Corner cutout designs for a better adaptation to the environment.
Side view of installed stair runner carpet with narrow binding neutral colors by The carpet Workroom.
Living room with neutral colors styled with a rug made by The carpet workroom.
Grey herringbone style carpet fabricated and installed as a stair runner.

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The Carpet Workroom staff has decades of experience installing and selling carpet and rugs throughout the Boston area.
Over the years, we’ve gained special knowledge of carpeting and rug techniques.

SISAL RUGS: One of the fastest growing trends in the carpet and rug industry

There are many pronunciations for this product as well as many misconceptions. Most people that request this material do so without knowing much about it. They see pictures in design magazines but are surprised once they see it in person.

To the eye, it is very decorative, but to the touch, it’s not nearly as pleasant. The most practical uses are in dining rooms and living rooms where you typically aren’t barefoot or laying on it, or in entryways and stairs where there is a lot of foot traffic. It is extremely durable, holds up well over time, and actually cleans up rather nicely.

Real sisal carpets are made out of fibers extracted from the leaves of the agave plant which is a form of cactus. This material is produced all over the world, most commonly in Belgium, China, South America, South Africa, and Mexico. The highest quality sisal is produced in Belgium, but it is also the most expensive. Other natural fibers that are sometimes categorized with sisals are jute, abaca, seagrass, and coir. Here are some advantages of sisal fibers:

  • 100% natural and biodegradable.
  • Made from infinitely replenishable resources.
  • Non-toxic, antistatic, and antibacterial.
  • Contain tannins which repel dust mites.
  • Absorbs moisture from the air when it’s humid and releases it when humidity drops which stabilizes the smell for sensitive noses.
  • Makes for hard-wearing, rustic, yet elegant rugs and carpet.
  • Moth and rot resistant.
  • Good insulator and noise reducer.

 

Quality of sisals is dictated by the types of fibers used, the weight of the yarn, as well as the weight at which it is woven. Almost all of them are backed with latex in order to stabilize the shape and texture. This also helps with cleaning. The latex backing itself stops a large majority of dirt and liquid from filtering to your floor. This makes it easier for you to remove dirt with a good quality beater brush type vacuum. I have also heard that because of its solid construction, you can easily bring the rug outside to sweep, hose off, or beat with any solid object. One quick home remedy for spills; simply coat the stain with salt, let it dry, and then pick the stain out with a fork.

One complaint people have about sisals is their “wiry” feel. One way to soften these rugs is with a dense pad underneath. This will also add to the longevity of the rug itself. A good cushion acts as a shock absorber, keeping the rug looking new after many years of wear.

The best way to finish a sisal rug is with a wide cotton binding. Because of the latex backing and the sheer thickness of the fiber, standard thin binding won’t work. A 3” or 5” binding will not only keep your rug from fraying but will add accent colors that will dress up the look of the rug. If you still don’t like the feel, there are many manufacturers that use wool and synthetic products to imitate the look of sisal. Wool sisals are the most expensive but are the most decorative and comfortable. Polypropylene sisals are growing in popularity because of their inexpensive price and durability.

When you choose a sustainable area rug, you are not simply buying a home accessory. You are making a meaningful statement about what you believe in. You are helping to create a world where quality, beauty, and a sustainable way of life are essential. We have a wide selection of sisal remnants in our workroom as well as many other options for order. Please stop in to check them out!

Why choose wool for your carpet and rugs

Wool carpet is the ideal soft floor covering for many reasons. It is durable, resilient, and most importantly a renewable resource. Its fibers are natural which makes them long lasting and resistant to dirt and staining as well as crushing. In addition, it is also flame retardant, making your home even safer. It’s for these reasons that it is the easiest soft floor covering material to keep clean and maintain over the lifespan of the material.

When dyed, wool carpet excels in both its depth and color clarity. The color is locked into the rug or carpet and it can’t be rubbed off by walking on it or through the movement of furniture. This means your rug or carpet will retain its look for a longer time than any other type of material.

