great weekend.


  42. Posted by chuck on February 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    We are looking at the Mohawk triexta style 1522 Looking Glass. I think this may be entry level carpet. We are retired and on a limited budget..With the warranty being the same as the more expensive lines, what can I expect with this carpet if I use an 8# pad.

  43. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Chuck –

    You’re right – that is our entry level product. Though I would prefer you step up to Queen of Hearts, Looking Glass is fine if you do not have high levels of traffic. The 8 lb pad will help it, but entry level is entry level. It is light weight and not very dense so it has a propensity to lay on its side instead of stand up. With proper care and maintenance, along with relatively low traffic levels – I would expect you to see an average life span for that carpet. average being around 7 years. Maybe as high as 10.


  44. Posted by Michael on February 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Hi! do you have any information on Smartstrand ‘kinetic contrast’… it is the style we are looking at and I was hoping to find some info online, but I can’t find a thing.

  45. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Michael –

    Good style – about 45 ounces for face weight, which is good. Not sure what all you want to know, but I think it’s a good choice. This style is found at Mohawk Floorscapes Dealers only, so that could be why you aren’t finding it online. I would have thought it’d be on though.


  46. Posted by melissa on March 1, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Just curious if you’ve heard of a Smartstrand style called Valuable Solution (I could get a good deal on it), and if you have, what you think of it? I’m also looking at Beacon Way, but I need to use it for my whole house including a large set of stairs and thought maybe the pile was a little high. I’ve also looked at a style called Arapahoe Basin, but I think that may be the same as Beacon Way???? Please correct me on that if you know. I’m really looking for a style that will work for my whole house. I have kids, dogs and a husband that won’t take his shoes off so I was thinking a fleck would be good. Cost is also an issue. Do you have any specific suggestions for me? I’ve talked to two different places and of course they have different names for everything so it’s really hard to compare. Do you know of anything that is similar to Beacon Way with a slightly shorter pile? Any suggestions you might have would be so appreciated!!!!!!!

  47. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Beacon Way is actually a much heavier carpet as compared to Valuable and Arapahoe. It is 55 ounces where the others are 40 and 38 respectively. Seems you are looking at 3 different styles.

    Know that stairs are tough on any carpet – even the loop I have in my home. This probably not what you want to hear, but I think either of the 3 are going to be ok for what you are doing. I lean toward the heavier weight product simply because they do typically perform better if everything else is the same…I am not sure what the twist, piles and densities are on any of these unfortunately…but if cost is a big factor, consider Valuable. It appears to be a good 40 ounce product and should serve you well.

    Agree on flecked carpet with untrained husbands and pets:) Does tend to hide things!


  48. Posted by melissa on March 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Carpet Girl thank you so much!! I got a few more samples today. I have two dealers I’m dealing with and one is very nice and the other is a little pushy (the one who has Valuable Solution). I’d like to give the nice dealer my business if possible. The new samples he brought me are Miami Shores, Coral Bay, Front Runner, Vibrant Beauty, and Schooner Wharf. Schooner Wharf is the cheapest and seems a little “sparse”, but I will be getting the top of the line pad so I’m wondering if that would be enough to make it useable. If you have any opinions on any of these carpets I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you again!!

  49. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    See what you think of Front Runner…I would expect the total cost to be similar to Valuable.


  50. Posted by Melissa on March 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you again for your replies! I really appreciate your knowledge. I am down to three and the prices are somewhat close: Front Runner, Coral Bay, and Schooner Wharf. Do you recommend Front Runner over the other two choices?? Schooner Wharf has “Optiback”—is this important? I like the colors in Coral Bay, but it looks like Front Runner has the best warranties??? I actually like all three and could probably live with any of them. But, I am buying 250 square yards so it’s going to be a lot of carpet and I don’t want to make a mistake. This has been a lot harder than I ever thought! Thank you carpet girl!

  51. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Front Runner is just a smidge heavier than Coral Bay – not enough to really matter. Schooner is more of an entry level at 32oz. Does appear that Front Runner has a leg up on warranties – that smidge of weight is probably why…but honestly you’ll be ok with either – just a question of your comfort level and if warranties really matter to you.

    It is more complicated than it probably should be…you narrowed your chance of making a mistake by picking SmartStrand:)


  52. Posted by Melissa on March 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Hey Carpet Girl!

    I was all set to choose Front Runner and another carpet person said that it might crush in high traffic areas down the road, and that Schooner would resist this and be a better choice????? Any thoughts on that???

    I am really happy that I am choosing Smartstrand by the way. It’s the only choice I’ve made so far that I’m completely confident about!

  53. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    This is a bit of a crap shoot…I don’t have the samples or the twist specs in front of me…all I can see is the weights on these. Schooner might have more twist and that is probably why the comment was made – BUT – it is 8 ounces lighter – 20% lighter. In this case, I’d probably choose weight over twist…that is a little rare for me, but in the light weights I think it is more important. I don’t recommend buying less than 40 ounces if you can help it. If you had a 50 and a 58 ounce – I would choose the higher twist product even at a lower weight.

    You’ll likely be equally good with either tho Melissa…Schooner is also a Sorona product instead of simply smartstrand so you do have the corn thing going on there too.


  54. Posted by melissa on March 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Carpet Girl you rock! Thank you so much for all of your guidance. I have really appreciated all of your help with this.

  55. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Aw Shucks! – Enjoy your SmartStrand!:)


  56. Posted by Steve T. on March 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    CarpetOne has two Sorona Triexta (Lees) products called “Yours Sincerely” and “Yours Affectionately.” The latter is plusher and costs more. Do you know the relative weights of these? I can’t seem to get the answer from the sales clerk.

    More importantly, other than weight, is the manufacturing quality of the two carpets the same? does heavier weight mean longer durability?

  57. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Steve –

    Unfortunately I don’t have any info on Carpet One styles. Sorry! Typically when the names are so similar, the styles tend to be what we call better/best styles. One is usually 5 to 10 ounces heavier than the other. I suspect that is what you have. In better/best styles, the heavier weight does tend to perform a bit better from a durability standpoint because the twist, gauge and some other density factors remain the same. What will vary s;ight;y to increas the weight are the tufts per inch numbers and possibly the pile height. Since it is LEES, I would imagine the heavier will even fall into a better warranty category for them as well.

    If you read through some of the other posts, you’ll see that I am a fan of twist and overall density rather than weight. Weight is not the best apples to apples comparision variable.


  58. Posted by Steve T. on March 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks CG. Yes the pile height is higher on the more expensive version. The two products are available in the same colors and they have the same warranty.

    Let’s assume the tufts per inch, twist and guage are the same. Are tufts per inch the sole measure of density, or is density a combination of tufts per inch and pile height?

  59. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Definitely a better/best combo…

    Density is a complicated formula that takes in the size of the yarn, the gauge of the machine (how close the needles are horizontally), the pile height and the # of stitches per inch (vertical measurement). So for the styles you are looking at…only the pile height and the stitches per inch change…everything else is the same.


  60. Posted by Melissa on March 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Hi CG I’m back again!

    I’ve decided to up the budget a bit. Now I’m trying to decide between Beacon Way and Vibrant Beauty. Price is about the same. I think I like Beacon Way better, but I’m curious if one is better than the other construction wise. I really need something that will wear well—preferably with a fleck. Do you have a favorite between those two–or any other suggestions for me?

  61. Posted by Lara on March 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Tell me about Enlightened Decor. We are looking at 565 Vintage Cream as a color- Smart Strand Sorona. The sales person seemed a little uninformed about prices- said they have just changed? She indicated that their are 4 different weights in each color of the Enlightened Decor, but she didn’t seem to know those, either. Can you fill me in and recommend a weight that would be in the upper end (for this carpet, if you know)? We want to get something that is going to be a pleasure to sit and walk on for a long time. Thanks!

  62. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Wow – you were talking to a “GREAT” sales person, huh? Enlightened Decor is part of the Sorona color wall…what that means is there are a series of styles that are all available in the same color. The styles have different weights and such but Enlightened Decor is simply ONE of the available styles and its weight does not change. So 565 Vintage Cream is available in different weights but Enlightened is not. Hope that makes sense.

    Enlightened is about 45 ounce…there are heavier ones – up to 60 or 70…but Enlightened is still a really good choice. Look at Brillant Design or Intellegent Style. Those are heavier.

    I have zero info on pricing but she is right – prices have gone up as raw materials have increased.

    Good luck with your choice!

  63. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Beacon is heavier than Vibrant…and I personally prefer that style. It has always been a great seller.


  64. Posted by John on March 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    My wife and I are replacing 2 year old builder grade carpet in our family room, study and stairs. We’ve decided on Smartstrand due to its softness and stain resistance since we have 3 cats with weak stomachs 🙂

    The family room is a high traffic area (as are the stairs) so we think we are going with a frieze. We’ve narrowed our choices down to the following:

    Claim to Fame
    Vibrant Beauty
    High Regard
    South Padre

    Anyone have any experience in high traffic area and/or stairs with these? The samples from our flooring store don’t have any specs on them. Does anyone know the weight, twist, density, etc of the above? Is one better suited for high traffic area than the others? Thanks!

  65. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Cats with weak stomachs…LOVELY!

    South Padre is the heaviest of the 4 at about 55 ounces – I don’t have it in front of me, but I do seem to recall that yarn looking a little bigger to me than the others, but maybe not. With your descriptions above, I suggest High Regard. 45 ounces – good tight texture. Vibrant is close at 42. Claim to Fame is lighter than I like really. I rarely recommend under 40.

    Unfortunately I don’t have twist numbers, but many of these are the same yarn system – meaning size and twist. So there should not be a big variance there.


  66. Posted by John on March 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, CG! I’m following up to a post I made last week, although I can’t seem to find it. I’m wondering what the difference is between Smartstrand High Regard and Vibrant Beauty. High Regard is slightly heavier but my carpet installer is selling it for slightly less than Vibrabt Beauty for some reason. Can you explain why this would be? I think we are going with the Vibrant Beauty since we like the speckled look but I just can’t understand why it would be more expensive than High Regard.

    Also, any concerns using a Dyson vacuum on the new carpet? It’s higher than our existing cheap carpet but I’ve heard that Dyson’s aggressive beater bar and brushes can damage higher carpets. Keep in mind that we have 3 cats and A LOT of cat hair! 🙂

    Thank you!!!

  67. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hey John –

    Carpet costs vary for so many reasons frankly. Backings, twist levels, you name it. There is even a chance that your retailer purchased rolls of High Regard at a lower price and is passing that savings to you. There’s no way of knowing really. Those two styles only have a few ounces difference in weight so I consider that a wash anyway.

    Dyson’s are great vacuums…kinda want one myself. Just be sure that you set it high enough for the pile of the carpet. I don’t remember vibrant being a high pile carpet, but to be safe, start super high and move down. The beater bar should hit the tips – not anymore than that.


  68. hey carpetgirl: iam wanting to buy a smartstrand carpet but i don’t like to see vacuum marks or footprints. I need to recarpet living room bedrooms and staires attached to one room up. Can you suggest any styles that would be durable and tend to not show wear patterns.

  69. Posted by CarpetShopper on March 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    HI Carept Girl – Thanks for all your help and input. I am looking at two different typs of SmartStrand and wondered if you have input into which may be best for durability and pet issues. We have two senior cats and a dog so pet issues/vomit will occur.

    I am looking at 1152 Posh Origins and 1160 Fulfilled Mission. Both in the color: 530 Tiki Hut. Both indicate: “100% Mohawk SmartStrand BCF Trixta with DuPont Sorona Renewabily Sourced Polymer.
    One is longer, more of a frieze and Posh Origins is shorter. I prefer Posh Origins but don’t want issues with durability.
    I did try putting red wine on a sample, washing it with soap and water and it did NOT completely come out. I thought I would work on it a bit more today. Stain resistance is big for us with the pets.

    I sure would appreciate you input and recommendations between these these two styles.

    Thank you!

  70. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Karen –

    The best possible style for you is a tight texture. Textures were specifically designed years ago to be trackless…not totally free of marks but track less:) One that comes to mind is New Sensation.

    CarpetShopper –

    Wine is actually much easier to clean up after it dries…I know – crazy right?!? Not sure how much you used to test it but you could have simply been dealing with it spreading. I have never had an issue cleaning out red wine. In fact, an overzealous reporter once spilled an entire bottle on a sample and was surprised it didn’t come right up with a grout sponge. I asked that we try again and he pulled out the 6 week old sample…trying to catch me I guess. I so wish the camera had been on his face when it came right out with water. He enjoyed his crow that day:)

    I am not surprised you prefer Posh. It is a good bit heavier…about 60 oz vs 48. I do not foresee any durability issues with either frankly – both have good densities and twist levels and are two of our best sellers – but I’d go with the one you prefer.

    Luck – CG

  71. Posted by CarpetShopper on March 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Thanks again Carpet Girl for your quick reply! I am glad you think Posh Origins is durable. I did get all the specs and they did look quite good except the overall density is just at 2,936, just slightly below the recommended minimum I have read of 3,000.

    Ok, last question. I was very excited about this carpet but I have seen some fairly negative complaints and comments as I scoured the internet today. One written by a carpet professional said that for durability, nylon is far superior and another was a complaint by a consumer saying it was NOT pet friendly, that her dog was snagging it. Yikes! I frankly have not researched other carpets to this level because I was so excited about the stain factor of SmartStrand.

    Oh – really good and important news to share with all – I did re-wet the red-wine stained carpet sample with only hot water and the stain came out completely (after it dried today as you had said). 🙂

    Do you have any stats on durability with this being such a new product as far as complaints from consumers that it does not hold up as well as nylon? That is my only hold out at this point with it being such a new product – I would be so disappointed it if showed terrible wear in 5 years.

    Best to you and fellow carpet consumers!

  72. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Hey CS –

    Do think the density is fine on that carpet, truly.

    The internet is a wealth of info and not all true. I like forums and such but I also know that there are people paid by companies to write good and bad things, so I take everything with a grain of salt. As for what you saw, I am not sure what kind of “carpet professional” made the statement. If it was a sales person, please know that sales people are given incentives by the nylon brands like Stainmaster to sell their product. There are people intensely loyal to those brands for good reason – $$$$. It has zero to do with the performance of any product and frankly, in my opinion, is not always in your best interest. Fortunately just about every brand – including SmartStrand – has these type of incentives now, so it should level the playing field. I have talked to dealers and sales people who were simply afraid to go away from something as established as nylon as well. They were not basing this on fact – but fear of the unknown. I am sure I have said this before, though you might not have seen it, but I spent 9 years on the nylon side…and yet I believe more in this product than anyone I have ever dealt with. And I am basing that on fact.

    As for the “not pet friendly” comment. She had to have purchased a loop type of carpet. That is the only possibility for “snagging”. Cut piles are individual tufts – you can’t snag it becuase they are not connected to one another. No one with a pet should ever buy a loop carpet! Cats are the worst! They’ll pluck at it like guitar strings! If they told their sales person about the pets and they still allowed them to get a loop – that person should be fired!

    As far as stats, oddly enough a friend and I looked at performance related complaints back to 2006 and compared those numbers to a well known branded nylon. The SmartStrand claims were about 1/3 that of the nylon claims and yet the volume is now nearly double. That is HUGE! I was honestly surprised – I sort of expected them to be the same, BUT when you consider that the vast majority of claims on products come in the first 2 years AND that the majority of claims are and have always been stain related, I should not have been. Nylon simply does not clean like this does.

    So your next question will be – well what about wear? If you are going to have performance issues you will see it within the first year or two as well. If wear patterns are going to form they don’t wait for 4 or 5 years, it breaks pretty quickly. I have seen no tests that tell me that either of the nylons are better for wear than SmartStrand – NONE. Now you have to be realistic and know that there will be some wear with any carpet, do not expect there not to be a normal level of texture change. You can manage this a bit by altering your traffic pattern every year or so. Move a couch or something to change the way people move about your rooms. If you can alter that and specifically pivot points, you will, not doubt, extend the life of your carpet and prevent traffic lanes.

    It’s not a new product. It’s been out there since 2004. We tested everything head to head….Nylon 6, Nylon 6.6, PET, olefin…all in the same constructions. I’ve seen the tests and I am utterly convinced that this is the best carpet in the industry, bar none. The nylon brands are pulling out all the stops to discredit the product because they are threatened, but please don’t let some clever marketing or incentive plan influence you…you will be disappointed.

    Good Luck!

  73. Posted by Melissa on March 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Just wanted to echo what carpet girl said from a consumer point of view. I am buying Smartstrand from a dealer who sells everything. He said that nylon is an excellent product, but that Smartstrand is just “the best” and that the nylon people are scared of how good Smartstrand is. He also said that Smartstrand has had almost no consumer complaints—and that the majority of those complaints were defects which installers notice right when they open the roll (sent back). Again, he said nylon was terrific and that he would be happy to sell it to me—-but he said if he were buying carpet right now, it would be Smartstrand.

  74. Posted by CarpetShopper on March 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks again Carpet Girl and Melissa – I really appreciate it. Yes, many blogs and net information say Nylon is the tried and true and to stay away from polyester, PET is too new to say, and that “the latest and greatest” in the past was not.

    It is all very confusing. I think if I could talk with a reference that has had the SmartStrand for 5 years in their home I would be far more comfortable, but your points are good. I am still debating and need to decide asap. I would love to just go with the SmartStrand but still am thinking about it.

    Best to you! – CareptShopper

  75. Posted by CarpetShopper on March 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Oops, correction – I meant PTT is too new, not PET. Sorry for confursion in my post.

  76. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I would not recommend a polyester to you either. Not a PET ever. Unfortunately, thought you meant PTT, I think many of the sales people out there still don’t completely understand the difference.

    We make and sell a lot of nylon – it is a good product. If wear is your primary concern, you will be as satsified with a nylon as SmartStrand. If staining is your primary concern, you’ll be disappointed. I know it is confusing and complicated. I will tell you, I gave the same info about 4 years ago to a friend I have had for 20 years…she has two little ones but not pets. We are not only still great friends but she is ready to do more rooms in SmartStrand.

    Good Luck!

  77. Posted by CarpetShopper on March 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Hi Carpet Girl – Correct, I did sent a correction that I meant PTT not PET. Many carpet installers, professionals, etc. (not necessarily sales people) are saying the tried and true carpet for durability remains nylon and that PTT is too new to say how it will look after 10 years. There are very few customers that have had it for even 5 years as a litmus test.

    Thanks again, sorry for the confusion. I am clear that I do not want PET carpet, still struggling on the SmartStand PTT material vs nylon.

  78. Posted by melissa on March 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hi CG,
    Do you know which Smartstarnd carpet with a fleck has the shortest pile? I think I’ve decided, but I haven’t seen any carpets with flecks that are shorter lengths.

  79. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sorry Melissa, I don’t. Flecks tend to be friezes and those usually aren’t really short piles. They are simply not done with tight textures since you wouldn’t be able to see the color.


  80. Posted by Elise on March 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Carpet Girl,
    Third time is a charm, right? I am following up again on the Mohawk Sera Bella nylon vs. Mohawk Mystifying triexta. I tracked down the name of the Triexta carpet (called Mystifying in the store) as it appears on the Mohawk website. It is called Mohawk Mallory Square. This carpet is 40 oz. The Sera Bella is almost 90 oz. The only other difference is the twist. Mallory Square has a high twist, and Sera Bella has a low twist. Still trying to decide which would be better in terms of durability and overall wear. Your advice would be helpful.

  81. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Sorry Elise – I intended to get to these at day’s end. I have not had my computer to research the styles for the last few days regardless.

