The House Whisperer is back and he's waiting to take you on a magic carpet ride full of information!
Today we're talking about all things carpets but it's making a comeback!
Now, I know what you're thinking. Why would carpet ever return?
Well it's because in your home it can provide warmth and sound insulation. Plus it isn't boring anymore. Carpet is made now with bold patterns and colors and has new materials to improve health and environment. As well, you can decide to use carpets as a rug and it makes a huge design impact in a room.
When it come's the do's and don't of installing carpet. There's a few.
Don't go too thick or thin, go with manufacturer’s specification.
Ask measurer to see seam layout plan
Most carpet comes in rolls that are 12’ or 15’ wide. You may need to add 5 to 20 percent in extra material, depending on the shape and dimensions of each room and if there are pattern matches needed
Don’t DIY your carpet install unless you can afford the risk.
Don't let the DONTs stress you because carpet has a lot of benefits in style.
Plus there's a bunch of environmental benefits.
Carpet is now one of the lowest emitters of VOCs - Carpet Research Institute Green Label Plus program.
Carpet also can act as an air filter by trapping dust particles, which removes them from the air. This can help people greatly who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Carpet Can Be Recycled. 5 billion pounds of carpet has been diverted from landfills and recycled since 2002. Used carpet materials can actually be put back into carpet production. It can also be turned into building materials and auto parts!
Carpet is now often made of recycled materials like plastic bottles, glass, and fishing nets—keeping waste out of landfills and lessening the industry’s reliance on limited natural resources. Carpet also can be made from renewable resources, like corn and soybeans.
When it comes to cleaning carpet...
There's a lot of questions about why stains reappear. Your carper could be experiencing wicking which is caused by over-wetting the carpet, backer and pad or it could have residue. That happens when sticky shampoo or cleaning agent residue left behind attracts new soil.
Carpet Cleaning is a trade which requires skill - the skill of the technician is as important, if not more so, than the method.
Be sure to use only CRI approved solutions and don't use too much water
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