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Keep Your Carpet Just Like New

It’s not hard to take care of carpet—there are just a few easy steps to be aware of. Regularly following these steps will ensure that your carpet continues to look as lovely in years to come as it does when you have it installed.

Carpet may be one of the easiest types of flooring to take care of. Learn how to keep yours looking great over time with a simple care program:

  • Preventive Maintenance - protect your investment before problems occur.
  • Vacuuming - prolong the life and beauty of your floor.
  • Spot and Spill Removal - be prepared for the unavoidable.
  • Overall Cleaning - get regular care with cleaning systems.
  • DIY Cleaning - get the right equipment to do it yourself.
  • R2X- stain and soil remover.

No carpet is absolutely stain proof

Some carpets have stain resistant treatments that improve your ability to clean stains, but not prevent them. Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance. Resist carpet soil and stains with R2X, Shaw's own breakthrough technology.

Dealing With Carpet Stains & Soil

The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.

The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.

You will want to reference the manufacturer's warranty for specific care requirements.

Carpet Resources & Articles

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Transitional design is a great option for a homeowner who wants to build a room around comfort and a few well-loved, carefully chosen items. By not limiting yourself to contemporary or traditional design, you have a chance to infuse the room with your personality, without ending up with a hodge-podge look.

Jamie Gibbs, a designer with offices in New York and Indianapolis and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has worked with many clients who want a transitional style, even if they don’t quite know what it is.

“Transitional is conservative and safe with an edge,” Jamie says. “You can have a little bit of an imagination with it.”
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By thinking about how you plan to use the space and what you would truly love to see in the space, you can create a beautiful, inspired transitional room.

Here are Jamie’s tips on achieving a transitional look:

Plot out a room. Ask yourself: Where do I prefer to read? Where do I like to prop my feet up? Consider all these elements, so your room will be livable as well as beautiful.

Choose a neutral wall color. “Create a calm background,” Jamie says. “Neutrals bring out what you really want to showcase.”

Go comfortable with upholstered pieces. You can use a fun, functional fabric or leather to re-upholster a high-quality couch picked up at a thrift store or consignment sale.

Go contemporary with tables: Look for metal, mirrors, glass, and other contemporary details.

Every element should have a function and be nice. If it doesn’t have a function, give it up. And if it’s tired, worn, or outdated, let it go.

Go for pop: Make sure you have something eye-catching, such as a unique wall hanging or unusual piece of furniture. But you don’t need several wow pieces competing for attention.

Layer a colorful area rug on a neutral floor. An oriental rug is an unexpected choice, giving you a color palate as well as a wow factor.

Invest in good lighting. Most rooms need three different lighting sources to give you the flexibility you need for the room’s many roles.

Go for a done, not unfinished, look. A transitional room should look put-together and finished, with attention to detail, function, and beauty.
Don’t fill in your décor with cheap, random things: No cheap frames, cheap matting, cheap lamps or cheap accessories. Bare walls are better than walls cluttered with bad art or poorly framed photos.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
You’re about to enter into an exciting, creative and yes, somewhat stressful phase: you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and proceed with your home renovation! In the coming months, you will be faced with countless design decisions that, while they may seem overwhelming at the time, will ultimately give you the home of your dreams.

One of the biggest and earliest decisions you will have to make regarding your home renovation is choosing the proper flooring. And it should come as a surprise to no one that hardwood floors and carpeting are hands down the most popular choices for floor surface coverings. But many homeowners in the midst of a renovation struggle with which floor type works best for their home and its unique needs.

Here is a simple way to get started in deciphering on which type of floor covering is perfect for your home:

Hardwood Floor
Let’s face it—hardwood floor certainly has a reputation for being the most desired floor covering surface. And why not—it is timeless and gives you limitless versatility from a design perspective.

But hardwood floor is more than just a pretty face! Not only do you get the prestige of having a high end surface covering for your home, it is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain! With a hardwood floor, it is also the flooring option for your home that has a lengthy life.

Is being “green” a top priority for you? Then hardwood floor is the way to go! Many types of hardwoods are composed of natural materials, and it is easy to find a flooring manufacturer whose products are environmentally friendly.

Carpeting
If you like the words soft, comfortable, and warm, and want them to be incorporated into your home’s remodel, then carpeting is the flooring choice for you! It also may be the friendlier choice for your wallet as well—carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials on the market today.

Not only is carpeting soft and inviting for your home, it is also the preferred flooring choice when safety and quiet are essential to a homeowner. Accident damage is less likely when carpeting is covering the floor instead of hardwood (if you have active children running around the house, for example!), and of course, carpeting absorbs sound beautifully, making your home a peaceful and silent retreat.


By Jennifer 25 Jul, 2017

First … you might not know that all tufted carpet begins with a loop pile. If cut pile or cut-and-loop pile is desired, loops are cut during manufacturing.

  • In loop styles, loops are left uncut.
  • In cut pile styles, all loops are cut.
  • In cut-and-loop styles, some loops are cut. Pattern and texture are provided by the contrast between the uncut and cut loops—sometimes uncut loops are dominant; sometimes cut loops are.
  • In twist styles, loops are cut and yarns are tightly twisted.

Now … on to the advantages of loop and twist carpet styles. (Again, we’re talking about tufted, not woven, carpet.)

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