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Hardwood & Interior Design

Hardwood and interior design: Making the room stand outDesigners often use the battle cry, “Design from the floor up!” but it can be a little confusing if you’re not that familiar with interior design. We want to make it as easy as possible for you, so here are the answers to some common hardwood ...
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Porcelain, ceramic & glass: Tile to suit every decor

We're especially fond of those little wall and floor jewels, the glass tile. Whether it's to create a spa-like atmosphere in the bath or a stunning backsplash or accent wall, they add brilliance and dazzle to a room. They also visually enlarge a room because of their translucent quality that ...
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What’s all the buzz about luxury vinyl/LVT?

Because of how it can easily mimic stone, tile, wood and other hard surfaces, this practical solution is often sought out because of how flawlessly it can harmonize with interior decors. Luxury vinyl is also softer underfoot and is easier to maintain and care for than many other types of coverings....
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What would you like to do with your carpet?

What would you like to do with your carpet?Carpet choices are vast, giving you ample opportunity to combine benefits and beauty with ease. It's always been the softest floor covering available on any flooring market, and it offers one of the most diverse color pallets as well. From stunning solid ...
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What is LVT?

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Luxury vinyl tile – or LVT – is a modern flooring material that is popular for its chameleon-like appearance. Manufactured in stone and wood lookalike options, for example, it’s a hard surfacing that offers an immensely flexible approach to interior design. Without the natural drawbacks of other ...
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Making a 5-star home with quartz or granite tile

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Wow, just wow. There is just no other word for a quartz or granite tile floor.Both are exceptionally beautiful, functional and super tough. While both can be used in multiple ways, be sure yours is clearly labeled that it can be used as flooring.Quartz tiles are available in many colors, patterns, ...
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Carpet is a smart choice for today’s homeowner

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Have you taken a look at some of the available options in carpet recently? Of course, it’s still one of the softest materials underfoot, and it still brings an unrivaled elegance with a variety of solid colors, designs, and patterns to choose from. But there are so many more benefits available, ...
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Four things to think about when choosing hardwood

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A hardwood floor really up levels your home. These floors are elegant, timeless, warm, rich, there just aren’t enough superlatives to describe them, and they’ll work in any decor, from the most traditional to the most contemporary.Flooring is the biggest expression of personal style, and it’s ...
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Four reasons why luxury vinyl has grown in popularity

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Currently, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the fastest-growing and most in-demand material when it comes to flooring. Why is it so popular right now, you may wonder? Well, we’re going to explain this rise in popularity and explain which LVT factors make it an excellent choice for renovations. 1 – Design ...
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Three ways to decorate with tile

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...And, no, it’s not just about tile flooring.Think again if you think tile is only for the kitchen or bathroom floor. Of course, it’s a stylish, waterproof, easy-maintenance and durable material, but you can do so much, it’s easy to create your own unique design.Here are some ideas from Carpet ...
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Key features that are important in your carpet buying experience

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Sometimes, you can purchase whatever strikes your fancy while shopping for flooring. Other times, you have to consider certain factors, because only the best will do. The truth is, carpet is an excellent choice, no matter how you shop, but there are some important things you should know that will ...
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Hardwood: When is strong, strong enough?

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All hardwood is strong, but some species are tougher than others.So the answer to the question in the title is that “enough” will be determined by your lifestyle, such as the amount of foot traffic; if you have kids or running pets; or if you entertain frequently, etc.How is hardness determined?If ...
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Advice on how to choose luxury vinyl tile

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At Carpet Mart, our Benton Harbor, MI showroom has recently seen an upswing in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) sales. But, really, it’s no surprise since it’s such an amazing product. Available in such a wide range of lookalike styles and coupled with affordability, LVT has quickly become a true flooring ...
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Meet all your flooring needs with tile

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Few floor coverings can meet as many needs as tile can meet. They are luxurious in any setting, they offer hard-wearing durability in every space, and they have an excellent lifespan. These benefits alone might make you choose to research the material further, but there's more! Offering amazing ...
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Basic business questions to ask when buying carpet

