How Long Does Carpet Last?

Samples of a few of the colors and styles you can see in your home

How Long Does Carpet Last?

If you’re asking “how long does carpet last?” then chances are your carpet is on its last leg.

The reality is that how long your carpet lasts has a lot to do with how it is taken care of and the amount of traffic it sees. At the end of the day, you don’t really have much control over the traffic your carpet sees. The different rooms in your home tend to attract certain amounts of traffic and it’s hard to control that. For example, your living room will often attract the most traffic of any room in your home since it is a favorite stop for kids, pets and relaxing. Your living room or family room will also be the place for company to gather, celebrations to be had and games to be played. The carpet in this room will be get a significant amount of traffic. On the other hand, smaller rooms like offices and guest bedrooms may receive very little if any traffic on a regular basis.

The other major factor in how long your carpet will last is how you take care of it. The main causes of carpet wear is trapped dirt and stains. Stains can make even a brand new carpet look old and dirty so removing stains as quickly and completely as possible is essential for the long life of a carpet. Since hiring a professional cleaner isn’t always feasible for every stain, it is a good idea to have some carpet stain fighters on hand like Shaw Floor’s R2X Stain and Soil Remover available for free through us, with purchase of carpet and pad.

Trapped dirt is also one of the major causes of carpet wear. Trapped dirt includes dust, sand and other debris carried in on your pets and shoes. This sand and debris have sharp edges that will grind into and cut the fibers of your carpet leaving bald spots and ruining the pattern. As your carpet is walked on, the dirt will get ground down deep into the fibers where it can be very difficult to remove, discoloring your carpet and making it look dingy, even after a good cleaning. Unfortunately the effects of trapped dirt in your carpet are almost always irreversible. If your carpet has begun to look worn due to a lack of regular cleaning, the only option is to replace it.

Since the life span of your carpet is so dependent on its use and care, you have to look at more than a calendar to tell if it’s time to replace your carpet. There are a few different ways you can tell if it’s time to replace your carpet. First, if there are any strong odors or obvious stains it is most likely time to replace your carpet to keep your home up to date. Second, if the carpet padding is starting to lose its cushion, it can be time to replace the padding and your carpet. Lastly, if your carpet is showing visible signs of wear like bald spots, unraveling pile or matting then it is time to replace your carpet.

When you are ready for new carpet contact Keystone Carpets, the premier carpet team in the Spokane area. We are your number one source for commercial and residential carpet sales and installation. We offer professional on site measurements of your space, removal of your old carpeting and a wide variety of new carpet options that we will install for you. For more information, you can visit our website for information on our carpet products and services.


Life Happens!

Because Life Happens …There’s LifeGuard Carpet from Shaw Floors
LG-WB300X250CHILD-2016 (1)Life happens – almost when you’re not even looking. Your 4-year-old spills her juice. Your new puppy doesn’t make it to the backyard in time. Oh, no! You just spilled your morning coffee!!

When it comes to selecting carpet for your home, you need a carpet that not only looks good but can also stand up to life’s “little accidents.” That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the newest development in the world of carpet – LifeGuard from Shaw. If you have pets or small children, you’ll definitely want to check out this new carpet technology.

So what exactly is LifeGuard?
LifeGuard is a revolutionary carpet protection system in that it covers the entire product – from the carpet fibers all the way through to the carpet backing.

On the face of the carpet is Shaw’s exclusive R2X stain and soil resistance system. Unlike conventional stain repellents, which protect only the surface of the carpet, R2X provides complete carpet protection – from the top of the yarn to the bottom. In carpets treated with R2X, spills that reach the base of the yarn don’t penetrate the fibers. This allows you more time to react when an accident occurs. And even after repeated carpet cleanings, R2X continues to perform.

But with most hard-to-clean stains, the issue isn’t so much in cleaning the carpet. It’s more about the carpet padding below. Once a spill or stain penetrates the carpet padding, cleaning the carpet’s surface may initially remove the stain, but as the carpet dries, moisture from the soaked padding wicks back up into the carpet. And low and behold, the stain reappears – and so do odors, especially if the stain happens to be pet urine. What sets LifeGuard apart from typical stain-resistant carpets is its highly water-resistant backing made of a soft thermoplastic, which literally provides a barrier that prevents spills from soaking through to the carpet pad and subfloor below. While similar waterproof backings can be found in many commercial-use carpets, LifeGuard is the first carpet to offer this technology for residential use.

Flooring Protection … or Magic?
We all know what a mess coffee can make when spilled on carpet. So what happens when hot coffee is spilled on a LifeGuard carpet? We performed Shaw’s LifeGuard test, and the results were pretty amazing. The spilled coffee quickly balled up on the surface of the LifeGuard carpet. A dry white towel was used to soak up the coffee, after which the carpet was blotted with a wet white towel, and surprisingly, the carpet was clean. There was no lingering coffee smell – and absolutely no coffee went through to the backing!

Anso Nylon means ultimate warranty protection including:
•Lifetime stain and soil warranties
• 25 years on texture retention, wear, and Quality Assurance Plus all warranties are transferable, non-prorated and labor inclusive, including stairs and hallways.
Because Life Happens is built with Anso® CrushResister High-Performance Nylon, it will look newer longer. And has a faster drying time after professional cleaning. You can feel good about your purchase because LifeGuard products are designed to be recyclable at the end of their lives.
Come See for Yourself
LifeGuard is not only stain resistant, it’s also available in a number of textures, patterns, and colors to match most any décor. So if you’re shopping for the latest carpet styles but are concerned about potential stains, we’re confident this product will satisfy your needs. Stop by our showroom to see a demonstration and check it out for yourself.

LifeGuard from Shaw Floors: Waterproof Carpet or Magic?


Shop Local Businesses

More reasons why a local source for home flooring is the right call

Spokane County is growing and becoming more heavily populated each year. Our business district is evolving, filled with entrepreneurs, local and big businesses. When you’re considering changing your home flooring, you’ll have plenty of companies to choose from. However, it’s important that you opt for a local business instead of going with one of the larger home improvement retailers that are nationwide.
There are lots of reasons that local businesses are the right call, and taking a look at some of the top reasons will help you see just why they deserve your business:
• They’ll Consult With You – Sometimes the hardest part about getting new flooring is just the process of choosing the flooring that’s right for your home. Good local businesses will actually discuss your options with you, will come to your home with samples to help you find the perfect choice for your needs.
• They’ll Offer Local Friendly Choices – Different flooring works better in certain areas, and local businesses can help point you towards flooring that is popular in your area and that offers benefits specific to the Spokane/CDA region – something larger chains may not be able to do.
• They’ll Provide Better Customer Service – Since they’re local and smaller, local businesses care a lot more about satisfying customers and making sure they are happy with the results of their flooring. Customer service is always better with a local business, and far more personal.
• They’ll Arrive And Finish Faster – You’ll get faster results from local businesses. Not only will they start your flooring install sooner, they’ll finish faster as well.
• You’ll Know More About Them – Thanks to word of mouth and the ability to check out a business on your own, it’s easy to learn a lot about a local business before you commit to using them. This helps ensure that you choose one you’re totally satisfied with.
• They Can Work With Your Budget More Effectively – By talking to a flooring professional about your budget, you can look at all of the options available that fall within your price range. Plus, local sources may offer special deals or be more flexible with the flooring price since they’re not tied to the prices set by a national chain’s standards.
If you’re looking for new floors, it’s well worth considering the numerous benefits offered by a local source. Chances are, they’ll offer you the floors you need at a price you’ll be satisfied with.LG-WB300X250CHILD-2016 (1).jpg