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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CARPETING

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When it comes to interior design, new carpet flooring is one of the best ways to improve the comfort and elegance of any room. Whether you want to reduce noise, find a new style, or simply cozy it up, carpet will shape your home into something worth showing off.

However, while carpet is a great choice, finding the right carpet can make or break the atmosphere, usability, and comfort of a room. Installing a less-than-durable carpet in the hobby room, for example, would limit the ways you would feel comfortable using that space. Likewise, buying the wrong color for the living room would ruin the aesthetic you’ve worked so hard to create.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that many homeowners feel overwhelmed at the thought of carpet shopping. That’s why we have compiled a quick list of ways you can ease the carpeting process and find the perfect color, style, and type for your home.

REMEMBER THE ROOM

The first thing you should consider is where in the home you will be installing new carpet. Think about how you and your family use each room, and shop accordingly. What color scheme are you looking for? Will the carpet come into contact with outdoor shoes? Thankfully, there as many stylesand makes of carpet as there are uses in a home. Here are some types of carpet fibers and styles, and the advantages they provide:

Fibers
  1. Polyester. One of the most affordable carpet fibers, polyester is soft and very stain resistant. The price of polyester carpeting is more than reasonable and offers great underfoot comfort. It does, however, tend to be less durable than other fibers, so frequently walked hallways or family rooms may not be a wise location for polyester carpeting. The best areas for use are bedrooms, formal dining rooms, and other low-traffic areas. As the stain resistance and strong colors are a plus, consider polyester for your children’s bedrooms or nursery.
  2. Olefin (polypropylene). The biggest upside to this fiber is that it is solution dyed, so that the color is built into the material as it is manufactured. This results in total resistance to fading by sunlight or any chemical. Like polyester, it is inexpensive and doesn’t stain easily, making it perfect for children’s play areas.
  3. Nylon. Easily maintained, resistant to stain and wear, and brimming with style and color options, nylon is the most recommended carpet fiber. It is soft, yet durable enough to last in high foot traffic areas of the home like the living room. Nylon is extremely versatile and is used to create a wide variety of carpet styles for whatever look fits your home.
Styles
  1. Textured. Made from two-toned twisted yarns that hide dirt and wear very easily.
  2. Saxony. Also known as plush carpet, saxony is soft and luxurious, and looks great in more formal areas of your home.
  3. Frieze. This carpet style consists of loose fibers that create a flexible,durable texture, ideal for handling a lot of foot traffic.
  4. Looped or Berber. Instead of standing straight, the fibers in this style are—you guessed it—looped together. This creates a tight, attractive look that appeals to large rooms and dining areas.

 

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KNOW YOUR CARPET PAD OPTIONS

Beneath your lovely new carpet you will need a layer of pad, or underlayment. This cushions and supports the carpet, protects it from wearing against the bare floor, and softens the effect of heavy furniture. It also helps insulate your home from cold drafts during the winter. This padding plays an important role in the lifespan and comfort of your carpet.
Carefully select the carpet pad based on the same facts that helped you choose the carpet itself. What activities will be taking place in that room? If you expect, say, playtime with the kids, a thicker, more durable pad would be best. Each style of carpet and use pairs with a certain density and thickness of underlay—consult a carpet professional to find the right pad.

DON’T BREAK THE BUDGET

As you shop around, remember that your budget should be the highest priority. With so many styles and quality brands, there is the perfect carpet out there, and your home and bank account will thank you for taking the time to research. At Carpet To Go, your home and budget is also our highest priority. We offer a wide selection of carpet, as well as hardwood, laminate, and tile flooring, and we will work with you to find the flooring that best compliments your home.
For more information, call 206.382.1253 today! We provide in-home consultations and free quotes, and we are dedicated to your flooring satisfaction.

CARPET CARE TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH PETS

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We love our carpets and we love our pets, but sometimes they can be hard on each other. Carpets are best when they look and smell clean, but pets have a way of leaving spots, stains, and lots of hair all over the carpet’s surface.

