Flooring & Carpet Quotes

My little collection of favorite quotes.

“If books were Persian carpets, one would not look only at the outer side. Because it is the stitch that makes a carpet wear, gives it its life and bloom.”
Rumer Godden

“It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world.”
Al Franken

“From our broadcasting box you can’t see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity.”
Richie Benaud

“My view is quite simple. When your dog pees on the carpet, you do not give away your dog. You say, This dog is special. I have to teach him not to pee on the carpet. I feel exactly the same way about men. They need to be taught things.”
Jacqueline Bisset

“Every spring, this country will be reminded of the Lady from Texas. As trees bloom and flowers carpet our nation’s capital, Lady Bird Johnson will be remembered. Only Lady Bird Johnson could, with her vision of a beautiful America, lay claim to spring as her memorial.”
David Mixner

“We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet – but this carpet is on other side of the planet.”
Kevin McCloud

“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.”
Erma Bombeck

Refinish your Hardwood Floors

http://www.doityourselfbuilder.com/pages/how-to-install-hardwood-flooring/images/hardwood-flooring.jpgHardwood is a timeless flooring option. This flooring option requires outine maintenance. Providing regular care and maintenance to your hardwood floors ensures quality floors that last. Maintenance involves repairing and refinishing your floors. Follow these steps:

1) Assess the floor for holes or cracks in the hardwood that may need to be plugged before you proceed.

2) Repair holes and scratches. Use wood plug or putty to plug into the hole

3) Thoroughly clean your floor.

4) Sand your floor removing rough spots and creating a smooth surface. When refinishing hardwood floors, it is important to start with a rougher and more courser sand paper and then to refine it using sandpaper with a lower grit. Read More

Carpet Tile Installation

It is easier to install the carpet tiles than it is the wall-to-wall broadloom carpet that has to be stretched. You just need to know the correct technique. This style of carpet is laid in individual pieces, so deciding on the right starting place probably is the hardest part of the task. This task is finished fairly quickly, once you are able to start and your new floor will be ready to walk on in short time.

Locate the Room’s Center Point

You can use a chalk line to mark the center point from opposing corners of the room. You will need to make two chalk lines using all four corners of the room. The lines will intersect in the middle of your room. You may place on tile dead center or four tiles around the center point depending on your design. Make sure the center on it meets the center of the room and then install the other tiles out from that point.

Your Lines Need to be Square

Square your lines before you start to install the pieces of carpet. Measure out from the intersection of lines four feet on one of your lines and then measure three feet out using another line. You should have five feet in between these lines, for them to be square. You may have to make some adjustments to square the lines. Read More

CEO Modular

Finding high quality reliable carpet tile for flooring is not always an easy task, there are many qualifications to consider before purchasing. The best kind of carpet is easy to install, durable and will last a long time before becoming worn. This style of carpet has both raised and lower vertical stripes, when these are aligned correctly the overall effect is stylish. These qualities can be found in the pure genius collection of carpet tile that CEO manufactures.

Most of the installers who use this carpet style turn each tile partway around to provide a smooth and professional appearance. The mixture of color is designed to work with a variety of furnishings in any room. The carpet flooring tiles are designed to handle the heavy foot traffic and still remain sharp looking. When purchasing carpet for a business or home, be certain of your measurements, this will save time and money. These American made carpet tiles are a good investment for your home because with carpet tile flooring it will be used a long time before needing to be replaced.

Restoring Your Hardwoods – Carpet Removal

old-carpetCarpet has its place, but if you’re like a lot of people, you’d really rather have the hardwood flooring underneath. Taking out carpet can give your home a whole new look and feel, add a lot of aesthetic appeal and even increase its resale value – and in many cases, it’s a relatively quick and easy project which you can do yourself.

Assuming that your carpet isn’t attached with an adhesive, this is very simple. Start by cutting the carpet into strips using a utility knife (don’t go too deep or you’ll cut through the padding and damage the floor). This will make it easier to pull up and make getting it out much more manageable. Next, you’ll need to pull the carpet loose from the tack strip (start from a corner for this); pliers or a very thick pair of work gloves will make this easier. Keep pulling along the walls to remove each section of carpet.

Getting the padding out is easy enough. It’s usually attached with staples; just pull them out with pliers and remove the padding as you go. Once it’s out, you can take on the tack strips. With the right tools (pry bar, a hammer and pliers), this can be a very easy job. Slip the end of the pry bar under the tack strip, giving it a tap with the hammer if needed. Once you have enough leverage, pry the strip away from the floor and slide the pry bar along. If your tack strip is fairly new, this should go smoothly. Otherwise, you may have to pry out nails individually if the strip breaks into pieces.

After the tack strips are out, just go over the room carefully and pry up any remaining tacks or nails and clean up any residue from the padding. The next step will be to refinish the floors, but chances are that your home is starting to look better already – and all it took was a few hours work taking out the carpeting!

Natural Carpet Cleaning Can Prolong Your Carpet Life

Carpets are not a small expense. The truth is that it may be one of the biggest expenditures that you make. Keeping your carpets clean can be the single biggest factor in providing for the longevity of your rugs.

Dirt–believe it or not–is sharp and may actually cut the fibers of your rug. Vacuuming regularly can help to remove a good portion of the built up dust and dirt, but it cannot prevent the fibers of the carpet from tearing due to the ground in or excessive dust or dirt.

If you clean the carpets before they become too badly soiled, not only will the cleaning task be more easily accomplished but the carpets may also be saved from excessive wear and tear. You can prolong the life of your carpet simply be cleaning it regularly or by having it professionally cleaned regularly.

The prevalent myth seems to be that cleaning your carpets too frequently will actually wear them out more rapidly. In reality the reverse is true. In most cases, unless you are using heavy brushes that are damaging to the rug, the carpet can only benefit from being cleaned. The dust and dirt that is introduced into the carpets, as mentioned, can cut the fibers. In addition, pollutants that are carried into the house from outside are not only damaging to the occupants of the home in that they may be toxic, but they are damaging to the fibers of the carpet. In some cases, pollutants that are carried into the home on the soles of shoes can cause carpet fibers to break down dramatically, damaging the carpet extensively.

The best method of making sure that your carpet gets clean and stays clean is a steam cleaner with a more natural cleaning solution. These might include things such as lavender oil added to plain water, which breaks down dust and can actually kill some types of bacteria.

White vinegar can also be a very effective cleansing agent that will remove tough dirt, break down chemicals and can also kill germs that cause illness.

Using a mild vegetable soap in your cleaning along with an anti foaming agent will be another way to naturally clean carpets, kill germs and remove odors from the carpet without introducing chemicals that may also be toxic to children and pets.

Regardless of what you use to cleanse the carpet, making sure that the greatest amount of water possible is removed from the carpet is a necessity. Keeping the rug damp over a long span of time will serve to multiple bacteria, may introduce mold or mildew growth and other allergens into your home.

Remove as much water as possible from the rug and then run a fan over the surface of the rug until it is completely dry.