Floor Care and Cleaning
When you’re installing new wall-to-wall carpet in your home, there’s one thing you can’t forget about: carpet padding. Carpet padding (also called carpet cushion) has an array of important functions, impacting both your carpet’s appearance and its long-term performance. If you’ve ever wondered what goes under your carpet, or why it’s critical to have carpet padding in general, here’s what you need to know.
Protecting Your Carpet—on Both Sides
One of the most critical aspects of carpet padding is the protection it provides. Simply put, carpet padding will help your carpet last longer. Carpet cushion or padding works to protect the under layer of your home’s carpet from wearing against the base floor the carpet lays on top of. It also protects the top layer of your carpet from furniture indentations and the wear and tear of foot traffic. Without a carpet cushion or padding underneath your carpet, you’ll end up with a frayed and worn carpet—on both sides. And you will need to replace it much sooner.
Another important benefit of carpet padding is the key insulation it provides. This is not only a great benefit when it comes to retaining heat in your home—carpet padding really does help with those pesky heating bills—but it’s also an important factor when you’re considering sound insulation, too. Are you thinking of re-doing a basement, or turning a den into a game room? Make sure to put a carpet pad under that carpet, and your teenage daughter’s drum kit won’t be quite so loud anymore. Even better? Carpet padding creates a great soft underfoot-feel.
So, What Is Carpet Padding Made Out Of?
Carpet padding is made from rubber, foam, or fiber—forming a sponge-like material. It’s usually purchased in a roll or pad, and laid out underneath your carpet; sometimes it will be cut into shapes to fit specific corners of your home. Another benefit to a good carpet pad? Further protection—and waterproofing—for your floors. Though many carpets on the market today such as Stainmaster, offered at Flooring America, are very durable and waterproof, a big leak or flood in your home could be costly. Having that extra layer of padding underneath your carpet as a moisture barrier can pay off in a big way.
Do I Need to Buy the Thickest Carpet Pad?
One might assume premium carpet padding must mean buying the thickest carpet padding on the market, but this is not always the case. Thickness in carpet padding definitely pays off in rooms where kids will be playing on the floor a lot, or if you plan to be doing a lot of hosting and standing up in your carpeted room. However, too much thickness can be a pain if you want to move furniture around frequently, or if someone in your family uses a wheelchair. It all comes down to finding the right fit for your lifestyle.
Is Carpet Padding Expensive?
Considering how important carpet padding is to the longevity of your carpet, it’s a relatively inexpensive (dare we say essential) investment for your home. Carpet padding is usually $3 or $4 per square yard, and sometimes a bit more for professional installation. However, with all the benefits that carpet cushioning brings to your carpet’s overall performance and your enjoyment of it, you’ll be glad you said yes.
Need More Help?
Elegant and comfortable carpeting makes a wonderful addition to your home. So whether you’re thinking of adding a new carpet to your living room, bedroom, or basement (or perhaps all three!), be sure to check out the amazing selection of beautiful and budget-friendly carpets at your local Flooring America. The experts at Flooring America are here to offer their insights and advice into not only the best carpet for your home, but the best carpet pad for your new flooring.
With the modern—aka very busy—lifestyle we all live today, the last thing most homeowners want to do is stress out about cleaning their floors. Yes, beauty matters, but so does the peace of mind of a floor that’s not high-maintenance. With that in mind, here are some of the best flooring choices to look into for the life you want to lead.
Tile Is Tidy
Keeping tile clean is pretty easy, which is why it’s such a popular choice for kitchens, where frequent foot traffic and plenty of spills are simply a part of every day. Regularly sweeping up loose debris, and then mopping your tile floors—whether your tile floors are in your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway—should get it done in no time, and, of course, any major spills on tile should be wiped up right away with a paper towel or cloth rag. Heavy duty mopping and scrubbing are usually only required on tile floors when stains have been allowed to set in the grout for too long.