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Thankfully, you don’t have to get rid of your carpets or your pets in order to have clean, beautiful floors. Here are some essential carpet care tips for those who want the best of both worlds — pets AND spotless carpeting.

1. BATHE YOUR PET OFTEN

While you may find the occasional viral video of some fluffy pet enjoying every moment of their bath time, most pets are not nearly so docile when it comes to a good scrubbing. However, regularly bathing your cat or dog can do a lot for your home and carpets.
Our pets walk on, lay on, and roll all over our carpets, so keeping your pet clean is part of keeping your carpets clean. It can also prevent your home from absorbing animal odors. When you keep your pets regularly bathed, you prevent their natural odors from building up into that all too familiar ‘dog-smell’.
Additionally, pets that aren’t regularly groomed can quickly develop thick mats of fur, which ticks, fleas, and other insects can easily hide in. Keep your pets clean and it will be easier to keep your carpets clean.

2. HAIR ON RUGS

A thin film of dog or cat hair on your carpets will make them look dull and dirty. Walking on your carpets when they have this layer of hair actually grinds the dust and debris into the carpet fibers, making it harder to clean.
Naturally, consistent vacuuming will help enormously. But what about when someone is on their way over for dinner and you don’t have the time to haul out the vacuum? There are other tricks available for just removing pet hair.
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When it comes to cleaning your carpets or area rugs, a fast and simple way to collect pet hair is to use a window squeegee. Yes, a window squeegee. This multi-purpose tool can be dragged along the surface of your carpets and rugs and to collect a majority of the pet hair. Simple trick to tidy up quick!

3. ROLLER YOUR FURNITURE

Vacuuming your sofas, chairs, and ottomans can be tedious and time consuming, but the last thing you want is for your guests to sit in a pile of hair from your pet’s fluffy mane. But never fear, there are fast and simple solutions to this problem too!
For pets that shed very little on your sofas or chairs, you can use a store-bought lint roller to solve this hairy problem. Homeowners with pets that shed more aggressively have been forced to get creative.
Using a paint roller brush, wrap a layer of duct tape around the brush, sticky side facing out. Then use this hand-crafted and very sticky lint roller to collect and discard the massive amounts of pet hair left on your furniture. For hard to reach places, wrap a sponge or cloth in duct tape and go to work!

4. REMOVING PET STAINS


Whether you’re dealing with recent spots that are still moist or rough carpet stains that are several months old, remember that slow and steady wins the race. While it may take several iterations of wash, rinse, and repeat, these stains should lift from your carpets. Here’s how to do it:

  • If the spot is recent, use dry paper towels to clean up any loose mess.
  • Use dry paper towels to sponge up as much of the mess as possible before using a cleaner.
  • Mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water.
  • Gradually add 4 tbs.of baking soda. Be aware that it will fizz, so do this slowly.
  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the spot or stain. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Blot the stain with a clean rag from the outside in.
  • With a clean, wet rag, rinse the spot with the same blotting motion.
  • Repeat the cleaning process as necessary until stain is no longer visible.

Once the stain is removed, spray it with a pet neutralizer. These sprays can eliminate odor and prevent your pets from become repeat offenders.

5. PROTECTING CARPETS FROM CATS

Cats love to scratch things. A cat’s claws can do quite a number on your carpets and area rugs. There are a number of solutions that cat owners have found to address this problem:

1. Floor Coverings and Furniture Guards

There are a number of products that can be purchased from pet stores and online retailers that will help prevent damage from cat scratching. Plastic mats can be put around door frames, plastic covering can be stretched across area rugs, and furniture can be sprayed with deterrents to prevent your cats from clawing your sofa or chairs.

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2. Cat Towers and Scratching Posts

Cats use scratching as a way to file their claws, so the action is natural for them. Be sure that they have a place in your home where this is safe to do. Cat towers and scratching posts can introduced as a safe and acceptable way for your cats and kittens to file down their claws.

