What To Do If You Spill Paint On Carpet

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The best thing you can do is prevent the paint spill from ever happening. When painting a room, take some extra time to make sure that the entire carpet is completely covered with a drop-cloth and tape. Make sure to use blue tape that won’t leave a sticky residue or damage your baseboards. Since paint is so difficult to remove from carpet, this extra bit of prep time will save you a lot of time and headache in the long run.
How well does paint stick to your walls? It bonds to your carpet even better. In fact, paint is typically one of the MOST difficult spots to remove from carpet.

Some people feel that if they are using water based paint, it should remove easily. Unfortunately, this is not true. Have you ever tried washing the paint off your wall? You’d ruin the drywall before you could remove the paint.

If you attempt removal while the paint is still damp, you’ll have a good chance at removal. Allowing the paint to dry makes the task difficult to impossible.

If you do get a little paint on your carpet, start by quickly blotting up as much as you can with a clean white cloth. Work from the outside in, so you don’t spread the stain. Then get a cloth wet and blot again, this time also moving from the outside in. Remove as much of the paint as you can.

Now, take a SMALL amount of Dawn detergent (one drop of the original formula) and mix it with 12 ounces of water. Using a clean white cloth again, wet the cloth in the soapy water and blot the stain moving from the outside in.

If any paint remains, apply some odorless mineral spirits to a cloth and blot the stain with the cloth. NEVER pour mineral spirits directly on your carpet. Use it sparingly. Too much of any type of solvent can cause the carpet backing to fall apart. When finished, pour a little clean water over the stained area and extract the water with a wet vacuum. This rinses out any residue left behind from the mineral spirits and detergent.

Wait until the carpet is dry completely and vacuum the area. If the is not completely removed, you may need to repeat the process.

Don’t panic. First, extract all that you can with a wet vacuum or shop vac. Then, call us. We’ve taken care of problems just like this. The chances are good that a good carpet cleaning company can help IF you call IMMEDIATELY!

Acrylic paint might be a problem. Acrylic is often referred to as craft paint, so it’s a common kind of paint you might have in your house. If some gets on the carpet, here’s what you can do to get rid of it.

First, extract with a wet or shop vacuum. Then, blot the area with a mild cleaning agent that is safe for your rug.  Always test the spotter in a small, inconspicuous area first.

Like with latex paint, use odorless mineral spirits if the stain still remains as according to the directions above.

If you have a paint stain that has dried or you have spilled a considerable amount of paint, you might need to seek the help of a specialist. If you experiment too much, you could ultimately damage your carpet.

Paint is one of the most vicious stains on carpet. But if you know what to do when the emergency arises, you’ll have emerged with beautiful carpet.

The important thing to remember is ACT NOW.

If you need to replace your carpet, we can help…


Go Green With Wool Carpet

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets favorite environmentally friendly product is wool carpeting. Why? Learn about wool carpet and see for yourself why we became fans of this great product!

The environmentally-friendly aspects and natural benefits of wool carpet start with the green environment where the sheep graze. If your carpeting is coming from a green pasture, you could say it’s a great start to “going green.”

Beauty – Wool carpet is easy to care for and will last and last.

Health – If your family members are allergy-prone, you’ll love wool carpet because it’s allergy friendly. It’s also fire resistant and has air purification qualities.

Comfort – Wool carpeting is known for being tactile, sound absorbing, having insulating capabilities, and can even improve air quality since it doesn’t kick up dust fibers.

Renewable – Sheep sheared during the summer go back to grazing and growing more wool, which makes them a renewable resource!

Biodegradable – When natural wool is allowed to go back into soil, it will decompose naturally.

Recyclable – Bet you didn’t know that the insulating material found in wool carpet is often used around plants, and it provides mulch to the soil.

Energy Efficient – It takes 1/8th the amount of energy to produce wool carpet versus nylon carpets. Those who live in places with hot summers and chilly winters, you’ll love wool carpet because its insulating factors keeps heat from rising in the summer and also keep your rooms warmer in the winter.

