Pet Hairs

Removing Pet Hairs From Carpet

Living with a furry pet has many benefits, aside from the obvious happiness they can give you. However, living with a furry pet has its consequences, too; especially if you live in a fully carpeted home.

Besides pet odor, the massive amount of pet hair is one of the nightmares of any pet owner. Pet hair gets stuck in the upholstery, area rugs, and the carpet themselves.

Pet Hairs

But, don’t fret if your house is teeming with pet hair – here are some tips and tricks you can try:

  • Homemade lint or pet hair roller – Lint rollers being sold at pet stores could be pretty effective in removing pet hair from upholstery, carpets, and area rugs – but can be quite pricey, too. Luckily, you can try to make a pet hair roller at home by using sticky tapes attached to the rollers. You can attach it to small lint rollers if you want to clean an area that’s relatively small, and bigger rollers if you’re planning to remove pet hairs from larger spaces.
  • Sponge – Yes, a simple tool you can use to get rid of pet hair is the sponge. Just carefully run the sponge across the surface of the rug and the pet hair will automatically stick to it. Since common sponges are small in size, it might be a lot of work if you would use this on large areas or a fully carpeted room.
  • Cloth and broom – Spray a little water on a cloth and attach it to the end of a broom. Then just use it across the carpeted floor and witness pet hairs being collected by the damp cloth. A mop can also be used instead of a broom, and a sponge mop would be excellent, too. You can use this for wider areas.
  • Grooming glove – If you have a small rug which you can clean by hand – the grooming glove will be a great deal of help. Just run it across the rug area and the pet hair will easily be stuck on it.
  • Squeegee – What used to be just an instrument to clean your windows is also very useful in collecting pet hair from carpet. Scrape the carpet surface using your squeegee to have pet hair removed.
  • Rubber glove – Apply a small amount of water on the palm area of your rubber glove and the pet hair should simply stick to it.

 

Rugs and Carpets

Things to Consider Before Hanging Rugs and Carpets

You can find area rugs on almost any part of a home’s flooring – floors of the living room, the bedroom, the basement, the stairs, and some risk takers even put carpets on their bathroom floors.

But today, many homeowners and home stylists begin putting carpets and rugs not on the floor – but on their walls!

If you think about it, it actually is a wise move. If you have some beautiful rugs that you feel are quite beautiful but too fragile for foot traffic, you can treat them as wall hangings; this way, you can put your carpet in the display without the worry of ruining them.

Rugs and Carpets

Antique and Oriental rugs are the most common carpet types used as wall hangings. Their exotic and unique patterns would surely be a great addition to any wall inside your home.

Before you hang your carpet or rugs, though, you have to remember some important points:

Think about the size of your carpet vs the size of your wall. – Sure, you have already picked the carpet that would go best with the tone of your bedroom, but would it be a good fit? Be prepared and measure accordingly.

Practice proper carpet maintenance. – Even though your carpet on the wall would not be constantly walked on, you still have to take care of it. Remember to clean it with a vacuum from time to time.

Never EVER use nails to attach your carpet to the wall. – One of the reasons you hang your beautiful rug on the wall was to show it off without damaging it, right? The nails would just cause irreversible damage to your carpet.

Choose the spot where you would hang your carpet carefully. – While you want to put your carpet just like a wall hanging, don’t forget that your carpet is still a carpet, and would have the same properties as other carpets. This is particularly important in terms of how to take care of your wall carpet. Don’t put it in a spot with direct sunlight to avoid discoloration. Don’t put it in areas where there could be potential leaks to avoid mold. And don’t place it on areas near a fireplace to avoid accidents.

Adding a carpet to your wall could be a great addition to your stylish home. Go ahead, upgrade your dull wall, and transform it into an elegant carpet!

Carpet Restoration

Carpet Restoration after Fire Damage

Major calamities such as flash floods or fire may cause major damage to your house and, of course, to your house items, too. Some calamities and unfortunate incidents are inevitable and, most of the time, they would leave you with no other choice than to pick up the pieces and just start your life again.

