Ways To Keep Your Carpets Looking Fresh All Year Round

Are you excited to spruce up your space with brand new carpeting, but are wondering how to keep your floors looking their best? Carpet can be a wonderful addition to any home, helping space stay cozy during the winter months, offering extra insulation and sound absorption. With the right care and maintenance plan you can keep your carpets looking their best from season to season. Learn more below!

Shoes Off!

Many homeowners prefer to make their home a shoe free zone, and for good reason. Forgetting to swap from outdoor to indoor footwear can easily track in dirt, grime, moisture and other elements that are harmful to your flooring. Placing a pair of slippers at entry points can help reduce your risk of damaging your carpets, especially during the rainy or winter season.

Vacuum Regularly

Do you practice good hygiene? Think of regularly vacuuming your carpet as brushing your teeth: important for our overall health, and the best way to help prevent plaque build up. Similarly, vacuuming your carpets once to twice a week will help to ensure that sand, dirt, and other contaminants are removed before they have the chance to settle deep into your carpets and damage the fibres. Doing so also helps remove allergens from your home and contributes to a healthy environment.

Deep Clean Twice A Year

Deep cleaning your carpet will help to remove any debris and dirt that has worked its way deep into the fibre of your flooring. While it may be tempting to put cleanings off until your carpets look dirty, it’s important to stay on top regular upkeep, both for the overall longevity and sanitary condition of your floors. Ideally, you’ll want to schedule a deep clean in the fall, and again in early spring.

Don’t Let Spills Or Stains Linger

Whenever possible, stay on top of spills to prevent the chance of mould growth or staining. Remember to blot rather than rub with paper towels to avoid spreading liquids and to maximize absorption.

Always Keep An Emergency Kit

Sometimes despite our best intentions, accidents happen. Give your carpets an extra layer of protection against the unexpected by keeping the following on hand:

  • Club soda
  • Gentle carpet stain remover
  • Shaving cream
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Looking for more tips and tricks on keeping your carpets clean, as well as the best fit for your space, contact Ashley Fine Floors today!


​Are Your Carpets “Spring Ready”?

Spring is here! With winter on its way out and warm, sunny days just around the corner, our homes are faced with a familiar seasonal challenge. Keeping your carpets clean as the weather begins to warm up can be a tricky task, and without the proper care, you may find yourself stuck with muddy stains or water damage in your home. Learn how you can protect your carpet against grime and damage below.

Know Thy Enemy

When it comes to protecting your carpets against spring hazards, the first step is to know what presents the biggest threat to your floors. While every season has its own challenges for any space to contend with, spring can be particularly tricky to navigate due to sudden swings in temperature wreaking havoc on the landscape. In general, the main culprits to keep in mind during the spring are:

Mud and Grime

As months of snow that had built up begin to melt, you will find that sidewalks, parking lots, and other heavy traffic areas quickly become encased in mud and dirt. Avoid tracking this inside by placing mats at entrance points in your home, always removing your shoes, and regularly vacuuming to catch any grit that may have found a way in.

Moisture

Moisture can present a significant hazard to your carpets, and it can be deceptively easy to cause damage by forgetting to remove wet shoes or items of clothing before walking across the floor. You’ll want to be extra diligent during the spring to stay on top of moisture control, especially if you have pets or little ones in the home. Act on any wet spots you see immediately, using towels to gently “blot” up any spills and to remove excess liquid as quickly as possible (remember not to rub! This can spread stains and cause the moisture to go deeper into the fabric).

Dander, Grit, and Debris

As nature “springs” back to life after a long winter of rest, it’s easy to find your home covered in sand, pollen, and dirt if you’re not careful. Avoid the introduction of allergens into your space, as well as the build up of dirt in your carpets by removing shoes, having mats at all entrances, and committing to a light vacuum schedule on a weekly basis. Your nose and eyes will thank you!

Keeping your carpets clean during the spring can feel like a bit of a chore, but with a little foresight your floors will look their best for years to come!

In need of a carpet refresh? Ashley Fine Floors is Edmonton’s leading carpet store of solutions for your home and business. Learn more about how we can help by contacting our team today!


How to Treat Carpet Stains

Have an “oops” moment and left a nasty spill all over your carpet? If you’re worried about preventing a stain or long term damage, take a moment to breathe and follow our quick tips below!