    Sera Bella and Mallory are really tough to compare. One is an ultra heavy cable and the other a decent weight frieze. The weight of the Sera Bella will overcome the lesser twist concerns you have. Wear on a nylon will be on par with wear on a triexta carpet. Both are BCF so “frizzing” should be a non-issue. I would, as I always do, rate Mallory much higher in terms of stain resistance but I do not know if staining falls into your consideration variables. If all you are concerned about is wear…you will be fine either way. I just think this one comes down to a matter of taste and cost. Also matters how often you will use the basement. The carpets are so different in style that it is reall hard for me to tell you which to choose and I do love them both. Sera Bella is just simply a CHUNK of carpet…luxurious and comfy. Mallory is a basic frieze, nothing overly special but is that what you need for the space? My basement got basic because we don’t use it that much – but it was still SmartStrand because my teens are clutzes and I figured I’d cover the staining issue.

    So pick the one you love more!


  82. Posted by JT on March 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Last week my water heater burst and flooded my place with wall to wall carpet. I was in the process of having it steam cleaned before the incident happened but now all the carpet has been ripped out and my insurance decided that we replace it. I had nylon carpet for about 15 years and it wasn’t bad at all since I don’t live with pets or children although the color has faded.

    Anyway, I would like to replace it with the softest nylon short frieze carpet I can find. I thought the Anso Nylon Caress from Shaw with the Softbac (Soft Tempo II) is nice to the touch. I haven’t checked out the Tactesse or Durasoft from other brands but I came across Smartstrand Dupont Sorona (SDS) from Mohawk and wanted to know if this is just as (or more) durable and softer than 6.6 Nylon at a lower cost. I wouldn’t want to spend more than $3/SF (tax and shipping included), the cheaper the better. From what I understand SDS is softer than soft nylon and it’s also called Triexta PTT (Bio -Sorona). I did more research on it and came upon the following styles which I believe are all in frieze and do not have flecks which I’m not a fan of. They are arranged from highest to lowest weight.

    Simonton Beach
    Intelligent Style
    Wind Walker
    Atlantic Shores
    Beach Basics
    Brilliant Design
    Vibrant Beauty
    Sacred Star
    Fashion Knowledge
    Smart Color

    Is higher weight means better carpet? Will it also mean a softer feel? I ask because I realized that from the same dealer, some higher weight carpets are cheaper than the lower weight like Brilliant Design (49 oz) is cheaper than Vibrant Beauty (42 oz) by 0.18c per sf while Smart Color (39oz) is cheaper than Sundancer (37oz) by 0.15c per sf. I don’t get it. Well, I’m confused but I may be looking at two entirely different types of carpet. But I would appreciate which among the group I mentioned above is the best or you recommend for what I am looking for (leaning towards the yellow gold/mustard color). Thank you.

    P.S. What do you think of the latest and greatest Tigressa from Shaw that will be coming out this spring? Is it better or softer than Dupont Sorona?

  83. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 29, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Higher weight doesn’t always mean better carpet. Twist, density and yarn size play a part in overall durability. Those all play a role in price too. It cost more to make a carpet with higher twist levels and you might even see differnty types of backing. One is more expensive that the other. So it is reasonable to see lighter carpets that cost more than heavier ones…though I know it seems odd.

    Wear and traffic wise, Sorona and Nylon 6.6 perform the same. Lots and lots of tests of like constructions actually show Sorona as slightly better, but you and I could not tell the difference visually so I will call them the same.

    The styles you have listed are all so different in look – that it is very different to give you direction. I typically recommend going with at least 40 ounces unless it is a pattern – and you aren’t listing any of those. Sacred Star is one I like a lot – good basic texture that won’t break the bank.

    You do have options with SmartStrand – non Sorona. The styles are in our Aladdin brand and tend to be less expensive but not as stylish.

    As for Tigressa…the trend with nylons has been to make the fibers smaller and smaller so that they will feel softer. We call them fine denier fibers. It takes more fibers to make the yarn…like someone with fine hair versus coarse hair. Fine feels softer. Since Tigressa appears to be a Carpet One exclusive, I’d guess that it could be another soft nylon, rebranded for C1…maybe Luxurelle from Invista. There has been a fear that these very fine denier yarns will not hold up to traffic. If they are built correctly- good twist and density – I think they will. Regardless, there doesn’t seem to be anything NEW here to get overly excited about. Little gimicky to me.


  84. Posted by JT on March 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply CG 🙂 In that case, Sundancer and Smart Color are out because they are below 40oz. Yes, I like it a little more dense too. I just like a frieze style but not too shaggy, just medium to low. I just called Mohawk and they asked them if the ones I listed above are from the Aladdin or Horizon collection and if they are all Dupont Sorona. To my surprise the CS said that Aladdin and Horizon are just different in name and that not one dealer carries both, it’s one or the other. Another surprise is that the ones I listed are all in the Horizon collection and not all of them are Dupont Sorona which I thought they all were. In fact, they said that the only Sorona on that list are Intelligent Style, Brilliant Design, Fashion Knowledge and Smart Color. The others are made of Smartstrand Triexta which is Mohawk’s brand of PTT fiber. My understanding is that Dupont Sorona is superior to Triexta because it is triexta combined with DuPont’s bio-component made from 37% corn sugar (Bio-PDO). Could you clarify this for me. Thanks!

  85. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    JT –

    It appears you either got a new person or one that simply hasn’t a clue. I’m sorry. Would LOVE to know a name if you have one!

    Every SmartStrand style in Horizon is Sorona…every single one. You’ll see that on the labels. What the person you talked to sees is the fiber content line. The fiber content line is dictated by the FTC. Think of the label you are scared to remove from pillows and mattresses that says “UNDER PENALTY OF LAW”…same group. Legally we have to tell you the type of fiber in the pile content according to their words. Triexta is the FTC name for this type of fiber (bio or not bio). We only have 3 lines to use on the samples so sometimes SmartStrand or Sorona make it in and sometimes not. BUT the brand is on each label to the right of the content line. The folks on the phone are simply looking at a computer screen not a sample…so if the space doesn’t have the word, they don’t know any better unfortunately.

    We purposely put the branded, better goods in Horizon in keeping with that brand image. Lighter weight, unbranded styles at lower price points are in Aladdin. There are ZERO Sorona styles in Aladdin. AND I do not know of one dealer that has Horizon that does not have Aladdin. Aladdin has always been a value brand for MHK and Horizon a step up with WundaWeve the top category from MHK. That being said, we want consumers to be able to have great performance at opening price points – so SmartStrand makes sense there too.

    Performance wise you will see very little difference between SmartStrand (this is what I call unbranded) and SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona. The difference does lie in the environmental aspect and the slightly better warranties. They are both SmartStrand becuase that is MHK’s name for this class of fiber – the Triexta fibers. The DuPont Sorona name belongs to DuPont.

    I’m sorry you got confused…you certainly had it right to begin with. Again would LOVE to have a name if you have one:)


  86. Posted by Nancy on April 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    How is Smartstrand’s Prediction line? Prediction is a frieze carpet sold at a big box store. We are considering it in different colors for a bedroom, den, living room, and dining room in a two-adult household. The old dining room carpet has a well-worn path between the kitchen and family room, so this is our high-traffic area. Durability and crush resistance are concerns, as the den has a big plastic chair mat in front of the desk. Also, we have a dyson vacuum for pets (purple ball), though we don’t have pets. The settings seem to be for either carpet or bare floors — no setting for a higher pile like a frieze. Will Prediction be a good investment? I’ve read about problems with Smartstrand that include unsightly seams, unraveling with vacuuming, gasoline odor, greasy feel, difficulty removing oil and grease, and unsightly vacuum tracks and shoe tracks.

  87. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Nancy –

    Prediction is one of the most successful of the Sorona lines. It has been a top seller since it was introduced in 2005. I think it will serve you well. Good to hear you have a mat for your desk chair. So many people don’t and casters and residential carpets are not friends! The recovery of the Sorona products is as good as nylon…so if for instance you decide to move that desk and that mat at some point in the future – you should recover a good bit of the texture. Of course it does depend on how long that weight has been down…so if it doesn’t look back to normal in 24 hours, hit it with some steam and it should come back without any trouble. Fibers LOVE steam!

    The Dyson issue is peculiar. I have never used one, but a vacuum without height adjustment is not one I would buy.

    Seams are an install issue – always
    Unraveling only happens with loop carpets and are typically an install issue as well
    Never heard gasoline odor…that’s unlikely unless someone tracked it in or the carpet was damaged
    I’ve heard greasy feel for every type of carpet we have – if it feels slick to some people they use that word
    Pile height and density will determine whether you see “footprints”…those people chose a bad style for their tastes. You will see tracks in saxonies and loose friezes or shags.
    Removal of oil and grease stains requires a solvent for this or any carpet. Mineral spirits, goo-gone, or something like those to break down the oily substances. Thinking water will take it out is unrealistic since, as you know, oil and water don’t mix.

    Luck – CG

  88. Hi CG-I think my previous post disappeared. I’ve read the entire blog, but missed the answer to the difference between Sorona SmartStrand BCF Triexta and Sorona SmartStrand BCF 3GT. If there is a difference, which is better?

    Also, noted the comment that Intelligent Style shows a lot of footprints & vacuum marks. I am thinking about this for my entire house & don’t want to be disappointed. My husband is concerned about it looking too much like the old shags.

    Would appreciate your comments.

  89. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Lynn –

    It hadn’t been approved yet so you didn’t see it up there.

    If you see the word Sorona in the pile content line there is no difference. As I mentioned on here at one point, the content lines were updated about a year ago to reflect the FTC’s approval of a new name for PTT…that name is Triexta. The Sorona brand name did not change. If you do NOT see the word Sorona, you are looking at an unbranded styles that has the same type of performance but none of the environmental attributes of Sorona.

    I have not seen Intelligent down in a whole home…Mack did. If he saw footprints I will have to trust that, but it is a texture so it should be NOTHING like an old shag. Frankly the footprints don’t annoy me, but I know they really bother some people. If you are one of those people – try a denser texture like New Sensation. It will not move around much so the footprints will be minimal – BUT you will give up some softness here.\

    Luck – CG

  90. Posted by JT on April 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Hi CG, thanks for the clarification. I was deciding between 65oz Simonton Beach and 60oz Intelligent Style (aka Posh Origins). They are equally soft but for my budget, I’m going with Intelligent Style. I’ve also looked at Karastan Smartstrand but they are more expensive so the Mohawk Smartstrand is my best bet. Dupont Sorona is indeed the softest that I have felt. I can feel the difference from non-Sorona.

    I am able to get a quote locally and from the internet. It’s expensive to buy it locally here in the SF Bay Area especially with the tax inrease. The cheapest I found is from Carpets of Dalton which is $2.91/SF including premium pad and shipping. Not sure how they calculate their shipping charges but Carpet Express charges .99c/SqYd. One of the posters above which was dated October 2009 said that he was quoted by Owen Carpet (Express Floors) $1.96/SF! WOW, that is indeed cheap! I would have jumped on it and carpet every nook and cranny in my house if that was the case. They are now charging $2.50/SF for the same carpet. That’s quite a jump in price so if you’re going to carpet 1000sf, you’ll be spending more than $500 now.

    The only trouble with ordering this online is trying to coordinate picking up the carpet with your installer when it arrives at the terminal. Having it shipped to my residence is not possible because I do not have storage space unless my installer has one and have it delivered to his place. So it’s a hassle. Installers usually do not want to deal with this because they’d rather provide the carpet themselves and pocket a profit. Now, i’m shopping around locally and see if the online price can be matched or at least near it. Some carpet installers may try to get near the price and give you a discount through the cost of the installation. Well, wish me good luck! I’m Joe by the way.

  91. I am having trouble deciding between Windwalker( natural grain) and Intelligent Style( chamomile) or Brilliant Design (chamomile). I like the color in the last two but prefer the look of Windwalker style. I know they are very similar but I am concerned with the big difference in the PAR ratings. Windwalker has a par of 4.5, 6.50 twist, gauge of 1/10, pile height of .664, wt. of 56.80 ozs., and density of 3080. Intelligent Style has a par of3.5, 5.5 twist, gauge of 1/10 pile height of .721 weight of 58.80 ozs., and density of2936. Brilliant Design has a par of 3.3, twist of 3.3, gauge of 1/10 weight of 49 ozs. and density of 3005. I really prefer the tighter twist look of Windwalker and the shorter height but the “best color” for me appears to have too much gold. Don”t the specs show that Windwalker would keep its original appearance longer and wear better than either Intelligent style or Brilliant Design. I really need an opinion soon. I have to order carpet A.S.A.P.
    Thank you so much, karen

  92. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Karen –

    I double checked your numbers becuase one looked off…and it is. The twist on Brilliant Design is also 5.5, not 3.3. Brilliant is simply a slightly lighter weight version of Intelligent. The yarns used are the same and it is tufted onthe same gauge machine – the pile is slightly longer on Intelligent and the stitches per inc are closer together. We would call them a better/best combo.

    The higher twist level and the shorter pile on Windwalker will boost the PAR rating. It is a very well constructed frieze. It should perform a bit better, but know that the PAR rating is not a great indicator of what will happen in your home. It does simulate a house of 4 traffic for a year but it is done using a mechanical hexapod that can’t directly correlate with feet and is graded by the human eye – so quite subjective in my opinion. I would worry if I saw a PAR under 3.

    If you like the look of Windwalker better, I would suggest asking your dealer for larger samples in the color (s) you like. Get your favorite and a few alternates. Take them home into your own lighting and such. There might not be as much gold as you think. The 6″x6″ color wall samples might be large enough but I like 13×18 or 27×18 better. He/she can order those from Mohawk. I should note to that the color always looks different when it covers the room. I find shades that I thought were quite dark to be lighter and those that I thought were very light to be darker…so don’t be surprised if it looks a little different in the full room.

    Luck – CG

  93. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Good luck Joe-by-the-way:))


  94. Posted by John on April 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Help! My wife and I recently had Vibrant Beauty installed in part of our home. We love it but one of the reasons we chose a SmartStrand product is because of the stain resistance and 3 weak stomached cats. We recently had an incident that we cleaned up with nothing but water…the stain came out perfectly! However, we were gone for a few days and discovered that one of the cats has licked the area of the former stain and fuzzed up all the fibers! Is there something we can do to re-set the fibers, even if it’s just a bit? Will a portable steamer do anytyhing? How about avoiding this in the future? The cats will continue to vomit so we need to do something to clean the stain better than just the water did or we need to somehow mask or neutralize the odors. Thankfully the fuzzed area isn’t in an obvious area but the next one may very well be. Thank you!!!

  95. Help! Last weekend we had Mohawk’s Smartstrand installed throughtout our entire house. After checking the twist, wear and rating we chose the grade that was higher than Intelligent Style. We chose Simonton Beach (style 9067) and color conch (512). We were told this carpet was 65 oz with a twist of 6.5, density of 4.2 and a wear rating of 5.12. We had visited several stores and all of them indicated that this was one of the best that Mohawk manufactured. We selected this carpet based on the durability, it’s softness and look. We were shocked once it was installed to see every footprint of anyone walking on the carpet. We tried vacuuming it on the highest setting with our Hoover Wind Tunnel and ended up with deep ruts from the wheels and brush marks throughout. We currently are using our Hoover “stick” and it seems to leave very little in the way of markings on the carpet. but I don’t think it’s the kind of vacuum we should regularly use. However, as soon as we walk anywhere, it’s back to footprints. If I could describe it, you’d think we were walking on beach sand, that’s what it looks like throughout the house. It’s markings on the carpet everywhere and not “bouncing” back up after someone walks on it. At night when there isn’t any outside light, it looks better because the color is muted. What are we doing wrong? We thought we had selected a good grade of carpet and with the numbers it would wear well. I’ve never seen anyone’s carpet looking like this! Is it possible that it wasn’t installed correctly or that we have defective carpet? Any suggestions on what vacuum to use and how to make it look nice would be appreciated. This was expensive carpeting and we are very disappointed. Thanks!

  96. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Debbie –

    I am sorry you are disappointed. Without seeing it, I am pretty sure you do not have a wear issue on the product, nor is there anything you are doing wrong. You just chose a loose construction whose tufts will lie down when walked on. Some people love it – some hate it. I can see that you hate it. Did you specifically ask your dealer about tracks? Not totally sure where the density rating came from – 4.2 is not a density rating. Those numbers are typically in the thousands – like 3500 or something like that. Simonton is an excellent carpet and I assure you it will not wear out.

    You do need to use the big vacuum. If you want to follow with the stick you can, but you are correct that it is not the best for soil removal.

    You probably already have…but call your dealer as well. There is no harm in having them come back out and take a look at it to be totally sure. There is a chance that it was not stretched correctly when installed and it’s sagging. Sometimes only knee kickers are used instead of the stretcher and you have issues with stability.

    Sorry I can’t be of much help on this one.


  97. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Hey John –

    Animals do tend to go back to spots so I would recommend using more than water – but make sure it isn’t soap based or the spot will get dirty. An odor eliminator is a good idea – even if you only sprinkle baking soda on it and them vacuum it up. Mohawk has an odor eliminator in its Floorcare Essentials line that works well too. If you expect this to happen relatively often – think about getting a portable steam cleaner…Bissell has a “little green machine” that you can get juts about anywhere for about $100. This will clean up better than what you can do yourself…doesn’t eliminate the odor control step but of course the more you remove the less odor anyway.

    As for the fuzzing…it takes a lot of licking to fuzz up a filament carpet. You can try a protable steamer but I doubt it will do much. You can try to trim the fuzz but be very careful not to clip the tops of the tufts. I have a gizmo at home that is used to defuzz/denap sweaters. Something like that might work. The guard on top keeps the wheel from clipping too much. Your wife has probably seen one. I think Target or Walmart would have them. Give that a shot.


  98. Posted by Marie on May 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Hello CG,
    Help please. I have been going crazy trying to find the right carpet for a house that I am planning on selling within the year. I am planning on putting our house on the market within the next year and know that we are going to lose money which is why I don’t want to be investing a lot of money in a carpet that I wont get to enjoy. What is the “best carpet/minimum quality-cost ” for what I am looking for (ie, fiber, density, weight, twists)? We will be living in the house (3 large teenage boys, 2 adults and 2 cats). The cats and vacuum cleaner have destroyed the current berber in the house. Any suggestions or alternatives would be appreciated, right now I am so confused on what to get. The following is what I am looking at:

    80% PET 20% Nylon 35oz Don’t have any more info than this (Home Depot)
    100% Poly 45oz Don’t have any more info than this (Lowes)
    100% Poly 43oz TowerPlace Twist 5×4 / density 2847 par3.8
    100% PET 48oz Don’t have any more info than this (Lowes)
    100% Nylon 35oz Stainmaster Don’t have any more info than this (Lowes)
    100% Poly 55oz Coronet Daytona I LT106 (Twist5.1 Density 4400 (Lowes)

    Thank you,

  99. Posted by MaryAnn on May 27, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Hi Carpetgirl …. love all the help! I would be lost without you! I’m now convinced on the smartstrand and am looking for a frieze that is dense, with a short pile and a little fleck. Currently I like Fort Zach but found one that I like better, but can find anything else about it. It was under Mohawk – Signature Series called Cathedral Bluffs – comes in 12 colors – my pick is called “Nomad” (also comes in a lighter weight under another name). It said it was a smartstrand. Do you know anything about this one? Thanks for any input you can provide. MaryAnn

  100. Posted by MaryAnn on May 27, 2010 at 4:27 am

    CG .. I believe I found what is “Cathedral Bluffs”, looks like its Miami Shores, do you know the specs on this one? Do you have any other suggestions on something very similar that might have better durability? I really like the color of Nomad in this group, but the height may be a little higher than I wanted. Would thiis be okay for stairs (I could go with anything on the stairs since they are across the foyer so it wouldn’t matter if color/style is different. ) MaryAnn

  101. Posted by Troy on June 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

    My wife and I had a SmartStrand carpet and premium (water vapor lining) pad installed in our home last month, the odor was very strong from the beginning, but we opened windows and ran our ceiling fans nonstop. Now the odor has gone away, but something is irritating our sinuses. Dryness, sores, etc… We have two dogs, hence the reason for the water barrier pad, and they are both sneezing. One of our dogs has developed a strange wheezing during the night. I was hesitant to connect the problems with the carpet, but we all left the home for 7 days on a vacation, and all of the symptoms went away. The dogs stayed at my wife’s parents in WY and we were in HI. Now that we have been back for 4 days the symptoms are returning.

