City living in the Big Apple can come with its own bag of tricks as some apartments have hardwood floors and others carpet. Maintaining carpeting in an urban space can become quite difficult with many New Yorkers hopping between apartments and roommates changing almost every year. Your current carpet may be showing the history of your home, but there are a few things to consider before replacing it.
1. Call in a professional: Sometimes a carpet just needs a good cleaning. Before you head off to spend thousands of dollars replacing your entire carpet, have it thoroughly cleaned by a professional. Having your carpets cleaned may save you the hassle of making a hefty investment because they sometimes come out looking brand new.
2. Conceal the stains: You may find yourself in a situation where the carpeting in low traffic areas (e.g. master and smaller bedrooms) is fine, but the living room is very bad. Are most of your stains found in the center of the room? If so, invest in an area rug that will add style to your space while concealing those pesky blemishes.
3. Consider your options: Once you have decided new carpeting is needed, research your options. Carpets come in different types and will vary not only in feel and appearance, but also functionality. In addition, you must also decide on a color and pattern (if necessary) as darker hues help conceal stains. By taking time to consider your options, you will make a more informed choice.
4. Hire a licensed professional: Select a company that has licensed carpet installers and the experience of working with your choice of carpet. Ask for referrals and inquire about any installation warranties in order to protect your new investment. Aside from the purchase of your new carpet, hiring a knowledgeable professional can help ensure the longevity of your flooring.
5. Preserve your new investment: With new carpeting comes new responsibilities for your home. Set ground rules that will prolong the life of your flooring. Rules like leaving shoes near the front door and no edibles or beverages in the room will lower the risk of any potential accidents.
Consult these New York businesses for help with recarpeting:
ABC Carpet & Home
New York, NY 10003
Class Carpet & Interiors
107 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024
Steam Pro Carpet Cleaners
397 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
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Tanvier Lee is a New York based lifestyle decorator, stylist and freelance writer.