Breathe New Life Into a Room With a Carpet Upgrade

Carpet has been around long before the ’50s. During ancient times, some cultures passed down hand-tying and knotting skills to other generations. Many explorers and merchant adventurers came home to Europe in the 16th century with a new appreciation for rich textiles and rugs from the East. William Sprague opened the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia in 1791. This appreciation of textile floor coverings became trendy and became an essential part of the interior of a modern home.

Why Customers Prefer Carpet

  • Affordable options
  • Cushiony, warm surface underfoot
  • Easy to install and replace
  • Fashionable options to meet any style and décor
  • Quiet to walk on

Advantages of Installing Carpet

  • Easy on the knees
  • Soft under the feet
  • Various hues, tones and colors
  • Quieter than hard surfaces flooring
  • Hide uneven sub-floors
  • Goes well with decorating themes
  • Affordable installation when compared to other flooring
  • Can go on all grade levels
  • Wide variety of different types

What’s Going On in Your Household?

When buying a new carpet, you must consider your lifestyle. A single person’s needs are different from someone with a family and pets. If your children enjoy making videos in the living room, then this area gets a lot of traffic. A busy household can benefit from carpet that can withstand higher traffic and has increased stain resistance. 

Here is a hack for pet lovers. You should choose a carpet that is close in color to your pet. A similar color shows up less pet hair and hides dirt. If your carpet is in a room with a lot of sunlight, then you should consider a fade-resistant carpet. On the other hand, homeowners who live in damp climates should choose a synthetic carpet less prone to mildew and mold. 

It is easy to get caught up in buying the latest carpet color you saw on a friend’s social media page. You should wait before running out to buy white carpet. It helps to consider if the carpet will work in your household.

Choose Your Carpet Style

It is important to choose a carpet style with the right amount of aesthetics, a high-performance rating and fits your budget. Here are the six basic styles of carpet:

  • Cut & Loop
  • Textured
  • Saxony or plush
  • Frieze
  • Looped
  • Cable

The textured carpet is a common style and an affordable option. It is a cut pile carpet and gives a more luxurious look. The textured style also hides vacuum marks and footprints. It is a good choice for an active household with children and pets.  

If you want to know how much it costs to install a new carpet in your home, call us for a consultation today.

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Maintenance and Care for Carpet

Spot Cleaning

Spills and spots must be addressed immediately for best results. Spills that are allowed to dry are much more difficult to remove. Spot cleaners used on The Manufacturer’s products must be approved by the CRI Seal of Approval Program. These products are listed at The Manufacturer utilizes polyester & nylon face fibers. These systems are resistant to water borne staining and soiling agents.

Spot Removal Guide

A. Scoop or up any solid matter first using a blunt knife or spoon. A wooden tongue depressor or bone spatula is also use- ful for this purpose. Take care not to force any of the solid matter into the face of the floors.

B. Blot up as much liquid as possible using a clean white absorbent towel or sponge. It is imperative that as much of the spill as possible be physically removed from the floors before any cleaning or spot removal agent is introduced.

C. While it is unlikely that any cleaning or spot removal agent will damage the color of the polyester fiber used in The Manufacturer’s floors; it is always prudent to test the cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area of floors before use. Apply the cleaning agent to a clean white cloth – not directly to the floors. Always start from the outside of the stained area and work towards the center using a blotting motion to push the spill to the center. Do not rub or scrub your floors as this will spread the spot and may result in physical damage to the surface of the floors.

D. Rinse carefully with cold water using a clean cloth.

E. Blot dry with an absorbent towel, or use a cold air fan to complete drying.
For concrete floors: It is the responsibility of the installer to test all concrete substrates for moisture content to make sure that the concrete is sufficiently dry and cured to install planks. This includes both old and new concrete floors. New concrete slabs must cure in well-ventilated conditions for at least 60 days minimum before installing the floor. Concrete should have a minimum 6mil polyfilm moisture barrier between the concrete and ground.

The most important maintenance procedure for any floors is the regular removal of dry soil by vacuuming. Appropriate vacuuming is 4 slow passes back and forth in the same area. For Carpet, a dual motor vacuum with brush rolls is suggested. For best results, change vacuum bags before they become two-thirds full. The Manufacturer does not recommend vacuums with beater bars.

The following guidelines have been established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They are to serve as guidelines on recommended cleaning frequencies for floors from a public health perspective in addition to a traditional aesthetic concern for appearance retention.

Following the guidelines outlined in this document will insure that your floors will maintain its appearance at the highest possible level and give years of satisfactory service.

Low Moisture Compound Cleaning is a cleaning technique that applies highly absorbent material onto the floors face and is then agitated into the floors and allowed to dry. The cleaning compound and soiling debris are then removed by thorough vacuuming. Host®, Dri-Matic, and Capture® are good examples of low moisture compounds that will provide interim cleaning. These agents are also effective spot removers. After physical removal of as much of the spill as possible, the area should be allowed to dry before applying these agents.

The first line of defense for your new carpet is an entry walk off mat. The Manufacturer suggests a high quality absorbent mat be used at all entrances leading to your carpets. Regularly vacuum and clean the walk off mats as they will reach a high soil load very quickly.

Restorative Cleaning

  • Hot Water Extraction is the method of restorative cleaning recommended and endorsed by The Manufacturer. This method is proven to be the most effective means of removing entrapped soil and other residues. This method requires proper equipment to be used for best results. Even with the best available equipment and practices, this method leaves the floors slightly wet. Floors must be allowed to dry completely prior to being used. The use of air movement devices and the HVAC system will help shorten the drying time. The Manufacturer requires that all systems used on its floors be approved under the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval Program. The Manufacturer also prefers that all equipment be at least a Silver Level cleaning system. Floors should only be cleaned by trained technicians. IICRC Certified technicians are preferred.
  • Hot Water Extraction is sometimes inaccurately referred to as “steam cleaning”. There is NO steam used in this method. This method injects a cleaning solution under relatively low pressure onto and into the yarn. This solution is either water alone or water mixed with a recommended cleaning agent at the correct dilution ratio. Typically, the temperature of this solution is higher than ambient room temperature. Per The Manufacturer the temperature of this solution should not exceed 140° F. The injection of this cleaning solution along with the action of the pre-spray described below loosens and releases the soil from the yarn. The loosened soils and the cleaning solution are then extracted from the floors using wet vacuums engineered specifically for this purpose and incorporated into the equipment.
  • A pre-spray is recommended prior to the extraction process. The pre-spray is applied with a common pump type or electrically driven sprayer. As a general rule, this pre-spray must stay on the surface of the floors for at least 30 minutes prior to extraction. In very heavily soiled areas, this pre-spray is gently agitated into the floors pile to facilitate the emulsification and release of the soil.
  • In-tank cleaning agents should never be mixed in excess of the recommended dilution rates. When using a “box & wand” or truck mount Hot Water Extractor or walk behind units, one pass with spray and two dry passes are recommended.
  • Thorough and complete drying is critical on all The Manufacturer’s floors. Failure to allow floors to dry completely prior to receiving traffic may result in damage to the face of the floors as well as compromising the integrity of the installation leading to wrinkles, buckles and seam failure. Residual water may also facilitate microbial growth.
  • The Manufacturer does NOT recommend any cleaning method that exposes the floors face to rotary friction. This would include all Rotary Brush/Shampoo methods as well as the “Spin Bonnet” method.