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Small Space Flooring Tips

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Have a room in your home that feels small and closed off from the rest of the house? Live in a small studio and are struggling to make the room feel open and welcoming?

If you’ve tried every option out there and still can’t get the effect you want, don’t worry! Often people overlook the easiest solution to making their home look bigger: the flooring!

Below are some handy tips and tricks that will allow you to completely open up your home and give any room a whole new look.

Quick Flooring Tips To Enhance Your Small Space

Be Careful Of Dark Colors

Although dark colored flooring can work in many circumstances, it may not be the best choice for a small room. If you match dark flooring with dark walls and dark furnishings you may find your space transformed into a cave.

Dark flooring with the wrong fittings can feel extremely claustrophobic. To make a small space feel comfortable, you need to open it up. To do this, consider using lighter colors to make the space brighter and more welcoming.

Create Continuity in your Home

Continuity can be applied to one room, your entire home, or even to build a link between your outdoor and indoor spaces. To achieve continuity in your home, consider the following:

  • Use the same light color on both the walls and the floor
  • Use similar colors/patterns between rooms, with one consistent color or feature
  • Avoid large patterns that create ‘noise’

If you live in a small home with outdoor space, you can create the illusion of more space overall by adding continuity or ‘flow’ between the interior and exterior. A simple way to do this is to choose flooring that matches the exterior flooring. For instance, if your exterior deck is made of dark wood planking, consider dark wood flooring inside. Even with closed doors, you’ll find the space is being projected through the glass to make the room seem larger.   

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Carpets and Rugs

Colors

One of the most important parts of selecting the right carpet is choosing the appropriate color. If you would like to make the room you are carpeting look bigger, then lighter colors are best. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Super White
  • Nomadic Taupe
  • Mercury
  • Horizon
  • Sandstone

Selecting pastel colors, white, or off-white allows the light to reflect, creating the illusion of a larger space. Contrasting colors or complimentary colors can enhance this effect. 

Patterns

Patterns can be a risky choice for a small room. Large patterns create ‘noise’ in the room, similar to that of having lots of brick-a-brack or objects. For larger rooms, this can create a cozy area with lots of visual interest, but it’s hard to manage large patterns well in a small space.

If you want to try it anyway, try a large pattern that has muted shades, such as large stripes of similar colors. Tone-on-tone carpeting gives subtle shaded patterns which will not distract from other parts of the room. Structured-grid and cut-loop patterns are great to enhance a small space without making it too busy. These types of carpet can be used throughout your entire home resulting in a coordinated effect that makes your home look bigger than it actually is.

Wooden Flooring

The Difference Between Planks and Strips

When it comes to wood flooring, there are a few tips and tricks that can make your room look bigger. Whether you have a small or just very narrow room, using wide boards can give the impression the room is larger.

Once again, the color will have a huge effect on the room. If you go for darker boards you may find the room to be quite cold and small. On the other hand, lighter boards can enhance the size of the room making it look more open.

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Laying Planks the Right Way

But, what about the way the floorboards run in your room? Making a room look bigger is not just about the color or the width of the boards. By laying the floorboards in a specific way, you can create an optical illusion of more space. A great way to make a narrow room look longer is to lay the floorboards at a right angle to the longest side of the room. If you have a small box room, running the boards away from the eyes will give the illusion of depth.

Stone or Tiles

Shapes and Sizes

Tiling is a great way to keep a clean home. Tiles and stone flooring are easy-to-maintain and great for households with children. But the best part about tiles is that they no longer have to leave your home feeling cold.

Today, you can find tiles in all shapes and sizes. As with any other patterned floor, larger, bolder sizes add the feeling of space to the room. Alternatively, you can alter the sizes of each tile. With the right professional help, you can make an optical illusion with a variety of shapes and sizes.