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It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the excitement of interior design when you’re buying flooring, especially carpet.After all, don’t the designers say “Design from the floor up?” That means you’ll be busy thinking about walls, upholstery and accessories to design around the carpet in the entire ...
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Carpet Mart's hardwood flooring maintenance guide

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Savvy homeowners know that hardwood flooring is an investment that pays dividends over the course of decades, even generations. Savvy homeowners also know that investments need to be protected if they are to continue being worthwhile. Hardwood flooring is no different!If you've recently purchased ...
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Carpet Mart's luxury vinyl tile FAQ

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It's that time again! Time for another handy flooring FAQ. If you are currently on the hunt for quality flooring, and are having a hard time separating the fact from the fiction, this useful guide should help answer your questions about luxury vinyl tile flooring.Here are the answers to a few of ...
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Black granite tiles: How to decorate with this stunning sensation

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Much like that little black dress or fashionably-cut black suit, black granite tiles won’t ever go out of style. However, you may be put-off by how to decorate with such a jaw-dropping bold style. Similar to white, black can also be a background, visually highlighting other colors in the room, ...
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What to do if your carpet is fraying

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Whether it’s your stubborn cat that keeps batting at the fibers, or your new home has an old installation that’s worn, you may not know what to do if your carpet is fraying. Is it a total loss? Can you somehow fix it to prevent unraveling or further fraying? Will you really need to buy new flooring?...
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Four ways to get the “wow” factor with hardwood floors

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What with those gorgeous undertones, a hardwood floor can light up a room in any setting, from the most traditional house to a light, airy coastal style one-- and even an urban chic loft-style.Undertones are secondary colors, for instance, a mahogany floor might have touches of red, orange or brown....
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Why consider luxury vinyl tile?

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Shopping for new flooring can be a bit bewildering at times. With so many styles and materials to choose from, it can often be tempting to simply throw up your hands and toss a dart at a board to make the decision. While that might be easier, it's really not the preferred method of finding the ...
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Three trendy tile ideas for your bathroom

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Without a doubt, tile works wonders in the bathroom. Not only is it easy to clean, it also adds an alluring focal point to your room, one that can appeal to a great many styles. But, with so many options available on the market, you may feel out of your element when trying to find something for ...
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High vs. low: Which carpet pile for you?

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Carpet is the number one choice of flooring, because it’s so stylish and yet functional. It can fit into any environment from traditional to the most contemporary and urban.Our flooring pros hear a lot of questions, but one in particular keeps coming up about pile. What is it? Is high or low ...
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Carpet Mart's hardwood flooring FAQ

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Once again it's time to clear up some common questions about a specific flooring material. Last time, we covered luxury vinyl flooring. This time, we're taking a look at hardwood flooring, and clearing up a few things about it.Hardwood is often considered the supreme flooring material because it is ...
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How to protect your luxury vinyl from paint during a reno

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Do you have an upcoming renovation you’re preparing for? Have you thought about protecting what you have in your home already, your beautiful luxury vinyl floors? While many homeowners worry about what to do to make a makeover less complicated, they often forget such an essential factor to a ...
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I love tile!

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Tile is not too expensive; in fact, those mosaic glass ones are surprisingly affordable, but there are ways you can make it even more economical. We’ll tell you about those ways in a bit but, first, Carpet Mart wants to tell you why you want it in the first place.Tile is stylish. It adds an ...
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How to spot a great carpet installer

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Anyone who has ever gone out looking for a quality flooring installer knows that there are a lot of companies vying for your business. The most important thing to remember is that not all of those companies are equal, some aren't even legitimate. You have to be careful who you choose, because a ...
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Three top hardwood colors of 2019

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With Spring in full swing, homeowners are likely taking advantage and following through renovations and remodels. What are the top picks for this season of 2019? Well, there are several favorites when it comes to hardwood colors, but three particular selections are shining brightly in this category....
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Create colorful, tile-look backsplashes, accent walls and other designs with LVT

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This is a material that is said to bring the outdoors in. Highly durable and completely waterproof, it is a realistic simulation of wood, stone or tile, but at a fraction of the cost of the real thing, making it one of the best alternatives around.LVT comes in a large assortment of colors, ...
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Did you know? Three fun flooring facts that will surprise you

