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Choosing the Right Carpet Padding

1 Nov

Choosing the Right Carpet Padding

Life could be so much simpler if things were less complicated. For example if carpets did not need pads, these floor coverings could be laid directly on the floor. Carpets can be installed directly on the floor without pads. Consumers are not happy with these results. Extensive wall-to-wall carpets wear out faster without the protection offered by adequate padding. This flooring lacks comfort and warmth and the room is nosier. It is well worth the money to install this new foundation under expensive carpeting.

Choosing the right carpet padding adds years to life to the carpet and enjoyment to the space. The floors are soft to walk on, sit on or play on. Pads provide an insulating layer making the rooms warmer in the cold weather and cooler during hot weather. Footsteps, items dropped and noise from electronics, appliances and people are absorbed reducing decibel levels in this area. Finding the best choice to support the new wall-to-wall carpeting is easy. All carpet manufacturers make recommendations. The shopper needs to learn the difference between the top five options and choose the one that works best for them and their situation.

Manufactures are very concerned with consumer satisfaction. These companies do extensive tests on different carpet pads to see which ones maximize the performance of each particular carpet.  Pads are like foundations and provide added durability and support to the carpet. The padding allows carpet fibers to be crushed and spring bring back into their original shape without matting or creating smashed trails through dense, plush carpeting. The giving base provides softer walking and more comfort to people using the area. Added padding reduces noise. However, pads that are too soft stretch the carpet with every step and break the backing down or cause the carpet to ripple and not lay flat on the floor.

The same carpet may have different recommendations for high traffic areas and low traffic areas to increase the life of the investment and consumer satisfaction. High traffic areas perform better with a thinner support. Areas used less like living rooms and bedrooms enjoy the ambience of the softer, warmer flooring; these are provided by a thicker pad and luxurious suppleness. The carpet may be rated by height and or density; purchasers need to pay close attention to the density rating as this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some use pounds per cubic feet while other give statistics in pounds per cubic yard.

Common materials for carpet pads include rubber, foam, rebound, fiber and Frothed foam. Slab rubber pads last well and are great for high traffic areas. Waffle rubber has a design like waffles and offers a very soft base. This does not work well with plastic backed carpets. Urethane foam is inexpensive, comes in a variety of densities and thicknesses. Rebound recycles high-density foam pieces that are glued together; this recyclable product comes in different densities and thicknesses also. Fiber holds carpets in place and is made from jute, recyclable textile fiber, synthetic fiber or hair. Frosted foam is an ultra dense pad manufactured from urethane, does not expel fumes and resists furniture indentations. Specialty carpets like sea grass, Berger and frieze carpet benefit from thinner, denser underlayments. Most manufacturers of Berber carpet tell buyers of a high loop carpet to purchase very firm carpeting pads.

There are additional to consider before making this wonderful purchase. Choosing the right carpet pad helps to thicken a cheap carpet and adds feelings of luxury to the room. Most times it is not worth the effort to save money by reusing old padding as these are worn by traffic patterns and indented by furniture. Buying a new pad makes the best of a carpet, giving it a spongy, luxurious feeling. A thick new pad adds insulation to even cold concrete flooring and brings heat into the room.  People usually choose the softest, thickest padding that will work with the carpet being installed. However people with mobility problems benefit from a firmer foundation; individual lifestyles need to be considered before making this choice. Adding a carpet runner in high traffic areas extends this life even longer and brings brightness to the area; this is a trick used by frugal homeowners.

Consumers know choosing the right carpet padding reduces the need for carpet repair as their investment and satisfaction in wall-to-wall carpeting will be extended. Finding the perfect padding to create a warm foundation is easy with a little knowledge and research. The right pad makes even inexpensive carpeting glamorous and welcoming.

A quick fix guide to carpet repair and stains removal

25 Aug

A quick fix guide to carpet repair and stains removal

How to repair carpet is a question that we all want to know answer to. Everyday in our homes we are faced with small and big mishaps, spillages and stains that make our home look shabby and ill cared for. It is a really good idea to keep our homes looking nice as we spend so much time in them and the smaller stains and spills become more noticeable every time we happen to glance at them. There is nothing worse than not being able to get rid of a stubborn stain or the fact that you have to strategically place a pot plant over a mishap. Carpet cleaning and repair can easily be carried out at home and doesn’t necessarily require a professional with their own carpet repair kit. Therefore, we at LiveIn|LiveOut have put together a short list of some of the most common stains and spills that may come into contact with your carpets and have come up with some easy handy hints to help you shift them from your favorite pile. Carpet repair has never been so easy!

Red wine stains

This is such a common spillage particularly if you are in to holding a fair few parties or indeed if you are a student. Red wine can be a real toughie to get out of a carpet at the best of times especially if you have a plain carpet that will not help to conceal the remnants of the wine stain that a patterned carpet would for instance.

The key to ridding an area of carpet with a red wine stain on it is to catch it immediately, as soon as you have spilt it quickly run to the cupboard and get salt, just simple table salt. Pour as much as you have onto the area (dependent on the amount) you should at least pile it up until it is around one centimeter in height all over the stain. If you have not put on sufficient you will see that the salt will have soaked up the red wine which will bleed into the upper layer of salt. If this is the case pour more on until you no longer see the bleed coming through. Leave this for a few hours to totally absorb the majority of the stain and then vacuum the pile up using the nozzle (so that it doesn’t rub it into the pile of the carpet again). Once you have done this you should have absorbed all, if not most of the red wine. If there is some left white wine is great for cleaning up the rest from the carpet. Generously pour a few eggcups over the area and work into the carpet with a soft cloth. This area, once rid of the red wine will need a good clean with some carpet cleaner and water and this should have sorted out the issue.

Candle wax on your carpet

Carpet repairs can be easy to deal with, dependent on your spillage. Candle wax has always been a contender for one of the most spilled materials in the home. Teenagers love to burn candles in their rooms and even after you ask them nicely to place a saucer under the candle, they usually fail to understand and forget to do so. This results in a pile of unsightly candle wax that has built up onto the carpet and splashed around the surrounding area creating a mess that is only noticed the following day.

Candle wax is a fairly simple one to get out of carpets or indeed any type of material. All you will need is a warm iron and some strong and absorbent kitchen roll. We would recommend that you firstly pick off as much of the wax as you can using your fingers or a blunt knife until you are left with the smallest amount. Once you have done this, then heat up the iron so that is on a warm settling only. Some carpets have plastic properties that will melt under direct heat so it is really important that you ensure that the iron is warm. Then place a few layers of kitchen roll over the wax and gently iron over the top of the roll, you should see that the wax will melt and be absorbed by the kitchen roll. If this is not happening you may need to turn up the heat slightly. Once you have soaked up some of the wax make sure that you put a clean piece on before you have another go, otherwise the wax on the roll will only melt on to the carpet again.

Divets or dents in your carpet

This isn’t so much of a stain or carpet repair as such, but carpet repairs can include the need to get rid of unsightly dents when you have placed a cupboard for years. Simple solution for this one; ice cubes. This may sound daft but it really works! Gently rub an ice cube or two onto the carpet indentation and place a towel over it. Follow with a gentle steam iron over the top of the towel and when you feel the carpet rise stop and fluff it up.