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November 24, 2014

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching and Thanksgiving just around the corner, there has never been a better time to protect your home's flooring. If you're planning to entertain for Thanksgiving, protect your flooring investment by taking a few preventative measures before guests arrive.

Identify High Traffic Areas 

The first step to protecting your floors is identifying high traffic areas. When holding a Thanksgiving celebration, typical high traffic areas of your home will include walkways, the kitchen, the living room and bathrooms. Make a note of high traffic areas of your home before creating a damage prevention plan.

Possible Causes of Floor Damage

Regardless of your home's flooring material, there are many ways floors can sustain damage. The following forms of damage are most common during the holiday season:

  • Scuffs, scratches and dents -- Usually caused by guests walking in high heels or shoes with dark rubber soles. These can be difficult to remove. 
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  • Spills and stains -- Thanksgiving is celebrated by spending time with family and enjoying a large meal. Unfortunately, food and drink stains can destroy carpeting and may not be covered under warranty. 
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  • Water damage -- Friends and relatives traveling to your home are likely to trudge through snow, dirt or mud before arriving. Prevent water damage and dirt from dulling your floors, particularly around entryways. 

Once you identify the causes of floor damage, you're prepared to prevent it with the addition of rugs, runners or carpet plastic.

How to prevent Damage to Your Flooring

Whether your flooring is carpet, hardwood or vinyl, there are practical ways to reduce and prevent damage from occurring. Consider the following options:

  • Area rugs -- Protect flooring by adding area rugs underneath tables, chairs and couches. Not only will you be able to coordinate holiday decor, but you'll also add a layer of protection and cushioning to your home's walking surfaces.
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  • Runners -- Ideal for hallways and entryways, carpeted runners protect carpeting and hard flooring by acting as a buffer between shoes and the floor. If your home has stairs, prevent damage to the stairs and divert potential accidents by adding stair tread. 
  •  
  • Carpet plastic -- A temporary and inexpensive way to protect carpeting, carpet plastic is designed to adhere to carpeting and last 30 days. Particularly effective when entertaining guests, carpet plastic protects carpet fibers from dirt, stains and spills.
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  • Rug pads -- In addition to providing a second barrier between guests and flooring, rug pads cushion walking surfaces while catching spills before they reach the floor. Ideal for securing area rugs and runners, rug pads also prevent guests from accidently slipping. 

Taking steps to prevent traffic-related damage will ensure long-term enjoyment of your flooring investment and you'll experience improved peace of mind knowing that your guests are comfortable and flooring is protected from damage.

Hire a Professional

Sometimes, accidents happen despite your best efforts. If your flooring is damaged or stained after entertaining company for the holidays, don't allow the damage to get worse by neglecting to contact a professional. To restore the look of your flooring after the holiday season, choose to work with a professional flooring company that specializes in cleaning or refinishing.

If you're in need of professional carpet cleaning or hardwood refinishing, contact the experts at Rite Rug today. 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching and Thanksgiving just around the corner, there has never been a better time to protect your home's flooring. If you're planning to entertain for Thanksgiving, protect your flooring investment by taking a few preventative measures before guests arrive.

Identify High Traffic Areas 

The first step to protecting your floors is identifying high traffic areas. When holding a Thanksgiving celebration, typical high traffic areas of your home will include walkways, the kitchen, the living room and bathrooms. Make a note of high traffic areas of your home before creating a damage prevention plan.

Possible Causes of Floor Damage

Regardless of your home's flooring material, there are many ways floors can sustain damage. The following forms of damage are most common during the holiday season:

  • Scuffs, scratches and dents -- Usually caused by guests walking in high heels or shoes with dark rubber soles. These can be difficult to remove. 
  •  
  • Spills and stains -- Thanksgiving is celebrated by spending time with family and enjoying a large meal. Unfortunately, food and drink stains can destroy carpeting and may not be covered under warranty. 
  •  
  • Water damage -- Friends and relatives traveling to your home are likely to trudge through snow, dirt or mud before arriving. Prevent water damage and dirt from dulling your floors, particularly around entryways. 

Once you identify the causes of floor damage, you're prepared to prevent it with the addition of rugs, runners or carpet plastic.

How to prevent Damage to Your Flooring

Whether your flooring is carpet, hardwood or vinyl, there are practical ways to reduce and prevent damage from occurring. Consider the following options:

  • Area rugs -- Protect flooring by adding area rugs underneath tables, chairs and couches. Not only will you be able to coordinate holiday decor, but you'll also add a layer of protection and cushioning to your home's walking surfaces.
  •  
  • Runners -- Ideal for hallways and entryways, carpeted runners protect carpeting and hard flooring by acting as a buffer between shoes and the floor. If your home has stairs, prevent damage to the stairs and divert potential accidents by adding stair tread. 
  •  
  • Carpet plastic -- A temporary and inexpensive way to protect carpeting, carpet plastic is designed to adhere to carpeting and last 30 days. Particularly effective when entertaining guests, carpet plastic protects carpet fibers from dirt, stains and spills.
  •  
  • Rug pads -- In addition to providing a second barrier between guests and flooring, rug pads cushion walking surfaces while catching spills before they reach the floor. Ideal for securing area rugs and runners, rug pads also prevent guests from accidently slipping. 

