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Six Questions To Ask Your Carpet Installation Professional

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You’ve finally come to a point where your existing carpeting needs to go. It’s no longer fitting in with your decor preferences and you’ve begun to suspect that, no matter how much you clean it, there may be issues developing regarding allergens and possible mold deep beneath the surface. You’ve received referrals for new carpet installation companies, but you’re hesitant to make the initial call because you’re not certain you know enough about carpet to ask the important questions that need be asked.

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Six Questions to Ask A Carpet Professional

Sound familiar? Don’t feel alone if you do. Many consumers in your position often put off this same type of discussion – but the good news is you don’t have to. There are many questions regarding carpet sales and installation, but here are six critical ones you need to ask any professional sales and installation company.

 

1. Why Is This Carpet the Best Choice for Me?

When you receive a quote from carpet installation companies, they’re usually trying to match up your desires regarding quality and costs and present you with recommendations that reflect such. It’s important that you ask questions that will help them find the best match for the criteria you have established. Often, just asking the question, “Why is this carpet the best choice for me?” allows them to contrast the differing points relative to carpet quality, maintenance, warranty concerns, installation and costs in a way that can help you to feel comfortable with their recommendation. This, in turn, may make it easier for you to accept the quote, knowing it offers you the conditions that are most important to you.

 

2. How Do I Know the Quote Is Accurate, and Is It Non-Binding on Me?

Before you ask this question you’re going to need to brush up a bit on your knowledge of carpet. Fortunately, there are several tools online you can access. One, a Carpet Price Comparison Guide is included here for your convenience. As you listen to the person providing you a quote it is perfectly acceptable for you to refer to this guide and make sure the prices you’re hearing are in line with the comparison guide. Remember, there are many factors that go into a carpet quote so don’t expect exact matches, but if something doesn’t seem right this will help you to recognize and question it. Also, don’t even schedule a quote with anyone who does not clearly state that the quote is free and there is no obligation on your part to accept it.

 

3. Is the Quoted Price All-inclusive?

This is critical. Make absolutely sure that the price being quoted to you is all-inclusive, which means the quoted price represents both the sale and the installation of the new carpet. Unfortunately, there have been occasions when a consumer thought they had been quoted an all-inclusive price, only to discover they hadn’t when they were presented with a separate bill for installation, after the fact.

 

4. How Do I Best Maintain This Carpet?

You know that you vacuum regularly and remove stains as soon as they appear, making sure family and friends wipe their feet as they enter your home. What you’re looking for from the carpet professional who’s trying to sell you the carpet is if there are any care and maintenance tips that are particular to the type of carpet you are looking to buy. For instance, how you care for Berber carpet may not be exactly the best way to care for Saxony Plush carpet. Same goes for different manufacturers and for different qualities of carpet. The main point here is to ask for any expertise this person has to share and, just to be safe, see if you can’t procure some printed literature from the manufacturer that deals with care and maintenance.

 

5. What About Professional Maintenance – How Often and What Type?

Chances are the professional carpet company you’re dealing with sells professional grade cleaning and maintenance products. They may even have staff on hand who perform such maintenance, but, if they don’t, they’ll know a good professional carpet cleaning company they can recommend to you. If you’ve ever had your carpets steam cleaned by a professional you already know what a difference it can make. Professional carpet cleaning is, generally, recommended to be performed once a year, or every 18 months at the most. During the interim, you’re going to need to perform regularly scheduled maintenance yourself. Make sure the person talking to you offers whatever knowledge and/or resources regarding the advantages and types of professional carpet cleaning they have at their disposal.

 

6. What Type of Warranty Comes with This Carpet?

Listen carefully to the person providing you with a quote as they go through the warranty conditions. The important distinction here is for you to not base your decision totally on this criteria. While carpet warranties may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, the higher in quality (Best and Better) the carpet is, the more chance warranties are going to be similar in what they offer. Be prepared that the same level of warranty coverage from carpet that is rated “Good” may not necessarily be as comprehensive.

