Decorating with Area Rugs

Area rugs can be the perfect complement to any room. Knowing some decorating basics can help you make the most of your space. Keep these four factors in mind when decorating your home with area rugs.

Area Rug Sizes

Many homeowners are tempted to go with smaller area rugs because they naturally cost less. Skimping out on size will only make your room look smaller. For example, an area rug in your living room should be large enough so that at least the front legs of each piece of furniture are on it. You’ll want to feel the rug under your feet when you get out of bed in the morning as well. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your bedroom area rug extends two feet beyond the bed on all sides.


It makes sense to use an area rug over a harder flooring material such as hardwood, tile, or natural stone. Some homeowners may be reluctant to layer an area rug over carpeting, but they shouldn’t be. An area rug over carpet can define boundaries in the room and give it a sense of playfulness.

Area Rugs Aren’t Afterthoughts

If you’re going to be remodeling or decorating a new home, you might make the mistake of adding the area rug last. You should actually choose your rug first because it can serve to tie a room together, and it may be hard to match the décor you’ve already chosen to a particular rug. The room’s furniture placement, color scheme, and accessories should all connect to the area rug.


While the area rug should be the centerpiece of the room, you’re stuck with the size and shape of the room you’re purchasing it for. For a dining room, you can try a rectangular rug paired with a long table, a round rug and round table, or a hexagonal rug and a square table.

Luckily area rugs come in all different shapes, sizes, and patterns which means you can find one to help decorate any room. Carpet Empire Plus has a great selection of area rugs for you to choose from, visit us today to see for yourself.

Choosing the Best Flooring Option for Your Lifestyle

With so many types of flooring available for your home, it makes sense to choose options that not only look good but also fit your lifestyle. There are plenty of factors to consider including your daily activities, the members of your family, and how much you are able to clean and maintain your floors.

Each room might be best suited to different flooring options, and rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are best suited to floors that are durable, easy to clean, and stain resistant. Rooms with lots of foot traffic such as living rooms might be best suited for tile, hardwood, or vinyl which are less susceptible to wear and relatively easy to clean.

Pet Parents

Pet owners need flooring options that are durable and stain proof which include vinyl, tile, and stain-guarded carpet. You may want to try to avoid hardwood because pets can damage it with accidents and scratch it with their claws.

Families with Children

For babies, soft carpet is perfect while they learn to walk and crawl. One drawback is that babies are also good at causing stains which can be more difficult to remove with carpeting. Neutral or dirt colored carpet can hide stains well. For areas where kids are eating and making messes, you should consider tile or resilient flooring like LVT.


For those that do a lot of entertaining in their homes, flooring choices can be especially important. Your guests may admire your hardwood, natural stone, or luxurious carpeting, but keep in mind stains from food and drinks are likely to occur. Carpet can wear with heavy traffic, but it absorbs sound so it may be a good option if you share a wall with another home. Ceramic tile has an elegant look and can stand up to stains as well as wear.

Allergy Sufferers

Allergens can hide anywhere but are found more in carpet than other flooring options. You’ll want to choose flooring that is easy to clean such as tile, hardwood, or laminate to eliminate them and help you feel better.

Flooring Options in Cathedral City

Carpet Empire Plus has all your flooring needs covered in the Cathedral City and Indio areas including carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate, vinyl, and LVT. Stop in today or give us a call at 760-324-9797 to learn more.

How to Clean These Eight Common Food Stains That Start with the Letter "C" Out of Carpet


Candy is dandy, but cleaning it out of carpets isn’t as enjoyable. Hard candy can easily stick to carpet, but it can be removed without causing damage. Moisten the candy with cold water and pull large pieces out of the carpet. Apply a stain remover and blot with a clean cloth.


No matter how you spell it, catsup can leave nasty stains on carpet. Use a knife to scrape off any remaining catsup from the carpet. Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cool water. Use a white cloth soaked in the solution to sponge the stain.


Liquid cheese can be tough to get out of carpets, but dropping your nachos doesn’t have to mean you are stuck with an orange carpet. You’ll want to sponge the stain with a white cloth soaked in one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and two cups of cool water.

Chewing Gum

Dropping gum on your carpet can result in a sticky situation. Don’t use scissors to cut it out because that can damage carpet fibers. Apply ice in a Ziploc bag directly to the gum. Scrape away the gum with a scraping tool and then vacuum the area. Next sponge the stain with some warm, soapy water and then cover it up with a towel or rag.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is good for someone who’s not feeling well, but it isn’t good for your carpet. Blot the stain with a white cloth to clean up spilled soup particles. Mix one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent with three cups of warm water and apply to stain by blotting. Pour one cup of clean water on the carpet to flush out solution and dry with a towel.


