Saturday, October 25, 2014

Best Carpet For Pet Owners

Carpet for Pets
So you want carpet, but you know your precious pet has tendencies to leave accidents in your home from time to time. With the technology that exists today, the comfy feel of carpet that was limited to non-pet owners is a thing of the past! It is 2014 afterall and the carpet technology that exists today will blow your minds. There are many carpet manufacturers that offer pet-friendly carpet. 
The one I want to introduce to you today is my new personal favorite: the tried-and-tested Beaulieu Bliss line called Indulgence. It is crazy soft carpet with ultimate family and pet performance. Bliss Indulgence is constructed with the company's incredible patented 100% solution-dyed nylon fiber that is extremely colorfast and stain resistant. Additional features include Beaulieu's own Magic Fresh treatment that reduces common odors such as pet, cooking, and smoking odors. Taking it a step further, Bliss Indulgence has another special ingredient called Silver Release. 
Currently, the Indulgence line plans to have 7 styles across 100 sku's. Bliss Indulgence carpets will never permanently stain or fade thanks to Permasoft Solution Dyed Nylon fiber. You can even clean stubborn spots with a 50% bleach and water solution. 
This carpet brings several industry-leading features together - some for the first time in a single collection. Beaulieu's Wrinkle Guard Protection is introduced as part of Bliss Indulgence. Wrinkle Guard is a new carpet backing that guarantees lays flat, stays flat performance. The fact that it doesn't pull up, helps tremendously when your larger household pets walk over your carpet. The Bliss Serenity Guarantee is also being introduced as a package of protection with Bliss Indulgence that includes a Lifetime No-Exclusion Stain Removal Warranty, as well as a host of other category-leading warranties. 

Here are a few highlights to help you understand this amazing pet-friendly carpet:

1) Solution-dyed nylon means the color is built into the fiber. Take a carrot for example. A carrot doesn't fade or stop being orange because you peeled or cut through it. Same goes for a solution-dyed nylon fiber. It will not fade against the sun and you can even clean it with a diluted bleach mix. 

2) Pet urine and other unwanted stains can be cleaned right away with a towel and warm water. To take it a step further, you can use a diluted solution of one part water and one part bleach.

3) Magic Fresh technology with Silver Release will make your carpet odors disappear. This makes it so your pet will not be able to sense where they last left their last mark. It is also the only antimicrobial treatment available in carpet today. It inhibits the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew for the life of the carpet.  2a

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Understanding Carpet Styles

Carpet comes in three basic styles: cut pile, loop pile and cut & loop pile. Whether you are looking for tough and durable or that lovely plush feeling underfoot, carpet gives you that extra comfort and safety your family deserves. Sit back and let us narrow it down in our quick and informative guide to the style you'll love for years to come!

CUT PILE
The cut pile style is created when the loops in the weave are cut to the same height and are slightly tuft, giving the carpet a dense and soft appearance. Cut pile carpet has the largest share of the residential market and comes in the following four primary subcategories:

Saxony - You probably had it “wall to wall” growing up. Saxony (known as plush) tends to wear much faster than other styles. It’s probably best used in those low foot-traffic rooms — like that formal living room that Mom saved for “special-company". Saxony is probably what comes to mind when someone think's of carpet —thousands of perfectly even, solid colored strands of fiber standing at attention like a freshly cut lawn. This is the carpet that’s soft and thick and shows vacuum lines and footprints .

Textured Saxony - If you don’t need that “freshly mown” look, then Textured is for you. Textured is twisted differently than Saxony and is also steamed to make a permanent curl. This carpet is “trackless” and won’t show footprints because it reduces light reflexibilty. Textured carpet is cool,  casual, and it will show far less wear than the other styles.

Frieze - More of a Knobby texture, this cut pile offers a tighter “twist” than Textured style. The yarn actually curls over, creating a very durable and elegant product that hides vacuum lines and footprints.

Cable - Made with thicker and longer yarns than it's cut pile companions, Cable is comfortable beautiful, and a very luxurious choice. However, it can crush and matte with heavy foot traffic, so we don’t recommend Cable for heavy routes or busy areas of your home.

LOOP PILE
This is how all carpet actually begins — looped and uncut. Often known as commercial carpet, loop pile carpets can either be consistent surface, smooth , or low and high loops giving the carpet a more textured appearance. Loop carpets are usually made from nylon or olefin fibers. Multi-color loop pile comes from combining different colored fibers together which helps hide soiling and traffic patterns. Made from yarns that are looped into the backing, this popular style is perfect for high traffic areas of the home and can be found in many commercial settings.