Restoring your carpet after fire or flood could prove to be an extremely challenging task. Usually, when your home suffered flood damage, your carpets may become too soaked in water that your only option is to throw it away.

But, if your carpet is thoroughly soaked in water and you really want to save it, the best thing you can do is to ask for professional assistance. Carpet restoration experts would know the most appropriate step to take to restore your carpet to its original condition. They would also let you know if there’s no hope left for your carpet to be restored.

The same goes for carpets damaged by fire. There are many carpet types that are virtually fireproof. Wool carpets, for instance, are self-extinguishing so you can have peace of mind that it’s very unlikely for your wool carpet to turn into ash in case of fire.

However, aside from the possibility that your carpet will also be wet after fire rescuers put out the fire, your carpet may accumulate strong smoke odors from the fire. Apart from smoke odor, soot can stain your carpet – along with other burnt particles that may be trapped in the carpet fibers.

Again, one of the best options you have is to get in touch with reputable fire restoration companies to take care of the problem for you. Restoring carpets after fire damage won’t only be a strenuous task; it could also call for repeated cleaning processes. The smell of smoke may take a while to be completely removed that you may need to clean your carpet again and again.

Another reason that makes calling professionals to restore your carpets the best option for you is that they can also do some minor repairs on your carpet if needed. For example, if your carpet suffered holes from the fire, professionals can attend to that and you can count on them to rehabilitate your carpet to its good shape.

 

Carpet Removal

Useful Tricks for Do-It-Yourself Carpet Removal

Doing various things yourself has become a trend for many communities across the globe. Come to think of it, nothing about the increase of a number of people starting to do chores themselves should be surprising.

There are many benefits a person can gain through doing numerous tasks themselves. Aside from being able to save cash when you carry out work you would normally hire professionals to complete, you also get the opportunity to learn or enhance your skills when you engage in do-it-yourself projects.

One example of circumstances where knowledge in do-it-yourself tasks can come in handy is when it comes to pricey house chores that may call for the assistance of professionals, such as carpet removal.

When your house has encountered major calamities such as flood or fire, or if your home has been infested by molds, it may just be the perfect time for your carpet to go.

Whatever your reason might be for wanting to get rid of your carpet, if you’re a fan of saving funds or simply want to do things independently, you can actually remove the carpet without getting any help from the experts.

Before proceeding to actually removing the carpet, you should prepare the tools needed for you to carry out the job efficiently and safely.

The most basic tools you would need are:

  •         Dust mask
  •         Protective gloves
  •         Kneepads
  •         Crowbar
  •         Pliers
  •         Utility knife
  •         Vacuum
  •         Floor scraper

Prior to the do-it-yourself carpet removal, you should be totally sure that removing the carpet is what you really want. Some carpets are glued to the floor itself, and removing them would cause irreparable damage.

Once you made up your mind, remove all pieces of furniture on the carpeted floor. You have to make sure that the area you want to remove the carpet from is completely cleared – especially of fragile and breakable items. After this, wear the knee pads, dust mask, and gloves – and get ready to do some work!

  1.    Using a crowbar, pry on the edge of the carpet located on the corner of the room.
  2.    Then, use pliers to have a firm grip on the edge of the carpet and start pulling.
  3.    To be able to roll the carpet easily, you can cut it into strips by every portion you pull. So start the process by pulling the carpet, then folding it in strips, followed by making some vertical cuts on the edge of the folded strips.
  4.    After you have completely removed the carpet, use the floor scraper to get rid of the remaining bits of carpeting still stuck on the floor because of the glue.

If you are removing your carpet to have it replaced by a new one through the help of professional carpet installers, make sure that you make the installers aware that you have removed the carpet yourself. This way, you can make it clear that no fee for carpet removal should be included in the bill.