 

Confidently Choose The Best Carpet For You

Asking the right questions is going to make you feel more confident during the whole process of selecting and purchasing new carpet for your home. The only thing more important, perhaps, is your choice of carpet installation companies.

In the Bellevue area, Carpet To Go has been offering residents access to all major brands of carpet as well as a full-service installation team. Their commitment is to provide honest and professional service for all of their customers. Contact them today to begin finding the perfect carpet for your home!

Are Wool Carpets the Best Choice for You?

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When selecting flooring for your home, there are a variety of choices to consider. You likely have budget constraints that will dictate some of your choices, allergies or sensitivities can impact what’s the best flooring option for you, as can your desire for lower-maintenance or easier to clean flooring.

Choosing between types of carpet is no different. Recently, wool carpet has become very popular. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this type of carpet, but choosing the right carpet material for your home is more complicated than just finding the right color or texture.

So, what is it about wool carpet that makes it so popular? Read on to learn more about this carpeting option and the benefits you can receive from using it.

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Introducing Wool Carpets

Wool carpets are spun from sheep’s wool, then turned into yarn. They are popular for their hypoallergenic and eco-friendly aspects, as well as the fact that wool is naturally stain-resistant and has a texture that some homeowners prefer.

Because they are made from natural fibers, wool carpets are naturally flame-retardant and durable. They regulate temperature much better than nylon carpets, which can feel damp and cold in humid climates. Wool carpets are a fantastic investment for a home if you intend to stay there for a long time or have a heavily-trafficked area. It gives a feel of luxury to any room and will make you feel like royalty every time you dig your toes into its plush material.

 

Is Wool the Best Type of Carpet for You?

The next question most homeowners will ask is this: If wool carpet is so fantastic, is it a good fit for my home? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and perks of wool carpet.

Easy to Maintain

Because the material is stain-resistant, wool carpet tends to be easier to maintain than synthetic fibers. It also tends to be more colorfast (dyed in colors that will not fade or be washed out), with the wear of the carpet being more even. Many wool carpet owners say it “ages gracefully.” Vacuuming and an occasional steam treatment should keep your wool carpet in great shape for years.

Comfortable

The natural softness of wool is something that can’t be mimicked by any synthetic fiber. It gives a luxurious look and feel to any room. Because of its natural ability to resist stains and grime, the carpet will look beautiful for many years and even hide dirt in between cleanings.

Strong and Durable

Wool is the most durable carpeting option. Although it is more expensive than synthetic fiber/nylon carpets, the value that it adds to your home – plus the fact that it will outlast any nylon carpet – actually makes it a very good option for your budget! It is strong and will withstand heavy traffic from feet and pets, and can last for 20 to 25 years.

Fire Retardant

While a nylon carpet would melt and give off toxic fumes if it was exposed to heat or flame, wool carpet will singe and naturally self-extinguish. This is a great safety measure for your home. If it does catch on fire, it will burn weakly and inhibit the fire from spreading.

Traps Allergens

You may think that carpet is a bad option for a person with allergies to dust or dirt. However, wool carpet is the best flooring choice for those with allergies. The texture of wool functions as a natural air filter and holds dust and allergens until you vacuum them up. Wool carpet also deters bacteria and dust mites.

Eco-Friendly

Because it is a natural fiber and a renewable resource, wool is eco-friendly. It is also durable, generating less waste. When you do choose to replace your wool carpet, it’s biodegradable and recyclable. As such, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options on the market!

 

When is Wool a Bad Choice?

Of course, there are a few situations where wool carpet may not be the best option. As mentioned before, wool carpets are more expensive upfront than nylon ones. They also may fade faster than synthetic fibers, due to the dying process. Synthetic fibers are also available in a wider variety of styles than wool.  Because of their natural makeup, wool carpets can have a “wet dog” smell if not kept dry.

