Does carpet suit your room and lifestyle?
Carpet acts as a trap for allergens and is
capable of holding significant quantities of soil, dust and other substances.
The carpet holds on to the particles until you are ready to remove them.
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our
footsteps. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but
especially for toddlers and older individuals. It is also warm under foot.
Carpet will reduce noise generation in two
ways – at floor level by cushioning objects hitting the floor, for example
footsteps or dropped items, and by absorbing other sounds around your home
creating a more peaceful indoor environment.
Easy to maintain. A good vacuum cleaner, a
periodic wet clean and prompt attention to spills is all you need to keep your
carpet looking good. Professional carpet cleaning is recommended every 12-18
months to keep your carpet looking new and to satisfy supplier warranties.
Which carpet fiber will work best for you?
It is important to choose a carpet fiber
that will work best for the space in your home. There are four synthetic types
of fiber. Each fiber type offers somewhat different attributes of style
options, colour options, soil resistance, stain resistance and texture
Nylon – The most popular carpet fiber as it
performs extremely well. It is one of the more expensive fibers available.
Nylon 6.6 Fiber is a more premium type of nylon fiber than “Type 6” nylon
that’s also used in a lot of rugs. It has greater strength and resiliency which
adds to the product’s overall durability. Though not inherently stain
resistant, most nylon carpets feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for
protection against household spills and stains.
Polyester (PET) – is naturally stain and fade resistant. Is
best at retaining colour and won’t fade over time. It’s also capable of
providing a very soft feel though it’s not as resilient as nylon and is more
prone to compaction. Best uses for Polyester styles are low to medium traffic
rooms such as bedrooms.
Polypropylene (also called Olefin) – is a
relatively inexpensive fiber. Its strengths include superior stain resistance,
with the exception of oil-based stains, and low cost. It is a solution-dyed
product, which means colour is added during extrusion in its molten state
rather than topically applied. (Imagine a carrot vs. a radish). Because of this
dye method it has superior resistance to bleaches and sunlight fading. However
it has poor resiliency, which can lead to crushing. Polypropylene’s provide an
excellent value and good performance.
Wool – remains the premier fiber in carpet
construction and it can be expensive. It has excellent resilience and
durability. Wool cleans especially well. Unfortunately, wool tends to “wear
down” or the pile tends to wear away. In some cases bald spots may occur as a
result heavy traffic loads. Wool is a natural fiber with a natural protective
membrane which acts to repel moisture and is a natural stain resister. Because
it can absorb a large quantity of moisture without feeling wet, wool carpet doesn’t
conduct static electricity in the way synthetic carpets do. Less static means
A word about soft carpets.
Demand continues to grow for carpets with a
very soft feel, often referred to as “soft carpets”. All major carpet brands
provide a good selection of soft carpet styles.
Note that as some soft carpets are so soft,
that the total surface density is much higher which in turn increases the
suction between vacuum cleaner head and the carpet surface, thereby making it
more difficult to maneuver the machine. Some soft carpets require a gentler
cleaning action so as to avoid unnecessary wear and will require a special
Which Types Of Flooring Are Best For Cold
In colder climates, many types of flooring will
always give you cold feet. For cold climate homes or winter homes, you’ll want
to choose flooring materials that will keep you and your guests cozy.
This flooring type is the most obvious
choice for cold homes. It’s also the cheapest. As you know, carpet is like a
warm, cozy blanket between your delicate tootsies and your unforgiving cold
floors. It’s a no-brainer for cold homes.
However, there are some drawbacks you may
not have considered. For one thing, carpets are the most difficult flooring
type to clean when it comes to tracked-in snow and muddy messes. For two,
fluffy carpets + cold, dry weather = electric charges. In other words, carpeted
flooring is notorious for causing wintertime static shock. This may be fun for
your kids, but not so much for your grown-up party guests.
Now, this flooring choice is the opposite
of carpet. That is, it’s the least obvious choice, and more expensive. Because
tile is an excellent conductor of heat (and therefore, cold), it can easily get
as cold as the snow on your porch. But, for this same reason, you can optimize
it for cold climate. Tile is the best choice as a covering for artificially
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Now here’s a healthy compromise between the
two options above. Vinyl plank flooring gives you the best benefits of almost
every flooring type. It looks like a hardwood floor, insulates almost as well
as carpet, and is as water-resistant and easy to clean as tile. And it’s one of
the cheapest flooring options available.
Carpet – Before Installation
What to know and do before your carpet is
You’ve learned all there is to know about
carpet, shopped smart, made your best choice, and now it’s just a matter of
waiting for the installers, right? You know better, of course. The next step is
to be knowledgeable and prepared for the big day when the new carpeting will
transform your home.
OUR BEST ADVICE IS TO GO WITH THE PROS.
Carpet installation is a skill that is
developed through years of experience, so using professional installers is just
plain smart. Also, understanding the basics of carpet installation will
increase your knowledge of the process and enhance your confidence in the
professionals working in your home. Some of these basics follow.
THE SEAMING DIAGRAM IS THE INSTALLERS’
This shows the overall layout of the
carpet, the correct placement of seams and transitions, and assists them in the
preparation and cutting of the carpet.
NOBODY KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH SEAMS BETTER
THAN THE PROFESSIONALS.
While seams are inevitable, it’s the
professionals who excel at minimizing and hiding seams. They call on years of
experience and tried and true methods. Case in point: they’ll insure seams are
placed away from areas subjected to pivoting traffic, and not run seams
perpendicular to doorway openings.
The pros know what to do about transitions.
When two different flooring products meet – say, carpeting and a hardwood floor
– it’s called a transition. Your professional installers will try to match the
surface heights of various flooring products to minimize transitions.
We have the perfect floor for you. Whether
you desire hardwood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic, or carpet we have the floor for
We will always be competitive in pricing
with our competitors. We believe in taking care of our customers. Product for
product we usually win in pricing.
We do a lot of business with all the major
manufacturers and many of the smaller ones as well. Whatever you’re looking for
we probably have it.
All of our installs are guaranteed for 12
months. We always takes extreme care so you can rest assured when we install
your new floors.
When it comes to flooring, we know our
stuff. We are one of the highest rated flooring installers and for good reason.
Vacuum Cleaning Tips for Your Floors
There are several helpful and easy cleaning
solutions to keep your house free of dust, germs and microscopic mites. While
disinfecting the counter-tops and picking up the clutter helps, today we are
going to focus on how to keep your floors clean with a vacuum cleaner.
The vacuum is one of the most valuable
tools a homeowner can own to help keep their floors clean. There are many
different types of vacuum cleaners available on the market, all with their own
set of pros and cons. So if you need a vacuum cleaner, then it would behoove
you to do the proper research and start cleaning.
Don’t Make It Harder
The first vacuum cleaning tips is probably
the most obvious — don’t make it harder than it should be. You’d be surprised
at how many people inadvertently create additional messes that make vacuuming
more difficult than it should be.
Once is Not Enough
To truly pull up the dust and hair on your
floor, it is usually better to vacuum multiple times in the same area. On top
of this, it would also be wise to go over the areas from multiple directions,
as this will help pull up dirt and debris more effectively.
Create a Schedule
Another important cleaning tip when vacuuming
your home is to create a schedule. Whether you pick a certain day of the week
or month, following a regular schedule and sticking to that routine will help
ensure that your floors are clean at all time.