The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 24, 1962 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 24, 1962
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The information on this page is sponsored by BJUSTROM'S ALGONA'S OLDEST CARPET DEALER EST. 1925 Padding Essential Part Of Carpet Installation 1 By Roy Bjustrom Buying carpet without paddin is like buying a suit without pants They do go-together, in fact, it : strictly "pound foolish" economy t consider buying a • carpet or rui without an underlay cushion. Padding greatly extends thi wear-life of the carpet — by as much as 100% according to some industry estimates — by absorbing much of the pounding of foot traffic. Also padding increases carpet's ability to reduce noise, makes a carpet more buoyant underfoot adding to the comfort and the feeling of luxury.^Underlaysvare designed to'.ease maintenance , by creating airpockets under the carpet ' that $ facilitate"'vacuuming Padding contributes all these benefits at a very low cost. Prices of carpet underlay today range from under a dollar up to about $2.50 a square yard. Broader Choice The variety of paddings made today has widened considerably in recent years providing a broader selection to the consumer. The familiar felted products are still widely used, but the newer rubber materials are gaining rapidly in popularity and acceptance across the country. The felted materials are made of all-cattle hair, combinations of hair and jute, and all-jute. The all-hair products tend to be more resilient and durable than the others. They are also priced higher. The hair- jute pads, however, are considered good values where long wear-life is not required. The jute underlays are usually the cheapest, but they are less durable than the other felted pads and sometimes tend to mat and "bunch up" under the rug. Felted pads are made in various weights based on the number of ounces per square yard. These range from 32-ounces up to 86- ounces. Normally, a 40-ounce pad will be completely adequate for most areas in the home. Most felted cushions will have a waffle or tread design. This forms the air pockets that permit the carpet to "breathe" and aids vacuuming. • I ... '.''.. Rubber pads are made either of sponge rubber or foam rubber, Today many of these products feature a surface of burlap or scrim fabrics which are molded to the rubber. These underlays are laid with the fabric side up. This permits the carpet to be stretched taiitly and evenly over the padding. Many Advantages Rubber paddings offer the advantages of being durable, mildew-proof, mothproof and non-al- ergenic. They usually cost more than the felted cushioning mater- als, though some "thinner" »rades can Be found which are jrlced lower than the hair-felt products. Rubber underlays range in hickness from one-eighth to one- ialf of an inch. One-quarter or hree-eighths inch rubber padding s usually sufficient for home installation. Another popular type of padding 5 made of felted hair impregnat- d with foam rubber. This under- ay combines advantages of both he felted and rubber products. Though bounce or springiness is esirable in padding; you can have too much of a good thing" in this espect. Underlays that provide nsufficient support can be tiring o the feet. This can also be haz- rdous on stairways if the heels ing in too deeply. A good pad hould combine buoyancy with ome firm support. Padding Attached There are some carpets offered oday which have the padding onded to the back. Some of these arpets are good values since they liminate the need for buying hese items separately. However, o not be deceived by a loosely onstructed carpet that seems licker because of padding attach- d. Also, do not skimp on carpet uality and attempt Ho compen- ate with a thick > padding. Remember, the pile surface of the arpet shows the wear of traffic nd not the padding. Noise Problem Can Be Solved by Carpet By Frank Moulton Do you have that .worn-out, rundown feeling ? Do you seem more tense and irritable these days ? If you do, it may not be due to "tired blood." Perhaps, it's just '.'tired ears." We live in a high-decibel world these days. We are exposed to so much noise in our daily lives that often, we are barely conscious of the beating our eardrums are taking and the toll it can take on our nerves and health. Stop just a minute and take an inventory of all the sounds blasting in your direction right now. Absorbs Airborne Noise First there are airborne noises — sounds which travel through the air and are carried from room to room. This includes the blaring of the radio and TV set, the whirring of electrical appliances, the rattling of dishes, the shouts of children at play, the jangling of a telephone, the roar of a passing jetliner overhead, the honks of automobiles outside. Then there are the impact noises — pounding footsteps, the thud of objects dropped on the floor, the shifting of furniture. The modern home, with its wide expanses of glass and other hard surfaces, needs some major sound conditioning treatments to keep this 'ever-increasing noise volume in check. There is only one decorative home furnishings item that effectively absorbs the sound of both airborne and impact noises — Carpet! Muffles Impact Sounds Acoustical studies conducted in laboratories and in actual use situations, such as in public schools, have established that carpet, combined with padding, virtually eliminates floor impact noises. No other flooring comes close in this regard. The tests also showed that carpet can absorb more than 50% of the airborne noise in a room. This is equal to the efficiency of most specialized acoustical products used on ceilings, and about 10 times more effective than any other type of'flooring material. The laboratory tests have shown that carpet of all types and qualities perform well in noise control. Naturally, the, thicker the carpet and the padding underneath, the more effective its noise-quieting abilities. CARPET BACKING The backing of a carpet plays a part in performance and qual ity. Its function is to hold the carpet together and give it dimensional stability — in other words, prevent it from shrinking, stretching and buckling.' The backing on most carpets today is coated with latex to lock ufts in place and provide extra irmness. In addition, many car- jets have an extra layer of fabric iffixed by latex to increase the limensional stability. Buying Carpet ? Choose Colors You Like Best By Frank Moulton . A decorator recently offered an excellent piece of advice on choosing carpet colors: "Select your favorite color — the color you really like best in your home — because