    Have you heard of anything similar? And Is there any way to test the air quality in our home?

  102. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Marie –

    Sorry this has taken so long…go with the nylon. If you can find a nylon you like that isn’t branded Stainmaster you might be able to get a little heavier weights (40) and not spend more. Just make sure it has a stain treatment like Scotchgard.


  103. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    MaryAnn –

    Again sorry this took so long…Miami Shores is a great style. All I can see is that it is 53 ounces – a good heavy weight. It should be good on stairs. If it is higher than you’d like – look again at the lighter weight you mentioned. Lighter weights tend to be lower in pile height…many times that is the only difference.


  104. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Troy –

    I have never heard of such…new carpets do have an odor that should dissipate as you have mentioned. Pardon my attempt to be Nancy Drew but a couple questions:

    1 – Did you have carpet before? If yes – why did you replace your carpeting?
    2 – Did you do any other renovations? Painting?
    3 – What kind of pad? Brand?
    4 – Was the pad glued down or stapled? If glued – what kind of glue?
    5 – Any known allergies?
    6 – How long have you lived in the home?

    I would think there are ways to test the Volitile Organic Compounds in your home…seems that if mold and radon can be tested that VOCs could be. Do a quick google for mold testing companies in your area and ask one of them. Also look into the humidity in your home – that could be an issue. Sounds like dryness could be a culprit as well.


  105. Posted by MaryAnn on June 5, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Hi Carpet Girl or should we call you SuperSmartGirl? I think Mohawk owes you a big bonus for this service, Very Serious! I would not have considered Smartstrand if not for you, as I’m sure many others feel the same way. I called Lowes to see if they carry “Smartstrand” and they said yes, I stopped in tonight and they were showing me the “Everstrand” – so many sales people are clueless.

    I had my house measured and I underestimated my rooms so my total price for the Miami Shores is much more than I can afford. I found “Favorite Memory” which I was told is “Front Runner” at a more reasonable price and the color of Sandcastle seems to work for me since it does have the flecks and the frosty shine which I love. Do you have any specs on this carpet and if this will hold up well, (including stairs) ,

    The warranty says 20 years on stain resistance and not lifetime,and 7 years on both texture and fade, which I think should be okay. The salesman thought it was 40 oz, but I wanted to make sure before investing in all this carpet. I will save almost $1,000 on this one and I will get the 8 lb moisture proof pad. I haven’t asked if they tape the seams yet, but since you had it done, I will ask.

    Since I do value your honesty and knowledge I was hoping you could let me know what you think. I could buy the medium grade off the color wall and save $500, but this doesn’t have the flecks which I really wanted so that my new carpet will have a different look, than what I’m replacing which is an almost white plush with lots of resufacing stains(yuk). See why I’m so happy I found you and your blogs to educate myself on this new fiber, it will be nice not to worry about the stains.

    I’m open to spending a few more dollars since I will have to finance a portion of this purchase, so please don’t feel bad telling me I should switch to a different style. By the way I have 2 children and a small dog, so I need something that will wear well, yet affordable. I also want to sell my home in about 5 years. so I want it to still look decent in 5 years. Sorry for such a long post, but I’m so close to ordering I can’t wait until this part of the buying experience is behind me and I can enjoy the new carpet.

    Thanks again for the help, you are the best! MaryAnn

  106. Posted by Misty on June 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Hello CG,

    Have you done any research on the Tigressa line by Shaw Floors? I’m curious to see how it compares in softness, durability and stain resistance to Mohawk’s SmartStrand. Tigressa seems to be a little more economical right now as Shaw is running an introductory sale. I am replacing carpet in 4 bedrooms and have 2 small children and 2 dogs. I am very interested in stain resistance and durability. Which would you suggest?

  107. Posted by Yung on June 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Greetings CG!

    First, just want to say this blog is awesome – informative and unbias (or the reason was stated for the mentioned selection). Really helpful for research.

    Now on to the question. We are thinking of replacing existing first time carpet with SmartStrand Dupont Sonoma Performance I carpet (maybe II if you deem that better) so want to get your take on it. I read through the Q&A and got your liking toward SmartStrand… but want to get your take between I & II. Local Home Depot got deal going so we wanna take advantage of it. And question regarding the pad – dude at HD recommended 8# pad with moisture barrier on one side.

    House is tri-level with 3 adults and one 6 year-old, no pets. Carpet replacement will go to top level (3 bedrooms) and lower level (concrete subfloor). We are putting down Harmonics laminate flooring in mid-level livingroom.

    Your input is much appreciated!

  108. Posted by Candace on June 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

    In May of 2008, I purchased Mohawk carpet that was called Coral Harbor. I am 99.9% sure it was a Smartstrand carpet but need to know for sure. When I called Mohawk they said once carpet goes to store, the names and #’s are changedfor reasons of competition so Mohawk couldn’t track/find info on this carpet. Any idea how I can find out for sure if I purchased Smartstrand? (of course, I can’t find my receipt 😦

  109. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Misty –

    Tigressa is a soft nylon that Shaw is marketing through Carpet One only. The only thing that won’t be comparable is stain resistance – Tigressa has a topical treatment as most nylons do. Since it isn’t built in, you’ll start to lose it after cleanings.


  110. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Yung –

    Thanks for the kind words…glad you find it helpful!

    The only difference between the two will be weight and probably a slightly higher pile. Usually when you see a I and a II they are considered a better/best combination…same color lines just a little heavier. If you can afford to go heavier, I would. If the increase will break the bank, you’ll be fine as well. I am a sucker for a heavier weight everytime…just feels more luxurious to me. The 8# with barrier is fine as well…I’m impressed they made the recommendation!


  111. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Candace –

    I do see Coral Harbor on my list as a SmartStrand style. Introduced in 2006 so sounds like it could be yours. Now it could be that the store you bought from changed names as well – some do private label on their own without telling us – so I would suggest calling them as well to confirm since it is hard for us to know for certain without a receipt. Frankly you should still show in their system if they have a system and most do.


  112. Posted by Misty on June 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you. That makes up my mind! SmartStrand it is…

  113. Hi there CG…

    I recently installed Command Performance II throughout my house and I LOVE it! Kinda wish I had found this blog before, as it would have made my choice easier…. but no matter.

    Less than a month after installation, my little girl was sick and we spent several hours trying to get her spaghetti dinner out of the carpet. We managed, with vinegar, water, baking soda, and oxyclean (for the really stubborn part).

    I am writing because after hearing me rave about my carpet, my mother decided it’s time to replace her own. She’s looking at Mowhawk Floorscapes Loma Linda. I can’t find any info on it whatsoever, even in this blog. She’s got 2300 sq ft or so to carpet, and she is really tight on budgeting, so I want to make sure she is getting the best, longest lasting carpet she can for her price. Where is Loma Linda on the quality scale?

  114. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Katherine –

    I called the person I consider the product guru for the Floorscapes line…according to her system Loma Linda doesn’t exist. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is not the right name or that we didn’t make the carpet – it just isn’t our name for the style. This is likely a case of a dealer private labeling the style. He/she would order under our name and sell under theirs, which means I have no way of knowing what you are looking at. OR – it isn’t ours and therefore isn’t SmartStrand.

    Sorry I can’t be of much help here…and after all the nice comments too!:(


  115. I will do some digging and find out where it came from… maybe I can get the company to tell me more…?

  116. Posted by Meature on July 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Hello CG,

    We are building and ball park–140 sq yards. Builder works with a carpet one store but we are free to go anywhere. The carpet one does not seem real high on Smartstrand. Also talking with a FloorScapes dealer.

    The carpet one has Aladdin, we are not real high on that. The mohawk dealer has something called Merritt Island, which we like. Any comments on Merritt Island, or anything else we should look at. We are very interested in Smarstrand, we have rescue greyhounds so stains are an issue.

  117. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hey John –

    Merritt would be a good choice. Carpet One dealers carry some SmartStrand but not the entire selection. They were also a little later to the party so that might be why that dealer isn’t real high on it…he hasn’t had enough time with it. Good luck!


  118. Posted by diane owen on July 7, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Carpet Girl
    So glad I found your blog. At the moment I’m looking at three Mohawk carpets in two different styles:
    —1I50 Intelligent Style
    —3493 High Regard/Horizon
    —6088 Etchware/Horizon
    Can you offer me your opinion on these three please. I’m looking for something that will not show a traffic pattern or vacuum tracks and will work well on a set of stairs. I’ve always had a pile in the past and have been happy with it, is there something in this category you might recommend for me to look at? So far the prices I’ve been seeing here in the Sacramento, CA area are much higher than the prices I’ve seen mentioned, $3.55 to $3.98 sq. ft. plus pad and installation for the Horizon line. Do you know of any blogs that might help me find a better price? Thanks for any help you might offer.

  119. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Diane –

    You are looking at 3 very different styles. High Regard is 45 ounces, Intelligent is 60 and Etchware is a pattern. Without knowing your “style” it is so hard for me to give you an opinion. I will say that I am a sucker for a pattern and I LOVE Etchware!!! Has been a favorite since we introduced it. Patterns are great with traffic, show very little tracks if any and work well with stairs most of the time. Sometimes if a style is too light it will not bend well around the steps itself and the backing with show. I don’t have a sample in front of me to test, but when you go back to the store. Fold the Etchware sample so you can see how it would look wrapped around the edge of the step. If you can see backing, I’d probably go with another style. I think it is heavy enough and long enough not to be a problem, but it doesn’t hurt to check that out. (FYI – use this same test on the other styles as well. It is not just for patterned goods – it is for stairs in general)

    As for pricing – remember that every style and every location will be slightly different. Freight and other things are built into the cost to the retailer so someone in GA where most carpet is made, will have a lower overall price than you in CA. I don’t know that your pricing is that off. I would expect High Regard to be a bit lower just because of its weight. I don’t know of any blogs discussing pricing. There are sites where you can order carpet, but once shipping is figured in, I am not so sure you save money. My best advice is to shop around and to negotiate. There is no harm in asking for a lower price or even free pad. The worst they can say is no:)


  120. Posted by portlandgirl on July 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Hi! I have also been happy to find you… we had some water damage and are recarpeting almost the entire house (2500+sf worth) and the shopping process has been tiresome and stressful. I tried to read most of the posts already here, but can’t find the info I’m looking for (sorry if it’s here and I’m not seeing it).

    I am mostly wondering if you know the face weight and twist level for some carpets. Two are Mohawk: Kedge and Danforth. The other three are Karastan (but still SmartStrand): Selesia, Enviable, and Camden Valley.

    I love the Camden Valley but I don’t think I can afford it. I can get a great price on the Selesia since the Paulson’s here has it as a stock carpet, but I’m not sure it’s high enough quality. We have 5 kids and I would say heavy traffic. I love how it performs with stains (I did my own tests with strawberry jam and the Anso nylon still has a red stain, whereas the SmartStrand came right off); but although we are on a relatively tight budget, I don’t want to settle for a carpet that will look worn in 5-10 years and need to be replaced.

    If you have the weights and twist on those, that would be great. If you have any other input as far as the best choices for us that would be wonderful as well!!

  121. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Portland –

    I don’t have twist levels handy. I can give you weights…Kedge (65), Danforth (50), Selesia (45), Enviable (65) and Camden (80). It’s tough to look at a 45 ounce when you have fallen head over heels for a CHUNK like Camden. However, even at 45, I don’t think you need to worry about the 5-10 years if you maintain the carpet properly. Professional cleaning every 12-18 months…again not so much for staining but to keep the yarns robust. Fibers LOVE steam!

    That said, my gut tells me that you should go heavier or you’ll always feel like you settled when you didn’t choose the 80. See what kind of deal you can get on the 50 and the 65 (MHK) style. Karastan tends to cost more…so you might be able to get the 65 ounce MHK one and not spend that much more than the 45.

    Luck – CG

  122. Posted by portlandgirl on July 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks so much! I think you’re right–I decided last night I’m just not going to be happy with Selesia. Is there any advantage to going with a Karastan carpet rather than a Mohawk? The salesman I’m working with says Karastan is like a Mercedes and Mohawk is like a Kia… Is one made better than the other? Is one company just better to work with if I ran into any problems?

  123. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Portland –

    A KIA…really? I disagree. Honda and Acura maybe. Karastan is owned by Mohawk…there are seperate sales people. The reps and the products tend to be more sophisticated – my opinion and apparently your rep’s too. Product wise – Karastan typically has more styling…the wools are made in a different facility but the SmartStrands and the nylons are the same. I think we have even combined the customer service teams, but either way your retailer would be handling the issues for you. I’d go with the best deal…and I drive an Acura:))


  124. Posted by Sally on July 21, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Hi CG,

    I have a question about vapor/moisure barriers on pads. I am having smartstrand carpet put in our upstairs bedroom area and the adjoining staircase. The carpet store man said 8lb pad would be fine. I asked about the vapor barrier and he said he had one pad with that but did not recommend it because when it got older it would make a crunching sound when walked on. What do you think about that advice?


  125. Posted by Green on July 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for your site! We want to recarpet living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, stairs. We have looked at Smart Strand COMMAND PERFORMANCE III with DuPont Sorona … we have looked at Home Depot in Kansas City, MO zip code 54155.
    1) How can I find other stores in our area to compare prices?
    2) How does this carpet compare with Stainmaster carpet in quality & price?

  126. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Sally –

    I am not ignoring you…I am waiting on a followup from the Queen of Pad. She has already told me that it doesn’t sound plausible to her BUT there could be some pad options out there with a film that is problematic. Many are more like fabrics than films now. Promise to get back to you as soon I hear from her, but if you need to make a decision now – ask him for SmartCushion from Mohawk. I don’t know what pad he is offering up so it’s impossible to comment in its quality.


  127. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Green –

    Unfortunately I don’t have any info on Home Depot styles. My only suggestion is to look at the color names and see if you find any that match up at other stores. Sorry I can’t help there.

    As far as the Stainmaster comparision – durability wise, the carpets are about the same. Tests show slightly better results with SmartStrand but not enoughy that you could tell the difference, only a machine could. It is the stain protection that is the primary advantage to SmartStrand. Stainmaster uses a Teflon treatment to protect from stains. That treatment will wear off with traffic and will wash off with mandated cleanings. Even if you reapply it will not be as good as it once was. SmartStrand’s protection is built in…part of it’s chemical make up and not a treatment. So you never have to worry about it going away or having to retreat.


  128. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Sally –

    Just heard back…I am told that the only way that would happen is if the film became separated from the pad somehow. It has happened but it is a defect situation, not the norm.


  129. Posted by portlandgirl on July 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Pads–Hi! We have finally almost decided on our carpet but are now wondering about pads. We are either getting the Mohawk Kedge or the Karastan Enviable. The dealer says that an 8 lb rebond pad is fine and that you have to spend a lot more to make the money worth it (i.e., that spending more for a 10 lb isn’t really worth it). My friend, however, just installed the Enviable in a family room w/an 8 lb rebond and it isn’t as cushy as she thought it would be (and I have to say I agree). Is an 8 lb the best option, though, because I know getting too thick of a pad can cause problems, too…? What is the best choice, and also worth spending the extra money if we choose to do so?

    Thanks so much! You’ve been so helpful.

  130. Posted by Lisa on July 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Carpetgirl,
    Thanks for all the GREAT information! We’re buying 303 sq yards of carpet to completely renovate a home we purchased, and I’ve been doing tons of research. After visiting all the local carpet stores and getting the run around from salespeople who could not answer questions or tried to steer us away from Smart Strand, we’ve decided to purchase direct from Carpets of Dalton. Is this a reputable company? Of course, cost is a big factor since we’re spending at least $6k on carpet alone. We found a CFI certified installer at $4 per sq yd. We’ve narrowed it down to the Wind Walker or Sacred Star. Seems the only difference between the two is weight /length? No one will give us the specs on the Sacred Star. Since we plan to be in this house 20yrs or more, should we pay a bit more for the Wind Walker, does it perform much better? There is 3 of us with two cats. Which pad do you recommend? It looks like the Rhino Challenge was done on the Sacred Star in color Egg Nog, which is the color we like too!

  131. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Portland –

    Density and thickness are two different things. 8lb or 10 lb is a density rating. I am a fan of 10 – that is what I put down. Thickness is measured in inches…1/2 inch, 7/16″, etc. There are certain thicknesses that are recommended for loops – less thick. Could be that your friend did an 8lb but thin. I would think 1/2″ would be fine for you…in either the 8 or the 10.


  132. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Lisa –

    Sounds like you have had quite the shopping experience!

    Sacred is 46 ounces…Wind is 58. Odds are the pile is a little higher on Wind but overall it is just a heaveir weight of Sacred. If you can afford Wind – go for it. It’ll be a bit more luxurious. If you can’t – Sacred is a great style and should meet your needs.

    COD is a good company. They do a ton of online business so no worries. Nicely done on the CFI installer – I’m impressed with your homework:)

    Pad – at least 8lb with a moisture barrier. Good luck!


  133. Posted by John on July 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm


    Thanks for your earlier reply to me. We are trying to decide between Merritt Island and Nature’s Gift. Both carpets are similarly priced. Merritt has a little higher pile and Nature has a little higher twist. Merritt is slightly more plush and Nature more of frieze–both are consider frieze I think.
    Here are the specs

    Merrit Island Nature’s Gift
    Twist: 5.5 6.5
    Weight 41 36
    Guage: 3/16 3/16
    Height .866 .707
    Stitch per inch: 8.67 9

    Any comments on which may be better in terms of longevity? Also how would these fit into the more standard names of the Mohawk carpets–what are they similar to? I think these are fairly special names for the retailer which is a floorscapes.

    Thank you

  134. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm


    I’d call Merrit more of a near-frieze. It’s almost there but not quite. Still a very good level though.

    From an overall durability and construction – I’d choose Nature’s. It has more twist, lower pile and more stitches per inch. It’s a denser construction. Now it is slightly lighter which could negate some of the advantage it has from the other 3, but my opinion – yes my opinion – is that yarn twist affects performance more than any one factor…then pile height.

    Also look at Vibrant Beauty and Sundancer – those are similar to the ones you are looking at now.


  135. Posted by John on July 27, 2010 at 3:24 am


    Thanks for the quick response, great information. Really appreciate you sharing your knowledge.

  136. Posted by John on July 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm


    One more question (I think!!!).
    Merritt Island has a better warranty, 20 year residential wear and 10 year texture.
    Nature’s Gift has 15 year residential wear and 7 year texture.
    They both are elite warranty.

    I am a littl surprised by this. Is it significant, does it mean Merritt will hold up better?

  137. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    John –

    Floorscapes does it’s warranties by Feathers…Merritt is 3 feathers and Natures is 2. The determining factor for whether it is one or the other is weight…not allt he other stuff we have discussed. The cut off is probably 40 ounces. So you are looking at one that is barely a 3 feather (Merritt) and another that is almost (Nature’s). Don’t be concerned. Wear warranties are all over the industry but to me, rather meaningless. It means that the carpet won’t lose 10% of its fiber…the only way that could happen is a bad backing job where the tufts get sucked out by a vaccuum! Texture retention is much more meaningful. It covers the change in texture over time – which really means the look of the carpet. You will get some normal level of texture change with any carpet – so don’t expect perfection. What is important to know about TR is that if a carpet is going to have issues with TR, it usually happens rather quickly. It doesn’t take 7 years, usually less than 2. So you’ll have more than enough warranty coverage with Nature’s if something were to go wrong.

