Carpet Texture Retention

Carpet Texture Retention

  What is my carpet supposed to look like? New carpet? Wonder what is going on down there? The first thing you see is the top of the carpet called the pile. There are various types of pile: cut pile, loop pile, even cut and loop pile. When you bought your carpet you probably checked for a texture retention warranty; right? This is a system set up by the Carpet and Rug Institute to determine how long the carpet will last before it unravels and gets ugly. This can be found on their website, www.carpet-rug.org. But Bear, you say, I do not want...

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The Moldy Truth: Part 2

The Moldy Truth: Part 2

What does mold look like? Assuming you have found a leak or area where moisture may be entering your home, mold may be cottony, granular, and velvety or leather like. Its color may be white, grey, brown, yellow, green or black. It should smell musty or earthy. If you see mold and your home is dry and clean, try to clean it with a dilute solution of bleach. Generally this will take care of the problem. Remember: If you do not have a moisture problem you probably do not have mold. Clean and dry = No mold. A great resource for information on...

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Mountainside Fitness Center Bathroom Remodel

Mountainside Fitness Center Bathroom Remodel

Here are a few pictures of a recent remodel we did for at the Ice Den at Mountainside Fitness Center on Bell and the 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The entire remodel was completed in less than 5 weeks. (Please click on any of the images below to enlarge them)   This is the second floor bathroom in the Ice Den at Mountainside Fitness on Bell Rd. and the 101. These are glass times on the countertops. Limestone tiles on the walls, cut to fit perfectly around the urinal. One more view of the Limestone tiles cut to fit around the urinal. This is...

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Carpet Care: Preventive Maintenance

Don’t track dirt inside Placing walk-off mats outside all entrances will help absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked into the home. Clean mats on a regular basis (or sooner, when they need it) so they don’t become sources of soil themselves. Use a quality pad A good carpet pad not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet, especially on stairs. Because some carpets carry warranties with specific...

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9 Points To Cover When Buying New Flooring

9 Points To Cover When Buying New Flooring

1. Beware Offers of Generous Discounts Some retailers inflate the “normal selling price” so that their discounts appear more generous than they really are. If the offer appears too good to be true – it is!!! 2. Obtain a Written Quotation Before you place the order (especially if you are asked to leave a deposit!) 3. Make Sure Your Deposit is Protected By using a retailer with a deposit protection scheme or paying it by a credit card. 4. Beware Hidden Charges That are added on without explanation e.g. delivery charges, waste...

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Carpet Performance Ratings

Carpet Performance Ratings

Carpet performance ratings are a tool used by some manufacturers to help you select the most appropriate carpet for different areas of your home. They can be found on the carpet label. Rated from 1 to 5, the scale represents the carpet’s ability to withstand extended wear. A carpet with a higher performance rating (such as 5 or 4) is one that will maintain its new appearance longer in various traffic conditions than one with a lower performance rating. A rating of 4.0 is considered outstanding. These carpets are recommended for heavy traffic...

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