Five Common Carpet Myths Debunked

 

Photo Courtesy: Tuftex

Photo Courtesy: Tuftex

Carpet has been the most popular floor covering in America for decades for good reason – carpets feel soft, reduce noise and insulate rooms. But some common misconceptions deter people from buying carpets.

MYTH 1: Asthma and allergy sufferers should not have carpet in the home.

FACT: Environmental Protection Agency scientists concluded that carpet fibers, in trapping and immobilizing potential allergy-causing particulates, help people with allergies. If allergens are in the carpet, they’re not circulating in the indoor air stream. Shaw Floors recommends using a HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove such particles from the indoor environment.

MYTH 2: Carpet is hard to maintain – it stains and wears out very easily.

FACT: Simple steps can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking new. Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile, where they are far more difficult to remove.

Carpet in a typical household should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Hot water extraction systems provide the most effective cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners generally get the best results.

MYTH 3: Carpet is outdated and boring.

FACT: Carpets come in patterns ranging from traditional hounds tooth to exotic zebra, and in stylish colors like chocolate or mint green. Many consumers use a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile in their homes.

MYTH 4: Carpet emits harmful chemicals that cause health problems.

FACT: Carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among household furnishings and building materials. Shaw carpets meet the industry’s highest VOC standard, the Carpet & Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program.

MYTH 5: Carpet is bad for the environment

FACT: Floor manufacturers now provide many eco-friendly options for environmentally-conscious consumers. Shaw carpets made of Anso or EverTouch nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility, where they are broken down and remade into new carpet fiber. The process helps turn carpet into a renewable product and keeps carpet waste out of landfills. In fact, Shaw has collected 178 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006.

Source: Tuftex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Trends for Your Home

Photo: Glidden

Photo: Glidden

You may have read that grey is all the rage in home design and in fashion. And Shaw Floors agrees. That’s why they named Lady in Grey their color of the year for 2015.

But grey isn’t the only color in town! If you’re wanting to liven up your home with some of the latest trends, check out these favorite colors from their Design and Trends team.

English Royal Navy

English Royal Navy remains a top color trend in the world today. It was Shaw’s color of the year for 2014, and it’s still going strong. Navy is a classic in every way. It offers timeless appeal. Think about it, the navy blazer is second only to the little black dress in terms of classic, effortless style. And in your home, navy can offer the same universal appeal. Dressed up or down, navy can stylishly anchor a room in much the same way as black or a deep, chocolate brown.

Indian Ocean Teal

Indian Ocean Teal is another color Shaw loves. It’s a deeper dive into the water colors that have made such a splash in today’s home décor. (Two water references in one sentence.  Impressive, huh?) Actually, this rich color can serve as a bridge color between the cool, barely-there water colors so prevalent in homes today and the dark tones of always-classic navy.

British Racing Green

British Racing Green, a close kin to English Royal Navy, is another color that never seems to be out of style. It’s not only a classic, but is enjoying a renaissance as one of today’s top choices. Like the English roadsters often painted this timeless color, British Racing Green can be a playful, preppy, youthful addition or accent in your home.

Coral

And finally, Coral is truly one of the IT colors of 2015. You see it in fashion, you see it in art, and you definitely see it in homes. Small splashes of this vibrant color can instantly liven a room. Unlike popular corals of the past, the trend in 2015 is redder in hue, deep and rich and bold.

Remember, you don’t have to start from scratch to bring touches of today’s stylish colors into your home. Add a pillow, a single painted wall, a piece of painted furniture or a bound rug of these colors to create a fresh, stylish look.

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Decorating With a Living Room Rug

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

A rug on top of your living room hardwood is an accessory that can easily transform your space. Small rugs look great on top of sleek hardwood flooring and can add a whole new dimension to the room, especially if they include rich colors, textures or patterns.

Consider these rug ideas for your living room design.  

Durable patterns

Houses catering to a family should include a rug that can withstand the wear and tear usually inflicted upon the floor by children.

Real Simple magazine also suggested patterned rugs to make the space more visually interesting, adding another element of texture to your living room.

 Use your rug as an accessory.

The size of you rug should be smaller than the area that your furniture covers. People often make the mistake of using an oversized rug for their room, covering up more of their hardwood floor than they have to.

According to HGTV, the front two legs of your sofas or chairs should be placed on the area rug, supporting the gathering space, but not taking away from the overall sleekness or openness of the room. Think of the rug as an accessory, just like your ottoman or coffee table. It shouldn’t take over your flooring, but complement it instead.

“It is a nice way to add color to a room if you don’t want to commit to a strong color on the furnishings or window treatments,” designer Jennifer Duneier told HGTV.

Real Simple recommended using a decorative rug to draw attention to a specific piece of furniture, like your bold-colored sofa. This is easily done by contrasting the color of the rug with that of the piece of furniture you want to make the focal point of the living room.

Source: Shaw Floors

 

Keep Laminate Floors Looking New

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Here’s some helpful advice on how to keep your laminate floors looking new.

  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35 percent and 65 percent throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
  • Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity during summer months.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
  • Use a protective mat for furniture or chairs with castors.

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Cleaning Your Laminate Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

Photo: Shaw Floors

  • Do not use steam cleaners or wet mops, which may cause irreparable damage to your floor.
  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink or tar, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth. Then wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • Sweep, dust or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.
  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
  • Don’t wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent or any other liquid cleaning product. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
  • Avoid using steel wool, abrasive cleaners or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
  • Don’t use any type of buffing or polishing machine on your laminate floors.
  • For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach-side home.

Source: Shaw Floors