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Carpet 101 > Is My Vacuum Cleaner Damaging My Carpet?

Is My Vacuum Cleaner Damaging My Carpet?

When carpet suddenly starts to fray, fuzz, pull apart or look shaggy, you might not realize that your choice in vacuum cleaners could be the culprit! The qualities that many leading vacuum brands are known for are sometimes precisely what makes them unsuitable for some types of carpet. High-end vacuum cleaners with superior suction power and robotic vacuum cleaners can cause serious issues with certain kinds of carpet. Because these vacuum types are typically not adjustable to accommodate different carpet heights, they are not recommended.

Don’t ruin your beautiful new Mohawk or Karastan carpet by using the wrong vacuum! We recommend purchasing a vacuum cleaner that is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval/Green Label Vacuum Cleaner Program. But if you already have a vacuum cleaner you love, here are three things to look at in order to determine if you can use it on your Mohawk or Karastan carpet.

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  1. Vacuum Height
    Adjustable height is the most important feature to consider. This enables the machine to be used on a wide variety of carpet constructions. If your vacuum is set too high above the carpet surface, the vacuum can’t attract the gritty soil below. If the setting is too low, the vacuum’s beater bar or brushes can “fuzz” the carpet’s surface, causing it to look worn or frayed.

    Different carpet types will require different height settings, depending on the pile height and fiber type. High pile and premium soft carpet generally require the highest height setting, while for thick loop, casual frieze, or long pile carpet, you may need to disengage the beater bar entirely and vacuum with suction only. If you’re not sure which height setting is best for your carpet, try a test run in an inconspicuous area of your home, such as a closet.

  2. Suction Type
    While extreme suction power may offer peace of mind to homeowners who want to feel confident that their vacuums are effective at sucking up dirt and germs, it can be very damaging to your carpet and should be avoided! For high pile and premium soft carpet, be sure to avoid vacuums with concentrated or sealed suction. Not only could these types of suction damage your carpet—you also will find it difficult to move the vacuum across the carpet at all!

    You can check a vacuum’s suction power by testing it out, or by looking for words such as “concentrated” or “sealed” suction. Also, look at the cubic feet per minute (CFM). CFM measures the power of the vacuum cleaner’s airflow. The higher the CFM number, the more suction power it has. Most common vacuum cleaners will fall in the 50-100 CFM range, but you can find some as low as 45 CFM or as high as 200 CFM.

  3. Beater Bar/Brushes
    Use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar. The beater bar or brush should just lightly touch your carpet surface; if it’s too high or too low, then make sure to adjust the height as needed. Before you start it, be sure to check the beater bars for burs and gouges to prevent damage to the surface of the carpet.


Recommended Vacuums

To maintain and clean premium soft carpet, the SONICLEAN SFC-7000 SOFT CARPET UPRIGHT VACUUM is highly recommended. This vacuum cleaner features a patented sonic bar that produces 200 sonic vibrations per second, and a jam protection system to prevent any brush roll problems.

You can also find a full list of CRI-certified vacuum cleaners on the Carpet and Rug Institute website.

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Carpet 101 > How to Remove Most Carpet Stains

How to Remove Most Carpet Stains

Coffee. Red Wine. Ketchup and mustard. Just the mention of these most common stain offenders is enough to send a chill down the spine of homeowners everywhere. And from holidays to birthdays, Super Bowls to March Madness, there is an endless source of get-togethers in your home, with every meal a chance for these offenders to make their way to your plush, soft carpet underfoot. The same carpet that all of your guests rave about!

Whether you have carpet with beautiful uniform color or an eye-catching pattern, one untimely stain can ruin the party. That is, unless you have a game plan for these accidents and an arsenal of the best tips on how to remove most carpet stains. We aim to arm you with some of these life-saving (ok, carpet-saving) best practices to maintain your carpet’s pristine appearance in those sticky situations.

Carpet Stain Removal

If you are in the market for new carpet in your home, you can choose an innovative brand like SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet that will help your living room, hallways and really any room remain stain-free. Permanent stain resistance, advanced spill protection, maximum durability and superior softness make SmartStrand the only carpet made for extraordinary living. In fact, SmartStrand Forever Clean is the only fiber protected by Nanoloc spill and soil shield. Therefore, SmartStrand repels spills and stains as well as dirt and dander before they reach the fiber, preventing spots from ever forming.

If you don’t have SmartStrand carpet, the good news is that most household spills can still be easily and successfully removed from your carpet! Stains have been around since the beginning of carpet, and over the years, procedures have been perfected and carpet technologies innovated to the point where these carpet blemishes really can be erased. First, let’s take a look at the 4 Go-To Stain Steps, then the Common Stains Chart and lastly the Stain Removal Procedures Chart to effectively remove those stains for good.

4 Go-To Stain Steps

When a stain occurs, treatment of the affected area should begin immediately. Stain removal becomes more difficult as time passes! Start with these 4 steps to begin:

  1. First, use a spoon, dull knife or a carpet cleaning key to remove as much solid material as possible.
  2. Always work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading, especially with large stains.
  3. Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel.
  4. For best results, try to remove the remaining stain with warm water.


Common Stains Chart

Now it’s time to locate your stain on this handy Common Stains Chart. Different stains require slightly different removal procedures, each fine-tuned to keep your carpet pile dazzling. Procedures A, B & C are designed to do just that, but first- identify your mess-maker!

