Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Area Rugs Should Not be Cleaned Like Carpets

Area rugs and Oriental rugs are constructed differently than carpet, and therefore require special cleaning techniques. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ellen R. of Indianapolis)
Area rugs and Oriental rugs are constructed differently than carpet, and therefore require special cleaning techniques. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ellen R. of Indianapolis)
Most area rugs, particularly hand-knotted rugs, are made entirely made by hand from all-natural materials. It can take as little as a month to make or up to two years or longer to produce a single handmade rug.
Most household wall-to-wall carpets lend themselves to steam cleaning from a carpet cleaning company because it’s the simplest and fastest way to clean them and make sure they dry quickly. Especially when dealing with carpets made from nylon, polyester or other plastic-based fibers, steam cleaning is more than adequate.
The majority of area rugs or Oriental rugs are made with wool, a highly complex animal fiber. If you looked at it under a microscope, you can see that wool fibers have scales and hundreds of small crevices that can trap soil. Handmade area rugs are also made entirely of fiber rather than fiber held in place with a backing like carpet. This means that to get a rug 100-percent clean, it must be cleaned all the way through, not just on the surface, which is how steam cleaning carpet is performed.
Area rugs can also be made of many other natural fibers such as silk, cotton, jute or others, which means cleaning an area rug is a custom job every time. Proper rug cleaning cannot be performed by simply running a steam cleaner over the front and back. At best, that type of cleaning would be cosmetic and only temporary; at worst, it could cause irreversible damage.
Your area rugs are a one-of-a-kind investment, so don’t trust their cleaning and care to just anyone. Do your homework and look for a cleaner with the education, experience and expertise to care for your rugs safely and effectively. Two organizations that provide training certifications are The Clean Trust, formerly known as the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC, and Master Rug Cleaner. Both organizations' websites list those individuals who have completed their training programs.

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Carpet VS Laminate for your bedroom.

Frankly it's going to come down to your personal preference. Some people prefer to feel the cool wood under their feet, and the lustrous accents wood adds to a room. Whereas others prefer to feel the long loop pile fill in the spaces between their toes and the overall plush look a carpet adds to any room. Again, it's up to you to pick. But here are just a few things to consider when selected the flooring for you bedroom. 

 Cleaning isn't fun for anyone, at any age. So let's get it over with as soon as possible. Carpet cleaning can be tedious, but here's how it should be done. Now, according to our friends over at, carter's carpet, if you have pets then it would be best to clean your carpets every six to twelve months. On the other hand, if you're a pet-less household with just yourself and maybe another adult, they recommend waiting on the upwards of two years. On the flip side, laminate is much less maintenance than carpet, but it doesn't give you the "warm and fuzzies" like a carpet would. Let's set the record straight, YES you can mop a laminate floor without worrying about it warping! Now, should water be left sitting on the floor i.e. a small puddle of water be left out on the floor, then yes the floor will warm. Moving on, steam cleaning cannot be done on a laminate floor! It is a bad idea because the steam can and will most likely seep in through the cracks between the planks and compress a lot of moisture down there and ultimately cause the floor to warp.

Which of the two is more resistant to heavy furniture; again, it depends. From personal experience, I can say that laminate is very resistant to heavy furniture, whereas, carpet will be left with some indentations. Ultimately it is up to you to decide which you feel would be best for the look and feel you're going for.

I'll leave you on this note, when shopping for flooring come into the store with an open mind and keep in mind what it is you're trying to achieve and how you want your room to look. Just coming into a flooring store to look can be very overwhelming. Which is why I highly recommend checking out our website to get a better idea of what you would like to see in your bedroom, or any room for that matter!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Different Types of Residential Carpet




Plush Carpet: The bestselling type of carpet is cut pile. Cutting looped carpet fibers at the top creates cut pile with yarn bundles and standing straight. Cut pile is less resistant to crushing than other types of carpet.




Berber Carpet: This type is increasing in popularity faster than any other type of carpet. Berbers limit footprints and vacuum tracks in informal areas. Berbers can have thicker yarns thank other level loop pile carpets for high durability. These loops can retain dirt and may be damaged from snags.







