What Makes Carpet Soft?

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While hard surface floors have many advantages, carpet will always be an option that people love putting in their homes. Carpet is a soft flooring choice, which can make a room feel warmer and more inviting. When shopping for carpet, there can be many options and avenues to explore. Not every carpet is created equally. If you are looking for a soft and comfortable option, there are several things you should know.

Understanding Carpet Fibers

Nowadays, there are many styles of carpets. The technology in carpet engineering has dramatically improved over the last couple of years. Carpet is created through textile filaments bundled together to create a fiber. These fibers are then constructed together to create your carpet. Intricate and fine fibers can create a softer carpet, whereas more bulky fibers can lead to less soft carpet. You can find these fibers in most commercial carpets and carpet tiles. If you are looking for a soft carpet, try to find a carpet with fine fibers. You should also consider softer materials like wool or nylon if a soft carpet is your primary concern; however, polyester has greatly improved and can be soft as well.

Is Too Soft Bad?

Softer does not necessarily mean weaker. For a long time in the industry, the softer the fibers, the less resilient the fibers were. Resilience is the fibers’ ability to bounce back to their regular position after being crushed by foot traffic or furniture. Finding a soft carpet with good resilience is essential.

The Right Padding

If you have ever had a rug in the garage or basement, you know that carpet on concrete does not feel very soothing. Nothing is as important as carpet padding when it comes to creating your soft surface. Some homebuyers will skimp out on upgrading their carpet pad when purchasing flooring. If you are looking for the softest, most comfortable surface, you need to invest in good padding. Heavy 8oz padding is excellent for your carpet to feel great even when you lay or sit on it.

Carpet is a great option for adding comfort to your home. Ask your Century Tile sales representative for more insight on soft carpet fibers, and remember to get quality padding to help with the softness and longevity of your flooring.

How to Have White Carpet

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Most people would hear the words “white carpet” and slowly begin backing out of the room. White carpet does not seem feasible in our minds. Parents understand that accidents are inventible and having a white carpet means displaying all of your mishaps for the world to see. But what if we told you that you could have white carpet without fear? You are probably already thinking of ways to poke holes in this theory, but believe us, it is possible! Here is how you can have white carpet in your home without fear. 

Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet Is the Ultimate Stain Resistant Carpet

This innovated flooring offers homeowners with spill protection, permanent stain resistance, and long-lasting durability. This is the carpet that homeowners and parents have been dreaming about owning. Plus, you do not have to sacrifice comfort for clean with this carpet. SmartStrand Forever Clean has incredibly soft strands to create a luxurious feel. If you are looking for the ultimate amount of durability and softness, SmartStrand Silk Reserve is the choice for you. 

Whether you have children, pets, or an active home, Mohawk’s SmartStrand Carpet can help you fight back against accidents and stains. This revolutionary carpet allows for homeowners to choose the color of their pleasing without hesitation (including white). Now, you can get a soft, durable carpet with exceptional stain protection. Homeowners can finally have the free will to choose a white carpet without free of stains and messes. Do not take our word for it. Try it out for yourself and see the carpet innovation that is taking the industry by storm. 

Are you interested in a purchasing white carpet or a white area rug for your home? We would love to assist you in the search! Stop by one of our showrooms or call us to get more information about Mohawk’s SmartStrand. We look forward to helping you get the flooring of your dreams! 

How to Properly Remove Carpet from Your Home

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Home projects can be quite expensive, and it is important not to take shortcuts on these investments. However, we should also try to identify tasks in which we can complete without jeopardizing our home’s value. A great example is removing your old carpet. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about this project. We put together a five-step program to follow to ensure you do it safely and correctly. Let’s take a look!

Tools

This task can be physically demanding. Before beginning this project, make sure you are up for the task at hand. You will need a few necessary tools: nuisance dust mask (optional), carpet knife, duct tape, floor scraper, hammer, flathead screwdriver, nail punch tool, broom and dustpan, shop vac, & garbage bag.

Remove All Furniture

First, you will need to prepare the room by removing all the furniture from the area. You will also want to remove any floor vents. You can put them back in once you remove your carpet. Next, make sure your curtains do not touch the floor. Simply, loosely drape them around one another in a gentle knot to give enough height from the floor. Lastly, you will need to remove your swing or sliding doors. For sliding doors, pick them up to remove them from the track. For swinging doors, use your hammer and flathead screwdriver to loosen pins from hinges then use your nail punch tool to push the pin the rest of the way out of the hinge.

Cut the Rug and Padding

Now you are ready to remove the old carpet and padding. If your waste management company will take your old, take-up carpet and padding, they may have a recommended size that the rolls must be cut. Typically, three-foot rolls will be fine. Use your carpet blade to cut your three-foot strips.

Roll up the Carpet and Padding

Next, you can roll your carpet and pad together or make the load lighter by rolling each separate. Use your duct tape to secure rolls from reopening. Carpet backing can be very unforgiving, so be careful removing the rolls from your home. If you come in contact with walls, you can easily scrape and scuff them.