Hardwood Makes It Look Easy
The enduring popularity of hardwood floors is for good reason. Not only are hardwood floors timeless and versatile, but they are also easy to clean. Most hardwood floors are sealed with a finish, meaning a good dusting or vacuuming, followed by dry mopping, is all you need to clear away residue and leave your hardwood floors gleaming. Flooring America offers a great variety of hardwood options, including top-sellers like Floorcraft—hardwood floors known for being scratch-, scuff-, and stain-resistant so that care and maintenance is kept to a minimum.
Luxury Vinyl Cleans Up Nice
Luxury vinyl flooring continues to boom in popularity, and it’s not just because luxury vinyl floors can so easily pass for real stone and hardwood these days, at a fraction of the price. Cleaning luxury vinyl floors is also quite easy! Much like tile, your upkeep of luxury vinyl floors will usually be just a matter of sweeping or vacuuming to pick up any dust or residue, followed by a good mopping or dusting job. Flooring America carries an assortment of beautiful, durable luxury vinyl flooring options like Galvanite so be sure to check them out if you’re looking for stunning yet practical flooring.
Carpet Comes Clean
When it comes to cleaning, carpet can get a bad reputation for being a high-maintenance flooring choice, but as long as you stay on top of your vacuuming-game, carpet can be a cinch to take care of. Regularly vacuuming your carpet—multiple times per week for high-traffic areas, and less often for areas of the house that see less family action—means that the long-term upkeep is minimal. Worried about stains? Flooring America carries a variety of low-maintenance carpet brands like Stainmaster carpet, which is the perfect option if you’re seeking a carpet choice that is spill-proof, pet-proof, and kid-proof—aka a lot less stress about keeping things clean!
Laminate = Low-Maintenance
Laminate flooring, similar to vinyl flooring, is also a great option if you’re in the market for floors at a reasonable price that also offer cleaning ease. Sweeping your laminate flooring, followed by mopping, is usually all that’s required to keep things spic-and-span. However, as laminate floors are made partly out of fiberboard, you’ll want to avoid cleaning laminate flooring with water, as this can occasionally cause laminate floors to warp. For a laminate floor owner, a dust mop is your best friend. And if you get a scratch on your laminate floor? Try using some mineral oil to buff it out.
Need More Flooring Help?
Beautiful new floors should capture your attention but not take all your time to keep them looking great. Thankfully, no matter what type of room or flooring you’re in the market for, Flooring America has plenty of options that will meet your needs for low-maintenance, easy-to-clean floors. Visit in-store or online today with any of your thoughts and questions; the folks at Flooring America are here to help.
While the winter season can sometimes have its drawbacks (Does the sun really set this early each day?), it’s also a special time of year for so many. From more time spent indoors with family, to fun outdoor activities—that can often track in some extra wetness from outside—there is something for everyone to look forward to during the winter months. And, if you’re looking for winter-friendly flooring, there are a lot of great options for this special time of year.
Tile with a Twist
Beautiful ceramic tile in bathrooms is many a homeowner’s dream, but once the colder months hit, the feeling of cool tile on one’s feet can be anything but soothing! Investing in heated floors can be the perfect solution. While this can sound like an expensive project, radiant heat systems, once installed, are actually quite cost-efficient in the long term. And once you start with a smaller project like a bathroom and see (and feel!) the results, you may end up wanting to install radiant heat floors in other areas, too.
All about Layering
Colder temperatures mean more long sleeves and sweaters in one’s wardrobe, and the same theory goes for your wood floors. This is a perfect time to experiment with laying a series of rugs or decorative carpets across your wooden floors. Not only does this create visual texture and coziness, your feet will thank you—especially if you’re not wearing socks!
The Perfect Time for New Carpets
If you’ve been holding out on purchasing a new carpet—or are thinking about making an upgrade to an existing one—there’s no better time than the winter months to make it happen. A soft and cozy new carpet is a great way to make a room even more inviting during the winter months. Whether it’s for a bedroom, living room, game room, or den, consider how comforting a brand-new carpet could be in your home during the year’s chilliest season.