anything else is a compromise." Fortunately, this advice is not hard to follow, because carpets today are offered in virtually all colors, and in many variations of each hue. If you like blue, for example, you'll see it in carpets of all types, from solid blue pastels to tweedy mixtures of blue and green-, or tone-on-tone blue. Medium colors, mixtures of color and patterns are always most practical, of'course — but you'll still find your favorite, color represented, regardless of the carpet style and quality you plan to buy. The wide color range offered today simply means that you can live with your carpet and like it, too — no compromise required. Terms defined In Carpet to Aid Installation By Frank Moulton If you have just selected your new wall-to-wall carpeting, your next step is to consider its installation. It's likely that when you discuss the installation with your carpet retailer you will encounter some unfamiliar terms.'Here are some of these terms and their def initions that may be helpful to you in this discussion. Trackless installation A method of laying to-wall by securing the carpeting to wood or metal strips anchored to the floor adjacent to the walls. These strips contain rows of pins angled toward the wall. Following the principle of the curtain stretcher, the pins grip the back of the carpet. This method makes possible a taut, smooth installation that eliminates the needs for tacks. It is currently the most popular carpet laying technique and is widely recommended. Tack-and-turn-undcr — One of the older, conventional carpet laying methods. The edges of the carpet are turned under about IVz inches and then tacked to the floor flush with the wall or under the moulding, When expertly done, it can be quite satisfactory, and its cost is generally somewhat lower than tackless installation. However, it entails the possibility of tack marks that can become unsigntly dust catchers. Binding — A strip of fabric, usually canvas, sewn over the carpet edge for protection against un- raveling. Binding is necessary for most room-size and area rugs, jarticularly on the ends. The sides of the rugs can be serged to prevent unraveling. Binding tapes can be ordered in colors that match the carpet. Scam sewing — Seaming sections of carpet together by sewing. This is done either by hand or by special machines. In hand sewing skilled carpet mechanics employ several types of "invisible" stitches which produce tight, durable seams capable of withstanding considerable traffic and use. Machines are frequently used for big commercial installations where large areas of carpeting must be seamed. Tape seaming — Joining carpet ;ections by use of specially-design:d fabric tapes and adhesives. In- roduced in the 1930's its applica- ion has become increasingly wide- pread. It is an efficient speedy method for producing durable seams that are flat and tight. Power-stretcher — A device employed by carpet layers which uses a lever action to stretch a carpet tautly and uniformly in all directions. For wall-to-wall installations, it is vital that the carpet be thoroughly stretched before it is fastened to the floor, either by the tackless or tack and turn under methods. This is necessary to pro- vent the carpet from buckling or wrinkling later. Carpet manuafc- turers recommend that carpet layers use a power stretcher for wall- to-wall installations. CARPET TERMS BROADLOOM is 8 designation of carpet width. It does not describe any special style, quality or construction. The term refers to any carpet made in seamless widths of 6 feet and over, PILE YARNS, sometime called "face yarns," are the tufts of yarn seen on the surface of the carpet. BACKING YARNS are the materials that form the carpet back or foundation, to which pile fibers are anchored. PLY Is a layer of thickness of yarns used in carpet. If the pile yarn is described as "4-ply", it means that each tuft is made of 4 yarns spun together. WILTON, AXMINSTER, and VELVET are types of looms on which woven carpet is made. Carpet woven on these looms is also described in these terms, such as "a Wilton carpet", "a velvet Weeve," or "an Axminster". TUFTING is a carpet construction process In which pile yarns are sewn through tt pre-woven backing by wide multiple-needled machines. ^-^tUU KNITTING is another construction process in which carpet pile yarns and backing are interlocked by the knitting process. On The Move? Carpets, Rugs Ready To Go By Roy Bjustrom Moving is certainly nothing new for carpets and rugs ! In fact, one of the earliest-known users of rugs were the Nomadic tribesmen, who found that coarse- woven fabrics made the "floors" of their tents more comfortable. So if you are moving — as one- fifth of all families in the United States do every year — be assured that carpets and rugs are ready to make your new home more liveable. You may find that a move from one home to another provides the best opportunity to purchase new carpets. Or you may want to move your current carpets and rugs with you. In either case, it's logical to arrange for these important items to be moved first and put in place before you transfer other furnish- ings. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting in good condition, contact a local retailer or carpet cleaner to check on the advisability of having it installed in your new home. These professionals can tell you how much time and labor will be involved in refitting carpet to new room sizes and shapes. Rugs usually pose no problem in moving, and for that reason are often.chosen by families who move frequently. Moving time may also be the best time to have your rugs or carpets cleaned professionally. Your moving firm may make arrangements to have these picked up at your present home, cleaned and moved to the new home a few days in advance other furnishings. of transferring You Will Enjoy Shopping At BJUSTROM'S Because at BJUSTROM'S you wil I find three floors of fine Furniture, Carpets and Draperies all under one roof. Our factory trained decorating consultant is at your disposal in helping you choose the correct merchandise that will please YOU ! In Carpets you will find such natio nally known lines as Alexander- Smith, Lees and Masland. Because we buy direct from the mills, this saving is passed on to you, That i s why we are called "The Temple of Economy", You'll find our services just as modern as our new building. Expert craftmctnship in our carpet installation, free dust proof van delivery, easy payment plan? through our Home Investment Co. end a sincere desire of our sales clerks to help you get what you want. 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