Friday, September 19, 2014

What Carpet Is Best For Houses With Kids?

A home with small children is a busy home and keeping it clean can be a monumental task, not to mention things wearing out all along. One of those things that may wear out is your carpeting but getting new carpet is not always a financial feasibility for most of us. So we must make what we have last and while it is a challenge it can be done.

The first thing to making your carpet last for as long as possible is to buy a good quality carpet to start with. Kids are rough on everything, especially flooring, so stain resistant carpeting is a must. Carpets comes in four types of fiber or a combination of the four. Here we offer a quick look at those choices and why they are, or are not, what you need with children.

Nylon Fiber

Since the 1960s, nylon fiber carpet has been used because it is durable and versatile. However it is not stain resistant without some type of treatment when installed. Nylon carpet is long lasting, but also most expensive.

Polypropylene Fiber

This carpet will hold its color and is stain resistant. However, it will wear down quicker than nylon, thus losing its shape quick. As such, it is inexpensive, thus making it the most affordable.

Polyester Fiber

A soft carpet that is stain resistant and keeps it color well. It too though, will wear down quick and is not recommended for high traffic areas, which with kids, is the whole house.

Polytrimethylene Terephthalate Fiber

This carpet is a polyester fiber type that is not soil or stain resistant without special treatment after installation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In Your Bathroom Floor Go With Wall-To-Wall Rugs

One of the latest designs in bathrooms is covering a tiled floor with wall-to-wall small bathmats. So how is this a great idea? Well if you don't like cold bathroom floors in the winter, but you don't like carpeting because it gets nasty in the bathroom, this new trend takes care of that!

However, you don't want to just buy any bathroom rugs, you want to make sure you get the right kind that will do the trick. You want it to absorb, but not soak all the way through, so Olefin is the better choice and if you want to make this flooring permanent, use an indoor/outdoor adhesive and is water-resistant.

A short pile is best and even if you already have carpeting, you can still do the wall-to-wall rug thing because will absorb all the excessive wetness and the carpeting won't get nasty. If you are putting these rugs on top of tile or wood, make sure each one has non-skid rubber backing for safety.

For the bathroom with carpeting already, before you lay your wall-to-wall rugs, have a professional carpet cleaning performed. You want it to be clean and fresh underneath so that there isn't any dampness or dirty that can mildew and grow mold.