Frieze Carpet: These are highly twisted cut pile carpet suited for high traffic, informal areas. It has short fibers that tend to curl in different directions at the surface to hide footprints and vacuum marks.



Cut and Looped Pile Carpet: This type of carpet combines cut & looped fibers together. It provides a variety of surface textures or sculptured effects for medium durability. Cut and looped pile carpet are available in many different type of colors. The different levels in this carpet can help hide dirt and footprints. 2a.






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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Today's Carpet Trends

Today's Carpet Trends 
When the choices in carpet were limited to basic beige, designers treated it more often than not as a neutral background for room furnishings. Now, with numerous textures, patterns, and colors available at Americarpet, carpet is emerging as the focal point in some interior designs. The need for neutral carpet has not gone away. Berber is still a popular choice. But unlike the plain Berbers of the early 1990s, today's versions have more texture and pattern. Even the more traditional Berbers offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.


Color sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the "new neutrals" of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue. A major shift in new products is toward layered color and soft texture in carpet. A combination of texture and pattern will always be popular because it minimizes soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal. 2a.



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Friday, August 14, 2015

Armstrong Commercial Welcomes two New Additions Hardwood Flooring


Armstrong Commercial Flooring introduced two additions to its hardwood line first one is Midtown, with rich grain patterns in a low gloss offering, and Performance Plus in low and medium gloss options. These new products are perfect for designers who wish to create unique, distinctive commercial spaces. Named for a city’s cultural heart, Midtown embodies the diverse style of a legendary cityscape. Performance Plus hardwood withstands the punishment of day-to-day commercial environments. Since gloss level does not affect the durability or performance of a floor, with either a low or medium gloss finish you end up with a beautiful, highly desired natural wood look with the durable performance required for commercial environments, said Patricia Fanty, marketing manager for Armstrong. “At Armstrong, we take extra care to make sure the latest technologies and best techniques are used to enhance our designs.” Americarpet can provide you with samples of the new Armstrong commercial wood flooring. Please contact us at: http://www.americarpetcommercial.com/ 1a

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Why Do Businesses Use Carpet Tile?

ADVANTAGES OF CARPET TILE

Why Choose Carpet Tiles?

Carpet tiles made their debut and were originally developed for homes as a hardwearing alternative to traditional broadloom carpet. Carpet tiles offer many advantages over traditional broadloom and make designing your own floor scheme easy. Recently there have been some great new designs introduced. Interior designers, makeover programs and interior magazines are increasingly presenting carpet tiles as a new design trend
Advantages of Carpet Tiles
  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to transport – boxes to fit in the back of your car.
  • Easy to lay on top of laminate/vinyl/concrete with no need for underlay.
  • Easy to fit in awkward shaped rooms.
  • Easy to clean and if a tile is damaged, you can simply replace the tile rather than the whole floor.
  • Easy to lift and take with you if you move home, particularly if you are renting.
  • Installations can be done in small areas or temporarily – you can even work around the furniture rather than empty the whole room.
Cost Effectiveness

Carpet tiles include a strong backing so they require no underlay or adhesives and produce less waste than other flooring types, particularly in awkward shaped rooms. This saves time and money and because carpet tiles are fairly easy to install, you can lay them yourself and save the cost of professional fitting. Any damage or spills can be resolved by replacing one tile rather than the entire floor, which is reassuring and overall means carpet tiles are definitely a cost effective flooring option.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpet tiles

Regular vacuuming is the best way to deal with everyday dust and dirt. For inevitable spills and accidents it’s best to treat the area as promptly as possible. Scrape up any solids as soon as possible, working from the edges of the spill towards the centre so it doesn't spread.
Excess liquid can be soaked up by placing a thick wad of absorbent paper over the area and pressing firmly.  Sponge clean if required or the tiles can even be lifted and rinsed under the tap.  Normally you can use a mild detergent solution and scrub gently with a brush where necessary, but it is important to remove all traces of the detergent by rinsing.  Use absorbent paper to mop up as much excess moisture as possible, and allow to dry.  If you lift a tile to clean it, you should make sure it is dry before you put it back, but let it dry naturally – don’t put it on a radiator or other artificially hot surface as this may damage the tile.

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