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Carpet

We’ve been crafting beautiful floors since 1967, and Shaw’s respected leadership in the flooring industry has been earned through decades of exceptional quality, innovation, and service. In fact, retailers who sell our flooring have consistently named Shaw as the number one manufacturer in terms of quality, service, and design.                         

source: shawfloors.com

 

 

Mohawk carpeting is designed to fit every flooring need. From soft, comfortable, eco-friendly carpets at value prices to the world’s ONLY luxuriously soft carpet with permanent built-in stain and soil protection, Mohawk gives you virtually unlimited carpeting choices. With thousands upon thousands of colors, styles, patterns and textures, Mohawk makes finding your perfect floor easy, no matter what your preference. As the world’s largest flooring provider, Mohawk covers every carpeting application, decorating style and budget. Including yours.

                                                                            source: mahawkflooring.com

 

 

Stanton Carpet, the corporation's self-branded predominantly wool product line features high quality, designer-driven patterns and styles available through select flooring dealers throughout the country. Stanton produces a number of decorative, high-quality, specialty collections including the Pacific Heights & Sterling Collections of needlepoint Wiltons and the Karaman collection, all wool decorative patterns in a lush cut pile broadloom with runner coordinates. 

                                                                               source: stantoncarpet.com

 

CARPET

 

Preventive Maintenance

Proactive steps to easily keep your carpet looking good over time:

  • Place mats outside of all entrances and clean them on a regular basis. They will absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked inside.
     
  • Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with window coverings (shades, blinds, curtains, awnings, etc.)
     
  • Use a quality pad underneath your carpet. Good carpet pads not only give better resilience and comfort, they can increase the lifespan of your carpet, especially on stairs. Look into the many varieties of carpet pads, and remember that some carpets carry warranties with particular density and thickness requirements. Make sure to review your warranty before purchasing your pad.
     
  • When using area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly. Also, make sure to restore and clean the carpet underneath as well. Always check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.
     
  • Make sure to protect your carpet when moving furniture. When moving heavy wheeled furniture (buffets, pianos, etc.), prevent damage by placing heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
     
  • You should also occasionally move heavy furniture. It won't just revitalize the feel of your room, it will also help prevent excessive crushing. It’s a good idea to use carpet protectors under the legs of chairs, tables, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. If you use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet, it can cause damage to your carpet as well.
     
  • Choosing the right vacuum. Routine vacuuming can actually extend your carpet’s life, the type of vacuum cleaner you choose is important. A vacuum’s performance varies based on the carpet’s construction and fiber type.  A good vacuum should have features that allow you to adjust the height, fan speed, and beater bar rotation.  Vacuums that are self-propelled, have large wheels and specialty tools can also help ensure effortless and effective carpet maintenance.

Vacuum Features 

Adjustable height is the most important because it will enable the machine to be used on a wide variety of carpet constructions. If the height setting is too high above the carpet surface, the vacuum can’t draw out the gritty soil below. If the height setting is too low, the vacuum’s brushes or beater bar can “fuzz” the carpet, making the surface look worn and frayed.

Unsure about the proper height setting? Use a typically out of sight place like a closet to test your vacuum. Its brush or beater bar should just lightly touch your carpet surface. You do not want it digging into or gouging the carpet pile.

Another way to test out which setting you need, set your vacuum to the proper height and vacuum multiple times against the texture, making sure to keep the vacuum in the same area each time. After about 100 times of back and forth passes, get down at eye level with the carpet and compare the vacuumed area, then at the adjacent area that wasn’t vacuumed. If you see any fraying or damage to the vacuumed area, change the setting or use a different kind of vacuum on your carpet.

  • When vacuuming wool, wool blend, high pile and premium soft carpets, look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:

  •  If you have thick loop, casual frieze or long pile carpets such as “shag”, you may need to completely disengage the beater bar and vacuum with suction only. 
    • Adjustable Height: Use the highest setting where appropriate
    • Adjustable Motor Speed: Use a medium or low setting where appropriate
    • Large Wheels: Vacuum should glide easily across the carpet.
       
  • For all other carpet constructions, use a vacuum with a rotating beater bar or brush. Check the beater bars for burs and gouges to prevent damage to the carpet surface and change the vacuum bags frequently.

*** Manufacturer does not recommend Dyson or Oreck vacuums.

Before your carpet is installed:

Being knowledgeable about the flooring, knowing what to expect, and being prepared will help the installation process go quickly and smoothly.

Since carpet installation is a skill that is developed through years of experience, using professional installers is the best way to go. Making sure you understand the basics of carpet installation will help build up your knowledge of the process and increase your confidence in the professionals working in your home.

Here are the basics:

  • Seams are unavoidable, but professionals excel at minimizing and hiding seams. They have years of experience and the most reliable methods.
  • Certain carpet styles can show more seam tape placement than others. This is called seam peaking, and is especially noticeable in looped and low cut pile carpets. A seam may be exceptional and considered ‘tight’ but is still visible.
  • Keep in mind that, sometimes, extra carpet needs to be ordered to better match patterns at the seams, which will add to the cost when transitioning to other flooring products. Our experienced installers will try to match the surface heights to minimize transitions.

Before installation day

  • Furniture is the first step. All furniture and other objects need to be removed from the areas to be carpeted. Our installers will remove your furniture, but there may be an additional charge. If we do remove your furniture, you will need to empty any contents of the furniture. We also do not disconnect or reconnect electronics such as TVs, computers, etc.
     
  • If you prefer to remove your current flooring, please do this at least one day prior to installation to allow time for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
     
  • Have a plan for your doors. It is very possible that the interior doors the carpet is installed under may not swing freely because of the new carpet’s thickness. Some installers will remove the doors to install the carpet and then, if possible, rehang them after the installation is complete. If the doors do not clear the new carpet after the installation, you may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to cut down the doors.
     
  • Trim Options. Paint on walls, baseboards and woodwork may need touch-ups after installation. If this is happens, it is your responsibility.
     
  • Make sure your clean-up plan is clearly discussed with installers. New carpet installation will produce waste. If material is available, your installer will leave you with any sizeable scraps for any future repairs. These materials are usually collected by your installer and left at your trash site. Check with your retailer before the day of installation so you’re clear about the clean-up, if there are added costs to do so, and ask about the plan for carpet remnants.

During installation day

  • Your presence is essential on installation day. You should be prepared to be at home and available for any questions the installers may have. You being there will insure that the appropriate carpet gets installed in the correct areas. Since it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, installers may not always be able to give you an exact time of arrival. Our suggestion is to be flexible and stay in contact with your retail salesperson and installers.
     
  • Family safety is another very important part of the installation day. Make sure to keep your children and pets out of the work area on the installation day because it can be a hazardous area.
     
  • Before the job is complete, we recommend you do a walk-through. Have the chief installer walk you through the whole job. This will provide a chance to ask any questions you may have.

After installation

  • Make sure the room(s) have good ventilation. Some odors from the chemicals, tapes and adhesives used in construction can last 48-72 hours after installation.

Post-installation problems

  • Carpet shedding is expected in new carpets, but vacuuming often for the first few days should get rid of any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface.
     
  • Sometimes sprouting can occur. This refers to small loops or tufts of carpet that become visible after the installation. An easy fix is to use a small pair of scissors and carefully trim the loose fibers so they are even with the surface of the carpet.
     
  • If wrinkles or ripples appear in the carpet, it may be necessary to re-stretch the carpet. Please contact us to have this done professionally.