Don’t Panic

First and foremost, keep in mind that many different kinds of stains can usually be removed from your carpet if you catch them early enough. Common culprits like wine, coffee, blood, grass, mud, and tomato sauce may look jarring, but with the right tools in hand, you might just be able to fix your spill without any lasting reminders. Before we break down a few reliable methods, the number one rule to remember is:

BLOT, Don’t Scrub

To remove a stain, you want to lift it from your carpet fibres, not risk scrubbing them deeper or spreading it. Gently blotting any excess liquid is your first step for success.

Know What You’re Working With

Another key component of a successful stain removal is knowing how to neutralize the substance you want to get rid of. Some will do well with just water, but for other substances you may need additional help. Examples of water soluble spills include:

  • Berries
  • Colas
  • Gravy
  • Mud
  • Excrement (sorry, mom!)
  • Ice cream, and more.

Examples where you may need to boost your cleaning power include:

  • Blood
  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Mustard and more.

Ramp up your solution with 1 tablespoon of fabric friendly ammonia (not on wool or wool blend carpets) or a gentle detergent. Avoid using bleach if you are unsure of what kind of carpet you have, or if you are unsure if it is best suited as it can easily harm your flooring.

Advanced Stains

Sometimes, life happens. For stains that have been left for a considerable amount of time, or contain lipids, oils, or waxes, you may face some difficulty. If you’re unsure of how to proceed…it might be best to consult a professional before making any moves.

Don’t stress

Mistakes happen, we get it! If it’s time to replace the past and forget about your little mishap, visit Ashley Fine Floors to find the perfect carpet to bring your space back to life!


Why it’s time to rethink carpets

 

If you’ve taken a look through any interior design magazines or attended any home shows in the past year or so, you may have noticed a growing trend: despite hard surfaces like vinyl and hardwood being extremely popular, carpet tiles are making a quiet, stylish comeback. While the association with carpet tends to be the high-pile, thick, material that was favoured about a decade ago, there are now several different options on the market that easily blend with any home interior. If you’re looking for a cost-effective, stylish, and warm way to finish your home, carpet might just be the perfect. Learn more about this re-emerging trend below!

Welcome back!

As we said above, carpet tends to leave some homeowners feeling cautious due to the previous era of styling. Unlike the shag carpeting that we all know and love from the 70’s, today’s flooring options are much more chic and easier to maintain. Cut, loop, and combination piles give you an incredibly diverse range of options when it comes to textures, patterns, functionality, and longevity. With a little TLC, it’s easy to keep your carpets looking their best, all year round!

Tip: Learn how to care for your carpets in winter here.

Built in Comfort

One of the most appealing options for carpet, particularly in cooler environments like the Prairies is the added warmth the material brings to any space. Whether you hate freezing your toes in the morning, or shivering while watching a movie, plush carpeting can help keep you cozy during the colder months. Carpet is also much gentler on your joints if you stand for prolonged periods, and act as a natural shock absorber compared to harder alternatives.

Sound Absorbing

Have a rental unit or looking to block noise from traveling between levels? Carpet is a definite asset. Throw an underpad beneath your style of choice, and you’ll be amazed by how much quieter your space seems.

Safety

It may seem counter intuitive to consider carpeting if you have small children, but the added softness and plushness may actually be to your benefit, especially when placed on or around stairs or other dangerous areas within the home. Should your little one fall, there’s a much softer landing surface waiting to catch them.

Versatile

When it comes to the design element, carpet can be as dramatic or muted as you would like. Canadian brands like Beaulieu produce style lines with incredible options, giving you no shortage of patterns, cuts, and colours to choose from!

Ready to rethink your boring, outdated carpet and transform your home? Let us help! Contact the team at Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more.


Choosing the Best Basement Carpeting

If you’re in the process of planning an upcoming basement renovation, you likely already know just how important it can be to select the right flooring materials for your space. Whether you’re looking to expand your space for the family to relax in, or are looking to upgrade your basement into a secondary suite, choosing the best flooring for your space will help protect against premature wear, unnecessary repair costs, and more.

A common question the we encounter at Ashley Fine Floors is whether or not carpet is a wise investment for basement renovations. While there’s no direct “yes” or “no” answer, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re considering selecting carpet for your flooring. Read on to find out the best ways to incorporate carpet into your basement renovation.

