Tips to keeping carpet fresh
Carpet is at its finest when it is fresh and clean. The problem is it’s not easy to keep carpet that way. Actually, it’s very easy, you just have to pay attention to it. A few basic maintenance techniques, along with a few cognitive efforts and you’ll keep carpet fresh at all times.
Here are your basic carpet maintenance tips:
No Shoes Rule
Some homeowners enforce the rule of taking shoes off at the front door before walking throughout the house. On the other hand, some homeowner’s roll their eyes at that rule. It’s a rather wise rule if you think about it. Why take the risk of dirt or mud tracking through your McKinney, TX house?
The more shoes that track through the more dirt that piles up, and all it takes is one muddy shoe to compromise the integrity of your perfect carpet. If you truly care about your carpet, consider adopting and enforcing the NO SHOES rule.
Vacuuming is your best friend when it comes to carpet. It’s easy, it’s productive and it’s rewarding. The amount of times you vacuum your carpet depends on the amount of foot traffic your carpet deals with. In regard to bedroom carpet, once a week should suffice. Carpet in the hallway; however, should be vacuumed at least twice a week if you want it to stay in good condition.
Oh, and when we say vacuum, we mean one that you steer and control. Self-operating vacuums, such as rumbas, won’t place the necessary amount of pressure on carpet to do an effective job.
Deep clean at least once a year
A once-a-year thorough cleaning is recommended. You can do all the vacuuming in the world, but that still won’t compare to a deep cleaning. Buy or rent yourself a deep cleaner, or contact a professional carpet cleaning company. The pros will be able to transform your carpet to near perfection. You won’t regret it! For special circumstances, such as having three dogs constantly roaming around the house, consider two deep cleanings in the year.
Clean stains IMMEDIATELY
Carpet does not handle liquids well. It can survive water, but that’s about it. Any other liquid and your carpet is in trouble. The trick is cleaning any and all spills right away. If you allow a spill to sink in and dry then you’ll be staring at a carpet stain for the rest of your carpet’s existence. If you catch the stain early, the cleaning process has a high success rate.
There are plenty of carpet cleaning solutions that you can create from random substances laying around your McKinney, TX house. Just remember, they will only work if you clean the stain IMMEDIATELY.
Now that you know how to keep carpet fresh, maybe you are ready to purchase it. If so, give Floors Touch a call at (214) 326-0100. If carpet is not for you, we also have plenty of hardwood and tile styles in stock. Visit our website—www.floorstouch.com—or our store to view our selection. Also, check out our blog for additional helpful flooring input.
Simple Solutions to Remove Stains from Carpet
Carpet can be a nice low-cost, consistent flooring option; however, upkeep can be an issue. It doesn’t take much to stain carpet, and it’s not as simple to clean the material as say, hardwood or tile. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be cleaned. Just as carpet is an inexpensive flooring material, there are a number of inexpensive ways to clean it. In fact, you can remove stains from carpet with basic homemade solutions…
Detergent + Water
The combination of dish detergent/hand soap works really well to remove stains from carpet that just recently hit the surface. With a fresh stain, all you have to do is grab a couple of paper towels or a cloth and start to blot. You want to try and get as much of the stain out just by blotting. Who knows, maybe that’s all you will need to do to rid of the stain.
After blotting, pour some warm water into a spray bottle and mix in some dish detergent or hand soap. Shake it up and wait for the solution to sud. Once this occurs, spray sparingly, but aggressively on the heart of the stain. Let the mixture sink in for a few minutes and then blot, blot, blot.
Ammonia + Water
If the basic combination of detergent and water doesn’t take care of the stain in its entirety, try mixing water and ammonia. It should take just a teaspoon of ammonia mixed with a warm cup of water. Same as above, pour each into a spray bottle, then shake and spray. Ammonia is a strong replacement to detergent as it is literally purposed as a cleaning agent.
Vinegar + Baking Soda + Water
Here is another cleaning concoction that you should be able to create thanks to the random ingredients located throughout your home. One cup vinegar, two cups warm water and three-five tablespoons of baking soda. This combination has been used reliably throughout many homes over the years. It’s a commonly known solution with a proven ability to remove stains from carpet (hence, it’s continuous use).
Of course, it’s never a bad idea to rent a carpet-cleaning machine or to have a professional carpet cleaning crew give your carpet a thorough refresh. The occasional stain is one thing; however, extensive staining and long-neglected carpet are tough to overcome. All it takes is your dog coming in from a muddy backyard and lying down on the carpet to cause a real flooring catastrophe.
And then there’s the case in which your carpet is too far gone for even a professional cleaning to do the trick. If you need new carpet, give Floors Touch a call at (214) 326-0100 or visit our store in McKinney, TX. We always have carpet in stock, along with many other flooring materials. We even sell area rugs to help you protect your flooring. Please visit our website—www.floorstouch.com—to skim through our selection and visit our blog for additional helpful flooring tips.
Your source for carpet flooring
Are you looking for a reliable, easy to maintain flooring option? If yes, then carpet is the option for you. Every home has carpet. It may not be flaunted in the most visited rooms in a home; however, there is always a place for carpet. Here are some reasons to buy and install carpet flooring Van Alstyne, TX.
Frankly, carpet flooring does not require any extra attention. The primary requirement is to keep carpet stain-free. If you can do that, your carpet will stay visually appealing. Thus, when some spills something, especially a colored substance, clean it up right away. Secondly, vacuum your carpet routinely. With it being thick, it will collect debris and dust. Dust can lead to allergic reactions. For this reason, it’s best to vacuum your carpet at least once every couple of weeks.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to have carpet professionally cleaned once a year. Most people do not follow this guideline, and they then regret it a few years down the road when their carpet has worn or stained.
