Carpet dents happen, particularly when heavy furniture has been placed on top of the carpet in the same position over a long period of time. These dents are called divots and happen when the delicate fibers in the carpet have been compressed. While not noticeable if the furniture remains on top of the compressions, they will show up if you rearrange furniture. Rubbing or vacuuming them usually do not do enough on their own. Fortunately, there are some tricks you can try to get rid of them!
Grab some ice cubes from the freezer and give carpet dents the cold shoulder! Place a cube or multiple ice cubes on the dent, depending on the size. Let the ice melt into the carpet for a few hours. The water will engorge the nap of the carpet and bring the height back up to the height of the surrounding areas. Blot up the excess water with a sponge and use a spoon or quarter to lift up any carpet fibers that are still hanging downwards.
2. Use a Towel
For really deep dents, put a damp hand towel or dish cloth over it. Set an iron on medium heat or on the steam setting and run it over the carpet for about a minute. Be careful not to touch the iron directly to the carpet since this could cause burn marks. Once you are done, vacuum over the spot to fluff it up.
3. Blow Dry
Your blow dryer can add volume to your carpet, just like It can do for your hair. Use a handheld hair dryer to restore carpet fibers that are limp. Start by spraying the dented area with just enough water to saturate the carpet fibers. Use the hair dryer to blow dry the damp area, fluffing up the carpet fibers with your fingers as you work.
If one of these tips does not do the trick, try it in combination with a different one.
To prevent any future dents, try moving furniture often. Moving furniture a few inches in one direction or the other can prevent the deep dents that are difficult to remove from forming. Carpet is much more likely to bounce back if the furniture has only been in one spot for a few months. Using furniture disks or larger pieces of wood under the feet of your furniture can also spread the weight of the piece over a wider area, leading to fewer dents.
We’ve been there; your child wants to have a special bath, so you start filling the tub. The other child calls for you while the little one sits in the bath and delights in the rising water. Once the water has reached maximum height, he shuts it off and promptly starts to do diving practice. By the time you make it back, he’s already managed to get most of the water from the tub all over the bathroom floors, which also seep into the hall floors, and down the stairs. The amount of water is immense, and your floors are in danger. What do you do?
Look for Signs of Water Damage
Assess the area as to what level of damage you may have. The amount of repair you need will depend on how severe the damage is. This may not be visible within the first hour of water exposure, so be sure to keep your eye on it within the next few days. Look for cracking, peeling, cupping, crowning or buckling. Cracking and peeling can be repaired easily with sanding and refinishing, however when the edges of the planks curl upward, or the middle of the planks are swollen higher than the edges, or the plan sticks out above the surrounding floor boards, you may be looking more at a replacement.
Call the Experts-Fast
Now that you know what kind of help you need, call Kruper Flooring to give you an estimate on either finishing and sanding, or replacing the planks. We’ll give you a fair estimate on the work that is needed and expedite it efficiently so that you’re not displaced (if that is the case) for a long period of time.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can come out and assess the damage. We can usually decrease the level of repair as well.
Chances are, the whole lot of flooring is not entirely damaged, meaning, you could replace only the damaged planks and save some money. The new planks will be seamlessly weaved into the existing floor and if need be, we can sand, finish and stain the area to match the entire floor, making it look as good as new!
We understand that life happens. There are some things you just can’t avoid! We don’t want you to feel your whole flooring is ruined because of one mishap. Let us take care of your damage, so that you can breathe a sigh of relief!
Isn’t it nice, the warmth of the sunshine, the splash of the pool, the smell of a barbecue? It’s summertime and summer in Virginia is more than just sweltering heat; there’s a lot more moisture in the air, and that can be a beast on your hardwood floors. Wood is a naturally absorbent material. When a tree is alive the water moves easily through it to quench leaves and roots. When a tree is cut and turned into flooring, the cellular structure doesn’t change. So what does this mean? Wood still really likes water.
The National Hardwood Association recommends a year-round humidity level of a home to be between 35-55% to keep the floors at the best possible condition. We all know that in Virginia it’s very common for the humidity levels to reach 100% and stay there for days on end. If you already have hardwood floors, it doesn’t hurt to call in an expert to take a look at your floors and give you quotes on what it would cost to replace damaged planks, or to replace old hardwood with new flooring (or, if you want to get rid of your hardwood all together, we can also give you a quote on the cost of different types of flooring and more information to help you make the best choice).
In the meantime, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier if there isn’t already one as a part of your furnace. You may also need an in-line humidifier for the cold months too. Generally, these de-humidifiers can run a few hundred dollars, which may seem like a lot, but when it comes to protecting your investment-the floors-it’s a small price to pay. Make sure you have an accurate humidity gauge to confirm your dehumidifier is working.