Special thanks to @thedesignstudio for showing us a really practical product that is not only great for your home, but easy on the environment. If you would like to learn even more about wool carpeting, or find out how you can acquire the best kind of carpeting for your home, contact the experts at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets in Orange County California.
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Selecting the Right Paint Color = Energy Savings


Choosing the right color of paint for a room could have a great impact not only on people’s moods but on their electricity bills as well. To strike the right balance throughout both warm and the cold seasons, it is beneficial to use light colors for walls and dark colors for furniture. Read more: http://sourceable.net/paint-colours-can-cut-energy-costs/


How To Evaluate Quality Carpet

Signs of Quality
Trying to evaluate the huge amount of carpet types on the market can feel overwhelming. It is easy to be misled when comparing woven to tufted and cut-pile to loop. What you need to take into account when buying a quality carpet are the identifiable signs of quality:

While you are looking at the label, also examine the backing of the carpet. Make sure the backing has a tight weave. This ensures quality and wear.

Stain-resistant treatments, like those from  Stainmaster, are often applied to nylon carpets to make them easier to clean. Since wool is naturally soil resistant, it does not require further treatment.

Most carpets are either woven or tufted. Weaving is the superior method as it locks each yarn into the backing, creating a highly durable carpet. Tufted carpets are less expensive because they can be made faster.

Pile Density
Density refers to the amount of pile yarn used in the carpet and the closeness of the weave. In general, the denser the pile, the better the performance. Take the sample and bend the face-pile away from you. Can you see the backing? The denser the pile, the less backing will be visible.
Face Weight
Face weight is the amount of fiber used on the surface of the carpet expressed in ounces per square yard. This should not be confused with total weight, which is the face weight plus the weight of the backing. Do not buy a carpet because it has a high face weight. Other qualities, like density, fiber, and weave are more important. Keep in mind: a lighter weight woven carpet will outperform a higher weight tufted product.

Carpet fibers are twisted together for harder wear and a defined look. The tighter the fiber twist, the longer the carpet will perform.

Wool & Viscose Blend Carpet & Rugs

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One of the latest trends in high end broadloom is the use of viscose to give the appearance of silk.  It creates a beautiful lustre.  One must be careful where this product is used since water based spills / stains are not easily cleaned.

Our showroom offers viscose blend products from Rosecore, Luxelooms, Nourison, Stanton, Antrim, Cavan and others.  Each of these products can be installed wall to wall or used as area rugs of any size


Just Arrived: Mesa

Just arrived to our showroom.  A unique blend of wool, viscose and cotton.  This colorful carpet can be installed wall to wall or made into area rugs of any size.

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A Wools of New Zealand Premier Partner Showroom of Excellence.

Visit our websites: http://www.RugsAndCarpets.com  http://www.NewportFloorsCostaMesa.com http://www.NewportFloorCostaMesa.com http://www.HemphillsRugs.com

Featuring brands such as: Rosecore, Stark, Nourison, Karastan, Cavan, Antrim, Stanton, Godfrey Hirst, Moda, Camelot, Masland, Fabrica, Dixie Home, Robertex, Woolshire, Hibernia, Godfrey Hirst, Surya, Uttermost, Richard Marshall, Concepts International, Prestige Mills, Safavieh, Feizy Rugs, InnerAsia, Saddleman’s of Sante Fe, Yerra, Dalyn, Delos, Design Materials, Fibreworks, Natural Carpet Company, Bellbridge, Radici, Old Vines wood floor, Royal Dutch, Hycraft, Hagaman, Unique Carpets, Gangchen Carpets of Tibet, Kalaty, Transocean, Olde Charleston Wood Floor, Rugs International, Zoroufy Stair Rods and more

Hemphill’s Honored by Home Accents Today

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets has been selected as a 2014 Retail Star.  Below is the article from Home Accents Today.

Home Accents Today announced the names of the 50 businesses selected for inclusion on its 2014 Retail Stars list.
Retail Stars 2014 Home Accents Today
The annual list, now in its 10th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents, including furniture stores and interior design boutiques, who are creative in their merchandising, have a positive presence in their local communities and are distinguishing themselves from the competition. The Retail Stars list is not a ranking, and is not based on sales volume.