Remove Access Staples, Pad, and Glue

After the carpet and padding have been removed, you can now see the subfloor. You will have a remaining pad that is caught in the staple or attached to old glue. Use your scraper to knock all the staples and padding loose. You do not want to remove your tackless strip! This will be used for the installation to come.

Vacuum and Broom Remaining Dust

Finally, broom up all the staples and padding scraps. Throw all the remaining scrap away in your trash bag. You can shop vac around the edges of the room to collect any remaining dirt and dust.

We recommend that you verify with your sales rep that there will be no issues if you remove your old flooring. If they give you the “good to go,” removing your own carpet will help you time and money. Just remember to follow the directions properly and do not take on the task if you feel overwhelmed or confused.

How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Carpet

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Did you know that choosing the right floors can make your room appear bigger? Without even adding square footage, you can instantly transform your space into a more inviting, open space. If you are interested in accomplishing this look, we have four expert tips for you. Let’s take a look!

How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Your Carpet:

A Continuous Look.

In bedrooms, we recommend extending the carpet from wall to wall. Wall to wall flooring helps to create a natural flow throughout the room; otherwise, you may have an awkward “break,” and it can make the room feel smaller. For example, homeowners that use two different types of flooring: hardwood and carpet within their bedroom can accidentally create a smaller room visually by breaking up the space into two distinct areas.

Selecting Size.

If you are not too keen on the idea of having only carpet in your bedroom, you may opt for an area rug. Area rugs can be tricky to master. The problem with using an area rug is that it cannot be too small. A lot of homeowners select too small of a rug and find their room unbalanced. To make sure you choose correctly, expert designers recommend buying a rug that is big enough to let all furniture pieces sit on top of it. If this cannot be accomplished, the next best thing is to have the front legs on top of the rug. If you need more guidance, one of our expert sales staff members would love to assist you.

The Right Shade.

Color can play a significant factor in the visual size of your room. For your floors, designers recommend going for light colors to help make a more visually-appealing space. The light colors tend to reflect natural light thus opening up the space. This being said, you do not have to buy the lightest flooring in the showroom. A light beige or gray will do just fine.

The Puzzle of Pattern.

Pattern floors can be a little tricky. Typically, we hear that larger rooms can handle larger patterns and vice versa for smaller rooms. But, there are other factors to consider. First, you will want to take into consideration the amount of furniture inside your room. If the room is crammed with furniture, you may want to avoid a large pattern. Secondly, you will want to take into consideration that your flooring is a part of your overall decor. You should take into account everything else inside the room. See how everything blends before selecting a pattern flooring.

Let us help you make your home look bigger with beautiful floors from Century Tile. Take a look at our online showroom or visit us in person for more information. We look forward to working with you.

The Ultimate Coffee Stain Removal Guide

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While enjoying a fresh cup of your favorite roasted coffee, your morning is suddenly interrupted by a massive spill. What do you do now? You are crunched for time, and the stain is beginning to set the more that you try and think. First off, take a deep breath. Accidents happen, and we can help you fix this accident! Here is our ultimate coffee stain removal guide:  

How to Get Coffee out of Clothing:

  • The Natural Way: In a large bucket, you will want to pour one quart of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of clear, liquid dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Place the stained clothing inside of the bucket and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse the garment off with water then hang it to dry. 
  • The Stubborn Stain: Taking a white sponge, you will want to blot the area with rubbing alcohol. Work your way from the outside of the stain towards the center of it. After you are done blotting, you will want to mix one quart of warm water with one tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the stained clothing sit inside the bucket for thirty minutes. 
  • Last Resort: If you still have a stain, your last resort is bleach. Before you wash the clothing piece with bleach, you want to read its label and make sure that you can use bleach with this type of fabric. If the label does not discourage the use of bleach, you can proceed with using it to clean the stain.

How to Get Coffee out of Carpet: 

Take a clean, white towel and dampen it with water. Apply a detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon of natural, clear dish detergent + 1 cup of warm water) on top of the stained area with your dampened towel. Let the detergent sit for five minutes. After five minutes, you can begin to blot the area with your damp cloth. After the coffee stain is removed, you will want to rinse the area off with water. Then you will want to take a few paper towels and lay them down on top of the damp area to dry it.  

If your coffee stain is still present, you can create a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Apply this mixture on top of the stained area and place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. Place a weighted object on top of the plastic wrap to help it stay in place. Let this sit for two to three hours. After two to three hours, the stain should be removed. Take a dampened white towel and begin to blot the area. Dry the stained section by placing a few paper towels on top of the damp area. Once the stain is completely removed and the area is dried, you will want to spray white vinegar on top of the spot.  

If you still have a coffee stain, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaning company to come and remove the stain.  

**Please be advised that these are general guidelines on how to remove a coffee stain from your carpet. Before removing a stain from your carpet, we always recommend checking the manufacturer’s website. You want to make sure that the products you use will not damage the carpet’s fibers. 

Now you can get back to enjoying another cup of delicious coffee. 

Carpet Shopping Tips

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On the hunt for new wall to wall carpeting? Purchasing the right carpet involves so much more than just finding a style and color that you’re in love with. In fact, you’ll have to consider a number of important factors. We are your flooring experts, so no worries, we are here to help!