Taking steps to prevent traffic-related damage will ensure long-term enjoyment of your flooring investment and you'll experience improved peace of mind knowing that your guests are comfortable and flooring is protected from damage.

Hire a Professional

Sometimes, accidents happen despite your best efforts. If your flooring is damaged or stained after entertaining company for the holidays, don't allow the damage to get worse by neglecting to contact a professional. To restore the look of your flooring after the holiday season, choose to work with a professional flooring company that specializes in cleaning or refinishing.

If you're in need of professional carpet cleaning or hardwood refinishing, contact the experts at Rite Rug today. 

 

November 19, 2014

Interior design is all about personal preference.  As such, the first rule to keep in mind is that it's okay to break any other "rules" - which are more like guidelines anyway.  Google "interior design rules that should never be broken" and hardly any results will pop up with an answer.  Instead, the very nature of interior design leans toward rule breaking, as long as there is moderation and balance.  The current trend is to find ways to break the stereotypical and traditional rubrics that have been embedded in peoples' minds in favor of new ways to couple themes.

Here are 7 rules totally okay to bend or break:

1. Not using dark paint for small spaces.  Dark paint doesn't have to be dreary and depressing; it can also be warm and inviting or intriguing and mysterious when the right design elements are added to balance the effect. 

2. Matching colors.  This rule is no longer the standard.  Sometimes accents pop with bright oranges or neon colors, and they can really add depth to a space. 

3. Keeping up with the Joneses.  Your home doesn't have to change with every style fad that comes around.  A home should be a reflection of what makes you feel most comfortable. 

4. Having too many televisions around the house.  There are amazing ideas to conceal televisions in the house, but they can also be incorporated into the design so camouflage is a non-issue.

5. Place small pieces in small spaces.  Small spaces can actually include a mix of sizes to create a feeling of comfort rather than miniature living. 

6. Mixing patterns in a kitchen.  Rather than being tacky, mixing patterns can actually change the dynamics of a space when used at different heights and levels around the kitchen.  It can add personality to an area.

7.  Following one aesthetic theme.  Nowaday's, it's completely find to mix ages, eras and feels!  Antiques can easily fit among modern pieces when there is an element that ties them all together. 

Now that you know which rules to break, try out some new ideas to give your home a fresh start.  Use a focal point to draw the eye to a certain place.  Create balance by using symmetry, asymmetry and radial designs.  Radial designs focus on a center point of a room.  Use rugs on top of carpeting and hardwood to provide movable texture and design. 

Rhythm in a space refers to the way a person's eyes are drawn to different pieces.  Repeating certain colors or patterns throughout a space can gibe a space rhythm.  Using contract in color or shape also provides this effect.  Black and white is the best-known contrast, but other colors especially complementary colors, work well together.  Using curved lines or soft elements transitions the view in a fluid way. 

For more design tips or floor coverings to emphasize the interior design of your home, visit www.RiteRug.com today.  Our carpeting and other floor types are available for commercial and residential design can provide a great foundation for personalizing your interior style. 

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Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Interior design is all about personal preference.  As such, the first rule to keep in mind is that it's okay to break any other "rules" - which are more like guidelines anyway.  Google "interior design rules that should never be broken" and hardly any results will pop up with an answer.  Instead, the very nature of interior design leans toward rule breaking, as long as there is moderation and balance.  The current trend is to find ways to break the stereotypical and traditional rubrics that have been embedded in peoples' minds in favor of new ways to couple themes.

Here are 7 rules totally okay to bend or break:

1. Not using dark paint for small spaces.  Dark paint doesn't have to be dreary and depressing; it can also be warm and inviting or intriguing and mysterious when the right design elements are added to balance the effect. 

2. Matching colors.  This rule is no longer the standard.  Sometimes accents pop with bright oranges or neon colors, and they can really add depth to a space. 

3. Keeping up with the Joneses.  Your home doesn't have to change with every style fad that comes around.  A home should be a reflection of what makes you feel most comfortable. 

4. Having too many televisions around the house.  There are amazing ideas to conceal televisions in the house, but they can also be incorporated into the design so camouflage is a non-issue.

5. Place small pieces in small spaces.  Small spaces can actually include a mix of sizes to create a feeling of comfort rather than miniature living. 

6. Mixing patterns in a kitchen.  Rather than being tacky, mixing patterns can actually change the dynamics of a space when used at different heights and levels around the kitchen.  It can add personality to an area.

7.  Following one aesthetic theme.  Nowaday's, it's completely find to mix ages, eras and feels!  Antiques can easily fit among modern pieces when there is an element that ties them all together. 

Now that you know which rules to break, try out some new ideas to give your home a fresh start.  Use a focal point to draw the eye to a certain place.  Create balance by using symmetry, asymmetry and radial designs.  Radial designs focus on a center point of a room.  Use rugs on top of carpeting and hardwood to provide movable texture and design. 

Rhythm in a space refers to the way a person's eyes are drawn to different pieces.  Repeating certain colors or patterns throughout a space can gibe a space rhythm.  Using contract in color or shape also provides this effect.  Black and white is the best-known contrast, but other colors especially complementary colors, work well together.  Using curved lines or soft elements transitions the view in a fluid way. 

For more design tips or floor coverings to emphasize the interior design of your home, visit www.RiteRug.com today.  Our carpeting and other floor types are available for commercial and residential design can provide a great foundation for personalizing your interior style. 

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