The businesses named to the list are based in 21 states with Texas and California contributing seven and five stores, respectively. This year’s diverse group, 90% of which operate in a single location, ranges in size from A Studio, a 400-sq.-ft. shop situated on Michigan’s scenic “Tunnel of Trees” highway, to the 1.2 million-sq.-ft. showrooms of  Jamestown, North Carolina’s Furnitureland South. A third of the stores are ringing up annual sales in excess of $3 million, and 10 stores are at $5 million and above. The 2014 Retail Stars include one centenarian — Reeds/Jenss of Amherst, N.Y., which opened in 1912 — and a 97-year-old, McCurry Furniture Co. of Warrior, Ala. At the other end of the spectrum, half of the stores have been open 10 years or less.

“The retail climate is changing faster than ever before, and it takes a lot of effort to stay on top in these changing times,” said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief of Home Accents Today. “The 2014 Retail Stars exemplify excellence in independent retail and are true role models for their innovation, customer service, marketing and merchandising strategies which make them leaders among their peers. This honor recognizes all their skills, not to mention their hard work, and should serve as a reminder to us all to support local businesses.”

Members of the home furnishings industry were invited to suggest stores and retailers were encouraged to submit2014 Home Accents Today Retail Stars information describing their businesses. The list was compiled and narrowed down by Home Accents Today’s research analysts and editors.

The 50 Retail Stars list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, publishes each year in the May issue. A copy of the 2014 Retail Stars story, with photos and information about the honorees, may be purchased and downloaded here.

Home Accents Today

Home Accents Today’s 2014 Retail Stars are:

A Studio, Good Hart, Mich.

Aldik Home, Van Nuys, Calif.

Anteks Home Furnishings, Dallas, Texas

Bass’s Tradition House, Moultrie, Ga.

Bedside Manor, Winnetka, Ill.

Belfort Furniture, Dulles, Va.

Bronstein’s Fine Furniture, Mobile, Ala.

Bungalow Home & Garden, New Albany, Ohio

Cactus Flower Interiors, South Padre Island, Texas

Carolina Rustica, Concord, N.C.

CasaBella Interiors, Brandon, Miss.

Cleveland Lighting, Cleveland, Ohio

Clive Daniel Home, Naples, Fla.

Cocobello, Hudson, Wis.

Daisy’s, Alameda, Calif.

Daisy’s Designer Alley, Greensboro, N.C.

DH Collection, Fort Worth, Texas

DOMA Home Furnishings, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Eclectic Design Source, Libertyville, Ill.

Furniture Affair, Phoenix, Ariz.

Furnitureland South, Jamestown, N.C.

Garber’s Interior Design, Elkhart, Ind.

Gray Living, McKinney, Texas

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets, Costa Mesa,  Calif.

Hillside Furniture, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Frisco, Texas

Interior HomeStore, Sherman, Texas

Isidro Dunbar Modern Interiors, Miramar Beach, Fla.

Kensington Furniture, Northfield, N.J.

Kindel & Co., Howard City, Mich.

La Maison Interiors, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Le OBJECTS For The Home, Seattle, Wash.

Lila Home by Lauren Nicole Designs, Charlotte, N.C.

McCurry Furniture Co., Warrior, Ala.

Metro Home Style, Syracuse, N.Y.

One Swanky Shop, Marble Falls, Texas

Reeds Jewelers/Jenss Décor, Amherst, N.Y.

Rich Designs Home, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Room 22, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Rummage, Los Angeles

Shed – The Eclectic Home, Maplewood, N.J.

Sign of the Dolphin, Seminole, Fla.

Simplicity Décor, Kirkland, Wash.

Stock & Trade Design Co., Homewood, Ala.

The Front Porch, Waukesha, Wis.

The Woods Fine Amish Furniture, Plainview, Minn.

Thornberry Cottage, Green Bay, Wis.

Under a Hula Moon, Kailua, Hawaii

Vintage Nest, Glenview, Ill.

Zinc Details, San Francisco, Calif.


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