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12 Handy Uses for Discontinued Carpet Samples

Here at McGraw’s Direct 2U Carpet, we don’t let anything go to waste. Carpet designs go


out of style. When that happens carpet manufacturers discontinue those lines and distributers are left with mounds of carpet samples for carpets that are no longer available. Other companies will toss out these “useless” samples, but we would rather make use of them!


Here are 12 useful ways to repurpose discontinued carpet samples:

  1. Wipe your shoes on them as a door mat
  2. Floor mats in your car (the smaller ones)
  3. Protect your hardwood floors or move furniture (upside down on feet)
  4. Seat warmers on cold bleacher seats
  5. Kneeling pad when gardening
  6. Place under your dog and cat feeding dishes
  7. Attach to a 4 x 4 for a cat scratch post
  8. Roofers use them as a non-slip surface to kneel on
  9. Place in front of your tires if stuck in snow or mud
  10. Test out that new stain remover you got suckered into buying from that late night infomercial
  11. Place in bottom of animal carriers
  12. Cut circles for drink coasters

We usually keep good stock of them so come on by our showroom at 155 N 78th St. Seattle, WA 98103. We sell our discontinued carpet samples here at only $1 apiece. Hope to see you at the showroom!


UPDATE : We have another use from one of our valued customers. If you have any new ideas come down to our showroom or Email us.

Use  # 11  (from Mary Ellen)
I just returned from buying 2 samples for door mats. I like your 10 other uses – very nice – all of them. I do, I think, have a decent idea for another use. Use one of the thinner rug samples, put it in a picture frame put in hooks for jewelry – necklaces etc. and hang! This would work for anything you hang that’s not too thick – like scarves or keys….



After 37 years in the business, we find it necessary to take a few days off now and then.

(Isn’t that why we work hard our whole life, anyway?)

During those days the showroom is in very good hands, Edith Crighton! She is a real pleasure to converse with and I never get tired of her stories and adventures.

First off, she is highly qualified to help you find the right carpet; when it comes to colors and textures she’s the best. She has been an ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) for over 30 years.

DSCN0251She has a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Seattle Pacific University and has taught Art/Interior Design at several local colleges. She also is responsible for the interior design in dozens of local banks.

She was the first female to receive a scholarship at Cornish, she has attended workshops with notable artists such as William Reese and Georgia O’Keefe, and has won many awards in competitions in Colorado and Washington.

DSCN0250 Some of her gallery showings include La Galleria and Stiha Gallery in New Mexico and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.

Over the years, Edith has had many varied jobs. She had her own television show, ran a bed and breakfast for coal miners, and owned a rock quarry business, just to name a few.

Edith was also in the flooring business for several years. She was a sales representative for a major floor covering manufacturer.

DSCN0249Don’t even get me started on all the well-known personalities she knows!


If I’m out of town and you come to the showroom you ARE in good hands.

P.S. Come see Edith at the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk (at our showroom) on the second Friday of each month!

Some of her paintings are in this blog.



The most important maintenance step is proper vacuuming. Regular and thorough vacuuming at least once a week, and more often in heavy traffic areas will remove soil and dirt particles before they become embedded into the pile of the carpet.

An upright vacuum cleaner with rotating beater bar and brush or canister type are the most efficient cleaners. Do not use an overly stiff brush on the beater bar as this will cause excess fuzzing. The head of the vacuum should be adjusted so that the brushes just barely touch the face of the carpet.

It is important to move the vacuum cleaner slowly to allow time to get the dirt out, and above all make sure that the dust bag is never more than half full. DO NOT USE A VACUUM THAT AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS AS THIS WILL CAUSE EXCESS FUZZING.



Why Choose Wool?


Wool is Affordable.

An investment in wool is one that will give you a long-lastingbeautiful floor. Some of today’s wool flooring options are even comparable in price to higher-end synthetic products.

Wool—–like hardwood—– increases the value of your home.

IMG_3932Wool Works with the Room

While wool does provide insulating properties in cold climates, it is also great at controlling humidity. Wool can remove up to one-third of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or wet. Lower humidity actually makes your home feel cooler.

Wool is Easy to Care ForIMG_3935

Wool naturally repels spills and soil. Its fibers have scales that capture liquids and dirt, preventing it from penetrating farther into the carpet. Liquids are easily blotted up and soil is easily removed when vacuumed.