Stair Carpeting – 3 Primary Ways:

Stair Runners: The most common and decorative option.
Wall-to-Wall Carpeting: The most practical option if you don’t want to expose the ugly plywood or imperfect hardwood on your steps

Stair Treads: The most inexpensive option, because they call for the least amount of material, are stair treads.
The reason people carpet their stairs is to prevent slipping. There have been many emergency room horror stories that start with, “I was walking down the stairs in socks and…”. Most hardwood is slippery, and carpeting provides the traction needed to prevent those ER visits.

Best Stair Carpet Materials

You need to remember, every home is different and so are the layouts of each staircase. It is always extremely helpful to provide us a picture so we can help you determine the best course of action. The premier floor-covering material is wool for a number of reasons. In terms of stair covering, wool provides the most resiliency, which means it will stand up to traffic the longest without showing wear paths.

Nylons fall just behind wools and are preferred by some because they don’t shed. Olefins and polyesters are at the bottom of the list because they look and feel the most plasticky. In terms of pile, the most important thing to consider is the pile height. Plush carpets will show wear a lot quicker and more dramatic than tight pile carpets.

The questions you should consider when choosing a floor covering are:

  • What kind of physical shape are the stairs in? Do they need to be repaired?
  • If there is an existing runner, is there a distinguishable line between the exposed wood and the wood covered by the runner? This will determine the width of your new runner.
  • What do the surrounding areas look like? Is there a busy wallpaper? Are there Oriental rugs or runners in the hall or adjacent rooms that could clash?
  • Do I want a matching runner or carpet in the halls/foyers connected to the stairs?
  • Are there any turns, landings, or pie shapes?
  • When determining the physical dimensions of the stair case, how wide are the steps? How tall are the risers?
  • How deep are the steps?
  • How many stairs are there?
  • Are there spindles?
  • Do the ends need to be upholstered?
  • How much money do you wish to spend? Materials and labor can get very high in price depending on which options you choose so it is always wise to set a budget before you start shopping.

 

Stair Runners: The most common and decorative way to carpet your stairs is with a runner. Carpet runners allow you to decoratively expose the hard wood on your floor while also practically covering the traffic areas. The standard widths for runners are 27” or 30”, but can be made into any custom size if converting from broadloom. Many manufacturers have their own runner lines, but because they pre-fabricate on their own, they tend to be very expensive. The most cost effective way to do a runner is by finding a carpet remnant. Most carpet stores won’t tell you that if necessary, stairs can be installed one at a time rather than in continuous runner form. They keep this secret from you so they can order excess material and then sell it as a remnant. The common rule is that you need 18 linear feet of carpet to cover 12 steps so a remnant saves you a lot of money. Most runners are finished using a standard ¾” binding that keeps it from fraying but you can dress it up by using wide bindings, serging, or even bordering. If you cannot find a remnant you like, just order broadloom and request the installer makes it into a runner. The last thing you will need to consider is how much wood you want to reveal. The standard reveals are 3” to 6”, but it all depends on your preference. The newest design trend for stair runners is painted risers. This is certainly something to consider if you really want to impress. Just picture the contrast of a dark-stained step, a white riser, and a patterned runner. This is a designer’s dream.

Wall to Wall Carpeting: If covering a set of stairs that hasn’t been renovated, it is probably wisest to carpet the steps wall to wall or wall to spindle. All the same rules apply for this method, but you probably need slightly more material to cover the extra width. If you have spindles or an exposed side that requires upholstery, the pricing could go up. You will not however need to worry about binding or other fabrication.

Stair Treads: Stair treads are the most inexpensive option because they require the least amount of material. Stair treads simply cover the area that you step on. They come ready made with a sticky backing or can be made to order from any remnant or broadloom material.