Of all the flooring materials, carpet flooring is the cheapest to purchase and to install. Hardwood floors are costly in materials and labor. There are also a ton of different hardwood floors—different cuts, materials and finishes. In addition, natural stone flooring is naturally going to be costly. Buyers of such a flooring type are paying for a unique stone with unique designs. In comparison, carpet is simplified flooring option. It’s easy to cut and cheap to create; thus, you can have carpet in your home at a low-cost.
Of course, comfort is the main function of carpet. Being soft to the touch, carpet gives your feet a rest from hard surfaces. That is why the vast majority of bedrooms are carpeted. It’s more ideal for someone to step out of bed in the morning to the softness of carpet than it is the firmness of hardwood. Plus, carpet is much safer if you happen to trip and fall while trying to guide your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Carpet doesn’t handle the bathroom or kitchen environment well because of the moisture that those spaces can create. Other than those two areas, carpet can find a home just about anywhere. There are different types of carpet. For example, Saxony and frieze versions. However, the carpet types will not overwhelm you, as the primary variables consist of thickness and pattern.
Flooring materials like hardwood and stone take over a room. While that can be a good thing, it also presents a challenge for the homeowner to match the rest of the room with the flooring material. Some homeowners are excited by that challenge and some are annoyed. If you are annoyed then carpet is a good selection. Carpet will fit the look of a room without having to make any drastic changes.
For carpeting Van Alstyne, TX, Floors Touch is your top source. We have plenty of carpet options always in stock, and we’ll take care of your installation. Contact Floors Touch today! Also, please visit our blog for additional helpful information.
Pros and Cons of Carpet
Flooring is a crucial element in any home. The right flooring can help tie the home together. Many people like to think about which particular type of flooring might be right for their needs. One of the most popular choices on the market right now is carpet. Using carpet in a room has pluses and minuses. Think carefully before making your decision. What works on the stairs may not be quite right for the basement. Knowing what you like best in each room can help show off your home’s loveliest features and really make it feel like home.
One advantage of using carpet in your home is that it comes in many colors. You can easily find shades ranging from a deep, dark navy to a brightly colored yellow. Carpeting is an ideal way to add a punch of color to a room. If a room doesn’t get much sunlight, putting in carpet can help make it feel warmer.
Another advantage of using carpet is that it comes in many types of materials such as wool, silk or cotton. This helps make it durable. Berber carpeting is highly prized in much of the world and is one that many people really like. Over the long term, carpets can easily stand up to many years of wear and tear and still look great.
Easy on the Feet
Carpeting is also pleasant on bare feet. Professional installation with padding provides a layer that separates the carpet from the cold sub-floor. A carpeted room makes an ideal place for a baby or toddler. Parents need not worry about the child falling and hurting himself. Soft flooring is also suited for bedrooms as it can help provide a layer of protection against the cold. It also helps block out noise.
Works with Other Materials
Homeowners can use carpeting with other types of flooring. For example, they can use it on the bottom part of the stair riser while the top part is covered in wood. A homeowner can choose to place the carpeting in the center of the room while the rest of the area is tiled. Carpeting blends in well with other kinds of materials including stone and concrete.
Needs Careful Handling
While using carpeting has many advantages, there are a few drawbacks. Carpeting requires cleaning at least once a year to help remove any deep dirt particles. Stains such as red wine need to be removed quickly as soon as they happen to help avoid long term effects. Carpeting also needs to be professionally installed by those who have been trained to lay it so it will remain in place. However, when correctly handled, it makes an ideal flooring choice in any room.
For a free in-home estimate, call Floors Touch today at 214-326-0100. Our professionals will happily bring the warmth and comfort of carpet to your home.
Happy New Year!
With the New Year comes with new goals and new trends. Trends in floorings do not often change like home decor or clothing, but we are in a moment of rapid evolution thanks to advancing technologies. The following are best flooring trends that we saw in 2017.
Wood tile is another hot trend. The wood floor looks natural with with knots, grain, and warm color rather than the cold rock looking surface of other floors. It is ideal for bathrooms.
Top trends of 2017
There is nothing incredible calming than neutral and muted grey whether the installation is on walls, floor or textiles. Grey hardwood is not new on the market, but it is gaining popularity and is expected to continue trending upwards in 2017. It has a well-punctuated colors such as forest green, dark turquoise or fire engine red.
Alright, we will admit that while carpet might not be the best idea for the kitchen, or the bathroom, but it is so nice to set your feet down on a nice plush soft carpet or rug. While hard floors have become wildly popular now what we are seeing is an increase in usage of area rugs. They add color and character to the room, and adding a round rug to a square room will actually make the room look larger and give the room a little more dimension.
Stone floor adds timeless elegance and natural beauty to your home. It naturally comes from the earth, making each floor unique with its natural variations. It is an excellent option for durability and luxury. The prices are incredibly low and have a wide range of selection ranging from slate, marvel, granite, and travertine. It is no doubt that it will trend in 2017 and beyond.
The laminate style is trendy among many homeowners. It is a synthetic fiber which has two thin sheets of paper incorporated with melamine. It looks like a natural wood or stone, but it is a grain that has a covering of a transparent protective layer. It is trending because it is easy to install and affordable. Additionally, laminate floor is easy to clean and do not require regular maintenance.
For guidance on what floors will work best for your space come in and talk with our pros, give us a call at (214) 326-0100, or visit our website.