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Flooring Choices For Your Staircase

Staircases always seem to pose a difficult point in deciding flooring options for a home. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the flooring for a staircase. One of my most popular options is to choose a carpet from one of the thousands of options in the showroom and custom make a stair runner with coordinating Area Rugs and Hall Runners. At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings you can choose products from 250 top manufacturers – Great products from brands your clients ask for by name, like Masland, Fabrica, Stanton, Milliken, just to name a few.Usually when planning a Staircase with a Carpet we have to order more carpet then needed because of waste and the Area Rugs cost practically nothing more then the binding charge.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

When ever I start with a Client in the Showroom, my first question is usually, “Who will be using the Staircase?” If it is younger children or older adults safety becomes my chief concern, stairs can be very slippery with the wrong product on them. If your stairs have not been built yet, here are some ratios for safety when planning your staircase:

Safety First
The horizontal distance from the front to back of the tread is called the run, and the vertical distance is the rise. As you will have noticed from the staircases you’ve walked on, the rise and run can vary.
Rise-to-run ratio. The total of the rise and run should add up to 17 inches. Practically speaking, this means that as the run gets shorter, the rise should get steeper for the stair to feel comfortable as you walk. There are limits, of course. A rise of more than 8¼ inches is going to be too steep for many people.

Matching your exsisting hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Matching your existing hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Another concern is what products do the stairs meet at the top and bottom of the staircase? In my own home I have two different tiles at each end of the stairs, a darker tile is in my Kitchen upstairs and lighter tile downstairs in our Family Den. I chose a dark hardwood and I am in the process of looking for the perfect runner to incorporate down the middle.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

Design and color always play one of the largest concerns when planning your stairs. Why not have a little fun? I have always liked hardwood on the tread with decorative hand painted tiles on the riser. It adds life to any staircase.

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

One of my favorite options when budget is a large concern is for a Patterned Carpet. It gives the staircase a clean and elegant look and holds up well under traffic.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

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Don’t Show me Carpet!

Don’t Show Me Carpet!

Most consumers when they come to the store don’t even want to look at carpet. Why is that? They have had a bad experience with carpet and they do not want to repeat that mistake. But, if I were to sell you carpet in the same budget as the hard surface flooring you want to look at – Hardwood, Tile, Luxury Vinyl Tile, Laminate, etc. I think you would be equally pleased with it’s performance. Most people end up with a Sales Person who doesn’t know the difference and often takes the path of least resistance. Let’s see what a good carpet looks like.

San Jose from the California Collection by Stanton

San Jose from the California Collection by Stanton

The way that your Carpet is constructed plays an important role in it’s performance and life expectancy. Before you start to select a flooring for your home it would help to understand a little more about carpet and it’s advantages. You need to know how stain resistant the fiber is; how resilient (how well it bounces back after repeatedly being walked on) the carpet is; Your carpet’s performance are all influenced by carpet fiber type, carpet dye method, and carpet construction. The construction of your carpet is critical. You can take 30 ounces of carpet fiber and construct Poor to Excellent carpeting.

I was reading an article recently by Warren Tyler which I completely agree with. “Salesmanship: The lost carpet fiber” and from the article I want to borrow a couple of quotes: Bob Shaw once stated in front of over 200 retailers: “My 28-ounce Stainmaster carpet is guaranteed to walk out in four weeks.”(for those not in the Business, Bob Shaw grew the largest carpet manufacturing business in the World before selling it to Warren Buffet).
Warren Tyler commented in return: Why did he say this? Because cheap carpet can’t look good for very long—it may never wear out, which is why those warranties are so useless, but after a few years (maybe less) consumers wish it would wear out so they could purchase new carpet.

Let’s examine some choices when it comes to a quality carpet 

A magnificent patterned cut loop product presented in a wide array of high fashion colors. Unlike multicolor patterns, Chenille’s traditional floral pattern is created by texture, making it easy to incorporate in any design theme and manufactured using 100% Advanced Generation BCF Nylon 6,6, with Advanced Soil and Stain Protection.

A magnificent patterned cut loop product presented in a wide array of high fashion colors. Unlike multicolor patterns, Chenille’s traditional floral pattern is created by texture, making it easy to incorporate in any design theme and manufactured using 100% Advanced Generation BCF Nylon 6,6, with Advanced Soil and Stain Protection.

There are many options when it comes to quality Carpet and like many things in life we need to make an informed decision. When we are remodeling we choose to upgrade our shingles, get better windows, spend a little more on our front door and when we get to the most abused piece in our home, the floors, we want to cut corners, Why? The old adage that we get what we pay for is true in flooring as well as any other product you buy. But, let’s compare our carpet price to the other products we will choose instead of carpet, Hardwood, Porcelain Tile, Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank, and we will see that the value of carpet is equal to or better than the aforementioned products.