Stain TypeCommon Water-Based StainsSpecial Water-Based StainsSpecial Water-Based StainsGreasy, Oil-Based Stains
ExamplesAlcohol
Baby formula
Beer
Blood
Candy
Chocolate milk
Clay
Cola
Cologne
Cranberry juice
Feces
Felt-tip marker
Food stains (general) Fruit juice
Fruit punch
Furniture polish
Grape juice
Graphite
Ice cream
Jelly
Ketchup
Latex paint
Liquor
Milk
Soft drinks
Soil spots
Syrup
Tomato juice
Vomit
Water colors
Watermelon
Whiskey
Wine
Coffee
Tea
Urine
Butter
Chocolate
Cooking oil Cosmetics
Crayon
Furniture dye Furniture polish
Glue*
Gravy
Grease (black) Gum*
Hand cream
Ink
Lipstick
Margarine
Mascara Mayonnaise
Nail polish
Oil
Oil paint
Ointment
Peanut butter Rouge
Salad dressing Spaghetti
Varnish
Wax*
ProcedureStart with Procedure A. If stain remains, complete Procedures B & C.Start with Procedure A. If stain remains, complete Procedures B & C.Start with Procedure A. If stain remains, complete Procedure C. Omit Procedure B.Start with Procedure A. If stain remains, complete Procedures B and C.


*Freeze and remove solid materials before using cleaning fluid
Important: Do not use any cleaner with a pH of 10 or higher. Before using, always test cleaners on a small, non-visible area for any discoloration of the pile.
Abnormally large or excessive stains may require hot water extraction method. Professional cleaning is recommended. If stain returns— a condition known as “wicking”— simply repeat stain removal procedures, paying special attention to blotting and removal of all moisture.

Stain Removal Procedures

Once you have followed the 4 Go-To Stain Steps and identified the type of stain you have and the coordinating procedure on the Common Stains Chart, it’s time to carry out the actual stain removal. Procedures A, B & C will help you restore your carpet to all its soft, clean, gorgeous glory! Follow carefully and slowly for best results:

PROCEDURE A (For water-based, special water-based and greasy, oil-based stains)

  1. Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  2. Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  3. Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently.
  4. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain. Do not oversaturate carpet; use small amounts of solution and blot frequently.
  5. Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
  6. Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  7. Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  8. If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy colorfast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  9. Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  10. If stain remains, perform Procedure B - Coffee, tea or urine, skip Procedure B & perform Procedure C.


PROCEDURE B (Do NOT use on coffee, tea or urine stains)

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Procedure A.
  3. Do not dry with paper towels. Follow Procedure C to neutralize the ammonia solution.


PROCEDURE C

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Procedure A.


These steps should help you remove the offending carpet stain, but if you’re not completely satisfied, professional carpet cleaning should be able to finish the job.

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Carpet 101 > SmartStrand Carpet Featuring ColorMax Technology

SmartStrand Carpet Featuring ColorMax Technology

It’s no secret that today’s homeowners prefer the look of natural materials like wood and stone in interior design. Neutral walls and nature-inspired surfaces remain popular trends just about everywhere you look. But this doesn’t mean there’s not a place for wall-to-wall carpet! If you want that natural look, yet still prefer the cozy feel of carpet, there’s finally a soft-surface solution: Mohawk SmartStrand featuring ColorMax.

Complementary Looks

Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet is already known for being the softest, most durable, easiest-to-clean carpet on the planet. But when you add the clear, vivid and rich color blends of Mohawk’s proprietary ColorMax technology, you get the best of both worlds. With ColorMax, you don’t have to choose between the look of natural materials in your flooring and the softness and durability of carpet.

Specifically designed to complement the color variety found in materials such as wood and stone, SmartStrand carpet featuring ColorMax offers a unique blend of colorations that fit well with a nature-inspired color palette. Whether you’re using carpet throughout your home, or in addition to hard-surface flooring, the result is a consistent, balanced look throughout the entire floor.

Inspiring Colors


Inspiring Colors

Color inspires emotion; it helps you set the tone of your home. Whether you want to inspire boldness or prefer a more calm and earthy feel, ColorMax blends offer clear, vivid and rich colors in amazing shades that will complement your décor and set your home apart.

Innovative Technology


Innovative Technology

While multi-color carpeting isn’t new, ColorMax technology offers a new and improved way to dye carpet fibers to ensure remarkable color uniformity throughout the entire floor. Styles with ColorMax technology feature a tri-color yarn twist that creates truly balanced and blended colorations you won’t find in any other carpet. By combining multiple yarns and dyeing methods, ColorMax creates deeper, richer color saturation that infuses more intense color into every fiber.

SmartStrand carpet has won a number of awards for its outstanding spill protection, permanent stain resistance and long-lasting durability. But ColorMax technology adds an additional level of style and maximum color to SmartStrand’s already outstanding performance. Mohawk featuring ColorMax is a truly innovative new development in soft-surface flooring. In fact, it is so groundbreaking it won the 2019 TISE Best of Innovation Award.

You don’t have to choose between carpet and natural hard surfaces like wood and stone. With Mohawk’s SmartStrand featuring ColorMax, you can have both! And why shouldn’t you?

