Pet Friendly Decorating

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice, Tips, Wool Carpet

15377336_SWe all know how much we love our pets; they’re really members of our families.  The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry dealing in everything from food to clothes to doggy daycare.  Which makes us ask, how are we incorporating our pet’s needs into our decorating to provide them with the healthiest and safest homes.  There are a few tips and ideas to give your pet a healthy and pretty home that is stylish and safe for all members of the family.

The air we breathe is the first place to start.  Paint and other finishes give off gas chemicals that can affect not only human health but our pet’s health too.  Choosing a low or non-VOC paint for walls, baseboards, molding and furniture is a great place to start. Be aware of painted surfaces if your dog or cat scratches or gnaws on furniture.

Flooring is another important consideration for animals.  Some pets are allergic to different flooring options or polyurethanes used in wood floors.  Make sure you get your pet tested for allergies if there are signs of irritation and scratching.  Wood floors are a smart option if your pet sheds. Wall to wall carpet in a natural material like wool can work for pets, too. Just make sure you have a good vacuum with a pet hair option for carpet and upholstery.

Cleaning products can also have chemicals that are not the best for our fur friends.  Make sure you are creating a clean and safe environment for pets in the choices you make.

Wool Carpet Maintenance Tips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Wool Carpet

You stepped out and bought the most luxurious (and expensive) carpet you could find for your home. Now you’re concerned with how to best care for and maintain this new investment. The first and best thing you can do is insure you have a good vacuum cleaner—and use it—regularly!

One of the most common fears about having wool carpet is protecting it against that “mother of all stains,” red wine. Not only red wine, but any water-based spill, can be dealt with pretty easily. One thing you do not want to do is pour white wine on the spill as an urban legend suggests. That wastes good white wine and does nothing for your red wine spill.

Attack the spill immediately by soaking up as much of it as possible with a clean, white, absorbent cloth or paper. Start at the outside of the stain and work your way towards the center. BLOT rather than rub the spill. If you can still see the stain after blotting and rinsing with clean water (still blotting), use a spot remover designed for water-based stains on wool carpet. You will know you’re safe using a product with the WoolSafe® label. Do not use regular detergents, as they tend to leave a filmy residue that will cause rapid resoiling at the spot.

For oil-based stains, use a good dry cleaning solvent designed for wool. Remember that most wool garments recommend dry cleaning, so you can feel safe using such a solvent on your carpet. Just use it sparingly as the solvent can damage your carpet’s backing.

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Wool Carpet – Pros and Cons

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Product Education, Wool Carpet

Up through the end of WWII, Alexander Smith & Sons of Yonkers New York was one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, producing up to 26,000 square yards of woven wool carpets per day. Wool, one of nature’s most brilliant products has been used in textile production since 4,000 BC! However, when nylon was introduced during WWII, wool carpets quickly lost their position of supremacy. From that time on, wool carpets have accounted for only a fraction of the carpet market, but they still incite desire for their richness, safety and beauty.

When it comes to hiding soil, wool performs wonderfully. Even when they do get dirty, wool carpets readily return to their natural beauty with most standard commercial cleaning methods. Another key to wool’s success is its ability to retain its beauty for 20 years or more. When constructed well and maintained reasonably, wool will never “ugly out” like nylon or polyester. And, because of its affinity for dyes, you can find some of the deepest and richest colors in wool carpets. Finally, wool is a safe carpet, recognized as non-allergenic and will not burn (wool self-extinguishes).

A down side to wool carpets is the expense. One more caution is that because of its affinity for dyes, wool carpets may also be a bit more susceptible to stain agents like red wine or fruit drinks. Nonetheless, if you have the budget and the ability to protect your carpet from stain agents, wool is a luxurious carpet that will serve you well for many, many years!