There is an endless selection of carpets out there. Whether your setting is formal or informal, quiet or high-traffic, an empty nest or a house full of kids, there is a carpet style for you.
The following are the main carpet categories—texture, twist, loop, and pattern—one of which is sure to add spice to your space:
• Texture—The velvety look and feel of smoothly cut yarns. May be deeply or lightly textured to create a fresh, easy-care surface.
• Twist—The twist is back in this lighthearted carpet trend. It’s relaxed but elegant and sumptuous to the touch.
• Loop—Modern interpretation of handcrafted styling. For active areas, where you want sass and sophistication without worry.
• Pattern—Almost an art form. Cut and uncut loops form distinctive designs, for decorating with originality and flair.
Once you have picked out the perfect carpet for you, the trick is caring for your carpet and doing some preventative maintenance. Carpet may be one of the easiest types of flooring to take care of. Learn how to keep yours looking great over time with a simple care program:
- Preventive Maintenance – protect your investment before problems occur.
- Don't track dirt inside– Placing walk-off mats outside all entrances will help?absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked into the home. Clean mats on a regular basis (or sooner, when they need it) so they don't become sources of soil themselves.
- Occasionally move heavy furniture– Moving your furniture on occasion won't just renew the feel of your room, it will also help avoid excessive pile crushing. Also consider using carpet protectors under the legs of tables, chairs, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. Damage can occur if you use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet.
- Protect carpet when moving furniture-When moving heavy wheeled furniture (pianos, buffets, etc.), prevent damage by placing a protective barrier of heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
- Clean your area rugs-If you use area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly, and make sure you clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath as well. Also, be sure to 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.
- Reduce periods of direct sunlight– Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades, or awnings.
- Vacuuming – prolong the life and beauty of your floor.
- Vacuum frequently for long-term beauty– The most important step in caring for your carpet is vacuuming it thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas. Walking on soiled carpet allows the soil particles to work their way below the surface of the pile where they are far more difficult to remove and can damage the carpet fibers
- Extend the life of your carpet with a quality vacuum– An inexpensive machine may remove surface dirt but will not effectively remove the hidden dirt and particles embedded in the pile. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner to get the dirt you can't see and prolong the beauty and life of your carpet.
- Spot and Spill Removal – be prepared for the unavoidable.
- No carpet is absolutely stain proof– Some carpets have stain resistant treatments that improve your ability to clean stains, but not prevent them. Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance.
- Stains and soil– The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain. The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.
- Overall Cleaning – get regular care with cleaning systems.
- Protect your carpet color- In addition to frequent vacuuming, its important to clean your carpet on a regular basis. Cleaning systems will remove the oily, sticky soil that vacuums can't take out, and will help keep your carpet looking great over time.
- Cleaning systems target the soils that result from cooking vapors, air pollution, and tracked-in dirt. The particles of oily soil deposited on carpet fibers can cause gradual but significant dulling of colors. The color isn't lost, but is hidden under the film. If this type of soil is allowed to accumulate, it begins to attract and hold the dry soil.
- DIY Cleaning – get the right equipment to do it yourself.
We hope this little bit helps you out. Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your carpet looking brand new? We'd love to hear from you.
These tips were meant to provide general information and are worded based on our personal experiences combined with online research. We always recommend calling a licensed, trained professional for specifics including warranty information, code requirements, precise instructional information, etc. Since we are a new home builder, some products, materials and processes may change over time and may vary in the different locations we build new homes.
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