Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making the Right Carpet Color Choice

When it comes time to choose a carpet color for a room in your home there are so many choices that it can become overwhelming. One must realize that the carpeting is going to be there for a long time, in most cases, so one must proceed cautiously to avoid saying a year later, "What was I thinking?"

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to paint the room a particular color and then attempt to find a carpet color that coordinates with the paint. They typically paint a piece of wood and bring it to the carpet store where the fluorescent lighting is different than the lighting in their home and the color they brought with them no longer looks like the color they left with. The prudent way of deciding is to get a sample of the carpet in the color you like that goes with the walls that you imagine. Bring it home along with some lighter shade paint chips that coordinate with the carpet sample. Also choose a couple that enhance the color. For example if you chose a deep slate green carpet, you may choose paint samples of light sea foam or sage. Then you might possibly choose another of a butter cream just for variation. Then imagine the woodwork color lighter or darker than the wall color.

Have you ever walked into an historic home and admired the classic stately décor? If you tried to remember what color the carpet was you probably couldn't assuming it was not hardwood floors with oriental rugs. The same would be true of a retro Hollywood ranch with the Herman Milleresque décor of turquoise and Formica. Walk into a home from a trendy era like the 70s and you will definitely remember the gold sculptured carpet. Which would you want in your home? Would you want timeless or timed out? Remember if you are spending a great deal of money on carpeting you want it to last for decades. You will replace a couch and it will still coordinate even though your tastes have changed. Neutral tones or understated tones always are a good selection.

Next you must consider the rooms function and challenges. You have pets and an off white carpet? Not on your life. It does not matter how well you have trained your little Yorkie or Maltepoo. They still get sick and will lose control. A mixed weave of earth tones like browns and tans would be a much better choice. A solid dark color may not show stains but white pet hair will be everywhere all of the time.

Choosing a perfect color may be difficult but if you use proper discernment and consideration the task will be much less stressful now and will continue to reward you in the future.

Be sure to choose the best padding that will lessen wear and tear over time and be certain to find the best carpet maintenance professional to keep your color bright and fresh for as long as you own it.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Carpet Cleaners: A Necessary Expense

It is so important to get your carpets cleaned at least once a year. Most carpet professionals will recommend a deep clean twice a year for the longevity of the carpet. Every six months schedule a professional to come out and evaluate the condition of your carpet. A carpet cleaner will be able to tell you whether or not a deep clean is necessary. If you want to ensure the life of your carpet it is best not to spare this expense. It will prove to add to the lifetime of your carpet.

There are many things we can do to increase the longevity of the carpet ourselves along with hiring a professional carpet cleaner twice a year. I would recommend that anyone with small children only purchase carpet that is stain protected. Stain protection offers resilience to spills by allowing liquid spills to puddle on the surface allowing time to clean up the spill before sinking into the carpet and padding. Inevitably some form of liquid will find its way into our children's hands and onto the carpet.

If a spill does happen and the stain protection has done all that it could it is important to use a product especially designed for carpet to help with the removal of the stain. It is also important that you vacuum up any left over liquid with a shop vacuum to prevent the stain from rising to the surface through the padding once the original mess has been cleanend. When removing the stain try to blot the stain picking up any color and moisture you can. We often want to rub the stain but this is NOT an effective way to remove the stain permanently.

Another quick and easy technique to minimize dirt on your carpet is to use throw rugs. Rugs are designed for high traffic areas and allow for ease of washing that carpet doesn't. Throw rugs used in high traffic areas will collect the large amount of dirt from traffic allowing us the carpet underneath to stay untouched.

If you have opted to have that look and feel of warm carpet in your home it is important to maintain the look and feel with regular cleaning of your carpet. Carpet cleaners will increase the longevity of your carpet. Clean fresh looking carpet will increase the initial feel of your home. If you walk into an environment with dirty carpet it changes how you feel about that environment entirely. Don't allow your home to get bad vibes by letting your carpet get dingy and dirty. Have regular cleanings by a professional carpet cleaner to maximize the beauty and character of your carpet.

Professionals will recommend vacuuming your carpet at least every third day so that you keep dirt and dander from settling in. If dirt settles into your padding it will cause issues with the carpet for its lifetime so it is better to avoid that with regular vacuuming.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why Carpet Prices Can Be Deceiving

It is a well known fact that carpet prices are all over the map today. That is why we have to do our homework and shop the prices thoroughly. The biggest problem finding a good deal on a carpet is knowing how to compare apples to apples. A brown Berber carpet at one store may look identical to the brown Berber carpet at another store yet have drastically different prices. The reason why is because looks are deceiving. Various carpets come in various grade levels. They may appear the same on the surface but in actuality, they are quite different. Therefore, always be sure to check the carpets density rating. This is known as the APYD value.

The Average Pile Yarn Density for normal carpet is 4,000. Commercial carpet will have an APYD density of 6,000, often more. Anything less then 4000 will probably wear out faster than you expect. Needless to say, if the first store shows you a carpet with an APYD of 3000 but the second store shows you one that has an APYD of 5000 the first carpet can be sold cheaper even though the two carpets may look identical. Therefore, in the case of buying carpet, buyers beware.

Another factor determining carpet prices is the quality of the backing. Some carpet's have a thin backing that will wear out faster. The result is carpet fibers can work their way out of the backing as you vacuum. A higher quality backing is sturdier and more tightly woven to prevent this. The amount of stitching can also directly affect the price of carpet. More stitching equals higher density the carpet. The higher the density the longer the carpet is going to last. So always, ask about stitches per running inch or the number of tufts for square inch. A sharp salesperson will know this as 'tuft density.'

Finally, the padding can be another way for total carpet prices to be deceiving. The establishment may be quoting you a price on identical carpets but may be including a cheaper padding. Keep in mind that padding can affect the life of a carpet. So once again the price can be deceiving if an apple to apple comparison is not been made.

As a side note, if you have done your research on the Internet and know what kind of carpet and padding you want, but cannot find it there is still a solution. Look for carpets that have the 'or equal to specification' on them to help you identify similar grades.

When comparing carpet prices per square foot, you'll also want to keep in mind installation cost. As a general rule of thumb, you'll want to add $1 per square foot for installation. Finding great carpet prices is all about patience and reviewing all your options before making a final decision. Good luck and have fun shopping!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Tabriz - Persian Carpets

The city of Tabriz is situated 600 km west of Teheran and one of the largest cities in Iran and also the captial in the province of Azerbajdzjan. The population comprising of the Azaris, who are the largest ethnic minority in Iran and speak the Turkish dialect. The city is old and has for centuries been a very important trading place and border station. Known attractions are the Blue Mosque and the giant bazaar.

Monday, November 8, 2010

All Size Flooring Center & Carpet Cleaning Joins Upward Trend's Trend Setter Package Of Services

Colleen Stafford has announced that All Size Flooring Center & Carpet Cleaning has joined the Upward Trend Trend Setter Package of services. Upward Trend built All Size's website a couple years ago and now as part of this package of services, All Size will be getting this blog, social networking, SEO optimization, a monthly newsletter and a brand new updated website, along with the Trend Setter Package's newest services for video. This announcement consitutes the first official post on All Size Flooring Center & Carpet Cleaning's new blog!