Why Consider Carpeting?

As those of us in Alberta will know, the colder months often contribute to cooler areas in our homes, including our floors. Carpet can be a cost-effective, stylish, way to brighten up your area as well as increase insulation and retain warmth.

What Are the Challenges?

Basements can be tricky to outfit due to the fact that the natural lower temperature and more frequent presence of moisture can be harsh on floors. That doesn’t mean you can’t use carpets, but it does mean that you’ll need to be a little more selective when choosing the type of carpeting you want to incorporate. It’s also wise to keep in mind that you will probably need to swap out your flooring every 10 years or so to prevent moisture build up and carpet rot.

How to Choose the Best Option

As we mentioned above, selecting the right quality will go a long ways towards preventing mould build up and premature aging. A few key features that make carpets basement friendly are:

  • Low pile: Low pile carpeting is thinner than high-pile styles, meaning it takes less time to dry out if it is exposed to moisture.
  • Thinner padding: Less padding may seem unappealing since it means less built-in warmth, it also means there’s less chance of the carpet sucking up and retaining liquid.
  • Opt for manmade: Organic materials such as wool are more susceptible to damage caused by becoming waterlogged. Carpets made out of nylon and polyester are better suited to repel liquids and to handle the more moist environments commonly found in basements.
  • Look for waterproof backings: certain types of carpets have special waterproof backings the prevent moisture from passing through, making them the perfect option for basement areas.

Bonus Tip

Watch where you install: Even if you’ve selected a carpet that can handle basement conditions, it’s best to reserve it for specific areas that are less exposed to water on a regular basis. Laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are best suited to another type of flooring like vinyl or linoleum.

Ready to get started on your next project? Contact the team at Ashley Fine Floors today!


Winter Carpet Maintenance

Now that the cooler months have arrived it’s time for homeowners to consider the proper care for their carpets throughout the winter. Snow, dirt, and busy schedules can create wear and tear on even the best-kept surfaces. To avoid needing to replace your carpets earlier than usual, here are a few of our top tips for Winter Carpet Maintenance.

Place Mats Strategically

For rooms that will see higher daily traffic, it’s important to place mats at the entrance. Why? Mats will help you trap dirt and moisture before they can come into contact with your carpets. They’re also far easier to remove and clean, meaning you’ll spend less time on overall maintenance. For good measure, you’ll want to try and give your mats a good shake out/vacuum every other week, or as needed.

Shoes off!

It can be easy to forget to remove our shoes, especially when in a hurry. Taking those extra few seconds during the winter, however, can be a lifesaver for your floors. Salt, sand, dirt, and of course snow that are trapped in your tread can easily get buried in carpet fibres. Not only does that become tedious to remove, but where moisture is concerned, exposure can also lead to moulding or onset signs of carpet rot.

Amp up your care

Vacuuming may not be your favourite chore, but when it comes to extending the life of your carpet, it’s a must during the colder months. As we said, there’s a variety of different containments that could damage your flooring if left untreated. Try to double your typical vacuuming schedule. If you typically do bi-weekly, try to plan for once a week, etc. It’s also important to spot clean if you notice a trail of dirt being left behind.

Bonus tip:Notice a build up of road salt or sand? Fret not! You can treat it early on by mixing a 1-1 solution of water and white vinegar and misting it over the area (careful not to use too much. You want it moist, not soaked). From there, use a microfiber or terry cloth towel to gently blot the area, reabsorbing as much moisture as possible. Then, carefully rinse the area with warm water to remove any vinegar leftover and again, blot to absorb any moisture.

Plan to have your carpets professionally cleaned in the Spring

It’s a best practice to have your carpets professionally cleaned once a year to extend their lifetime, and most people opt to this in the Spring. That way all of the dirt and grime that may have accumulated during the winter is removed, leaving your carpet plush and like new! One thing to remember here is: book early! Many cleaners are booked months in advance, especially once the snow starts to melt. Thinking ahead will save you money, and avoid a potential headache.

Carpets are a fantastic way to keep your home warm and cozy in cooler temperatures. To learn more about what styles are best suited to your home, contact us today!


