It’s not hard to take care of carpet – there are just a few easy steps to be aware of. Regularly following these steps will ensure that your carpet continues to look as lovely in years to come as it does when you have it installed.

Preventive Maintenance

Proactive steps to easily keep your carpet looking good over time:

  • Place mats outside of all entrances and clean them on a regular basis. They will absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked inside.
  • Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with window coverings (shades, blinds, curtains, awnings, etc.)
  • Use a quality pad underneath your carpet. Good carpet pads not only give better resilience and comfort, they can increase the lifespan of your carpet, especially on stairs. Look into the many varieties of carpet pads, and remember that some carpets carry warranties with particular density and thickness requirements. Make sure to review your warranty before purchasing your pad.
  • When using area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly. Also, make sure to restore and clean the carpet underneath as well. Always check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.
  • Make sure to protect your carpet when moving furniture. When moving heavy wheeled furniture (buffets, pianos, etc.), prevent damage by placing heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
  • You should also occasionally move heavy furniture. It won’t just revitalize the feel of your room, it will also help prevent excessive crushing. It’s a good idea to use carpet protectors under the legs of chairs, tables, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. If you use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet, it can cause damage to your carpet as well.
  • Choosing the right vacuum. Routine vacuuming can actually extend your carpet’s life, the type of vacuum cleaner you choose is important. A vacuum’s performance varies based on the carpet’s construction and fiber type. A good vacuum should have features that allow you to adjust the height, fan speed, and beater bar rotation. Vacuums that are self-propelled, have large wheels and specialty tools can also help ensure effortless and effective carpet maintenance.

Care & Maintenance of Carpet
Care & Maintenance of Carpet

Carpet Care & Maintenance
Preventive Maintenance – Carpet Flooring

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Beauty and Style:
There is an abundance of carpet styles and colors to choose from. This will allow you to personalize living space. Carpet can be used as a foundation or can be incorporated to make a statement by selecting patterns, texture, and color.

Warmth and Comfort:
Carpet can retain warm air longer than other flooring materials, literally creating warmth in your living space. This material also creates a comfortable place to sit, or play and gives a room an overall feeling of warmth and comfort.

Softens Falls:
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizes potential injuries if a fall were to occur. This can appeal to families with young children or to older individuals.

Noise Reducer:
In the modern home, TVs, computers and sound systems can give the impression of home being a noisy place. Carpet helps to absorb sound, and the addition of a cushioned pad will reduce noise even more. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between upper and lower floor levels. Adding carpet to a flight of stairs may help mask the sound of foot traffic as well.

Health Advantages:
Carpet traps allergens and other toxins. In a home that requires disposal of these items, carpet allows for this to happen.

Easy Maintenance:
Other materials can be more labor intensive to clean than carpet. Therefore, to keep carpet clean it can cost less to maintain.

Doppler Room Cherry Blossom

Campaign Room Majestic Blue

Resonating 550

Carpet brings a warmth to a room like nothing else can do. It absorbs sound and helps to “quiet” a room unlike any other flooring type can do. Carpet has become much softer and much more stain resistant. It is still a great value as far as price compared to other flooring types. Carpet is chosen by those that want a soft and warm feel under foot. When choosing between different carpeting options you need to consider the amount of traffic that will be on the carpet and choose carefully when buying in order to get the right stain protection and wear guarantee.

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Install Over Concrete:

Engineered wood flooring stands up to moisture and resists humidity, therefore, it can be installed over a concrete subfloor. Compared to solid hardwood, this type of flooring can be glued or can float over a concrete slab.

Less Sensitive to Moisture:

Unlike solid hardwood, manufacturers create these floors by layers. In many engineered hardwoods, the top layer is a wood veneer, while the core is composed of plywood, particle board or fiberglass. These layers are also stacked in a criss-cross pattern and glued together in opposite directions. When the floor is exposed to high humidity each later counteracts the natural tendency to swell or shrink.

Compatible with Radiant Heating:

Most engineered products are durable enough to withstand temperature change that comes with radiant heating. This is great for customers looking for a hard surface floor and are also don’t like the idea of stepping onto a cold surface.

Trend Proof:

Wood flooring is an excellent investment, whether you are planning on staying in your home or selling. This type of flooring may be pricey at first, however, it will last for decades. Hardwood will always been in style, therefore, making engineered floors a wise investment. At this time, the resale market makes no distinction between engineered and solid hardwood. If you have engineered flooring throughout your home, you may be able to ask a higher price than those who have solid hardwood in a few spaces.

DIY Friendly:

Engineered hardwood can be installed without the help of a professional installer. Unlike solid hardwood this type of floor can be floated or glued. Some manufacturers even produce engineered flooring with click and lock mechanisms. For the do-it-yourselfer there is more wiggle room for minor mistakes, such as not having exact expansion gaps for moisture.

Kingwood 650 Estate

Kingwood by Shaw

Engineered Hardwood


Protecting your Hardwood floor’s natural beauty by following a few simple maintenance steps will help protect your investment and keep your Hardwood flooring looking like new.

For cleaning Hardwood Floors:

  •  For spills and spots, use a damp cloth to blot them as soon as they happen. On tougher spots, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. This works for spots such as paint, oil, lipstick, ink, markers, cigarette marks or tar. Never allow any liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then, using a plastic scraper such as a credit card, gently scrape off the substance. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Then, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Dust, sweep or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent any buildup of dirt or gritty substances that can scratch or dull the finish of the floor.
  • Take a damp cloth or mop and occasionally wipe the floor.
  • Occasionally clean the floor with a cleaner specifically made for hardwood flooring.

Things to avoid when cleaning:

  • NO washing or wet-mopping the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • NO oil based, polish, wax, or strong ammoniated or abrasive cleaners.
  • NO buffing machines of any type.
  • NO steel wool or scouring powder.

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Beautiful and long-lasting, hardwood floors make an elegant choice for nearly any room in your home. When choosing hardwood, the color, character, and construction type are the important factors to consider.

Hardwood Flooring

Find Elegance for your home: Hardwood floors bring a simple elegance to your home, making a room seem open and welcoming. Guests will see the simplicity of your home improvement immersing themselves into the ebb and flow of the hardwood’s natural grain.

Versatility: Wood is part of nature’s wonders, it generally flows with almost all decor options.  The options for stain colors and finishes are so numerous and varied that almost every color scheme should find an accenting hardwood finish.

Easy Maintenance: You may ask how often hardwood needs to be cleaned and what you hear would be a housekeepers favorite dream. Imagine only having to sweep, dry mop, or vacuum for general maintenance of hardwood floors. Unlike other flooring, hardwood only needs a deep clean about once a year. During the interim basic cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and spills is all it takes to keep the allergens and other environmental issues cut down to a minimum.

Durability and Strength: Hardwood floors can take a beating. Drop something and dent it, slide something and scrape it, and all you need to do repair that area. Hardwood floors are meant to last and with proper maintenance, they could essentially be your forever floor.

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