Carpet Care Tips

You’ve invested in your floors with a new carpet, now you want to make sure you get the most out of carpet. Below are some general tips you can use to help you keep your carpet looking nice and clean.

Regular Vacuuming

Carpet Care Tips

The first step to keeping your carpet in good shape is regular vacuuming. At a minimum, vacuum carpets once a week, more for heavy traffic areas. Frequent vacuuming prolongs carpet life by removing particles that can cut and stain carpet fibers. Take your time while vacuuming, make multiple passes, and use a crisscross pattern. A quick pass may get that stray string up off the carpet, but it won’t get the grit and dirt within the carpet and between its threads. Also, vacuum from different angles in high traffic areas to maximize dirt removal.

Soil Retardants

Most carpets come with a soil retardant. Over time the efficacy of this retardant diminishes and it’s a good idea to add more after a while. A soil retardant is a coating of the carpet fibers that helps reduce the absorption of dust and dirt into the fibers. It also makes cleaning up spills easier and keeps the dirt on top which aids in vacuuming. Only use soil retardants recommended by the manufacturer and it’s best to consult a professional when considering retardants.

Deep Cleaning

Over time your carpet can lose that shine. Often the carpet under a piece of furniture looks cleaner than that exposed to the elements. Then there are the grimy circles around chair legs. If you see any of these things occurring with your carpet, it’s time for a professional cleaning. For the best results, hire a professional. Often rental machines may leave a dirt attracting residue the result of their special solutions. If you have a busy household an annual deep cleaning will help keep your carpet fresh looking and extra clean.

Common carpet spills or messes and quick tips to clean them:

Coffee spills – blot spill immediately. Mix a teaspoon of mild detergent and a teaspoon of white vinegar to a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the spot and let dry. After, apply dry-cleaning fluid. Vacuum once dry.

Chewing gum – a sticky mess, the best technique to removing gum from carpet is applying ice to gum. Once it hardens, the gum can be pulled entirely off.

Crayon – if you have kids, you’ve probably seen a crayon or two smashed into the carpet. Scrape away the crayon excess and place a blotting cloth over the crayon stain. Use an iron to warm up the area until the blotter absorbs the melted crayon. Afterwards, apply a dry-cleaning solution, let dry, and then vacuum.

Red wine – if you spill red wine on your carpet, spill some white wine on it to dilute it. After which clean the spot with cold water and then cover the spot with table salt. After ten minutes, vacuum up the salt.

With regular vacuuming, annual deep cleaning, and armed with some tips on how to handle some common spills, you can take good care of your carpet and get long lasting use out of your flooring investment.

After considering carpet and laminate, you’ve settled on wood floors, finally picked out the type and color, and made an investment in your home. Now, we want to ensure you get the best out of your new hardwood floors for the long-term. Here are a few tips to keep your floors in great condition for years to come.

Damage Prevention

Denver Hardwood Floors
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Use a humidifier during winter when using the heater to reduce any wood shrinkage. Ideal humidifier settings are between 35% and 55%.
  • Use ice to harden substances like gum, candy, or wax that fall on the floor.
  • Use a plastic scraper to gently remove the substance. Once clean, wipe with a lightly damp cloth and dry immediately
  • Keep pets’ paws clean and nails trimmed to prevent scratching.
  • Ensure footwear is debris free, like little rocks between treads.
  • Use UV protection window coverings to avoid direct sunlight and excessive heat.
  • Floor mats at door entrances can trap harmful debris that scratch or stain your floors. Mats in high traffic areas, like the kitchen, can prevent excessive wear.

Dos and Donts of Regular Care

Water is a wood floor’s biggest enemy. Though the natural inclination to cleaning non-carpeted floor is to use soap and water, only use manufacturer’s or installer’s recommended cleaners. Many cleaners can cause wood to dry out and residue buildup over time. To preserve the long-term beauty of your hardwood floor and prevent fading, drying out, and cracking follow these easy tips.

