Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

Your Carpet Installation Was Perfect. Now What? – Extending the life and quality of your carpeting

carpet-photo-01a You selected the carpet for your home, and it’s now been installed. You are excited about the end result, and now you want to maintain it. Just how do you go about extending the life of the carpet in your home and protecting your investment?

What are the four types of cleaning?

There are four different types of cleaning that the carpet requires. The most basic form of cleaning is vacuuming. The carpet has to be regularly vacuumed to remove the dirt regularly. In high traffic areas, the carpet may need to be vacuumed more often. If done regularly, up to 95 percent of the dirt could be removed from the carpets. Spot cleaning is performed when there is a spill. This could involve blotting a spot with a damp white towel. Spot cleaning should never include rubbing or scrubbing because this could cause the stain to settle further into the carpet. Interim cleaning is another form of cleaning. This form of cleaning targets soiling, and the equipment used is capable of targeting dirt buried deep into the carpet. Restorative cleaning is a deep cleaning treatment process that is performed by professional technicians as well. Households with pets, young children and members with allergies may need restorative cleaning more often than other households.

How to extend the life of the carpet in a home

There are several things that one can do to extend the life of the carpets in the home. How long the carpet lasts in a home depends on how often the flooring is cleaned. In following these tips, one can extend the life of the carpet.

Carpet Installation & Maintenace (Maintenance) Tips

Deep cleaning should be done periodically. Periodically deep cleaning should be done on a semi-annual schedule. Annually to semi-annually is the recommended cleaning schedule for most households.

Eliminate spots and spills immediately. The spots are removed immediately with a spot cleaning solution. These cleaning solutions are available at most grocery stores and are often quite effective in removing the initial stain.

Use carpet padding throughout house. Carpet padding in homes is used to absorb some of the impact created with regular traffic. The impact of daily traffic causes the fibers to become weaker, and padding addresses this by limiting the impact from walking and running.

Use matting near entries. Every area should have matting at every entry in the home. Giving people the opportunity to wipe their feet at each entry point offering access to carpeted areas limits the amount of dirt an area is exposed to over time.

Upgrade the vacuum in a home. A quality vacuum protects the piling in the carpet from wear and tear. More dirt can be removed on a much deeper level if the right vacuum is used. Generally speaking, the more expensive vacuuming systems are much better at targeting dirt well beneath the surface.

Establish no carpet zones. In preventing people from wearing carpet in a high traffic areas, oil, dirt and grime is less likely to make it to the carpet. The carpet is cleaner because it is exposed to dirt far less often.

A professionally installed carpet is the first line of defense in protecting the flooring. The real work comes with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance includes vacuuming, spot cleaning, restorative cleaning and interim cleaning. All forms of cleaning are necessary to keep the flooring looking its best for a longer period of time.

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Let Us Floor You With Carpet

Let Us Floor You With Carpet

Baby it’s cold outside…

Are you singing the winter time blues? Come visit our warm and friendly showroom!

Now is a perfect time. We have new carpet displays with lots of new colors, patterns, textures and fibers. No matter your choice of carpet, it will make your home feel cozy and welcoming as you step inside from from the frigid, snowy weather.

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Let Us Floor You One Room At A Time!

Here are some ideas that we took from Houzz that we thought would inspire you:

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Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

Give Your Home a Face Lift with New Flooring!

We are the flooring showroom NH residents trust! Our enormous selection includes all the most popular flooring products available today. You will find hardwood, carpet, tile, vinyl, green flooring and stair runners in a variety of styles and colors so there’s always something that matches your budget and home décor taste!

Flooring has a major impact on the look and comfort of any home. Aside from the ceilings and walls, the floor is one of the largest parts of any living space. Its color, texture and overall appearance can completely change the tone within a room. Make an area cozier with the rich wood grain found in classic hardwood or create a new, exciting space with ceramic and glass tiles.

Flooring Advice You Can Trust

Our high quality products aren’t the only reason we are the flooring showroom NH families prefer. Our knowledgeable staff understands the importance of picking out the right type of flooring while staying within budget. We can provide expert advice and make recommendations that will help make your floor shopping experience as stress-free as possible.

We want to work with you to ensure that you find the perfect product that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. No matter what your requirements may be, our staff is always available to listen and suggest the best flooring to achieve the look you want in a product that will last. We also can create beautiful area rugs and stair runners that will enhance visual appeal and add a layer of protection that will prolong the life of your floors.

Professional Floor Installation with Options

We also offer reliable floor installation services that are available to residential, new construction and light commercial customers. Our hardworking team makes sure that your flooring is installed the right way so you can get back to doing the things you love with minimal hassle. Customers who visit our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location can also purchase products from us for self-installation projects. Whether you want to handle it on your own or prefer to have a professional do the work, we can accommodate you!

Find the Perfect Floor Today!

If you haven’t visited our flooring showroom in our Portsmouth NH location, now is the best time to stop by! You can see many flooring types featured and feel the quality of each product. We will even loan floor samples for free so you can see the product in your home before making a decision.

New floors can increase property values and make your home more inviting. Start the process of improving your living space by visiting us for a free consultation with one of our flooring experts!

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Removing Stains from Your Carpet

Removing Stains from Your Carpet

Shaw R2xDo you have carpet stains? Do you know how to treat them? 

When treating a carpet stain there are several things to remember.   Spray lightly with the cleaner.  If you use too much cleaner it will soak into the pad and cause the stain to come back again and again.  If you happen to overspray, get your shop vac and suck up the extra fluid and begin again.   Spray the carpet with the stain remover and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes.  Then blot do not scrub the stain using a white cotton towel as it is more absorbant. Scrubbing can cause the stain to set in.  Start from the outside of the stain and work your way to the middle to eliminate spreading the stain.    If needed repeat the process but just remember to spray lightly and blot instead of scrubbing.   Shaw Carpet has an excellent Spot Remover called R2X.  Our customers love it and keep coming back to buy more. My husband even uses it to remove stains from the upholstery in our cars.  Happy cleaning!

Shopping Tips

Before you shop for flooring we would like to offer some suggestions to ease your shopping experience.

Put together a bag or folder and include all or some of the following items:

• Swatches of fabric (or a pillow) from your sofa, curtains or bed linens

• A sample of your desired or existing paint color

• A sample of your kitchen counter top and/or cabinets

• Colors and/or flooring from an ajoining room

• Pictures of flooring that you’ve seen in a magazine, online or friends or family member’s home

• Room dimensions, including closets, hallways, and stairs (incude width and number of stairs) to assist us in providing you with an estimate for the flooring you are considering

Keep the entire bag or folder in your car for your spur of the moment shopping opportunity!

The more you bring, the easier it is for us to help you find the right product, style and color to match your decor.