What You Need to Know about Carpet

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If you are considering adding carpet to your home, you need to read this. Many areas of the home can benefit from the warmth and comfort of carpet. This read will help you decide if carpet is the right choice for your home and family!

Carpet can help keep a home warmer in the colder months. It provides a level of comfort that is great for sitting on the floor and playing with children. Small children in the household will benefit from carpet when they are crawling or just learning to walk. This material is soft when little ones fall down, it also can prevent less injuries from falling.

Not only can children benefit from carpet. Elderly people can get better traction when walking on carpet. They too can be better protected if they slip and fall on this material. Carpet is a good choice when a home has individuals that have difficulty walking.

Allergens, dust and pollens that are floating around in the air are actually trapped into carpet fibers. Once the carpet has been vacuumed those particles are removed. This material is a great option for individuals that are prone to air borne allergens.

Buffering sound is one of carpet’s best qualities. The sound is absorbed by carpet fibers and the carpet pad beneath. This makes it a great choice for homes with multiple levels, as the sound does not travel as easily from one floor to another. Using carpet on stairs makes foot traffic less noisy too.

There is no need to worry about spills and stains. Many different stain resistant treatments can be applied to carpets in order to prevent stains from soaking in. Before you have carpet installed ask us about stain resistant treatment options. This is a must for families with children, pets or both!

With all the benefits and varieties of carpet, surely there is an area in your home that will benefit from carpet. Ask us about any questions, concerns or needs you may have. We will be able to help you decide what carpet is right for you and your family!

Questions for Your Carpet!

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If you are just getting started in the process it can be hard to imagine what details you need to pay attention to, what questions you need to ask yourself, and where to even begin. There are four important questions to ask yourself when choosing a new carpet for your home that will help guide you to your perfect floor.

 

Be prepared to answer these questions when you first head to our store. These will help us to pinpoint your specific needs and this will allow us to show you the most appropriate options for your specific situation. The first question typically asked regards the amount of foot traffic and use will the room sees. This is important in determining what colors will work for your home—lighter carpets will not hold up as well if they are getting constant foot traffic.

 

Another question you may be asked is about the size of the room. Perhaps if the room is on the smaller side, a lighter carpet will help make the space feel bigger. Conversely, if you have a very large room a carpet with a darker color could help make it feel more inviting and warm. 

 

And finally, you will hear the question of the lighting in the space that is to be carpeted. This is important because if your space is a room that doesn’t get much natural light, you may consider getting carpet that is a shade lighter than you envision. Without natural light, any carpet will seem darker than it does in the store. 

 

Once you know the answer to these questions you are prepared to come in and speak with a customer service partner who will help you understand which carpets are right for you. Remember to ask us for samples to bring home as the lighting in the our store will not be the same as the lighting in your own home. You’ll want to bring them back with you to see how they look at home. Visit our website or visit us in one of our stores so we can help you with all of your flooring needs.

Removing Pumpkin Stains from Carpet

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It is almost pumpkin carving time! We all know that carving a real pumpkin is fun and messy; which is why kids love it! If you happen to end up with a pumpkin stain on your carpet, we have the answer. Find out how to remove pumpkin stains in the safest way possible.

Act fast! The faster a stain is treated, will result in removing all of the soil. When a stain sits, the fibers will absorb the stain and harden. Making it much more difficult to remove.

A detergent solution is the best place to start if you act fast:

Mix ¼ Teaspoon of clear dishwashing detergent per 1 cup of lukewarm water. Rinse the solution a few times to make sure the detergent has been removed. Any leftover residue will attract dirt and cause that spot to soil much faster than the rest of the carpet.

For tougher stains, try a vinegar solution:

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar per 2 cups of water. Acid solution in the vinegar helps to lower the alkalinity of detergent or alkaline spills. This application can also be used if you are having trouble rinsing a detergent solution.

For set in stains try an ammonia solution:

Mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia per 1 cup of water. When using this solution, make sure to test a small area before applying mix to the stain. Ammonia can cause a color change in the carpet fibers.

Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about pumpkin and carpet!  Until then, have fun carving those great faces!

 

Cleaning Spills From the Harvest Panini

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Last time we posted about our delicious Harvest Panini. But what happens when your panini’s grease stains your carpet by accident or an unexpected drop of your sandwich gets food residue on your carpet? Anything can happen, especially if you are eating with your children. If you act quickly, there are methods to clean up the stain that will lessen the chances that your carpet is permanently stained. Most importantly, do not delay in treating the stain. Trying to finish your sandwich and telling yourself that you will clean the spot later on only increases the chance that your spot will be permanent.

 

First you will want to blot liquids with a dry, white cloth or paper towels. Remove any solid food that is left with a spoon or similar object. After this, vacuum the area to fully lift any food debris left over. Next you will want to pretest any spot removal solution you are about to use in an inconspicuous area if you haven not already. 

 

Next, apply the solution to the affected area and gently work the solution in from the outside of the stain inwards gently. Don’t rub the spot into the carpet! That will only damage the carpet itself. Let the solution work on the area for a few minutes and then blot. If the spot remains repeat this step as many times as necessary. Be patient, some stains require more than one application to lift the stain.

 

After you have removed the stain, use cold water to rinse the area. If you notice after the rinse that there is still some residue, try applying more spot removal solution and repeating. Rinse again with cold water and blot dry with a clean cloth until you have removed all of the moisture in the area. 

 

Hopefully following these steps will help save your carpet from that accident! Now, head back to that kitchen and make yourself a new Harvest Panini—you’ve certainly earned it!

The Perfect Carpet

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Finding the perfect carpet can be a daunting task. There are so many textures and colors and patters and materials out there, it’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. But you have all of the knowledge you need to make the best decision already, based on your needs and your preferences. Just read on for some guidance and before you know it you will know what is best for you and your home!

 

A great first place to start is to think about what kind of needs you will have over time. If your family is larger and you foresee tipped juice cups and lots of running around causing wear and tear you will want to start with your first decision which is what type of rug would be best. Perhaps instead, you are single and want a carpet that might not hold up to wear and tear like other carpets, but doesn’t need to because of your lifestyle…you might have more options available.

 

Once you know what type of carpet you are looking for you can get to the fun part—what colors you will use in your new space! There are several things to keep in mind when choosing your colors. As with painting your walls, lighter colors will open up your room and create the optical illusion of more space. This is a great choice if you want to keep the tone of the design airy or if you are laying down your new carpet a room that is on the smaller side. Conversely, if you want to create a more intimate setting to your room or want a more cozy feel to your design, then you might choose from darker carpeting that will tie it all together. 

 

Finally, keep in mind that when your carpet is installed in your home, it will look different than it did when you purchased it in the store.  This is because the light in the store will not match the lighting in your home. It is a good idea to ask if you can bring a sample home to observe this change.  You can also take advantage of our Shop At Home program.

 

These are situations that the consultants at Dolphin Carpet & Tile are ready to help you overcome.  Armed with this knowledge, come on in to our store and we will help you find the carpet that’s right for you!

Home Floor Options – Quick Guide To the 6 Styles of Carpet

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If you are new to the world of carpet, this quick guide should help you choose the right kind of carpet for you and your home.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask us at Dolphin Carpet!

Plush / Saxony: This type of carpet is quite luxurious because it appears smooth, velvety, and soft. It is ideally suited to rooms where formality, elegance, and traditional design schemes are the priority. The yarns are all identical with a uniform twist and finish of the yarn so it gives a polished appearance despite being a textural feature in the room. Plush carpet looks best when vacuumed consistently so be sure you don’t mind doing so at least a couple of times per week.

Frieze: This type of carpet is wonderful for high-traffic areas and it can be used in most rooms. Its durability is due to the strands of yarn having a high twist level. If you look closely you’ll note that this tight twist actually causes it to curl over at the end, which helps protect it. The visual result is an interesting appearance that is a bit knobby looking, and a carpet that wears very well. Frieze also offers a lot of versatility because can be purchased in several pile heights.