Color and Orientation

It’s worth noting that the less noise on the floor, the bigger the space will feel. Therefore, you must keep grout lines to a minimum with large, light tiles. Some of the tile types Carpet To Go offer include:

  • Glazed
  • Unglazed
  • Porcelain
  • Cost-Effective Alternatives to Stone

To further increase the feeling of space, you can match the color of the tiles and the color of the grout. As with carpet or any other flooring, choosing a lighter color will reflect more light and give the feeling of space. One of the best ways to use large tiles in a small space is to lay the tiles diagonally.

Get in Touch with Carpet To Go

If you need advice on the best types of flooring for your small living space, Carpet To Go can help! Our team of experts will give you great insight into our services and small space flooring types available today. Contact our team at Carpet To Go to get a free consultation and quote today!

I Want my Carpet Replaced – What Now?

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Remodeling your home is an exciting process, but, like anything, it can have its pain points. Having to choose between different paint colors, types of countertops, and flooring options can seem like information overload.

Thankfully, if you have a team of professionals helping you install everything, at least you won’t have to worry about that part of the process!

Carpet replacement is a bit of a tricky process and it’s best to have the professionals help you with it. Here is a basic overlook of what the carpet removal process will be like.

Materials needed:

  • Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Kneepads (optional)
  • Carpet blade
  • Mini crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Shop vacuum
  • Measuring tape

They will begin by removing all the furniture from the room and potentially anything hanging that might be heavy, like art on the walls. It’s also a good idea to remove any doors that swing into the room.

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With the mask and gloves on for protection, they will pull back the carpet at a corner with the pliers. It’s best to cut up the carpet as you go (it will make cleanup easier for you). Use the measuring tape to measure 4-foot strips and then use the carpet blade to cut strips of this width along the whole length of the room.

Once they’ve removed all the carpet, it’s time to remove any of the underlayer. They may not have to remove it though if it’s still in good shape — no moisture or pest damage. If they do have to remove it, it should be fairly easy to rip up. Just pull back on it until everything gets pulled up. The most difficult part will be removing the staples. Spend some time pulling these up with the pliers.

Lastly, if any of the tack strips are rotten or rusty, they will need to pry them up and replace them. If they still look nice, they can be left to use for the new carpet. Removing carpet is generally easier than installing it.

Once the carpet has been removed from your home, it’s time to install the new carpet. It’s very important that the installation be done cleanly and correctly to avoid any rippling in the carpet.

When it comes to choosing the new carpet to install in your home, you need to consider these questions:

  • How will the room be used?
  • How much light will the room receive?
  • Will there be heavy traffic?
  • Is this a room for entertainment or relaxation?
  • Is there going to be direct access from the outside?

Once you’ve answered these questions, that is going to help you choose the style and type of carpet for each room. If you want to know more about carpeting options, read our article on how to choose carpeting for your home

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If you’d like to know more about how to choose new carpet for your home or have any other flooring questions, please contact us today at 206-382-1253 or fill out our form for a free estimate today.

The 5 Best Carpet Brands for Homeowners

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At Carpet to Go, we carry a wide variety of products. Today, we want to highlight some of the best carpet brands in the industry. The following flooring brands are industry leaders and are known for their innovative take on carpeting and flooring. We hope that this information will help you on your journey to the flooring makeover you want for your home.

Shaw Flooring

Shaw Flooring is one of our favorite brands to work with because of their quality, service support, price, and availability. They have made it a priority to build strong partnerships with their retailers and provide a pristine product. In fact, Shaw was ranked #1 by Floor Covering News, Floor Covering Weekly, and Floor focus—all leading carpeting and flooring publications.

They are an innovative brand, creating products like LifeGuard and R2X Stain Resistance. LifeGuard is a waterproof carpet backing that is moisture resistant and completely repels water, whereas other brands may simply absorb it. R2X Stain resistance is a stain and soil repelling system that is the product of years of testing and research. Most brands only protect the surface of the carpet, but with R2X, the entire fiber of the carpet is covered, offering you complete protection.

Not only is Shaw Flooring innovative, they are leaders in sustainability. Every year they release a sustainability report and offer a carpet recycling network to promote sustainable carpet recycling practices.

