Help Your Carpet Survive a Pittsburgh Winter

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Pittsburgh’s winter season is in full swing! Between the frigid weather and the yo-yoing temperatures, it feels as if there are natural forces working against us all this time of year. But there’s another silent enemy of winter home care we must be mindful of: rock salt.

Not only can the chemicals in this ice-melting tool wreak havoc on your shoes and tires, they can also cause damage to your carpet and other flooring. Another issue that can arise is subpar air quality in your home, as soiled carpet can spread allergens and pollutants throughout your home by releasing them into the air.

But this isn’t the time to give up! There are many steps you can take to care for your carpets during the winter here in the Pittsburgh region.

Make a “No Shoes” Policy

We’re sure you’ve visited a friend or relative’s home and been asked to remove your shoes upon entering. While it may seem like a pain in the moment, this action can really help maintain your carpets and avoid any unnecessary damage year round, but particularly during the winter months.

There are a few easy ways to ensure this happens when a guest enters your home. First, find a specific area near your entryway for the shoes to be places. You’ll want to be sure that any wet footwear is placed on flooring that can withstand the wear, on a small, durable area rug, or on a rack of some kind.

You also may want to add a small sign asking guests to remove their shoes, just in case.

Clean Your Carpets Regularly

Ideally, you already vacuum your heavily traffic carpet areas twice each week, but for areas with less traffic, weekly is just fine. Pro tip: always use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or rotating brush and with a strong air flow.

No matter how often you vacuum in the winter, your carpet will still need heavy-duty cleaning from time to time. We recommend hiring a trained carpet care professional to perform this service at least once each year to refresh the texture and rejuvenate the fibers. If you worry your carpet is beginning to show wear during the winter, now is the perfect time to have your carpets cleaned.

Do you have any winter carpet care tips? Feel free to share them with us in the comments!

How to Style White Flooring

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It’s no secret that the color white has been an ongoing interior design trend, and the trend only seems to grow. If you’re in the market for new floors, and are looking specifically for white floors, our Rusmur Floors team can help narrow down the options. Picking the color or shade for your floors is half the battle, now it’s time to pick which type of white flooring you’d like for your home, as well as how to style it. Continue reading for advice on how to design your rooms around each kind of white flooring, whether you choose carpet, hardwood or tile.

White Carpet/White Area Rugs

White carpet is the perfect choice if you’re searching for a fresh look while focusing on comfort. Another bonus? With bright white carpet, you have endless options for styling the rest of the room! If you’d like to keep your color scheme neutral, stick to shades of beige, olive green, and dark brown for your furniture and decor to pair with the white carpet. You can also pair the white carpet with bold colors of bright orange, yellow, or pink if you would rather display a stand-out design. If you don’t want to commit to an all white carpet in the entire room, a white area rug is a great option to cover less square footage, yet still be on-trend.

White Hardwood

White hardwood, or white wood flooring, is a more contemporary way of participating in the white flooring trend. This type of flooring would be especially great for kitchens and dining rooms. To create a more elegant look to your interior, install accent marble countertops or decor to compliment the white wood. White plank wood floors can also be styled as a rustic cozy room, by adding faux fur rugs, grey decor, and other wood features.

White Tile

White tile flooring is best for bathrooms to give the illusion of more space. Glossy white tile combined with all white countertops will make the most out of the square footage you have in your bathrooms, whether it’s a powder room or an en suite! Gold or copper accents would pair perfectly with white tile in this room.

If you want to discuss more white flooring options, or check out what we have available at our stores, visit us at any of our locations!

How to Use Carpet Remnants

If you recently put carpet in your home and you have carpet remnants you’re not sure what to do with, we have six different solutions for you:

  1. Move furniture: Sure, you can buy little stickers to put on the bottom of furniture when you move it around, but instead of buying cheap stickers that may end of scratching your floors, you can use a square of carpet underneath and move it around that way.
  1. Cushion your knees: Whether you’re kneeling on the ground when gardening or you’re working on hardwood floors or cleaning the floors, take a carpet remnant, fold it over and kneel on it so it’s not so hard on your knees.
  1. Scratching post: If you have a cat that scratches your furniture, use leftover carpet remnants to create a scratching post.
  1. Muffle noises: Do you have a laundry set that makes a lot of thumping noises when it’s running its cycle? Place carpet squares underneath the set to drown out the sound.
  1. Create an exercise mat: If you have a large, excess amount of carpet remnants, cut out about 3 feet of the carpet and roll it up for when you’re not using it.
  1. Car mats: To keep your car clean, you can use carpet remnants to put on the floors of your car to keep dirt from spreading or to keep your feet comfortable while driving.

Do you have other tips on how to use carpet remnants in your home? Share with us in the comment section below!

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How To: Care for your Carpets

Carpets can add personality and warmth to any room, and are relatively easy to take care of, if done properly.

Your first line of defense for carpet care is vacuuming at least once a week, preferably more for high traffic areas. Once dirt gets into fibers, it can permanently damage your carpet. The type of vacuum needed will depend on the kind of carpet you have in your home. Generally, having a vacuum with multiple height settings and attachments is ideal for homes to be used on different types of carpet.

On top of regular vacuuming, you should get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-24 months, depending on traffic and other use factors. Use steam cleaning in accordance to your carpet manufacturer’s warranty guidelines.

Here are a few more tips and tricks for keeping your carpet in peak condition:

  • Use scissors to clip snags, don’t pull on them which could damage the carpet.
  • Before using a spot remover, test it on an inconspicuous spot first to test for color changes.
  • Blot stains instead of rubbing them.
  • Remove dents from furniture with the edges of a coin. To help prevent dents in carpet, rotate furniture options.

Be good to your carpet and it can last you a lifetime! For more information, visit our website or spot into one of our five locations today!

Buying Flooring: Carpet

Our Buying Flooring series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website


Carpet is flooring for your home that is comfortable and fashionable. It’s also quiet and insulates well from the cold to keep your home toasty. When it comes to buying carpet, you want beautiful flooring that’s durable and affordable while representing your unique personality. With all of the options to choose from, buying carpeting can be a daunting task if you’re unprepared.

From types of carpeting to choosing padding, our experts have compiled their top tips for shopping for carpet:

  1. Choose a Carpet Type: Carpeting comes in three basic types – Cut Pile, Loop Pile and Cut & Loop Pile. Pile refers to the fiber yarns that are tufted or sewn into backing and how these yarns are cut and twisted helps determine the texture and durability of the carpet.
  2. Choose a Fiber: Carpeting can be made from a number of different natural or synthetic fibers. The fiber of carpeting determines the specific degree of wear and stain resistance. For example, wool carpeting offers a beautiful look with excellent durability and stain resistance as a result of tightly packed, natural fibers. However, these qualities also make wool carpeting more expensive than options made from synthetic fibers.
  3. Choose a Style: If you’re looking for something more formal, a plush Velvet or Saxony carpeting gives a luxurious feel to any room. For a more casual, or versatile, room, a durable carpet style like Berber or Frieze tends to work best.
  4. Choose Padding: Padding is just as important, if not more important, than the carpeting itself. This cushiony layer is critical to the quality of your carpet installation. You should always use a quality backing, but be sure to follow the padding recommendations made by the carpet manufacturer. Different types of carpeting require different padding so it’s important to foot test your carpet and padding choices in store before buying.

At Rusmur Floors, we offer the largest selection of flooring in tri-state area – Making it easy to find what’s right for you. Our experts are happy to help you choose the perfect carpet type, fiber and style to fit your needs and any room in your house. Stop in one of our five showrooms to learn more today!