Choose You Carpet Colors Wisely

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If you walk through the showroom of your local carpet retailer, it quickly becomes obvious that the current schemes for carpeting still remain in lighter colors. After all, lighter colored carpet makes a room look bigger, reflects light better, and generally “lightens” up a room. If you are old enough to remember, lighter colored carpets have not always been the most popular. Who can forget Avocado Green and Harvest Gold shag carpet? What will the next “in-style” color be? Only time will tell.

White and very light carpeting have great benefits in decorating and overall appearance but they also have certain drawbacks when used in the wrong setting.

White carpet is basically non-dyed or very lightly dyed carpet, meaning that any color of liquid or other material spilled or tracked onto the carpeting tries to dye the carpet for the first time. Stain protectors help (both mill-applied and subsequent professional cleaner applied), but it is rare that they totally eliminate the problem. Remember, most stain resistant warranties cover only common household food and beverage spills.

There are a lot of colored materials or liquids that can be spilled or tracked onto your carpeting that you don’t eat or drink. We recommend keeping lighter carpet out of rooms that see heavy daily use such as family rooms and game rooms. Lighter carpeting also “greys” easier than multicolored or darker colors. As dirt and soil settle into the carpet, it scratches and pits the plastic, synthetic, or wool fibers. While cleaning does remove the dirt and soil, it cannot “fix” the scratches or pits left by this abrasive soil. These blemishes affect the way light reflects off of it, changing the look of the areas where they most occur. Traffic lanes in your carpet become visible due to these scratches reflecting light differently, even after cleaning. While the carpet is clean and the soil is removed, you can still see traffic lanes. Try not to use light colors in areas that get a lot of heavy footfalls and shoe traffic such as stairs and entry areas. This does not mean that you should not use white or lighter colors. Just use them wisely.

Here are a few tips to help you decide:

-Use a sculptured or frieze pattern. The extra texture helps to hide footprints and wear patterns.

-Add a little bit of color. A few colored or darker yarns in the mix will help keep the carpet looking good and still allow you to get the “lighter” look.

-Use area rugs over the carpet to help protect the areas of greatest wear.

-Use washable cotton walk off mats on tiled areas adjacent to the white carpeting. These act as very absorbent foot wipers and will help the carpet stay cleaner longer.

So choose your colors wisely now, and save yourself the headaches later.