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Benefits of Carpet
Carpet has a lot going for it. It is soft, safe, warm and quiet. It is stain-resistant and gives excellent value for the price, plus, it saves energy. Carpet traps allergens and dander (which can easily be removed with the right vacuum used regularly). For luxurious comfort underfoot, consider carpet.
Main Carpet Categories
• Texture — The velvety look and feel of smoothly cut yarns. This carpet category may be lightly to very textured to create an exciting, easy-to-care-for surface.
• Twist — The twist is back in this lighthearted carpet trend. It’s relaxed but elegant and sumptuous to the touch.
• Loop — This is a modern interpretation of handcrafted styling. This category is best for active areas, where you want sophistication and style without worry.
• Pattern — This category of carpet is really its own art form. Cut and uncut loops form distinctive designs, and is great for decorating with originality and flair.
Care & Maintenance of Carpet
It isn’t difficult to take care of carpet, there are there are only a couple of easy steps follow. These steps will ensure that your new carpet continues to look as lovely in years to come as it does when you first have it installed.
Keep you carpet looking just-like new
These are the steps to follow to keep your carpet looking brand-new for a long time!
- Preventive Maintenance – protect your carpet before problems occur.
- Vacuuming – lengthen the life and luster of your floor with regular vacuuming.
- Spot and Spill Removal – accidents are unavoidable, learn the best methods for dealing with them.
- Overall Cleaning – get regular care with cleaning systems.
- Do-It-Yourself Cleaning – learn how to clean you carpets yourself with the correct equipment.
- R2X– stain and soil remover.
Stain “Proof” Doesn’t Exist
Some carpets have stain resistant treatments that allow stains to be cleaned more readily, but the treatments won’t prevent stains. Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but every carpet requires regular care and maintenance.
Soil and Stains
The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks or coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. The sticky residue attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.
The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot the area dry after removing any spill.
Definitely reference the manufacturer’s warranty for specific care requirements.
Installation of Carpet
To help insure a trouble-free installation day, follow this checklist of things to do before the installer arrives:
Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. Minimize dust by vacuuming your old carpet before it’s removed and, after it’s up, vacuum the floor thoroughly.
Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room, and don’t leave anything—such as drapery or plants—hanging over the installation area.
Measure door clearances before you have your carpet installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.
Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your carpet is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
To make sure your carpet looks good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here is the typical procedure that an experienced installation professional will follow:
Prepare the surface: Carpet can be installed over most smooth surfaces. Your installer will make sure the surface is clean, dry, and level.
Put up tack strips and lay carpet pad: The installer will nail or glue tack strips to hold the carpet in place. Then the pad is laid and secured with staples or glue.
Line up seams: This step is simpler for solid carpet and more complex for patterns, however, your professional installer is trained to handle either.
Stretch the carpet: This is a work-intensive step that professionals follow carefully, complying with industry standards so that the carpet will give the best performance for the longest time.
It is a great idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. Call us today for more information or for a free quote!