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Because Life Happens…We Offer You LifeGuard Carpet

By Jill

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 12:01 AM

LifeGuard Carpet by Shaw - Because Life Happens - BarryCarpet.comLife happens – often when we’re almost not even looking. Oops, your beloved puppy had an accident on your new carpet! Oh no…your 4-year-old spilled juice on your new carpet! Not me too…just spilled my morning coffee!!! When it comes to flooring options for your home, at Barry Carpet we believe in offering products that combine the best in style and innovation – so your new flooring not only looks beautiful but will also hold up to everyday life in your home. And when there’s something new and great out there in the marketplace, we work hard to get it on our showroom floor and get the word out to all of you. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about the latest development in the world of carpet – LifeGuard from Shaw. If you have pets or small children and are especially concerned about spills, stains, and other damage to your floors, you’ll want to check out this amazing new carpet technology.

So what exactly is LifeGuard? Here’s a bit of the technical info:

LifeGuard is a revolutionary carpet protection system in that it covers the entire product – from the carpet fibers all the way through to the carpet backing. On the face of the carpet is Shaw’s exclusive R2X stain and soil resistance system. Unlike conventional repellents that protect only the surface of the carpet, R2X provides complete carpet protection – from the top of the yarn to the bottom. With R2X, spills that reach the base of the yarn don't penetrate the fibers. This provides superior initial stain protection and allows you more time to react when an accident occurs. Another significant benefit is that even after repeated cleanings, R2X continues to perform well. On the back of LifeGuard carpet, you also get a 100% thermoplastic commercial-grade backing. This highly water-resistant barrier literally keeps spills from soaking through the carpet and damaging the subfloor below. LifeGuard is the first residential-use carpet to offer this waterproof technology.

Flooring Protection…or Magic?

Can LifeGuard carpet stand up to spilled coffee? BarryCarpet.comWe all know what a mess coffee can make when spilled on carpet. So what happens when hot coffee is spilled on a LifeGuard carpet? We did the test, and it blew our minds. The coffee quickly balled up on the surface of the carpet. I took a dry white towel and blotted. Then I took a wet white towel and blotted. The carpet was clean – and no coffee went through to the backing! It was quite honestly unbelievable. Except that we all witnessed it.

Come See for Yourself

Stop by our West Los Angeles Barry Carpet showroom and see the “magic” of LifeGuard carpet for yourself. We love showing our customers the Life Happens demo. In fact, I am so excited about this carpet’s durability that I almost forgot to mention how beautiful it is. LifeGuard carpet is available in a wide range of decorative colors and textures to match most any decorating style. So if you’re shopping for the latest carpet styles but are concerned about potential stains, we’re confident this product will satisfy all of your needs. LifeGuard carpet is perfect for the kids' room.

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Why Buy PetProtect Carpets

By Jill

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 2:44 PM

PetProtect: Protecting Carpet from Our Four-Legged Friends

Here’s a fun fact: According to a recent survey conducted by The American Pet Products Society, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet. If you’re one of these whopping 82.5 million families, you likely know all too well the challenges that our four-legged friends create when it comes to keeping your carpets clean – including those hard-to-remove stains, lingering odors, and excessive shedding. At Barry Carpet, we believe that our pet-loving customers shouldn’t have to sacrifice style when it comes to choosing flooring. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for great-looking products that can coexist in homes with dogs and cats. One such product we are excited to offer is PetProtect carpet. If you have a pet, here are just a few reasons why you should check out this carpet.

Maximum Stain Resistance

PetProtect carpet is made from highly durable nylon fiber called SuperiaSD, which is both strong and yet, very soft to the touch. This uniquely engineered polymer fiber is also inherently stain resistant, so there’s no need for added stain treatments. In fact, PetProtect is one of strongest and most stain-resistant carpets available for residential use. This built-in stain resistance means you have more time to react when an accident occurs. And even after repeated carpet cleanings, PetProtect will continue to perform.

Color Safe

PetProtect’s fibers are also solution dyed, locking the color in and making this carpet color safe. So you can confidently clean up pet accidents with hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners without worrying that the carpet color will fade – no matter how hard you scrub.