 

Interested in Wool Carpet? Contact Us!

Whatever flooring option you choose, the most important thing to remember is that having a professional team install your carpets will save you money in the long run. They can help you choose something suited to the room and your needs, then make sure that everything fits tightly and neatly.

If you’re in the market for new flooring, contact us today to find out more about what options we can offer you!

4 Simple Ways to Preserve and Clean Hardwood Floors

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Keeping your hardwood floors clean makes your house look wonderfully spotless and beautiful. But, finding the time and products to make your hardwood floors clean can be a challenge if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Thankfully, when you’ve got the right cleaning routine and know what products to use, carving out a little time in your schedule for cleaning your hardwood floors should be enough to keep them shining for your enjoyment and when company comes to visit. When your floors require a little TLC and restoration, use the following tips to restore their shine.

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Daily Cleaning Routine

If you tackle messes daily and perform some simple maintenance on your floors throughout the day, you’ll notice a big difference in the quality of your hardwood floors. From staying dust free to showing off its shine, your hardwood floors can absolutely benefit from simple day-to-day attention.

1. Remove Messes Immediately

One of the best and most obvious ways to improve the quality of your hardwood floors is to clean messes from them right away. Even though hardwood seems much more stain-proof than, say, carpet, it’s actually not.

Leaving messes to linger on your hardwood floors allows them the chance to eat away at the top layer of protective coating and get down into the wood itself. This damage is irreversible, meaning that a neglected small spill could permanently alter the quality of your entire floor.

If you want to maintain a clean wood floor, treat messes as they happen. Whether it’s Fido tracking in mud from the back door or a spilled lemonade, take five minutes to sop up the mess and treat it with wood-friendly cleaning agents, like a neutral oil soap, to preserve your clean hardwood floor.

2. Sweep Up Debris

Another simple trick for daily hardwood floor maintenance is to give your hardwood floors a good sweep at least once a day. Sweeping your floor picks up dust and other debris bits that build up over time.

As you and your family live and play in your home, the likelihood that stray dirt and grime will get worn into your hardwoods is fairly high. But, when you take time to sweep the debris away, you
don’t give these bits time to make much of a negative impact.

 

Long Term Protection

Of course, cleaning your hardwood floors daily is fine for preserving them in the present, but are there things that you can do to ensure long term protection for your precious hardwoods?

Yes! Protecting your hardwood floors for the long term is surprisingly simple, and involves taking control over what goes onto your floors, as well as keeping environmental factors in check to minimize wear.

3. Felt Your Furniture Feet

Putting hardwood floors in a room is fairly meaningless if you don’t add furniture and items for living in and enjoying that room. But be mindful of the furniture that you put in, and make sure that the bottoms of the pieces you put into the room are not going to dig into the floor or are placed on safe barrier surfaces before they go down.

One simple solution for keeping floors clean from scuffs and snags is to cover furniture feet with felted pads. These pads are designed to adhere to the bottoms of chair legs, table legs and other standard bottoms to keep them from scratching up your floors as they move. They’re inexpensive and can be found at any home improvement stores.

4. Monitor Humidity Levels

Humidity is no friend to hardwood floors. One of the best ways to preserve your hardwood floors is to ensure they don’t get warped and ruined over time by excess humidity in your home.

If you live in a humid environment, chances are your home will experience periods of high humidity throughout the year. Combat this environmental enemy of wood by installing a dehumidifier in your rooms with hardwood to level out the airborne moisture.

 

Products to Avoid

When cleaning your hardwood floors, there are products that you should avoid. In fact, many cleaners labeled as hardwood floor polishes or shine boosters actually work to dull your floors over time rather than shine them, because they place a chemical layer over top of your wood that simply mimics the look of shiny new hardwoods.

 

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

Over time, your hardwood floors may show signs of wear that simply won’t go away no matter how much you try to eliminate them. With years of traffic and action, hardwood floors eventually lose their protective topcoat.