    Hope this helps – CG

  138. Hi Carpetgirl, my wife and I are going to purchase new carpeting for our home and have a few questions regarding the Karastan Sorona carpet – Edelston. We would like to know, if you know, the weight/twist/performance rating of this carpet.
    The salesman quoted a price of $39.25/yd plus padding/installation, etc. Is this a reasonable price?

  139. Regarding my post concerning the Karastan Sorona – Edelston- carpeting, the Density is 3,357, is this good or?

    Again thanks.

  140. Posted by portlandgirl on July 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Another pad question…
    It is an $880 difference to use the Karastep Ultra 2 rubber pad instead of a 1/2″ 8 lb rebond and I’m debating what to do. What are the advantages of the Karastep pad (other than being very soft to walk on!)? If we ever got a dog, would we wish we had it? One salesman said it doesn’t really have a moisture barrier on it anyway, but Karastan does advertise that it blocks stains and pet odors and prevents moisture/mold/mildew, etc. Help! I have to decide today because they’re ordering our carpet.

  141. Posted by Sally on July 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    You have been so helpful. May I ask one more question. I have selected Karastan Weiss smartstrand and the pad I am considering is the stainmaster envirostep with moisture barrier. I asked whether the seams would be sealed and she said sometimes they taped them sometimes they didn’t, I could request it. Do you have any comment on that ? This is a bedroom area where only moisture will probably be carpet cleaning down the road. The store told me felt is always used on stairs but I noticed on some website that some pads perhaps this one were sometimes used on stairs. Is that right?

    Thank you so much!

  142. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Portland –

    It does have the built in barrier – just doesn’t look like the ones on rebond. I am a fan of a moisture barrier….now that doesn’t mean that it has to be Karastep, but I would at least geta rebond mositure barrier. The primary plus to Karastep is the feel. Your call really – you won’t miss the barrier until you need it!


  143. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Sally –

    I’ve never had felt/synthetic pad put on my stairs and it is the first time I’ve heard of it frankly – not to say it isn’t correct. I can’t say that I would put synthetic down everywhere though. I don’t care for the feel.


  144. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Jim –

    I don’t have a twist level but I do show it to be 65 ounces. The density is great too. Pricing sounds good too – like that you have the inclusions. I have never heard any negatives on Edleston frankly – think it will serve you well.


  145. Posted by Nishi on August 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Carpetgirl,
    Thanks for your valuable advice on carpets, I’ve learned a lot from this blog and another one of your threads that I checked.
    We want to have Smartstrand carpet (called IQ150 / Smartstrand in Australia, sold in Harvey Norman stores) in our new house. We love the soft feel of the samples we checked in the store. And learned a lot from your blogs as well.

    My question is: since we’re in Australia, the names used for different styles may not be the same as in the US. So we don’t know how to compare and don’t know what the ratings are for the carpet we liked. It’s a Smartstrand/Sorona twist-pile carpet which is called “Intelligent Style” and want to know whether it will withstand the high traffic in the stairs and whether it will retain it’s appearance long-term (Whether it will bounce back, and not matt or crush). Is it a residential heavy duty carpet? How do you compare it with a Solution Dyed Nylon 60oz, twist-pile carpet?

    Colourwise, is the 508-Malt a good choice throughout upstairs living, 4 bedrooms, stairway and downstairs lounge? Do you think it’s a nice colour? (We only have very small 10 x 10cm samples to slect colours from, so it’s very hard to select the right colour). Is there a way to obtain bigger samples in a few lighter colours to compare? Any suggestions?

    Urgently need your help, please.

  146. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Nishi –

    Same styles, just different country:) The Harvey Norman team is lovely. They came to the states to learn more about the product as well as our other lines and I found them to be delightful!

    Personally I don’t care for SD nylons or SDs in general really. I think the color vibrancy for dyed carpets is much better than for SDs – which are actually pigmented and simply tufted – never really dyed. SD’s look chalky to me and the the color pallette is usually quite short so your choices are limited.

    Intelligent is a 60 ounce product. Similar styles are Organic Luxury and Posh Origins. IS is a great choice for your home and I think you’ll be pleased with the performance. Stairs are tough on any carpet, so it will do as well as can be expected in that application…you won’t find a better option.

    You can request a larger size sample. Have your sales person call and request a larger size. We either have 13.5″ x 18″ or 27″ x 18″ for that product. Given your location – call soon. It could take a while to get to you.

    Luck – CG

  147. Posted by Nishi on August 11, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Oh Wow! Thanks so much CG! I didn’t think you’d reply so quickly!

    I will talk to the sales person (who also happens to be the franchise-shop owner of the Harvey Norman in my suburb), who was very helpful in explaining to us the difference of Smartstrand to any other carpet and asked us to research in the web for more infor, hence I found you by googling.

    We like three or four colours in the IS range, but it’s hard to decide which one would really match the colour scheme we’ve chosen throughout the house (floor tiles, wall paint, etc.), because the samples in the store which are pasted on a board, are very very tiny.

    So,I will ask the sales person to request just three or four samples of the colours we like. Do you think that I or him have to pay for these samples or do they send it to Aus. free of charge? Please let me know soon.

    We’ve made up our mind to go for the Smartstrand, it’s just a matter of selecting the right colour, so, I hope it’s not going to be a hassle to get samples. We just want to be happy with it & not have any regrets of the colour-match later.

    Thank you so much again. Highly appreciate your help!
    Have a wonderful day!!

  148. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I am not sure if there will be a charge or not for the full size ones. We have 6″ x6″ as well that I don’t think have a charge to them, but again I’m not sure. Tell him you will return them to the store…maybe then they will absorb any cost there might be.


  149. Posted by Nishi on August 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks very much for all your help. Keep up the good work!

  150. Posted by Mary on August 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi CG!
    Your blog is such a great resource! My husband and I just started shopping for new family room carpet yesterday and we were totally confused until he found your blog.

    We have already decided on smartstrand, seemed like a no brainer once we heard about it. Right now we are looking at 3 different styles of frieze. What we really want is a dense, shorter frieze. All I have are names and I realize they may mean nothing to you.

    Caribbean Sunset–the highest pile
    Trimaran Catamaran
    Hidden Talents

    We are planning to use a smart pad.

    We have cats and grandchildren.

    Any suggestions would be most welcome!

  151. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Wendy and Mary –

    We’ve been hit by a pretty nasty computer bug and the spreadsheet I work from has been wiped out of my system…which I didn’t even realize until I went to answer Wendy’s question! SO I can’t look anything up like I usually do. I hope this is fixed in the next day ro two and I can get back to your questions then. So sorry! Stay tuned.


  152. Posted by Mary on August 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

    No problem CG! Hope you get things straightened out, those computer bugs can be such a pain…

  153. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Mary –

    Finally back up and running!

    Unless I am missing something there are 4 styles…Trimaran and Catamaran are two different styles according to my sheet. Also – know that I am not looking at the styles I am simply going by category listed on the spreadsheet, but none of these are put into the frieze category. Caribbean is a 65 ounce cable…cables usually have fatter yarns, almost shag like. Trimaran is a 65 ounce texture. Catamaran is a 50 ounce texture and Hidden Talent is a 55 ounce texture. Friezes have a lot of twist – they typically look a little wormy.

    That said – with your traffic level, a texture is fine. Even the heavy cable is fine. Seems you can really just choose what you love and be just fine. Your grandchildren are more likely to stain a carpet than wear it out – so your choice of SmartStrand already takes care of that. If you really want a frieze, take a look at these…Silver Skies and Prestigious Manner. They are not overly heavy (48-50 range) and should be slightly lower pile which you mentioned you liked.

    Luck – CG

  154. Posted by Mary on August 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for all the good info CG! We haven’t heard the term “texture” before, could you explain that a bit? Sounds like a category between plush and frieze? Also haven’t heard of “cable”, but it does describe Caribbean. Anyway, the salesperson showed us all of these as examples of frieze. We will check into the 2 others you mentioned if we can find them under these names!


  155. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mary –

    Textures are really the standard dense, cut pile carpets. Very traditional, very tailored. Saxonies or plushes were the norm until the 80’s when someone found a way to add some texture (like a perm) to the yarns and get rid of most of the footprints and vaccuum marks that make people crazy! It gives the yarn a slight bend and a ton of bulk so the carpets feel a lot heavier when compared to a saxony. Textures were by far the bulk of the market until 10 years ago or so when Friezes (high twist) started to catch on. Now I’d say it’s close to 50/50 and there are hardly any saxonies…don’t even think we make one in Sorona.

    I was careful to give you Floorscapes styles, since that appears to be where you are shopping.

    Luck – CG

  156. Posted by Mary on August 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks CG!

    Things are making much more sense now. And the store that had the carpet names is a Floorscapes, so that was helpful to understand too. Now we have to think about it for a few days!!

    Your blog has been such a tremendous help, thanks so much!!

  157. Posted by Donna on August 13, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Carpetgirl HELP! Now a sales person said that smartstrand is mostly poly and that it won’t stand up like nylon. I already wrote to you and like your advise. The only problem now is that the carpet we put in 3 yrs ago is 80% poly and 20% nylon and I hate, hate , hate it !! It’s the worst carpet I’ve ever had. It mattes down terribley and we don’t have any kids. I’m afraid to make another mistake so I need your reassurance. I’m the one that may be buying at Kelly’s of Omaha and you gave them a good grade. The sales person I talked to tonight works at Nebraska Furniture Mart. I just want something that will hold up, this is a major purchase. I can’t believe how expensive carpet is now. Kelly’s quote is $5.84 sq ft installed with 8lb moisture barrier. That is supposed to include ” free tear up and haul away and furniture move” I know nothing is free and it’s built in the price of the carpet. Kelly’s said that Mohawk is giving a 3.00 sq Yard rebate and they would take another 2.00 a sq yard off for not having any furniture in the house. The house is still vacant, I wanted it carpeted before I move in . I thought maybe only 2.00 sq yard for a vacant house isn’t much. I don’t know , what do you think? That’s knocking off .22 cents a sq ft. for not having to mess with furniture. Am I being unreasonable thinking $47.56 sq yd is still a lot? I think I’m getting paranoid, please help me. Donna

  158. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Donna –

    BREATHE:) Here’s the skinny…Nebraska Furniture Mart is owned by Berkshire Hathaway…which also owns Shaw Industries. Shaw has no SmartStrand and they have been trying to discredit the program since day one. Let me guess, they tried to sell you a nylon…maybe even an Anso style. Shaw owns a ton of nylon making equipment – so they have to push it hard! PET polyester and SmartStrand – which is a PTT polyester, very distant cousin but more akin performance wise to nylon – are totally different. Google “Triexta” I would NEVER recommend a PET or a PET/Nylon blend unless your only concern was staining and you had a tiny budget.

    $2 for furniture moving is normal…tearup and haulaway can be as much as $3 a yard depending on where you live and what disposal fees are. Installation ranges from $4 -6 per yard and the pad at retail is probably $8 or $8.50 a yard. So let’s see….that’s be around $31.56 (used 5 for install) or 3.50 a sq ft. Totally reasonable to me….still much lower than any surface other than vinyl:)


  159. Posted by Donna on August 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you, you are right they did try to push the nylon. I do appreciate your opinion and advise. I will keep passing your site along , thank you again!!!!!

  160. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Anytime Donna…CG

  161. Posted by Morgan on August 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I just started carpet shopping for a bedroom and hallway, and fell in love with “Embraceable” SmartStrand by Karastan. The price quoted is $9.54 per square foot, installed, including padding and removal of old carpet. This is much more expensive than any other carpet I have considered. Is this a reasonable price for Karastan?

  162. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Morgan –

    Well you have great taste! You have chose the heaviest of all the SmartStrand styles and Karastan to boot. Doesn’t get any better and you do juts want to lay on it. Embraceable is an 80 ounce carpet…I have referred to it often as a CHUNK of carpet…you won’t find much heavier in any type of carpeting. I suspect this is the reason it is the most expensive you’ve looked at. Karastan does command a bit of a premium but most of what you are seeing is in the product alone.


  163. Posted by Morgan on August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks so much for the information. Can you recommend another SmartStrand carpet that is similar in appearance, but with a more realistic price? This is for an upstairs bedroom and hall, so a lesser quality would be acceptable. It was the shading, colors, and softness that drew me to Embraceable.

  164. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Morgan –

    It is hard without samples in front of me. One to look at is Essential Living – alos a Karstan style but only 65 ounces. I think one would be similar to Embraceable. Also look through the Horizon line and see if there is anything you like there.


  165. Posted by Sue on August 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    We are trying to decide between Mohawk Simonton Beach and Sacred Star as we are replacing carpet in our entire house. Our preference is a soft, dense carpet that will wear well on stairs and hold up to traffic and stains of two large dogs. We are empty-nesters so there is not a lot of traffic on the carpet other than the dogs. In addition, we don’t want to be replacing carpet for several years. I noticed a comment on Simonton Beach having footprints. Would this be the same situation with Sacred Star?
    Thanks for your suggestions.

  166. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Sue –

    Simonton is a 65 ounce carpet with 6.5 turns of twist and a density of 3357. Sacred is 46 ounces, same twist and a density of 3058 – a bit more tailored than Simonton. I’m frankly not sure about footprints on Simonton since I haven’t seen it down, but because the pile is lower on Sacred, footprints should be less of a problem if there is a problem at all. The densities are both great, as are the twist levels – so you’d be fine with either preformance wise, but if you prefer the more tailored, go with Sacred.


  167. Posted by Fred on August 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Carpet Girl and thanks for the great information.
    I had decided on Karastan Embraceable and then saw a demo video on the Shaw website showing how smartstand fiber and carpet backing absorbing liquids very quickly, versus the Anso Nylon with R2X repelling liquids making it easier to clean up. I realize that the R2X will wash out after cleaning but it can be reapplied. Once the liquid gets to the backing material of either product it will be harder to clean up but it appears that the smartstrand backing will get wet quicker than the R2X carpet. What is you opinion?
    Mohawk has better reimbursement limitations on the stain warranty going out to 20 years rather than Karastan’s going out to only 10 years, which I will never understand, but does Mohawk have something comparable to Embraceable?

  168. Posted by Nishi on August 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Hi Carpetgirl,

    The Harvey Norman store sales person requested a few colour sample from the Intelligent Style from States (coordinated through Harvey Norman head office in Sydney), but unfortunately he called me & said just now that guys in US has said that they cannot send samples to us. It is really frustrating, because I have already put a deposit for the order for this carpet for the house, and just waiting to select the right colour, when I get some bigger samples.

    Do you actually work for them (Smartstrand/Mohawk) in US? Would you be able to coordinate with them and help me get some samples, if I sent you my details or the franchisee’s details direct?
    I’m really really dissapointed that they said they cannot send any samples, because I’m spending almost 10K for this carpet and I’m serious on buying this. Without seeing the colour in a bigger sample, it’s hard to make a decision. Carpet girl, please help me with any suggestions. Need help urgently.
    Thanks heaps,

  169. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Fred, Fred, Fred –

    Way to get me started in the morning! You have hit on one of my BIG pet peeves. That video is one of the single most misleading marketing items I have ever witnessed. It INFURIATES me!!! A complete gimmick that has no bearing in the real world.

    R2X is like Scotchgard (which MHK uses). These stain protectors are used on nylons, PET polyesters and some olefins and have repellancy as well. Nylon has to have this chemical sprayed on it because otherwise it will stain badly. It is designed to resist acid based stains – which make up about 90% of all stains your carpet will come into contact with. And they do work…for a while. They lose affectiveness with traffic and after cleanings – cleanings that you have to do every 12-18 months or your warranty will be voided. (that’s not in the video, huh?) SmartStrand can’t be stained with acid based dyes/stains so there is no need to add something that is going to be washed down the drain in 12 months anyway. Repellancy is a nice feature but carpet that stays clean is a nicer one.

    Now the “through to the backing” nonsense. Shaw has been floating carpet for a number of years now. Totally unrealistic dramatization of a stain. Stains, drops, spills…they all have on thing in common…GRAVITY. Spills are not gently placed on your carpeting. They hit and hit hard on the face of the carpet…usually from at least a foot (toddler) high. The force by which the liquid hits the carpet takes a spill down to the backing – regardless of the repellancy. I’ve done this myself with an Anso style. Ask for a sample…place it on a paper towel…and using just water – spill it from different heights. You will see what I mean. It’s HOGWASH.

    Now know this…all backing materials are the same. They are made from polypropylene – which is Hydrophobic. Doesn’t like liquid and seeks to release them. Which is good – this means you can remove that liquid – it won’t suck it up and hold onto it forever. Same reason I recommend moisture barrier pads. SmartStrand is also not a big fan of liquid so it releases it as well. Nylon, on the other hand – LOVES liquids. It is almost like a sponge. So it is much more difficult to remove the liquids once they get in there.

    So…let’s recap….SmartStrand doesn’t float because no chemicals are added or needed…SmartStrand releases stains instead of hanging onto them…and in the real world, your SmartStrand carpet will stay cleaner. Nylon has to have a chemical added to keep the stains from penetrating…that chemical is temporary…repellancy and gravity do not mix.

    Sorry for the rant…but it really annoys me! I hate items like that which intentionally confuse the consumer. My blog proves they are confused enough already.

    There really isn’t a MHK style similar to Embraceable. I wouldn’t worry so much about 10 yrs versus 20/lifetime….it’s going to clean up so it is really a mute point. Karastan tries to keep the warranties as Karastan ones and not fiber specific ones…that is why you don’t see one at 5 and another at 10. It’s confusing.

    Again apologies for the soapbox…needed to be said!:)


  170. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Niroshi –

    Send me the store info. I will see if I can find out who manages that area.


  171. Posted by Nishi on August 24, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Thanks Carpetgirl.
    The store I’ve ordered the carpet from is the Harvey Norman Store in a suburb called Chadston in Australia. The franchisee’s direct address is:

    Harvey Norman Flooring Chadston
    699, Warrigal Road
    Chadston, Victoria 3148 AUSTRALIA

    (The Harvey Norman Head Office is located in NSW 2140, Australia).

    If you can send an e-mail to my personal e-mail address ( ), then I can send you the name & contact details of the franchisee (because this is a public blog, it’s better to send those details via e-mail to you). I can e-mail you details of samples that I want as well.

    Could you please e-mail me as soon as you can. You’re the only hope of help that I have, to get the samples over here…and time is running out! Please, please help!!
    Thanks heaps,
    Nishi (Niroshi).

  172. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Nishi –

    Look for an email from a member of our customer service team. He will need style name and color names/numbers.


  173. Posted by Mark Rusboldt on August 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Carpetgirl,
    I am going to purchase some Mohawk Smartstrand carpet. I found the same carpet at Carpet’s Plus as Jazz Quartet II and at Dalton Carpet Store as Enlightened Decor. The carpet color number is 569. How would this work in a great room, hallway and two bedrooms? And, are these the same carpet?

  174. Posted by Nishi on August 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much for your help dear CG!
    I recieved that e-mail & sent him the details. I’ll keep you updated.

    You’re the best!!

  175. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Mark –

    Unfortunately I don’t have a list of styles for Carpets Plus. If it is part of a colorwall – that could explain the same color numbers even tho the styles could be different. Enlightened is a great style…45 ounce frieze that should work well in the rooms you noted.


  176. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Nishi –

    I hear that you are all set. Great news.


  177. Posted by Peggy on August 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Is Cohler Gardens a good Smartstrand? What about Hanover Crossings nylon. They are both Mohawk products but I can’t find anything about wieght and other things. Can you help as I will be buying carpeting in the next few weeks. Or is there something better?

