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Brand New: Soft, Strong, and Waterproof Tigressa H20!

tigressa h20
Tired of having stains come back after you’ve cleaned them?  This carpet is made in such a way as to prevent that from ever happening again.  The manufacturer, who has used this technology for some time in commercial situations like assisted living facilities, has made a water tight backing for this carpet collection.

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Wanted: Guest Posts from Local Businesses


I’m more than a little biased.  But I’m okay with that.  Supporting small, local, family businesses is important to me.  I’d like to think that my readers, you, agree with me.  So, with that in mind, I’d like your help.

I am looking to host informative guest posts on anything related to the home by people working and living in the central Maryland area especially those in Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard Counties.  Interior design, landscaping, home insurance, energy efficiency, appliances, furniture, paint, artwork, home health, home safety, and exterior design are just some topics that I would be interested in hosting.

So, if you are interested in some free, online, targeted advertising that people read (my blog averages about 200 readers per day!) send me an email (katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com) with your post attached in a Word file.  Please have it at least 250 words, focused on being informative, and include a short introduction about you and your business.  Plus, if there are any images you would like to see included in the post, please attach them to the email as well.  Note: I allow two in-text links to a website of your choice so take advantage of a great way to get people to visit your business’s website!
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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You’re Invited: Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival 2013


Please join us Saturday, September 8th, 2013 in the heart of Catonsville on Frederick Road in Maryland for the Arts and Crafts Festival.

Mercers and I will be at booth number 27 and will be hosting a flooring and interior design Q-n-A!  PLUS we’ll have a great drawing  for prizes such as area rugs and a free interior design consultation!  (Note: if you mention this blog post, I’ll get you a 2nd drawing entry for being a reader!)

Oh, and there will be other booths and activities, I mean it is a community festival after all!  The festival is from 10am till 5pm and there will be good food, fun, artists, weavers, carvers, and so much more!
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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Cutting Corners Isn’t Our Style


It doesn’t happen often, but I did recently get someone who insisted that I cut corners on her carpet project.  She wanted me to turn and piece carpet together.

Here’s why we have not, do not, and never will cut that particular corner (and many others):

  • Visual appeal is lowered (and that effect increases over time)
  • Performance is lowered (again, that effect increases over time)
  • Integrity is lowered

Our stance is simple: our name is always attached to any project we help with.  It might be in your home, your place of business, but it is our floor.  So, why would we want to do anything sub-par?  

We’d rather walk away from a project than cut any corner.  There are even certain flooring products and manufacturers we will not work with!

When my grandfather started Mercers, he chose to stick by his guns.  He was going to find the best way to do things, not just a good way, and that was the way he would always do it.  My parents chose to stand by his decisions when Mercers became their responsibility.  And I am proud of what my family has accomplished.  In today’s world, it is difficult to have a multi-generational family business that is able to stand by is principles and be able to follow through with its intentions like we’ve been able to do ever since 1959.

Here is my promise to you, a promise that my grandfather made, my parents made, and all the members of the Mercer Team will continue to make in the future:
  • I will help you find the best product for you, no matter what the situation
  • I will make sure that it is installed the best way possible
  • I will make sure the best materials are used
  • I will be with you ever step of the way so you can make informed decisions and feel assured that we will follow through
  • I will make sure you know how to care for your investment into the future
  • When we make a mistake (we are human, mistakes will happen), I will make sure that it is fixed
  • No one in Maryland can beat my value. Period.

I would like to extend an invitation to you.  If you are working on a home remodeling project of any scope,  please ask me any questions you may have.  

If it is related to design, I can provide my personal opinion with my training and background.  

If it is related to any flooring work, I have the experience of Mercers to help me answer (and I’ll tell you how we would do it); same with stair refacing, custom tile work, railings, or countertops.

My email is Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com and my office number is 410-480-0087.
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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Carpet Padding 101


There is a saying: the padding makes the carpet.

To a point, that is correct.  Basically padding is to carpet as shock absorbers are to your car.  And there are multiple types: foam, rebond (recycled foam), synthetic hair and jute, and rubber.

The basic rule of thumb is the denser the pad, the more shock it absorbs instead of your carpet.  So, those pillowy soft pads, aren’t actually going to help your carpet perform better (if we’re just focusing on the density).  The density is represented in pounds usually, sometimes in ounces.

Also something to keep in mind is the thickness.  This is represented in inches.  7/16 inch thick is not typically considered viable to maintain the warranties of carpets.  Manufacturers tend to prefer 3/8 inch thick padding.

Also, be sure to take a look at the manufacturer guarantee.  One 9lb rebond padding might not be as good as another.  Also, if it is a rebond pad, make sure it is what’s called a virgin pad.  Many rebonds are made from recycled foam padding that has been in someone’s home.  However, virgin rebond pads are made from foam recycled from other industries; they last longer and are cleaner.

If you’re looking at a rubber pad, be sure you’re looking at one that is American made because if it is made outside of the USA it could have potential health risks, not be as durable, and could damage your floors.

Also, while this might now be a durability factor, a spill block will be a huge help in stress reduction and keeping a healthier home because it prevents spills from soaking down into the padding where you can’t get to them!

Another new thing that many pads are coming out with is antimicrobial protection.  Be sure you look into the type of protection because not all of them are equal.  The best in the industry is HealthinEx.  It’s widely used in other ways in the health industry and has been for years.  Plus, it doesn’t just help with germs!  It also kills and helps to prevent most molds, mildews, and even some potential allergens such as mites!

Hopefully this helps you when choosing a new carpet padding to go with your new carpet.  Please let me know if there are any questions I can help with!

Katlin Farrell
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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