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Hermitage Road Fun Weekend 18 - 19 August
The Hermitage Road Fun Weekend is on 18 and 19 August 2018. We’re so excited!

These two free days help promote all that the fantastic local businesses based on this road have to offer... there'll be music, food, games, classic cars and more...  come along!

Hitchin’s iconic road has so much to offer with lots of independent shops and restaurants and a colourful history...
Originally, the Hermitage Road area was part of a private garden lined with box trees! Frederic Seebohm donated the land where Hermitage Road stands. ‘New Road’ first opened in 1875, offering a crucial link between Hitchin’s town centre and its railway station.

50 years later, the new name of Hermitage Road was in place and an exciting range of building projects followed.  Our prestigious road has been host to The Hermitage Cinema, The Hermitage Ballroom (with an array of stars within its line-up such as Eric Clapton, Bob Monkhouse and The Searchers) and the Remix nightclub.

Fast forward to 2018 and Hermitage Road continues to boast a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Best of all, the independent stores have a strong presence. “Hitchin is known for its variety,” says Mark Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets. “Yes, we do have some chains represented, however we have a strong mix of independent stores which rely on the quality of what they offer and strong customer service.”

What’s next for Hermitage Road?

Following the success of last year's Fun Day, this year's event is a whole weekend!

Lots of shops are joining in with loads of fun for all the family. We'd love to see you there!

Pop in during 18 - 24 August to enter our free prize draw. You could win a £100 saving with your next flooring order!
(Minimum order value £500 to be placed 18 August -  23 December 2018 and the saving cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Over 18s only.)

Are you free on 18 or 19 August? 
Come along to the Hermitage Road Fun Weekend - and don't forget to call in and say hello!

7 Ways to Minimise Carpet Indents
Have you ever moved your furniture to make things look different?
Maybe you have changed the layout of your room to create more space?
Did you notice the dreaded indents in your carpet?
When you put a heavy load on a small area such as a leg or foot of a piece of furniture you can’t really expect a carpet not to show it. Over time, a noticeable indent forms at the points where your furniture – and all its weight - comes into contact with your floor. The more time you leave something in place the more time it takes for your carpet or rug to start to recover.
The dips and dents that result can be very noticeable at times, so what if anything can you do?
7 Ways to Reduce Carpet Indents
  1. Buy a dense underlay rather than a springy one, something like a felt (less to squash down over time)
  2. Use castor cups – they widen the base area if put under the legs or wheels of furniture, helps spread the load.
  3. Vacuum the spot well, use a nozzle to direct the lift
  4. For stubborn areas using a damp cloth and ironing the cloth over the patch can help lift it with the steam
  5. You can try a blunt darning needle to help tease the pile after you use the steam method
  6. Whatever you do be patient and don’t over soak or over poke the pile or it will get damaged
  7. Also be prepared if the carpet was a very soft and floppy pile that it might not recover if it has been left under pressure for too long 

“Even the best quality carpets find it hard to withstand the long-term pressure of furniture,” says Mark Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets in Hitchin. “Over time, you’ll notice dips and dents on the carpet pile when you move or replace furniture. Prevention is always better than cure – choosing the right underlay and using castor cups from when you have your carpet fitted are a big help.”
If you are ready for a new carpet – or would even like a new rug to cover indents and give your room a fresh new look – call into our store at 39 Hermitage Road Hitchin. Our friendly team is on hand to offer expert advice. 
Grey is the new Black! (And other flooring trends for 2018.)
A new season often means a fresh makeover for a room or two in your home. As your plans take shape, take a look at the flooring styles that will be trending in 2018.

1.Shades of Grey
Grey comes in lots of shades, and the best part? It’s completely neutral, so it goes with every colour – literally. So when it comes to redecorating, you can relax knowing that your flooring will partner your new look perfectly. Grey floors offer a unique, clean look that fits well in modern houses that need to brighten up. 