Best of all, your family can enjoy life on floors that are durable and stain resistant! This is why more moments are made on Mohawk.

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Carpet 101 > How to Choose a Rug for a Dining Room

How to Choose a Rug for a Dining Room

Kim and Christian of KC Design Co. share their advice on how to choose the perfect style for your dining room rug plus what fiber qualities to look for.

Hi Friends!  Have you ever thought about adding a rug to your dining room and are unsure about where to begin? I had been considering one for a while too, years to be exact, and I couldn’t be happier with our decision to finally go for it.  Area rugs add a level of warmth, style and can instantly elevate the design of any space. Now we’re wondering why our dining room was without one for so long.

Recently, Mohawk reached out to us about trying their SmartStrand custom bound area rugs, and I jumped at the opportunity. As previous SmartStrand customers, I knew that if the durability of their carpet could hold up to our nephews and two cats for the past 5 years, it could hold up to the walking, chair moving, food dropping and occasional spills of any dining space.

Now the question is how do you go about choosing the right rug for a dining room? I have narrowed it down to three key elements to consider before making your purchase – style, durability and size. I will walk you through each one to help you find the perfect area rug for the dining room in your home.

Style


Style

This one is always the most fun. There are endless possibilities of color, pattern, and texture. An area rug can be used to brighten a space, add a pop of color in a room or have it tie all the other elements together. With endless aesthetic options, you want to carefully consider one aspect of style and that is pile height. The dining room is a gathering spot of the home. You want to make sure any crumbs can easily be cleaned up and chairs can effortlessly slide in and out. Having a low pile or flatweave will make clean up and movability a breeze. The pile height of the one I chose is just under .4 inches.

Durability


Durability

I can’t stress this one enough! Having an area rug that can withstand food, drink and lots of foot traffic is really important, in our case pets too. Take some time to do a little extra research before making your purchase. Check to see if it has stain resistant properties and is recommended for higher traffic areas. I have seen plenty of rugs not hold up to the consistent use of space. You want to make sure your rug is sure to last. SmartStrand carpet has stain resistance built right into the fiber, so it will never wear or wash off. Those little accidents that happen from time to time have been no match to our new SmartStand area rug, our cats can attest to it.

Size


Size

When it comes to the size of an area rug, the numbers can be pretty cut and dry. Having 24?- 36? inches from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug will allow chairs to slide easily. Also, 12?- 18? inches from rug to the border of the room will help to fill the space. However, in my experience with interior design, the numbers are rarely that exact, and homes don’t always fall into the super specific categories of 8’x10' or 9’x12'. That’s why I love the option of a custom bound area rug. While keeping with the sizing guidelines, I was able to add extra length and shrink the width of our area rug to best fit our dining space needs. A total win in my book.

One of the best parts about choosing an area rug for your dining room is getting to add a little unexpected style to your space. Feel free to experiment with color, texture and pattern but be sure to consider the durability and size. I hope you enjoyed our tips for choosing the perfect dining room rug for your home.

There are always more tips for the home popping up on our Instagram and website. If you have the chance, be sure to take a look!

Kim

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Carpet 101 > How to Position Your Furniture on a Rug in a Bedroom

How to Position Your Furniture on a Rug in a Bedroom

Chaney Widmer, the founder of Mix & Match Design Company, shares her favorite options for styling bedroom rugs.

Rugs are one of my favorite ways to up the cozy factor and give a room a finished look. I love how they have the ability to “ground” your furniture and define a space, but it’s not always obvious how to pick the right one and know exactly how to place your furniture on it! Questions surrounding that topic come up a lot when I’m talking with clients, and today I want to share some of my best tips for how to position your furniture on a rug so that it enhances the overall look and feel of your space.

Guest Bedroom


Specifically, we’ll be thinking through rug placement in bedrooms since I recently gave the guest bedroom in our home a makeover, and adding a rug was key in polishing off the design. It was amazing how much of a difference it made! I partnered with Mohawk to bring a custom carpet bound SmartStrand rug into this little bedroom, and I’ll be sharing that space as one example of how to position a rug under a bed.

Before I dive into those tips though, I want to mention a few fun facts about the rug I chose for our guest space. It’s made out of their SmartStrand material—the fibers of which offer unbeatable spill protection and permanent stain resistance, and it’s virtually indestructible. It’s also ridiculously soft underfoot! I have a feeling this is a rug we’ll have for a good, long time.

Mohawk has a really wide selection of colors and styles too. I chose Enduring Qualities in Bay Blue to complement the blue hues in other pieces in the room. The grid pattern adds really nice texture and structure, and it complements the busy (in a good way!) floral wallpaper that’s behind it.

Now let’s talk about rug placement!
When it comes to figuring out how to position a rug in your bedroom, you have several options:

  • Place a larger area rug under the bottom two-thirds of the bed and have it extend out from the sides and bottom
  • Place a runner down on either side of the bed or at the foot of the bed
  • Place a smaller rug at the foot of the bed


I generally opt for option one or two from the list above, but it all depends on the size or shape of the space, as well as your own personal preferences! Let’s dive a little deeper into each of those.

