Carpet Installation: Preparing Your Home for New Carpet

Spring is probably the best time to have your carpet
professionally cleaned, as we’ve recently covered on the CRI Blog. However, if
you’re considering purchasing new carpet for your home, spring can also be a
good time to install new carpet.So you start shopping, find the perfect carpet for your
home and you can’t wait to get it installed.
There are a few steps you still need to take before you take steps on
your new carpet.The Carpet and Rug Institute offers these tips on
preparing your home for carpet installation.Here are the tips:Remove all breakable items from
area being carpeted and detach and store wiring from TVs, computers, and other
electronics.
Determine who will remove and
dispose of the existing carpet and cushion. Check for recycling options in your area.
Think about carpet placement. Ask
that the carpet seams be placed in less visible areas, but don’t expect seams
to be invisible.
Understand that carpet installed
over a separate cushion must be power stretched to prevent bubbling and
wrinkling later.
Insist that the installer follow
the instructions from the carpet manufacturer and/or those set forth in the CRI Installation Standard.
Vacuum the old carpet before it
is removed to keep any dust and particles from becoming airborne. Vacuum the
bare floors (or have your installer do this) before they put down the new
carpet and pad.

Having carpet installed in your home is a big project, and following these
steps will allow the installation to go smoothly so you can begin enjoying your
beautiful new carpet.- Paul

The Value of Clean: The Benefits of a Clean Facility

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“Clean facilities are not just a cost. They generate revenue,” ISSA’s video says.
A clean facility doesn’t just mean a facility that looks clean. A new study shows that a clean facility contributes to the health of the people who work there.
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, released an informative video about the impact a clean facility has on employees’ health. In this new season with higher levels of pollen and allergies, it is extremely important to keep facilities clean for employees’ health.
It’s easy to understand that sick employees miss work, and that costs businesses money. However, ISSA gives a by-the-numbers look at how important a clean facility can be to the health of your employees and business.
According to ISSA, the average worker in the U.S. misses 7.7 days per year, which in turn costs businesses around $226 billion per year. Clean facilities reduce chances of employees catching a cold or the flu by 80%.
These are just a few of the facts that ISSA presents in their video on the importance of cleaning for health.
In terms of carpet, a regular schedule of vacuuming and periodic professional deep cleaning will remove many allergens and other particulates that can cause allergies and other negative health effects. CRI’s Seal of Approval program certifies carpet cleaning solutions, service providers, and equipment, including vacuums, to help you take better care of your facility’s carpet. By using an SOA-approved vacuum and service provider you will remove a majority of the dirt and allergens in your facility and thereby limit their effects on employees.
The health of your business is benefited by the health of your employees and the easiest way to ensure both is by keeping your facility, especially carpet, clean.
Thanks to ISSA for creating this video encouraging clean and healthy facilities.
- Paul 

The Interesting History of the Vacuum Cleaner

If you have carpet in your home, a vacuum helps you keep it clean, fresh and lasting. The vacuum was not always around, obviously, but its history is a great story of ingenuity and invention.
Here are some interesting facts about the history of the vacuum cleaner: Before electricity, an alternative to beating the carpet over a porch rail, clothesline, or windowsill was to sprinkle a carpet with tea leaves. In theory, this attracted dust and dirt to the surface ready to be swept.
In the mid-1800s, vacuum cleaners could be found housed in exquisite cabinetry that doubled as a coffee table, sidebar or cocktail bar.
The first non-electric vacuum cleaner, a “sweeping machine,” was the Whirlwind model, invented in Chicago in 1869. It had a crank for the operator to turn with one hand while pushing the machine with the other hand. Due to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, only two of these machines exist today.
The concept of today’s electric vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901 by H.C. Booth and took the form of a large, horse-drawn, petrol-driven unit which was parked outside the building. The unit fed long hoses through the windows of the room to be cleaned.
One popular 1913 vacuum came in six different models and had attachments for bare floors, walls, upholstery and crevices. It could even be used as a blower for drying hair.
In 2005, The Carpet and Rug Institute established the Seal of Approval program to certify carpet cleaning solutions and equipment, including vacuums, to help consumers take the best care of their carpet.
After reading these, I was glad how far vacuum cleaner technology has come and I’m sure my landlord is thankful I don’t sprinkle the carpet with tea leaves.
It’s easier to take care of carpet with today’s vacuum technology, but be sure you’re using the best with a Seal of Approval certified vacuum cleaner.
Read more about the importance of vacuuming.
- Paul

