Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wool Carpets

Wool Carpet Fiber

From the sheep’s back to your floor, wool is considered by many to be the very best carpet material available. Sure, it’s the most expensive, but for good reason. It’s natural, durable, luxurious, soft, flame resistant, water repellant and environmentally friendly. And shockingly, it doesn’t conduct static electricity. It’s also the most stain resistant carpet available, so enjoy that red wine without worry.

Wool carpets come as Saxony, berber or twisted frieze. Use carpet cleaners designed especially for wool and you’ll enjoy your wool carpeting for a long, long time.

Wool is natural..

Wool shorn from sheep is completely natural. It is composed entirely of amino acids, the building blocks of life.

Wool is sustainable..
It is produced from a totally renewable resource – grass – and is thus environmentally sound

Wool is renewable..
Sheep can be shorn every 9 – 12 months. New Zealand sheep are renowned for producing the best carpet wools available.

Wool is biodegradable..
In soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, sulfur, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients.

Wool carpet is naturally stain and soil resistant..
The wool fiber’s structure consists of overlapping scales, arranged much like roof shingles. These scales inhibit dirt from adhering to the fiber and help fleck it away. Wool has significantly better soil release than any other fiber. Wool cleans better, making stain protection unnecessary.

Wool carpet is naturally crush-resistant..
The wool fiber is naturally curly, and it has more crush resistance than any other fiber.

Wool carpet is hypo-allergenic..
Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria.

Wool carpet is affordable..

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Commercial Carpet Cleaning for Hallways

Commercial Carpet Cleaning for Hallways

There are specific cleaners for different types of stains. You should consult an expert like Americarpet before using a specific stain remover. The best method to make a commercial carpet last for years is by using HOST Dry Cleaning System.

With an appropriate maintenance program in place, the next step is to follow it. An explanation of recommended cleaning methods, and guidelines for each, are listed below for commercial carpets and hallway carpets.

Vacuum: Vacuuming is the most important element in the maintenance of carpet and overall appearance of the facility. Vacuums are designed to remove dry soil, which accounts for 85 percent of soil tracked into a building. Frequent usage captures dirt at the surface before it settles and becomes more difficult to remove. A quality vacuum is vital to prolonging the life of your carpet. When searching for a vacuum, be sure it is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Vacuum Cleaning Indoor Air Quality Program.

Interim Cleaning: Interim cleaning may be conducted between extractions to reduce the total number of extractions and renew carpet appearance.

Low Moisture Encapsulation: Low moisture encapsulation systems efficiently improve carpet appearance with limited down time for cleaning and drying. The cleaning agent R2Xtra, or another encapsulating cleaner certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval Program, is applied and mechanically agitated into the carpet pile, allowed to dry, then vacuumed to remove the encapsulated soil. In conjunction with scheduled hot water extraction, the low moisture method helps maintain premium carpet appearance.

Other interim systems: Other methods, such as the bonnet method, provide merely a temporary appearance enhancement because they only absorb at the surface and provide no extraction of deep soil. A spinning bonnet also may damage the pile. Shaw does not recommend the bonnet method.

Hot Water Extraction: Hot water extraction cleans the oily materials that vacuums can't remove, which accounts for 15 percent of all soil. The frequency of hot water extraction should be defined by the maintenance schedule. If the carpet looks dull or dirty between cleanings the frequency should be increased. Proximity to areas with a high content of soil may require more frequent hot water extractions.

Here are steps to follow:

Thoroughly vacuum all carpet.
Apply a traffic lane cleaner such as R2Xtra, or another cleaner certified by the CRI Seal of Approval Program.
Agitate carpet to allow cleaner to penetrate. Allow 10 minutes dwell time.
Extract with an extraction unit that can apply rinse water at a rate greater than one gallon per minute, with sufficient recovery power to avoid over-wetting the carpet. Do not use extraction machines that recycle the water.
Use fans or air movers to decrease drying times.
Do not use cleaning agents containing optical brighteners or silicon-based anti-soil treatments.
Self-contained, walk-behind machines that apply a cleaning solution at a rate balanced with the recovery capability of the machine do not perform as well as a high-performance extractor. These machines should be used as an interim method, supplemented by periodic high-performance cleaning. 1a

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Leather Flooring

Americarpet proudly introduces our luxurious Leather Floors. These elegant floating floors are beautifully sophisticated, and remarkably durable. They are made from real bonded leather featuring many exotic patterns and rich colors. Our stylish leather floors also boast a green story. The leather is a by-product of the food industry as well as the leather industry. These chrome-free recycled leather strips are expertly bound with natural latex to form our top layer.

The top layer is then coated for durability with an innovative water based polyurethane finish. Our center layer is FSC certified High Density Fiber board. The underlayment layer is our eco friendly cork, which possesses many natural benefits. All of the above provides an excellent solution for a beautifully unique floor while respecting our environment.

Leather is one of the last flooring options people may think of, but it shouldn't be discounted for your home--nor as a candidate for the best flooring list.

Leather flooring comes in tiles of varying size, and can be laser-engraved by the right manufacturer for an extra fee. Leather flooring is one of the few flooring options you'll see where a weathered patina is a desired effect. The more traffic, the better, like an old leather jacket.

Because leather floors have natural water resistance, they hold up well to moderate amounts of moisture. It should be noted that standing water should still be cleaned up because the tile seams can allow water to infiltrate. Leather flooring feels the way one would imagine: exotic, sensual, warm in the winter and cool in the summer, warming to the touch.

And no, leather doesn't just come in cowhide-brown color; it comes in more colors than you may imagine.

Leather flooring: best flooring for everyone? Perhaps not. But if it fits your personality and sense of adventure, leather floors could be the best flooring for you and your home. 2a