Thankfully, getting them refinished is a fairly straightforward home improvement process that’ll leave them looking as good as new. For more information on refinishing your hardwood floors, contact us to learn more about our hardwood floor services.

How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger With the Right Flooring

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No matter what floor plan or style of architecture, it seems like every house has that one room that looks too small no matter how it is decorated. You can rearrange the furniture, paint the walls, add some mirrors or even have bright and colorful paintings, but no matter what, it still looks and feels too small.

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Make A Small Room Look Bigger

The good news is there is a solution to this all-too-common scenario that really does make a room look bigger: the right flooring. Picking the right flooring for a smaller room in your home can make all the difference between that overall impression of too small and just right. Here are several tricks for choosing flooring that will make any room look and feel more spacious.

1. Choose Darker Color Tones

Many people believe that brighter means bigger when it comes to decorating. That’s a pretty common misconception when it comes to flooring. The real deal is this: dark flooring in combination with the right wall color actually gives the room a more expansive look. Use a cooler color tone for the walls, ceiling, trim, and moulding, then select a darker toned carpet or hardwood/laminate flooring in Brazilian cherry, walnut, or oak.

2. Always Place Flooring Diagonally

Whether it’s a carpet pattern or hardwood, when you lay it out diagonally it immediately creates an impression of greater size in a room. Why? It’s something of an optical illusion: the widest part of the pattern is facing you as soon as you enter the room, which tricks your eyes and brain into seeing the space as larger than it actually is. The diagonal pattern rule applies to every type of flooring, from carpet to natural stone tiles.

3. Use Larger Tiles

The best flooring for smaller spaces should always use the biggest tiles or widest planks possible. When the flooring itself looks larger, it creates a greater impression of size as you enter the room. If you are installing vinyl tiles, the best choices are 16, 18, or 24-inch size rather than standard square foot tiles. One way you can enhance this visual effect with tile flooring is to install your tiling with rectified edges and keep the grout in between to a minimum.

4. Use Large Patterned Carpet Tiles

Not a fan of laminate flooring or hardwood? If you must install carpeting in a room due to preference or budget constraints, select large patterned carpet tiles rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. Placing these larger carpet tiles on a diagonal with the widest part of the pattern facing the door, gives a much larger impression of square footage despite the fact that you have just increased the size of your carpet tiles and not the actual dimensions of the room.

6. Keep Storage Off the Floor to Make it More Visible

Every room needs some form of storage space, whether it is for books and papers or decorations and artwork. An excellent way to make a room appear larger is to install shallow shelving on the
walls to free up floor space that would otherwise be occupied by bookcases or clothes dressers. Try to pick shelving that is no more than 30 cm. deep. Placing a bed or seating in a recess surrounded by shelving also helps to free up floor space and allow you to project the impression of a larger room.

7. Make Flooring Consistent Throughout Your Home

When you use a consistent style between all adjacent rooms in your home, it creates an overall impression of greater space than the actual square footage of each space. Choose the same designs for patterned flooring throughout the house, and if you need to change flooring materials (for example, when tiling a bathroom or kitchen floor), make certain you choose complimentary colors. Lighter wall-to-wall carpeting is best in areas you want carpeting in your home, but bear in mind that carpeted floors require more maintenance than laminate or newer hardwoods.

 

Conclusion

Picking flooring that expands the visual impression of each room can go a long way in making individual rooms look much more spacious without the need for demolition and expansion.

Consulting with a flooring specialist when renovating or redesigning rooms in your home is always a good idea, and be sure to look at as many options as possible in order to get the look you want, not the look you can live with. With just a little planning and forethought though, it is very easy to expand the look of any room in your home.

For more information on flooring options, contact Carpet To Go today!

