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Let’s talk about carpet & area rugs

You might already know that carpet & area rugs are very similar products. They are both soft surface flooring, featuring soft fibers, stunning looks, and a variety of fiber options. Each one has plenty of benefits, depending on the fiber and backing used in its creation. There are many different ways to use these materials, especially the rugs, and it can be one of the most beneficial floor coverings or additions you place in your home. But let’s find out some more details, so you’ll be ready to make your final decision when it comes to your own home.

Why carpet & area rugs?

It’s a well-known fact that carpet flooring is simply the softest underfoot material, as it is the only soft-surface flooring. As such, it’s perfect for warmth, noise reduction, heat retention, and makes an excellent flooring for children and toddlers. Ideal in private spaces like bedrooms and studies, it’s just as noteworthy in living rooms and hallways.

Area rugs also provide some of the key characteristics found in carpet, but they do so much more as well. For instance, they can often be used to provide protection underneath heavy furniture, or to protect your main floor covering from dirt, debris, and damage. The result is a floor that looks better longer, especially if you have to move something.

When area rugs are placed in spaces where guests come in from directly out of doors, you’ll find they pick up much of the dirt that’s tracked in. This helps keep it from moving on to your main floor covering. On carpet, it can become ground down into the fibers to create stains, dinginess, and foul odors. On hard surface flooring, it can scratch and scuff. For more information, visit us today.

Caring for your carpet

Your carpet represents a large investment. Keep it looking its best by following these simple tips:

  • Use entrance mats to keep outside soil from being tracked onto your carpet.
  • Even if you use mats, vacuum regularly.
  • Spots and spills should be cleaned immediately. Blot up liquids with absorbent towels and use a dull knife or a spoon to remove solid messes. Do not scrub! Scrubbing can damage your carpet's fibers.
  • When using cleaning agents, use the agents recommended by the manufacturer, and apply them to the cleaning cloth rather than directly to the carpet.
  • Deep stains might reappear after some time due to them wicking back up after initial cleaning.
  • Keep large stains from spreading by cleaning them from the outside in--start at the edges and work in.
  • Some chemical substances, especially alkaline or high pH chemicals like bleach or furniture polish, can permanently stain your carpet.

Even if you follow all these steps, your carpet will probably require professional cleaning at some point. Your manufacturer's warranty may even require it!

In addition, some common carpet complaints can be corrected by the customer:
  • If loose ends start sprouting above the rest of the pile, simply trim them off evenly and smooth the area with your fingers.
  • To prevent the pile from crushing, shift your furniture regularly. Crushed pile can be restored by covering the area with a damp cloth and applying gentle heat with an iron set to low. Remove the cloth, brush the still-hot pile, and keep traffic off of the carpet.
  • Shading is the natural result of foot traffic. Brushing can help reverse it, but a certain amount of shading is bound to happen.
  • Carpet is shipped in rolls that can case distortion in the pile once it is installed. To reverse the distortion, vacuum the carpet and increase the humidity in the room to 50% or more for several weeks. The pile will eventually recover naturally.
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We’ll help you with your carpet & area rug needs

Carpet Spectrum serves the residents of Southaven and Horn Lake, MS, Memphis, Millington, and Germantown, TN, and Marion, AK, all from our showrooms in Southaven, MS, and Memphis, TN. When you arrive, we stand ready to assist.

We offer extensive material options and a variety of services that all come together to create the flooring experience you want and need. Our associates are trained, friendly, and knowledgeable, so be sure to ask any questions to which you might need the answers. We look forward to helping you find the flooring of your dreams.