Odor Protection

Pets can be sneaky little devils, sometimes leaving us “little presents” in areas that we may not discover right away. And as most pet owners know, once a stain such as pet urine reaches the carpet padding and subfloor below, the odor is almost impossible to remove. PetProtect carpet and carpet cushion system helps defend against these accidents with a breathable moisture barrier that prevents spills from penetrating the padding and being absorbed into the subfloor below. This enables a more thorough cleaning and greatly reduces the possibility of lingering odors.

Less Pet Hair

While certainly man’s best friend, many breeds of dogs (and cats, for that matter) can be the worst when it comes to shedding. With PetProtect carpet, a proprietary technology reduces the attraction of pet hairs to the carpet fiber, allowing for easy hair removal with a simple routine vacuuming. This equates to more hairs in your vacuum bag and less on your clothes.

All the Latest Styles Backed by The Best Warranty

Have a specific style you’re looking for? PetProtect carpet is available in all of the latest textures, patterns, and colors to match most any decorating style. And PetProtect carpet is backed by the best pet limited warranty offered, with lifetime coverage for the most common pet stains.

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Evaluating Eco-Friendly Carpet Options

By Jill

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:07 PM

eco-friendly_carpetWhen we think of environmentally friendly flooring, what often comes to mind are naturally renewable flooring materials such as cork or bamboo (discussed in a previous green flooring options post). But in evaluating the impact a flooring material has on the environment, there are many other factors to consider.

For instance,

  • is the flooring able to be recycled, or is it made from recycled materials?
  • Does the manufacturer use environmentally responsible manufacturing practices?
  • How does the flooring and its finishes or pretreatments affect toxicity levels in the environment?

With these criteria in mind, here are a few more options to consider if you’re looking to go “green” with your next flooring purchase.

Eco-Friendly Carpet


When it comes to carpet, a big concern for eco-conscious consumers are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be found in the latex binders used to secure the "tufted" fibers to the carpet backing, as well as in some carpet cushions and adhesives used in installation. Fortunately, newer technologies have allowed carpet manufactures to significantly reduce VOCs in their products.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), an organization dedicated to educating consumers about carpets, has developed testing to help identify those products with very low VOC emissions. When choosing carpet, look for products that include CRI’s Green Label Plus icon, which signifies the product meets CRI’s established low-VOC standards.

Environmentally Friendly Carpet Fibers

In addition, following are some great environmentally friendly carpet fiber options to consider.

wool is an eco-friendly carpet choiceWool

When it comes to carpet fiber, you can’t get much more natural than wool. Typically sourced from the hairs of sheep, wool quickly regrows once shorn. This renewable resource is also 100% biodegradable, recyclable, and hypoallergenic. And wool’s natural built-in resistance to stains and soiling often makes pretreatment with stain protectors unnecessary, so there’s no need to worry about potentially harmful chemicals. This is another big plus if you have pets or small children who will be crawling around on this flooring.

Sisal is an eco-friendly carpet choiceSisal

Commonly used to make twine and rope, sisal is an extremely durable natural fiber harvested from the mature leaves of the agave sisalana plant in a process that uses no pesticides or chemical fertilizers.Sisal rugs have a rough, coarse surface that adds texture and visual interest to a room. If you prefer a less-rugged look and a more comfortable feel underfoot, consider sisals that are blended with softer fibers such as wool.

Seagrass is an eco-friendly carpet optionSeagrass

Naturally eco-friendly, seagrass is a plant fiber sourced from thick, rigid reeds that are non-porous and smooth to the touch. Once harvested, seagrass is dried and spun into yarns meticulously woven to create rugs known for their dense textured patterns. Soft underfoot, naturally stain-resistant, and hypoallergenic, seagrass rugs are not dyed but instead come in natural colors, which change as the carpets age.

Seagrass is an eco-friendly carpet optionPET fibers

For a truly recycled product, there’s polyester carpet made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – the plastic material used in water and soda bottles. A big advantage of PET fibers over other synthetic carpet fibers such as nylon is that PET is naturally stain-resistant and does not require chemical pretreatments. Polyester also has fewer VOC emissions than nylon because it is made with fewer additives. PET carpets also retain their color longer and are extremely resistant to fading caused by sun exposure.

The Natural Choice for Your Home

Ask_An_Expert_logo_colorBarry Carpet carries many eco-friendly carpet & flooring options from some of the industry’s leading brands. Stop in our Barry Carpet showroom in West Los Angeles to see some samples. Or, give us a call or send an e-mail. We’d be glad to answer your questions and help you pick the natural choice that’s right for your home or office.

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