Winter Wear and Tear
If you happen to live in an area of the country where snow, slush, and general winter debris is the standard (including those ever-fun rock salt stains), having durable floors is a must. Whether you go the route of long-lasting laminate floors or durable luxury vinyl, there are so many flooring options. They make a great fit for homes with lots of damp, dirty shoes trudging about. And, of course, many hardwood floors are now waterproof, too. Just remember, no matter what flooring option you choose, maintenance during the winter months is key to preventing long-lasting damage from moisture and seasonal wear and tear.
Explore Your Winter-Friendly Flooring Options
The winter season brings forth an abundance of weather to different parts of the country, but no matter where you are, it often means more time spent indoors—and that makes it a wonderful time to connect with those you love. Contact your local Flooring America to learn all about their wide selection of options for winter-friendly floors so you can bundle up this season and stay cozy.
The health and safety of your family is an important priority. And when it comes to what kinds of flooring you purchase for your home, there’s a connection. Thankfully, there are many types of flooring (and overall care strategies) available, from hypoallergenic flooring options, to ways to keep your family as germ-free as possible, that can help put your family’s health first.
Kick Germs to the Curb
Keeping your home germ-free is top of mind for most folks these days. Whether you have toddlers running around, your parents living with you, or if you’re simply looking for the peace of mind of knowing you have healthy flooring, the Neutralize™ system is a great fit for your needs. Offered by many Flooring America stores, and available with any new floor installation (and also as a floor refresh!), Neutralize™ will eliminate 99.9% of viruses, including COVID-19.
Many families also struggle with the pesky—and downright stressful—issue of allergies. Hardwood floors are the perfect option if you happen to be a household of allergy sufferers. Removing dust, pet hair, and other allergens is extra easy with hardwood, and a surefire way to keep the air quality in your home clean and safe.
Dry and Dandy
The issue of extra moisture in a home is also something most people want to avoid. Fortunately, there are many flooring options available today that help with this particular headache. Flooring America, for example, has a wide selection of waterproof and water-resistant flooring options. So whether you’re in the market for waterproof and stain-resistant tile, luxury vinyl, laminate, or hardwood, you’re bound to find the right flooring fit that will keep additional moisture at bay.
Carpet manufacturing has evolved in the past few decades, and carpet is now another great fit for those looking out for the health of their family. For instance, many Flooring America stores now offer carpet options like Innovia Extreme Clean™ carpet, which is crafted using cutting-edge Innotex™—a natural-based fiber offering an incredibly plush feel. It’s also good to remember that with regular vacuuming and cleaning, carpets won’t build up dust and other allergens.
Help Is Available
Flooring materials and installation practices have come a long way, and when it comes to health concerns, many flooring manufacturers now have multiple options to fit your particular needs. Contact your local Flooring America today to learn all about their choices for healthy flooring options—as well as best practices for installation—and find the fit that’s best for you. It’s possible to have comfort, beauty, and peace of mind. You and your family deserve it.
The holiday season is upon us, and if your family loves having a real tree in your home, you are most likely enjoying the amazing fresh scent and beauty that comes with it. (Nothing against those who go for fake trees, of course!) However, we all know there’s one major drawback to these all-natural trees: pine needles. All over the carpet. Embedded in the fibers. Thankfully, there are some tricks to keeping your carpet clean.
Tree Skirts Work
The traditional tree “skirt”—a large piece of fabric that wraps around the base of your tree—exists for a reason, and it’s not just for decoration. A lot of pine needles end up shedding onto the area directly below the tree, so having a tree skirt as a buffer between your tree and carpet is a great way to catch the majority of them as they fall. Just be extra careful when picking up the skirt, because those needles like to escape.
Maybe the trickiest part about dealing with pine needles on your carpet is when they have sap on them, which essentially glues them to the floor. To remove these peskiest of pine needles, apply a detergent solution to the area, mixing together ¼ teaspoon of a clear, non-bleach dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water. Or, you can use some nail polish remover to loosen the sappy needles. Then a stiff brush should help to move the stubborn needles that won’t budge.