Rug placement in bedrooms


Option 1
As you can see in my guest bedroom, I decided to go with option one—placing a rug under the bottom two-thirds of the bed. When you go with this look, you want to make sure you choose a rug that’s large enough (ideally) to extend to the far edges of your nightstands on either side and at least 18 inches out from the end of the bed. Don’t make the mistake of getting one that only comes out a few inches on the sides! It will have the effect of making your bedroom look out of proportion. You want to have enough space on either side for your feet to land comfortably on the rug. Also, be sure to keep some “breathing room” between your rug and the walls—6-12 inches is a good rule of thumb.

On a side note, I do want to mention that you can also place the rug so that it sits under your nightstands. If you do that though, be sure that your rug is still large enough to peek out a good bit from under the foot of the bed.

Option 2
Option two—using runners—is another one of my favorites. If you have beautiful floors you want to show off or have a smaller space, this may be a good look. When you put them on both sides of your bed, place your runner rugs so that they start just below the front of your nightstands and extend to the foot of the bed or slightly beyond. If you go with a single runner along the foot of your bed, make sure it runs edge to edge or slightly beyond. Longer is usually better than shorter.

Option 3
The third option is one that I would recommend if you have a seating area at the end of your bed. Whether that’s a bench, settee, or a pair of chairs, it can be nice to define that space with its own rug. Place it so that it sits under either the front legs of your piece of furniture or under all four. If you have a larger bedroom, choose a larger rug. If it’s smaller, you can go with a smaller one, but not so small so that it looks like a postage stamp!

As you can see, there are many ways to position a rug in a bedroom! Depending on the room size, setup, and other pieces of furniture you have, one look might work better than another. If you’re having trouble deciding what would work best, map it out! You can do this in two ways: on paper or in the room itself. Either grab a piece of graph paper and draw it out using the measurements of your room and furniture, or use painter’s tape on the floor of the room to “try out” different rug sizes and placements.

Happy rug hunting!

If you love this style, come talk to us about creating a custom-sized carpet bound rug for your home!

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Carpet 101 > Why I Chose Stylish, Pet-Friendly Carpet

Why I Chose Stylish, Pet-Friendly Carpet

Lori from The Finished Project is a design and DIY-enthusiast, sharing her latest woodworking projects and home décor on her blog. Here, she shares how a custom SmartStrand carpet-bound rug made her sitting room the perfect spot to unwind with her adorable pup, Ted.

Hey, friends! We recently made an update to our sitting room, and I am so excited to share it with you! Many of you know how obsessed I can be with rugs. Well, I was thrilled to be given my choice of Mohawk carpet cut and bound into a custom rug! All the RevWood laminated wood flooring in our home is made by Mohawk, and we could go on and on about the quality and how much we love them. Therefore, I was so ready to try out their SmartStrand carpet in a bound rug — especially because it’s so pet-friendly!

Why I Chose Stylish, Pet-Friendly Carpet


Being a home blogger and an Instagrammer, our home décor and style is important to me. I enjoy creating an inspiring stylish home, but also one that is comfortable and livable for both humans and pets. I try and provide a relaxed environment so that when my family or guests come over, there isn’t stress about spills and messes. I want it to feel warm and welcoming.

Keeping that in mind, choosing the right area rug for your home can be a tough decision when you have pets. When I began to research Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet, I was intrigued because it has a lot of features perfect for pet owners.

The Technology:
Mohawk uses Nanoloc technology, which basically means there is built-in stain and soil protection on the carpet that won’t wear or wash off over time. That means my new SmartStrand carpet-bound rug has a spill and soil shield for easy and quick cleanup for when that mess actually happens.

Forever Stain-Free:
“SmartStrand Forever Clean has no dye sites where spills could adhere, so the carpet is naturally stain resistant. Even when your pet has an accident, your carpet will remain easy to clean.”

Forever Clean:
“Advanced Nanoloc spill and soil shield encapsulates the fiber, so it’s three times easier to remove the pet hair, soil and dander common with household pets.”

Forever Pure:
“With SmartStrand Forever Clean, pet accidents will not absorb into the fiber. This added protection reduces common pet-related odors.” With two boys running around and a dog, life is messy, but Mama still wants style. When style meets functionality, that is a win-win for me.

Design Choice:
In our sitting room, we have a dark, moody feature wall. To balance out this space, I envisioned a soft and light-colored area rug. That is a scary choice to some. A white rug…hmmm, but paired with Mohawk’s SmartStrand technology, there is nothing to fear!

SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet


Because we have dark wood flooring, I envisioned the contrast between the dark floors and a light and airy rug balancing each other out in an eye-pleasing way. The carpet we chose for the rug is a low pile textured shag that offers warmth to the room in the perfect blend of a soft off white.

Everyone seems to love the softness of this rug as well. Our dog, Ted, has found a new place to relax and spend time with his loved ones and of course, his favorite toys. Our family loves to kick off our shoes and lounge in this space now; it feels so welcoming and cozy. We have coffee, read books, play with Ted, and simply enjoy the warmth of the space together. We are very pleased with our new SmartStrand carpet-bound rug and would highly recommend it.

If you’re looking to create your own stylish carpet-bound rug, SmartStrand comes in many colors and styles. From a cool shade of gray to a lovely shade of cream, and patterned to textured, your options are endless.

Explore SmartStrand to find the perfect match for your home!

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Carpet 101 > How Often Should I Vacuum?

How Often Should I Vacuum?

