Archive for the ‘All About Carpets’ Category

Flooring Installation Tip: How Weather Affects Flooring

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

You may not realize it, but the inside of your home has its own “microclimate”. Whether it’s hot and muggy or cold and dry, the “weather” in your home affects how you feel. It also affects how your floors “feel”, too.

Flooring materials like ceramic tile or vinyl don’t care much about atmospheric changes inside your home. But carpet and wood-based flooring (solid wood, engineered wood, bamboo, cork, or laminate) physically change as temperatures and humidity inside your home vary. These materials will grow or shrink as the “weather” inside your home changes.

Before installation, carpet and wood-based flooring must be acclimated to normal living conditions in your home. Flooring manufacturers require that, before installation, their materials adjust to whatever are “normal” living conditions in your home. The acclimation period varies with the type of flooring you are installing.

Most carpet today is completely synthetic. The face fibers, carpet backings, and (more…)

Carpet Buying: Is it Smart to Buy Carpet Online?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Q: Is it smart to buy carpet online?

If you know how to properly measure your rooms, you know exactly what you want to buy, and you have your own carpet installer in mind, then buying carpet online can save you a lot of money.

But, before you go this route, it’s important to keep the following considerations in mind:

  • In order to determine how much carpet you need to buy, you’ll need to determine the square footage of the rooms you’re carpeting, and then factor in the width of the carpet roll you’re interested in (they’re not all the same size). You’ll also need to consider how much extra carpet you may need in order to line up patterns, etc. It’s important to do all of these calculations properly up front, since you won’t necessarily be able to run to the store to buy extra if you come up short.
  • Most online retailers require that you sign a disclosure that makes you responsible for assessing and reporting any damage (from the manufacturer or the shipper) before accepting your carpet when it’s delivered. That means, you’ll need (more…)

Carpet Tips: The Advantages of Carpet Padding

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Carpet padding (sometimes referred to as “underlayment”) is the material that’s placed between the carpet and the floor during installation. And, it’s not something that should be a mere afterthought to carpet buyers — buying a quality carpet pad can greatly extend the life of your carpet.

Additionally, according to the Carpet Cushion Council, purchasing a separate carpet cushion offers the following advantages to carpet installations: (more…)

Interior Design Ideas: Carpet Color Considerations

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

colorful living room

When buying a carpet, color is an important consideration. The floor of any room is one of its largest canvases, so you’ll want to make sure you pick something that complements the color(s) of the walls and the furniture, and something that works well with the lighting and mood of the room.

So, when considering color combinations when you’re out carpet buying, keep these basic interior design ideas in mind: (more…)

Flooring Inspection Safari: Causes of Dirty Carpet

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

soapy carpet spot | carpet expert Glenn Revere

In a previous post, I discussed why a three-year-old carpet stayed clean after its first cleaning, but quickly soiled after its second cleaning. Sometimes, even a brand new carpet starts to “soil up” after just a few weeks. Here’s why.

Carpet mills have to add a detergent-based lubricant to any synthetic fiber (nylon, polyester, or olefin) when they spin it into carpet yarn. Otherwise, the heat from the spinning process could damage the fiber. This is called a spin finish. This lubricant is normally removed during the production process. But mistakes happen. Sometimes the spin finish stays in the carpet instead of getting removed. You can’t see it. When the new carpet is installed in your home, dirt starts to (more…)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wool Carpet

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Wool is the original green, environmentally sustainable fiber, so if you are looking to purchase a natural carpet, wool is an excellent option. But, it’s expensive.

Breeders have to use special sheep to produce the tough wool that goes into carpeting, and with such a restricted supply chain, that means consumer costs go up. It’s a great investment if you’re able to afford it, however, because it lasts a long time. For example, it’s not uncommon to see a 20-year-old wool carpet still in good use!

For you carpet buyers out there, let’s take a look at a quick snapshot of the wool carpet pros and cons.

 

Advantages of Wool Carpet

– It’s very soft and resilient, so furniture marks easily brush or vacuum out.

– The rough surface of a wool carpet fiber is able to hide dirt, making (more…)

Flooring Inspection Safari: Proper Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

carpet cleaning | carpet expert Glenn Revere

I received an inspection request from a carpet manufacturer. The carpet had been installed for 3 1/2 years. It had been cleaned twice. The complaint was: “carpet looks terrible, appears soiled after cleaning.” My job was to see how the carpet was holding up and to check the soil/stain resistance of the fiber.

When I arrived at the well-maintained home, I saw that the main floor was ceramic tile. The carpet in question was installed on the stairs, and in the upstairs hallway and connecting master bedroom.

The last carpet cleaning had been done (more…)

Flooring Inspection Safari: Knee Kicker Carpet Tears

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

knee kicker tear | Carpet Expert Glenn Revere

Knee Kicker: a short device with gripper teeth on one end and a cushion on the other. It is used by installers to stretch carpet in small areas, like closets. It is also used to position the carpet onto the tackless strip before power stretching. The installer puts the teeth into the pile and bumps the padded end with the area just above the knee. (From All About Carpets: Everything You Need to Know)

After installing a new carpet, it is normal to see an occasional loose tuft or thread here and there. It is not normal to still see loose tufts coming out of the new carpet after a few weeks.

There are several reasons for tufts (carpet yarns) to work out of the carpet backing. There might be a problem with (more…)

Carpet 411: All About Tufted Carpet

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

tufted carpet | carpet expert Glenn Revere

As I mentioned in my recent post on woven carpet, which only accounts for 2% of the carpets sold today, the majority of the carpets being purchased for residential homes is called tufted carpet.

Tufted carpet is manufactured using a giant sewing machine with as many as 1,200 needles. The spacing of the needles is one factor in determining the quality of the carpet, since the closer the needles, the tighter the yarn spacing stitched into the carpet backing and the heavier the fabric. But, this is just one factor.

These tufting machines are (more…)

Carpet 411: All About Woven Carpet

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

woven carpet

Selecting a woven carpet for your home is a high-quality investment. But, because of cost, they only account for roughly 2% of the carpets installed in most residential homes.

The majority of woven carpets are made by machines nowadays. With the advent of machine-powered looms came more intricate colors and patterns, not previously possible with hand looms. So, consumers are now able to enjoy an (more…)