Once you’ve removed any pesky, sappy needles, it’s time to clean up the rest of them. Whether you prefer to first do some sweeping with a broom and then switch to a vacuum, or just start the whole process with a vacuum, the choice is up to you. Just make sure that when you begin to vacuum your carpet, your vacuum is set to the highest level it can be on.
Duct Tape Fixes Everything
When you’ve done all the steps above to pick up pine needles, and there are still some on the carpet, it’s time for the universal fix-it tool: duct tape. Just wrap some—sticky side out, of course—around your hands and press onto the carpet. This is not only an easy solution to getting those stray pine needles up, but it’s a fun activity for kids, too. Just tell them there’s a candy cane in it for them. And during the holidays, that sounds like a win for everyone.
For many families, having a fresh tree in the home is a tradition they look forward to all year—as is enjoying their cozy and beautiful carpet. Thankfully, both can co-exist. And, of course, your local Flooring America is always there to answer any questions you may have about carpets—during this holiday season and into the New Year.
Nothing brings a party to a screeching halt faster than a spilled glass of wine. Or, when you’re enjoying a glass of red wine at home and your wayward hand (or pet, or child) knocks it over. We’ve all heard some of the old tricks to getting these truly stressful stains out of either carpets or wood floors, but what should one really do when the inevitable happens? First things first: stay calm. Here’s the expert advice.
Soak It Up
The first thing is often the most important thing, and with red wine stains, it’s no different: soak up that stain, fast! Remember, dab—don’t scrub. Whether the red wine stain is on a carpet or a wood floor, the sooner you can absorb any of the excess spilled wine, the better. It’s never good to have the wine sink further in to the carpet fibers or wood. So get a cloth on top of that stain, ASAP.
For red wine stains on carpet, diluting the stain is critical—but it can also be tricky. The key is to carefully pour only very small amounts of water on the stain as you continuously blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth. It’s important not to pour too much water on the stain at once. Your goal is to dilute the offending liquid, but just enough so that it doesn’t spread any farther.
Next Step: Removal
Once you’ve diluted the stain on your carpet by soaking and blotting, the next thing to do is check with your specific carpet manufacturer. (Carpet characteristics can vary widely, and your manufacturer will likely have specific notes about how to deal with this particular kind of stain.) Once you have that knowledge, you can confidently move on to removing the stain.
Baking Soda Solutions
Some folks swear by a DIY option of baking soda for stain removal. Make a paste of baking soda and water, using a ratio of three parts baking soda to one part water. If you go this route, apply the paste to the stain and let it dry. Once it’s dried (and ideally soaked up much of the stain), vacuum up what’s left. After this point, if there’s still a visible stain, apply a carpet stain remover product approved by your floors’ manufacturer to the area.
Wood Floor Woes
If your red wine spill happened on a wood floor, the process is slightly different. After you’ve soaked up the excess wine, try using an oil soap, such as Murphy’s, mixed with water, and then scrub the floor surface so that, ideally, the stain lifts. Another DIY solution is to mix some baking soda with mineral oil, and then rub the paste on the stain. After about a half hour or so, remove the paste with a dry cloth. (As always, before using any DIY solution on a wood floor, contact your flooring manufacturer first!)
Calling in the Pros
Sometimes, whether the stain is on your carpet, or your wood floor, there’s a chance that you may need to call in the professionals—especially if the stain has managed to set. Professionals can deep clean your carpet, or professionally re-sand or replace a part of your wood floor. Hopefully, your stain didn’t set in for long, and this won’t be necessary, but it’s good to know that calling on the pros is always an option.
Don’t let the idea of a spilled glass of red wine ruin your idea of a calm night—or fun party. By acting fast when spills happen, it most often means that the stain will not be there forever. As always, you can reach out to your local Flooring America with any questions about what to do with stains on your carpets or wood floors. Stains happen to everybody, and your local Flooring America is here to help.