How to Protect Carpet

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We discussed how to protect hardwood floor in our last post. The post provided tips on how to maintain the quality of hardwood flooring in a home for several years.

In today’s post, we will provide the same types of tips for carpet. If you protect your carpet and care for it, your carpet should last between 10-15 years or longer.

Here are tips to protect carpet:

#1. Stain-Resistance

You should purchase carpet that comes with a built-in manufacturer’s protectant or stain-resistance technology. This protectant will repel moisture and stains for around 12 months after the carpet is installed.

After 12 months, you will want to apply a new protective layer over the carpet. This can be done by a local carpet cleaning service in Santa Clarita, CA. We recommend Healthy Choice Chem-Dry for this service.

A new layer of protectant every 12 months will help to prevent permanent stains and major damage to carpet.

#2. Area Rugs

You should place area rugs over the traffic areas in a room. This way the area rugs receive the brunt of the wear, tear and traffic and the carpet underneath is safe. You can either hire a rug cleaning service to clean the rugs each year or purchase new ones from time to time for a cheaper cost than replacing the carpet.

#3. Vacuuming & Cleaning

Be sure to vacuum your carpet 4-5 times every week and schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months. Vacuuming helps prevent matting and deep cleaning will remove soil and bacteria under the surface and prevent the deterioration of the carpet pad and fibers.

#4. Rearrange Furniture

You should rearrange the furniture in your home every few months. This will create different traffic paths throughout a room and throughout your home so that no one single area of traffic receives all of the wear and tear and soiling.

#5. Remove Your Shoes

Don’t wear shoes indoors or let guests wear their shoes indoors. The bottoms of shoes bring in a ton of germs and dirt from pavement, concrete and public floors. This dirt is then trapped inside of your carpet and it will do damage over time.

#6. Wear Socks

Don’t allow bare feet in your home either. You should wear socks or slippers in your home. The oil on the bottom of feet is very bad for carpet and will lead to soiling and other stains.

#7. No Pets

Pets and carpet aren’t a good combination. Carpet in a home without pets will last much longer. If you do have pets, try to leave them in rooms with hardwood floor or tile floor whenever possible.

These tips will help protect carpet for several years and ensure you receive the most value from your carpet purchase. You should also purchase a durable carpet fiber such as nylon and avoid polyester if you want the carpet to last for a long time.

If you are just installing the carpet for resale value then you should consider a bold and colorful polyester fiber for the home.

How to Protect Hardwood Floors

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There is no more popular choice for flooring in a home right now than hardwood floor. Homeowners are tearing out their carpet to either refinish the hardwood floor beneath it or install brand new hardwood floor.

We understand. Hardwood floor is beautiful and it is probably the highest quality type of flooring for a home. However, it is not without its downside. There is one aspect of hardwood floor that you must consider in order to protect it and ensure it stays beautiful throughout its lifetime in your home.

You must protect hardwood floors from moisture and discoloration. The good news is, there are several ways to accomplish this and avoid moisture and water damaging your hardwood floor as well as overuse and general wear.

#1. Leave AC on All Summer

The cost of running the air conditioner is not cheap but it is cheaper than having to replace hardwood. If too much heat and humidity build up in a home it will lead to moisture forming on walls and on the floor. The moisture on hardwood floors can cause it to warp or discolor. Moisture on hardwood floor can even lead to mold growth if it isn’t identified soon enough.

#2. Close Blinds When No One is Home

If no one is home during the middle of a hot, summer day, we recommend that you close your blinds to prevent the sunlight from hitting the hardwood floors. The sunlight can discolor the hardwood too and of course the heat can lead to humidity and moisture forming on the surface of the hardwood floor.

#3. Rearrange Furniture

It is a good idea to change the traffic patterns in your home to reduce the amount of traffic one area of the hardwood floor receives. You also don’t want to leave the weight of heavier furniture on the same area of hardwood floors for many years either. When you do rearrange furniture on your hardwood floor, be sure to lift the furniture. Never drag furniture on hardwood floor to avoid the risk of scratching the floor.

#4. Use Dehumidifiers

During the summer, we recommend running a dehumidifier in the rooms with hardwood floor to soak up any moisture forming on the hardwood floor. A dehumidifier in combination with your air conditioner should prevent moisture.

#5. Place Area Rugs

We recommend strategically placing area rugs throughout rooms with hardwood floor. You should place area rugs in heavier traffic areas. This way the hardwood floor beneath the rug is protected and all that needs to be done is to either schedule area rug cleaning or purchase a new rug from time to time. Both are much cheaper than replacing the hardwood floor.

You can get a lifetime of style and quality out of hardwood floor in your home if you provide the proper care and take certain precautions to protect the floor from moisture, sunlight and overuse or constant weight and pressure from heavier furniture.

We still recommend hardwood floor above all other choices, just be sure you know the risks involved in installing it in your home.

Types of Table Lamps for Your Home

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We’ve discussed floor lamps and chandeliers in great detail and now it is time to discuss the most common form of home lighting, table lamps. Table lamps are stylish, versatile and affordable and very popular.

Most homes have at least one table lamp in every room but how do you know what type of table lamp is right for each room?

Let’s discuss the different types of table lamps and how to decorate with them throughout your home:

TYPE OF LIGHTING

You want a table lamp to be stylish but it needs to provide the correct amount of light for the room too. For general lighting in a room, consider placing two table lamps on top of a console table or one each on coordinating side tables.

If the room doesn’t have a chandelier or floor lamps, you will need several table lamps placed throughout it to provide enough light for larger rooms. Most rooms will need a minimum of two or three table lamps for sufficient lighting.

A table lamp with an adjustable shade or a downward arch will provide more focused light. You will often use this type of light on a desk or near a reading area in your home. If you use a traditional table lamp for this purpose, be sure the bottom of the lamp shade rests at eye height and that the bulb and socket are not exposed.

STYLE OF LIGHTING

The size, shape and style of the table lamp should complement and balance the rest of the room. A table lamp should complement furniture, art and rugs and flooring but likely will not be a focal point of the décor.

A modern room should have a modern table lamp, whereas a traditional room should have a more traditional table lamp. Also be sure that the finishes and base of a lamp match other finishes throughout the décor.

TYPES OF SHADES

The lamp shade is probably the most stylish aspect of a table lamp. There are drum, cone, pagoda and cylinder lamp shade shapes to choose from, each with their own style.

A lightweight fabric shade or a shade with a lighter color will provide more light in a room.

You can even update the lamp shades on a regular basis to switch up the décor and look of a room from time to time. This is a very cheap way to add new looks and variety to the appearance of your home.

You can now confidently choose the correct type of table lamp for the rooms in your home to add light and style to your living space.