Carpet Care Tips: How to Keep Your Carpet Looking New

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Spills, stains, and dirt are just a part of everyday life. If you have carpeted floors, you know the pain of watching your spotless new carpet slowly deteriorate into a mottled mess. It can seem tricky to keep carpet looking new, but it’s not impossible.

Always Keep Carpet Care in Mind

The upkeep of your carpet may slip to the bottom of your to-do list some days, but remember: a healthy, well-kept carpet will look better, feel softer underfoot, and last longer! It’s worth a bit of effort to keep those carpets looking their best. If you start a regular maintenance and cleaning routine, you can prevent them from ever getting to a poor state. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

 

Keeping Your Carpet Looking Like New

So what can you do to keep that new, fresh carpet look? Read on for seven tips on carpet maintenance and new carpet care.

Identify and Monitor High-Traffic Areas

Carpets always suffer more wear and tear in areas that have heavier foot traffic. Dirt, mud and the friction and pressure of being walked on all have an impact on the appearance of carpet in these areas. Here’s a good way to keep tabs on how worn your carpet really is: monitor the areas that you know have higher traffic and use them as a benchmark for the rest of your carpet.

Trim Loose Ends and Snags

It may start out as a small snag – maybe a pet’s toenail caught a loop of the carpet, or furniture being dragged across left the area piled and with loose threads. Whatever the cause, loose ends and snags can quickly develop into a bigger problem. Avert these issues by trimming them down immediately.

Entrance Mats

A simple way to protect your carpets that are often under-appreciated is by having entrance mats at all the exits of your home. This, coupled with not wearing outdoor shoes indoors, can alleviate some of the stress on your carpet by lowering the amounts of pollutants that are brought in and tracked across the carpet.

Rotate Furniture

Some rooms are set up in a certain way – and some may only be suited to one format. If possible, rotate your furniture and move it around every six months or so to prevent premature wear and tear caused by the weight of furniture. This can also help redirect foot traffic and give a chance for the carpet to wear more evenly.

Clean Spillage as Soon as it Happens

Never leave spills to sit, even if they seem small. Spills turn to stains, which can ruin the visual appeal and color of your carpet. Some stains are harder to remove than others – and anyone with pets or children has surely seen their fair share of these spills – but most can be removed. Cleaning products aimed at removing stains from carpet are available at most stores. Here is another basic tip: Remove excess spillage by blotting, not rubbing. This absorbs the spill without grinding it into the carpet, which can just worsen stains. You can also use a very diluted soap and water mix to help with cleaning, or even just mist the area with plain water.

Choose the Right Vacuum and Use it on a Regular Basis

Vacuuming is key to maintaining carpet on a day-to-day basis. When you choose your vacuum, keep your carpet type in mind, as using the right vacuum can save you a lot of time and money in the future. For example, if you have flat or low carpet, a vacuum with a rotating brush can extract dirt and crumbs. If you have loop-pile carpet, however, avoid using a rotating brush as it can catch and damage the pile. There are also common mistakes to avoid when vacuuming:

  • Always vacuum in both directions (with and against the pile of the carpet)
  • Empty your vacuum frequently
  • Adjust the height to the appropriate pile height as you go

…and don’t forget to take your time!

Get Regular, Professional Maintenance

Professional services – like carpet steaming, deep-cleaning, shampooing and appropriate cleaning for wool carpets – can help lengthen your carpet’s lifespan and maintain its appearance and health.

 

Have Questions? Contact Us

There are daily things you can do to make sure that your carpet lasts and looks beautiful for years – but if you find yourself in a sticky (or otherwise messy, stained, or muddy) situation, contact Carpet to Go to talk with the experts. We offer carpet cleaning and maintenance services, as well as consultations and quotes if it’s time to replace your carpet.

For all your flooring and carpeting needs in the Bellevue, Washington area, we’re here to help.

