Floor Covering Associates will professionally install your carpet
to your satisfaction.
An installation of wall-to-wall carpet requires a properly trained craftsman. Not
all craftsmen are equally skilled. Here is where your dealer serves an important
function by matching the skills of your installer to the requirements of your job
and the qualities of the carpet you have chosen. It is important to be able to rely
on your dealer's experience and judgment regarding installation. That's why it's
smart to buy your carpet and installation from the same dealer. This gives you a
single responsible place to go with questions or problems. Check out our FCA Carpet Buying Guide for more info.
Quality Installation In Nine Steps:
- Discuss and approve the location of carpet seams.
- Determine who will move furniture and reach an agreement on any charges for this
- Decide who will remove and dispose of any existing carpet and padding, and agree
- Understand your warranties- know what is and is not covered- and the procedures
for handling a service call.
- Vacuum old carpet prior to the arrival of the installer.
- Inspect the completed installation with the installer.
- Continue operating the ventilation system at normal room temperature for up to 72
hours after installation. If possible, open windows to increase the flow of fresh
- Retain a scrap of the carpet approximately one foot square or larger to patch holes
- Keep indoor temperature and humidity at levels comfortable for living. Temperatures
below 65°F and above 95°F can cause the carpet to buckle.
"So, How Long Will My New Carpet Last Anyway?"
This is perhaps the most commonly asked question and frankly, there is no simple
answer. Like any textile product, longevity depends on what kind of use your carpet
gets, and how you take care of it.
Synthetic pile carpets made of nylon, olefin and polyester simply don't "wear
out" in the same way as the old wool pile carpets did. That is, the fibers
never break off and wear away leaving only the carpet backing showing.
Instead, synthetic carpets usually change in appearance over time, especially in
areas of high usage. The change occurs slowly, and is caused by such things as fine
airborne soil, air pollution, tracked-in dirt, stains, and heavy foot traffic. They
collect on the surface of the carpet fibers and change the way the light reflects
off of it, causing the carpet to look dull and shabby and no longer new.
Five Ways to Keeping Your Carpet Looking New Longer
Buy the right carpet- "If you don't know carpet, know your
Purchase your carpet from a local dealer with a good reputation. Purchase only first
quality carpet. Don't be misled by bargain prices on irregulars. A number of problems
could arise. For example, the backing could separate and cause the seams to open
Purchase your installation and your carpet from the same dealer. This gives you
one single responsible source to go to for answers on your questions and for help
with any problems.
Vacuum your carpet regularly
Vacuum traffic lanes and heavily used areas daily. Make five to seven passes of
the vacuum. All other areas should be done twice a week, making three passes with
the vacuum. See our list
of approved vacuum cleaners here (PDF).
For cut-pile and most woven carpets, use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar. The
beater bar agitates the pile and sets up vibrations that dislodge soil. Make sure
the beater bar comes in contact with the carpet but not so much as to slow down
For delicate loop pile and sisal textures, use suction only. Lift the beater bar
so that it does not come in contact with the carpet. This will prevent damaging
Keep your vacuum cleaner in good condition. Inspect the belt to make sure the beater
bar is rotating properly before each use. Empty the soil bag when it is half full
to maintain efficiency. See our extensive Carpet Maintenance
section for additional information as well as warranty brochures.
Remove spills and spots right away
Remember that time makes the difference between a spot and a stain, so act immediately.
As soon as a liquid spill occurs, absorb as much liquid as possible with a clean
white terry cloth or paper towel. Use a blotting action, working from the outside
in. Never rub or scrub; it will cause fuzzing.
In the event you spill liquid with solids, pick up or remove as much of the solid
before you begin to blot. Use a spatula or large spoon to scrape the solid off the
surface of the carpet.
After blotting, use a recommended cleaning agent if necessary, and carefully follow
Professionally clean your carpet
Oily soil from cooking vapors, air pollution and tracked-in dirt build up a residue
on the surface of your carpet and cause it to look dull and matted. There are a
number of excellent commercial cleaning methods you can use, from dry cleaning to
If your carpet dealer doesn't offer professional cleaning, ask him to recommend
the proper cleaning method for your carpet.