 

Rugs

Carpet Tiles

One of the trendiest innovations related to carpets today is carpet tiles. As the name implies, carpet tiles are, well, carpets in the form of tiles. Carpet tiles are also referred to as carpet squares.

Therefore, instead of large carpet floors that you would have to unroll and stretch on your flooring, carpet tiles come in smaller portions and have to be laid out, side by side, to be able to put together a seamless, largely carpeted flooring.

Carpet Tiles

Before, carpet tiles were just being commonly used in offices or any business setting. However, due to the convenience of carpet tile installation, more and more homeowners are beginning to choose carpet tiles over the traditional broadloom carpets for their homes.

Aside from the fact that you can even install carpet tiles yourself, another advantage of having carpet tiles is that it would give you the freedom to try various designs and patterns using a wide range of colors and textures.

Just like typical broadloom carpets, carpet tiles are available in different carpet fiber types – nylon, wool, and so on.  Carpet tiles are also being offered in cut pile and loop pile types.

Carpet tiles are ideal for both hardwood floors and tiled floorings, and there are many different types of backing: vinyl, fiberglass, and urethane are just some of them.

To be able to put your carpet tiles in place, you simply have to apply glue on its back. Alternatively, there are carpet tiles that come with its very own glue – just peel its back like a sticker and put it on the floor.

For unique floor areas with grooves, you can easily cut the carpet tiles to fit into the desired space.

What makes carpet tiles even better are that when a portion of it gets damaged, you don’t have to replace all the carpet tiles for the entire room – unlike broadloom carpets; you just have to replace the affected carpet tiles.

Carpet Cushion

Old Carpets, New Ideas!

There are many varied reasons why we replace old carpets and throw them away. Some of the usual reasons include wanting to follow the newest trends, old carpets displaying obvious wear and tear, irreversible carpet discoloration, and many other reasons.

When you throw your carpet away and it ends up in a landfill, did you know that it could take centuries for it to be fully decomposed? That means the carpet takes up precious space in the landfill that could otherwise be occupied by other biodegradable items that will break down faster. That means that the carpet that you have thrown away is just contributing to our worldwide garbage problems.

Donating your carpet to some loved ones, friends, or other people in need may have crossed your mind. However, it’s not every day that someone needs a carpet and not every day that someone has space in their homes to make room for your old carpet.

Don’t worry if you’re one of the people who are not sure what to do with their old carpets. You can repurpose your old carpeting to turn into something new – a fresh, usable object.

Repurposing an object simply means transforming something old into something new to serve a different purpose.

Here are some ideas you can use to repurpose your old carpeting:

You can use your old carpets or area rugs to make doormats. Doormats play an important role in keeping our homes dirt and soil free. Cut your area rugs or carpet to smaller portions to make the perfect doormat you can place on the entry points of your home.

Carpets are well used because of their amazing ability to insulate. If you have a compost bin, you can use old carpets to cover it to facilitate the process of decomposition.

You could use old carpets as beds or mats where your pets can sleep. Cut your area rugs to appropriate sizes so you can have a quick replacement in the event your pet has urinated on their mat.

If you love cleaning the house or scrubbing the floors, you can take small portions of old carpets and place them under your knees to support you when you have to kneel to scrub the floors.

When we use our dryers or washing machines, they vibrate and could cause humming sounds. You can place small portions of old carpeting under these appliances to minimize the shaking and cut down the noise.

When you need to move heavy furniture across the room but unable to do so because of its weight, you can also use pieces of old carpet and place them under the foot of the furniture you need to move and just slide the object around the house to move it to a new space instead of lifting these heavy furniture.  

Carpet Discoloration

Usual Causes of Carpet Discoloration

Professional cleaning, everyday vacuuming, being extremely careful, using doormats, and so on – sometimes, even when you do your very best to protect your carpet and preserve its untouched appearance, there are still inevitable incidents that could cause damage to your carpets.

