How To Evaluate Quality Carpet

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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:

Backing
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.

Finishes
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.

Craftsmanship
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.

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

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Stainmaster Vs. Other Carpet Stain Protection Systems

Stainmaster by Invista and 3M’s Scotchguard are two of the most popular types of stain protection applied to carpet today.  While both provide protection from spills and stains, the difference between the two products is significant.  One of the main differences being that some types of Scotchguard must be re-applied to carpet after steam cleaning while Stainmaster will remain for the carpet’s life without further applications.

When color is applied to carpet in the form of color dyes, it is absorbed into the actual carpet fibers through minuscule areas within the fibers called “dye sites.”  These dye sites are essentially microscopic areas containing positive charges which allow negatively charged acid based dyes to “stick” to the carpet fibers.  When the negatively charged dye sticks to a positively charged “dye site” the charge is neutralized which stops the fibers from accepting further dyes.  This is the process through which carpet is given its wide range of colors today.

Unfortunately, even after applying color dyes to carpet there are still “dye sites” within the carpet that have not been neutralized which allows the carpet to accept further staining.  This is how carpet becomes stained from spills.  When you spill something acidic like Gatorade onto a carpet, negatively charged acid from the drink can bond with an “open” dye site leading to a glaring stain on your nice new carpet.

This is where Invista Stainmaster comes into play.  Stainmaster is a clear coating which when applied after color dyeing, neutralizes any remaining “dye sites” within a carpet.  By neutralizing the “dye sites” further color staining is prohibited from taking place.  While not perfect as no carpet is truly stain proof, this coating greatly reduces the chance of permanent stains taking hold.

One significant benefit of having Stainmaster Stainmaster applied to your carpet is that it does not need to be re-applied after steam cleaning.  Scotchguard on the other hand is a surface treatment that does need to be re-applied occasionally after steam cleaning (some forms of Scotchguard will last 10 years before needing to be re-applied).   Scotchguard is more like car wax in that it is not a permanent application.  Like car wax, Scotchguard keeps a substance upon the surface, giving you time to remove it before it sets into a stain.

To summarize, Scotchguard is more of a surface barrier that keeps a stain from entering a carpet’s fibers.  Scotchguard must be re-applied occasionally after a carpet is steam cleaned.  Stainmaster on the other hand is a deep fiber treatment that remains with the carpet for its lifespan.  It affects the carpet at the molecular level in essence “sealing” the carpet from stains.  If you can afford it, we highly recommend that you purchase a carpet with Stainmaster.

Purchase your carpet at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets Orange County, CA

Affordable Rugs for Your Vacation Home

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets offers a variety of rugs at affordable prices for your second home or vacation rental.

Madras Stripe 100% Wool

Corduroy - 100% Wool

Madras Twill Brown - 100% wool

Shown here are examples of affordable area rugs that offer a relaxed feel. These rugs come in a variety of sizes and are all made of 100% wool.
Another popular choice are natural fiber rugs such as seagrass, sisal and jute. Visit our online natural fiber rug fabricator. You will find a variety of very affordable options (stay away from the leather borders and Fashion Collection options).

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS
230 EAST 17TH STREET
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
949-722-7224

Question: Rug or Broadloom Wall to Wall Carpet

Just arrived – great looking New Zealand carpet with coordinating borders. Offer the ability to install wall to wall or fabricate an area rug in any size you desire.

Available at:
HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS
230 EAST 17TH STREET
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
949-722-7224
www.RugsAndCarpets.com

Quick Fix: Add a New Rug to Freshen the Look of a Room

When a room is looking a little tired and dated and re-decorating sounds like too much hard work, a new rug is one of the most cost-effective and easiest ways to create a whole new mood in your home.

This is one accessory that can instantly update the look of your interior and can make a world of difference to a room. Whether you want to make a bedroom brighter, liven up a living room, or make your dining room dazzle, the right rug can do wonders to a dull-looking room.

The latest collection of contemporary area rugs at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is proving to be a big hit, with customers. Designers have been particularly enthusiastic to wide range of choice of area rugs that are offered. What a perfect way to compliment your hardwood floors which are also offered by Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets

How to Select the Perfect Dining Room Area Rug

The dining room seems to be where all the entertaining happens. Whether it is for the immediate family, holiday dinners or intimate romantic dinners, the dining room is a special room. When decorating your dining room, we often forget about the flooring and the area rug that goes under the table. Believe it or not, the perfect area rug can make your room feel casual or formal, just by changing the rug. Here are tips for choosing the right one for your home.

* Assess the size of your dining room: Your dining room size will dictate how large of an area rug you should use. Large dining rooms may need to utilize two or more area rugs based on multiple seating areas and tables. For smaller dining rooms consider using one that is larger than your dining room table, but smaller than the perimeter of the room. For those that have hardwood flooring, a border of the contrasting resilient flooring makes a nice contrast.

* What’s the shape of your dining room: While most would think a rectangular carpet should go in a rectangular room, there are often exceptions. Area rugs can take their cues from the space as well as the shape of the table that covers it. It is often a play on form and color when choosing the area rug. Decide what feels and looks right to you. Your dining room is your design preference and trends and design can be followed or broken!

* Choose a pattern or not: In some dining rooms the area rug serves as a floor covering that feels good underfoot and is meant for function and not décor. While other dining rooms keep a simple table and chairs, and then have the area rug take command of the room. If you choose the more bold approach, choose a few colors from the carpet and bring them into the wall color and fabrics of the room. This will unite the room and keep it from looking too busy for the eye.

* Defining a space: If you have an open area dining room that shares a space with a living room or kitchen area, an area rug will help you define the dining room without using walls. Choose a rug that uses colors from adjoining spaces but still defines the space. Therefore a mixture of neutrals from the surrounding rooms with a punch of an accent color to match the dining room chairs would be perfect.

Fabrica Nylon & Wool Carpet Sale – Hemphill’s Orange County

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is proud to offer a selection of Fabrica nylon carpets at sale pricing. In addition, ALL Fabrica New Zealand wool carpets are on sale at an extra 10% our normal discounted prices. This special promotion ends November 15.

There are 21 nylon products on sale including new products such as Wabi, Avingon, Balance, Marakech and Kasuri. Favorite items such as Chelsea, La Rochelle and Dolce are also included.

Fabrica Forsythe

All 15 New Zealand wool products are on sale including the just released Variation, Forsythe and Claiborne.

Fabrica Claiborn

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets
230 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-722-7224

Our showroom offers over 70 name brands of carpet, area rugs, wood floor, and specialty flooring products. Choose from popular items from Karastan, Nourison, Stanton, Masland, Fabrica, Lamontage, Richard Marshall Olde Boards, Torlys Leather, Fibreworks, Merida Meridian, Company C, InnerAsia Gangchen Carpets of Tibet, Obeetee, Feizy Rugs, Tommy Bahama, Bellbridge, Robertex, Kane, Unique Carpets, Dixie Home, Moda, Camelot, Design Materials, Couristan, J. Mish, Godfrey Hirst, Concepts International, Prestige Mills, Weave Tuft and more.