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Choosing the Right Carpet

Choosing the Right Carpet

How to choose the right carpet for our home? Have you shopped for new carpet lately?

There are so many choices – finding the right one may seem tough sometimes. But one thing is certain: the right carpet choice can add a lot of personality to your home.
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Colors and Patterns

…selecting the right colors and patterns is a very serious consideration; in a heavily trafficked area or where there is plenty of light, a multicolored carpet will help hide inevitable stains and soils.

The wealth of new carpet patterns and styles can be overwhelming, but don’t be daunted – choice is good, says Doug. Next, he says, choose the best installer.

Installers

Are they experienced? Do they follow the CRI Installation Standard? Improper carpet installation is the number one problem with new carpets.

Backings

Some carpet manufacturers offer an extended, even lifetime performance warranty with their carpet backings; having this warranty can prove worthwhile, especially if the carpet is installed in a busy walkway.

Padding

 Padding should be thicker in areas that receive considerable foot traffic. Now – some carpets are installed with no pad. Traditional roll carpeting should always be installed over a pad, approximately 1/4- to 1/2 – inch thick and designed to help support the carpet.

When selecting a pad for your carpet, check the carpet manufacturer’s requirements for thickness and density. The right pad forms a good foundation and provides increased insulation, making a room quieter and warmer.

Fewer VOCs

Low-gassing carpets release fewer volatile organic compounds into the air, an attractive feature that is beneficial to the environment and facility users.

And, since most of the carpet manufactured in the U.S. today has been certified to CRI’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality standard. You can be certain of buying a truly low-VOC product – one that exceeds all regulatory requirements for lowering VOC emissions.

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The most important thing to remember is that when investing in a new carpet, it’s a good idea to choose the design you really like and the material that fits the room in which it will be placed. Also, make sure you measure the room and space available, and take your existing furniture into consideration. And don’t be expensive for quality, because choosing a nice carpet means that not only will you look at it, but also that you will use it for a long period of time and it should be comfortable for you.

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Carpet Cleaning Standards: CRI SOA Success Story

 Carpet Cleaning Standards: CRI SOA Success Story

Professional Testing Laboratories’ President Gary Asbury

CRI Seal of Approval Formulas for Carpet Cleaning Success

High Test Standards Improve Carpet Cleaning Product Performance

It is a frequent claim here at the Carpet and Rug Institute that the Seal of Approval (SOA) testing and certification program for carpet cleaning solutions and equipment was developed primarily to increase customer satisfaction with carpet by raising the bar on cleaning performance. The rationale behind the SOA program is captured in CRI President Werner Braun’s trademark statement, “If you can measure it, you can improve it.”

The most significant testimony to the success of any testing program lies in its power to shape product performance.

What good is a standard if everyone can pass it? CRI’s claim that “Only the Best Pass the Test”, is a statement we stand behind, and CRI touts the benefits of using SOA products and Service Providers in multiple marketing efforts, including the CRI blog. We celebrate every product that passes SOA testing; no more so than when a once-failing product tries again and gets it right.

One of the key players behind the scenes of the Seal of Approval testing program is Professional Testing Laboratories President Gary Asbury

It is located in Dalton, Georgia. Professional Testing Labs is an ISO 14025 and NVLAP-certified lab that has provided federally-certified test results. Especially for all types of flooring manufacturers since 1988. In 2009, PTL performed more than 3000 batteries of tests, at an average of five tests per battery. According to Gary, PTL prides itself on helping carpet maintenance equipment and chemical manufacturers. They make better products that result in improved satisfaction for flooring consumers.

Gary says he’s seen “dozens of cases” where manufacturers of carpet cleaning products that initially failed CRI’s Seal of Approval testing used what they learned from the test results to improve their products’ performance to the point where they received a passing grade the next time through.

For the most part, if a conscientious manufacturer fails the first time, they’ll go back to the drawing board,” he says. “Many times, the testing will reveal a problem they didn’t realize they had, but once they see the problem, they can fix it.”

Few of his more interesting testing stories

I asked Gary to share a few of his more interesting testing stories with CRI blog readers. Sadly, not every solutions manufacturer is willing to learn from his mistakes. As you shall see in Gary first story about a colorful carpet cleaning fat cat who wouldn’t change (or remove) his spots.