If you have any questions or would like a consult, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Carpets and rugs can be a major investment. In order to preserve your investment, you will want to know the best practices to maintain your materials to ensure longevity. All material types require specific maintenance practices. Listed below are some basic guidelines for maintaining your materials:

Basic Carpet Maintenance

  • Periodically rotating an area rug will ensure that it wears evenly.
  • Doing so once or twice a year helps maintain a uniform appearance.
  • Direct sunlight will cause the color of the rug to fade.
  • Limiting exposure to direct sunlight by keeping blinds and shades closed during these periods will help keep the colors of your rug bright and vibrant.
  • Avoid placing rugs in any entrance ways to prevent outdoor dirt from soiling your rug.

 

Vacuuming

  • Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed at least once or twice a week if possible.
  • Making an extra effort to vacuum your materials multiple times a week will help prolong the lifetime of your materials.
  • Suction vacuum cleaners are recommended as any beater bar vacuums could possibly damage your materials.
  • Shedding is a normal occurrence for wool carpets. High-quality wool carpets will shed with normal wear and normal cleaning.
  • With plant fiber rugs, stray fibers my sprout as a result of vacuuming and normal foot traffic.
  • The mills that produce these materials do their best to catch these before during the manufacturing process, but loose fibers are occasionally trapped in the rug.
  • Do not pull these fibers. The best course of action is to carefully trim these fibers with scissors.

 

Professional Cleaning

  • Professional carpet and rug cleaning is suggested once every 12 to 18 months.
  • It is best to find a professional with experience cleaning your specific material, especially if your rug is made of plant fibers, such as sisal, jute, and abaca.
  • They should never be steam cleaned or wet-shampooed.
  • Dry extraction cleaning should always be used on plant fiber rugs.

 

Spills & Stains

  • Immediately blot the area with an absorbent white towel. Do not rub! This can damage the fibers by working the liquid deeper and spreading the spill into a larger area.
  • Plant fiber rugs should be dried immediately and as quickly as possible.
  • Excessive dampness may cause more damage to the fibers. It is recommended to use a hairdryer to help the area dry quicker.
  • Bleaches, mildew removers, and other strong chemicals should be avoided at all times. This also includes stain-resistance sprays and other topical carpet treatments. These are known to cause damage and discoloration.
  • Stain removal solutions can be premixed in a spray bottle. It is recommended to use a diluted white vinegar solution and lightly mist the soiled area.

The Carpet Workroom is here to service all of your residential carpet and rug needs. We offer all sales and installation of broadloom carpet including custom area rugs, stair runners, hall runners, carpet tiles, and beyond. With over 35 years of providing these goods and services in your home, we have become the best in the business. Some highlights include:

  • We offer in-house fabrication and installation instead of subbing your job out. Controlling the process from idea to installation allows us to get ahead of potential pitfalls while providing full transparency in everything we do. When you buy from us, you are buying directly from the folks that will be fitting and installing your new rugs or carpet. Our installation teams are led by certified flooring installers that are true craftsmen.

  • Because we are a family business, we are in the business of enhancing the family experience. Our goal is to help your house become a home. If you can’t be home during the day, you can rest assured you will return to your home the way you left it.

  • Our proven processes allow us to fabricate as much as we can before entering your home. By employing our measure twice, cut once approach, we will rarely need to turn your home upside down during a job. Most of our projects are completed within 1 day and you’ll never need to vacate the premises during the duration of your project.

  • We offer family friendly products that will cause no harm to your children or pets.

  • If you’re too busy to visit a showroom, we offer shop at home options. Using our photo galleries, simply indicate the style you’re looking for, send some photos of the space, and we’ll narrow down the search for you. If you can get us what we need, we’re happy to provide free quotes without ever leaving your home.

  • For a small fee, we’ll collect samples and bring them to you as part of a design consultation. The cost will then be credited back to you if you decide to proceed.

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to service your next project. Please help us better serve you by providing some information about your needs!