Mohawk Industries

Mohawk Industries is a leader in carpet manufacturers. They have been quick to respond to the market’s shift toward polyester fiber, and tey have done that through their Continuum technology. Continuum yields a softer and higher-performance polyester fiber. This fiber provides a deeper and richer look while providing exceptional durability.

Mohawk understands that durability is a number one factor for families, especially those with pets. They created SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet which features All Pet Protection and Warranty. It is the only carpet-protection system that covers all pets and all accidents with a lifetime, built-in stain protection.

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Dupont

Dupont is another company that ranks high on our list of carpet manufacturers. They are deeply rooted in solving global challenges rooted in their science and engineering expertise. They are deeply concerned with environmental sustainability and innovation through scientific research.

Dupont creates long-lasting, soft, and beautiful carpets with DuPont Sorona. This product is comfortable, stain resistant, and environmentally friendly. It also resists matting with high molecular weight and fiber uniformity. That is what helps retain its shape and texture for years after installation.

Stainmaster

Stainmaster is another fantastic flooring brand. Between their four best-selling products (TruSoft, PetProtect, Active Family, and Essentials) they have your home covered. Take a closer look at products below:

TruSoft: Just like the name suggests, this carpet is extremely soft and comfortable. It’s been manufactured from specially engineered fibers that give you a luxurious feel, all while maintaining its durability. Don’t worry spills either—this carpet is stain resistant to food and drinks.

Pet Protect: If you have pets, this is the carpet for you. It’s made with a fiber and solution-dyed nylon polymer that’s engineered with stain and odor resistance. Also, the carpet reduces the force of attraction between the pet hair and the carpet, which makes it much easier to remove with the vacuum!

Active Family: Active Family carpet is known for its durability. If you have a house full of kids, this is a great option. It’s manufactured with high-quality materials and a wide selection of styles and colors. It’s extremely stain resistant too, which is essential for any full house.

Essentials: This is Stainmaster’s classic protection for those on a budget. It’s great for guest rooms and light traffic areas, yet is still stain and soil resistant.

Atlas Carpet Mills

Atlas Carpeting is an award-winning design leader. They offer products with a wide array of patterns and textures for all different budgets. Their ability to customize their designs so efficiently is why we love them so much. If you have a home that needs an extra special touch, this is the carpet brand for you.

Contact Your Local Flooring Professionals

At Carpet to Go, we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about all things flooring. We can give you expert recommendations on what direction to take when it comes to your home’s flooring needs. If you are interested in any of these brands and how you can install them in home, give us a call at 206-382-1253 or fill out our form for a free estimate today.

5 Types of Eco-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

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Now more than ever, it is extremely important to be environmentally conscious. Gone are the days where it was acceptable to put harmful chemicals into the environment and into our home without anyone thinking twice. We have the knowledge now, and the power to actually do something that makes a difference. We now have more options that enable us to grow into a new era where we can make a difference to our world. Now, we can be proactive in lowering our carbon footprint.

There are so many aspects of our lives that we can adapt to be more eco-conscious, and home interior flooring can play a big role in going green. We have the technology to make smarter flooring decisions, and we can develop more sustainable flooring products for our homes that use non-toxic solutions. The eco-friendly flooring options of today are more beautiful and sustainable than ever.

Linoleum

Linoleum is made from natural materials such as linseed oil, resins, recycled wood flour, cork dust, limestone, and is mounted on jute backing. It is naturally biodegradable and antibacterial. It’s also naturally fire retardant and water resistant. Sadly, it fell out of style because vinyl climbed in popularity. But, because of it’s incredible durability, it has gained popularity again. It will last a long time and is easy to maintain and clean.

Tile

Tile is a fantastic eco-friendly flooring option because it’s manufactured using natural materials. Many manufacturers create their tiles with a certain percentage of recycled materials. It’s a great option because of its inability to trap dust mites, mold, and bacteria. It’s also easy to clean. Simple soap and warm water are enough which means the use of toxic chemicals is not necessary. When well maintained, tiles can last a very long time.

