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Leigh Bakhtiari is a 26-year veteran of the flooring industry and president of City Carpets, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. She can be reached at (415) 493-8934 or by email.

The Truth About Carpet and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on July 27, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — It’s often assumed that carpet diminishes indoor air quality, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, studies conducted by The Carpet and Rug Institute show that carpet may actually have the opposite effect and improve indoor air quality.

There’s a good explanation for carpet’s positive effect on indoor air quality: it provides a place for airborne particulates to land, making them easier to remove during cleaning. More than that, carpet actually attracts airborne particles and traps them on the floor. By contrast, in homes with hard floors, particles like mold spores, dander and dirt can remain airborne for up to 45 minutes before settling.

While carpet’s ability to capture airborne particles can benefit those with allergies and respiratory issues, Read more

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Video: Considerations for Choosing Flooring

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

DANVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a new flooring product for your home, it’s important to ask yourself plenty of questions. Today we’re in Danville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Paul Byer of First Choice Abbey Carpet to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Paul Byer: If you’re planning a floor covering purchase, there are lots of questions that need to be balanced so it’s a good thing to ask yourself those questions before you go shopping. How long am I going to need this flooring for? How important is color to me? How important is durability to me? Is maintenance a big issue? How many people are in your family? Read more

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Video: Pet-Friendly Carpeting

Posted on August 03, 2017 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re concerned about your pet soiling your new carpet, you’ll be glad to know there’s a product that can guard against this. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steven Siegfried of Abbey Carpets by Fashion Floors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steven Siegfried: In this segment today, we’re going to talk about pet-friendly carpet. Mohawk SmartStrand has one of the best warranties, and one of the best carpets out there for pet-friendly carpet. It covers the three Ps: the pee, the puke, and the poop. On those particular warranties, they have a lifetime on staining that urine, and puke, Read more

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How to Choose Carpet That Resists Pet Stains

Posted on August 03, 2017 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Cleaning up after accidents is part of pet ownership. Some homeowners stick to hardwood floors and cheap, easily replaceable area rugs because they’re worried about potential stains or lingering odors. However, carpet products are becoming more sophisticated, and many are designed with pet owners in mind. Today, pets can exist alongside impeccable carpets.

A pet-friendly carpet should resist stains, repel odors and come with a generous warranty, which indicates the manufacturer’s confidence in its product. Mohawk SmartStrand is a good example of this kind of carpet. It’s designed to resist moisture—the fibers of its threads are made from highly processed recycled plastic, which creates a resistant barrier. Because this carpet doesn’t absorb moisture, Read more

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Video: Innovations in Carpet Technology

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: If cleaning concerns have made you hesitant about installing carpet in your home, you’ll be glad to know about some recent industry innovations. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ed Lacina of Murison’s FlooringAmerica to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ed Lacina: Today’s consumer is concerned about how their home looks, how beautiful it looks, but also how to maintain, once they have those new products in their home. A lot of people have gravitated towards hardwood, towards ceramic tile, or even some of the new luxury vinyl tile products that we offer. And they’re going to that because they believe that that product could be cleaned more efficiently and effectively than some of our carpets. Read more

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Innovations in Carpet Technology

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN JOSE — When it comes to choosing a flooring product, today’s consumers are as concerned with attributes like practicality and performance as they are with aesthetics. For this reason, many are eschewing stain-prone materials like carpet in favor of options like hardwood, ceramic tile and luxury vinyl tile. However, thanks to modern innovations, there are now carpet products on the market that address common functional drawbacks, which means consumers don’t have to sacrifice comfort underfoot for functionality.

One attribute that makes today’s carpet products superior to those of the past is increased fiber resilience. Whereas old carpet fibers would pack down, crush and matt easily, today’s fibers are more pliable, which means they’re able to bounce back and hold their shape and appearance for a longer period of time. Read more

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The Benefits of Steam Cleaning Carpet

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — Most homeowners don’t realize the abundance of bacteria, germs and other contaminants a carpet can harbor. After making their way into the home (whether by air or being tracked in by people and pets), most of these contaminants end up on the floor, which can be particularly problematic in homes with carpet. While regular vacuuming will help keep contaminants in check, this only removes debris at the surface level, allowing particles that have become deeply embedded in the carpet to remain. So, to purge your carpet of contaminants, you’ll need to take more intensive measures.

One effective technique used to deep-clean carpet is steam cleaning. Also known as “hot water extraction,” this method utilizes heavy equipment that shoots hot water into the carpet fibers to dislodge buildup. Read more

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