We hear this question a lot. The best carpet or rug in the world won’t perform well if you don’t vacuum regularly. To get the most out of your soft surface flooring, it’s important to adopt a regular maintenance routine. No matter the product, you can extend your carpet’s life by vacuuming frequently and diligently.

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is waiting to vacuum until the carpet looks dirty. You won’t always notice the tiny soil particles that land on your carpet, and it’s most important to remove that soil when it’s on the surface of the carpet and not embedded in the fibers. When regular vacuuming is neglected, soil particles become embedded in the carpet fibers through normal use. Since most soil is gritty and abrasive, the particles will begin to damage the carpet fibers unless vacuumed regularly. This damage is the main reason carpets age prematurely, so don’t skip routine vacuuming just because your floor doesn’t look like it needs it.

Maintenance Frequency

See our general recommendations below for keeping carpet and rugs clean and looking like new. Also consult the maintenance and care information provided by your flooring manufacturer for specific guidelines.

  • Vacuum high traffic areas daily.
  • Medium traffic areas should be vacuumed twice per week.
  • Vacuum all areas at least once per week even if carpet or rug looks clean.
  • Every 18 months, clean the carpets with professional hot water extraction to remove deeply embedded particles and oily dirt. Professional deep cleaning will also refresh the carpet’s texture and appearance.
  • High traffic areas may require professional cleaning more often. Clean these areas as soon as they begin to show soil to stop dirt from spreading and to extend time between professional cleanings.
  • Use vacuums and other equipment with the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval.


More Vacuuming Tips


More Vacuuming Tips

  • Readjust the vacuum height for each flooring surface in your home. Setting too high above the surface will cause soil attraction to be weak, allowing gritty, heavier soil to stay in the flooring. Setting the vacuum too low could damage your carpet or rug by fraying the surface pile.
  • To determine the optimal height setting, test the vacuum in an inconspicuous area, like a closet.
  • Check the beater/brush bar regularly for burs or gouges that might damage your flooring.
  • For thick loop, casual frieze, long pile or premium soft carpets and for hard surfaces, completely disengage the beater/brush bar or use a vacuum without a beater/brush bar.
  • Ensure your vacuum has efficient airflow to avoid tight or sealed suction on the carpet's surface, which makes operating the machine difficult and may damage fibers.
  • Check your vacuum cleaner bag regularly, and change it when it becomes half to two-thirds full. A full vacuum bag will cause the vacuum to clean less efficiently and less thoroughly.
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Carpet 101 > SmartStrand Carpet: Tested and Proven Through the Years

SmartStrand Carpet: Tested and Proven Through the Years

For homeowners everywhere, especially families on-the-go, it’s a battle as old as time: beautiful carpet versus an active home. On one hand, you love the idea of a plush, soft carpet that the family can lay out and play on together, but then you think of the kids and pets constantly making messes on it. You may feel like hard surface flooring in the home is a necessity so that you can easily clean up chaos when it strikes. But listen, there is a carpet option for you, your family and your beautiful home. And we have this life-saver in store!

For over 12 years, SmartStrand carpet from Mohawk has been tested and proven in homes just like yours and remains the most durable, easiest to clean carpet on the planet. SmartStrand has survived the most wild situations that you can think of just to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that it will stand up to your most extreme days. SmartStrand’s unique combination of built-in stain protection, inherent durability and Nanoloc Spill and Soil Shield have created an unmatched history of being tested- and proven.

Inherent Durability

The original Rhino Challenge took place in 2009, pitting SmartStrand carpet against the playful 1.5-ton Ricko the Rhinoceros in his Birmingham Zoo living quarters for two whole weeks. Luckily, the unique spring-like shape of the actual SmartStrand fiber has durability in its DNA! SmartStrand carpet was able to resist the crushing and matting that Ricko presented, maintaining its beauty and softness with ease. Plus, SmartStrand's built-in stain resistance meant that the carpet was easily cleaned after the two weeks and restored to new.

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This was proven even more in 2010, when SmartStrand traveled to the Dallas Zoo and withstood the tracks of rhino’s, giraffes, camels and even an elephant! It’s no surprise that SmartStrand is the only carpet to feature All Pet Protection and Warranty which covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. If SmartStrand can stand up to this wildlife, it can most definitely handle your family’s wild life.

Built-In Stain Resistance

Fast forward to 2012, when Mohawk searched the country to find America’s messiest kids. Morning shows across the nation picked up on this adorable quest, showcasing the cutest messy eaters, but not one could stain SmartStrand. Built-in stain resistance is engineered into the SmartStrand fiber without dye sites, so stains cannot chemically bond to the carpet. As the only permanent protection that won’t wash or wear off, this innovation ensures your carpet is easy to clean. The License to Spill Carpet Showdown in 2013 then saw SmartStrand carpet take on 12 food festivals and every recipe you can imagine. Still shining after all foods were intentionally spilled on the carpet, SmartStrand proved that it could survive every morsel thrown its way.

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Nanoloc Spill and Soil Shield

Mohawk truly put SmartStrand’s Nanoloc Spill and Soil Shield to the test in 2015 by placing carpet at the finish line of Tough Mudder races around the country. This is no typo: imagine thousands of mud-caked footprints walking through your home and your carpet still cleaning up like a dream! Ultra-fine nanoparticles bond to encapsulate every SmartStrand fiber with a complete stain and soil shield. Your carpet repels dirt, dander, and yes, MUD before they can reach the fiber. As a result, SmartStrand is tremendously easy to clean and was crowned the true champ at every Tough Mudder race.