3. Nail Clipping

Trimming your cat’s nails may not be easy, but it’s certainly worth it. Without their needle-pointed claws, it is harder for them to pull apart and damage the fibers of your carpet. Schedule in regular times to clip your cat’s claws and you will be doing yourself, and your floors, a favor.

NEW CARPETS AT CARPET TO GO

There are times when families realize that their carpets are past the point of no return. This is usually the case when the pad beneath the carpet is affected. Properly cleaning the carpet pad is nearly impossible without the assistance of professional cleaners, and if your carpets are already in bad shape, it will likely be more advantageous to look at some new carpeting instead.

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At Carpet To Go, we have a broad selection of carpets in varying colors, thicknesses, weaves, and prices so that you can find the perfect carpet for your home. Our team of carpet and flooring professionals are ready to help you find a carpet that your family will love, including your pets. For more info, give us a call today at (206)-382-1253 or contact us by completing our contact form.

THE SUPER SIMPLE SECRETS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT KEEPING FLOORS SPOTLESS

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Having clean floors is a necessary part of keeping your Seattle home healthy, welcoming, and pleasant. But cleaning hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors can get tiresome. These days, who has the time?

Thankfully, there a number of easy tricks that make cleaning and maintaining your floors a breeze.

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1. TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES

A shocking amount of dirt and grime is tracked in on our shoes. You might think it’s not there because you can’t see it, but we promise you — it’s there.

This small amount of residue can make your floors look dull and dirty very quickly. Removing your shoes at the entrance of your home, or having a bristled rug for you to wipe your shoes on can help keep your floors looking clean and shiny for longer periods of time.

2. CLEAN LIGHT, CLEAN OFTEN

One of the best tricks for making sure that your floors stay looking bright and fresh with minimal effort is to vacuum or sweep them every one or two days.

This might sound intimidating and unreasonable, but the comforting reality is that it does not have to be a deep clean. Just run your vacuum or broom over the surface of the floor daily to collect the previous day’s collection of dust, dirt, and grime.

Light cleaning on a regular basis comes with a long list of benefits. Not only is this a task that can take you less than five minutes time, but it increases the amount of time that you can leave between really deep floor cleanings. The frequent removal of dirt keeps buildup from occurring on your floors, making it easier for them to look nice for longer periods of time.

3. VACUUM OR SWEEP BEFORE MOPPING

If you don’t take the time to sweep or wipe down your hardwood, laminate, or vinyl floors before you begin mopping, you actually end up forcing more dirt and grime into the surface of your floors. Skipping this step can also make it harder to pick up the hair, dust, lint, particles, and grime left on your floor. This debris can be swept or vacuumed up before you begin cleaning to make your job easier and faster while protecting your floors.

4. REMOVE SCUFFS AND STAINS

While it may seem simpler to simply ignore scuffs and stains, these blemishes will make your floors look dirty regardless of how recently you cleaned them! Because of the variety of flooring options available, there is a wide selection of products, DIY concoctions, and cleaning materials that can be used to remove scuffs and stains.

Be very cautious, though! Some cleaners can cause in irreparable damage when used on the wrong floors. If you are ever unsure about the best way to remove scuffs or stains from your floors, contact your local Seattle flooring experts.

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5. DRY THE FLOOR

We know what you’re thinking — “If my floor gets mopped, I’m lucky. Who has time to dry their floors too?”

Trust on this one, though. If you make time to mop, definitely make time to dry. While it may seem unnecessary to dry your floors after having washed them, it is a final and necessary step to cleaning your hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors. If the floor is left to air dry, the remaining evaporating water causes dust, dirt, and lint particles in the air to adhere to the surface of your floors. Instead of looking clean and shiny, your floors look just as flat and dull as they did before the cleaning.

The best way to avoid this is to take a soft towel and dry your floors off after they’ve been cleaned. If a film has been left on the surface of your floors, than you can use a soft cloth, like a cloth diaper, to buff away the film and restore the shine.