Cork

Cork is a lovely, warm, and soft alternative to carpet flooring. For the most part, this option is eco-friendly. The bark is stripped off of a cork oak tree, which grows back and is stripped again every 9 years. These trees live for about 200 years and the forest is well maintained. Even the scraps leftover from the cork processing are reused.

The best thing about cork is that it’s completely recyclable, the sad thing is that it often ends up in the landfill anyway. That’s why it’s especially important to dispose of it properly. But, with all of this in mind, cork flooring is a great eco-friendly choice because of it’s durability, natural water resistance, flexibility, and the warmth it can provide thanks to its natural ability to insulate a home.

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Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for eco-friendly flooring today. It is a type of environmentally friendly grass that is durable and easy to install. In addition to this, bamboo is sustainable, lightweight and easy to maintain.

Bamboo is grown naturally until it is mature. This process normally takes 3 to 5 years which is a lot quicker than others which can take 20 years plus to grow fully. In the same way that selective timber harvesting can promote forest growth, bamboo clearing offers the same benefits as it grows extremely quickly. This kind of flooring can last over 30 years, saving you a lot of money and having a more positive impact on the environment.

Hardwood

Deforestation makes hardwood flooring a less eco-friendly option. This said, with reclaimed wood or FSC certified hardwood, this can be a viable choice that can make your home more sustainable. Reclaimed wood is a great option as it uses wood from trees that were cut down a long time ago.

There are also a lot of beautiful ways to use salvaged wood in your home beyond the flooring. FSC certified hardwood is designated by the Forest Stewardship Council. They have high environmental standards and promote the responsible management of forests. If you get this kind of hardwood, you can be sure that you will be using resources that promote longevity and sustainability.

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If you’re interested in eco-friendly flooring and carpeting options in Seattle, contact Carpet To Go. Our team of experts will give you a free consultation and quote today!

5 Eco-Friendly Carpeting Solutions for Your Home

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It’s becoming more important than ever to be conscious of our carbon footprint. Going green isn’t just a tagline anymore, it’s a way of life. It’s moved beyond a trendy idea into an important message being spread worldwide. There is both an environmental and health cost associated with being eco-friendly.

Now, you can choose carpeting options that are good for your health and for the world around you. There are green carpeting options and techniques that you can start implementing today to make your home more sustainable.

1. Carpet Finish

Some people experience health issues related to carpets. But, there is a fairly inexpensive solution that you can try before pulling it out altogether. This is a non-toxic, green carpet finish called SafeChoice Carpet Seal. This type of carpet finish:

  • Is long lasting
  • Fights air pollution by preventing the carpet backing from giving
  • off any toxic chemicals
  • Is odorless
  • Resists water-borne stains
  • Is non-toxic

2. Keep Your Carpet Up-To-Date

There are so many sustainable carpet and rug manufacturers available today.It has become easy to find a carpet that suits your lifestyle while being environmentally conscious. Choose a carpet that is made from natural fibers and uses non-toxic or no chemical treatments. Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

3. Be Aware of the Padding

Carpets with a lightweight backing are key because they won’t require additional padding which often contain plastic. There are also padding options made from recycled materials. Avoid carpet pads that use styrene butadiene rubber and use felt padding instead. You could even have the choice of quality carpets that require no padding at all.

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4. Installation Process

If you’ve decided to update your entire carpet, be aware of the installation process. Most processes involve chemical-based glues. However, this is not the only way to fit a carpet. There are more sustainable options, such as: tacking down the carpet without any glue or using water-based, low-VOC glues instead. If installation requires gluing, use low-emitting, non-solvent adhesives.

5. Carpet Disposal

If you are looking to update your carpet, you will most likely have to throw out the old one. It is extremely important not to throw it into a landfill! Now, if you purchase your new carpet from a flooring company, many of them will recycle your old one for you. Shaw is one of our carpet manufacturers, and they do just that!