  178. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Peggy –

    Cohler is a very nice 50 ounce texture. Hanover is a Stainmaster Tactesse 46 oz product. If you are chosing between the two, I’d go Cohler since it is a little heavier and mush superior in the staining department.


  179. Posted by Nishi on August 31, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Dear CG,
    This is to let you know the great news that I got the samples. Now I’m having fun selecting the right colour 🙂
    Again, your help is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU & Have a Wonderful Day!!!

  180. Posted by LuAnn on September 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Hi Carpetgirl–I just discovered your blogs recently as we’re moving & replacing carpet. The info you post is great, and we are definitely going with Smartstrand!

    A local dealer here carries a line called Organic Luxury; we’re looking at the nutmeg and manila colors. How does this line compare with the Horizon products, such as Windwalker, etc? It’s really difficult to compare them directly. Also, I wondered if you happen to have seen these colors installed, and what you thought. We’re trying not to go too light, but I really tend to like the look of the lighter colors.

    Thanks for all the info and “teachable moments”– this blog has been so helpful!

  181. Posted by Fred on September 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    My Karastan dealer touts a better backing than the Mohawk products and it does seem stiffer. Is this really true?

    You are providing a great service to all of us.

  182. Posted by Chris on September 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Carpet Girl,
    I am trying to pick out a great Frieze carpet and my dealer does not know weights, twists, etc. From what I have learned on the internet I want a high weight, (over 50 oz), high density ( 1000 to 6000), high twist ( approx 10 SPI) and low pile ( under 3/4″). I am looking at a Mohawk SmartStrandstyle called Fulfilled Mission 1160, which I don’t see on the Mohawk website and I can’t find any of the numbers for twists, etc.. Can you tell me if this would be a good carpet? We are replacing a 21 year old Stainmaster that has held up beautifully and I want a superior quality that will last a long time and feel great underfoot. We are mid-fifties with no children running around. Also, will this type of frieze hold up to traffic and matting as well as our plush did? Thanks!!

  183. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Fred –

    Karastan does have a good backing system…not necessarily stiffer in my opinion, but smooth. Installers like it because they can move it across the padding easier. There is a similar backing on the Mohawk side for some products called Optiback. I like either frankly.


  184. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    LuAnn –

    Organic would be similar to Intelligent Style for Horizon. It’s a great carpet…60 ounces, so it is just a little heavier than windwalker which is 58.

    Color is tough and different for everyone. I haven’t seen either of those colors down, but for me, it seems like everything looks lighter when it is installed, so keep that in mind. Also the lights in your home are probably different than the ones in the store, so be sure to compare the two in your environment.

    Luck – CG

  185. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Chris –

    Fulfilled is 48 ounces and the twist level is 5.5. I frankly do not know of any carpets that have a twist of 10. I have seen up to 7 or 7.5, never 10. Density is 1884 and pile is 23/32. Pile factors into density so it is not a huge factor for me if you have a high density. This is a ColorCenter style so to see it on the MHK website, you will have to choose the dealer you are working with. Then you will see his offerings. I believe the default setting is Horizon, that is why it doesn’t show.

    Fulfilled is probably fine for your application, but look at two others…Thunderheart and Seastar. Seastar is 65 ounces, has 6.5 for twist and a density of 3357.
    Thunderheart is 56 ounces, also 6.5 twist and a density of 3080. These are both categorized as textures in our system, but I’d personally put them in the frieze category.

    Luck – CG

  186. Posted by Peggy on September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you for answer about Cohler Colors and Hanover Crossing. Is there another Smartstrand I should consider. This one has very good warrenties. What we like about Colhler is it is a shorter pile (I guess that is the right word). We wouldn t want anything that is longer. Peggy

  187. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Peggy –

    I think at this point you have found the look you like and it is a good choice from a performance perspective. Any additional recommendations I could make would be based on my taste…which is either patterned loops or high piles and not what you are looking for. So much of the selection process is aesthetic at the end of the day.


  188. Posted by Kathy on September 8, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Hi Carpet Girl –
    We recently purchased Smartstrand with Sorona carpet from Home Depot. The carpet is called Cloudland, it has a face weight of 58oz, the twist is 6.5, the density is 3080 and it has a performance rating of 4.5 out of 5. The pad installed is 8lb. We had the carpet installed about a week ago and are pretty disappointed with how it looks. We can see every footprint and vacuum mark. We are considering getting a different vacuum but that won’t solve the footprint problem. Are you familar with Cloudland? Is it normal that it shows every footprint? The pile is pretty low and we were told that it really shouldn’t show footprints. Thanks

  189. Posted by d h on September 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Carpet gurl……….

    Do you know when Regents Park II came out? If it says 100 percent Smartstrand BCF Triexta, that means it isn’t made with 40 percent corn sugar, right?

  190. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    DH –

    2008 product…and you are correct – it is not corn sugar based.


  191. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Kathy –

    Unfortunately I don’t have any info on Home Depot styles…sorry about that! A lot of friezes do lay down a bit when walked on so you see the sides more than the tips, so I am not really surprised that you see some prints or vacuum marks. Others have commented as well on footprints for certain styles. They have never really bothered me plus I have a loop SmartStrand down so I can’t really compare. In my opinion, yes you should expect to see some marks and/or footprints if the carpet you choose is anything other than an extremely tight, dense textured product…very popular in the 80’s and early 90’s…or a loop…or a commercial grade carpet. As the friezes started to gain in popularity along with very soft yarns, the market really seemed to move away from “trackless” carpets toward more casual styles like the friezes and shags. I hate that you are disappointed but again, I think it is normal.


  192. Posted by Karel on September 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    My husband and I are retired with a limited amount of money, so must make good choices. We will appreciate your help so much! Can you clarify for me whether there is more than one type of SmartStrand (e.g. Smartstrand with Sorona or Smartstrand without Sorona)? I am very sensitive to chemicals and want to be sure I have the kind that emits fewest VOCs. Also, can you tell me what the difference in quality is between Mohawk’s three Smartstrand collections: Wundaweve, Horizon, Aladdin? Thanks so very much for all the great info on this blog!

  193. Posted by Peggy on September 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Hello, What is the best pound pad to use with Smartstrand carpet? Thank you in advance.

  194. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Karel –

    There are two SmartStrand’s – one made from DuPont Sorona polymer which is made, in part from corn sugar. If you see the Sorona name – that is the one you are looking at. The other is simply called SmartStrand and is not made with the renewable component. Neither has a topical stain treatment and each is made with the same backing system…so VOC wise, they are the same.

    Wunda Weve, Horizon and Aladdin are Mohawk’s three carpet brands, not SmartStrand brands. WW tends to be higher style and higher end – we call it everyday luxury. Horizon is stylish and known for color…we call it everyday style. Aladdin is our opening position know as everyday value.


  195. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Peggy –

    In short – it depends. Sure you love that answer. A 6 pound pad will feel cushier than an 8 or 10. Those will feel firmer, but ultimately perform better. I recommend at least an 8, though I had a 10 put down with my Magic Isle style. It is a low pile pattern so the density suits it.


  196. Posted by Steve on September 20, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Hi –

    We need some help in choosing carpet. We are replacing carpet in a high traffic area that includes an informal living room, dining room, hall and stairs. We want something that will wear well and show minimal footprints and vacuum tracks. We would like to pick a Smartstrand Sorona carpet and are not real interested in berber type carpet for this area. We are wondering what type of carpet would work for us? What should we be looking for as far as weight, twist, density and pile height? Also, does color make a difference in hiding footprints – would a lighter color carpet be better? Any advice you can guive is much appreciated. Thanks for your help!

  197. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Steve –

    Denser carpets show less footprints….so depending on your style preferences, a tradtional texture like New Sensation would work well. Friezes have a more casual look to them, but because of the loose, flowy nature of these styles, you will see some footprints/vacuum marks in them. The color question is a good one and one that hasn’t been asked – so kudos. Everything except dirt and stains are harder to see on light carpets. Wear test, for example, are typically done on medium to dark blue carpets to really show contrast. Because what you are seeing is mostly due to light reflection off the increased surface area of the side of the tufts versus the tops of the tufts, I would expect it to be true that it would be harder to see footprints and marks on a lighter carpet than a darker one. As far as the specs go….I like to stay above 40 ounces…look for 5.5 to 6.5 turns of twist…with densities of 2500 plus. Pile height varies and since it is part of the density factor, I usually don’t worry about it.

    Luck – CG

  198. Posted by Peggy on September 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    The carpet store we bought from and had install the Colhler Colors quoted the price and said “that is the installed price with the up graded 8 pound pad”. When it was being installed I could see it was not what I had been shown in the store and had also brought a piece home with me to look at and compare to the pad I have had for thirteen years. His carpet layer said it is a six pound pad. The carpet store said the warrenty on my carpet I chose is good only with a 6 pound pad. The carpet store faxed to me something with a 5 and 10 year warrenty and it said “minmum 6 pound pad”. Of course I don’t even know if this is the pad I got. Two other stores have looked at the pad that was used and each said they did not think it is a 6 pound pad. Each added that if it is a 6 pound pad it is a very poor one. I have written the carpet store that I bought the carpet from asking that he take care of the situation. I took the letter to the store. He responded by calling me vicious, evil and mean. What can I do? Thank you in advance.

  199. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Peggy –

    WOW…so sorry this happened…let’s see if I understand this…you have an invoice/order showing you were to get an 8lb pad and are now being told it was a 6 or was just it the verbal quote that said 8? If it was verbal – what does your paperwork say? 6 pound is the minimum – not the requirement. I, for example, have 10 pound down and my warranty is fully in tact. Makes you wonder why he would even quote an 8 if that were the case. I would expect to see slight differences between showroom samples and actual products, but it should be be obvious. Particularly with pad.

    And the “comments” from the store – was that the owner or a sales person? If it is the owner, shame on him!

    I have no idea what you paid or how much area was carpeted, BUT I assume it was not inexpensive. I would try the following:

    1 – If you can get a piece of the pad out of a closet corner or somewhere that you don’t care to remove it from – do that. Have the evidence in hand. I would then take your letter to the store again (adding that you have had inspections done by two experts if you don’t have that in there already)…along with all your documentation to the store. Before you let him know that you have a piece of the pad, ask for a sample of what he supposedly installed in your home. Compare the two in front of him. If it doesn’t match up tell the owner you expect to get what you chose or be fully reimbursed for the pad and the labor since you will need it all redone. If you paid for an 8 and got a 6, tell him that you expect financial restitution for the difference (have a number in mind – don’t let him suggest one…this will likely become a negotiation so start high). In either case be clear that if something is not done to rectify the situation, that you will have no choice but to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. If that doesn’t get his attention – which it usually does, I would also go on to add that you realize that the majority of his business comes via word of mouth and that the internet is a powerful thing…poor ratings could really impact his business. I hesistate to suggest that he “fix” or replace the pad because I would not want someone that I have lost trust in, back in my house. You might feel differently. I am also embarrassed to say this, but take a man with you. Regardless of where we SHOULD be in this society gender wise, we aren’t there. He appears to be one who will intimidate you if he can and dismiss you. That is what it is…sorry.

    2) If your investment was significant – it might be worth your while to consult a lawyer to see if small claims court would be a good option.

    I don’t know who this dealer is (and please don’t tell me) and I would be out of bounds to say that you have been a victim of bait and switch without having a whole lot of information from both sides – BUT as a consumer, I am a bit of a consumer advocate. What I am hoping is that the dealer will realize that there was a mistake when the pads don’t match up and he’ll want to make it right. There could be a very simple explanation after all. If that doesn’t happen and you feel strongly that you’ve been wronged…fight back. Based on his comments to you, I THINK he expects this to go away. I hope you don’t.


  200. Posted by Peggy on September 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions. After the problem with the pad I checked all five invoices from this store (he is the owner) and there is an error on each invoice. The purchases were for tile, wood and carpet. For instance the invoice for the carpet installed on the wrong pad had a charge for 42.66 square yards on the invoice and only 40 yards were delivered as shown on the label that the installer had to dig through a lot of tape and scraps to give to me. This after I discovered a 6 pound pad had been used instead of the 8 pound pad. Since then I have been told by another carpet company I only needed around 34 square yards for those rooms. Anyway I made a letter to him and took it to his store. The letter adddressed all five invoices’ over charges and not getting the 8 pound pad. I didn”t say anything about his delivering more yardage then I needed. He wrote me a check for $517.57 for the total of what over charges I had disccovered and brought to his attention in the letter. I have not heard back from him about what he will do about the wrong pad being installed. I have a piece of the pad that I saved the day the carpet was installed even though the installer insisted he should take all scrapes. Yes, my husband, myself and a friend that went with me one day to return samples and pick up more samples feel it is a bait and switch. A friend went with me the day I delivered the letter and heard the names he called me as well as saw him throwing his hands and arms at me. He never touched me but I became afraid. As well as the name calling he said things like he had not made any money on any transactions with me and now I was doing this to him. Therefore, he may just hope I’ll go away. The installers, I presume, would be the ones returning to change the pad not the store owner if that is what he decides to do. Meantime I am going to see what I would be charged to take the carpet up and install with an 8 pound pad and write him a letter stateing what the charge is and see what he will do. He says he is a contractor so I need to contact them as well as the better business bureau. Please let me know if you feel I am doing what needs to be done about the dealer and this situation. Peggy

  201. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Peggy –

    There isn’t anything else I would do differently in this situation. It’s good that you were reimbursed for the overages and that you were paying attention. Do not visit the store again – for your own peace of mind. Send whatever you need to send via certified mail. It saves you the stress of the confrontation.


  202. Hi CG –

    After spending several hours today at various carpet stores, I was so happy to find your website to help make sense of everything. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and opinions!

    We are looking to recarpet our entire house (~2100 sq ft) and are impressed with the advertised durability and stain resistance of the Smartstrand (not to mention that it feels so much softer than some of the nylons that we saw). We have 2 small children, a dog, two cats and stairs so we need something that will last and continue to look good. At one store we found the Aladdin collection and like the Coral Bay and Miami Shores style, but I am unable to find any of the specs on these. Can you please pass along any info you have for these carpets (weight, density, twist, etc.). At another store, we found what we believe to be the exact same carpet but named Rim Fire and Torres Canyon. The cost for the later set is a bit higher, is there a difference in these besides the name? Do you think these would be good choices for what we’re looking for?

    One more question about cleaning Smartstrand: I see a lot of comments about cleaning only with water. Is there a problem cleaning the smartstrand with home carpet cleaners (spotbot, hoover, etc.)?

    Thank you so much for your time and information!

  203. Posted by twowhitecats on September 28, 2010 at 2:06 am

    We recently purchased SmartStrand carpet, specifically Simonton Beach. It’s a 65 oz with a twist of 6.5 and density of 3357. It’s a high, thick pile which is causing us problems in finding a vacuum that will properly work on it. Our old one had a height adjustment but it was too low and “dug” into the carpet, pulling it as we vacuumed. We bought a new one home and even at the height adjustment of “7”, it still was leaving wheel marks and appeared to be too low for our carpet. Do you some suggestions on what might work? We don’t want to damage the carpet after buying a high quality product. Thanks so much!

  204. Posted by Cathy on September 28, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hello. I plan to purchase Mohawk SmartStrand Carpeting from a local flooring store and would appreciate your opinion / confirmation of my choices. I am planning to carpet the Master Bedroom in “Organic Luxery”, color Silver Dust; a second bedroom in “Tiamo Island”, color Summer Sky; a third bedroom, upstairs hallway and the stairway in “Nature’s Gift”, color Bullion.

    Was wondering if you had any comments on these selections; especially the selection for the stairway and hallway. Thank you very much and I have learned a lot from your blog.


  205. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Kim –

    Miami is a 53 oz frieze and Coral is a 38oz frieze. I am a bigger fan of Miami simply because it is heavier and I think you’d be happier with it. It appears you were looking at the same carpets from a ColorCenter dealer – that store would have different names.

    As for your cleaning question….cleaning with water is the best alternative becuase 1) the stain will clean up without soaps/chemicals and 2) if you don’t get all the soap/chemical out of your carpet the spot will attract soil like a magnet. That does not mean that you can’t use a household cleaner or a spot cleaner – just be certain to follow directions- OR try your spotbot with just water first or do an extra rinse (the extra rinse is a good idea regardless). More soap or cleaner will not do a better job.


  206. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Cats –

    I would not expect a vacuum to be a problem for Simonton. We have some very long shags that could have issues, but Simonton is not one of them. I think the wheel marks might simply be typical for the type of carpet that it is. Unless you see tip damage – like the twisted ends are being pulled apart, I suspect you are ok at the high setting. Another option is to turn off the beater bar and see if there is any improvement – I think the tracks will still be there.

    Luck – CG

  207. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Cathy –

    I only have ounce weights on these and general style categories. Tiamo and Gift are basically the same weight 38oz and 37oz respectively, but I notice that Tiamo is categorized as a frieze at least on my sheet. That tends to mean at least slightly higher twist, BUT there have been times when my sheet has been wrong and styles were placed into the wrong categories. Without looking at them, I would tend to prefer higher twist for halls and stairs…to be certain, ask your dealer which has higher twist.

    Organic is a great choice for the master.

    Luck – CG

  208. Posted by Misty on October 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Hello, I had my daughters room (in the besement) carpeted with Smartstrand smartcolor in curry. Im trying to now finish 4 more rooms (3 in basement). My question is , is this a smart choice for a basement? I didnt read up on it before it was put down and now since the price has skyrocketed, I want to make sure Im getting what I pay for. Also, is there a distributor that you know of that sells this line wholesale?
    Thank you!
    Misty Rose

  209. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Misty –

    It’s a fine choice for any location. I have it in my basement myself. I don’t have any wholesale distributor info though, sorry.


  210. Posted by Peggy on October 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Hello, I took your advice and stayed focused on what I expected from the store that had the wrong pad installed with my Cohler Garden carpet. He has refunded over five hundred dollar for the errors on each of the five invoices. Additionally, he has refunded almost five hundred to have the carpet and 6 pound pad in the three rooms taken up and re installed with an 8 pound pad. That doesn’t take care of the stress and worry and putting our project, after our water damage, behind by several weeks. Thank you for the encouragement to not let it go. Peggy

  211. Posted by Liz on October 19, 2010 at 1:46 am


    What is the difference between 100% Mohawk SmartStrand BCF 3GT Polyester with DuPont Sorona and 100% SmartStrand BCF Triexta made with DuPont Sorona?

    Which is the better carpet if both are 60 oz?

  212. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Liz –

    The only difference is one sample was already at the store before the Triexta name became official from the FTC. It’s the same stuff.


  213. Posted by Kathy on October 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hey carpetgirl, I have a situation that I need advice. I have purchased the smartstrand (Miami Shores line, color Nomad). We had it installed in 2/09. I absolutely loved it, however, i noticed a distinct traffic area starting to appear in the main walkway of my living room. Thinking it was just dirty I had is steam cleaned by Stanley Steamer (which mohawk website recommends), It did no good what so ever. I called the store I bought it from and he and a rep from Mohawk came out and took pictures and turned in a claim. They have agreed to replace my carpet. YEA!! The salesman tells me this just doesn’t happen very often. Needless to say I am not very anxious to replace it with the smartstrand, however, the salesman still swears this is the best yarn on any carpet. Well it didn’t work for my house. I have two kids, two cats and a dog. What do you recommend?

  214. Posted by Lisa on October 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    We are having a 2nd carpet install due to a very visible “seaming” problem partially due to a bad install on the first selection. We are going with a plusher carpet this time to keep the seam to a minimum. We have selected Mohawk Silk 2 from HD in the “Cobblestone color”. This will be going in a family room, den and set of steps. I have the information from HD as far as twist (5.5×5.5), face weight (49 oz.), warranty, etc., but need assurance that this will work in this area. I chose a darker color to try and “warm up” the area, it’s a 28’x15′ family room with alot of use. I’m concerned the steps will be a problem, but the entire area is open so I had no choice but to use the same selection. This post has been very helpful in answering questions so far! Thoughts?? Thank you!