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It’s no secret that a messy home or stained carpet will add to the stress of an already hectic household. Why not choose a carpet that has faced every imaginable test and proven to clean up easily and effectively every time? SmartStrand carpet is soft and comfortable for your family while tough and resilient enough to handle all challenges indoors. When you’re ready to see SmartStrand in action, our showroom awaits with style and savings on your new carpet.

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Carpet 101 > Guide to the Best Soft Carpet

Guide to the Best Soft Carpet

Who doesn’t love soft carpet? The feeling of sinking your bare toes into the lush pile is so luxurious. But when shopping for soft carpet, your tootsies will only tell you part of the story. What about staining? What about durability?

This guide will walk you through the information you need to choose the right soft carpet for your home … and your feet.

What makes carpet soft?

There are three aspects of carpet that affect softness. Yes, the information is a bit technical, but keep reading—I promise to make it painless!

Fiber Type: The most popular carpet on the market is made from one of three materials: polyester, nylon or triexta. All three fibers are soft underfoot, and generally speaking polyester tends to be a softer fiber than nylon, but if you’re interested in enhanced softness, triexta fibers labeled “Silk” offer the ultimate softness.

Strand Density: The density of the strands of fiber, known as the denier, also affects a carpet’s softness. Manufacturers have developed carpets made of finer nylon and triexta fibers to increase the softness. The problem is that thinner fibers tend to be less durable, so the trick is to devise yarns from fine fibers that can stand up to daily use in an active household.

Carpet Construction: The way the yarn is used to construct the carpet affects how soft the carpet feels under foot. There are dozens of terms to describe the different constructions, but we’ll focus on three general categories.

  • You’ve probably heard of Berber, the name of a specific kind of carpet that has become a general term for any carpet made with looped yarn. Loop carpets do a great job of standing up in high traffic areas, but they don’t rate high on the softness scale.
  • Shag carpets have risen in popularity in recent years. Their frieze or twist construction results in long, loose twisted yarns that feel springy underfoot, but not necessarily soft.
  • Texture construction is currently the most popular for carpet. The crimped yarns are cut for a dense, deep pile that creates the softest construction on the market.


So which soft carpet option is best?

Ultimately, the decision about which soft carpet is best for your home comes down to a balance of softness versus durability, cleanability and budget.

Softness on a Budget
Polyester carpet made with a texture construction can offer wonderful softness at great prices, so if your budget is tight, this may be your best bet. And another bonus, polyester is inherently stain resistant.

However, be prepared for wear to show sooner than with other carpet fibers. Keep in mind that you will likely need to replace polyester carpet in fewer years than with nylon or triexta, and even sooner if you have an active home with pets or children.

Longer Lasting Softness
Nylon carpet designed for softness can give your toes the cushy feeling they crave, but if durability is higher on your list than softness, skip the lower denier options and look for longer warranties instead.

Nylon is not inherently stain resistant, however, so if you opt for nylon, look for carpet with added stain protection to improve cleanability.

Ultimate Softness
Triexta carpets, like SmartStrand products, offer the ultimate in softness, cleanability and durability. For active households, especially with children or pets, triexta offers the most comprehensive solution.

Products labeled “Silk” are made from yarn that bundles hundreds of triexta strands for luxurious softness without sacrificing durability. And triexta fibers have permanent, built-in stain protection so they are easier to clean and keep clean.

Most carpet is soft. So when you go shopping, remember to factor in durability, stain resistance and budget to be sure you find the right soft carpet for your home.

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Carpet 101 > How much carpet do I need?

How much carpet do I need?

Estimating for new carpet may seem confusing. Most rooms aren’t perfect rectangles, so it’s hard to measure. Then when you go shopping, some prices are in square feet, some are in square yards. And what about padding and installation? How do you know if you’re comparing apples to apples?

Help is here! With a little homework before (or after) you head for the store, you can simplify the process and carpet shop like a pro!

How to estimate your amount of flooring


Your flooring retailer is your friend
Call and make an appointment with our team for a professional measurement. You’ll want the measurement of the space to be carpeted as well as an estimate of the total amount of carpet you will need.

Compare footage to yardage
Some carpet is sold by the square yard. There are nine square feet in a square yard. So if you have a measurement in square feet, you can easily convert to square yards by dividing by nine. If you are looking at a square-yard price and want to know the price per square foot, also divide by nine. See, you can do this!

How to estimate the total project cost


How to estimate the total project cost

So now that you know roughly how much carpet you need, all you have to do is multiply the carpet price by the area and presto, you know how much the project will cost, right? WRONG! There are a few additional costs to consider.

Your flooring retailer is your friend.
Yes, we said that already, but it’s worth repeating. We’re here to help you plan your project from budgeting to product selection and on to installation, including additional materials needed like padding or underlayment.

Talk openly with us about any unforeseen costs your installation job may require so that you can create a more dependable estimate. Let us know if you’ll expect us to install trim and transition pieces and touch up paint.

Estimate padding and installation
Padding and installation may not be the beautiful, exciting part of the carpet buying process, but they are vital to a successful carpeting project. Padding can make a carpet feel completely different under foot, help it perform better, and make it last longer. And many carpet warranties require both padding and professional installation. Be sure to read the fine print before you make any final decisions.