At Carpet To Go, we have all sorts of flooring and carpeting options available. Because sustainability is important to us, we would be more than happy to discuss the various options in order for you to make your home more eco-friendly. Contact us today at (206) 382-1253 to find out more about how Carpet To Go Seattle can help you with all your carpet needs.

The Best Type of Carpet and Flooring for Families with Kids

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There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the best flooring to place in your home when you have a family with kids. While aesthetics is very important to most people, lifestyle is truly the bigger factor.

So, how can you meld both practicality and beauty together when it comes to the flooring of your home? If you have children, this can be an especially difficult decision and you may feel as though you have only a few options to choose from.

Well, that has never been further from the truth with today’s innovative options in flooring technology. To find out where Consumer Reports stand on various types of flooring, take a look at their rankings here.

Carpet and Kids

Carpet in your home is an obvious choice for many people because of its comfort and affordability, but, what about when you add children to the mix? Often the fear of stains from dropped foods or art projects gone awry can deter us from this type of flooring. That doesn’t have to be the case as there are a few carpet options that are still great and kid friendly, especially to add a cozy factor to a child’s bedroom.

There are 2 types of carpets that we would recommend you consider during this process. These are based on durability, maintenance, and cost effectiveness.

Nylon Fiber:

Nylon fiber outperforms other fibers when it comes to resilience and maintenance. This carpet is known for lasting a decade or longer and is a good choice for high traffic areas and, depending on whether you choose a higher quality “branded” or lower quality “unbranded” nylon fiber, you are looking at spending anywhere from 10 to $45 per square yard. It is important to note that you will need to treat this type of carpet with stain protectors throughout its lifespan.

Triexta Fiber:

Triexta Fiber is slightly more expensive than nylon, coming in at 20 to $45 per square yard. However, it has excellent, permanent, anti-stain properties because it is derived partly from corn sugar. This fiber is well known for its resilience but since it’s fairly new to the market it is unclear how it compares to nylon in respect to durability.

Carpet cleaning after a big accident is important but thankfully, a quality vacuum and quick stain maintenance are all that’s recommended, along with yearly cleaning by a professional.

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Laminate Flooring and Kids

Laminate flooring is an incredible choice for homes with kids because of its characteristics, aesthetics, and performance ability. While laminate flooring may not be the best choice for flooring your entire home, it is certainly a great choice in high-traffic areas where messes are made the most, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Laminate flooring is constructed of dense fiberboard and a core board for moisture resistance. On top of that lies a decorative layer that can essentially be anything of your choosing! From simple to extravagant, the possibilities are endless. In addition to this, there is a clear plastic protective layer giving it the durability you’re looking for.

When it comes to laminate flooring, you really get what you pay for. Laminate is easy to care for because you can just sweep up dirt, mop over it once and it’s clean. However, if the top layer is damaged due to scratches or discoloration, you will need to replace it after the outer layer has worn through. A good brand of laminate will resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight.

Relatively speaking, laminate is affordable and costs anywhere between $3 and $7 per square foot, making it a great option.

Vinyl Flooring and Kids

Vinyl flooring is one of the best options if affordability, aesthetics, and durability are the most important factors to you. There are 2 types of vinyl flooring; standard and luxury tile. Incredibly, many people can’t tell at first glance (or second or third!) that vinyl flooring isn’t real hardwood, stone, or ceramic (whichever it is mimicking).

This type of flooring is very good at standing up to wear and tear and being resilient towards scratches, dents, sunlight discoloration, and stains and is known for its easy installation.

Hardwood Flooring and Kids

You may think hardwood is not a practical choice if you have children but surprisingly, with today’s technology and considering the age and rambunctiousness of your child, this may still be a great choice for your home. A good hardwood floor requires little time and energy. With the appropriate precautions and maintenance measures, it is easy to protect your hardwood floor.

To protect your hardwood floor from the daily grind, be sure to sweep daily, clean up spills as soon as they occur, and use a hardwood floor cleaner when you do want to do a heavy duty clean. With those precautions, you should be able to make your hardwood floor last for years to come!