Carpet Cleaning Strategies for Facilities

Growing up a sports nut, I always understood the strength of a sound strategy. If you are a facility manager, having a carpet cleaning strategy can keep your carpet visually appealing and long lasting. But if you don’t have a strategy in place, it can be a daunting task to create one for your facility
Thankfully, Cleanlink.com released a comprehensive guide a few years ago focused on carpet cleaning strategies and we thought it would be best to share their guide along with some advice from The Carpet and Rug Institute.
The most basic strategies in keeping carpet clean are:
Effective entryway mats
A majority of the dirt that enters a building can be removed by walk-off mats. Remember to clean the mats on a regular basis, otherwise their soil-removing capability will be compromised.
Walk-off mats are effective tools in the fight against carpet soiling, but it is important to remember that they need to be cleaned too. These mats should be cleaned 1-3 times per day depending on how dirty they are.
Vacuum on a regular basis
Probably the most powerful cleaning method for carpet, and the simplest to use, is the vacuum cleaner. A daily or consistent vacuum cleaning program will pay off.
Vacuuming removes dirt and other particles that can damage carpet fibers. CRI’s Seal of Approval program certifies carpet cleaning solutions and equipment, including vacuums, to help keep carpet clean and long lasting. Here is a list of SOA-approved vacuum cleaners.
Remove stains and spills as soon as they appear
The most effective way to keep spots and stain from proliferating in your facility is to treat the spot as soon as it appears. Successfully removing a spot or stain is largely contingent upon how long the spot is allowed to “set” before removal. A quick response to cleaning a stain is also advisable to keep a stain from recurring. Often, clean water and a clean cloth will remove a large percentage of stains and spots.
When water alone is not enough, it is best to keep a Seal of Approval certified cleaning solution handy for those stains that are bound to happen.
Bonus Tip: Professional Carpet Cleaning
Professional carpet cleaning removes the dirt and stains that normal cleaning are not able to handle. A periodic deep cleaning restores the look of carpet by removing debris and stains you may be unable to remove.
By following these carpet cleaning tips you will be able to keep your facility’s carpet clean and long-lasting.
- Paul

Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Carpet for the New Season

I remember when I was growing up there was a commercial for a local garden store that declared, “It’s spring time!”
The recent rise in temperatures and the arrival of beautiful days here in the Carpet Capital have made me want to declare spring is here, and with it the annual practice, and necessity, of spring cleaning.
Everyone has a different ritual for spring cleaning. Some people like to focus on the outdoors with gardening and landscaping while others prefer to concentrate on tidying up inside their homes.
For this edition of the CRI Blog, we’ll be focusing on getting your carpet and rugs in tip-top shape for the new season.
Here are some tips for your spring cleaning campaign:
Recommit to Vacuuming
Spring cleaning is a great time to recommit to vacuuming more frequently. Consistent vacuuming eliminates exposure to allergens and other airborne particles, which are more prevalent in the spring.
Remember, different areas will need to be vacuumed more often than others. CRI recommends:
High-traffic and pet-occupied areas: DailyMedium-traffic areas: Two times per weekLight-traffic areas: Weekly
Call in the Professionals
A professional carpet cleaner (CRI recommends a Seal of Approval certified service provider) will restore the beauty of your carpet by removing dirt and stains you might not be able to otherwise remove. If you haven’t had a professional clean your carpet in a while, spring cleaning might be the perfect time to refresh your carpet with a deep cleaning. You can browse a list of SOA-certified cleaners in your neighborhood here.
Clean Your Door Mats and Area Rugs
Entrance mats are effective tools for defending your home against dirt. However, they need to be cleaned to maximize their effectiveness at trapping dirt and keeping it out of your home. Regularly shaking out the mat and vacuuming it will remove much of the dirt, but refer to the owner’s manual for advanced washing techniques.
Area rugs can spruce up any room, but their cleaning can be overlooked, similar to door mats. Be sure to regularly vacuum and have them cleaned. As with door mats, refer to the recommended cleaning techniques in the owner’s manual for best results. Many SOA-certified cleaners offer rug cleaning, either in your home or at their facilities. Make sure to ask.
Clean carpet is the base of a beautiful home and by following these spring cleaning tips you will be able to keep your carpet fresh and beautiful for the wonderful seasons to come.
Have some spring cleaning advice of your own? Share it in the comments below.
- Paul  