Are you feeling a bit braver with colours? Amethyst and Denim/Petrol blues give strong accent looks. Why not try the colour of the year for 2018? Ultra Violet is warm and striking colour, (Pantone 18-3838). All these shades go perfectly with grey!

2. Get the Look
The Scandinavian look proved popular during 2017 and this is set to continue, bringing wooden floors and pastel colours to even more homes this year. This style complements the popular natural and earthy looks. If wooden flooring will stretch your budget too far, there are some fantastic laminates that we can show you.
3. Remember Your Greens!
Green is set to be an extremely popular colour in 2018. Fresh greens complete a sought-after earthy look, bringing leafy colours indoors. Combine with oranges and yellows for a natural, calm atmosphere with flair.
4. Re-Vamping the Vintage Look
The Vintage look has been popular for a while and the trend is set to continue. Hard wood flooring and vinyls are perfect for achieving a stylish, vintage look. Whether you like the ‘loved and rustic’ look or a bold style, there’s a vinyl to suit your taste and your budget.

5. Carpet Tiles
Combining traditional carpet and tiling together allows for many great designs or geometric patterns. Watch out for modular carpet options!
“The trends for 2018 work for almost every type of space,” explains Mark Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets & Flooring. “So whether you want a luxurious carpet that feels soft, a durable wooden floor for a busy space or a practical flooring to cope with spills… you can embrace the great looks that will be in demand this year.”
Pop in and look at the range of carpets, wood flooringvinyls and rugs that create and complement these popular looks – and ask for samples to see how the colours and styles work in your space. Remember – the friendly team at Charles Wilson Carpets & Flooring is happy to help with advice and ideas.
The Problem With Carpet Moths
Nearly every week we are asked about moth damage and how to prevent it, so we seem to be in a hot spot or “moth” spot you might say! You can spot moth damage in your carpets – look for threadbare patches where the pile has been eaten through to the backing.
Why do we get moths in our homes & carpets?
The warm, dark conditions that are available in our homes are ideal for moths. They particularly like:
  • Mild conditions, a lovely centrally heated house is perfect
  • Dark spot – under your furniture or furniture legs is a good spot
  • Undisturbed areas – again behind or under furniture
  • Natural fibres – carpet wool is something the larvae like to munch 
carpet mothsWhat do carpet moths look like?
  • The larvae casings are tiny and woolly white like grains of rice
  • The larvae themselves are an opaque creamy colour with a black head
  • The adult can be a light brown to a silvery grey with hazy dark spots and wingspan of about 15mm 

6 tips to prevent carpet moths in your home
A recent survey of carpet shops showed that the issue of carpet moth damage is not as wide spread as we think. Despite this reassuring outcome, we are regularly asked how to prevent it. Here are our top tips for preventing moth damage:
  1. Number one is to do a regular full clean behind and under sofas, units and in undisturbed corners – yes “spring-cleaning” is the answer in a lot of cases
  2. However, once there are larvae this might not solve the problem as they are sometimes difficult to see. The eggs can lay dormant for 4-10 days and just a few can still have a pretty healthy appetite and of course they can re-breed with 30-300 eggs at a time!
  3. Treat areas that have been infested, there are moth papers and sprays available but for repeated or larger infestations do contact a reputable pest controller
  4. Buy moth resistant treated wool carpets but be aware this treatment can only last anything from 2 – 5 years, the chemicals today must be less toxic than they used to be for health reasons
  5. Buy synthetic fibred carpets, so far there is little evidence to say carpet moth will attack man-made fibres
  6. Remember they are an airborne insect and can re-appear just by flying in and finding the right conditions at any time so be vigilant if you’ve had a problem before 

Help is at hand…
If you have carpet moths or are keen to prevent them coming into your home, pop in and have a chat with our team. We can chat through the advice given above, plus show you our range of treated wool carpets. We also have a wide range of man-made fibres that moth don’t like. Let’s banish your carpet moths!