  215. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Kathy –

    I agree with the salesman. There are so many reasons that the area didn’t look good – could have even been a defect on the roll. Miami Shores has been around a long time and trust me, if we had a claims issue with a style, it’d be gone. Period. Give it another chance.


  216. Posted by CarpetGirl on October 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Lisa –

    Unfortunately I don’t have any spec info on Home Depot styles. Frankly you should not have seaming problems with any cutpile carpet. Plush or dense. Seams should be run with the light – not against it, which I find people do all the time with cutpiles – again since they should not be visible anyway. I only excuse slight seam visibility on patterns and some loops. Otherwise it is simply a poor install.

    Silk is a great product. Seems like a fine choice for the area. Here’s the funny thing about color…people buy darker to hide dirt and stains but darker will show any wear more quickly. I am not sure how dark cobblestone is but keep this dynamic in mind.

    Steps are tough for any carpet so I think you will be just as well off with the Silk product as any other, just be realistic in your expectations. Mine for instance is wearing well, but gets really dirty from my hubby’s black soled shoes.


  217. Posted by Lisa Fruechte on November 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Do you have any idea of the density of the Silk II – that is the only information that they didn’t have to provide us? The carpet will be installed over a 10 lb. pad so I’m hoping that will help with the carpet “wearing longer”. We didn’t go dark – instead we went with more of a medium brown color, again, the room is so large that I wanted to “cozy it up” a bit.

    Thanks so much for the info…you have no idea how much time I’ve spent on this blog looking at questions from other people and the information you give them…”kudos” to you!!

  218. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Lisa –

    Sorry, again I have no specific info on Home Depot styles. Pad does make a difference for wear and the 10lb is a great option.


  219. Posted by JenP on November 22, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Hello – I am having a very difficult time choosing between Wear Dated Soft Touch BCF Nylon and Evertex BCF Triexta. My contractor works with Carpet One and I am trying to decide which is better for a basement family room with 3 young kids.

    The “Bigelow Linhart” nylon seems to be denser but falls in their Platinum series (20 year warranty). The “Lees Your Affectionately” triexta is softer (seems somewhat less dense) and falls in their Titanium series (25 year warranty). Any thoughts as to which might be better? I’m also open to other suggestions.

    Not sure if it makes a difference, but we are looking at getting a carpet in a darker color like Chocolate or Mocha. Thanks so much, I really appreciate any input.

  220. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Jen –

    Your benefit on the Triexta will be the stain resistance – that is what is supporting the better warranty. Durability wise – the two are essentially equal. So with the youngsters, I’d probably recommend the Evertex even with the darker color.


  221. Posted by JenP on November 25, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Thanks so much for the response. Now my only trouble is price. I’ve been given a quote for the Evertex at about $5.50 per sq. ft. which includes their best padding (I believe 8 lbs), however does NOT include installation. Does that sound fair? I am in Frederick, Maryland. Just wondering about how much of the price you think is padding vs. carpet. Thanks again.

  222. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Jen –

    Pricing varies so much PLUS I don’t have any specs for the style so it is hard for me to say. The price does look like you are choosing a higher end carpet. Guessing…I would think the pad is somewhere around 10% of the price you’ve been quoted.

    You can always try to negotiate or ask if there is another Triexta style that is similar but less $$$.


  223. Posted by JenP on November 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you again for the response. I get so nervous about buying carpet which is why I just have one more follow-up. Not sure exactly which is important, but I found the specs online, so this is some of what it says: Pile Height: 0.63 ; Face Weight: 58.80 ; Backing Material: Standard ; Stitches per Inch: 8.10; Yarn: BCF ; Type: Textured Saxony ; Tufted. Just wondering what you would think is a good price to pay? Thanks again.

  224. Posted by CarpetGirl on November 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Jen –

    The only thing I can go on here is weight…at nearly 60 ounces, I think the pricing sounds ok.


  225. Posted by JenP on December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    With your help, I was confident enough to make the purchase today. I was actually able to negotiate the price down to $4.49 per sq. ft. , including their 10 lb. moisture barrier pad, so I am thrilled. Thank you so much for your help!!

  226. Posted by CarpetGirl on December 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Jen –

    Nicely done! Great job!


  227. Posted by Karla on December 9, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Hi CG,
    Your information is great. I am needing to replace my Mohawk Casual Elements carpet after having a water line break in my basement. I loved it and it wore great in the 8 yrs. but is not made anymore. I am considering Horizon Enlightened Decore to replace it. The other one was nylon and I think a higher density. We had a rubber pad that helped cushion and insulate.Want to do rubber pad again any problem with this for this type carpet? Dealing with insurance company and trying to find a good replacement option. I love the friese and the specs really hide stains. Please let me know your opinion. Thanks!

  228. Posted by CarpetGirl on December 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Karla –

    I think Enlightened is a good choice. A lot of people love the flecks for exactly the reason you gave. Odds are your older carpeting was a texture – they do tend to be more dense, but they have less twist too…so this is an even trade. Rubber pads are fine – I have one down that we no longer make. I don’t know that they insulate any better than a rebond but I do like them. Every pad has an R value associated with it – compare the foam to a rebond to be sure it is worth the extra $$. Just be sure that whatever you get has a moisture barrier…most urethane (foam) pads do – but make sure.


  229. Posted by Mark on December 12, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Carpet Girl,
    Can you tell me if Unrivaled Elegance is a Smartstrand Carpet? I found info on an older post that it has a density of 3547 twist 5.5 and a pile weight of 73.5 We would really like to find ths carpet, but have had no luck yet. Can you tell me where I can find it?


  230. Posted by CarpetGirl on December 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Mark –

    Unrivaled is a SmartStrand style. It is a Mohawk ColorCenter product. Since I have no idea where you are, I’d suggest visiting and using the dealer locator first. Select the ColorCenter dealer of your choice. Maybe give them a call before visiting to make sure they have this style.


  231. Posted by Mark on December 15, 2010 at 1:45 am

    CG I was hoping to find it in Dalton,Ga and have it shipped to me in Oh.


  232. Posted by Loucy on December 17, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I will choose Smartstrand Posh Origins but am used to a colored carpet. The beige choices are confusing. I want a good neutral that will go with any paint, and not be too dark.I am looking at #524 glazed donut,#534 Raffia,#522 Honeysuckle,#516 Curry.Beige seems to be the hardest color to choose. Either too pink or gray or dirty looking. The room gets low to average light, but not bright light.Also recommend a pad. Thanks

  233. Posted by CarpetGirl on December 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Mark –

    Don’t know if any Color Center dealers ship from Dalton to Ohio…any online group – like Carpets of Dalton can probably cross reference with the info you have on the product. Try that first. Also – be sure you are getting as good a deal as you think you are before you order from Dalton. Sometimes yes…sometimes no.


  234. Posted by CarpetGirl on December 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Loucy –

    I don’t have samples to look at specific colors. Do be sure you are looking at the samples in your room. Your choice of lighting will very much change those shades.

    Pad – at least 8 pound, either 7/16 or 1/2″…with a moisture barrier. SmartCushion is a good option.


  235. Posted by Donna on December 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I want to thank you again for your advice. I went with the Smartstrand from Kelly’s in Omaha and I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE it. You are the best, Merry Christmas.

  236. Posted by Dave on January 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    We are looking at two carpets. The first one is Karastan Alcazar and the other is Bigelow Hubbard. We has pets, cats that barf and want something that lasts more than 10 years while being easy to clean. The Karastan is nylon and the Bigelow is Smartstrand. Which do you recommend?

  237. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Hey Dave –

    I deleted your other comments since it appeared to be a duplicate question. I don’t have any Bigelow styles on my list. Those are specific to a buying group and I don’t have that info. Alcazar is a 70 ounce Stainmaster nylon. It will wear well, but I can’t say that it will be easy to clean…particularly the messes you mention. Without knowing specifics on the Hubbard style, I lean toward that one as being your best choice.


  238. Posted by Wendy on January 15, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’m looking at Enlightened Decor for an office and a bedroom that get quite a bit of foot traffic in a small area. Is Enlightened Decor dense enough to not get matted down over time? Is there another frieze that you’d recommend for wear? Why?

    I don’t know if Intelligent Style would be better than frieze as far as wear and showing dirt. These rooms are busy. Kind of ruled out Intelligent Style because it’s just one color. I like the speckled color of Moroccan Leather (Enlightened Decor) to hide dirt. Should I reconsider? What’s my best option given my concerns?

  239. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Wendy –

    Wear wise they are equal. If footprints are a concern for you, some have said that both ED and IS do show footprints, so know that going in. People do say that flecks help hide dirt – I think it hides “stuff” better but don’t like the idea of hiding dirt – I’d rather remove it. I think the flecked ED is a good option for you based on what you are saying.

    Luck – CG

  240. Posted by Wendy on January 18, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Thanks! Is there a better carpet option with Mohawk to avoid the worn path that seems to appear on some carpets after 2 years or so?

    I appreciate your advice!


  241. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wendy –

    No way to recommend one over the other for this issue. Best thing to do is to change your traffic pattern once a year or so and to do the professional steam clean once a year. The steam will revitalize the carpet.


  242. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Deb –

    After reading your post, I’ve asked our consumer affairs team to contact you via email and investigate further. They’ll need more detailed information like what you bought and where you bought it, claim info, etc. So keep an eye out for that email – it will be sent to the email you have on this site.


  243. Posted by Amy Vonder Haar on January 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm


    We are looking at Mohawk’s SmartStrand to replace our existing carpeting. I can’t find any information on the weight of the style we are looking at. It is called Fulfilled Mission. Is there a website that lists the different weights of the SmartStrand styles or am I confused?


  244. Posted by Marleen on January 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Carpetgirl — we’re looking at 2 different carpets — Karastan Tender Touch which has the SmartStrand and Lees Titanium Series which has Evertex CBF Trexta. Any comments which is better? How do I find out the weight, twist and density. It’s not on the samples and we didn’t as the store when we were there.


  245. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Amy –

    We don’t list weights anywhere. Fulfilled is a 48 ounce frieze.


  246. Posted by CarpetGirl on January 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Marleen –

    Unfortuantely I don’t have any info on the Lees styles…simply not on my list. Do ask at the store level. For Tender Touch – I know that is 45 ounces and considered a texture.


  247. Posted by Meature on February 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hello CG,

    I had asked you questions several months and you helped us out. We purchased a smartstrand carpet called Nature’s Gift with the Smartcushion pad. We have it in the whole house except for hardwood areas.

    We have three dogs. Just wondering your opionion on cleaning pet urine for the smartstrand? Would you use some kind of product or just water? We have something called an little green clean machine that my wife likes to use. Odor control is an issue as well.

    Thus far, very happy with the Sorona carpet


  248. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    John –

    I would probably use something with an odor eliminator frankly. You don’t have to, but I would. Pets tend to go back to the same spots based on smell. I know the Little Green Machine well. Do be sure to clean a wider area that what you can see up top…the stain will spread some depending on the amount of liquid…to be safe I’d clean about 12 inches in all directions…can’t hurt it and then you know you have gotten it all.

    Luck – CG

  249. Posted by Lori on February 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Would you please tell your thoughts about this carpet. (We are replacing a berber in our family room)

    Mohawk, style x-fashion knowledge
    Filament 100% Smartstrand Triexta BCF
    3/16 Gauge
    .898″ Pile Height
    Woven Polypropylene Backing
    83.50 oz. Total Weight

    We want a good quality rug that feels nice to walk/lay on. Teens/out door dog that comes in to lay on her bed in that room/no shoes in house/live in North East family.

    Thank you in advance.

  250. Posted by Outofmyleague on February 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Hi CG. Been reading your blog for the last couple weeks and I wanted to say thanks. Lots of knowledge was gained about Smartstrand carpets.
    Anywho, I know this has been posted a couple of time earlier. But, if you dont mind indulging me, I would love your opinion.
    Which do you think is a better carpet for bedrooms, Intelligent Style or Windwalker?

  251. Posted by itsmeagain on February 15, 2011 at 4:05 am

    are you familiar with the Prytania line carried by the CarpetPlus Color tile stores. The web site says it’s a Elite Performance brand. smartstrad/PTT. Is this comparable to the Mohawk line?

  252. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Lori –

    Fashion is a popular choice and a 48 ounce frieze. It should work well for the area you describe.


  253. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    League –

    It’s a crap shoot between those two. Just a few ounces of weight difference so it is hard for me to choose one over the other. I have heard that IS shows footprints – if that is a deal breaker for you, keep it in mind. I haven’t heard the same on windwalker – BUT that doesn’t mean it doesn’t. I have always been a big fan of windwalker, but it is a little older than IS….so the colors for IS might be more current.


  254. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Meagain –

    Haven’t heard of it, but often buying groups like CarpetsPlus create names on their own. If it says SmartStrand, it is ours…frankly if it says PTT or Triexta it is ours since we are the only ones in the market making the carpets.


  255. Love this blog. I have been looking for more information on Smartstrand Triexta. I love the sample (SOS Rothbury???) It has great density, twist and is incredibly soft. Love the fact that stain cleanup appears to be second to none.

    My ONLY concern is durability. Can I put my mind to rest that this Triexta fiber will wear at least as good as Nylons available today?

    I am carpeting just about the entire house so I want to have no doubts when I place the order. Steps and hallways make me the most nervous.

    Any input to seal the deal for me to go through with Smartstrand Triexta from Mohawk would be much appreciated.

  256. Posted by Jen on February 16, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Thank you for all the information provided. Prior to reading all the comments on SmartStrand, my husband and I thought we were sold on Shaw’s Anso-Nylon or the Tigeress product. The reason we were going to move forward with a nylon product is simple….we believe our dog is allergic to poly’s. We have been researching carpet and comparing colors and samples since the begininng of January and one sample in particular set off an alergic reaction. It was the Kathy Ireland Open Skies Clear Touch poly, which is made from recycled bottles. Therefore, we had limited our search to nylon, until we read your postings. We are up for ANY and ALL suggestions to resolve our carpet decisions. We need a carpet that is going to hold up to a lot of traffic in family room hallway, living room, study and stairs, but we definitley are looking for a soft resilient carpet, too. Have you heard of allegic reactions in poly carpets before? Please help!

  257. Posted by Outofmyleague on February 16, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for the input. The footprint thing doesnt really bother me. It’ll make the carpet look more plush. 🙂 Anywho, I think Im going with IS as Im looking for more blues and grays and WW had mostly browns and beiges on it’s color wheel.
    Appreciate your advice.

  258. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Ed –

    Stairs are a bear for any fiber type, so I can’t tell you you will not see wear on steps. The appearance of any carpet will change over time, not dramatically, but some. What I can say with certainty is this…we have tested Triexta against nylon 6.6 – same type as we use for Stainmaster carpets and the nylon that has been the standard for durability up to this point. All the tests show that triexta is consistently as good – in some cases somewhat better than nylon 6.6 in the same construction – meaning all the specs are identical. So…you will not see more wear on stairs with Triexta than with nylon…and it could be even be slightly less. After reviewing data and samples, I have no concerns about durability and SmartStrand.

    Luck – CG

  259. Posted by Heather Matthews on February 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Carpet Girl,
    What a great service! Thanks for answering all these questions!

    I’m trying to understand the difference between the following two carpets.

    1) Karastan Tender Touch
    2) Mohawk Horizon Sevilla Island (listed as “elite”)

    The two carpet samples look and feel the same to me. I had heard that the Karastan is a better quality brand, but I think the Mohawk actually has a higher pile weight. Both are the smartstrand, both have similar warranty. The Mohawk is acutally higher priced — is it a better carpet? Either would be installed an a cement slab with a 10# pad. The price difference for my family room is about $400 … so not a deal breaker – I’d rather buy the better product, but if they are in fact the same there is no point in over paying.


  260. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Jen –

    Never heard of an allergic reaction to polyester carpeting. Without knowing what his symptoms were (sneezy, itchy, hives, stomach issues), I wonder if your pup was allergic to something other than the fiber itself. Maybe the topical R2X stain treatment or the smell of the latex backing. I’d imagine your pup comes into contact with polyester quite often with fabrics and such so I honestly don’t think that is the bad actor here. The ClearTouch poly is only 25% recycled and chemically there is absolutely no difference between recycled and new poly so I can’t see that being an issue either.

    Many people complain about getting sneezy from new carpet smell, myself included. I can see animals having the issue as well. Granted all residential carpets – poly, nylon and smartstrand – use the same basic backing system but maybe the sample you got was newer than the others and some of the ammonia like smell still remained?? Good news is that smell is temporary and it…and I would hope the allergy…will go away. The vet might have a temporary sneeze eliminator for the dog as well until the smell is gone.

    If it is the stain treatment, you’ll have the same issue with a nylon. Of course R2X is a Shaw only product but his allergy could be set off by other stain treatments, like Teflon or Scotchgard, so it is possible that all nylons and polys could be off your list. SmartStrand has no topical so it would remain a good option.

    Again, I have limited info to go on here, but it seems smart to get some more samples of different types and see how your dog reacts. My gut tells me it is the latex and it’s a temporary thing but I think you need to dig a little deeper before making a decision.

    Luck – CG

  261. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Heather –

    Sevilla is a good deal heavier…58 ounces versus 48. So you are getting more for the $$$. Quality wise I think the two are basically the same. Where I give kudos to Karastan is in style, color and pattern of goods and their long history of wools/rugs. It is certainly a classic brand and the rolls royce of the Mohawk line.

    Luck – CG

  262. Thanks, CG.
    We were assuming it was the bottles from the recycled product, because he has broken out in hives and had swollen/red eyes from a plastic baby pool before, too. He is definitely sensitive to something and latex could be it, now that you mention it!!! The baby pool definitely had some sort of protective coating on it. We continue to search for samples and are going to pick up some smartstrand tonight.

  263. Hello,

    Looking to carpet just about entire house. I am looking hard at Smartstrand Triexta BCF but I am a little hesitant because it is relatively new. Can you put my mind at ease that Triexta fiber will wear just as well or better than Nylon? Last thing I want is steps and heavy traffic become matted or flat. I have good specs as far as density, twist, etc. 15 year warranty carpet purchasing through Lowes. I think it’s called SOS Rothbury. Gonna go with the best pad they offer too.

    Convince me to pull the trigger as my gut says with some reservation.

  264. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Ed –

    Replied yesterday on the same string…CG

  265. Posted by Mike on February 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I am looking at a few different products. They all seem very similar to me: 1M84 Bonita Springs, 1I68 Kinetic Contrasts, 1I71 Captured Image, & 1I66 X-Enlightened Decor. All but the Bonita Springs were shown on the same exact color wall display but were named different at different stores. All you familiar with these and are they the same product. The price varies drastically from $2.69-$6.00/sq. ft. Thanks.

  266. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Mike –

    You are looking at 3 different products. Bonita is a 58 ounce freize. Kinetic and Enlightened are the same base and are 45 ounce friezes. Captured is a 35 ounce frieze.

    Luck – CG

  267. Posted by Ashley Riggs on February 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hi CG, thanks for all the good info on here. I’d like to understand more why you say you’d never recommend PET. We liked the softness of Smartstrand Sonora, and sounds like a great product. However, there’s a PET carpet we looked at with almost 40% more weight (68oz vs 49oz), similar twist, and yet is almost 30% less expensive. I’m willing to pay for the Smartstrand, just hesitating given this comparison. Is wear the main issue with the PET? We’re using it in a kids bedroom. I think even the Smartstrand without Sonora will be more $$$ and a lower than this PET. Thanks, Ashley

  268. Thanks for your prompt reply CG. Sorry I posted twice totally missed my other string.

    Going to make the purchase tomorrow for some Triexta!!!!