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Mohawk Employees Give Back to Wounded Veterans

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Workers donate flooring to Building For America’s BravestMohawk Industries is partnering with Building for America’s Bravest to provide flooring in 46 customized “smart homes” for severely wounded veterans.Mohawk hosted the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit at their Calhoun headquarters in early March for employees, community leaders, local firemen and wounded veterans to view the exhibit. Cpl. Todd Love, one of the wounded veterans in attendance, will receive a customized “smart home” from Building for America’s Bravest. Cpl. Love is a former Marine who sustained injuries when he stepped on an IED on patrol in Afghanistan. The accident left him without both legs and one arm.Despite the loss of his legs and left arm, Cpl. Love has not become a victim of his injuries and has taken to multiple extreme sports since his accident.“I’ve fallen in love with skiing and skydiving” he said. “They’re both very much a passion that I look forward to trying to keep as a full time hobby.” Cpl. Love shared his inspiring story with Kemp Harr of FloorDaily.net – which you can hear more about in the video above. His new home is currently under construction, but Cpl. Love is excited about it.”I’m looking forward to getting a home and one that’s accessible and hopefully I’ll have it for the rest of my life,” he said.The Carpet and Rug Institute thanks Mohawk for donating to this causes that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of our veterans. – Paul

Werner Braun Says Farewell to the Carpet and Rug Institute

Rep. Tom Graves presents Werner with an official
US flag flown over the US Capitol.

For the past 14 years, I have had the honor of serving as the president of the Carpet and Rug Institute.


But now it’s time to pass the torch to my successor, Joe Yarbrough. He’s experienced, knowledgeable and will lead CRI well. We’re fortunate to have him at the helm of this important organization.


When I think back on my tenure here at the carpet industry’s trade association, I think of a group of people and companies that have consistently banded together for the good of the industry as a whole.


One quality I’ve always appreciated about the talented and capable members of the CRI board is how each of these very diverse individuals, often representing competing interests, always manage to work as a team.


I have valued the relationships I have been able to establish over the years not only in the carpet and rug industry, but also in the numerous related businesses. You’ve been great to work with, and I’m delighted to have known every one of you.


I’m also incredibly grateful to my talented staff. They haven’t just served CRI and its members; they’ve served the larger community in many ways. And they aren’t “just a staff” to me nor are they “just a staff” to each other. They’re a very close-knit group that has become, in essence, a family. I’m proud to include them in mine.


While I look forward to retirement, spending more time with my wife and family and pursuing a myriad of interests and hobbies, I have to confess that I will miss my staff, my CRI board members, and the hundreds of wonderful industry folks that I’ve been privileged to know and work with over the past 14 years.


Sooner than I ever imagined possible, it is, indeed, time to say farewell. And it’s also time to say thank you. Thank you and God bless.


