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How To Choose Carpet, Plush Or Berber?

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Carpets can really beautify your home. However, choosing the right type of carpet to put in your home can be daunting. Although carpet is not permanent, you want it to last for a good number of years. There are so many choices, how do you choose the best carpet for your home? Let’s explore a few differences between plush and berber to help you narrow down your choices.

Plush and berber carpets are both beautiful in their own right. They do, however, differ in purpose. It is important to think about where in your home the carpet will be placed. Is it a high traffic area? In that case, berber is your best bet. Its dense, tightly woven loops resist dirt for a cleaner look. Whereas plush is more loosely woven which absorbs more dirt. For these reasons, berber is also lower maintenance, as it is easier to clean. Plush is higher maintenance, as it requires more effort to pull the dirt out. Plush is a great fit in a low traffic area, such as a bedroom. It can make your bedroom feel cozy and comfortable while looking luxurious.

Plush may be a better choice for you if you have a baby or pets because it is so soft. Berber may not be a good choice in this situation because of it’s tightly woven loops. This creates a rougher surface that can cause carpet burns. Also, your pet’s claws can easily get caught in the loops and pull them up.

Both carpets have their benefits. Plush, with its luxurious look and soft feel. Berber, with its elegant designs and durability. Each one will serve its purpose beautifully. Hopefully these comparisons will help you make the right choice that suits your needs. Happy carpet hunting!

Is Having Your Tile Professionally Cleaned Worth It?

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Often when we think of having floors in our house cleaned by a professional our minds naturally go to having our carpets cleaned. However, have you ever thought of having a professional come in and clean your tile? You may think that it is not worth it,that it is a job you can handle on your own. However, take a look down. That’s right, really look at your tile floors. In particular, take a close look at the grout. How does it look? When was the last time you cleaned it? Like, really cleaned it, on your hands and knees with a scrub brush? If we had to guess, we would say it’s probably been a while.

  

Cleaning grout is no fun and is often a household chore that is ignored. It can be messy, not to mention uncomfortable for your knees and back. Normal mopping will not result in a deep clean of the grout line. As a result, grout tends to have a buildup of dirt, grime and sometimes bacteria. It can become stained from spills that discolor the grout. Not being deep cleaned can cause mildew and mold to grow in the grout, which is not only unhealthy in your home but can cause your tile to appear old and ugly. Calling in a professional is definitely worth it! 

 

A professional will know exactly what type of solution is needed to get the best result for your tile and grout. They will also have the right equipment so as not to damage your floors. They will leave your floors looking shiny and brand new as well as eliminating any health hazards. They will do the heavy scrubbing for you (no more aching backs and knees for you)! Have we convinced you yet? Hiring a professional to come in and clean your tile floors is totally worth it! Your tile, grout, back and knees will thank you!

Hardwood vs Laminate: Which is better?

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Hardwood flooring vs. laminate flooring, which is better? Both types of flooring have pros and cons. Hardwood is the real deal. It is often found in older homes and can add quite a bit of value to any home. Hardwood floors come in many different styles and textures. You have many different choices of wood and finishes. Hardwood is long lasting, meaning it can be repaired, sanded down and refinished, often many times before it would need to be fully replaced. The biggest con to hardwood floors is the price. Installing new hardwood floors in a home is expensive. The materials and labor will cost more than laminate floors. If you install in a high traffic area, harwood can be scratched easily. If the same spot is hit by a lot of  direct sunlight, they can discolor over time. If water is leaking or constantly being spilled, the harwood will be damaged from the moisture.

 

Laminate flooring is basically imitation hardwood. That may sound bad, but laminate flooring has many pros, the number one being it is far less expensive than hardwood. Materials and labor to install a new laminate floor are significantly lower than harwood. Laminate flooring is easily maintained and easily cleaned. Laminate is not easily scratched and can withstand sun and water. However, if a laminate floor does need to be repaired it can be tricky, oftentimes the whole floor will need to be replaced. Laminate flooring comes in many colors and styles and varying price tags. Cheaper laminate will not look like hardwood, and will certainly not last as long. However, it can be a smart alternative depending on where you install it and it is much easier on the budget.

 

Choosing floors for your home is not easy, it is important to consider budget and lifestyle. If you decide to go with hardwood floors the added value and longevity of the floors outweigh the negatives. If laminate is your choice, your budget will be happy and cleaning will be a breeze. Whatever your choice, we just want to wish you, happy shopping!

What Color Carpet Should I Choose? Tips to Consider and Questions to Ask Yourself

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Choosing the right color carpet for your space can be intimidating. It is a choice that will set the tone and feel for your home in the years to come. When it comes to making big decisions, it is important to take your time and consider all your options. Choosing a carpet color is certainly no exception. Here are a few tips to consider.  

 

Shop around. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance from the experts.  Bring home a lot of samples. Ask friends and family what they think. Try and imagine the look of each particular carpet color in your space. Ask yourself questions about each carpet color choice. For example, what color will best match your individual style? Will the color of your new carpet flow with the color and style of your furniture? How about the color of your walls? Your decor? Will you look back in a year and wish you had picked a different color? All good questions to consider.

 

Lifestyle should also have an impact on your choice. What is your family like? Are you single or do you have a partner? How about a cat or dog? Kids? Do you have large parties? If so, how often? How do you feel about vacuuming and spot cleaning? Does your schedule allow you to clean your floors on a regular basis or is it a chore that you often put off? The amount of traffic your carpet sees is an important aspect to consider when choosing the perfect color carpet for your room. 

 

Keep in mind light color carpet will show dirt and stains and very dark colored carpet will show dirt, lint and dust. Try and find a happy medium. A color that is not too light and not too dark will usually work best in most homes. Choosing a carpet color may seem overwhelming, but with some help from others and some self reflection you will make the right choice for you, your family, and your home.