  269. Posted by Pauline Jancin on February 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Dear carpet girl

    Are Karastan’s Woodland Pass and Wilderness Retreat the same carpet? If not what is the difference?

  270. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Ashley –

    It is really important to temper your expectations…you are getting what you pay for with fibers. I would only recommend PET to someone that 1)needs a value product or 2)doesn’t expect the carpet to last a long time before seeing some wear. PET is not incredibly durable from a wear perspective. It simply doesn’t have the revoery of a triexta or nylon fiber. It is very stain resistant though, so if you have little kids that are prone to spills and you want something that will get you through the next 5 years, then it is fine. Most people looking at PET are not looking at a 68 ouncer either – they are comparing the same weights…that is a lot of weight, which will help the durability provided that the twist is there – ask about twist…look for 5 or higher. Bedrooms tend to be lower traffic but that can vary by kid too, so you might be just fine.

    Luck – CG

  271. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    YAY Ed!

  272. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Pauline –

    Appears they are…but under two different brands.


  273. Posted by Ashley on February 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for the reply! The twist on the PET is 4.9, on the Triexta it’s 5.5. Our kids are getting bigger, headed for teen years, so some weight bouncing around. So given that and the 68oz. of this PET vs. 49 oz of the Triexta, would you guess the Triexta will still last longer? We’d like more than getting through the next 5 years.

  274. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Ashley –

    I would think the triexta would look better longer. It’s still a close call, but if the PET twist had been 5.5, I’d have told you to chance it.


  275. Posted by Bret on February 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hi CG,

    Looking at a frieze Mohawk SmartStrand 1168 Kinetic Contrasts, which I believe to possibly be a Floorscapes number. Was just curious if you had any information and personal thoughts on this carpet as far as weight, turns of twist, density, etc? Thank you.

  276. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Bret –

    All I can see is it is a 45 ounce frieze so the twist should be good. Seems like a solid choice.


  277. Posted by Bret on February 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm


    Another question for you….I noticed on the Mohawk Floorscapes sample I have that it is shown as a BCF Triexta, but the Karastan Tomlin that appears to be very similar is labeled as a 3GT. Could you explain the difference to me? Also, is the Karastan a better product, or are you paying more for the name? I really can’t tell by look or feel a difference between the two. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

    Thank You!

  278. Posted by CarpetGirl on February 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Bret –

    The 3GT sample is a little older and before the triexta name was approved by the FTC. They are the same polymer. Karastan styles tend to be more fashionable and have very specific color lines. For instance we have a 95 ounce SmartStrand in Karastan that would never be in the Horizon line. If you can’t tell a difference, then I can’t give you a reason to choose the Karastan one over the Floorscapes style, I’d go with whichever was less $$.


  279. Posted by Ashley on February 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Thanks again CG. We decided we agree, and ordered the Triexta. I did a quick unscientific test by just rubbing the samples hard, with fingertips, for a while in one spot. The PET would get a noticeable crushing/denting that didn’t come out easily if at all. The triexta you could rub as long and fast as you could, with no noticeable crushing or problems at all. Looks good!

  280. Posted by Outofmyleague on February 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks again. I purchased the Intelligent Style carpet. Also wanted to say to other future purchasers of carpet, consider buying online. I went with Owen’s Carpet (now combined with Express Floors and American Carpet Wholesalers). Has a great Better Business Bureau rating and reviews by customers. They gave me a price cheaper than I could find locally ($2.43 a square foot) with no sales tax. Delivered to my door in approximately one week.
    Couple things though, they charge a flat fee for delivery. If you’re only purchasing a small amount of carpet, it may not be worth it.
    Also, they bring their truck to your house and its up to you to get it in. So, bring people to help lift the 200lbs rolls of carpet.
    All in all, I would recommend it.

  281. Posted by Jen on March 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

    We are also looking at this same carpeting. What is a good price to be expecting? Is this an ok carpeting for the stairs and high traffic areas?

  282. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Jen –

    Not sure which post you are talking about, but I really have no idea on pricing for the product. There are so many variables that go into that including where you live. I would recommend that you be sure to get an “all in” price…carpet, pad, installation, old carpet removal and furniture moving. Many times people have just a carpet price and then are shocked by the add ons later.

    Luck – CG

  283. Posted by Larry Ni on March 6, 2011 at 7:28 am


    I purchased a house, and plan to rent it out. I need to change the carpet, but I did not want to use apartment grade carpet.
    Someone suggested me to use SmartStrand carpet. The one he recommended is FLOORSCAPES COLLECTION, Forestdale. It is not very plush, and I also read some articles online complaining it is difficult to clean, soiled after a few months of use. Can you kindly give me your thoughts on this?



  284. Posted by Kim on March 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Good morning CG, I’m so glad I discovered your blog before signing on the dotted line! I’ve learned a lot from it! I’m looking at two carpets that are both Smartstrand. 1.) Karastan “Tomlin” from a local carpet store with no info. regarding face weight, density, twist, etc. on the sample. I didn’t ask the salesperson for any info. Do you happen to have any info. on it?
    2.) The other is a Mohawk “Smart Style” SMT 11 Brampton” from Lowe’s. It says “featuring Smartstrand”, face wt. is 51.9 oz., Density is 2029. I prefer the look and feel of the Mohawk. Given this limited data, does that sound like a decent carpet to you? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

  285. Posted by Mike on March 9, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Do you know if Mohawk Smartstrand 1M84 Bonita Springs and 5M810 Softstyle are the same product? We are looking at color 108 Outback in the Bonita & color 82607 Comfortable Living in the Softstyle. They look very similar but our samples are so small. Can you tell us if they are the same color? Is this a good carpet? Also, what do you think of Healthier Choice frothed foam cushion (7/16 10lb green)? We have kids with allergies & asthma and heard it was good for that. Thank you. Your knowledge of carpets is amazing!

  286. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Larry –

    I am not familiar with the looks of the style, but it is a 28 ounce product, so pretty light weight. Might be why it doesn’t feel plush to you. Maybe consider going a little heavier, but the likelihood of you having to replace at some point wiht renters that simply don’t take care of the carpeting is high, so maybe you don’t want to invest more. You would certainly be better off with a 28 oz SmartStrand than a 28oz nylon for this.

    When carpet soils after a few months, typically people aren’t using walk off mats and they, frankly, are soiling the carpet without realizing it. It would happen to any carpet, not simply SmartStrand. There is nothing that makes me thing it would be harder to clean than any other carpeting. All the tests I have seen, show me otherwise.

    Luck – CG

  287. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Kim –

    All I know on Tomlin is that it is 45 ounces. I have zero info on the Lowe’s style, but from what you say it sounds like a great option.

    Luck – CG

  288. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Mike –

    I don’t have softstyle on my list so it is probably a buying group style or something private labeled. Bonita is a great choice though…58 ounce frieze….nice!

    I know a little about the pad you mentioned. The key to dealing with asthma and allergies is maintenance, not padding. You need to vaccuum regularly and have a pro clean the carpet once a year…more often if you have pets. The HC pad can’t hurt, but I am skeptical that it HELPS.

    Thanks for the kind words…CG

  289. Posted by Vicki on March 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I am looking at Prestigious Manner throughout my home (living room dining room, halls and three bedroom. I wanted your input on using this style throughout our home. Also want pad would you suggest with this style? Thanks!

  290. Posted by Kim on March 10, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Thanks so much for your reply!

  291. Posted by Debbie on March 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I have read EVERY one of your posts and feel as though I have become SO much more informed about choosing the right carpet. Very useful info and much appreciated, as you will never get this much information from most salesman!!
    I have definately decided on SmartStrand with Sorona. I brought home samples of Intelligent, color 508 Malt. I am replacing a much lighter color and wanted to go a little darker. I have also condsidered Simonton Beach but have noticed the remarks in your blog concerning footprints with this one. My only hesitation is the “one colorness” of these choices. Is there another style that might have a little more “variance” in the color..not sure I want one with a spec though. Also, we live in West Texas where moisture is NEVER a problem and houses are built on a cement I still need a moisture barrier pad? My salesman sort of po poohed the Smartcushion saying “they all want to sell their own pad”. I know you like an 8 or 10lb pad..what would you recommend putting on top of a cement slab? Thank you so much for all the useful info, look forward to hearing from you!!

  292. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Vicki –

    Good choice…48 ounce frieze. I am a fan of a 10 pound, moisture barrier pad. It is firmer than an 8 pound though. I would not go below 8 for sure.


  293. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Debbie –

    We don’t have anything tonal that I am aware of. If you don’t like the flecked styles, then you are kind of stuck with a solid.

    I recommend moisture proof for the front side more than the bottom, though the bottom is important too when there is a subfloor. SmartStrand releases liquid…it doesn’t hold onto it like a sponge. So if you have a spill and want to get it all out, a moisture barrier will keep it up so that you can extract it. Pet accidents and such have odors that no one wants hanging around. Getting the liquid completely out is the solution. I frankly don’t care who makes the pad, but I still recommend the moisture barrier.

    Luck – CG

  294. Posted by 9Pickles on March 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm


    I recently posted about replacing a carpet in a house I am renting out. I cannot find the previous post but you did contact me saying that you recommended Earth’s Hope out of my narrowed down choices. I am still looking at Caicos Islands as well. I have the oz. infomation of these, but am having trouble getting the density and twist. Do you have that information available? It would be super helpful! Thanks!


  295. Posted by CarpetGirl on March 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Pickles –

    Sorry but I don’t. Caicos is a great choice too.


  296. Posted by LD on April 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful information…I am building a new home and have been looking at different carpet choices. I really like the SmartStrand with Sorona for its soft feel and stain resistance. I want to get a better carpet that is durable. I liked the Organic Luxury and Posh Origins…are these two comparabile in ounces, etc? I also went to Carpet One that carries Lees “Yours affectionately” that has a SmartSTrand Triexta but I am assuming this one does not have sorona? They got defensive when I asked them the ounces, I was trying to compare with Organic Luxury? The other choice I liked was AnsoNylon by Shaw that is on their color wall, very soft and has great warranty for stains? What is your opinion on wearability of SmartStrand Sorona vs. Ansonylon? Any advice would be appreciated.

  297. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    LD –

    Unfortunately I don’t have a list for Carpet One, so I can’t tell you anything about that style. Remember that performance wise, Sorona and non-Sorona are the same. The only difference is the bio component. Organic and Posh are the same ounce weight – at 60. Great choices!

    Wear wise, SmartStrand Sorona and the nylon product are comparable. Our wear test have been versus nylon 6.6, which is more durable than a nylon 6. In those tests SmartStrand is as good, or sometimes better for wear. Anso is a nylon 6. It is the staining that sets SmartStrand apart from nylon. Absolutely no contest. The topical R2X treatment on the anso will dissipate with wear and certainly with cleanings, so the protection is temporary.

    Luck – CG

  298. Posted by debbie fanning on April 8, 2011 at 5:30 am

    hello carpetgirl,

    in your professional opinion do you feel the Horizon “Painted Sky” which is an Easychoice freize is a good choice for heavy traffic areas and stairs. we have 3 people and one small dog. do you know what the carpet twist, density and ounces are for this carpet? also, is there another Mohawk Dupont Sorona freize that you believe is of better quality than this one i’ve selected? can i use my royal vacuum on this carpet if i set it to the highest setting and will that void the warranty if i don’t use a suction only type vacuum? also, it’s been recommended that i install the Smart Cushion pad for best wear/durability/warranty etc….

    kind regards,

  299. Posted by debbie fanning on April 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

    hello carpetgirl,

    i forgot to ask you what you feel is a good price on the horizon “painted sky” freize carpet. our retailer has it listed for $3.37 sq. ft. i’m hoping to get them down to around $3.00–do you think that’s reasonable?

  300. Posted by Shari Spencer on April 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    We are carpeting a high traffic area in our home. We have a pool and a creek behind our house with two dogs and a grandchild. I want a very good and durable carpet that doesn’t show vacuum marks. I have looked at Karastan carpet called Woodland Pass in shimmering ash. How does that compare w/Horizon Sevilla Island in gold coast or dunes color?
    I am not committed to either one of these, so if you can recommend the best for my needs I would appreciate it.

  301. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Shari –

    Weights are close…Woodland is 56 ounces and Sevilla is 58. It does appear that Sevilla has a higher twist level since it is catagorized as a frieze. I can’t comment on colors since I don’t have samples to look at. I tend to prefer higher twist products but they do have a different look than a traditional texture. Overall, I think you’ll be ok with either so you could just choose whichever look you prefer. Your preformance needs will be met regardless.

    Luck – CG

  302. Posted by Debbie on April 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    We are having a hard decision between two carpets. They are the Shaw Laurel Hill III (anso nylon R2X)and the Mohawk Smartstrand Sevilla Island. We love the Mohawk and like the Shaw. I don’t want to worry about having the vacuum setting too low and ruining the texture of the Mohawk longer strand carpet and having fraying problems. The Shaw is a very plush low carpet. We also have a large dog with long nails. I feel like it’s a choice between beauty and function, and I’m having a difficult choice. I don’t want to get the beautiful Mohawk and then have fraying problems after a short period of time even though I know it will hold up to stains better than the Shaw nylon. A clean carpet that looks all fuzzy will be just as bad as a dirty carpet that has nice strands or texture.

    Your blog is great! And thanks for your thoughts and time.

  303. Posted by Shari Spencer on April 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Thank-you for your prompt response. I have learned so much from your blog. I really prefer the look and feel of the texture carpet, but the man at the carpet store is insisting I go with a frieze carpet because it will wear better. He is recommending the Sevilla. I also have look at another texture called Windwalker and liked it along the Woodland Pass. If you tell me the frieze will wear better for my needs (high traffic, pool, creek, dogs, grandchild) than I will respect your opinion and go with that. If they are both the same than I am leaning towards the texture carpet. Also, is Woodland Pass better than Windwalker since it is made by Karastan? This is an expensive endeavor and my husband says I better get it right the first time. Thanks for your help. SS

  304. Posted by Tracey on April 14, 2011 at 3:46 am

    We are looking at replacing the carpet in our ranch home (1104 square feet.) It has high traffic stairs to the basement, a long hallway, and a high traffic area from the front door to the kitchen/dining. Obviously, my first concern is how is the new carpet going to wear (don’t want tracking.) With two kids ages 10 and 7 and no pets, dirt is still somewhat of an issue too. We have been looking at Karastan’s SmartStrand Maratea carpet. I would love to know if you have any thoughts on whether this is a good choice for our needs. Currently we have a very traditional berber that has worn very well but is just dirty beyond cleaning (and the look is dated.) We want something as durable as that again. Option two right now is Karastan’s La Mirande which is a tightly woven berber but it is a traditional nylon carpet (and is much more expensive than the Smartstrand option – by $1.50 a square foot!) I understand in the carpet world you get what you pay for but…. help!

  305. Posted by debbie on April 14, 2011 at 6:02 am

    So glad I have read your blog. The carpet industry (retailers) have certainly made it hard to compare. I have finally decided on what one company calls “Posh Origins” in 516 Curry color, but have gotten much better pricing from a online distributer but they said “Intelligent Style” in 516 Curry, was their brand name but it was the same carpet. I called mohawk’s hotline to see if they could confirm but they were closed for the night. The online company is Carpet Express-in Dalton, GA. They are listed as a authorized dealer(I checked Mohawk’s website), I checked with the better business website and they are listed with a A+ rating. They gave me a price delivered to my home for $1,000.00 less than my local retailer for 230yards of carpet with the Mohawk smartpad! Would love to save that money, but I just wanted to make sure I’m getting the same thing as I am seeing in our marketplace. Any comments on either the company or if the carpets are the same would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  306. Posted by Ange on April 17, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Thinking of purchasing Smartstrand with Sorono in Vico Lake for most of my house.
    Can’t find any info on Vico Lake except that there’s been a rebate on it. The carpet dealer gives me a price including installation and pad that is .50 per square foot higher than a Stevenson stainmaster.
    I like lighter colors- ivory to white. Questions: can you tell me anything about Vico Lake?
    Shows footprints? Vacuum marks? Is it Karastan or Mohawk? Weight? Yarn twist? Why a rebate only on this and one other style? No info anywhere I’ve looked, but I did see it at a local retailer and like it.
    Doing this from long distance for a house I’ll be moving to. Want installation before furniture arrives, but hard to make right choice from a distance. Also if I choose that for downstairs and master, is there a less expensive alternative for upstairs hall and two additional bedrooms?. Help!

  307. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 26, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Debbie –

    The people with vacuum issues do not have adjustable heights…you’ll be fine if you can raise and lower the deck.


  308. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Shari –

    At home without my notes, but friezes do wear a bit better. I can’t say that it is so much so that I would choose it over the texture you are looking at but there is definitely a difference. Again without the sheets I can’t tell you how woodland and windwalker compare. Sorry…been traveling and leave again tomorrow so I am a bit behind.

    Luck – CG

  309. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 26, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Debbie –

    The styles are the same. Don’t know anything about Carpet Express, though I have passed the building many a time. Others on here have had good luck with internet buys.

    Luck – CG

  310. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 26, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Ange –

    Reponses have been delayed because I have been traveling for the last few weeks. This one is about a week old…I’m usually better. They do not post until I approve them – that is why you did not see your note. I also don’t email responses, but you can subscribe to the blog for posting updates if you’d like. I am working without a style list so I have very little info to give you on Vico Lake tonight. I can look later this week and see if it is even on my sheets. The sample should have said whether it was Mohawk or Karastan.

    MHK is doing their spring sale…could be that you chose one style on sale and one that was not.


  311. Posted by CarpetGirl on April 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Tracey –

    Don’t have my style list and I’m traveling most of this week. Give me a little more time please and I’ll take a look and see what Maratea is. Sorry to put you off on this…VERY busy time!


  312. Posted by Joyce on April 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I am looking at two different pieces of carpet for our basement which incudes a family room and bedroom of approximately 1,100 yards. I am looking at Lees carpet – Hold on Forever and Good Vibrations. Can you tell me the pros and cons of these carpets. My biggest concern is matting down of the carpet. Thanks

  313. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Tracey –

    Apologies for the delay…The Smartstrand one is about 42 ounces and the nylon closer to 59…that is the price difference. I think either would work for you, but if staining is an issue the SmartStrand is a better option. If La Mirande is as tight as you say it is…it should wear very well. The SmartStrand will as well, but I am guessing it is a little looser given the weights…so the upper hand on wear is with the nylon in this case.


  314. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Joyce –

    GV is a 32 ounce pattern. HOF is a 38 oz textured loop. Because HOF has no cut ends, it should perform a little better – only because there are no ends that could come untwisted. The amount of twist in a loop carpet doesn’t matter since again – they won’t untwist. Given that your primary concern is matting…I’d lean toward HOF.


  315. Posted by LD on May 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    HI I am very close to purchasing Posh Origins for a new construction…we will have alot of windows in our house, is fading an issue with SmartStrand?

  316. Posted by shawn on May 12, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I am trying to determine which would hold up better over the long term. My latest carpet purchase was a dissapointment in wear over a 5 year period.

    I’m considering Mohawk smartstrand Styles: Pinellas Park, Paradise Lost, or Longboat Key OR Tigressa (which I beleive is Shaw Brand at Carpet One)in Park Falls Plus Solid.

    They both are appealing, but I get more and more confused each time I go to try narrow it down.
    Thanks for the advice!

  317. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    LD –

    All carpet fades some with a lot of sunlight, SmartStrand is not immune. That said – it is no worse than a nylon would be.


  318. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Shawn –

    PP is a 48 oz frieze…PL is a 50 oz frieze…and LK is a 58 oz frieze. Obviously you like friezes, which is good since wear is your concern. I can’t imagine you could even discern a difference between PP and PL – unless the colors are different. Honestly with the twists and weights here, any will work just fine for you.

