Companies that own their buildings have the luxury of being able to redesign what they want, when they want. This means when the budget becomes available to bring in fresh carpeting and entryway tiling, there are some big decisions to make.
The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, all of that togetherness can damage your flooring. Stains are among the most common damage that happens to carpet, and if you don't know how to handle the problem, they can become permanent
When it comes to adding carpet to your home, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider. It adds a level of warmth and comfort to a space. It also helps with heating costs during the winter because it absorbs heat unlike wood floors.
Rain may be a big part of what makes Wisconsin green and beautiful, but it wreaks havoc on a carpet. All that precipitation means mud, and it's inevitable that that mud will find its way onto your carpet. Fortunately, there are ways to effectively clean your carpet so the mud doesn't become permanent.
Patience Is a Virtue
Most stains should be cleaned immediately, but that's not the case with mud on carpet. The best way to clean this stain is by waiting for it to dry. The water evaporates, leaving behind the dirt. This is much easier to remove than wet clods of mud. If you don't wait to clean the carpet, you may end up pushing the mud deeper into the fibers.
Sweep and Vacuum
small hand brush loosens the particles. Use a vacuum cleaner to attack the dirt from various angles, and don't hesitate to let the vacuum hover over the spot in the carpet for several seconds. This process can be repeated numerous times. Get at any stubborn clumps of mud by rubbing a gift card edge along the fibers and then vacuuming any loosened debris.
Clean with Detergent
Using the right detergent can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a clean carpet. Know if your fibers are natural or synthetic, and use a cleaning product that's designed for that material. It usually makes sense to begin with a few dry white cloths that won't bleed color onto the carpet. Dip the cloth into the detergent or spray the cleaner onto the cloth. Dab at the mud stain with the cloth from several different angles before repeating the dabbing with a clean damp cloth.
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Your home may be one of the biggest investments you ever make, and you want to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you moved in. If you’ve chosen quality carpet, it can last for years and years with the right maintenance. If you take good care it, you can keep your carpet looking new and extend its life.
Taking Good Care of Your Carpet
Cleaning your carpet is easier than you may think. It takes the right vacuum cleaner, the right cleaning products, and good old fashioned know-how and elbow grease.
Stain Removing Tips
Stains can be removed if done the right way.
Keep Your Carpet Beautiful
Following these simple tips will keep your carpet’s texture and color looking fresh.
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As we covered in our most recent blog post, with regular care, cleaning and maintenance your carpet can last for many years. However, sometimes, even with the best maintenance routine, carpet needs to be replaced if it's torn or otherwise damaged. To help you determine if your car needs to be replaced, we've put together a list of sure signs. Stay tuned for part two.
1. Carpet Stains
Hiding a stain with a well-placed sofa or coffee table is one thing. However, if your carpet is starting to look more like leopard print than the beige you bought it in, and even professional cleaning doesn't remove the stains, consider replacing your carpet. The Internet is full of DIY stain-removal tips, and stores are full of carpet-cleaning produc ts, but those methods can make stains deeper, or worse, damage your carpet.
2. Wear and Tear on Carpet
If your carpet has seen better days, and you're using area rugs to cover rips and tears, then consider carpet replacement. Polyester carpet fibers have a reputation of matting and losing their form. Once it falls, and remains tuftless, it won't return to normal, even with professional cleaning. Nylon carpet is more resilient than polyester and usually responds well to cleaning.
3. Smelly Carpet
If you have a pet or haven't cleaned in a while, you may notice a lingering smell on your carpet. The odor should be gone or at least diminished by proper cleaning. If the odor continues to linger, then the smell has penetrated the carpet fibers, the pad, and even the subfloor. It may even indicate mold or mildew growth. The most cost-effective solution in these cases is full carpet replacement.
If your carpet displays any of these signs, or if you want to schedule a consultation, contact any FloorQuest location. Proudly serving the Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Waukesha and Sturtevant areas.
Carpet flooring may often receive a bad rap compared to alternative options like hardwood and tile, but carpet can offer a cozy atmosphere to rooms in your home. Tile and hardwood fall short when it comes to a few overlooked, unique advantages of carpet flooring.
The Case for Carpet Flooring
1. Carpet is less expensive to install.
It typically averages cheaper per square foot to install compared to hardwood, which makes carpet ideal if you are redesigning a room on a budget. Carpet can also be installed easier and more quickly than hardwood.