Textured: This carpet is very well suited to casual room décor goals. It is popular in part because it’s has an attractive two-tone color blend that is the result of alternating twists of yarn. It also springs back nicely, so if visible footprints or vacuum tracks bother you you’ll like the way it resists imprints. Textured carpet is often used in high traffic areas such as family rooms and children’s rooms. 

Cable: Constructed of long, thick yarn, this carpet style is quite pretty. It’s noted for being very comfortable to walk on as well. It’s an ideal choice for a bedroom because it’s best used in low traffic areas where people are often barefoot. Excessive wear due to traffic and shoes can crush it and cause it to matte so be particular about where you use it.

Cut & Loop (aka Patterned): This carpet style features both cut and looped yarns. Using two different yarns results in what appears to be a pattern. This is because the two yarns have different surface textures. The presence of the two textures, along with the fact that this is a low loft carpet, makes it a great choice for wearing well under heavy traffic and camouflaging stains. Patterns range from things like casual geometric designs to elegant botanical designs.  

Looped: Also known as Berber carpet, this style of carpet uses large, bulky yarns. The yarns are manufactured with single or multiple level loop construction. Each individual loop is actually visible and it is these loops that make it so durable. It’s great for hiding traffic patterns. The most common fibers used to make looped carpet are olefin and nylon, although other blends are available as well. 

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How to Treat a Great Barbecue Recipe Stain

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In our previous post, we gave you one of our favorite barbecue recipes.  Since family barbecues are supposed to be relaxing events, this might help, because accidents happen!

This and a great number of tips on stains can be found on our Floor Care page.

How to treat a sauce stain in carpet:

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. 

 

 

Things to Consider When Carpeting Stairs

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Carpeting the stairs provides many benefits to the home especially if there are children involved. If you have decided to carpet your stairs, there are a few things that are helpful to know before you start in on the process.

Two Methods to Carpet the Stairs

The first thing to learn in the two

  • The Waterfall Method – A long piece of carpet covers the whole stair case from each riser and tread. 
  • The Cap and Band Method – A separate piece of carpet is used to cover each riser and tread.

How to get the right measurement for stair carpeting

  • The tread – The tread is the horizontal portion of the stairs. Measure the end of your tread from inner to outer. 
  • The riser – The riser is the vertical distance of one step to the next.

Add the tread and the riser measurements together then add 2 inches to the total. The additional 2 inches will allow cover for the edges and allows allowances for any bulges that the padding may offer. 

These are useful items to know when starting the process of carpeting your stairs.  If these seem confusing at all, the team at Dolphin Carpet and Tile are happy to answer any questions.

 

Carpet Styles

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Choosing the ideal carpet style is all about knowing the right combination of aesthetics, performance and budget that meets the needs of your lifestyle.

Six basic styles of carpet

  • Textured, saxony or plush, frieze, cable, looped, and cut & loop.
  • Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities.
  • Carefully consider all of each style’s features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.

Textured

  • textured carpet if you want casual
  • very popular cut pile carpet
  • alternating twists of yarn
  • two-tone appearance.
  • hides footprints and vacuum marks
  • great for all areas in the home, especially for active families
  • available in a broad range of prices

Saxony

  • formal, traditional and elegant look
  • smooth, soft, velvet plush look
  • luxurious feel
  • yarn has uniform twist and finish
  • good for master bedrooms, dining room or a formal living room
  • not a good choice for high traffic areas or active kids
  • shows footprints and vacuum marks

Frieze

  • cut pile style with a high twist level
  • each strand of yarn is twisted so tightly that it curls over at the end
  • for active areas
  • has a textured surface with a knobby appearance
  • durable and wears well
  • performers well in high-traffic areas
  • can go anywhere in your home
  • hides footprints
  • available in various pile heights for different looks