“Several years ago, PTL was doing some compliance testing for a “big-box” retailer on a carpet spot remover. They were considering for inclusion in their product mix. The product failed miserably and we informed the manufacturer. Next day, the president of the manufacturing company shows up at the lab unannounced and wants to see our testing. We understood this contract meant a lot of money to him. Luckily, we still had his tested carpet samples. We took him through the process. He wanted to try his product on our test materials for himself. However we re-stained some carpet samples and let him have a go.

Normally, we let a staining agent dwell for 24 hours on a piece of carpet before we start the product testing. But there was no chance for that with this guy.

He took his product and set to work on the stains himself. It was Kool-Aid – a toughie. He rubbed and blotted on that stain until he’d just about worn the pile to a nub. But – nothing – the stain stayed put. He didn’t understand it – said the product worked great when he demonstrated it on his infomercials.

He decided the problem must be with our carpet samples. So he goes and gets some of his own samples out of the trunk of his car. We could see right away what was going on – his samples were made of polypropylene – a powerfully hydrophobic fiber that shrugs off just about any wet stain. He pours Kool-Aid on one of his polypropylene samples, and shows off how his product removes the stain – obviously pleased with himself. I couldn’t believe it, but here was a guy who represented himself as an expert on carpet stain removal and he didn’t know the difference between nylon and polypropylene in terms of their stain resistance!

I’ll never forget what happened next. PTL lab chief Lee Phillips picks up another of the guy’s samples, douses it with Kool-Aid, and, without saying a word, takes it over to the sink and turns on the faucet. Of course, the running water takes the stain right out.

Needless to say, the guy lost his contract with the big box retailer. Last I heard, he was still selling his product on infomercials where his polypropylene carpet samples clean up just like magic”!

In the next blog post, Gary talks about three SOA testing cases with very different outcomes…


Carpet Cleaning Standards Part 2: CRI SOA Story

Carpet Cleaning Standards Part 2

CRI Seal of Approval Formulas for Success

 

High Test Standards Improve Carpet Cleaning Product Performance: Part 2

[Link to Part 1 of this conversation]

This is the second of two conversations I had with Professional Testing Laboratories President. Gary Asbury talks about his experience with how Seal of Approval testing helps manufacturers of failed cleaning solutions improve their product formulas. So that they pass the second time through. It is a frequent claim here at the Carpet and Rug Institute that the Seal of Approval (SOA) testing and certification program for carpet cleaning solutions. And equipment was developed primarily to increase customer satisfaction with carpet by raising the bar on cleaning performance. Above all, there is no one more able to assert the truth of that than Gary Asbury and the rest of his team at Professional Testing Laboratories.

Тestimony

The most significant testimony to the success of any program lies in its power to shape product performance. CRI’s claim that “Only the Best Pass the Test”, is a statement we stand behind.

However, last time, Gary talked about a manufacturer who didn’t use his product’s SOA failure as a teachable moment for product improvement. Conversely today he relates some more positive examples.

“A large commercial cleaning solution manufacturer presented its product to PTL for Seal of Approval testing. The company had been doing its own performance testing on their product. Likewise is commendable of them, but the problem was, they had only been comparing their product against their number one competitor. And the competition’s product had a horrible problem with accelerated resoiling. Accelerated resoiling happens when a carpet cleaning solution leaves a sticky residue behind that acts like a dirt magnet. The first manufacturer’s product performed better than its competition in terms of resoiling. But it was a far cry from being at a level that would meet the Seal of Approval requirements.

After receiving their failure notice

After receiving their failure notice, the first manufacturer was astounded. As they see the test results. they went back to the drawing board. Within three months, they had reformulated and passed the testing.

Additionally, another time, a huge carpet cleaning retail supplier had a product that failed the colorfastness testing. We’d tested their product on over two dozen fiber types, colors, and constructions of carpet. The testing definitely showed their product caused a significant color change in the carpet. This was a major concern – a big manufacturer with a lot on the line. Within a week of the failure notice, the company sent a private jet to Dalton with five of their top executives on board. In two months the problem was solved.

One more example

One more example – several years ago, a high-level executive from a major retail chain visited PTL. Furthermore, the idea was to look at our testing methods and tour the facility. In fact, he was impressed with the lab, and particularly with the Seal of Approval program itself. The day after he left, he contacted every one of his suppliers. He told them to submit their products for Seal of Approval testing. It was a powerful testimony to the value of the program.”