If you’re comparing prices, figure the total cost of carpet for your estimated square footage, then add the cost of padding and installation so you can compare apples to apples.

Subfloor issues
Another hidden cost may be lurking under your current flooring. Subflooring issues can occasionally add hefty costs to flooring projects. Although carpet is one of the most forgiving flooring types when it comes to subfloor condition, you don’t want to be caught off guard.

Walk around the areas to be carpeted. If you notice any spots that feel raised or that sag under foot, you should have them checked out before you plan your carpeting project. Water damage, failing joists and other issues can make your schedule and budget fluctuate, especially if they’re discovered too late.

Helpful hint
Take the time to do your homework and work with us to put together an estimate for the final cost of your entire flooring project. That will help ensure that you don’t encounter unhappy surprises. Come visit our store today to get started!

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Carpet 101 > Step by Step Guide for Carpet Replacement

Step by Step Guide for Carpet Replacement

Picking new carpet for your home can be a demanding process, but you’re not in it alone! Ashley Phipps is an interior designer turned DIY and craft blogger who went through the process of picking new carpet for her home and documented the entire project, from the initial selection all the way through installation. We're sharing her step by step guide to help you with your own carpet journey.

Ashley’s story starts with a problem many new homeowners have: The “stock” carpet that was put in by the builder or the carpet that previous owners chose doesn't match her taste or her family's needs. Whether the carpet is worn out or, in Ashley’s case, just didn’t match her interior decor, putting in new carpet can revitalize your home.

Tips for Choosing New Carpet and Pad


Determine your Carpet's Purpose

Choosing carpet involves a lot of different factors, but one of the most important is to consider your lifestyle and your family before you even go to a flooring store. Some carpets promise superior wear protection while others resist stains. Some carpets can do both. With her background as an interior designer, Ashley is a great source of direction. She wanted carpet that could hold up against spills and wear and tear from her kids and pets, but she also wanted something that was aesthetically pleasing and would complement the space and her décor. Once Ashley had established the carpet's purpose for her and her family, she found a flooring center and began her selection process.

Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet


Let the Experts Guide your Selection

The selection process isn’t always easy. There are so many colors, fibers and textures that it’s hard to do it alone. That’s where flooring retailers like us can be of use. Our trained and knowledgeable staff have the answers to all of your questions. For more advice and a recap of Ashley's flooring store visit, click here!

Bring Samples Home

After Ashley’s flooring store visit where she consulted with a salesperson and narrowed down her options, she took samples home. It's important to visualize what your new carpet will look like in your space before you start ripping up the old carpet. Ashley took a couple of days to reposition the samples in different areas and lighting to see what would be her favorite. She decided on a color and was ready to install.

Colored Carpet


Prepare your Home for Installation

Installation of new carpet can seem like a difficult task, but if you take Ashley’s advice on how to prepare for new carpet, it can be quick and easy. Here are the main steps:

  • Before you order carpet, your home will be professionally measured.
  • Get an exact quote from us for carpet, padding and labor and ask when the deposit and final payment are due.
  • Plan the order of the installation room by room and know how many days the process will take.
  • Talk to us about what you need to do to prepare each room for new carpet.
  • Talk to us about removing your old carpet and padding and disposing of it.


Installing New Carpet


Bring in Our Installers

For the absolute best results and easiest process, Ashley highly recommends professional installers. As she says in her blog Installing New Carpet, “Carpet, in my humble opinion, is better left to the professionals with the proper tools. I think good carpet installation is an art form learned over time and only done well with the right tools by experienced professionals.” We couldn’t agree more.

To see photos and read more about Ashley’s finished project, click here.

Are you ready to start your carpet replacement project? Learn more about taking that first step in the process by determining the right carpet based on your lifestyle.

Everything you need to know before you buy carpet
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Carpet 101 > The Best Carpet Fiber For Your Lifestyle

The Best Carpet Fiber For Your Lifestyle

You want your home to look its best, but some days it seems like your family and pets are conspiring against you. Let’s face it, it’s not realistic to cordon off entire rooms only for guests or to ban all food from the den. Messes and wear are bound to happen. To find a carpet that will stand up to your active family, take a look at these different fibers and how they address the most common household flooring challenges.

Best Carpet Fiber for Soil and Stain Protection

If stains are your biggest flooring nemesis, carpet made of polyester fiber may be your hero. Polyester resists stains to keep your carpet looking like new, so your children don’t have to give up grape juice and you don’t have to live in fear of spilling your favorite red wine. Polyester carpets are best suited for spaces with less foot traffic like bedrooms, offices and TV rooms.

Family Room with Mohawk Carpet


Best Carpet Fiber for Wear Resistance

Could your floors compete with Amtrak? Are there multiple tracks running through high-traffic areas, worn down by the constant pitter-patter of not-so-little feet? Pets, kids and grownups are no match for resilient nylon. It resists crushing and matting and is performance tested to stand up to the heaviest traffic.

Nylon carpet works well in areas that see a lot of action: living rooms, hallways, stairs and playrooms. However, if you’re worried about staining, nylon carpet might not be the best option.