  • Do use a micro-fiber dust mop (the electrostatic action attracts micro-particles and household allergens).
  • Regular sweeping prevents particle build up that can cause scratching.
  • Use a soft bristle attachment when vacuuming instead of the vacuum’s rotating bristle bar.
  • Limit wet mop cleaning with water. If this can’t be avoided, use a damp mop and dry immediately.
  • Do not use citrus or ammonia based liquid cleaners.
  • Do not use waxes, oil soaps, or furniture sprays to prevent material build up, and an extremely slippery surface.

Choosing the right flooring for your new home might seem like a daunting decision. Most likely you are already tired and stressed from the moving process, yet you still have some important decisions to make before your new house can feel like” home.” Choosing new flooring is a process that will combine your personal taste with practicality. You may be wishing you could make these decisions in the comfort and privacy of your own home, rather than the
mega-showroom and the confusion of a big-box shopping experience. Good news, now you can! Denver Flooring Company

Meet Buddy and Karyn Mitchell, owners of Simply Floors. They have built a family owned shop-at-home flooring company in Denver and surrounding areas that is known for competitive pricing, excellent selection, product education, expert installation, and most importantly, top notch customer service. “We find that our customers love the added advantage of seeing their flooring choices in their own home, in their own lighting, next to their own furniture and paint colors. It’s not only convenient, it’s a level of personalized service that no big-box chain can match.”Set your appointment for a no obligation quote. They will arrive at your home with their mobile showroom, full of everything from wood flooring to carpet and tile, and you will be able to see and touch all of the major brands and products in the comfort and privacy of your home. They will travel to you and you will not have to deal with those high-pressure sales appointments that you’ve heard terrible things about. Service is tailored to your individual needs. They will be able to Buying Floors Can Be Simple & Stress Free truly assess your flooring needs and show you what options will best fit your home and lifestyle – because they will actually see how you live, in your home!

Because they have eliminated the overhead of a large showroom, they are able to sell all major brands at competitive prices. Installation process Not many people realize it, but proper flooring installation is as or even more important than the product you choose. This is why Buddy and Karyn insist on a high level of training and standards for their installation crews. And since their goal at every step of the process is to keep things simple and stress free for you, the crew will move your furniture, remove your old flooring, completely clean underneath your old flooring before installing the new, and then replace your furniture. It really is possible to buy flooring for your new home, and enjoy the experience at the same time!

Back in the day, it was fairly common to have sales people come to your home, to show and sell their wares.  Today, it is much less common and is often a surprise to people that this service is still available.  We often don’t know what to expect when someone brings the showroom right to your door, offering convenience and expert customer service.  As a homeowner, there are a few things that you should know about the process in today’s environment.

Mobile Flooring ShowroomFirst, only work with a company that you have contacted directly to set up an appointment.  This means you actually want to invite them into your home.  There are many aggressive businesses that will attempt to get their foot in the door, literally, with pushy sales people that try to force their product on you. This can make you feel taken advantage of and vulnerable.  Legitimate businesses are highly professional, and will only come to your home when invited by you in advance.  Most also give you the option to schedule an appointment online via their website.

Second, make sure the company offers a no hassle, no obligation shop-at-home experience.  When you commit to an appointment, make sure there is no expectation that you will buy something.  Setting up an appointment is not in any way a commitment to buy.   You are completely within your rights to say “no” at any time.  This goes for quotes as well.  You should not have to pay to get a quote.  Telling people how much a product costs is a normal part of the sales process and again does not constitute a commitment that you will buy.

Finally, you should expect a helpful and knowledgeable sales person who can accurately explain their product benefits without making you feel pushed or uncomfortable.  The key benefit of having someone come to your home, is for the convenience and a getting a more personal and positive shopping experience.  If the salesperson starts to come on too strong, or makes you feel uncomfortable in anyway, you should say, “no thank you.” Let them know you are not interested and that is time for them to leave.

Shopping in the comfort of your own home, when it is convenient for you, can be a great way to shop.  This especially true for flooring and other home improvement items.  You can see how the product will look under your light, with your furnishings and decide if it will fit with the style of the home.

If you are looking for the right flooring company in the Denver area for you, contact Simply Floors today for more information!