When shopping for a carpet you must first think of function. You’ll have to think about factors such as:

In what room will this carpet be installed?

Does the room receive heavy or light traffic?

Will the carpet be installed near outdoor spaces?

Will I be able to keep up with the required maintenance?

The answers to these questions are essential because it helps you determine what fiber, color and texture carpet you should install.

Compare Shades and Patterns
There are literally hundreds of thousands of carpets featuring different colors, patterns, and styles that makes the carpet selection process overwhelming. If you’re having trouble settling on a shade, you can narrow it done by selecting a shade that matches the overall mood and tone of the room it’s going to be installed in. Greens and lighter shades of blue can have a calming effect, while darker hues are great for masking inevitable.

Warm tones such as red and gold will open up space. However, before you make the final decision be sure to take home a sample so that you can see how it will look in a specific room especially in natural light.

Maintenance Requirements
You should be well informed of the maintenance a carpet will require before you make the decision to buy it. If you have children or pets you’ll want to steer clear from high-end carpets and fibers that are hard to clean. Instead, opt for carpets that are stain resistant. Highly textured rugs will conceal footprints and tracks from the vacuum cleaner.

Don’t Go Over Budget
Found a carpet that you really like but you just can’t afford it? Well, even luxury carpet doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Come see us. We will help you can find a carpet that fits your budget, lifestyle and that you’ll absolutely love for years to come!

Reader Question – How Do I Clean My Carpet?

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Q:  What are the best methods for cleaning my carpet so that it lasts a long time?

A:  Thanks for your question! This is a great inquiry because it’s one of the most discussed topics during consultations. The key to stellar maintenance of a carpeted floor is consistently caring for it on a set schedule. All too frequently people wait until there is a problem before they give carpet special attention. But those problems can typically be avoided if you tend to it regularly, and in doing so you’ll also get to enjoy it at its best on a daily basis. Here are the 4 key steps to keeping carpet in tip-top shape:

  • Vacuum frequently. This tip might sound obvious, but people typically get lazy about vacuuming after their initial excitement about the new floor has settled into familiarity. It’s critical to the life span of the carpet however because excessive debris that’s not removed consistently will dig its way into the deeper layers of the carpet and then be very hard to extract with a vacuum. How often should you vacuum? Very high traffic areas could be vacuumed daily and it wouldn’t be overdoing it. Moderate use areas should be vacuumed twice per week, and minimal use areas should be vacuumed twice per month.
  • Do scheduled maintenance. Also known as interim maintenance, this process is a surface level cleaning that is primarily intended to improve the appearance of the carpet.  It removes soil and rejuvenates the loft of the carpet. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask us because this is a very important second step to carpet care if you want the carpet to reach its life expectancy.
  • Deep clean. This refers to the standard process of cleaning the carpet thoroughly by way of steam cleaning or hot water extraction. This is an imperative part of care process because it’s the only method by which the most ground in dirt and debris can be removed. It also refreshes the carpet by helping to eliminate odors and stains that are set into the fibers. Always hire a professional for carpet cleaning in order to protect your carpet.
  • Spot removal. Remember the cardinal rule – spot and stain removal needs to happen immediately if possible! Allowing a stain to set and dry gives it the opportunity to saturate the fibers while wet and lock them in as it dries. Ask us about the best cleaning solution to use and how to spot treat the carpet.  This site is also a great resource for stains and spills. 

Does our answer to this question provide the information you were seeking? If not, leave us a comment and let us know what else you’d like us to share!

Austin Ave. Location News

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  We are so excited to introduce our newest and most recently improved store.

Our Austin Ave. location is back in action.  It’s brand new and remodeled as a carpet only store.  Stop in for your new carpet because we have a huge selection to choose from and are specifically catered to talk about your carpet options.  The address, contact information, and store hours are given below:

 

3001 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 863-3700
Fax: (773)237-8257

Store Hours:
M-F. 10:00-7:00
Sat. 9:00-6:00
Sun. 11:00-5:00

We can’t wait to see you there! For directions or product information please visit our website here.

 

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Our 66th Anniversary!

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We’ve been proudly serving Chicagoland since 1947 and we want to celebrate! Starting Saturday, October 19th, 2013 to October 28th, we are celebrating 66 years as Chicagoland’s flooring expert with a special Anniversary Sale! For a very limited time, we’re offering our best discounts to customers like you.  Join us as we celebrate our 66th Anniversary and take advantage of:

  • $66 Whole House Carpet Installation:  Buy one room, two rooms or an entire house of brand new carpet and the installation in only $66!  We have a variety of carpet choices like berbers, textures, friezes, patterns and so much more!
  • $66 Labor Credit on Select Hard Surface Floors: For every 100 Sq. Ft. of Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Wood, Laminate, and Select Luxury Vinyl Tile purchased, you can receive $66 Labor Credit!

For more sale details and information come visit us! The holidays are a  Hurry in while this offer lasts and don’t forget to visit any Century Tile before these incredible offers are gone!

 

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