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Product Review: Lee’s Studio Carpeting

So, you may or may not have seen my previous post about Titanium level Relax it’s Lee’s carpeting, but I now get to talk about a new carpet line that expands upon the Lee’s collection of carpet for the home!
Like the Relax it’s Lee’s, Lee’s Studio 1846 is good enough to be covered by our Titanium warranties including…
  • Stain Proof for 25 Years – no exclusions, no exceptions, guaranteed! (I’m really not kidding!)
  • Texture Retention (including stairs and hallways) Guaranteed for at least 25 Years (no permanent crushing or matting)!
    • With upgraded padding, the life of the carpet is doubled thus lengthening the Wear and Texture Retention Warranties to 50 years!  Oh, did I mention we build that into our regular package with these carpet lines?
  • Beautiful Guarantee – if you do not love the look of your new carpet, we will replace it no questions asked for free (we just need to be alerted and be able to submit the claim within 4 months of installation)
  • Installation guaranteed for the life of the carpet – yup, for at least 25 years we guarantee the work of our master certified crews (Oh, and our crews aren’t strangers we subcontract at random; these are our installers!)

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NEW: Wool Carpet Directly Sourced from New Zealand


Great news!  Carpet One International has a wonderful surprise for you!  Over the past year we have been in negotiations with the shepherds of New Zealand to purchase their wool directly, eliminating the middle man which saves everyone money.

Now I have talked previously about the wonders of wool and the top notch quality of New Zealand wool.  But in case you missed that, here’s a quick recap:

  • Wool is the oldest form of floor covering since we upgraded from dirt
  • Wool is insulative (helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter)
  • Wool is fire and bug retardant
  • Wool is a natural air purifier
  • Wool is the longest lasting of all carpet options
  • Wool is naturally stain resistant (why it is so hard to dye)
  • New Zealand wool is the creme de la creme of all wool (softer, stronger, less shedding, & more stain resistant)
  • And, of course, highly sustainable
If you’d like to learn more, check these posts out: Wool and Allergies, Wool Area Rugs,  & Increase your Home’s R-Value.

Now that we’re directly sourcing the wool from the shepherds through the cooperative brand Just Shorn, we were able to have the top carpet manufacturers bid and choose the best value so that we’re able to pass those savings onto you.

Plus, another nice thing with direct sourcing is that we are able to have a much tighter quality control.  For example: the likelihood of the premium New Zealand wool getting mixed with lower grades of wool is now eliminated.  This insures that you have the strongest, softest, most stain resistant wool carpeting (or custom area rug) possible.

Meet the Shepherd: Annabel

There are more videos at the Just Shorn YouTube Channel!

If you would like a personalized tour, give me a shout at 410-480-0087 or Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!

Warm Wishes,

Katlin Farrell
Flooring Design Consultant
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Did you Know] Carpet Has a Perm?


I’m not kidding.  Carpet indeed has a perm.

As in the carpet fiber have been twisted into tufts and those tufts have been heat set in.

The higher the number of twists per tuft and the better the heat setting, the better the carpet stands up to being walked on.  This is what the Manufacturer’s Texture Retention Warranty is based off of.

Carpet that has lost it’s ‘perm’ 
The first place you usually see lost of the texture retention (a.k.a. perm) is going to be the stairs and the hallways will not be far behind.  Most carpet texture retention warranties don’t even cover these areas (don’t worry, there are two lines that do!)  Thankfully, there is a way that you can help reset that perm.

That’s right, heat is the key.  Moist heat to be exact.

Just like humidity plays with the curls in your hair, hot water extraction helps bring the curl back to your carpet’s tufts.

No, I’m not telling you to go out and buy/rent a carpet cleaner.  Those don’t get hot enough (just like your hair dryer isn’t hot enough to reset your perm).  You’ve probably heard that all carpet manufacturers require you to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 18 to 24 months, even if they aren’t dirty.

There are two reasons to have your carpet professionally cleaned:

  • a good deep clean
  • reset the perm
The commercial machines get the water to the high temperatures needed to reset the twist.  Hence why the rentals will not cut it and are frankly overkill for regular and frequent maintenance (plus, your carpet takes longer to dry when these are used which can cause the backing to break down quicker and potential health risks).

Note: please do NOT purchase any additional stain protection from professional carpet cleaners.  Most fibers don’t need it and half the time the protection doesn’t dry right and leaves a tacky residue that just attracts dirt.
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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New Sale at Mercer Floor and Home!



If you’re looking to updated the carpet in your home, now is the time!  Only at Mercers save 50% on ALL styles of Relax it’s Lee’s carpet – the best synthetic carpet available with…

  • a 25 year no exclusions stain warranty!
  • a25 year texture retention warranty that includes stairs and hallways!
Truly a no worries carpet.  And with hundreds of design options, we’re sure to find something for your style!  Stop by either of our showrooms to learn more!

Plus, with any orders including Relax it’s Lee’s carpet, Mercers can offer 36 Month No Interest Financing!  And every other floor in the store is at least 25% off!

But hurry, because this sale ends at 6pm on Labor Day 2012!

Come test the stain resistance of Lee’s carpet at the Spill Bar at Mercer Floor and Home.  Try acidic coffee, high dye orange soda, and even red wine…with only tap water, see as these stains are removed from white carpet!

Remember to ask for me and I will thank you with a free gift with your next new floor!

As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[My Favorite] Tigressa SoftStyle by Martha Bubert


Martha Bubert is our in-house home design expert.  She has been a part of the Mercer Team for over a decade and received her design degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  In this post she talks about why she likes Tigressa SoftStyle and her favorite design.

“Our Tigressa line of carpet uses the newest in nylon fiber technology on the market today. This gives each style the softest feel while maintaining strength and longevity. Using very fine fibers (smaller than a human hair), Tigressa twists twice as many together as other brands to create this great carpet line. Think of a steel cable created by many individual strands for strength.

“Tigressa uses a revolutionary procedure to apply the stain protection as well. During the manufacturing process while the carpet is still warm it is completely submerged into the stain protection. This allows the open cells in the fibers to soak up more stain protection than other brands which simply spray the surface of the carpet once the manufacturing process is complete.

“Tigressa also includes a soil warranty which is rare in this industry. With top warranties in every level, Tigressa will give your home not only the style you desire but the assurance you will always be pleased with its superior performance for the life of the carpet.

“Let me show you the Tigressa cut and loop patterns which are my favorites for today’s modern homes.”

What do you look for in a carpet for your home?
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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