I heard that new carpet can make people sick? Is this true?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, like many other household products and furnishings, new carpet can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpet emits volatile organic compounds, as do products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding, and some people report symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin irritations; shortness of breath or cough; and fatigue, which they may associate with new carpet installation. Carpet can also act as a "sink" for ch...

What should I use to clean my floor?

Total Floor Covering has a full line of cleaners for all surfaces. It is important to use the manufacturer's cleaner in order to keep your warranty valid and also because these cleaners are made specifically for your floor. For vinyl floors, sweeping often and using a vinyl floor cleaner will help keep your floor looking new. Some floor cleaners you find in most retail stores contain chemicals that will dull your floor. For laminate floors, sweep often using a dry mop or broom. For tough spots we recommend ...

How can I protect my new floor?

How can I protect my new floor?For hard surface products like wood, laminate, or vinyl we strongly recommend using walk-off mats in doorways and protective pads on the bottom of your table and chairs. Total Floor Covering carries many sizes and styles of floor protectors as well as discontinued carpet samples that work great as floor mats. It is also important to never drag anything across the floor such as an oven or refrigerator. Your new floor will give you long lasting beauty if you use a little common sense and perform regular maint...

What types of yarns are available?

Most carpet today is made of these four fibers: nylon, polyester, polypropylene or wool. Nylon is the most common fiber because of its durability, resiliency and soil resistance. Polyester is a soft fiber, usually made from recycled plastics, that provides great color clarity. It is stain and fade resistant and less expensive than nylon. Polypropylene, also known as olefin, is popular due to its stain, fade and moisture resistance as well as its low cost. Wool, the original carpet fiber, is more expensive a...

What types of carpet are available?

There are typically three types of tufted carpet: cut pile, loop pile, and cut and loop pile. In a cut pile style, the carpet loops have been cut to create individual tips. Examples of this style include plushes and textured saxonies. In a loop pile style, the carpet loops are not cut or sheared. Instead, the intact loops form the surface of the carpet. Examples include multi-level loops and berbers. In a cut and loop pile style you will see a combination of cut pile and loop pile. This type of carpet can h...

Curtain quality

Curtain qualityIf your curtain has to stand up to daily use be sure to choose a quality product. How do you tell with a shower curtain? Look for high quality (sometimes double) stitching so that the curtain won’t fray at the seams good quality grommets (used to reinforce the holes for the hooks usually made of plastic or metal) - they prevent the curtain tearing as it is pulled open and closed and are the place where the hooks are attached heavy gauge liners (10 gauge or higher) where curtains are in two parts - no point ...

How do I Avoid the Shower Curtain sticking to me?

How do I Avoid the Shower Curtain sticking to me?No one really knows exactly why this happens when you run a shower. Though there are a few theories knocking around no one has the exact answer (yet). Anyway to stop this you can buy shower curtains with magnets sewn into the hem of the curtain (or add your own). The magnets stick to the sides of the bath tub and stop the curtain being drawn in towards you. Or use a double curtain - one inside the bath and one outside to reduce the air flow and avoid the curtain being sucked inwards.

Do new shower curtains give off toxins?

Do new shower curtains give off toxins?No, new shower curtains are not toxic, no matter what material the are made of. There is quite a trend in buying natural cotton and hemp shower curtains lately - and they look great - but there’s no need to buy them for safety reasons. Not sure where this myth came from but it is a myth. The PVC and PEVA  (EVA) shower curtain have a slightly chemical smell but that soon wears off in use and that’s about as toxic as you’ll get. Of course plastic and vinyl fabrics and liners are not green - you can’t easily r...

What is the best material for shower curtains?

What is the best material for shower curtains?It depends what you have in mind for your bathroom and what price you want to pay. Normal shower curtains  are made from waterproof synthetic material like polyester and vinyl. They are generally cheap and cheerful and not such a big expense that you won’t be able to change them often if you get tired of the design. They tend to last a long time because the material holds up well to getting wet. The swankiest luxury shower curtains are not made of  water proof material but normal fabric - you keep them outs...

How often should I change my shower curtains?

How often should I change my shower curtains?Change your shower curtains whenever they start to detract from the look of your bathroom and you have not managed to revive them with a bit of loving care. If a good wash and clean up has not made them look better, nothing is going to work and it’s time to buy a new one.

How Should I Care for Shower Curtains?

How Should I Care for Shower Curtains?Avoid mildew by airing off your shower curtain every time you take a shower. This involves nothing more than opening out the shower curtain fully to let it dry rather than leaving it all gathered together at one side of the bath. If shower curtains start to look a bit dirty and they are washable, take them down and pop them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with some mild detergent. (Don’t wash them alone or you will get a soaking after you pull them out from the spin cycle - put them in with somethi...

How can wallpaper stimulate your baby?

If you want to encourage your baby's ability to recognize objects -I think that wallpaper in a larger scale pattern is the best choice. Obviously primary colors are best for young children - the pastels are best used for "sleeping" only. If you want to give your child a learning advantage - then choose bright colors - be sure to include red. By combining both primary and secondary colors, the scheme will last through to kindergarten age. Choose a variety of nice shapes - remember baby can only see 8" - 15" ...

How do you choose a color scheme?

Think first about practical aspects of the room such as: Function: How is the room used? Warm colors work well for active rooms, cool colors for relaxation areas. People: Who will use the room? Consider their color preferences when selecting your color scheme. Location: What is the exposure to sunlight? Northern and eastern exposures benefit from warm color schemes; western and southern exposures from cool schemes. Size: Do you want to increase or decrease the apparent size? Warm colors advance, making the ...

Is it true that some patterns and colors can actually make us feel better?

Yes, the key is to recognize your personality traits and complement them with the right color and pattern. If you find yourself feeling stressed out at the end of the day - then decorate your resting space, i.e. your reading room, bedroom, or den, in paler colors that will help you calm down. If you suffer from lack of sunlight, use sunny yellow as your color of choice; it will perk up your spirit.

How can wallpaper make a small room look bigger? What are the best patterns?

In general, light colors add a feeling of spaciousness. In particular, striped wallcoverings are a sure bet for adding height to a room. Stripes visually raise the height of the ceiling by drawing the eye upward. At the same time, pastel colors broaden the room, and make the expanse of the wall seem larger. Together, subtle stripes and pastel colors can make a room seem bigger overall by drawing the eye both upward and sideways. If you want to achieve a feeling of spaciousness in a small area, a hallway or ...

Types of Wallpaper

The most popular types of wallpaper you will find at your local wallpaper retailer or home improvement store are: Vinyl Coated Paper - this wallpaper has a paper substrate on which the decorative surface has been sprayed or coated with an acrylic type vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These wallpapers are classified as scrubbable and strippable, and are suitable in most any area. These papers are better resistant to grease and moisture than plain paper, and are good for bathrooms and kitchens. Coated Fabri...

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