100 % New Zealand Wool

Villa Maria is a unique combination of texture, color play, and pattern. Using a technique where colors ebb and flow throughout the carpet, Villa Maria has a random striation-like appearance that creates visual intrigue. Offered in 9 natural neutrals, and made of 100% New Zealand wool, Villa Maria makes a lasting impression of beauty and quality in your home.

With carpet there are many choices and it all gets a little confusing. Every Sales Person has a different opinion. My favorite fibers are either Nylon or Wool. Now that being said, you can manufacture a poor  piece of flooring with these fibers as well. Get the facts about any flooring you purchase. If your Sales Person is unsure or unable to provide with the facts, go somewhere else.
Here is an helpful link to the technical side of what factors go into making a quality carpet:
DETERMINING DURABILITY
Many things play a part in performance and you need a “Qualified Sales Person” to guide you in your decision making.

FIBERS

The starting point of carpet is the fiber, a fine thread-like unit that is converted into yarn then tufted or woven into carpet. There are only four primary fibers used in carpet today: Wool, Nylon, Polypropylene (Olefin) and Wool Blends. The terms “carpet” and “rug” are sometimes used interchangeably. Rug generally means a textile floor covering that is not fastened down and that does not extend over the entire floor. Carpet usually refers to a floor covering that is installed and fastened down from wall to wall. Rug fibers would include these fibers and many others.

When you are ready to make an investment in your home, consider the following facts about Wool Carpet:

OUTSIDE

  • BIODEGRADABLE
    Wool is a biodegradable natural fiber and one of the most environmentally forgiving flooring products.
  • RENEWABLE
    Wool is a renewable product and therefore has less impact on the environment.
  • SUSTAINABLE LIFE CYCLE
    Wool has a longer life cycle than other fibers resulting in a smaller environmental footprint.

INSIDE

  • NON ALLERGENIC
    Wool is a non-allergenic fiber and does not promote the growth of bacteria and dust mites, or give off harmful emissions.
  • STAIN-RESISTANT
    Wool cleans better and won’t soil quickly due to its natural soil resistance, making chemical stain protection treatments unnecessary.
  • AIR PURIFYING
    Wool fibers absorb and neutralize polluting gases such as formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides.
Naturally Green

The Natural Choice … Environmentally Friendly.

“WOOL is the traditional fiber used to make rugs, and it’s no big mystery why. Besides being luxurious to the touch, wool can be dyed to beautiful rich colors, is fire-resistant, stain resistant, non-allergenic and holds up well over time. Also, wool is biodegradable and a renewable resource, making it a green choice as well as an elegant one.” (Stantoncarpet.com)

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Rugs and Stair Runners make a great addition to any home.

NATURAL ADVANTAGES OF WOOL

SHAPERETENTION: 
Natural elasticity of wool fiber allows it to stretch up to 40% beyond its original length and return toits original size. Wool carpet not only retains its shape, even under heavy traffic, but also resists furniture crush.

REPELS WATER AND STAINS:
Wool fibers repel water and stains due to a unique membrane covering the fiber core. Water and
other spills remain on the surface, repelling stains and allowing spills to be blotted up with a clean
and dry white cloth.

EASY TO CLEAN:
The natural membrane found on wool fibers also allows for ease in cleaning. The membrane
prevents dirt and dust from sinking below the surface, permitting regular vacuuming to keep wool
carpet looking clean and new.

FIRE SAFE:
Wool carpet has many natural fire safe characteristics, including flame retardance, high ignition
temperature, low flame spread and ability to self-extinguish.

IMPROVES INDOOR AIR QUALITY:
Wool naturally resists static and mildew – static by wool’s natural moisture retention up to 30%, and
mildew by its naturally low pH. Wool also improves and maintains indoor air quality by absorbing
contaminants without re-emitting them.

NATURAL INSULATION:
Wool carpet absorbs sound and reduces noise levels, as well as insulates the indoor environment
against outside elements.

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What about Carpet made from Nylon?

DuPont first introduced nylon in 1938, since then; nylon has been developed further and improved. Nylon is a petrochemical synthetic fiber made from carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. Today’s greatly improved ‘treated nylon fibers’ are sometimes referred to as ‘sixth generation’. This started the era of modern synthetic fibers for apparel, industrial applications and tufted carpet. Nylon has good resilience, soil resistance, abrasion retention, durability, and color retention. With issues such as soiling and cleaning, nylon performs very well and is resistant to staining if it receives a stain-resistant treatment. This enable enhanced removal of soil and most common household food and beverage stains through professional cleaning.