The Carpet Workroom is here to service all of your commercial carpet and rug needs. We offer all sales and installation of broadloom carpet including custom area rugs, stair runners, carpet tiles and even select hard goods. With over 35 years of providing these goods and services in your office or business, we have proven to deliver. Some highlights include:

  • We offer an all-encompassing service including design consultation, project planning, and aside from installation; removal of existing, floor prep, repairs, and cleaning!

  • We have access to just about any product. Some of our preferred vendors are Shaw, Mohawk, Interface, Milliken, and Tandus.

  • We have the ability to install wall to wall but can also customize your project based on your needs. That includes custom area rugs and stair runners.

  • Do you need LVT (luxury vinyl tile), VCT (vinyl composite tile) or another popular hard good? These materials perfectly complement broadloom carpet and carpet tiles and can be included in any commercial project.

We understand that the office is your second home and should feel comfortable. Our specialty is transforming your space without compromising your budget. To help us begin, please provide some additional information about your specific needs. We appreciate the opportunity!

Although we sell to the retail public, we are built for the trades. With decades of experience servicing builders and architects, we’ve learned how to provide you and your clients exactly what you need to transform the space. Here are some highlights:

  • We are very flexible and work with building professionals in a number of ways. At the core, we offer a 10% discount on all carpet and rugs sold. We can provide this discount on all quotes and you can decide to pass it along to your client or receive as a commission at the completion of the project. If the project is for personal use, we offer additional incentives!

  • We will take any excuse to travel. If you have a client on Nantucket, we’ll make the trip. If your client has a condo in Manhattan, we’ll take the drive down I95. Simply provide photos of the space and the product you’re specifying, and we’ll construct a proposal.

  • Each month we highlight a trade partner on our Blog and throughout our social media platforms. In a world where exposure is gold, we’ll help maximize the visibility of your beautiful work and get it in front of the thousands of local homeowners that follow us. Your reputation is on the line and we’ll do everything we can do to enhance it!

  • We carry an extensive collection of products from all over the world. We have access to just about any vendor you could imagine. If not, we’ll still service your project!

 

If you can imagine it, we can do it. All of our installation and fabrication services are done in-house in our Avon Workroom. We offer a wide variety of finishings like binding, bordering, and serging. Because we control the sales and services, we are able to keep your costs low so you don’t blow the budget.

Want to learn more? We invite you to schedule a time to visit our Workroom to have a glimpse behind the curtain. If you have a project you’re currently working on, please provide some information and we’ll help get you started!

Although we sell to the retail public, we are built for the trades. With decades of experience servicing interior designers we’ve learned how to provide you and your clients exactly what you need to transform the space. Here are some highlights:

  • We are very flexible and work with design professionals in a number of ways. At the core, we offer a 10% discount on all carpet and rugs sold. We can provide this discount on all quotes and you can decide to pass it along to your client or receive as a commission at the completion of the project. If the project is for personal use, we offer additional incentives!
  • We will take any excuse to travel. If you have a client on Nantucket, we’ll make the trip. If your client has a condo in Manhattan, we’ll take the drive down I95. Simply provide photos of the space and the product you’re specifying, and we’ll construct a proposal.
  • Each month we highlight a trade partner on our Blog and throughout our social media platforms. In a world where exposure is gold, we’ll help maximize the visibility of your beautiful work and get it in front of the thousands of local homeowners that follow us. Your reputation is on the line and we’ll do everything we can do to enhance it!
  • We carry an extensive collection of products from all over the world. We have access to just about any vendor you could imagine. If not, we’ll still service your project!

 

If you can imagine it, we can do it. All of our installation and fabrication services are done in-house in our Avon Workroom. We offer a wide variety of finishings like binding, bordering, and serging. Because we control the sales and services, we are able to keep your costs low so you don’t blow the budget.

 

Want to learn more? We invite you to schedule a time to visit our Workroom to have a glimpse behind the curtain. If you have a project you’re currently working on, please provide some information and we’ll help get you started!

Blue and white cheveron style fabricated and installed as a stair runner.

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