    Tigressa is a soft nylon branded by Shaw for C1…that’s about all I know about it. My concern there, as with all nylons, is that the stain resistance is a topical treatment.


  319. Posted by Nellie on May 15, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Hi Carpet Girl,
    We are going to get new carpet for our Lakeside holiday home. We have narrowed our selection down to 100% wool loop pile extra heavy duty carpet or Smartstrand Carpet. The question I have is ‘What do you think is the best choice given that the house has a lot of use by holiday makers that we rent our home to on a casual basis?’ We will be uplifting woollen carpet that has been there approximately 30 years and it has finally succumb to the harsh New Zealand ultra violet sunlight.

    Thanks Nellie (Taupo New Zealand)

  320. Posted by Judy on May 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Carpet Girl,

    I need new carpet in two bedrooms, steps and a hallway. Tigressa is having a two for one sale right now. I’ve got Smartstrand Sorona in my living room and I like it. In your opinion, which is better for high traffic, stain resistance & durability? Thanks!

  321. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Nellie –

    Very tough call. Wool is great – expensive (at least here in the US) but wonderful. You’ve described your choice on wool very well, but I know nothing of your SmartStrand option. So if you can afford it and with the history you’ve had – stick with the wool. I think you want to anyway:)


  322. Posted by CarpetGirl on May 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Jody –

    SmartStrand no question! Tigressa is nylon, so the stain protection is temporary.


  323. Posted by Cindy Amend on June 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Carpet Girl! You have done an amazing job of educating me and the other people who have posted and I thank you for that. I have finally decided on SmartStrand (SuperStrand!) Wow – what a fiber! Anyway, I have been going to Lowe’s – I hate HD. They have a carpet called Rothbury and a lower end one called Kennsford. They are both soft, but they do not state that they are made with Sorona – only Triexta PTT. I am concerned because I have heard so much about the Sorona by Dupont and it is my understanding that is what was used in the zoo challenge. I want to make sure I am getting a product that will hold up to a dog, four grandchildren and a husband who is very active and never removes his shoes. I don’t believe that Lowes carries the Mohawk SmartCushion, but I will see if they will special order for me. I was also wondering if you can get Intelligent Style 1I50 from Lowes or if that is only through certain dealers. I see that you have mentioned it several times and I looked it up on the Mohawk website. Seems perfect for what I am looking for. I am also at this point trying to decide on whether or not to carpet or do hardwood on my stairs. How will this take the traffic of stairs. My current builder’s grade carpet looks nasty.

  324. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Cindy –

    I do not have a list of Lowe’s styles, unfortunately, so I have no details on the two you mention and I can’t see if a version of IS is available or not. I can tell you that the products are Sorona. It does not say that on the samples because we gave HD an exclusive to the brand in the home centers…at least for a while.

    If Lowe’s doesn’t have SmartCushion, simply ask for a moisture proof pad. They may or may not carry our pads.

    No carpet performs great on stairs, but this will be better than most. I prefer carpet on stairs for noise frankly, but if your primary concern is wear, wood is a great choice.

    Luck – CG

  325. Posted by Cindy Amend on June 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I checked on the Rothbury and it is 5.5 x 5.5 with a density of 3005. I could not find a par rating on the product. The weight is 49 oz. I also found a 21 pound rubber carpet pad with moisture barrier and anti-microbial properties. What do you think? Thank you again.

  326. Posted by Cindy Amend on June 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Carpet Girl, Thank you so much for all your help. I now have 3 choices now from Lowe’s. They are all BCF Triexta PTT, cut piles.

    Rothbury 5.5 x 5.5 twist, 3005 density, 49 oz face weight, 3.3 par value (very soft). It is 2.94 sq ft (26.46 sq. yd) carpet only.

    Shoreham 5.5 x 5.5 twist, 3237 density, 49 oz face weight, 4.0 par value (not as soft). It is 2.54 sq. ft (22.86 sq yd) carpet only.

    Preston 5.5 x 5.5 twist, 3564 density, 59 oz face weight, 4.0 par value (not as soft). It is 3.04 sq ft. (27.36 sq yd) carpet only.

    Both the Rothbury and Shoreham have shorter pile heights. The Preston has a pile height of around 1/2″ (I got this from pulling a strand out of the sample.) The Rothbury has a very soft hand whereas the Shoreham and Preston are not as soft. This confuses me since they are the same fiber. I am going to go back and look at textures after reading some of the posts but I definitely don’t want a frieze or loop.

    At this point, I have picked Preston primarily because of the par value as well as density and face weight. As I go back and look at textures, do you feel that Preston would be a good choice in a cut pile?

    As I mentioned earlier do you think the 21 pound rubber pad is a good choice? Lowe’s can only get Stainmaster pads and this is the top of the line.

    I can’t wait for this project to be finished. I will be carpeting 2 sets of stairs, and three fairly large rooms one of which is a high traffic room. Thank you again for all your help!

  327. Posted by Cindy Amend on June 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I’m sorry, they are all textured carpets, not cut pile

  328. Posted by CarpetGirl on June 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm


    Isn’t carpet terminology fun…it is actually a textured cutpile so you were right on both!

    I can honestly say I have never seen a 21 pound pad. We do not make anything higher than 10 to my knowledge. If it is the best Lowe’s offers, I am sure it will be great.

    Preston is a good choice based on the specs you have here. The difference in feel is probably the denier of the fiber…how thick it is. Finer fibers feel softer – like fine hair versus coarse hair. Some of our older styles have slightly thicker fibers.

    Luck with the project!

  329. Posted by carol on July 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hi CG,

    Thanks for your help.

    We are torn between 2 shaw carpets:

    1. Mystic III: anso nylon, 3015 Density, 6.07 twist, and 0.64 height, $4.11/sf
    2. Touch too much: Tigressa, 2856 density, 6.07 twist, and 0.59” height, $4.57/sf

    Which would you recommend?

    Also, could are old Dyson vacuum cleaner be used on either of these?



  330. Posted by Cindy Amend on July 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I just got back from vacation and went to Lowe’s to order my carpet – SURPRISE! They now carry a full line of the Smartstrand with Sonora by Dupont. There is a huge display with more choices than I’ve seen anywhere. They also now carry the SmartCushion. I found a beautiful textured carpet that is 75 oz face weight with a density of 3675 or 3765 (can’t remember) and a 5.5 x 5.5 twist. They have 40 color choices and even carry the color Rock Wall which is what I wanted when I began looking. I am so happy now! Thank you for all your help! You gave me the tools I needed to find the perfect carpet. May God richly bless you!

  331. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Carol –

    I know very little about the Shaw carpets. I think Tigressa is nylon as well but thought to be softer. Given the specs you show here, it seems the Mystic is the better value but again I don’t know how the feel compares.

    No clue on the dyson comment


  332. Posted by CarpetGirl on July 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Cindy –



  333. Posted by Kelly on July 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    We are looking to get new carpet for our stairs, hallway and bedrooms. We want good carpeting, but also need to stay within a reasonable budget. We were looking at the Tigressa, but after searching for it’s name on your blogs, it sounds like it’s not what I want, even though they told us a 20 year warranty on stains, etc. (C1). We’ve liked the work C1 has done for us in the past, so we were planning on getting carpet from them, but are not opposed to going elsewhere (Lowe’s and Home Depot would be our other options – small town).

    I guess my question is this: what do you think are the best options out there? We have 3 kids and a dog, so I’m looking for something durable and stain resistant. It sounds like you’re a fan of Smartstrand (I’ll have to do some research to see what it is), but thoughts on other brands you would recommend?

  334. Posted by Barbara K. Steinhilber on July 30, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I am interested in purchasing Mode Elegance 1154 100%SmartStrand BCF Triexta carpet nade with DuPont Sorona from Carpet and Tile Mart of York, PA. What can you tell me about the quality of this carpet. Do you know if it is made by Mohawk? I plan to buy 10-lb pet resistant padding. We have two dogs and two cats, so accidents are inevitable.

  335. Posted by els on July 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hi CG,
    Like everyone else here, love the blog, it helps so much. Anyhow, after looking a lot, I’ve chosen Empire Today for the project. The carpet is a Garden series- smartstrand, 52 oz, 6.5 twist, kind of a short frieze with a 8 lb, 1/2 inch pad. I have 26 stairs that need a full wrap (eeeek). 160 yds. (I had two different companies measure) Carpet is going on all 3 levels of condo plus moving furniture, tear out etc.
    Is $ 4,700 a reasonable price. Is this a good choice of carpet?
    Thanks loads,

  336. Posted by Mary Rishel on July 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    What padding do you recommend for Tigressa carpeting?

  337. Posted by Becky on August 4, 2011 at 5:12 am


    We have continual problems with dogs peeing in the house and after many carpet cleanings have decide we need to replace the carpet and pad. I have read about the sorona smartstrand and also magic fresh. Which one is better? Thanks for helping – it is so hard to find straightforward information.

  338. Posted by Jay on August 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Can you tell me the faceweight of the Aladdin Trimaran? The fast talking salesperson at LA carpet told us we needed to buy this right away because they discounted to $3/sq foot installed because it is brand new test product and we needed to act fast. Thanks to your website, we now know it is cheaper due to it being aladdin line (which we are fine with, we’d rather save the money since it is 1600 sq feet and get the best pad). Do you know what would be the highest face weigth in the aladdin line (we are looking for soft plush with a higher pile height). thanks so much!

  339. Posted by Jay on August 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Hi Carpet Girl,

    Thanks for all your knowledge. We are looking to do Unrivaled Elegance in our house with Natural Glory for the stairs. We can find these only at colorcenters. Can you tell me the equivalent versions of these at Floorscape stores?
    Also, the smart cusion has moisture barrier on one side, but the other premium padding has moisture barrier on both sides for a slight increased price. Is there an advantage to having a barrier on both sides? thanks so much!

  340. Posted by Jim on August 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    can you cross reference the “Clifton Hill #5571 in dandelion(color 116) with other lines from Mohawn that I might find in Colorscape stores or even just mom and pop stores?

    Also, what is the price differences on Guardian Block padding in the Pemier, Elite and Max weights?

  341. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Kelly –

    I am a fan of SmartStrand which is a Triexta fiber. After that, I would recommend a nylon some kind of stain treatment – scotchgard or something similar. That is what Tigressa is. Nylons will stain and the treatments are only temporary, that is why I rank it behind Smartstrand though the durability is very similar. There are a number of nylon brands, as long as you get one that is stain treated, they should all be similar performance.


  342. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Barbara –

    It’s a nice 60 ounce texture. Sounds like a great choice. Anything with DuPont Sorona or triexta is made by Mohawk.

    Luck – CG

  343. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Theo –

    Good choice of carpet and the pricing seems reasonable to me.

    Luck – CG

  344. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Becky –

    Magic fresh is an odor control treatment. I am frankly not sure how long it lasts or whether cleaning your carpet reduces its affectiveness or not. SmartStrand will not control the odors but it is incredibly stain resistant and easy to clean – so if your pups are going back to the same spot because there is a residual stain left, it should be much less of an issue, if any, with SmartStrand. Also why I recommend a moisture barrier pad so the odor doesn’t go down to your floorboards.


  345. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Joy –

    Trimaran is a Mohawk Floorscapes product, not actually an Aladdin one. It’s sister product is in our Horizon line. It’s 65 ounces and a great choice, not much heavier unless you get into Karastan products. It isn’t a test product though, hit the market in 2006.


  346. Posted by CarpetGirl on August 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Jim –

    I don’t understand the question…Clifton Hills is a Floorscapes style (can’t tell you anything about colors). It’s a 32 ounce pattern. It’s the only one in a Floorscapes store so there is no way to cross reference it.

    No clue on pad pricing either…sorry.


  347. Posted by Cindy Amend on August 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Lowe’s just did a reset of their carpet and they carry all the SmartStrand and the SmartCushion. They have all different choices – more than I have seen anywhere. I did a ton of research before deciding on my carpet and I am thrilled with what I found at Lowe’s – better than the smaller stores and Home Depot.

  348. Posted by Jay on August 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Also, since we are spending so much for unriveled elegance, is there anything better in the karastan category that is a textured plush type carpet that has a high pile but as soft as possible? I heard mamma mia is the best but it is a shag/frieze type which my wife won’t tolerate that look. Thanks so much!

  349. Posted by Lisa on August 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Carpetgirl, I asked a question earlier this week and some of my information was incorrect, so I will start over! Because of budget issues, I have two choices of carpet. One is 100% Everstrand, the other is a 50/50 triexta poly blend. I can’t find any information on triexta blends, and don’t know which one I should choose. Are they equal in quality?

  350. Hello Carpet Girl,

    I am looking into my options for installing about 750 sq. ft. of carpet: 3 bedrooms, hallway, and stairs. I have:
    1. Two cats who frequently barf.
    2. A cat who has destroyed carpet twice in the last 7 years by expressing his displeasure through excessive urinating outside the litter box. Getting rid of the cat or choosing different flooring are not options, so I need to be prepared to replace part of carpet (and deal with resulting seams) if the urinator strikes again.
    3. A husband who frequents the beach and often tracks in sand.
    4. A tendency to avoid housekeeping. My commitment to cleaning carpet is once a week vacuum (max) and using my own carpet cleaning machine.
    5. No interest in a good stain warranty since I have my own carpet cleaner and cat issues.
    6. A tight budget, so I am looking at choosing a carpet for under $3 sq ft. (I also think I will be ready for a change in 5 years, so that is also keeping me focused on the under $3 sf options.)
    7. A desire to choose environmental friendly carpet if possible because it will likely be replaced sooner rather than later.
    8. A preference for flecked or tonal designs to hide dirt

    That said, I saw a few options today at HD. They are:

    Smartstrand Sorona, Style: Impact, Face weight: 35, Twist 5.5 x 5.5, Cost $2.60 sf

    Smartstrand Sorona, Style: Kingston Heights, Face weight 37, Twist 6.5 x 6.5, Cost $2.81 sf (Kingston was a bit longer/shaggier than Impact if I recall correctly.)

    Platinum Plus 6,6 BCF Nylon (Galistan?) Style: Thriving I, Face weight 35, Twist 6.25 x 6.25, Cost $ 1.98 sf (no Scotchguard?)

    Platinum Plus 6,6 BCF Nylon (Galistan?) Style: Thriving II, Face weight 50, Twist 6.25 x 6.25, Cost $ 2.48 sf (no Scotchguard?)

    Platinum Plus Wear-Dated Softtouch BCF Nylon (Aladdin) Style: Blooming I, Face weight 43.1, Twist 5.5 x 5.5, Cost $2.18 sf (with Scotchguard, but no flecks/tonal design)

    Platinum Plus Wear-Dated Softtouch BCF Nylon (Aladdin) Style: Blooming II, Face weight 58.8 , Twist 5.5 x 5.5, Cost $2.68 sf (with Scotchguard, but no flecks/tonal design)

    I am planning to use the 8 lb. 7/16 pad with moisture barrier on top and bottom (although I don’t expect that to keep any cat urine contained as it did not in the past. Had to use Nature’s Miracle and Kilz on subfloor.)

    Any thoughts about these carpet options?

    Thank you for your help,

  351. Hi Carpet Girl,
    More from Jane . . .Just read more posts and it sounds like Lowes now carries the Sorona Smartstrand as well. I haven’t looked at their options, so if you think Smartstrand trumps Nylon for my situation, please give me minimum specs for weight, density and twist that you recommend for my crazy household, and perhaps Lowes will have more options than HD at my under $3 sq ft limit. Thanks again for your help.

  352. Posted by julia on September 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’m buying apprx 1500 sq ft of carpeting for a our new home and had a little sticker shock this weekend. I’m going to check out HD prices after reading thru the comments here. Question for you..what is the weight of Organic Luxury? Is this a good choice for bedrooms (of young children)? Also considering Nature’s Bounty by Karastan for a basement. We don’t want to replace anytime soon, so willing to make an investment now. Do you know if HD carries either of these? thanks.

  353. I am looking @ Mohawk’s Posh Origins (local store)& Mode Elegance (Mill Direct), and Lees’ Yours Affectionately (CarpetOne). Is there a difference in face weight, pile height or twist? I’m really confused about which carpet to go with. Some stores couldn’t give me the information. Is there a comparable Mohawk carpet at Home Depot or Lowes? What would be the best padding to use: 8 lb. 7/16″ or 6 lb. 1/2″? Thanks for your help.

  354. I need help! I am looking for a high traffic carpet that will wear for at least 10 years through 3 teenagers, two adults and two large dogs. I am sold on the SmartStrand for its stain resistance. It is also so soft! However, I have heard that it might have a
    tendency to go flat over time. The dealer I am working with says that there are no
    differing weights of SmartStrand and that “SmartStrand is SmartStrand. They are all
    the same.” Based on what I am reading on your blog, there are many different weights
    of SmartStrand. I have only one sample here at home with me. It is called “Hidden Falls.” It is a frieze Sonora SmartStrand BCF Triexta (whatever that means)! I don’t mind buying from this dealer since he is a small local dealer. Also. friend said they did a good install. Any info about this particular carpet would be appreciated! Thank you!

  355. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm


    Go with the blend. The triexta will give the pet more resiliency which should help it last longer and look better.


  356. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm


    Well you have quite a few issues, huh?! Do keep in mind that some of these product, like smartstrand may have pet stain warranties, so don’t overlook that. You are going to want something with a scotchgard or other stain/soil treatment if you go with a nylon. Particularly with your low maintenance needs. My recommendation is to find the style that you want and then get as much weight as you can for your budget. Fleck styles tend to have more twist so that is good.


  357. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm


    Organic is 60 ounces and bounty is 45. HD might carry similar style but not under those names and you will not find the Karastan style there. Do check Lowes as well…they have a new smart strand offering now. Organic is great for bedrooms. The 45 is a good choice for a basement a well.


  358. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm


    I don’t have any info on the Lees product but posh and mode are both 60 ounces. HD or Lowes might carry something similar but I do not have lists for them. It is always wise to invest in a good pad…do the 8 for sure.


  359. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm


    Your dealer make me nervous…there are tons of SS style and weight to choose from. I hope you are not missing out on choices!

    Hidden is a 58 oz frieze…good product for your wear concerns. Know that friezes are loser constructions and they do lay on their side a bit but they don’t stay there. SS’s don’t flatten out or mat, is the word I would use. They wear as well if not better than nylon and there are no other comparisons.

    So if you LOVE it, I think it is a good choice.


  360. Hi CG,

    Thanks for your reply. Is there any difference between Lees & Mohawk? I know Lees is a brand of Mohawk but am not sure if there is a difference between the two. The warranties and fibers look the same.


  361. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm


    Lees for Living is a Carpet One brand, not a Mohawk one. We do have a commercial brand called Lees but this is different. The carpet one team choses products from multiple manufacturers to make up the line, so it is rather hard to know who made what you’re looking at. Since triexta/smartstrand is only made by Mohawk, that is your clue that it is ours.


  362. Thanks for your quick reply. The Lees fiber is Triexta so I will assume that it is Mohawk. I think we are going with the Posh Origins with an 8 pound padding. Is there a difference between Smart Cushion and other 8 pound cushions?

  363. Posted by Cindy Amend on September 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I got my carpet installed a month ago that I bought at Lowe’s. The Smartstrand is so beautiful. I ended up with Hartford, a 75 ounce carpet and the Smartcushion in the color Rock Wall (It came in 40 colors). I have gotten so many positive comments from friends and family. It is a textured carpet so it really doesn’t show foot traffic. My grandkids came over and did angels in the carpet and tried using their fingers to draw pictures on it. It is very easy to keep clean and still looks like the day it was installed! Thank you for all your help. I now know enough about carpet to make me dangerous.

  364. Posted by CarpetGirl on September 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Yay Cindy!

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