Thankfully, just because you have a family doesn’t mean you need to compromise the look and feel that makes your house a home. Flooring is important and it’s easily possible to balance between what you want and what you need. At Carpet To Go, we have all these types of flooring and more. Let us help you in your decision-making process and specific needs with a free consultation by filling out this form.

Why Carpet to Go Loves Shaw Floors

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At Carpet to Go, we pride ourselves in offering the highest quality and most affordable flooring options. It’s important to us to align ourselves with retailers who share the same passion and integrity. One of our most valued carpet providers and partnerships is Shaw Floors. For the past 48 years, Shaw Floors has been providing great products and its philosophy is something to aspire to.

Brief History and Philosophy

Shaw Floors began in 1946 as Star Dye Company, a small company that dyed tufted scatter rugs. Continually differentiating its service and adding value for customers motivated every major move in the company’s development. The desire to be the industry’s low-cost provider was also a determining factor in Shaw’s decisions. The employees’ daily efforts illustrate their commitment and their determination to stay on top of an ever-changing and highly competitive marketplace.

Production Quality and Innovation

When it comes to innovation, Shaw Floors uses cutting edge flooring technology. Here are some of our favorites:

R2X Stain and Soil Repellant

R2X Stain and Soil Repellant is a system that has quickly become the industry’s fastest-growing protective carpet treatment. It’s been hailed as a new generation in carpet technology and is as much of an innovation today as the first carpet stain and soil treatments were decades ago. This exclusive system goes beyond conventional repellents that only protect the surface of the carpet by arming them with total fiber coverage.

SoftBac Platinum Carpet Backing

This type of backing is significantly better than traditional ones and the benefits aren’t just ones you can feel. SoftBac protects the carpet fiber from excessive heat transfer during the application of the backing. During this process, shrinkage is minimized, creating a noticeable improvement in the carpet’s appearance. Its ability to bend and fold makes for fewer seams in tight passageways and corners, and its superior stretch allows for less visible seams.

Sustainability

It’s important now more than ever to protect our planet for generations to come. Going green isn’t just a trend anymore, it is being taken seriously. We love the fact that Shaw’s business model aligns with ours: to be eco-friendly and sustainable. How the products are made matters.

Shaw flooring employs sustainable manufacturing practices. The company ensures efficient use of materials and natural resources and uses alternative and renewable energy sources where possible. Shaw Flooring designs and operates its facilities and manufacturing processes in accordance with widely recognized sustainability and safety standards. These include: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. Read more about the company’s sustainability report here.

Shaw manufactures many of its own products and ingredient materials. The company sources products and materials from strategic partners in the U.S. and internationally, in order to offer a broad portfolio that meets customer preferences.

Once carpet products have reached the end of their lifespan, they can be converted back into new carpets, products for other industries, or into energy to power our manufacturing operations. Since 2006, Shaw has reclaimed and recycled more than 800 million pounds of post-consumer carpet – regardless of manufacturer.

Contact Us Today to Learn More!

When it comes to integrity, innovation, and sustainability, Shaw Flooring and Carpeting is one of the best in the business, and Carpet To Go is proud to carry a wide selection of their products. For more information about quality carpet or hardwood flooring, fill out our form and request a free quote today.

What to Do When Your Carpet Gets Wet in a Flood

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The rain in Seattle is no joke and, if you’re like most people in the PNW, you might have to deal with flooding at some point in your life. It’s a stressful situation to get caught up in, but if you act quickly, you can rectify the situation. It’s important to act fast because it doesn’t take much water to cause mold. Moisture plus power outages put homeowners in a particularly susceptible mold situation. If you follow the next 6 steps, you should be able to quickly and efficiently dry out your flooded carpet.

1. Move Furniture Off the Carpet

Begin by moving all the furniture out of the way. You don’t want to have heavy furniture weighing down the carpet, as the extra pressure will contribute to trapping water beneath the carpet. cause even more water to be trapped beneath. If you can get the furniture to another room or a garage, try that method.