7 Carpet Cleaning Tips All DIYers Should Know

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If you can’t remember the last time your carpets got a good cleaning, you may want to consider some of the ways you can treat the spots and dirt that have built up over time. When you take carpet cleaning one room or one mess at a time, the cleaning process goes smoothly and leaves your home looking and feeling its freshest.

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When you know how to treat messes and stains, you can awe everyone at your next family get together when a glass of Merlot comes crashing to the floor and you handle the situation like a professional.

 

The 7 Carpet Cleaning Tips All DIYers Should know

When You Spill, You Should Also Blot

When something spills onto your dining or living room carpet, take care to blot the residual liquid or goo away. Always blot spills, never rub them as it ends up causing a bigger mess. When you’re dealing with a mess, the last thing you want to do is shortcircuit your cleaning efforts by spreading the problem!

 

Dry-Freeze Bubblegum

Oh no! Your toddler found your bubble gum, chewed on a piece and left it in the middle of your family room rug. You already know that bubble gum is a carpet’s worst nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be traumatizing.

To remove bubble gum from carpet, place cubes of ice in a bag directly on the gum to harden it. Then you can use a spoon to separate the blobs of gum and ether pull them off or cut the strands as close to the gum as possible. Don’t forget to hide the bubble gum from your little one for the next decade or so.

 

The Mythical Club Soda

Club soda is a miracle worker when it comes to removing wine and beer stains from carpet. Most experts agree that you can treat wet stains with club soda by pouring an equal amount of soda onto the spot directly. Then, work with a towel and blot the mess out of the carpet, little by little. It may take some time and a few towels to get the job done, but if you do it the right way, you’ll never remember anything ever spilled on that section of carpet.

 

Use Dishwasher Detergent for Grease Stains

If someone accidentally tracked garage grease in on their shoes, you need a foolproof way to get this pesky stain right out of your carpet. Surprisingly, common dish soap is the best answer for greasy stains.

First dilute the dish detergent into water and use the mix in a spray bottle. Then spray to the affected area and blot out with a towel for total removal.

 

Fight Blood with Hydrogen Peroxide

While you never plan to have blood on your carpet, suffering an accidental cut or having a pet with a wounded paw can quickly lead to a very bad stain. For these occasions, turn to hydrogen peroxide.

Simply apply the hydrogen peroxide with an eyedropper to the affected area and then dab it up with a cloth. Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes the stain and helps you to lift some of it out of the carpet. It also has a lightening quality that removes evidence of the stain in the first place.

 

Scrape Off Crushed Candy

If you have children, it’s nearly impossible not to get candy crushed on your carpet at some point or another. In these cases, scrape it off with a butter knife and then wash the area with a soapy sponge. Be sure again to blot, rather than rub, to remove any remaining residue.

 

Furry Friends Need Natural Cleaners

If you have pets, you should always purchase natural carpet cleaners for your home carpet cleaning needs. Even the best-trained pets can have accidents, so always keep a stock of organic carpet cleaner to clean your carpet when Fido doesn’t get outside in time.

 

Bigger Stains and Complex Maintenance

DIY carpet cleaning is great for handling your everyday stains. We hope that the carpet cleaning advice offered here gives you a head start in treating your most affected areas.

However, sometimes your carpet has complex needs or big set-in stains that you simply can’t handle alone. Professional carpet cleaning is ideal for these maintenance needs, since you don’t want to risk your carpet quality with a poorly executed or advised DIY cleaning method.

For carpet needs in the Bellevue, Washington area, contact us at Carpet to Go to learn more about the carpet cleaning and maintenance services that we offer. Choose from a list of services to clean your problem areas, or, simply get new carpet.

Contact us today for a consultation and quote.

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7 Tips For Drying Wet Carpet And Preventing Mold Growth

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Do you have a leak that’s turned into a massive problem for the carpet in your home?

Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a flood or leaky pipe, coping with a soaked carpet is no laughing matter. Wet carpet can cause damage to your home beyond just the flooring – a problem that’s incredibly unpleasant.