- Werner

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Alternate Ways to Use a Dresser Top Mirror Tray

Women and girls have been using mirror trays to decorate their dresser tops for decades. Pretty bottles of perfume and cologne look even prettier when enhanced by a reflection. They also serve a practical purpose by protecting varnished wood while beautifully adorning the furnishing. Tabletop mirrors with sides have many other decorative uses throughout home. Consider alternate ways to use a dresser top mirror, and embellish a wall or an area beyond the bedroom. With a few stylish additions, a mirror that was used to hold glass bottles of fragrance will lend a touch of elegance and panache to the space it adorns.

Create a Gorgeous Wall Hanging with a Big Bow

Hanging a breakable item that is not designed for vertical display is not always an easy task. It can be extremely difficult, especially if the item is comprised of impenetrable metal and glass. When the metal has openings that are part of the design, add a clever DIY hanger to display a pretty dresser top mirror tray in a whole new way. It will become part of the decorating scheme.

Begin by making a big bow with two long ends using wide satin or velveteen ribbon. Trim the ends diagonally. They should hang past the back edge of the mirror by several inches, and the bow should be neatly centered above the top. Do not tighten the center knot.

To make a DIY hanger, thread a narrow satin or velveteen ribbon of the same color through the back of the loose knot and through two parallel holes in the metal. Tighten the big bow and the knot in the narrow ribbon. Use the smaller ribbon to hang a dresser top mirror tray on a wall. The mirror tray will look gorgeous against the backdrop of the bow.

Use the Mirror as a Coffee Table Tray

A large dresser top mirror tray can also be used as a coffee table tray. It would look best in an elegant living room. Place it on a finished wood coffee table or on an upholstered ottoman that is being used as a coffee table. The tray will become a decorative platform for display or an oversized coaster for holding beverages. A tray of any variety is especially useful on a padded surface that could not otherwise be used to hold anything containing liquid.

Source: Professional Home Decorating Experience

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Debunking Carpet Cleaning Myths

Your carpet has an unsightly stain and you know it needs to be cleaned, but you’re not sure where to start. Should you hit the yellow pages for a professional carpet cleaner or go to the store and pick a cleaning product off the shelf?

That’s where the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval program comes in. The SOA program certifies service providers, cleaning solutions, vacuums and other equipment so that you can maintain your carpet and have it be a beautiful aspect of your home for many years.

Proper care is the best way to get the most out of your carpet investment. Regular vacuuming and professional cleaning are the keys to maintaining carpet to maximize its useful life.

There are many urban legends about how to take care of carpet. Many of these actions will do more damage than aid to your carpet, so we decided to take these myths head-on.

Here are some of the most common myths we hear on carpet along with some helpful advice:

1. Steam cleaning is bad for carpet…

Hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, is an approved method of cleaning by CRI and its members. Regular professional cleaning with hot water extraction is often tied to the warranty of the carpet.

2. My carpet doesn’t look dirty, so I don’t need to clean it…

One of the benefits of modern carpet construction is that soiling is not as noticeable. However, even though carpet might not look dirty, that doesn’t mean that it should not be cleaned.

3. I don’t need to professionally clean my carpet that much…

CRI recommends professional cleaning every 12-18 months from a Seal of Approval certified Service Provider.

4. Any carpet cleaning product will do fine…

CRI’s list of Seal of Approval certified cleaning solutions are the only products we recommend for use on carpet.

5. Cleaning carpet makes it get dirtier faster…

Nothing could be further from the truth. Using SOA-approved products and keeping up with regular maintenance is the best way to prolong the life and beauty of your carpet.

6. Over-vacuuming your carpet can be harmful…

Ideally, high traffic areas should be vacuumed every day or so, twice weekly in medium-traffic areas and low-traffic areas vacuumed weekly.

7. I own a cleaning machine; I don’t need a professional to do it for me…

CRI recommends calling in the professionals because, as mentioned earlier, your home’s carpet warranty often requires maintenance that includes professional cleaning.

By using Seal of Approval certified products and service providers, you will be able to prolong the beauty and life of your carpet, while improving the indoor air quality in your home.



- Paul

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