It is best to clear out the entire room if the carpet is completely flooded. If it’s only partially flooded, move everything over to the dry side.

2. Spread Towels Over the Wet Carpet

Gather up all the towels you can spare and begin soaking up the excess moisture. Put pressure on the towels so they soak up as much as possible and then take them outside or to a bathtub or shower and ring them out to be used again. Repeat this step until you’ve mopped up as much as you can.

3. Vacuum the Wet Carpet

For this step, do not use a regular house vacuum. You will need a heavy-duty wet/dry vacuum for this job. If you don’t have one of your own, these vacuums are available to rent. Take care to cover each part of the carpet so you can suck up as much water as possible.

4. Check Underneath the Carpet

Once you’ve dried the carpet to the best of your abilities using the above methods, it is time to check underneath the carpet to see how much work is left to do. It’s possible the pad underneath could be ruined, but if you got it quickly enough, it might be salvageable. Start at a corner of the room and pull back. You will need to use a pair of pliers to pull up the carpet. There may be sharp metal tacks in the carpet, so be sure to wear heavy duty gloves to protect your hands. Fold over the carpet so you can assess the pad beneath. If it is still damp, try the next step.

5. Help Evaporation with Fans and Dehumidifiers

Gather as many fans and dehumidifiers as you can and set them up strategically around the room. Ask friends if you can borrow theirs if you don’t have any (or just don’t have enough) and turn them on full blast! Your goal here is to suck up any remaining water and encourage the evaporation process as much as possible. This process may take a few hours to a few days, so be patient.

6. Call a Professional

It is possible that after all this hard work you still weren’t able to salvage the carpet. There are carpet retail stores that can set you up with new carpeting at great prices, or carpet remnants that can help save a lot of money as well.

If you have had this issue and need to replace your carpet, look no further than Carpet-to-Go. For a free estimate and in-home consultation, contact us here.

Carpet Installation: 5 Questions to Ask Your Installers

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A carpet installation estimate can be helpful in showing you all of your options for new carpet in your home. But when you’re selecting a carpet installer, there are other factors to consider beyond just the carpet prices and carpet installation cost.

Working with the right carpet installation company is just as important as the carpet itself. If you’re looking to have new carpet installed, here are five questions that you can ask to find out if your carpet installer knows their stuff.

Carpet Maintenance

With each different type of carpet, there are varying levels of maintenance involved. Depending on what kind of carpet you select, you’ll want to ask the installation company what kind of carpet cleaning and maintenance you can expect.

Thicker carpet may require deep cleaning every once in a while to remove stains, or a vacuum that’s suited for the job. Selecting a carpet that fits in with your lifestyle and plans for maintenance is key, and a carpet installation company worth their salt can help point you in the right direction.

Best Value and Best Quality

When it comes to carpet, there is value, quality, and an area where the two intersect. Carpet prices, while dependent on the amount of square footage required, are very much depend on the type of material or brand.

Choosing the right kind of carpet for your budget is a process that a Seattle carpet installation company can help make easier. You’ll want to take time to tell your carpet installer about any budget constraints, size requirements, or style preferences. Experts on how to install carpet, your installation company should be able to give you a great recommendation.

Installing Carpet on the Stairs

To install carpet on the stairs, or not to install carpet on the stairs — a heated debate among homeowners. Ultimately, whether you install carpet on the stairs depends on the type of feel that you’re going for in your home.

If you’ve decided that you want to install carpet on your stairs, it’s important to choose a carpet installation company that is up to the task. How to install carpet on the stairs requires diligence and expertise, so make sure that you have a conversation with your installation company about their process.

Know the Warranty of your Carpet

Manufacturers of carpets all have different guidelines on the warranty of their product. Before making a selection on a type of carpet or a carpet installation company, know the warranty information.