Carpet discoloration is one of the biggest unavoidable carpet issues some homeowners deal with.

The problem with carpet discoloration is that in most cases, the discoloration cannot be prevented especially when the carpet has faded because of old age.

Carpet Discoloration

Aside from color fading, yellowing of carpets can take place because of BHT. BHT stands for Butylated Hydroxy Toluene, and the discoloration is a result of the carpet padding giving off BHT. Carpet yellowing because of BHT is common for rebond padding.

Browning of carpets typically occurs as a result of dirt and soil being attracted by some chemical substances applied to the carpet. When you use artificial chemicals such as carpet deodorizers to treat your carpet, use them sparingly because the residue of the chemical treatment can actually become a magnet for dirt.

Some incidents of carpet discoloration are results of extreme heat and sun exposure. So, if portions of your carpet are exposed to sunlight, just like areas near the windows, remember to rotate your carpet regularly to minimize the discoloration that might happen. Now, because direct light has some negative effects on the carpet colors, this means that prolonged exposure to artificial lighting, just like electric lights you have in your office, can have an effect on your carpets, too.

Humidity is another impacting factor to the color change in the carpets. If your carpet is placed in a humid area all the time, there’s a high chance that the color of your carpet would fade.

Finally, bleaching your carpet could significantly affect the color of your carpet. It would result in your carpet color to fade away noticeably.

Just because the carpet had some discoloration problems won’t mean you have to throw it away in an instant. You can have your carpet dyed to bring it back to life.

Carpet Removal

Carpet Wrinkles Causes and Treatment

One of the most common carpet issues some homeowners come across as having a wrinkled carpet.

Regardless if your carpet is old or new, wrinkles may appear due to a number of different reasons. Don’t lose hope when you see some ripples or wrinkles on your carpeted floors; you can still do something to remedy this problem.

If your carpet was installed by professional carpet installers and if it is still under warranty, there is a chance that your wrinkled carpet would be attended to without you having to pay some cash.Carpet Wrinkles

It is crucial, however, that we understand the most common reasons that carpets become wrinkled. This way, you could have a good idea if the company that installed your carpets can stretch your carpet for you.

What are the most common causes of carpet wrinkles?

Incorrect installation of carpets is one of the most common causes of carpet wrinkles. If upon installation, the carpet was not stretched properly, there’s a good chance that wrinkles will show eventually (if not soon). If your carpet is still under warranty, your carpet installers should be able to rectify this problem free of charge.

Incompatible or low-quality carpet padding is another reason for wrinkles to appear on your carpet. When you purchase your carpet, your carpet retailer would usually recommend a carpet padding that would go perfectly with your carpet. You can also check the details of the carpet you have purchased and base the density and thickness of the padding you would buy on the specifications of your carpet.

Dragging furniture and other heavy items over your carpet can lead to unwanted wrinkling, too. Depending on the terms you have with your professional carpet installers, they might take care of this problem for you for free if it is covered by the warranty.

An excessive liquid is another culprit for carpet wrinkles. If your carpet got wet because of excessive pet urine, you may want to give up hopes that your warranty would cover the fix. Most carpet installation companies do not cater to dealing with pet urine on a carpet for free.

Constant carpet abuse could result in carpet wrinkling as well. Keep in mind that your carpet isn’t actually completely glued to your floor so extreme force and drastic movements could cause deformation on the carpet.

If you’re not an expert in carpet re-stretching, it would be best to get in touch with the pros once you notice some ripples on your carpet. If you’re familiar with the process, though, you can simply rent a power stretcher and stretch your carpet yourself.

Stair Runner

Choosing the Perfect Stair Runner

Mixing and matching as well as trying out new design combinations are among the most enjoyable parts of decorating a home.

When you have exuberant wall to wall carpets or stylish area rugs, you can turn up the volume in terms of having a sophisticatedly carpeted home by putting a runner on your stairs to match them.