How to Properly Take Care of Your Carpet

Carpets, throw rugs and other soft floor coverings can add a lot to the ambiance and atmosphere of a house. They can add colour, texture, warmth and a sense of cozy hominess that hard floors can’t always provide. Even if you prefer hard floors, the occasional throw rug can help to protect your flooring and contribute to the general cleanliness of the house. Whether you’ve gone with full room carpeting or just a few rugs here and there, it’s important to give your carpets proper maintenance in order to keep them looking bright and clean. Here are some things you can do to care for your rugs.

Vacuum Regularly

This is a very simple way to keep your carpets in excellent condition. High traffic areas should be vacuumed daily, while the rest of the house should be vacuumed according to a regular schedule. Even lower traffic areas can become built up with dust and debris over time, and the longer it stays where it is, the deeper it will be ground into the carpet making it harder to remove. Make certain to use a high-quality vacuum cleaner and be careful to cover all exposed carpet, even if you have to move furniture, plants and throw rugs to do it.

Protect Trouble Spots

There’s something welcoming about a carpet that comes all the way up to the door, but that stretch of carpet can be a nightmare to keep clean. The same goes for the patch of carpet next to the kitchen floor, which is vulnerable to people unwittingly tracking spilled food out of the kitchen. If your dining room is carpeted, it is an obvious trouble spot. Make sure to protect these easily stained areas by putting down mats, adding throw rugs and cleaning regularly. You can also reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked in from outdoors by instituting a “no shoes in the house” rule, stopping dirt, mud and other debris at the door.

Take Care of Spills Immediately

Since carpets are (obviously) on the floor, the odds are good that anything you drop or spill will make its way down there no matter how careful you are. However, just because you’ve spilled something, it doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on your carpet. Blot out stains immediately, and vacuum up dry spills. Keep a bottle of spot cleaner on hand for when accidents happen. The sooner you get to work removing a stain, the greater chance you’ll have of eliminating it completely.

Start With Good Quality

High quality carpets are not only easier to maintain than poorly made floor coverings, they are so beautiful that you will want to spend the extra time it takes to keep them looking like new. Ashely Fine Floors sells gorgeous carpets, rugs and other flooring options to give your home the look you want. We also provide comprehensive instructions on how to care for all of our merchandise and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Let us help you make your home beautiful!

Contact us today!


How to Get Your Spring Cleaning Started

Spring is that time of the year when the weather starts to get warm, the birds begin to sing, and you start to notice that your house is extremely cluttered. It can be a pain to even think about how to begin cleaning your home, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. If you are able to plan your spring cleaning before you start, it’s going to be much more organized and a lot less time-consuming.

If you have a hard time getting started on cleaning your home, here are some tips and tricks for getting the job done.

Make a list
Before you start your spring cleaning, it is important to figure out exactly what it is you want to do. Make a list of all of the important and neglected areas of your home that need a good scrubbing or decluttering. Maybe you need to purge some of your clothing (to make room for more, of course), or maybe you want to finally clean the gunk and dust off of your window sills. No matter the task, making a list of your chores is an easy way to keep track of what you want to do and what you’ve already done. Plus, it always feels great to cross a task off of your list!

Don’t end up anti-purging
When we decide we’re going to get rid of clutter and old things we may not necessarily need anymore, we go in with a strong motivation and a will to purge many of the items we no longer deem worthy for our home. However, when the time actually comes to start getting rid of things, we often find ourselves keeping almost everything. We somehow are able to find a use for that pen you got from the dentist five years ago, even though it no longer works. It’s a strange urge to want to keep useless things, but it happens. When you make a plan to purge, resist the urge to run the other way.

Bring a buddy
When you need to get rid of old things or clean up your space, recruit a buddy to help you. You can repay them with pizza and other tasty treats for their service. A friend can help you take that extra leap to get rid of things you no longer need (if worse comes to worse, they can literally pry it from your hands). They can tell you if a particular shirt no longer looks good on you. It’s extremely helpful.

When you need to get spring cleaning, the only way to get it done is to buckle down and make a solid plan. Make sure you go in prepared in order to achieve success. Your home will be clean and back to normal in no time!

Now that your home is nice and clean, you’re probably thinking about a fresh start! Why not start with new flooring? Ashley Fine Floors has the selection and service you need to affordably upgrade your flooring in Edmonton and Calgary. Contact us now!