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Floors are a thing we tend to take for granted until they become a project. Between the times where we have to worry about cleaning or maintaining them, they pretty much just remain out of sight and out of mind beneath us. So, obviously, most people's minds don't leap to "fun facts" if and when ...
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Three big advantages of opting for a wall-to-wall carpet installation

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If you’re looking to redo your home from top to bottom, something exciting and truly one-of-a-kind, then perhaps you should consider a wall-to-wall carpet installation. While you may be overwhelmed at first with all the designs and patterns, don’t overlook the opportunity to bring home flooring ...
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Oh, Those Gorgeous Hardwood Floor Undertones!

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A hardwood undertone is simply a secondary color added to the mixture that can make a wood look yellow, red, orange, brown, or even light pink or cream. You can paint the walls or select colors for upholstery and/or accessories that will either quiet the undertone or make it stand out. You’ll ...
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Experience Your Best Floors With Luxury Vinyl

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It’s no wonder luxury vinyl flooring has become so popular over the years. With its amazing ability to mimic all natural flooring materials, and its excellent functionality in any room, the benefits are simply astounding. Imagine a flooring that looks as good as solid hardwood or stone, but offers ...
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Fun Projects for Leftover Tiles

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Tile flooring is one of the oldest and most beautiful flooring installations out there. Tile has been in use since ancient times, and though little has changed in their manufacture, modern tile is more beautiful than ever. In fact, tile can be used in a number of crafting and art projects for this ...
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Carpet Installation 101: Carpet Padding

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It’s no wonder why carpet padding is so overlooked; aside from being a boring subject, padding looks pretty hum-drum when compared to the star of the show: Stunning soft surfacing. But while you may yawn at the very thought of padding, it’s a material your carpeting installation can’t survive ...
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A Tale of Two Hardwoods, by Carpet Mart

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Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for a lot of homes, and with good reason. It adds a beauty and elegance, and those gorgeous undertones alone are enough to awe anyone!However, like anything else, there are a few concerns that can make people hesitant to proceed. What many don’t know is that ...
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Carpet Mart's Luxury Vinyl Tile FAQ

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We get a lot of questions about flooring at our Benton Harbor showroom over the course of any given week. Lately, we've noticed a sudden uptick in the number of people asking about luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT. The other thing we noticed, is that a lot of the questions we are getting are ...
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Hardwood: It’s All That And More - Here’s Why!

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of walking into our Carpet Mart showroom in Benton Harbor, MI, then you’ve likely never been in the presence of so many prime examples of quality solid hardwood planks. But everyday, our on-site professionals handle this fantastic, gorgeous material that’s durable ...
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There’s Just Something About Tile!

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It’s just one of those flooring materials that look great in any room of the house. We tend to see it often in kitchens and bathrooms, but a tile floor installation can be just as breathtaking in a foyer, library, and living room--anywhere!It does have a lot of benefits. The biggest one is that, ...
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Carpet: Art for the Floor

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When a carpet or rug is finely crafted, it can indeed be considered a piece of art, and that is exactly what Karastan is all about.Decades ago Mohawk bought the Karastan brand and it has been, as they say, “a marriage made in heaven”, and Carpet Mart, who since 1976, has been serving the Southwest ...
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Three Reasons Why We Love Carpet

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Who doesn't love a nice, plush carpet? Colorful, comfortable, and long-lasting, the list of desirable traits goes on and on. If you are considering new floors for your home, we think you should take a moment or two to consider a carpet installation. Obviously, we don't expect you to just listen to ...
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News From the Carpet World

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Carpet has always been one of the most luxurious and inviting floor coverings you could ever have installed in your home. As the only soft-surface flooring material, it has a lot of characteristics that really make it stand out in the flooring industry. Today, however, we are going to narrow our ...
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Installation Is As Important As The Product Itself

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No doubt about it: Carpet adds a lot of elegance to your home. It’s functional, too, especially when it comes to insulating us from sound.No wonder it’s still the #1 choice of homeowners!What you may not realize, however, is that the installation is crucial to both the look and maintenance of the ...
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Three Steps to Help Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Great

