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What About Wool Carpet?

Why would I buy Wool Carpet?

Wool Carpet has innate stain/soil resistance so that chemical stain resistance treatments are not necessary. Wool’s unique fiber structure of overlapping, hard, microscopic scales (much like roof shingles), make it durable and hard wearing while inhibiting dirt adhering to the fiber and giving significantly better soil release than other fibers. Wool is one of the most forgiving and easiest fibers to clean and maintain. It does not attract lint so vacuuming is easier. In wet cleaning, the fiber swells and releases dirt particles.

A simple pattern that creates the perfect combination of style and beauty. The simplicity of this merino wool product relates well to all design statements.

A simple pattern that creates the perfect combination of style and beauty. The simplicity of this merino wool product relates well to all design statements.

Godfrey Hirst  a top manufacturer of fine carpet chooses WOOL is its fiber of choice for the North American market. The wool fiber production process consists of The Natural Elements…Sun, Rain, Grass and Sheep. No artificial ingredients needed, no artificial ingredients added.

Wool is natural..

Wool shorn from sheep is completely natural.  It is composed entirely of amino acids, the building blocks of life.

Wool is sustainable..

It is produced from a totally renewable resource – grass – and is thus environmentally sound

Wool is renewable..

Sheep can be shorn every 9 – 12 months.  New Zealand sheep are renowned for producing the best carpet wools available.

Wool is biodegradable..

In soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, sulfur, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients.

Wool carpet is naturally stain and soil resistant..

The wool fiber’s structure consists of overlapping scales, arranged much like roof shingles.  These scales inhibit dirt from adhering to the fiber and help fleck it away.  Wool has significantly better soil release than any other fiber.  Wool cleans better, making stain protection unnecessary.

Wool carpet is naturally crush-resistant..

The wool fiber is naturally curly, and it has more crush resistance than any other fiber.

Wool carpet is hypo-allergenic..

Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria.

Wool carpet by Godfrey Hirst is affordable..

Godfrey Hirst is one of the largest wool manufacturers in the world, so it can provide an exceptional selection of value priced carpets.

Wool will last throughout the years. Its superior properties assure quality, function and design.

Wool will last throughout the years. Its superior properties assure quality, function and design.

IT’S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOOL AND SYNTHETIC FIBERS

  • Wool is a natural product while synthetics are manufactured from man-made chemicals. Wool is the only authentic naturally sustainable carpet fiber.
  • Wool fiber is not only renewable and very durable, it is also low toxic and biodegradable. These are rare qualities in carpet fibers considering most petrochemical based fibers can include over 100 chemicals and be a source of indoor air quality problems.
  • Natural wool is one of the most durable carpet materials, lasting 25 to 50 years.
  • The soft look and rich feel of wool is still unmatched by any man made fiber and can be more affordable than you think.
  • Wool carpet is indeed a long lasting luxury carpet.
  • Wool production compares favorably with the manufacture of man-made fibers in regards to energy consumption utilizing under one-fifth of the energy of nylon manufacturing.
  • Wool is a natural fiber that synthetics strive to emulate.
  • Wool resists and releases soil more easily, is crush resistant, absorbs noise and noxious gases from the air, resists odor, and resists fire more than other fiber choices.
Wool carpet is safe for your family.

Wool carpet is safe for your family.

Merino Wool is the perfect blend of science and nature, not only as a high performance fiber, but also
because it is luxuriously soft. The softness that Merino wool brings to carpet in no way diminishes
performance. As in all wool, Merino wool is natural,sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. Merino
wool carpet is naturally stain, soil and crush resistant. Enjoy the uniqueness that Merino Wool brings to your carpet.

A truly renewable source for flooring comes from the environment.

A truly renewable source for flooring comes from the environment.

A Brief History of Merino Wool

The history of Merino wool dates back to the 1200’s, when the Moors crossbred Spanish sheep with Berber sheep to produce the first Merino sheep. By the 1600’s wool from Merino sheep was recognized as the world’s finest wool, as it is still today. Merinos of all types were introduced into Australia in the late 1700’s. Through selection and crossbreeding, and with particular attention to the impact of the environment on both animal and fleece, the Australian Merino that we now know evolved.

Carpet and Rug Care Guide available here –> Carpet and Rug Institute (this will open a PDF Document)

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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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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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