Professional Testing Labs is located in Dalton, an has an ISO 14025 and NVLAP cerftificate. It provided federally-certified test results for all types of flooring manufacturers since 1988. In 2009, PTL performed more than 3000 batteries of tests, at an average of five tests per battery.

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How to Remove Paint from Carpet

How to Remove Paint from Carpet

The reason why “How to Remove Paint from Carpet” is the next article to be published by carpet stain removal guide is that paint can be the most damaging stains on your carpet if you will not act right away to remove it. Thus learning how to remove paint from carpet is a must for we don’t know during home or just room renovation periods our carpet could accidentally get them.

Whenever you’ve accidentally spilled some paint on your carpet you have to act right away. You have the chance to revive you carpet while its wet but if the paint is already dry there is a great possibility that your carpet has already been damaged.

The following tips on how to remove paint from carpet are, I believe, of great help if you are in this certain circumstance, but if you not sure what to call our Carpet Cleaners in London area.

https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-image35417150Tips for Water Based Paints

Water based paints can just be removed by using soapy water and simple blot and dry method. Just follow the steps below.

Scrape excess water based paint. The first thing you have to do is to remove excess latex paint by scraping it with spoon or dull knife. You may also use cloth. Just blot it over to absorb the excess water based paint.
Use sponge, dipped in water, to blot over the area. Do it from outer to inner part of the area.
Prepare a dishwashing solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent and a cup of warm water.
Now you have to blot the area with this solution using either sponge or cloth.
Repeat the procedure until no trace of paint can be seen by eyes.
Rinse with water then blot to dry.

Oil Based Paints

Oil based paints are a bit harder to remove compared to water based paints since oil based paints can not be removed by just applying water and detergent. The best solvent to use on oil based paint is dry cleaning solvent. Steps are given below.

  • Pour a little bit of dry cleaning solution on the affected area.
  • Get a dampen towel or rag and blot or dab the area. Do this, again, from outer to inner.
  • Spray the area with your detergent solution then blot the area to absorb the solution. This time, the paint should be removed.
  • Rinse the carpet by spraying or pouring some water then blot to absorb the moisture.
  • Let the area dry totally before letting anybody else to use or step on it to avoid any additional dirt or stain.

Tips and Warning How to Remove Paint from Carpet

Avoid spreading the paint by just blotting and blotting. Never ever rub the area.
If the paint is already dry its better to call some carpet cleaning experts to clean it to avoid or get rid any carpet damage.

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Facing the Scientific Facts: Carpet vs. Hardwood

Facing the Scientific Facts: Carpet vs. Hardwood

It’s time for critics of carpet – specifically those critics who say carpet is bad for indoor air quality – to lay their cards on the table.

We can challenge carpet detractors to a debate on which floor covering is more beneficial to indoor air quality. No mudslinging, he emphasized, but a focused dialog based on scientific data.

This challenge stems from frustration with the continued perception in the media and public that hard surface flooring holds advantages for allergy and asthma sufferers. An enduring perception that is not based on reliable scientific research.

CRI has long cited scientific data which supports carpet as the best option for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. The science behind this is rather simple. Carpet acts as a passive filter, trapping dust and other particulates that are held in place and out of the room air until removed with proper vacuuming or cleaning extraction. Foot traffic on hard flooring, on the other hand, readily knocks dust back up into the breathing zone.

CRI has amassed a list of more than 25 various studies that support this view. They are compiled in the international literature review document, “Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality?” by Dr. Mitch Sauerhoff.

Carpet vs. Hardwood

“Which is better – hardwood vs carpet?” depends on many factors. There are not a lot of similarities when it comes to hardwood and carpet.  The “right” decision is really a personal one and depends on your budget, taste and situation. 

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Here are two examples of the studies listed in Dr. Sauerhoff’s work:

A 15-year Swedish study showed no link between the use of carpet and incidences of asthma or allergies. Quite the opposite was discovered, in that when carpet usage decreased, the number of allergy reactions increased.

The colloquially-named “Inner City Asthma Study” found that children with asthma who had carpet in their bedrooms had no more symptoms. Also doctor visits or missed school days than children with hard flooring in their bedrooms.