DIFFERENT CLEANERS FOR DIFFERENT FLOORS

There are different kinds of cleaners and products that are available for different floors. Depending on if you have hardwood, laminate, or vinyl floors, there are different tools, products and materials you can use to get your flooring looking shiny and new.

Hardwood Floors

When it comes to hardwood floors, cleaning can get a little tricky. The manufacturer, installation company, and type of finish on your hardwood play a significant role in determining the products you should and should not use.

Generally, Bona floor cleaner has been recommended for hardwood floors. The product is safe, leaves no residue, and is non-toxic and biodegradable. For floors without a laminate, consumers have recommended Murphey’s Oil Soap to keep floors hydrated and clean. The tannic acid in tea even has some people using room-temperature tea to add shine to their floors.

Laminate Floors

The best and fastest DIY solution for cleaning laminate floors is to add a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water and use a microfiber mop to gently clean the floor’s surface.

There are also several laminate approved cleaners available that you can purchase from your local Seattle flooring company. Avoid using pine, lemon, bleach, or ammonia based cleaners.

Vinyl Floors

When it comes to vinyl floors, you can sometimes just get away with using clean, warm water to remove grime and dirt from their surfaces. Adding a mild, ph neutral soap can help to cut through the grease, or you may also use the vinegar and water combo described above for cleaning laminate. Use a clean, microfiber mop to gently clean the surface of the vinyl to leave it bright and clean.

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NEW FLOORS WITH CARPET TO GO

If your floors have experienced so much wear and tear that they are past the point of no return, then maybe it’s time to think about getting your floors replaced. At Carpet To Go, we have a variety of hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors for homeowners to survey so that they can find the perfect flooring for their home.

To learn more about how to properly care and maintain your home’s flooring, or to learn more about flooring services, contact Carpet To Go today by giving our Seattle office at (206)-382-1253 or by filling out our contact form

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR AREA RUGS LOOKING CLEAN AND BRIGHT

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Area rugs can do a lot to benefit and enhance your home. Not only do they serve as a beautiful addition to any room, but they also add special warmth and color to accentuate your style.

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After years of use and wear, however, area rugs can start to look a little tired. Their colors can fade and the fibers flatten, transforming a once beautiful rug to a dingy mess.
To keep this from happening, there are several important area rug maintenance tips that homeowners should know about in order to keep their rugs looking bright and fresh.

1. VACUUM

The easiest way to ensure that your rugs retain their color and beauty is to vacuum them daily. Rugs collect a thin layer of dirt, dust, and grime on their surfaces. When stepped on, these tiny particles act like sandpaper on the rug, damaging the delicate fibers. This dirt can also encourage area rugs to fade faster if it is not vacuumed up regularly.
If there is any lint or pet hair left over after vacuuming, take a stiff brush or lint roller and go over the surfaces of the rugs. This will pick up any remaining particles and make the rug’s rich colors stand out more.

2. TURN RUGS

The different traffic patterns in a room can cause area rugs to start to wear out in specific patterns as well. This can cause the rug to look uneven and lopsided. By turning the rugs 180 degrees every six months or so, owners can help their rugs to wear out evenly and prevent these unsightly, unusual patterns.

3. CLEAN SPILLS IMMEDIATELY

If a spot, smudge, or stain appears on the carpet, don’t wait to take care of it. When cleaning up, always remember to blot at spots or spills instead of scrubbing. Use a gentle pressing motion that gently absorbs the liquids and oils out of the carpet. Scrubbing the carpet will only push the spill deeper into the pad and damage the rug fibers.

4. PROFESSIONAL CLEANING

Unless you own cheap, small rugs that can be washed in your machines at home, your carpets should be washed every twelve or eighteen months by a professional rug cleaner. An experienced carpet cleaner knows that every rug cleaning situation is unique and that gentle, thorough cleaning is important to maintain the beauty and longevity of the rug.
A professional Seattle area rug cleaner will be able to identify the weave pattern of the rug and the kinds of dyes used. This will determine the cleaning method chosen. These trained experts will be able to carefully clean high quality, handmade, and antique rugs to ensure that they retain their natural beauty and last for many years to come.

