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The Floor Store

Soft Luxury Flooring

Shop the largest in-stock carpeting selection in the San Francisco Bay Area

ALL ABOUT CARPET

A Classic & Comfy Flooring Choice

Carpet is one of the most popular flooring choices and for good reason! Taking a barefoot step on to carpet is a pleasurable experience that no other flooring material can quite match. It is soft to the touch, inviting to the eye, and lends a homey and warm feeling to any space. Carpet comes with so many other benefits - it is forgiving on young knees, offers sound absorbing and insulation benefits, is affordable to purchase, easy to install, long-lasting and comes in an array of styles, designs, fibers and textures to meet every style preference and budget.

We offer the largest in-stock carpeting selection in the San Francisco Bay Area. Carpeting is a beautiful, economical option for many homes. Carpet is comfortable, easy to install and easily replaced. It’s a great option for homes with kids, as carpeting is easy on small knees and makes for more forgiving falls than hardwood or tile. Carpet can soften a room, from both a visual and noise perspective; carpeting adds a sense of warmth and absorbs sound better than harder flooring options. You can install carpet over many kinds of surfaces and it can often help hide irregularities in your subflooring.  Learn about carpet basics, carpeting installation, carpeting care & maintenance or visit our carpet gallery for inspiration.

We have eight carpeting San Francisco area showrooms spread throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, serving dozens of cities and communities including San Francisco, Richmond, Dublin, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, San Carlos, Concord, Sunnyvale, Alameda, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Pittsburgh, San Leandro, Danville, Antioch, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Oakland, Marin, Newark, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Hayward, East Bay, Brentwood and Castro Valley. Find a carpet store location nearest you, you’ll find thousands of carpet products to choose from, along with experts who can answer even your toughest questions.

The biggest brands of carpeting in the industry including Mohawk Flooring and Karastan.

DEFINING YOUR TEXTURE

There are different carpet looks and styles to choose from, what’s your texture?

Loop carpet

LOOP

Supremely versatile, extremely durable and also quite affordable.

texture carpet

Textured

Hides footprints and vacuum tracks, good choice for high-traffic rooms that get a lot of activity.

twist carpet

TWIST

Described as casual and soft. Popular choice for spaces where the family gathers.

pattern carpet

PATTERN

Turn your floors into a statement piece or simply add another layer of visual interest.

The brands we love & carry

At The Floor Store we want to ensure that you're getting the highest quality flooring! See some our Featured Brands and Top-level Manufacturers listed below!

Mohawk
karastan

CARPET BASICS

CARPET BASICS

Carpet is a luxurious, modern floor covering with ancient roots. In the distant past, carpet was painstakingly made by hand. But today, it’s largely manufactured by machine. When talking about carpet, there are a variety of technical terms used to describe specific styles. Understanding the different terms can help when selecting the best carpet for your home.

LOOP, CUT LOOP, AND PILE

When carpeting is made, fibers (also called yarns) are woven into a material backing. This is done in a way that creates small loops of yarn all along the surface. This surface is referred to as the carpet’s “pile”. If the loops are left in-tact, the carpet is referred to as loop pile carpet; if the loops are cut, the carpet is cut pile. Some carpets have a combination of both techniques and are referred to as cut and loop. Loop pile, cut pile and cut and loop carpets all have different characteristics because of differences in their surface textures.

CARPET FIBERS

In addition to the differences in carpet pile, an important distinction between carpets is the fiber used in their construction. Fiber refers to the material used to create the carpet’s yarn, and fibers can be either synthetic or natural. The majority of carpet on the market today is made of synthetic fibers including, nylon, polypropylene or polyester. Natural fiber carpets are usually made of wool, though you will occasionally see other natural materials, such as silk, cotton or bamboo. Carpet characteristics will vary depending on their construction and material.

WHICH CARPET TO CHOOSE

Choosing carpeting can seem like a daunting task. At the Floor Store, we’re happy to walk you through all of your options and answer any questions you might have. Feel free to call us or stop in to one of our 8 showroom locations and talk through all of the options available to you.

FAQs

CARPET FAQS

Carpet is the most common type of flooring for today’s consumer. Carpet is versatile, quick to have installed and soft, warm and quiet under foot. Families with children especially love carpet as it makes the floor a cozy place to play. Carpets are available in both natural and synthetic materials and come in a dizzying array of textures, fibers, designs, styles, colors and more. In general, deeper and denser carpet pile indicates a higher quality carpet that will last longer and wear better over time. Other factors to consider when selecting a buying carpet are its stain, wear and fade resistant qualities.

Purchasing and installing a new floor always brings with it lots of questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, and of course our flooring team is on hand and happy to answer any other questions.

WHAT TYPES OF CARPET ARE AVAILABLE?

When it comes to carpet, the options are virtually endless. But carpet can be split into three basic categories, based on the characteristics of the carpet’s surface. This visible, wearable surface, consisting of tufts of yarn, is called “pile”. Carpets are categorized as “cut pile,” “loop pile,” or “cut and loop.” To learn more about each type of pile, and what might work best for you, contact your nearest Floor Store location.

HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC FIBER?

This will depend on a number of factors, including your personal style, needs, and budget. Today, the majority of carpets on the market are made of synthetic fibers, including nylon, polypropylene or polyester. Natural fiber carpets are usually made of wool, though some carpets blend wool with materials such as silk, cotton or bamboo. Wool is generally considered one of the best and most attractive carpeting materials available and, as such, costs significantly more than many synthetic fiber options. However, there are soft, durable carpeting options made of synthetic fibers. A Floor Store associate can answer more questions about which options may best suit your personal needs.

I JUST HAD CARPET INSTALLED ON MY STAIRS. WHY CAN I SEE THE BACKING?

When carpeting is bent, it is very possible that you may see the backing.
This is not a reflection of the carpet’s quality or durability. It’s simply a result of the way carpet is manufactured and may happen with a stairway installation.

I HAVE A LARGE ROOM AND AM WORRIED ABOUT SEAMS. WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING CARPET?

Carpet usually comes packaged in a roll that’s not wide enough for most large rooms. Unfortunately, this means that seams are probably inevitable. However, a carpet installation professional will use a seaming diagram as a blueprint to ensure that seams are minimized and well-hidden within a room. With certain styles of carpet, seams show more than with others, so this might be a consideration. If you have particular concerns about seams within your room, consult a Floor Store associate to talk through your carpeting options.

DO I REALLY NEED CARPET PADDING?

Yes you do! Padding can make an enormous difference on how your carpet feels after installation. It absorbs much of the impact when walking on the floor, contributing to a softer feel and helping to preserve and maintain your carpet over time. Different carpet pads may be recommended for different types of carpet. We recommend that you consider purchasing a high quality carpet pad to ensure a long life for your carpet.

INSTALLATION

CARPET INSTALLATION

When it comes to hardwood flooring installation, we recommend hiring a professional.  Hardwood floor installation is a labor-intensive process that requires special tools and expertise. Because your hardwood floors will be a part of your home for years to come, it’s important to make sure that your flooring installation is done properly. At the Floor Store we have 7 area locations that have trained hardwood flooring installation professionals with years of experience. We’ll make sure your hardwood floors are installed properly so they are secure, safe and beautiful.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION

Once you’ve decided to install hardwood flooring, you may wonder what the process will look like. You can help us ensure a smooth installation by understanding what needs to happen before, during and after your flooring installation.

BEFORE INSTALLATION

Before installation, it’s important to remove everything from the room, including furniture, curtains and decorations. Your hardwood floor may need time to acclimate to the room before installation. This time can vary from a few days to a few weeks – your Floor Store installation professional will let you know how long this may last.

DURING INSTALLATION

During the hardwood flooring installation, your installation professional may use different techniques depending on your situation and the product to be installed including:

  • Nailing down flooring
  • Stapling down flooring
  • Gluing down flooring
  • Floating flooring

Depending on the technique used, there may be a fair amount of noise during the process. This will be particularly true if your floors are being sanded and finished.

AFTER INSTALLATION

After installation, it will be up to you to maintain your new hardwood wood floors. Pay special attention to cleaning and to preventing scratching and denting by using rugs, mats, and felt pads for furniture. If you have questions about floor maintenance, we would be happy to answer them for you. Feel free to contact us at the Floor Store Location nearest you.

CARE & MAINTENANCE

CARPET CARE & MAINTENANCE

The beauty and life of your carpet depends on how you care for it. Follow a proper cleaning routine to keep it looking great over time and extend the life of your carpeting.

Tips for Carpet Cleaning and Care

  • Vacuuming – Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile. Vacuum at least once a week in light traffic area and use attachments to clean carpet edges and corners. Vacuum twice weekly in medium traffic areas. For heavy traffic or pet areas, it’s a good idea to vacuum daily.
  • Spot Cleaning – Clean spots and spills quickly with products specifically formulated for your carpet type. Check your warranty for recommended carpet cleaning products.
  • Deep Cleaning – Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months. The carpet cleaning equipment professionals use can extract dirt and grim more effectively than DIY rental units. The pros also know the correct cleaning agents to use for your carpet type.
  • Stop Dirt at the Door – Place doormats both outside and inside entryways to trap dirt and moisture before it’s tracked into the home. Remember to clean your mats regularly too.
  • Move Heavy Furniture – Occasionally move your furniture to change foot traffic patterns and avoid excessive carpet pile crushing. on occasion won’t just renew the feel of your room, it will also help avoid excessive pile crushing. Also consider using carpet protectors under the legs of tables, chairs and other furniture to help distribute the weight.

One of the best things you can do to care for your carpet is using quality padding beneath. The right carpet pad not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet.

CARPET INSPIRATION

Browse our carpet gallery to be inspired and get design ideas for your home. Sit back, relax and enjoy our wide selection of gorgeous carpets.