Healthy, Wealthy & Wise November

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

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It’s only new once. Remember when your carpet was brand new? You vowed you would take your shoes off when you came into the house and vacuum twice a week. No eating in the living room! If anything spilled, you cleaned it up immediately. While these are great promises to make to yourself, even the best-kept carpet needs to be cleaned regularly. And, if you are willing to admit that you have perhaps slacked off on these promises, your carpet might need to be cleaned more than you realize. In addition, there are other things you can do to keep your carpets looking great.

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Your Carpet can “Look” New Again

Many people get their carpets cleaned and suddenly they see their carpet through new eyes, saying, “My carpets look like new!” It’s true, cleaning your carpets can make them look so much better that it almost feels like you have new carpet all over again. But, like everything else, carpet ages.

Color is usually the most important factor in how a carpet looks. As long as the color looks vibrant and there are no major spots or stains, most of us are quite happy with the look of our carpet.

But why does the color start to look tired after a few years even after our best efforts at cleaning? Why can’t we make it look new again? Isn’t that dull, lifeless appearance in the traffic areas just dirt? No doubt, dirt is a contributing factor, but there are three other factors that cause carpet to look old: abrasion, crushing and pile distortion.

Abrasion – Dirt is loose particulate soil tracked in from outside, including mud, pollution, pollen and gritty minerals that scratch and dull the surface of carpet fibers. This abrasion changes the way light reflects off of the scratched fibers so colors are muted. We call this permanent condition loss of luster. This is the primary reason that colors lose their vibrancy. Imagine a car that is scratched with sandpaper. No amount of cleaning can bring back the luster.

Pile crush – Areas that are subject to a lot of foot traffic will crush down and lose some pile height. The carpet loses its soft, fluffy appearance and feel. How severely depends on the fiber type, yarn density, pile depth and quality of carpet pad.

Pile distortion – When pile yarns lose their twist or the yarns are aligned in different directions, high traffic areas can appear dull and dingy. Once the carpet pile has become distorted it cannot be corrected. Some carpets are more prone to this type of appearance change than others.

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Keeping Your Carpets Looking New Longer

Here are a few tips you can use to keep your carpet looking newer longer:

  • Keep soils out of the home as much as possible. Use doormats at all entrances and take off your shoes when coming in from outside.
  • Regular vacuuming is the best thing you can do to reduce damage caused by gritty dirt.
  • In areas where there is a lot of traffic, you can reduce wear by rearranging furnishings to redirect traffic.
  • Use carpet runners to limit crushing and pile distortion.
  • Regular cleaning before your carpet looks dirty is an important line of defense. Once soils have built up to the point of being obvious the damage is already done.
  • Applying a professional carpet protector after every cleaning is another great way to assure your carpet stays beautiful longer.

Remember, carpet is only new once but with care you can keep it looking good for years to come.

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Top Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Home

Remodel Your Home with Carpet

There are many good times to remodel your home. Some think spring is filled with rejuvenation and construction. Others say save it for the winter when outdoor activities come to a screaming halt. Whatever the occasion to give your home a facelift, installing carpet can be a great addition to any home.

If you’re considering remodeling your home this winter, there are a number of decisions you need to make. Budget, style, and design are all part of the process. One easy decision you can make is to include carpet as the flooring option for your home.

Top Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Next Remodel Project

Whether you’re redesigning a recently purchased home or the home you’ve owned for many years, carpet adds value, style, and much more to an interior space.

Top Reasons to Choose Carpet For Your Next Remodel Project

1. Cost Effective Flooring

Carpet is one of the most cost-effective flooring options on the market. It offers value and many enhancements for your home. If you’re looking to upgrade your flooring, carpet is a great option and a great value.

2. Cost Effective (and Simple) Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning is another major benefit carpet has over other types of flooring. Some hard floor surfaces require extensive and expensive cleaning throughout the life of the floor. However, with Carpet Cleaning in St. Paul and Minneapolis, regular vacuuming and an annual deep cleaning are all that is necessary to keep carpet looking great and lasting for its intended life.

Top Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Home

3. Design Options for Carpeting

Carpet offers so many options for you to create the indoor space you’ve always wanted. Color options allow you make a space appear more open, while a darker shade gives a room more coziness. The style of carpet offers can be related to comfort too. Cut pile, loop, and other designs allow you to give a specific feel and comfort for your indoor space.

4. Sustainability

Carpet’s sustainability factor is something not many people consider, but should be a part of your purchasing decision. The carpet industry has worked hard to ensure that its products are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

5. Comfort and Warmth

Carpet offers something no other flooring does: comfort. Carpet provides sure footing and traction that other floor surfaces do not. Also among the other benefits of carpet is insulation. Many surfaces are cold on your feet, but carpet helps keep your feet warm.

6. Indoor Air Quality with Carpeting

Another often overlooked consideration for your purchasing decision is indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ is becoming more-and-more important in today’s world as the EPA reports that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, which puts a premium on the air you breathe.

Carpet improves IAQ by trapping dust and allergens in the home, which are removed through vacuuming, and by certifications like Green Label Plus, which certifies that carpet is a low emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Overall, carpet is a great flooring option you should consider for your home. Its benefits are well known and will add to the value, comfort, and health of your home.

Original Post by The Carpet & Rug Institue