5. REMOVE FROM SUNLIGHT

Rugs that are exposed to sunlight can experience visible fading within a short amount of time. In fact, many kinds of flooring are damaged when exposed to sunlight.
Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to ensure your area rugs are protected. The simplest way to prevent fading in your area rugs is to place your rugs in areas where there is no direct sunlight. Of course, this isn’t always practical. In this case, close blinds or curtains during daylight hours to protect your rug from damage and help it retain its bright, sharp colors.
If you would like to consider adding area rugs to your home decor, there are many options for you to choose from. At Carpet To Go, our staff can also help you find the perfect area rug for any room in your house. Stop in at Seattle or Bellevue locations to view our selection, or contact us today by giving us a call or filling out our contact form.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS IN 7 EASY STEPS

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Cleaning our hardwood floors is a task most Bellevue homeowners do not eagerly anticipate. But hardwoods floors are a major investment, so proper cleaning and maintenance is important in order to keep them in top condition.

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Aside from regular maintenance however, hardwood floors need a thorough cleaning every couple of months in order to keep dust, dirt, and grime from scratching their surfaces. Here are 7 simple steps to deep cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors.

1. Move Furniture

To properly clean the entire surface, all furniture should moved to a different part of the house. Placing furniture pads underneath the heavier pieces of furniture will both protect your hardwood from scratching during the process and make it easier to move your belongings to make way for your cleaning project.

2. Sweep

Make a quick pass over the room with a broom or vacuum to pick up any loose hair, dirt, or dust that may be scattered across your floor. This will make it easier to get your hardwood flooring completely clean once you start mopping. Kick off your shoes to avoid tracking in more dust or soil.

3. Determine Hardwood

If you are unfamiliar with the kind of hardwood in your home, it is important to determine the kind of flooring you have before proceeding with the cleaning. Some brands of hardwood only need to be cleaned with a little soap and water, while others will be damaged if water is used to clean their surfaces. Determine the kind of hardwood you have before purchasing any kind of cleaner and proceeding with the next steps. If you need help, contact our hardwood flooring provider team in Bellevue.

4. Prepare Cleaner

For newer hardwood coatings, like polyurethane, urethane, and polyacrylic, a bucket of water and a small squirt of dishwashing soap will be all the cleaner you’ll need. Other forms of hardwood flooring sealants, like shellac, varnish, and lacquer, require special solvent-based cleaners to protect their surfaces. Follow any instructions given on the package when preparing a special hardwood floor cleaner.

5. Mop Floors

Wet your mop in the cleaner and then wring it out until it is only slightly damp. Too much liquid left in the mop could damage the surface of your hardwood, so be sure your mop does not drip excess water. When mopping, push and pull the mop gently along the grain of the hardwood for a thorough, even cleaning.

6. Buff Floors

After you have finished mopping your floors, grab a soft, clean rag and lightly buff the surface of your hardwood to remove any smears potentially left over by the cleaning agent. Cloth diapers are great for completing this step. Work your way out towards a door, being careful not to back yourself into a corner. This will leave your floors looking clean and shiny.

7. Cleanup

Rinse the mop and bucket of any dirt and grime before storing. Once the floors are dry, you can return your furniture to its original location. If your hardwood floors still don’t look clean, there may be a few reasons why:

  • Scratches and scuffs: If a simple cleaning won’t take care of the scratches or scuffs in your hardwood, it may be time for a hardwood floor refinishing by a Bellevue flooring company.
  • Warped and old: Some hardwoods have experienced too much wear to be restored with a simple cleaning. If water damage or excessive use as left your hardwood floors looking haggard and old, it may be time for new hardwood floors.

If your hardwood flooring still looks dirty and dull after following these 7 steps, it may mean that it’s time for new hardwood flooring. At Carpet To Go, we provide a number of choice hardwood floors to customers throughout Bellevue at great, affordable prices. To learn more about your hardwood flooring options, feel free to contact us by giving us a call or filling out our contact form.