Kids Room


Best Carpet Fiber for Soil and Stain Protection + Wear Resistance

In most homes with active families and pets, carpet stains and wear aren’t mutually exclusive—both are common complaints. Triexta Fiber, a recent innovation offering the best of both worlds, was developed to resist both stains and wear without sacrificing softness.

Great for any room or activity level, carpets made of triexta take dining room spills and heavy traffic in stride. With extra durability and built-in stain and soil resistance, triexta carpet will let you say good-bye to stains and wear and hello to easy living with pets and kids.

Video How to Select Carpet Fiber


Now that you’ve narrowed down the type of carpet fiber that is best suited for your home, visit our catalog to explore different carpet styles.

Everything you need to know before you buy carpet
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Carpet 101 > 4 Tips for Selecting Pet-Proof Carpet

4 Tips for Selecting Pet-Proof Carpet

If you have a pet at home, you’re in good company. More than 85 million households in America include at least one pet, and for good reason. These fuzzy, scaled, and feathered critters provide many benefits to their humans. While pets of every classification and breed provide companionship, lower our blood pressure and just generally bring us joy, we can all agree that they are not much help when it comes to keeping our houses clean—especially our floors.

Not every carpet is up to the challenges pets present. If your home includes one or more four-footed family members, you’ll want to take extra care when choosing carpet.

Here are 4 tips for selecting pet proof carpet:

Tip 1: First and foremost, shop for carpet with easy maintenance. Specifically, look for fibers that clean easily, so when messes happen—and they will—you don’t have to spend your days cleaning floors.

Tip 2: Since accidents are inevitable, stain resistance is also a must. No one needs an unsightly reminder that Fido isn’t perfect.

Tip 3: Pets and odors tend to go together. But some carpets boast 0% moisture absorption, which nearly eliminates pet-related odors.

Tip 4: And finally, all those extra feet running around can test a carpet’s durability. Choose fibers that spring back to maintain a fresher look.

Best carpet for pets video


You don’t have to live without carpet just because you have pets. You just need to shop for the right carpet. Learn more about Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet, which was developed with pet lovers like you in mind.

Everything you need to know before you buy carpet
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Carpet 101 > North Las Vegas - Essential White on White Tile

North Las Vegas - Essential White on White Tile

Lori from The Finished Project is a design and DIY-enthusiast, sharing her latest woodworking projects and home décor on her blog. Here, she shares how a custom SmartStrand carpet-bound rug made her sitting room the perfect spot to unwind with her adorable pup, Ted.

Hey, friends! We recently made an update to our sitting room, and I am so excited to share it with you! Many of you know how obsessed I can be with rugs. Well, I was thrilled to be given my choice of Mohawk carpet cut and bound into a custom rug! All the RevWood laminated wood flooring in our home is made by Mohawk, and we could go on and on about the quality and how much we love them. Therefore, I was so ready to try out their SmartStrand carpet in a bound rug — especially because it’s so pet-friendly!




LDI FRAY 12 X 24 PORCELAIN TILE IN WHITE

Being a home blogger and an Instagrammer, our home décor and style is important to me. I enjoy creating an inspiring stylish home, but also one that is comfortable and livable for both humans and pets. I try and provide a relaxed environment so that when my family or guests come over, there isn’t stress about spills and messes. I want it to feel warm and welcoming.

Keeping that in mind, choosing the right area rug for your home can be a tough decision when you have pets. When I began to research Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet, I was intrigued because it has a lot of features perfect for pet owners.

The Technology:
Mohawk uses Nanoloc technology, which basically means there is built-in stain and soil protection on the carpet that won’t wear or wash off over time. That means my new SmartStrand carpet-bound rug has a spill and soil shield for easy and quick cleanup for when that mess actually happens.

Forever Stain-Free:
“SmartStrand Forever Clean has no dye sites where spills could adhere, so the carpet is naturally stain resistant. Even when your pet has an accident, your carpet will remain easy to clean.”

Forever Clean:
“Advanced Nanoloc spill and soil shield encapsulates the fiber, so it’s three times easier to remove the pet hair, soil and dander common with household pets.”

Forever Pure:
“With SmartStrand Forever Clean, pet accidents will not absorb into the fiber. This added protection reduces common pet-related odors.” With two boys running around and a dog, life is messy, but Mama still wants style. When style meets functionality, that is a win-win for me.

Design Choice:
In our sitting room, we have a dark, moody feature wall. To balance out this space, I envisioned a soft and light-colored area rug. That is a scary choice to some. A white rug…hmmm, but paired with Mohawk’s SmartStrand technology, there is nothing to fear!





Because we have dark wood flooring, I envisioned the contrast between the dark floors and a light and airy rug balancing each other out in an eye-pleasing way. The carpet we chose for the rug is a low pile textured shag that offers warmth to the room in the perfect blend of a soft off white.

Everyone seems to love the softness of this rug as well. Our dog, Ted, has found a new place to relax and spend time with his loved ones and of course, his favorite toys. Our family loves to kick off our shoes and lounge in this space now; it feels so welcoming and cozy. We have coffee, read books, play with Ted, and simply enjoy the warmth of the space together. We are very pleased with our new SmartStrand carpet-bound rug and would highly recommend it.

If you’re looking to create your own stylish carpet-bound rug, SmartStrand comes in many colors and styles. From a cool shade of gray to a lovely shade of cream, and patterned to textured, your options are endless.

Explore SmartStrand to find the perfect match for your home!
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