How to Care for Your Carpet

Carpet is a great investment in the use and enjoyment of your home. Carpet makes rooms look and feel warmer, and it provides a soft surface underfoot. It’s important to know how to take care of it. Luckily, cleaning your carpet is easier than you think. If you set up a maintenance routine to care for carpet, it will look good for years to come.

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Weekly

Care for carpet by vacuuming it once or twice a week to remove dirt and debris. Pay attention to high traffic areas, such as hallways or around sofas, vacuuming more frequently to prevent stains and wear. Take your time with this step. Three passes with a vacuum will remove light soiling, while up to seven passes may be necessary for areas that have more dirt.

Annually

Have your carpet cleaned by a professional every year to remove dirt. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning can remove dirt, oil or particles that have made their way deep into the pile. Professional carpet cleaners have equipment that is more powerful than the units you can rent, helping carpet dry more quickly.

As Needed

Treat spills and stains right when they happen. Start by removing solid material with a spoon or dull knife. Wet a clean white towel with water, and blot the spot. If the spot requires more work, use a solvent that is approved by the manufacturer of your carpet. Always test the cleaner in a hidden area to make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet or remove its color.

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Living Room

Nothing in your home gets as much wear and tear as your flooring. You walk on it, stand on it, and sit on it. Your kids and pets might even run across it. And it’s where the dust settles and spills happen. While flooring is the structural foundation for your room, it’s also the foundation for your décor. Choosing the right materials combines personal taste with practicality. Art Van Flooring has several choices of living room flooring. Here are three options that are perfect for a family-friendly space:

Wood Floors

Wood floors are a timeless choice, offering natural beauty as well as versatile style. Durable and easy to maintain, wood floors are also a great long-term investment because they can be sanded and refinished. You’ll have a rainbow of options when it comes to finish; from light oak to deep walnut, the color of your wood will set the tone for the room.

You can also choose the size of the wood. Strip flooring is a narrower cut of woods – about 2 3/4 inches. Or choose plank flooring, which has a more informal look with wider boards up to about 7 inches. Rooms that might be exposed to moisture, such as a basement family room, should avoid wood as it can warp or bubble in humid conditions.

Laminate

Today’s laminate floors offer the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the price, making them a good option for living room flooring. Like wood, laminate flooring is available in planks and strips. Traditionally, it is glued in place over your existing flooring, although manufacturers have recently introduced glueless and pre-glued formats that can be installed in half the time.

Unlike wood, laminate flooring cannot be stripped or refinished. However, it’s more resistant to dents and scratches, and offers a layer of cushioning that can be more comfortable than wood or tile.  Laminate is also a great option for a finished basement as it stands up to moist or humid conditions.

Carpet

Finally, carpet is a popular living room flooring choice because it offers the highest level of comfort. Carpet is also one of the easiest ways to personalize an environment; its color can provide a neutral foundation or a more vibrant shade can become a focal point.

Unlike wood and laminate, carpet provides an added measure of warmth and insulation against extreme heat or cold. It’s available in a wide variety of fibers and textures, giving the room a casual or more formal feeling. Carpet also helps provide safety from slip and fall – an important consideration for families with young children. Many carpets have been treated for stain resistance, but they aren’t stain-proof. Regular maintenance, including vacuuming and professional cleaning will help protect and prolong the life of your investment.

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