SmartStrand® Forever Clean.™ The Toughest, Easiest to Clean Carpet on the Planet™

Why? Is it magic? Or voodoo? Nope. Just science. There are many ways to make carpet last longer and stay resistant to stains and dirt. One way is to coat the fibers with a clear dye I.E. Scotchgard or Stainmaster. Another is to use yarn that is water resistant like P.E.T. (Polyethylene Terephthalate) that stains are not absorbed into. Or you could use corn starch. What? Corn starch? Yep. Here is the (non) dirt. http://www.mohawkflooring.com/assets/files/smartstrand-forever-clean.pdf SmartStrand carpet from Mohawk is designed to be permanently...

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Getting The Most Life From Commercial Carpet

Getting The Most Life From Commercial Carpet

Dear Mr. RNB, We  have a large commercial building that you have just put new carpet in. As much as we liked having you and the installers around, we really would like to maximize the life of the flooring. Can you help? Signed, Mr. Corporate Client Dear Mr. Client: Maintenance of your new floors is simple. Here are four steps to get you in the right direction. 1.Use entryway matting. When it comes to entryway matting, the bigger the better. There must be room for at least two steps with each foot, preferably three, to sufficiently wipe soil...

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What is Considered Heavy Traffic on Carpet?

What is Considered Heavy Traffic on Carpet?

Heavy traffic is 1,000 to 10,000 traffics per day or up to 2,000,000 traffics for the life of the carpet. Obviously, durability is key in selecting the right carpet for high-traffic areas. Many manufacturers will put carpet performance ratings on the label as a guide for consumers. Rated from 1 to 5, the scale represents the carpet’s ability to withstand extended wear. A rating of 4 or 5 would be a good choice for high-traffic area. How did they determine this? College kids. They set the carpet in high traffic areas and count the steps it...

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The Carpet Game – Everyone Pays Full Price

The Carpet Game – Everyone Pays Full Price

You don’t believe you paid full price for your carpet? Of course you did. But don’t be concerned. Everyone does. Wait a minute. How about all those ads I see with discounts and sale pricing for THIS WEEK ONLY! Huh? How about that. Ask yourself the following questions. Discounted from what? In the flooring industry, and I believe in any industry, there is no such thing as a manufacturer’s suggested retail price.(M.S.R.P.) why should there be? How does the manufacturer know what my costs are, what my labor is or even what profit I may...

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Lions and Tigers and Gaps! Oh My!

Lions and Tigers and Gaps! Oh My!

Last year you had a lovely wood floor and you were so proud that you had everybody you know come to look at it. I know, great huh? But now (cue ominous music) there are (oh horror) gaps……But the flooring guy said that glued down engineered wood would not, nor could not gap. What the heck happened? Let’s talk about trees for a minute. Trees breathe.  When a tree grows it is constantly under stress. It is also filled with water to help it grow and expand among other things. The leaves take in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. This is why...

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Five Benefits of Buying Carpets

Five Benefits of Buying Carpets

1. Sound Insulation Noise pollution in houses can have a serious effect on the wellbeing of all its users and in this respect a fitted carpet plays an important role virtually eliminating impact noise through sound absorption. Therefore the use of carpet enhances sound absorption, and the conduction of impact noise can be reduced by up to 30dB, as opposed to comparative values for smooth floor coverings which lay between 5-15dB. Also, carpet will deaden the sound that travels between floors so what happens upstairs stays upstairs. (Those...

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