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Hardwood floors are an extremely sound investment for any home, but they are exactly that, an investment. They are an asset that can seriously boost the value and attractiveness of your home, and should be protected like any other asset. Luckily, it's an easy investment to protect.There is a common ...
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Four Things to Lookout for When Selecting Bedroom Carpeting

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When you think of your upcoming bedroom makeover, no doubt you envision a relaxing space that's tranquil and soothing. Not only are hoping for a room that's visually appealing, but you're likely searching for a place that's also comforting for your senses. Selecting the right type of carpet ...
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Inspiration Inside and Out

Karastan Carpets and Rugs Let You Travel Without Even Leaving Your Home

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Ever walk through a park or garden and think, “Wow, I wish I could see that every day, or look at a picture of, say, the Taj Mahal or some Italian Palazzo and think, “Wish I could be there.”Spoiler alert! You can.It’s easy with Karastan Carpets and Rugs, because their creative juices often come ...
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What is the Best Carpet for Homes With Kids?

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Once you have kids, every decision you make will have to take them into account. There are few places where this is truer, than it is with choosing carpeting. In fact, most people think that carpeting is pretty much a total no-go when it comes to kids. However, the right carpeting can actually be a ...
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What's All the Hype About Karastan Carpets and Rugs?

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Forget about trending patterns or popular styles, Karastan carpets and rugs are so much more than meets the eye. On the outside, the appearance speaks of timeless creations that will never go out of fashion. On the inside, craftsmanship is truly flawless, made with materials that withstand the test ...
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The Top 6 Benefits of a Carpet Installation

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Nowadays, it can be really tough to figure out which kind of surfacing you'd like for your home renovation. That's because there are so many more materials to choose from, when compared to just a few short years ago. If you're curious about carpeting, then you've come to the right place, as our ...
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Advice for choosing carpeting for the bedroom

The bedroom is a natural spot for carpeting. While you may swing your legs out of bed and find your house shoes right away, the reality is that you'll be walking around in the room in bare feet a lot. Plus, bedrooms tend to be lower-traffic areas than, say, the living room, so it's relatively easy ...
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Carpet terms to know before you buy

When buying carpet, you should educate yourself on the different styles and appropriate uses so you choose the best flooring for your home. Here are carpet terms you should know before you purchase carpeting for your home. Always buy carpet from a licensed carpet dealer for the best quality and ...
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The best carpeting for children and pets

With proper care, periodic professional cleaning, and proper installation, carpeting in your home should last up to a decade. Carpet offers comfort and warmth to a home and easily upgrades as personal style changes for a quick and effective interior upgrade. If you have children and pets and desire ...
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Carpeting for rentals: 5 tips for making your job easier

Are you tired of replacing your carpet every time tenants move out? It’s an inevitability of being a landlord. However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your carpet lasts longer while also looking great. Follow these tips for choosing and maintaining your rental's carpet. 1. Choose ...
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Breaking down the benefits of 3 different flooring materials

Are you getting ready to renovate your home? If so, you need to start thinking about what kind of flooring material you want to use. With so many different materials to pick from, it can feel overwhelming just deciding on the material you want to use. Here are the benefits of three different ...
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Commercial carpet in the home? Why it’s a good idea

The carpet you have in your home should last around a decade or so. After many years of foot traffic and household abuse (stains, tears, and general wear) your carpet begins to thin, go flat or simply look dated.Commercial carpet is most often used in industrial or business settings, but the ...
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5 signs it's time for new carpet

It's not always obvious when carpet needs to be replaced. You may not be sure whether you can get a few more years out of it, or whether you should replace it immediately. Thankfully, five factors will help you determine if it's time for a new carpet. Here's a closer look.1. Stubborn OdorsIf your ...
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3 ways a licensed carpet dealer can make your flooring shine

Whether you've recently moved into a new home or you're simply tired of your old flooring, you're on the hunt for the perfect carpet, tile, or hardwood flooring. But choosing the right color and material for your new floor aren't your only decisions: you also need to choose which type of store you'...
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