Nylon has been the most commonly used carpet fiber since the early 1960’s. In overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. Nylon can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. It is durable, resilient, and receptive to dyeing for color versatility and uniformity; many new nylon yarn systems are also exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpets feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains.

A limited lifetime stain and soil warranty is only the beginning.
Anso nylon, the premium branded nylon from Shaw Fibers, has received the coveted Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification from McDonough Braungart design Chemistry (MBDC). MBDC is a third-party product and design firm founded by William McDonough and chemistDr. Michael Braungart.
MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle certification processalso looks at a number of factors that contribute to a suitability, such as the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials, design for recycling, water and energy effiency, and social responsibility.

DURABLE

Nylon has superb abrasion resiliency and displays less pile compaction in comparison to other synthetic yarns.

CLEANABILITY

Nylon has good cleaning characteristics and may be the better choice if exposed to grease, cooking oils, or household lubricants, and holds-up to staining and soiling well if treated and solution dyed.

COLOR RETENTION

Nylon fibers retain their color very well and display good resistance to indirect sunlight fading.

ANTI-MICROBIAL

Like all synthetics, Nylon shows excellent resistance to mildew resulting in less bacterial growth.

FIRE RETARDANT

Nylon is difficult to ignite and produces little or no smoke making it the ideal choice for CHILDREN’s room, playroom or family room.

ALLERGIES

Another comment I frequently hear is carpet is worse for allergies, nothing could be further from the truth. Carpet actually traps allergens and lets you vacuum them away.

Watch this video from The Carpet and Rug Institute –>  Carpet and Health ~ Carpet Comes Clean

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ACCENTING WITH AREA RUGS

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. homeowners have rugs in their homes. That’s no surprise since area rugs can change a room from cold and unfinished to warm and stylishly complete. Area rugs have many functions. They can make a room appear larger, create an intimate seating area, keep feet warm on hard surface floors, minimize noise levels, complete a design scheme as well as many other functions. It is hard to set “rules” for area rug sizes since there are no standard room sizes with exact furniture placement. Use the advice below as a general guideline to get you started. The final decision should be based on how the room looks and feels when the rug is put into place.

Choosing the right pattern can be as important as choosing the right size. If you have a solid color sofa, painted walls rather than patterned wallpaper and minimal patterns in the room, a patterned area rug can tie all of the other colors in the room together giving you a whole new look for the room. If your room has patterned walls, patterned upholstery and other focal points, but the floors still need warmth, an area rug with a less detailed pattern or even a solid rug with a border might be the best choice.

How do you choose the right size to achieve the look you want?

Take into consideration the edges and corners of the area rug being a trip hazard.
The proper type of rug pad should always be used depending on the type of flooring under the rug. Failure to use the proper type of rug padding can do permanent damage to the floors because the backing can scratch the floors. Choosing the right type of rug pad, whether it be on top of wood, tile or carpet will be safer for your floors and keep your area rug from “walking” or “crawling”. Also, be sure that your rug is properly secured to the floor so that no one trips over the rug. Rug pad also helps the rug wear better, absorb the impact of body weight and noise and make vacuuming easier.

  • Rugs come with and without fringes. This is personal preference, depending if the option is offered for the rug. There are different styles and lengths of fringe for area rugs ranging from short (that stays in place) to long (that doesn’t always stay perfectly in place). Care should be taken when vacuuming an area rug with fringe.
  • Area rugs should be rotated at least once a year if the floors underneath are subject to fading. This will ensure even aging of the floors under the rug.

Living Room

Under the coffee table – typically a 4×6 or 6×9 area rug will work best here. This application will work best if your area rug is going over carpet or is being used to bring a conversation area in closer for a more intimate feel. The entire coffee table should fit on the area rug and be as close to the same length as the furniture as possible.
Covering most of the floor – if you have a large room with hard surface floors and are trying to warm the entire room or address acoustic issues, an oversized area rug might be the best solution. If the seating pieces are positioned comfortably in the center of the room and a walk way is desired around the perimeter of the room be sure that all of the furniture fits on the area rug.
It is optional if you want the back feet of the sofa on the area rug. All 4 chair legs of chairs that can be picked up and repositioned should always be on the area rug so that a guest is not unbalanced while seated.

Dining Room

Plan to purchase an area rug that will not only accommodate the size of the table with all of the leaves inserted, but also cover the space that is required when the chairs are pulled out to seat someone. It can be uncomfortable to sit in a chair with the front legs on the rug and the back legs are off the rug, especially if you try to adjust the chair forward. Most dining room tables need an area rug that is at least 8’ wide.
If you do not use the dining room very often and plan to use the leaves even less, you can purchase a smaller rug that accommodates the smallest size of the table without the leaves, but still keep the position of the chairs into consideration.
The size of the room and ratio to the size of the rug is important because if the room is significantly larger than the table and chairs, then you will definitely want a larger rug. If the room is smaller and the table and chairs take up most of the room a rug that is sized for all of the leaves may overwhelm the room.
A simple guideline is to measure the length and the width of the table and add 4’ to each measurement.

