If you’re like me, you know what it’s like to occasionally make the wrong purchasing decision. After all, how many times have any of us ordered a hamburger when what we really craved was a thick, juicy sirloin steak?

Or how often have we foolishly splurged on a seven-course meal that we could scarcely afford –and then gone on to regret it?

Instinctively, we all know the importance of getting the right product into the right place.

That’s true for almost every purchase we make, including carpets. It’s interesting to note that the biggest complaint from consumers about our product is not that the installation turned out to be faulty or even that the carpet contained manufacturing defects.

The biggest complaint seems to be one that “didn’t have to be”: that of not putting the right carpet in the right place.

Elementary schools, for example, benefit from patterned, industrial-grade carpet that reduces noise in the classroom and provides a safe place to buffer falls.

But in a master bedroom, an industrial-grade carpet might not provide the comfort or the beauty that you’re looking for in that type of room.

It’s important when buying carpet to make sure that you ask key questions, like the following, before making that purchase:

  • Will it live up to end users expectations?
  • Can it be installed without problems?
  • Will it prematurely “Ugly Out”?
  • Will it be reasonable to maintain?
  • Will it last as long as you want it to?

There’s lots of good information on the Carpet and Rug Institute website about choosing the right carpet for the your needs, either for your home or office.

But, simply put, you should know as much as you can about the products you buy. You can do this through obtaining the manufacturers’ and industry product information and guidelines, performance guidelines, and other materials, much of which is available online from the manufacturers’ websites.

Most importantly, you should always remember that the right product exists for every application. You just have to know what that is, how to use it, and how it should be installed and maintained.

Know not only what you should do, but also what you shouldn’t do, in order to avoid problems. It’s better to find out ahead of time how to avoid a problem than to wonder afterwards what went wrong and why.

Read more about this story in the Dalton Daily Citizen-News website.