Read on to learn more about what to do when your carpet gets wet, and what you can do to prevent further damage.

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How Do You Know If A Carpet is Wet?

While it may seem like a silly question from the outset, sometimes wet carpet doesn’t actually appear moist. You may have some old moisture trapped below the surface of the carpet. Maybe there’s a leak in a corner of the house that you don’t frequent.

One of the first ways to spot carpet moisture problems is by the foul odor emanating from the affected area. If left untreated, this odor will continue to permeate your indoor air and can really stink up your home.

If you notice a musty odor that just won’t go away with vacuuming and regular cleaning, you may be dealing with a wet carpet. Other signs of trapped moisture can include constant sickness and allergy symptoms in family members and pets, as well as discoloration in sections of your carpet.

 

Should You Let Wet Carpets Sit?

Let’s say you find your living room carpet soaked when you return from a weekend ski trip or you wake up to a flood in your basement. You may not know how long ago the leak happened, or whether the carpet was wet for a few hours or a few days.

Regardless of when the soaking occurred, once you know an issue exists you must take action to clean up the mess. Leaving wet carpet sitting risks not only damaging the carpet and the padding beneath, but risks damaging your subfloor as well.

Unattended wet carpet is prone to mold and mildew. When you leave moisture sitting in a warm, dark place, these toxins will invade your home – and once moisture and mold permeate a carpet pad, it’s impossible to eradicate.

Mold is incredibly toxic to humans and pets. Left untreated, it impacts those who are sensitive to allergens, and decrease your quality of life by tainting your home’s air supply.

 

Seven Expert Tips For Drying A Wet Carpet

If you have wet carpet, there’s no time to lose. Follow these steps for drying your carpet properly and preventing the spread of moisture and mildew.

1. Remove The Moisture

The most important part is first stopping water from flowing into the problem area. The easiest way to get the moisture out of your carpet is by removing the water with a wet vacuum. Wet vacs are the perfect tool for getting rid of water in your carpet. They’re relatively inexpensive, and you can easily rent one if you think you may need a wet vac just once.

2. Assess Your Furniture

If you have furniture and fixtures in the room, check to see whether the moisture impacted those items. While you can remove, dry, and replace some objects, others – like upholstered furniture – may require more special attention. Unfortunately, you may have to dispose of items that have severe water damage.

3. Create Air Flow

Create as much airflow as possible in the wet area to help clear the odor and moisture from the room. Open windows, turn on fans and put a fan on the floor to help dry things out.

High-powered fans are best for this job. However, if you only have standard fans, a little airflow is better than none. Consider using a dehumidifier to remove even more moisture from the atmosphere.

4. Replace Carpet Padding

In most cases where water has saturated your carpet, your carpet padding is a goner. Replace it to prevent the main carpet from becoming saturated with mold.

5. Steam Clean

Steam cleaning wet carpet removes any toxins and deodorizes it. You can do this yourself or call a professional for help. Steam has a high enough temperature to kill any toxins, and also removes the toxins when the steam cleaner sucks up the dead mold spores.

6. Use Baking Soda

Baking soda works wonders when it comes to lifting and removing trapped moisture. Simply sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over your carpet and allow it to sit for at least half an hour. Then, vacuum it up and enjoy fresh dry carpets.

7. Sanitize Other Room Surfaces

To further prevent the spread of mold and mildew, thoroughly clean the other surfaces in the room. Scrub the walls and baseboards to remove the remainder of water and any mildew from your room.

 

Local Carpet Experts

If you need a consultation or help with drying or replacing your soaked carpets, contact us at Carpet to Go. We have a variety of services that can help you to get your flooded rooms back to new.

How to Choose the Best Flooring for Your Kitchen

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When remodeling your home, you love reviewing every opportunity to design and improve it. The kitchen often commands a significant part of a remodel. Admit it, you are obsessed with the kitchen. There are so many opportunities! There are backsplashes, gadgets, appliances, cabinets and so much more to consider.