Bedroom

One of the benefits of having an area rug in a bedroom with hard surface floors is the warmth of your feet hitting the floor in the morning. In this case, the area rug should cover the area of the bed as well as the nightstands. This should give your feet plenty of landing room while keeping the nightstands level.
Another opinion is that the rug should extend 18″ past the edge of the bed for a king or queen size bed and 12″ for a full or twin size bed. The rug can certainly extend more, but should not be less than these guidelines. Area rugs can also be used in the sitting area of a bedroom to create a cozy space. Another option is to “scatter rugs” throughout the room. One could be placed in the seating area and another at the foot of the bed.

Hallways

  • Area rugs can make a hallway quieter and warmer. They should cover as much of the length of the hallway without intruding into the traffic area.
  • The rug should be contained in the hallway and not intrude into the next room. You don’t want to find yourself partly on and partly off an area rug in a room.
  • This can be a great area to choose a colorful patterned rug because it will do a better job of hiding dirt and traffic, it can give life to an area that typically doesn’t have a lot of color or pattern and can set the tone/color palette for the rooms off the hallway.

Foyers/Entry ways

A general consideration is to leave a minimum of 18″-24″ of space from the area rug to the wall. This is helpful especially when trying to place an area rug in an entry way. For small foyers, a smaller amount of space can be considered, for example 8″.
Walk off mats should be placed outside. The interior rug should be for decorative purposes and secondary to the exterior rug for catching dirt.
Don’t forget about round rugs in the entry. Like a round eating table, a round rug can be a very inviting first impression.

Regular Maintenance and Care Suggestions

The first thing we recommend is that you purchase a pad to put underneath your rug. This will keep your rug from sliding around, which can cause premature wear, and will help retain its original appearance longer.

Second, rotate your rug periodically. Over the years, set traffic or sunlight patterns can cause fading or uneven wear on a rug that isn’t occasionally rotated.

Vacuuming is the best way to remove every-day dirt and dust. (Special care should be taken in the fringe area as vacuuming with a beater bar can catch and pull the fringe, causing separation.) In the first year after bringing home your new rug, we recommend vacuuming at least two or three times a week to remove the excess fuzz that accumulates on the rug surface. This fuzzing is perfectly normal and in no way shortens the life of the rug. It is merely the result of loose fibers created during the weaving process.

After the first year, how often you should vacuum depends on how much traffic there is over the rug. In highly traveled areas, you may need to vacuum as often as once a day to keep soil from accumulating.

Immediate Action on Spills

Natural wool fiber sheds liquid spills, so quick action offers the chance of preventing a stain. The following action will help you prevent stains from setting in.

  1. Never rub a spill. You will only force the spill deeper into the fibers and possibly ruin the nap of your carpet.
  2. Except for latex paint spills, remove any solids using a spoon or blunt knife. Work from the edge of the stain inward, scraping in the direction of the pile whenever possible. Latex paint, which solidifies on rubbing, should be rinsed with large amounts of water, then gently blotted with white paper towels or napkins.
  3. Press absorbent white paper (paper towels, tissue, napkins, etc.) gently on the stain and repeat until as much moisture as possible is absorbed.
  4. Try to remove any residual stain with a little lukewarm (not hot) water containing a small amount of carpet shampoo or mild dish-washing liquid and pure white vinegar.
  5. If water fails, the next step is solvent. *Before attempting to clean, always test the effect of the solvent by applying a few drops to an unseen area of the rug, then blotting with a clean white tissue or paper towel. Any solvent must be used sparingly, and according to manufacturer’s suggestions.
  6. Apply the solvent directly on the stain and work gently with a spoon handle. Blot out quickly and gently with absorbent white paper until as much moisture as possible is absorbed. Repeat the process until the stain is removed, never over wetting the stain. This can cause rings on your rug, and some solvents can damage the latex-coated backings.
  7. If it is not possible to use solvent, greasy stains may be removed by placing an absorbent white paper on the stain and ironing the paper for a few seconds. This will soften the grease, which is then absorbed by the paper.
  8. Never walk on a moist area of your rug, as this can distort the pile. A hairdryer can be used to accelerate drying of moist spots
  9. Always Check the solvent manufacturer’s label for possible toxicity and hazards.

Your floors will usually be the foundation for your design. An authentic hand made area rug can visually integrate or harmonize diverse elements in any decor or can re-energize a room.

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