CRI advises having a maintenance plan that includes regular vacuuming with a Seal of Approval certified vacuum and professional deep cleaning every 12-18 months. This maintenance plan will create a healthy indoor environment for asthma and allergy sufferers.

We at CRI hope there is a dialogue on this issue, but in the meantime CRI will continue to provide the facts on carpet and indoor air quality.

You already facing the Scientific Facts: Carpet vs. Hardwood.

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Hοw tο Remove Stains οn Carpet

Hοw tο Remove Stains οn Carpet?

Getting a stain οn уουr carpeting саn bе disheartening, bυt уου′ll bе relieved tο know thаt mοѕt stains саn bе removed bу using thе assess procedures аnd products. Thе sooner уου treat a spill οr accident, thе better уουr chances thаt уου wіll reduce hυrt. And also bе аblе tο successfully remove thе stain. Whеn уου bυу nеw carpet, cleaning instructions аrе οftеn included аnd уου wουld bе wise tο file thіѕ іn rank whеrе уου саn easily refer tο іt аѕ soon аѕ a mishap occurs.

Whеn a spill οr accident happens, pick up solid matter аt once thеn υѕе dry white paper towels οr сlеаn terry cloths tο soak up thе liquid. Blot thе spill frοm thе outside effective іn; don’t rub οr scrub thе stain, аѕ thіѕ mау inadvertently set thе stain. Aftеr blotting іt bу hand, рlасе a fresh towel οn thе stain аnd weight іt down wіth a heavy object tο remove аѕ much liquid аѕ possible.

 

Boy, girl and dog sleeping covered with a blanket.Stain Removers

Commercial stain removers аrе available аt уουr local supermarket, hardware οr home enhancement store. Check thе mаrk fοr уουr point type οf stain; ѕοmе аrе specifically formulated fοr wine. Also coffee οr pet stains. Particular household products саn remove point stains; fοr example, уου саn treat a red wine stain аt once аftеr blotting wіth club soda tο lift thе stain frοm carpet fibers. Coffee аnd tea stains саn bе removed wіth dishwashing liquid; mix іt іn a small container wіth water аnd blot thе stain, thеn rinse аnd blot dry. One раrt white vinegar mixed wіth two раrtѕ water саn аlѕο bе used tο remove coffee, tea οr food based stains.

Always test аnу stain remover in аn inconspicuous spot аnd examine thе treated area fοr color changes. Or bleaching οf thе color. If уου dο nοt notice аnу adverse effects, carefully follow mаrk directions fοr point instructions οn treating thе stain, repeating аѕ recommended until thе stain іѕ successfully removed.

If you are not sure how to handle with stains your most rational choise is to call professional carpet cleaning company!

Remedies fοr Tough Stains

Grease, ink, tar аnd blood stains аrе harder tο remove аnd brake cleaner. Or dry cleaning solution mау work better thаn store bουght stain removers. Brake cleaner іѕ designed tο remove grease аnd chemical residue аnd dry cleaning solution іѕ formulated tο removed οthеr tough stains. Apply a small amount οf thе еіthеr solution tο a сlеаn cloth аnd blot thе stain. If уουr problem іѕ pet stains аnd odors, уουr local pet supply store carries enzyme cleaners thаt саn remove thе stain аnd odor; bυt, уου wіll hаνе tο treat thе pad аѕ well аѕ thе carpet.

Steam Cleaners аnd Vacuuming Products

A steam cleaner іѕ a ехсеllеnt appliance tο hаνе οn hand, especially іf уου hаνе children аnd/οr pets. Yου′ll find hand held models аnd lаrgеr models similar tο аn upright vacuum cleaner. Yου саn υѕе thеm tο сlеаn stains аѕ thеу happen аnd аlѕο fοr routine cleaning οf уουr carpets аnd upholstery. A wet/dry shop vacuum іѕ аlѕο handy fοr vacuuming up wet stains. Once thе liquid іѕ removed уου саn follow up wіth a shop/vac tο rinse thе affected area аnd vacuum away remaining moisture. Thеrе аrе аlѕο several products οn thе market thаt саn bе applied аnd scrubbed іntο dry stains. And vacuumed away also. Thеіr effectiveness depends οn thе severity οf thе stain аnd hοw long іt hаѕ bееn set іn thе carpet.

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