Chocolate can melt quickly so don’t delay in picking it up. If it’s already a gooey mess you can run cold water directly over the stain. Next use a small amount of dishwashing detergent and apply to a clean cloth. Using a circular motion, rub the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing again with cold water.


Coffee has a reputation for being one of the worst offenders when it comes to stains. First blot up as much as you can and then prepare one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply slowly and blot frequently with a clean, white cloth.


No matter whether you prefer Coke or Pepsi, any type of cola can be tough to get out of carpet. You can use plain water or combine one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain using a clean white cloth for best results.

While these home remedies might work for you, there are definitely times you’ll need to call in the professionals. If your flooring stains can’t be totally cleaned, you might want to think about replacing them altogether. Carpet Empire Plus has several flooring options at our stores in Cathedral City and Indio. Contact us today at 760-324-9797 to learn more.

The Best Flooring Options for Bedrooms

The bedroom is considered a sanctuary and the room you go to when you want to relax and get a good night’s sleep. It should be comfortable while also visually appealing, but what type of flooring is the best for bedrooms?

Many homeowners prefer hardwood flooring in common areas such as living rooms and dining rooms. When it comes to the bedroom, there isn’t one preferred flooring style. It all comes down to personal preference, with many people being split between hardwood and carpet. One interesting thing to note is that many people actually prefer the type of flooring they grew up with in their childhood bedroom.


Carpet is typically one of the most affordable flooring options. It is soft and warm on your feet as most people won’t be wearing shoes in the bedroom. Carpet can provide insulation and isolate the room from outside noises to help you sleep.


Hardwood flooring can be more attractive than carpet. It usually lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as often. Hardwood is fairly easy to clean and is a good option for those with allergies or asthma. If you still want a soft surface you can use area rugs over it.


Vinyl can reproduce the look of any material, color, or pattern you like. This flooring option is soft while still looking like hardwood. Vinyl is also relatively easy to care for which makes it popular for bedrooms.

One of the best ways to decide which flooring option is right for your bedroom is to visit a showroom which allows you to feel and walk on each option including:

  • Carpet
  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Natural Stone
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • And More

Carpet Empire has locations in Cathedral City and Indio for your convenience. Visit us today to find out which bedroom flooring option is best for you.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Vinyl

When you hear the word vinyl, one of two things likely come to mind: vinyl records or vinyl flooring. Both of those types of vinyl come from polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC.

You’ve probably heard of PVC pipe, which is made from the rigid form of PVC. Other common items made from rigid PVC include doors, windows, bottles, and credit cards. The softer and more flexible form of PVC is what vinyl records are made from and is also used to make signs, imitation leather, and inflatable products.

How Vinyl Flooring is Made

The vinyl flooring manufacturing process is actually quite fascinating. Colored PVC chips are formed into solid sheets using heat and pressure to form vinyl composition tiles used for vinyl flooring. The tiles are cut into modular shapes (typically squares or rectangles) and then applied to a level and smooth sub-floor using a special adhesive.

Vinyl flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas which include businesses or homes with lots of children. It is durable and easy to maintain in addition to being budget-friendly. Vinyl is stain resistant to most household products and is easy to clean. Vinyl flooring also stays looking like new for years.

Take Those Old Records Off the Shelf

As you may remember from school, the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. It was the first device able to reproduce a recorded sound. The actual vinyl record wasn’t invented until the mid-20th century; before that, shellac composition was used. Ask many vinyl record fanatics, who’ll tell you of its superior sound quality.

In a day and age where music has gone digital, many audiophiles prefer actually being able to physically handle a record. A common and longstanding complaint about vinyl records is that they are prone to skipping, or sounding like a “broken record”. Vinyl records have made a comeback in the 2010s. In 2014 alone sales were up 51% and each year Record Store Day (April 21) draws record (pun intended) crowds thanks in part to offering exclusive music that can’t be purchased in other formats.

Flooring Options in the Coachella Valley

If you want to join the in-crowd and listen to your vinyl records while relaxing on your vinyl flooring, Carpet Empire Plus has you covered. If you prefer carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, or laminate we are the place to go for all your flooring needs in Cathedral City. Give us a call at 760-324-9797 for more information.

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