However, one of the most important improvements is right below your feet: flooring.

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Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Kitchen

There are so many viable options when trying to decide the best flooring for a kitchen. The reality is there are positives, negatives, costs and benefits of each type. The endless types and color selections for kitchen flooring may seem overwhelming, but we’re going to break down each type so that you can easily understand the pros and cons of each variety.

 

1. Laminate Kitchen Flooring

At $2 to $8 per square foot, laminate is by far the most affordable flooring option for your kitchen. It is an ideal selection for people looking to make a simple and quick update to their floors. Installers generally have an easier time installing laminate floors, which reduces your labor costs. When you have a damaged section, replacing it is easy. Laminate is a very popular flooring choice because it is cheap and there are plenty of styles and colors from which to choose.

There are challenges with laminate flooring, however. It can dent easily. Furthermore, if you consider selling your home, you may want to choose another option that offers you a better return on investment, as laminate does not add significant value to your home.

 

2. Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

Like laminate, vinyl flooring is affordable at $2 to $8 per square foot. Vinyl is incredibly easy to clean and, again, installers have an easy time installing this type of floor. When installed correctly, vinyl lasts for years. Vinyl also mimics other flooring materials such as wood, stone, and tile. Another benefit of vinyl floors is that it is soft, making it more comfortable for standing. Vinyl flooring can also reduce noise.

 

3. Concrete Kitchen Flooring

Concrete flooring is another inexpensive option between $2 and $8 per square foot. Installers seal the floor to create a modern design, or manufacturers can stamp concrete to look like tile, wood or stone. Concrete provides a wide array of design options that appeal in modern kitchens.

Unfortunately, one of the challenges is that the hard concrete surface can be tough on your feet and back.  Additionally, concrete flooring is often very cold.

 

4. Tile Floors in the Kitchen

Tile is a higher-cost kitchen flooring option at $5 to $50 per square foot. Manufacturers create tile flooring from a variety of materials, which makes it an excellent choice for any kitchen design. Ceramic, glazed ceramic, natural stone, concrete, and porcelain offer durable options that are resistant to scratches.

Tile floors continue to be a popular option for homes because they are easy to maintain and have designs that can span generations. Overall, it is difficult to damage tile – just don’t drop anything heavy on it. Tile floors are resilient and will last until you decide to change your flooring again. There is a struggle with tile – the grout. Grout can discolor and crack because of temperature change, so do not skimp on your grout. Use a grout that includes glass or quartz to extend its longevity.

The struggle with tile is the grout. Grout can discolor and crack because of temperature change, so do not skimp on the quality of grout. Use a grout that includes glass or quartz to extend its longevity.

 

5. Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Hardwood retains the best value in kitchen flooring. Hardwood floors are the most expensive flooring type at up to $30 per square foot. Hardwood is also in high demand when people purchase homes. Because wood floors are stained, you can modify the color to fit the kitchen’s design from traditional to modern. Hardwood flooring is also much easier on your feet and back than tile or concrete.

You may have heard the old saying, “Water and wood, not good.” Luckily, it is possible to adequately seal and protect hardwood flooring. Choose a closed-grain wood like oak or walnut. As a final coat, use a durable polyurethane. If you do spill on wood flooring clean it up quickly, however, just in case.

Like laminate, hardwood is susceptible to scratches. Keep a filler pen around that is the same color as your stain to repair scratches.

 

6. Engineered Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Engineered hardwood offers the best of both worlds for laminate and wood flooring in the kitchen. Engineered hardwood is actually several layers of wood, like plywood, compressed together with a wood veneer on top. This kitchen flooring option is much less expensive than hardwood at $7 to $12 per square foot. Engineered hardwood is also moisture and heat resistant, unlike conventional wood flooring. You get the benefit of the look and design of hardwood at a much lower cost.

 

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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.   

Tips for Flooring Materials

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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!