If you’re planning to have hardwood put in this summer, discuss with our designers what the general level of humidity is in your home. We will schedule a home visit and take a look at how much contact humidity may have with your floors to help you make the right choice. Also, it’s important to note, when laying the flooring, having them perpendicular to your joist will make them as strong as possible, and further prevent warping and separation in the pieces.
When you meet with one of our designers, they will also share some do’s and don’ts to help you maintain those hardwood floors for many years to come. Set up your appointment by giving us a call or respond below. We want you to have the most beautiful floors for a long, long time, regardless of the time of year.
Memorial Day has acquired a few different meanings over the years. Of course, it’s a time to reflect on those who’ve given their life to protect our country. To be grateful for those who’ve served and continue to serve; we are eternally grateful. It’s also a time to kick-off summer (unofficially, of course) and nearly every home in this country celebrate that with a good old backyard barbecue! It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and enjoy a nice grilled burger or hot dog. If you’ve recently replaced your carpets, however, you’re going to want to keep them clean and free of traffic dirt and any sauce spills that could threaten the flooring. Here are our tips on how to clean the biggest condiment offenders!
Who doesn’t love a load of ketchup on their hot dog or burger? Take a big bite out of that bad boy, and inevitably a dollop squirts out from the back, dropping to the floor. Use the dull edge of a butter knife to remove as much ketchup as possible. Dab lukewarm water on the stain if it’s dried. Apply club soda to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Spray with detergent solution and let soak for five minutes. Blot with a clean cloth.
Mustard and Ketchup seem to do the same for your grilled meat-make it taste infinitely better, and make a mess! When you discover the mustard stain, don’t scrub it! You could potentially make matters worse. Take a clean cloth and blot the stain gently to remove as much of the mustard as possible. Blot the stain with a solution of 2 cups warm water and 1 part dishwashing detergent. Mix a bit of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste, and then use a spatula to spread the paste onto the stain. Use a steam iron on the lowest setting and hover the iron over the stain (don’t touch it!) for 30 seconds to loosen the stain. Next, dip a clean towel into cold water and blot to lift off any mustard residue, and pat with a dry clean cloth until the mustard stain is no longer visible.
This is what grilling is made for-barbecue sauce! It can be a real pain if your guests spill any of that sauce onto your brand new carpet. But don’t worry, follow these steps: First, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Use a clean cloth to dip into solution, and then blot the stain. Repeat these steps until the stain has disappeared. If the stain is still there, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup warm water and soak the stain by blotting with a clean cloth; sponge with cold water and blot dry.
If you’re in the market for new carpeting, wait till after your Barbecue party, but if you’ve just replaced your carpet, use this guide to keep them looking new no matter how many guests, or condiments, touch your carpet this weekend!
The word ‘Vinyl’ gives many the image of cheap flooring from the 70’s or 80’s with ugly patterns and even uglier seams. The vinyl flooring of today is nowhere near the kind you grew up with. Today’s vinyl flooring is actually quite luxurious with many more options than ever before. It’s durable, its budget friendly, and can be as realistic as real hardwood, ceramic tile, and even stone.
With luxury vinyl flooring, you have the choice of plank that mimics the look of fine hardwood such as walnut, maple, even mahogany or oak. It comes as authentic as can be with depth of color, grain pattern, texture, board length, width, and beveled edges and ends. If you’re looking to replace flooring in your home but don’t have the budget for the look you want, don’t worry! Luxury vinyl gives you the look you want, plus the durability of traditional vinyl!
If you prefer the look of natural stone or ceramic tile, vinyl also comes in tiles. The cold brittle hardness of stone and ceramic tile is replaced with the warm and soft feeling of vinyl. Plus, the softness lessens the possibility of shattered dropped items.
Luxury vinyl flooring is water and stain resistant and scratch resistant also. It also won’t trap dust, pet dander, and other allergens (which is a major issue for many families). What makes vinyl flooring so wonderful? A protective layer of enhanced urethane makes these floors resistant to scratches and scuffs. Another clear film layer adds durability and helps protect against rips tears and gouges.
New vinyl flooring options look so much like the hardwood and ceramic you love because of high resolution imaging. This technology delivers the exact look you want to achieve!
Ask one of our designers to show you all of the options we offer in luxury vinyl flooring, and which rooms of your home this type of flooring would benefit most from vinyl. Don’t be afraid of vinyl because of the stigma that has been attached to it for so long. Today’s vinyl is more luxurious, offers more options, and is more diverse than any you’ve seen or experienced before! Set your appointment up today!