Your Floor Covering

Question: I would like to have an appealing look and feel for my floor covering. It’s been past 5 years, since I had done last. Can you suggest me a nice floor covering within budget? – Kate

Answer: Floor covering is one of your largest home-furnishings expenditures. Today it’s possible to gel almost any type. But no matter what you choose; rugs, carpets, or smooth-surface floor coverings only makes good sense to protect your big investment. Here are tips to help you get longer wear from the floor covering in your home:


Keep it clean

Dirt is Enemy No. 1. Rugs and carpets should be vacuumed at least twice a week. If dirt and grit sink into the pile and backing, they will cause fibers to break. Regular vacuuming also eliminates the danger of moths’ breeding. A professional cleaning every one or two years will help add to the life of rugs and carpets.

Good-grade, shag-cotton rugs will not shrink when laundered. They should be vacuumed regularly too. Smooth-surface floor covering should be cleaned and protected by following the directions recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to ask for instructions when you have flooring installed.

A turn for the better. If you have a room-size rug give it longer life by turning it around twice a year for even “traffic” wear.



Practical hard-surface flooring can be combined with carpeting in interesting and decorative ways. The area under and around the dining table is ready to laugh at spilled foods. The oval cutout isn’t wasted; it’s used in an upstairs hall. In an open-plan home you can use carpeting to suggest walls and define areas. Note how it has been curved to make a transition between the slate-floored entrance way and the living room


Tackles Installation

For wall to-wall carpeting avoid dirt catching tack impressions. See the smooth edge around this tile hearth. Carpet is hooked to grippers along one wall, stretched across the room and hooked at the opposite wall, a new tape makes seaming of carpel strips practically invisible.


Winning team

To save wear on your rugs and carpets, use in combination with hard-surface flooringó tile, slate, brick, linoleum and so onóin heavy traffic lanes. Then use your rug in a free-form style as part of the furniture grouping. This is not only decorative, giving interest and texture contrast, but cuts down on the quantity of carpet needed. You’ll see examples of this use of combination flooring illustrated with this article. If your sod floor covering goes right up to the entrance door, a scatter rug of the same material placed on top of the carpet eliminates the usual hard ware and dirt which concentrates here.


What’s underneath?

A rug cushion or lining is a must. It should come approximately one inch from the edge of the carpel. A too-short cushion will cause a “wear ridge.


Whoops a Spot

Clean those unavoidable, accidental spots immediately on both hard and soft surfaces. It’s a good idea to keep a spot-cleaning kit on hand for these emergencies.


Beware of the Moth

Nationally known manufacturers give a moth guarantee with their rugs, carpets and cushions. Then, when you have your soft door covering professionally cleaned, mothproofing will be renewed. If in doubt about guarantee, it’s a good idea to spray your rugs and carpets with a good spray just like you do your clothes and closets. Be especially careful to spray around the baseboards.


Start Right

When you buy new carpet, the tackles method is a new way to install it. It does away with dirt-catching, unattractive tack depressions. A new seaming method makes seams practically invisible. Also, it’s easy to put in a patch if a hole is burned.

Extra Protection

Get casters or glides for protection from depressions made by heavy pieces of furniture. Glass or plastic glides under beds, pianos, sofas, and other extra-heavy furniture pieces, are a must for longer wear for your floor coverings.

Read the labels and information given you when you buy new floor covering. Care for different types varies with the materials used. It’s always a good idea to check the labels for care information supplied by the manufacturer. Ask the salesman the recommended care, and find out if an instruction booklet is available. Most name-brand manufacturers will send instructions on request. Be sure to file them in a convenient place for ready reference.

“You probably won’t be able to make the turn BO crash where the boards are loose and coast out his driveway to the street and hope that no ears are coming.”

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