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Tips & Tricks

Preparing for Installation

  • Make sure all remodeling is complete-Flooring should be the final touch.
  • Sweep existing carpet/flooring to avoid airborne dust and particles.
  • Remove all breakable items and detach wiring from TV’s, computers and other electronics.
  • Inspect flooring for style, color and visible defects.
  • Doors that require trimming are the responsibility of the home-owner.
  • Proper ventilation – Approximately 72 hours.


After Carpet Installation

  • Shedding- Shedding of loose fibers is normal and should subside with regular vacuuming.
  • Sprouting- A single tuft extends beyond the carpet’s surface. Simply clip if off. Do not pull it out.
  • Pile Reversal or Shading – This seeming color change may occur. Caused by light reflecting in different ways.
  • Wrinkling- If ripples occur, call Honest Fred’s 304-699-5252


Maintaining Your Carpet

  • Vacuum frequently- It helps to remove dry soil particles that can dull fiber and cause matting.
  • Place glides under heavy furniture to help with crushing.
  • Avoid long hours of direct sunlight.  Lighter colors minimize fading.
  • Rotate your furniture to change traffic patterns in your room.
  • Clean up spill quickly. Keep a solution of mild dish soap and water to clean spots. Blot the spot from the outside in – DO NOT SCRUB or RUB.
  • Carpet needs to be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months (lighter shades my require more).  To maintain your warranty, your carpet must be cleaned every 18 months via hot water extraction.


Maintaining Your Vinyl Floor

  • After installation, clean the floor with warm water and mild detergent.
  • Sweep the floor regularly to avoid a build-up of dust and grit to prevent scratching.
  • Use a damp floor cloth to remove local soiling.
  • A periodic application of an acrylic floor polish will help to maintain a rich luster to the floor.


Vinyl & Stains

  • Coffee, ketchup, mustard… must be removed immediately otherwise a permanent stain may result.
  • Always put felt or plastic gliders under heavy objects to avoid possible damage.
  • Rubber backed mats and rugs, certain types of rubber soling can cause permanent discoloration to your vinyl flooring.  This is not a manufacturing defect.


Maintaining Your Hardwood/Laminate Flooring

  • Wipe up spills as quickly as possible
  • Sweep or vacuum once or twice a week (using soft bristles)
  • Use a dry mop
  • Use towels or pads on the floor to move heavy furniture
  • Use rug runners for high traffic areas
  • Never use a cleaning product that is not specifically made for hardwoods
  • Avoid cleaners that can produce build-up, such as oil soap
  • Always use a neutral pH wood cleaner and water to mop the wood unless the manufacturer recommends a specific product
  • Use plastic protectors for the bottom edges of sharp furniture
  • Never wax a wood floor that has a urethane finish
  • Remove scuff marks by gently rubbing with a dry cloth and wood cleaning product.