2. Carpet helps a room maintain comfortable temperatures.
Winter temperatures are easier to endure with carpet flooring, in comparison to tile or hardwood. Carpet naturally serves as a form of insulation, which means rooms can retain heat and stay warmer during winter. This can potentially reduce energy expenses over time.
3. Carpet reduces noise.
Compared to hardwood flooring, carpet offers the benefit of reducing the reverberation of sound, which means movement and activity are less apt to be heard in nearby rooms. For individuals who live in apartment complexes, carpet can reduce perceived noise impact of tenants on the floor above or in neighboring apartments.
4. Aids a room's overall atmosphere or design.
Carpet can be comprised of a multitude of fabrics, such as wool or nylon. The selected fabric and its texture can be effectively utilized to aid a room's overall theme or atmosphere. Carpet is also available in a wide array of colors, designs, and patterns, which can accent and complement the room's ambiance.
Carpet offers more than tedious aesthetic maintenance. It can play a critical role in a room's atmosphere and appeal, and can save you money and time.
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Contact us to find which carpeting best suits the redesigned room you've always envisioned. We offer hundreds of patterns, designs, and colors to ensure you find the perfect match that suits your taste, and your budget and estimates are always free.
For more details, or for a design consultation with one of our courteous, expert advisers, contact us or visit any of our SHOWROOM LOCATIONS to learn more.
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This Thanksgiving, you might face an influx of guests as you host the big meal. Cooking and cleaning in preparation for your family gathering might be at the top of your list -- but have you considered the cleaning you'll have to do after the feast?
Any time people congregate for a meal, carpet stains are inevitable. Did someone spill on your carpet, or did you marr your mother-in-law's flawless dining room floor? Never fear! Check out our tips for Thanksgiving carpet stain removal.
Thanksgiving Carpet Stain Removal
Don't let a spilled glass or overflowing gravy dampen your holiday spirit. Follow these tips for carpet stain removal to rid your floors of common Thanksgiving stains. As always be sure to check your carpet maufacturer's recommendations on how to remove all stains, and spot test stain removers before widespread use.
If a guest gets a little tipsy and lets their wine glass tip over, use these tips for carpet stain removal:
Gravy is great when smothered on turkey and mashed potatoes -- not so much when it covers your carpet. Here are the steps for gravy carpet stain removal:
Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato
If your pumpkin pie or sweet potato won't stay on your fork, use these carpet stain removal tips:
For more tips on carpet stain removal or to purchase Stain Removal Products like Stain-X or Capture to protect your beautiful carpet, visit your nearest FloorQuest location. You can also request a design consultation with one of our courteous, expert advisers by contacting us or visiting any of our 4 SHOWROOM LOCATIONS locations to learn more.
An easy way to protect your carpet in the winter is by placing entry mats at all doors that your family or guests might enter. During winter more than ever, people need entry rugs to wipe off their dirty feet. Placing mats at each door will protect your carpet by preventing people from tracking in mud, snow, and ice salts.
If you have children, be sure to instruct them on how to properly use the entry mats -- show them how to stop and wipe off their shoes. Not only will the entry mats protect your carpet, but they will also add a little color and holiday cheer to your home if you opt for a decorative seasonal option!
When it comes to home maintenance in the winter, you may be focused more on the exterior parts of your house, like cleaning your gutters, shoveling snow, and sealing heat leaks to keep the inside nice and toasty. But have you thought about how to keep the inside of your home nice this winter?
Beyond decorating your home for the holidays, you should take care to keep the interior of your home maintained in the winter by working to protect your carpets. We all know how dirty our shoes can get during the winter -- sloshing through snow on our driveways and sidewalks can certainly make a mess. You don't want that dirty, wet slush in your home, so it's important to know how to protect your carpet in the winter -- especially if you live in an area prone to snow like Wisconsin.
Place Entry Mats at Exterior Doors
How to Protect Your Carpet During the Winter
Take Shoes Off at the Entry Points
Eliminate the risk and protect your carpet by instructing your family and your guests to remove their shoes when they enter the home. Doing so will eliminate the dirty shoes from contacting the carpet in any way, preventing stains or excessive moisture issues.
