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Unlike that coveted ‘new car smell’, a new carpet odor is something that many homeowners do their best to get rid of. In most cases that new carpet smell is actually a VOC called 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH). 4-PCH is a byproduct of the latex used to secure the carpet fibers to the backing.  Not surprisingly, the cheaper the carpet, the more noxious the smell can be. In most cases this off-gassing of the carpet does little more than make you uncomfortable, occasionally…

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Advantages of Adding a Carpet Runner on Your Stairs A carpet runner, or stair runner, is a section of carpet that runs the length of your stairs but does not cover the entire width. This is an ideal covering for hardwood stairs in a home. Wood flooring can become slippery, increasing the risk of falls, particularly for children and people with mobility issues. Carpet runners provides a safe place to walk on the stairs. (more…)

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Matching Hardwood Flooring - Some Helpful Tips A big challenge for homeowners putting down new hardwood flooring is to match the wood to the rest of your home. This is particularly important if the room where you are installing the hardwood flooring flows into other hardwood areas of the residence. While realistically an exact match may not be possible, with a little attention to detail you can ensure that the flooring is as close to the existing hardwood as possible for…

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You have probably walked on carpet that just feels good and comfortable on your feet, even with shoes on. This may not necessarily be because of the carpet itself, but the padding that is hidden underneath. One of the main roles of carpet padding is to absorb the impact walking on the carpet can cause over time by cushioning the blow.  This prevents the carpet from being damaged and deteriorating over time. (more…)

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The new carpets have been installed they look, and feel, great.  No eating, no playing, no shoes, no pets on the carpet because you want to keep them looking and feeling like new.  But is this really possible?  Of course not.  (more…)

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‘Going Green’ is here to stay.  The latest green trend is with homes and office buildings.  You have probably heard the term low-VOC or VOC free, but do you really understand what this means?  VOCs are volatile organic compounds.  They are commonly found in paint, but can also be found in carpeting.  Products containing VOCs release gases in the air that are proven to cause adverse health effects, from headaches and dizziness to nausea and respiratory infections. (more…)

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Cleaning Hardwood Flooring - The Right Way Just like the rest of the flooring in your home, dirt and grime can accumulate on your hardwood. From shoes, pets and everyday dust, your hardwood floor will start to lose its sheen without regular cleaning. The good news is even if you have been neglecting the regular upkeep, with a thorough cleaning your floor will be looking like new again. (more…)

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