Most carpets come with recommended carpet cleaning and maintenance information, which is vital in maintaining your eligibility for the warranty. It also ensures that your carpet will look nice for years to come! If you’re unsure of your carpet’s warranty coverage, be sure to ask your carpet installation company to help interpret it for you.

Carpet Installation Cost

Outside the cost of the product itself, knowing the carpet installation cost in full eliminates any ambiguity surrounding the installation.

There’s nothing worse than an installation job costing more than anticipated. You’ll want to talk to your carpet installation company up front to know for certain what you’ll be paying. You can even use this carpet installation cost calculator to figure out if the price they’re charging is fair.

Having an open conversation with your installation company and asking the right questions ensures that you’ll be getting the carpet install of your dreams. We’re a local Seattle carpet installation company recognized for quality, integrity, and customer happiness. If you’re looking to have an install done in your home, contact us today for a free estimate!

Ensuring Easy Carpet Cleaning

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Good carpeting can do a lot to create an overall feel for a room and make a home feel like home. Even Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” knew the importance of this, chasing after his stolen rug that “really tied the room together.”

But sometimes carpeting that looks fantastic isn’t the best in terms of maintenance. While Seattle carpet cleaning is a service that is available for a reasonable cost, it’s quite nice to be able to keep things looking clean and polished on your own.

When you’re visiting a Seattle carpet store and sizing up all of the different carpets you could augment your home with, take a moment to consider what carpet cleaning will look like in the future. Big, fluffy carpets and white carpeting can be troublesome when it comes to cleaning out particles or wiping out stains, respectively.

Let our Seattle carpet installation company be your expert resource in ensuring easy carpet cleaning. Here’s what you should look for if you desire a good balance of easy-maintenance and gorgeous carpeting.

Type of Material

There is a vast selection of carpet in every type of material, and there’s sure to be one that you find as a good design fit for your home.

The specialists at our Bellevue carpet store can tell you that the material a carpet is made of has the biggest influence in how well it maintains. With everything from animal hair, plant material, to fully-synthetic fibers, each comes with its own territory.

As we focus on choosing easily-maintained carpet for your carpet installation company to install, synthetic fibers are going to be your best route. Easy to clean and more stain-resistant than your regular plant fibers, synthetic carpet fibers are a great addition to a home that needs design flair as well as durability. Carpet cleaning with synthetic fibers is easily performed on a professional level as well as a DIY level.

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Coloration and Height

Two more variables to consider in your ease of carpet cleaning are the color of the carpet and how tall it is.

If it’s resistance to staining and crushing that you’re looking for, you’ll find a medium-dark carpet to be a good fit. Medium-dark carpeting hides any damage from foot traffic, fading, or stains far greater than a white carpet can do. We know—it’s so tempting to call up the Bellevue carpet store and order some white carpet for your place, but you must be prepared for the maintenance responsibility that comes with it.

While we could go on and on about the advantages and disadvantages of different carpet heights, level loop carpet offers the easiest carpet cleaning and maintenance of them all. Level loop offers less area for debris and dirt to get stuck in, and it is far less likely to snag.

There are loads of variables to consider when picking your coloration and height for your home’s new carpet, so it’s always best to chat with a professional at our Bellevue carpet installation company before making your final choice.

Carpet Density

Lastly, we have carpet density as a consideration in choosing easy-to-maintain carpeting. The more fibers per square inch, the more durable the carpet.

For carpet cleaning, high-density fabrics can be a challenge. Generally, abiding by the rule that the carpet should be dense enough that you can’t see the mat below it, even when you get up close to it, is a good bet. Be sure to choose a carpet that is just dense enough so that maintenance won’t be an issue.

If you’re looking to gain a better understanding of carpet density, visit our carpet showroom at our Seattle carpet store or Bellevue carpet store. Touch is the best teacher; feel which carpet you like best!

There is a carpet out there to fit every need. Our Bellevue carpet installation company is dedicated to providing the best selection of carpet, paired with sound advice and unrivaled customer service. We’d love to be part of your next carpet cleaning or installation project. Click here to get a free estimate!