Cover Your Carpets
When it snows, your children will probably want to get out and play in the yard -- and you'll probably have to go out and shovel your property. When you or the kiddos get all bundled up in the winter, you risk dragging in more snow and hurting your carpets. After a heavy snowfall that necessitates sledding or shoveling, protect your carpet by laying down a tarp or other covering in your main entryway to collect any excess snow from your jackets and boots. Tell the kids to remove all of their soiled exterior winter clothes on the drop cloth so that nothing will collect on your carpet.
Create a Designated Mud Room
One way to further protect your carpet from winter weather (and help keep your home organized) is to create a designated mud room in your home. A mud room is a specific area where your family can keep their boots, coats, jackets, hats, scarves, backpacks, car keys, and more. As the name implies, it's an area that will get a little muddy, so it's best to use vinyl flooring for easy clean-up. Your mud room also needs some great storage, like built-in units or bookshelves. By containing your winter gear to a mud room, you will protect your carpet elsewhere in the home
Keep Outdoor Entry Areas Free from Snow
Keeping your outdoor clean is very important when trying to protect your carpet during the winter. Make sure to shovel any slush away from your exterior doors, and also keep your porch free from snow.
Check the Carpet for Moisture & Stains
Sometimes, despite all of these efforts, you can't fully protect your carpet from dirty winter sludge. Be aware that not all of these methods are fool-proof. You should inspect high traffic areas in your carpet for any excess moisture or stains, then eliminate these issues before they cause further damage to your carpet.
When you protect your carpet in winter, you also protect the investment you made in your home. If you follow the steps above, you can easily keep your carpet looking as beautiful as the day it was installed.
For more details or to get a design consultation with one of our courteous, expert advisers, contact us or visit any of our 4 SHOWROOM LOCATIONS locations to learn more.
Flooring is the foundation for every room’s design, so it is important to choose the right carpet color to build your room around. Different colors can evoke different moods and can greatly alter the vibe of a space. A more earthy carpet color choice could create a soft and natural environment. A brighter carpet color will add energy and quirky playfulness to any space, while a dark carpet color will give off an ambiance of silent sophistication.
With trends changing by the minute, it is important to be design conscious and select a carpet color that will work for your home long-term. Fortunately, carpets and rugs come in many shades, so you will not be limited when it comes to picking a carpet color. However, this can also make it more difficult for you to narrow down your color options. The best carpet color for any room can be chosen depending on the following factors:
Room’s function & amount of traffic.
You have to consider how you use a space before picking the carpet color for the room. For example, a lighter carpet might be a bad choice for a dining room, because it could be susceptible to stains. Likewise, high traffic areas like foyers, hallways, and living rooms also benefit from slightly darker (or at least stain-resistant) carpet colors, since they are frequently stepped on as family members and guests go around the house.
Lighter carpets are great for rooms that do not receive much natural light, because they will help soften up the space. A light carpet color will also look great in a bedroom--calmer colors help you relax before you drift into sleep.
Personal taste & preference.
Obviously the carpet color you select should be one you like and would enjoy seeing in your home for years to come. The carpet color really can reflect your personality and the personality you want your home to have. For a comfortable and casual home, warmer colors do the trick. Blue, black, red and gray are more dramatic options for stately and formal rooms. For a fun playroom or family room, opt for an unexpected pop of color, like a light blue or dusty quartz.
Compatibility with the style & design of your home.
The focal point of every room is the carpet. So your carpet color should coordinate with the other design elements in a room, including your furniture (upholstered or not), wall color, artwork, curtains, and woodwork. For example, a brighter color in a bedroom could be overwhelming if paired with a very bright or dark carpet color; try pairing it with a toned-down neutral instead. In a den or man cave, pick a dark carpet color to complement the brown leather sofa and heavy wooden furniture. You should take a sample of the carpet color you are considering and place it in your room to see how it coordinates with your existing decor.
Not ready to commit? Try an area rug!
Picking the right carpet color can be difficult for a homeowner. If you are not quite ready to commit to a carpet, or you just want to add a pop of color to your existing hardwood floors, then consider an area rug! Area rugs come in a variety of colors and patterns to match the style of any space, and they can add texture and sophistication when layered into a room.
Selecting a carpet color for your home doesn’t have to be agonizing--use our tips and you should be well on your way to narrowing down your color options. You can actually have any of our carpet in our showrooms made into an area rug. Just ask any of our FloorQuest flooring experts.... they would love to help you!