Cable

  • constructed of thicker, typically longer yarn
  • very comfortable underfoot
  • beautiful in a bedroom or living room
  • better suited for rooms without a lot of activity
  • can matte and crush with heavy foot traffic
  • not recommended for stairs, hallways

Looped

  • referred to as a berber
  • big bulky yarns produced in a level loop or multi-level loop
  • made out of olefin fiber
  • some made with nylon, or a blend of various fibers
  • very durable because of not cutting the yarn tips
  • you can see each individual loop
  • ideal for casual, active family rooms
  • come in solid colors, berber fleck, patterns with varying levels of loops
  • hides traffic patterns well
  • may make seams more apparent
  • backing is more visible on stairs

Cut & Loop

  • combination of cut and looped yarns that crate pattern effects by the variation in surface textures
  • also referred to as patterned carpet
  • low profile and thus perform well
  • sometimes seams are visible
  • very fashionable
  • used in casual and traditional rooms
  • available in many patterns like fun geometrics and formal botanicals
  • distinctive carved appearance and multiple colors
  • hides stains
  • stands up to traffic

 

How Carpet is Made Part 2

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Carpet is made in a 3-part process.

#1 Tufting

  • begins with weaving the synthetic or staple fiber into a primary backing material
  • usually made of woven polypropylene
  • main value is to provide a base cloth to hold the yarn while tufting happens
  • tufting machine has 800 to 2000 needles like a sewing machine to pull the yarn through the primary backing material
  • tufting machine is 12 feet wide, its needles penetrate the backing and a small hook (looper) grabs the yarn and holds it in place

Loop pile construction

  • holds appearance well
  • no exposed yarn tips
  • only sides of the yarn are exposed to wear and stress
  • known to hold up the best

Alternative step

  • sometimes the looper cuts small loops creating a cut pile
  • length of these pieces called pile height, or distance between the looper and primary backing
  • cuts are controlled by a computer, and can be programmed to cut only some of the loops
  • this cutting is called cut and loop construction and creates pattern on the surface

#2 Application of dye

Two dyeing processes

  • yarn dyeing/ pre-dyeing -color is applied to the yarn prior to tufting
  • advantages are good side-by-side color consistency, large lot sizes, uniformity
  • carpet dying – applying color to the yarn after tufting
  • benefits -greater color flexibility, lower co

Carpet dyeing methods

  • Beck/ batch dyeing- stitching the ends together, then running the tufted carpet loop through large vats of dye and water for several hours.
  • Beck process ideal for small runs, heavier face weight products
  • continuous dyeing -similar to Beck dyeing – carpet is also run through processes other than dying
  • continuous dyeing – applies color to the face by spraying or printing, also to create multicolor or patterned effects
  • screen printing – color is applied through anywhere from 1-8 silk-screens.

#3 Manufacturing the carpet

  • finishing process- single production line that completes the final construction stages
    • coating of latex applied to dyed carpet’s primary and secondary backing
    • secondary backing – made of woven synthetic polypropylene
    • two parts are squeezed together in a large heated press and held firmly to preserve shape
  • shearing- removing loose ends and projecting fibers created during the tufting process
  • also helps the yarn’s tip definition
  • inspection – for color uniformity and defects before it rolled, wrapped, and shipped

Terms and construction variables

Pile height, or nap

  • length of the tuft measured from the primary backing to the yarn tips
  • shown as a fraction, or decimal equivalent
  • shorter pile is more durable than longer pile
  • stitch rate – measure of how close the yarns are together
  • stitch rate is measured in penetrations, or tufts, in a given length of carpet, usually an inch.
  • stitch rate is controlled by the speed the carpet is moved through the tufting machine
  • good number is seven to eight tufts per inch
  • face weight-actual amount of fiber per square yard, measured in ounces
  • typical carpet may have a face weight of 35 to 45 oz
  • density- how tightly the yarn is stitched into the primary backing
  • higher density will wear better than low density