CUT & LOOP
One of the most interesting and my personal favorite, cut & loop, this combination of cut pile and loop pile provides variation in surface textures. You might hear this carpet also called "cut and uncut", or "sculptured carpet”. This popular style is great at disguising wear, foot traffic, and offers a variety of surface finishes. 2a

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Should You Buy New Carpet Or Have Your Old Carpet Cleaned?

There are carpets that are built to last as little as three years and some that can last upwards 30 years. Sooner or later, though, your carpet will have outlived its days and will need to be replaced. Below you'll find a quick guide to help you figure out if your old carpet is still deserving of another professional cleaning or if it is time to buy a new carpet. 

1. Is your carpet matted down?

One of the first signs of "carpet death" is when the pile starts to flatten or mat down in the main walkways and stairs. If your carpet is made of PET Polyester or Polyester and is matting down, then your carpet is most likely on its way out the door. Polyester fibers are not very resilient therefore are known for crushing and matting down. The tuft will not ever return to its original upright position once it falls over and lays down. Having your carpet professionally cleaned in this situation will not likely give your carpet any renewed life.  

However, if your carpet is made from nylon or sorona, you may be able to remedy the problem with a professional cleaning. Nylon is well known as the most resilient fiber because after being cleaned it has the ability to regain its like-new appearance. Sorona, also known as Smartstrand, PTT, or Triexta can regain some of its like-new appearance after a thorough cleaning and is more resilient than polyester.


2. Do you have a looped Berber carpet?

If you have a looped Berber carpet made from Olefin, and the once upright loops are now laying down flat, then it’s likely that your old carpet has seen better days. Though Olefin is a very durable fiber, it's not very resilient and therefore prone to matting. Olefin is inherently oily by nature and is cheap to manufacture. It is harder to keep clean because it tends to attract dirt easier. Homeowners usually report that stains or oily spots reappear soon after being cleaned. If your Berber carpet is made from Olefin and is matted down, looking dingy, and is more than three years old, spending money on professional cleaning will most likely not yield beneficial results. It is probably a good time to consider replacing your carpet.  

Berber styles made from nylon are much more desirable because they are stain resistant, resist matting, and in general have a much longer lifespan. Though, when compared to Olefin, nylon typically runs much higher in costs . You can expect to pay $20-$40 per yard for a good quality nylon Berber carpet. If your Berber carpet is 10 years old or less and is made from nylon, then a professional cleaning can easily rejuvenate your carpet and give you many more years of service. 

3. Is your Carpet Permanently Stained?

No carpet is 100% stain-proof even expensive carpets can be ruined by staining. Most carpets sold today have some form of anti-stain treatment either infused or applied. Anti-stain treatments that are topically applied can wear off over time or simply wash off completely. Scotchgard is a well known anti-stain treatment product that is topically applied and can be reapplied as necessary. Most carpet cleaning companies provide this service for a nominal fee. If you do not want to fuss with carpet treatments, Stainmaster works very efficiently. Stainmaster carpets have an anti-stain system that is infused into the fiber and does not wash or wear off.

Professional carpet cleaners can remove most household stains. Unfortunately in some cases there is little hope. Carpet manufacturers have a list of certain types of stains that are not covered under their warranty including mustard, teas, bleaches, acne medications, plant fertilizers, drain cleaners, and plant food- to name a few.

If your carpet has permanent stains or damage caused by feces, vomit, urine, mildew, mold, or other biological substances then your carpet may be a health hazard and should be replaced. Consult with a professional carpet cleaner if you need an expert opinion or advice.

4. Is your Carpet more than 10 years old?

Most carpet and padding sold today are designed to last roughly 10 years. This is considered to be a medium grade or quality level that most homeowners select. Prices range from $20 to $35 per square yard installed with a rebond pad.

If your current carpet is more than 10 years old and you have issues like wrinkles or ripples, fading or color loss, crushing or matting of the pile, or a lack of padding support in halls, main walkways and on stairs, then your carpet and padding may be at the end of its intended lifespan. Keep in mind, spending hundreds having your carpet professionally cleaned won’t make a worn out carpet or padding come back to life. 


5. Is Your Padding Worn Out?

When you buy carpet, do not underestimate the importance of buying the correct padding to go under it. Padding should be considered as "the heartbeat" of your carpet. Once it fails to provide enough support, your carpet will start to wear out much faster. When you are ready to buy a new carpet, be sure to choose a good quality padding.The padding should be able to provide sufficient support and have a lifespan equal to the grade of carpet you select. If you find that your existing padding is worn out and your old carpet still looks like new, you might be able to just replace the padding to give your old carpet several more years of added life. This is not a common thing to do and you should ask your professional carpet cleaner if this might be a viable option for you. 1a2a

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162