As a matter of fact, people should not take for granted the important role carpet runners play.

Perhaps more important than simply spicing up your stairs aesthetically, carpet runners provide safety.

If you are a mom living with active kids who are always energetically charged, having your kids run up and down the stairs may be a scenario a little too familiar to you. Not that you are allowing them to do this, but sometimes kids just won’t listen. Once you put carpet runners on your stairs, you could prevent your children from slipping, and could avoid unfortunate accidents.

In choosing the perfect carpet runner for your stairs, there are a lot of things to take into consideration.

It is imperative that you go for a carpet that is extremely durable. Unfortunately, reliable durability usually means shelling out a bit more than your usual carpets. Don’t worry because paying for a higher cost just to buy the perfectly durable carpet runner would prove to be a wise decision in the future. Stairs are among the areas mostly walked on by family members. When a specific area receives high traffic, there’s a high probability that it would suffer damage in just a short time of being used if the runner is not made from durable materials. Therefore, if you pay for more, you could actually be saving for the future because you don’t have to replace the carpet runner right away.

Choosing a carpet runner that is water resistant may not be too important, but choosing a runner that is soil resistant is. The stairs area is not usually a spot in the home where people gather to eat or drink that’s why the material does not necessarily have to be water resistant. However, since the stairs usually come in contact with shoes or feet, the carpet runner needs to look cleaner than it actually is.

When it comes to the thickness of the carpet runner, don’t easily assume that thicker is better. There are times that a much thinner carpet can last longer than a thick one. Carpet runners that are extremely thick may also buckle and wrinkle — which could be dangerous when placed on stairs.

In terms of choosing the right shade, you shouldn’t only base your decision on the color of your walls or theme of the house; you should think about the people you live with, too. For example, if you live with kids who could potentially run on the stairs frequently causing the carpet runner to be dirty, it might be safer to choose darker shades.

Area Rugs

Should I Go For Wall-to-wall Carpeting or Area Rugs?

When you are a new homeowner still in the stage of exploring and trying out fresh styles and designs for your house, having carpets or area rugs may have crossed your mind at least once.

Different people have different reasons for choosing fully carpeted floor or an area rug for a specific room. If you’re still unsure which one to choose, there are some important factors you have to weigh in before making your decision.

Naturally, both wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs have their very own respective pros and cons.

For an instance, if want to have area rugs, the home you are residing in must have hardwood floors or any floor type that’s good to look at since not the entire part of the flooring would be covered by the rug. Now, if you’re living in an old house with floors you don’t want people to see, better stick to wall-to-wall carpeting.

Another matter to factor in is the people you are living with. Wall-to-wall carpets make the walking surface softer, would cushion any fall, and might not be as slippery as area rugs since the edges are supported by the walls. Area rugs can slip, slide, and move away from its original position. It could even cause some tripping accidents because of their edges. So, if you are living with old family members or babies who are prone to falling and tripping, wall-to-wall carpeting could be more suitable.

However, fully carpeted flooring isn’t the best bet at all times. It’s true that carpets are known to retain heat and insulate sound, but they are known to trap allergens as well. Therefore, if you put carpets on your entire floor and miss cleaning it for a long time, there’s a big chance that allergens get trapped in the fibers which would not be good for anyone suffering from asthma or allergies. If you have family members who are vulnerable to allergies, go for area rugs.

Area rugs also have another advantage over wall-to-wall carpets – the diversity of designs and patterns.  Area rugs come in varied, colorful, and unique designs which are not always available for wall-to-wall carpets.

If you are leasing a home and are planning to move to another place, wall-to-wall carpets may not be suitable either because most landlords would actually prohibit you from taking away your wall-to-wall carpet once you move. For area rugs, though, you may simply take them with you when you relocate. You can even move it to other areas of the house if you want to try a new motif.

Weigh in on the pros and cons and decide on what’s right for you and your family.