Find and main­tain the right car­pet for you

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Car­pets pro­vide both prac­ti­cal and aes­thetic ap­peal in­side a home. In win­ter, car­pets help keep homes warm, and the right color car­pet can add to de­sign schemes.

While rugs may have orig­i­nated in the Far East, North Amer­ica also has some rich car­pet his­tory. Ac­cord­ing to The Car­pet and Rug In­sti­tute, the United States car­pet in­dus­try be­gan in 1791 when the first wo­ven car­pet mill opened in Philadel­phia. Oth­ers soon fol­lowed suit. Tufted car­pets and ma­chine-pow­ered man­u­fac­tur­ing helped churn out yards upon yards of car­pet­ing, mak­ing it a pop­u­lar, af­ford­able and com­mon ad­di­tion to homes, es­pe­cially af­ter the post-World War II hous­ing boom.

Car­pet­ing re­mains a go-to floor­ing ma­te­rial in mod­ern homes. In fact, many homes of­fer a blend of both car­pet­ing in some rooms and dif­fer­ent floor­ing choices in oth­ers.

Upon choos­ing car­pet, it is im­por­tant that home­own­ers fol­low some guide­lines to pro­long a car­pet’s longevity and main­tain its style. The fol­low­ing are some com­mon car­pet­ing dos and don’ts.

con­sider the room’s pur­pose and foot traf­fic be­fore shop­ping for car­pet­ing. Make a list of the at­tributes de­sired (e.g., sound­proof­ing, easy care, high pile) and present these to the sales­per­son so he or she can help you make the best choice.

rush into floor­ing choices. Un­like paint col­ors, floor­ing ma­te­ri­als are more per­ma­nent choices that are only up­dated ev­ery sev­eral years or more. Weigh all of your op­tions be­fore div­ing in.

con­sider con­ser­va­tive col­ors and styles. Neu­tral hues and pat­terns will blend bet­ter with fur­ni­ture op­tions. This means you can change fur­ni­ture out and still keep the ex­ist­ing car­pet­ing, which com­ple­ments any new pieces. Also, if there’s a chance you might sell your home in the near fu­ture, buy­ers tend to look for a neu­tral color scheme they can make their own.

skimp on pad­ding to save a few dol­lars on the car­pet in­stal­la­tion. The car­pet­ing needs a solid foun­da­tion to last and look its best. In­ad­e­quate pad­ding can lead to ex­tra and no­tice­able wear and tear. In­vest in a good foun­da­tion for the car­pet­ing, like firm, dense pad­ding in high-traf­fic ar­eas.

be­come knowl­edge­able about dif­fer­ent car­pet styles, such as frieze, Ber­ber, Sax­ony, tex­tured, and more. This will help en­sure you make the most ed­u­cated de­ci­sion.

pur­chase at the first store you visit. Shop around to in­ves­ti­gate dif­fer­ent pric­ing and specials. Also, con­sider the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ex­per­tise of the staff re­spon­si­ble for car­pet in­stal­la­tion. High-cost car­pet may not look very good if it isn’t in­stalled cor­rectly.

stain-pro­tect rugs and car­pet­ing, which can help re­pel stains that would oth­er­wise be­come per­ma­nent and can pro­long the longevity of the floor­ing.

for­get to vac­uum car­pets fre­quently to pre­vent ground-in dirt and de­bris. pick tex­tured car­pets to con­ceal foot­prints and vac­uum track marks.

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