Quick tips for everyday carpet care and maintenance




Tile and hardwood floors have a way of dominating the spotlight nowadays, but there is something to be said for the sumptuous feel of carpet beneath your feet.

Be it a few well-placed area rugs or wall-to-wall Berber, designing with carpet creates a warm and welcoming space within your home—provided you take the time to care for it.

Because everyday traffic can take a toll on your carpets, here are some quick tips to help you keep them looking like new.



Take preventative measures.

The simplest way to safeguard your carpets is to limit their exposure to dirt, debris and heavy foot traffic. Start by keeping a good doormat at every entrance to prevent guests from tracking the outside in.

If muddy paws are a problem, keep an old towel by the door to wipe them off before your dog comes inside. Another quick and easy save? Lose the shoes and make your carpet a socks-only zone.




For wall-to-wall carpet, you can place throw rugs across high-traffic areas. Just be sure to clean and restore the pile (the rug’s fibers) and the area underneath regularly. Because the color in some rugs can bleed through and dye the carpet underneath, always check for colorfastness when choosing a rug.


Rearrange furniture frequently.

To avoid pile crushing, make it a habit to rearrange heavier pieces of furniture on a seasonal basis. If your furniture has casters or rollers, make sure they are designed for carpet; if not, they may cause damage. Using carpet protectors under furniture and table legs can also protect the integrity of your carpet by making sure the weight is evenly distributed.





Make vacuuming part of your regular routine.

The best bet to keep your carpets looking like new is a regular vacuuming routine. This will prevent dirt and debris from becoming embedded in your carpet. For those areas that see heavy traffic such as entryways and hallways, make several passes with the vacuum to ensure a thorough cleaning. Choose a lightweight, easily accessible vacuum so frequent use feels like less of a chore.




Add yearly cleaning to your to-do list.

Vacuuming is important, but sometimes you need a deeper clean. Use a hot-water carpet cleaner at least once a year to remove trapped and stuck-in grime. Nowadays you can easily rent a carpet cleaner from your local home improvement store or pet supply store, just remember to allow your carpet and rugs time to dry completely after cleaning them. For a quick spot clean, use a commercial cleaner specifically designed for your type of carpet.




Be smart about sun exposure.

You may love all the natural light pouring in through your windows, but your carpets don’t share your feelings. Because prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to fading and damage, consider installing blinds, shades or awnings over your windows.


Daydreaming about the perfect carpet? Start at Primera.

The home interior experts at Primera can help you pick out the perfect carpet for any room. Not sure where to start? Click here to learn more about the different carpet styles we offer, or schedule an appointment to meet with us and plan your next home décor adventure.

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Design trends: bring the benefits of nature inside

With so many of us looking to “be more mindful,” unplug from technology, or “go off the grid” to get back in touch with our natural surroundings, it’s not surprising that one of the design trends of 2018 is bringing natural elements inside.

From living greenery to the warm green, red, and gold colors of nature, we want to reconnect with what’s been missing in our ever-evolving automated world.


Relax and Unwind with Natural Stone and Wood


What better way to end your day with a long soak in a bathtub surrounded by natural stone that looks like wood? Combining natural elements and textures in colors you find outside is a surefire way to create a serene living space. Using the same tiles for the floor, tub, and walls makes the room look and feel soothing.

Living Greenery Provides a Breath of Fresh Air Inside

Indoor living plants are as beneficial to our health and well-being as they are aesthetically pleasing. A growing trend (yes, we went there) in home interiors, “living walls” add natural color and texture to any room. And plants help purify the air, uplift moods, and even boost creativity and energy levels. Many designs are easy to install and low-maintenance, too. Take a deep breath of that fresh indoor air.

Warm Reds and Velvet Make a Cozy Space

Warmer, bolder color palettes are making a comeback after the cool tones of the past few years. As are velvet sofas. Who knew? Velvet, which was typically considered a luxury fabric, makes this casual living space feel cozy and relaxing while a cardinal rug and throw pillows add to the warmth. Note how red accents add continuity throughout this gathering area, and don’t you just love the fall leaves in the vase? Grab a good book and settle in.

Copper Accents Add an Earthy Feel

Darker metals like brass and copper are in, replacing brushed nickel and polished chrome fixtures and accents in every room. Copper naturally has warm tones and an earthy hue, making it a perfect choice when paired with rustic wooden beams and flooring. This multi-level staircase brings natural textures inside, feels open and airy, and lets in light from nearby windows.

Stone, Granite, and Concrete are Always in Style


Natural materials add an organic element to any décor. While granite and stone have been a staple in many homes over the years, concrete tables, countertops and accent walls are edging their way in. This kitchen, with it’s concrete bar and natural wood cabinets, provides aesthetically clean lines and an inviting gathering area. The green seagrass on the upper shelf gives the room a spacious, lofty ambiance.


Need more ideas and inspiration for incorporating natural elements into your home? We’d love to help. Get in touch or schedule an appointment online.

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