If your carpet has a warranty from a fiber manufacturer such as DuPont, Solutia,
Allied or 3M, consult their 300 phone number or website for recommended cleaning
procedures. Using a cleaning method other than those approved by the manufacturer
may void the warranty.
Protect your investment
Close your shades or drapes to avoid direct sunlight on your floor. Carpet dyes
have never been better, but all textiles fade when exposed to UV sunlight.
Change filters in your heating and air conditioning system regularly. It's healthier
for your family and it keeps your entire house cleaner, including your carpet.
Place a walk-off mat at the entrances to your home so that soil is left outside
rather than tracked in over your carpet. Rearrange your furniture periodically to
change the traffic flow and allow the carpet to wear more evenly.
A Brief History of Carpet
Man has been using carpet to add warmth and comfort to his dwellings for more than
With the discovery of hand weaving, men were able to create a vast array of carpet
types, freeing their imaginations to design figures and symbols of all sorts.
oldest known carpet is the "Pazyryk". This intricately patterned, beautiful
knotted-pile rug was created by Armenian craftsmen during the 4th or 5th Century
BC and can be seen today at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Many carpets that were hand-woven over the past 300 years have transcended the boundaries
of their craft and have become an art form that is part of many museum collections.
It was the Industrial Revolution that led the way to the development of machine-made
fabrics, and ultimately carpet, with such inventions as the "Spinning Jenny",
which pun yarn, in 1767. Later, in 1801 Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented an automatic
loom that used punch cards. This allowed for complex patterns to be woven much faster
than was possible by human hands.
(It is fascinating to discover that Jacquard's 18th Century invention of punch cards
was later used to create the first computer of the 20th Century. SO his invention
was pivotal not only to the Industrial Revolution but also to the modern technological
But it wasn't until 1904 that a Dalton, Georgia farm girl named Catherine Evans
remembered an heirloom bedspread that had been in her family from Colonial days.
She worked out a stitch that locked into the fabric and, once snipped, left a small
tuft. Fittingly, she called the stitch "tufting" because each stitch resembled
a tiny tuft of grass.
Soon families were sitting on farm porches stitching spreads to sell from their
front yard clotheslines. The tiny cottage industry soon captured the attention of
Singer Sewing Machine Company. Singer wasted no time in developing a twelve-foot
wide sewing machine with 1,500 needles to make bedspreads.
In the meantime, a few Georgia pioneer carpet makers wondered if the new machine
could be used to produce carpet. They discovered, to their amazement, that they
could make forty feet of carpet per minute; ten times faster than with the old traditional
carpet weaving looms.
The first carpets were made of wool. Nylon fiber, which was invented in 1939 by
DuPont chemist Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, eventually replaced wool as the standard
By the late 1950's, tufted nylon carpet could be purchased for prices within the
reach of every homeowner.
"What About Carpet Installation? Will I See My Carpet Seams?"
Most carpets manufactured today are produced in 12-foot widths and require seaming.
Usually, seams are best places perpendicular to the primary natural light source
in the room, to minimize their visibility. Visibility of seams will vary with different
carpet textures, densities, and lighting conditions. It's common for some seams
to peak slightly after installation. Time and normal traffic will usually correct
this. Carpet seams, like seams in any textile, will not be visible.
"What Will Carpet Cushion Do for Me?"
cushion, sometimes called padding, performs two functions: to make your carpet feel
good when you walk on it, and to help your carpet maintain its original appearance
over time. Carpet cushion is like the shock absorbers on your car. It's there to
protect your investment by absorbing the pounding of foot traffic.
You can select a firmer or softer feel depending on the type of carpet you are installing
and your preference as to the feel underfoot. For thicker, plush cut-pile carpet,
a cushion up to 1/2" thick is recommended. For Berbers or lower profile carpets,
thinner cushion, not more thank 3/8" thick, will provide maximum performance.
You can choose from several types of cushion. The most common are sponge rubber,
bonded polyurethane foam, prime polyurethane foam, and fiber.
Cleaning Products For Carpet
Protect your investment by using the recommended cleaning products on your new carpet.
Your dealer will usually have these products in stock.