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Store Operations Amid COVID-19

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Dear Valued Carpet To Go Customers:

We have appointments available 7 days a week from 9 to 4 pm and later appointments can be made upon request. We are welcoming one Customer at a time in our showroom (feel free to bring one friend or family member along for your appointment)

Our Salespeople observe distancing guidelines and have all the proper PPE.

Sincerely,
Liz Long
Carpet To Go

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.

 


Related Article: Which Carpet Padding Is Best For Your Home?


 

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!

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

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We all love the open, airy feel of rooms in magazines and TV design shows, but few of us have the same square footage. If you’re struggling to make a room on the small side—such as a living room, a dining room, or a bedroom—feel larger, new flooring opens up a room in subtle ways. Here are the tips on how to make a small room look bigger.

New design home interior with window, TV, large sofa and white furniture

 

Interior Decorating Tips

The right furniture and decor inspires creativity, improves a room’s functionality, rejuvenates your spirits, and makes a good impression on guests and potential buyers. An attractive interior, including floor space, provides several creative ideas to make a small room look bigger.

 

Flooring Is a Linear Design Element

Furnishings and architecture in a room create lines that guide the eye. Install flooring such as hardwood or carpeting with stripes running parallel to the longest wall. By doing this, you can create an optical illusion to elongate the space.

 

Tips for Color: When to Go Dark or Light?

Light flooring that compliments furnishings, such as whitewashed wood flooring with a neutral sofa, makes a room appear larger. However, one secret is that dark flooring can make a room look larger, especially when coordinated with the colors of the ceiling and walls.

 

Lights, Focus, Sight Lines: Are These Important?

The vertical lines of windows and doorways draw the eye upward. Curved lines such as a circular coffee table can soften many vertical and horizontal lines that may feel confining.

 

Furniture Forms: Less Is Often More in Interior Decorating

Not cramming too much into a small space definitely creates a roomy feel. A 10- x12-foot dining room will feel tiny with a dining table and chairs for eight, along with a traditional sideboard or china closet.

 

How to Arrange Furniture on a Rug

Arranging the furniture in relation to an area rug also influences how spacious a room feels. Placing the front legs on a rug’s outer edges adds harmony while resting all the furniture on the rug creates a pulled-together space within the whole room.

 

Vary Scale and Proportion

Varying size and scale in your decor can create a visually interesting contrast and balance. A long dining room table parallel with the longest wall in a room meshes well with round pendant fixtures above the table.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Show Your Personality

Flooring doesn’t have to be boring. From hardwood such as bamboo, hickory, or walnut to vinyl plank, tile, laminate, and carpet, flooring comes in so many options that it can make a small room look bigger while also showing off your style.

 

Flooring Tips to Make Your Room Look Bigger

When considering how to make a small living room look bigger or make another small room in your home feel larger, consider these flooring tips.

 

Wider Planks Add Spaciousness

If you like laminate or hardwood, choose wider planks to stretch the eye. Their large shape creates a feeling of more space.

 

One Flooring for the Entire Room

Moving from one type of flooring to another within a small space visually divides it. One type of flooring helps make a room look larger by unifying the color, tone, and texture.

 

Larger Tiles Give Extra Miles

Similar to the stretching effect of using large planks, larger tiles also create a feeling of spaciousness because fewer grout lines make the floor look busy.

 

Light vs. Dark Flooring

If you have light walls and a light ceiling, dark flooring can make the floor “fall away,” elevating the rest of the room. Light flooring creates a soothing palette with light furnishings.

 

Diagonal Patterning Is Always Satisfying

Installing tiles, boards, or laminate diagonally will help open up a smaller room because the pattern tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger.

 

Color Flooring That Makes a Room Look Larger

Light, creamy tones create a modern look and make a small room feel larger, more open, and inviting. They also reflect light, so if your small space doesn’t have much natural light, install lighting that enhances this airiness.

There’s no need to shy away from dark colors, though. A dark-brown wood, dark tile, or deep-brown plush carpeting also can elevate a room if the walls and the ceiling are a much lighter shade.

 

Carpet ToGo Flooring Options

If you’d like to learn more about how to make a small room look bigger with flooring, our design consultants at Carpet To Go can help. Our family-owned business has served customers across the Puget Sound area for more than 30 years, and we’re glad to assist you in finding the right flooring to meet your needs. Please call us at (425) 453-7607 in Seattle, WA, or fill out our online form for a free estimate 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 like new, but it’s not impossible.

Carpet Care Tips

 

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 new and fresh. 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 to prevent future wear on your carpet.

 

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 like new 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.

Self Cleaning Carpet: 7 In Home Expert Tips

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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 self 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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How To Self Clean Carpet

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. Here are seven little known tips to help you self clean your carpets in the worst of situations:

 

7 Expert Tips For Self Cleaning Carpet

 

1. 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 short circuit your cleaning efforts by spreading the problem!

 

2. 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.

 

3. Use Club Soda For Beer and Wine Stains

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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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, don’t jump straight to the soap, first 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.

 

7. 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?

Self 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 Greater Seattle, 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!

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 the best thing 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 frequently check that is causing your wet carpet.

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.

What is linoleum? Find out about this waterproof alternative in this article!

 

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 disaster in the form of 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 or water out of your carpet is by removing it 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 wet 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.

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.

 

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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!

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.

Keeping your home healthy and clean is a huge priority for every homeowner. Some of the biggest factors that affect the quality of the air you breath is attic & crawl space insulation as well as the carpet in your home. Here are some of the best flooring brands you can use today:

 

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 they 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 the home, give us a call 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. Linoleum flooring is 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. Bamboo 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!