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Product Feature: Carpet

Selecting the right carpet can be tough and the carpet language might seem a little foreign so I’m going to break it down to simplify things. Below are some of the more popular types of carpet. This list is my no means exhaustive but gives you a basic solid foundation.


photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

First up is a cut pile. This is by far the most common carpet type and many different looks fall into this category such as Saxony, Plush, Textured, and Frieze.

This is a good foundation for carpet construction however each individual carpet gets its durability from the type of fiber used, density of the tufts and the amount of twist per cable.

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Textured carpets are the most versatile. They can be formal or informal, hide footprints and vacuum marks due to their two-tone effect and are great for family rooms and areas with lots of traffic.

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Plush carpets are dense and luxurious. They are best suited for more formal rooms and areas with less traffic. They do show vacuum cleaner marks and footprints.

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Frieze carpets have a more casual appearance. The ends of the cables are twisted or curled to give lots of texture and movement. This is great for concealing foot traffic and vacuum marks, however they have a tendency to lay down in between vacuuming. Frieze carpets are for active families and are great at hiding seams.


 

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Loop pile or Berber carpets are great for limiting vacuum marks and foot traffic and can have a casual or formal look. The seams are usually visible and this style of carpet can be damaged by snags.

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They can also be woven to create patterns like the Patterned Loop style below. There may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

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photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Cut and loop pile carpet combines the cut and loop styles creating patterns and textures for a more updated look to the loop/ berber carpet.  Typically this carpet style has a low profile and tends to perform well in higher traffic areas. A draw back is that in seams may be visible and there may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

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Hopefully this helps give you an understanding of some of the different types of carpet that are available.

In addition to these style types, the fiber type also makes a big difference in the durability of the carpet, but we’ll cover that later.

Sources: Carpet.org; Carpet and Rug Institute

Care & Maintenance: Carpet

How you care for your carpet makes a big difference in how your carpet looks and performs. You want to ensure that you are properly maintaining your new carpet so that it lasts for many years.

Here are some basics:

1. Use walk off mats at entry ways to prevent dirt and other materials from getting tracked in.

2. Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets looking beautiful. Vacuuming removes dirt and other debris from the carpet pile and prevents it from becoming embedded deeper in. High traffic areas like hallways and stairs need to be vacuumed more often. Typically once a week for low traffic areas and 2 or more times per week for higher traffic.

Make sure that you have a vacuum with an adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush and also enough suction power to get deep into the carpet. The adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush is important especially for thicker pile and the new soft premium carpets. If the beater bar or rotating brush is set too low the carpet fibers can become damaged and leave the carpet looking fuzzy.

3. Professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months.

Stain removal:

Undoubtedly, at some point in your carpets life spills and stains will happen. The Carpet and Rug Institute has great tips for many common stains. Please refer to their website here for tips. Also, you can refer to your specific carpet manufacturers website for more detailed stain removal.

Carpet Cleaning:

Renting a do-it-yourself extractor or steam cleaner is effective at assisting with spots and spills but they don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a professional. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Refer The Carpet and Rug Institute here for tips on choosing a professional carpet cleaning company.

 

Sources:

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Mohawk Flooring, Shaw Flooring

Design of the Month

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This months featured design is a rich blend of sophisticated/contemporary, in shades of warm greys with a splash of black!

We just LOVE how amazing this design would look in a master bathroom… don’t you think so?!

Are you looking to remodel? Or are you building a new home? Or just looking for inspiration…

Here are the products we used:

1. Transit color Olive 12 x 24 porcelain tile… Can be used on the bathroom floor or shower/ tub walls.

2. Jeffery Court Glass Duality…. this glass tile can be incorporated in so many ways- accent in the shower, tiled backsplash for the vanity or even a wall feature.

3. Our color choice for painted millwork is Sherwin Williams Creamy SW7012

4. Cambria Bellingham…. Stunning!

5. Zen Tahitian Black pebbles… we are envisioning this tile for the shower floor, although, you could go all out and tile the entire bathroom floor!!

I can see it now… I WANT this bathroom!

Thanks for checking out our Design of the Month!! Check back next month to see what we come up with!!

 

 

Product Feature: Wood Floors

 

These are just a few wood flooring options!

These are just a few wood flooring options!

These are just a few of the many, many options available for wood floors.

1. T & G Smooth Acacia Dark

2. Urban Lifestyle Exotic Maple Natural

3. Mercier Red Oak Autumn Leaf

4. Trillium Stand Woven Bamboo Antique Barnside

 

Whether your décor is contemporary, rustic or traditional or somewhere in between, we have lots of options!!

Stop by our showroom to see what can work in your home! Our designers are here to help you!!

 

So many choices!!

So many choices!!

 

And, this month we are all about wood floors! Have you have checked out our other posts?

Product Facts: Wood Floors

Care and Maintenance of Wood Floors

 

 

Ashley’s Watermelon Basil Cooler

 

 

Here’s a recipe that is sure to quench your summer thirst and cool you off!! The basil and watermelon are such an interesting combination and produce a sophisticated, non-alcoholic beverage!

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Watermelon Basil Cooler

Per Serving:
1-1/2 cups watermelon chunks, refrigerated or frozen
1-2 large leaves fresh basil
1 cup sparkling water (Grapefruit flavored preferably but any works!)

Place the watermelon and basil in a blender and blend until liquid.
Add the sparkling water and stir very lightly Add ice cubes, if desired.
Pour into serving glasses and savor the summer!

July- Safety Tip! Fireworks Safety

With 4th of July fast approaching, we at Superior Flooring urge you to take fireworks safety seriously. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause serious injuries. Every year an estimated 200 people per day visit emergency room for firework injuries. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

Obviously, the best way to prevent injuries is let the professionals do the fireworks show… but if you decide to take part in lighting your own please follow these guidelines from kidshealth.org:

  • Kids should never play with fireworks!! Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled), and store them in a cool, dry place. Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarterpounder. These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
  • Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — your child’s eyesight may depend on it. If it’s a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.

Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a blast!

 

From all of us at Superior Flooring- we hope that you have a safe and happy 4th!!