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Dolphin’s Guide to Finding the Best Flooring for Every Room

Written by Nick Cellucci on . Posted in Uncategorized

If you’re considering renovations, the first thing to decide is what type of flooring will work best in the room you’re designing. You need to think carefully about how each room in your home is used, and who uses it most. Other questions to ask yourself include how often you have to clean the room, and what messes you think will be the most common.


Once you have a better idea regarding how you plan to use the room, you’ll be able to truly figure out all the design elements needed from the foundation to the decoration.

Here are some key points to keep in mind for every room in your home:


Impress your guests with beauty and character

Your dining room is a place to entertain guests and bring people together. Create a space that is not only impressive and refined but also intimate and charming. Hardwood flooring is a great choice for a dining room. It can be cleaned quickly in case of spills, and a subtle area rug under the table can add style and character while catching additional messes.


Create a kitchen that is both trendy and functional

Kitchens are full of energy – you spend a lot of time on your feet and messes are bound to happen. They are also gathering spaces where families and friends spend time together. A great trend in many kitchens is luxury vinyl, a durable and easy-to-clean option that is available in incredibly realistic looks and textures of natural materials like hardwood.


Design your bathroom with purpose

In a bathroom, go for a clean, calming look while keeping in mind the amount of moisture that accumulates due to steamy showers and spillage. You can achieve the look you want with a durable, beautiful ceramic or porcelain tile, available in a variety of colors and rich, natural tones & patterns to match any style. Tile is also functional because it repels moisture and is easily wiped down. You’re not limited to tile, however. Mohawk SolidTech luxury vinyl is a high-tech waterproof option that allows you to bring other beautiful looks, like natural hardwood, into your bathroom space.

Wake up to comfort in your bedroom

When choosing flooring for the bedroom, ask yourself one question: When you wake up, what’s the first thing you’d like to feel underfoot? A plush, luxurious carpet is a perfect fit year-round, greeting you gently in the morning and making it easier to get out of bed. Carpet also insulates a room, dampening sound for a more peaceful, cozy space in which to rest. If you already have a hard surface floor in your bedroom, you can still achieve that same cozy feel with a soft area rug placed at the foot, underneath or at both sides of your bed.


Create a safe & soft playroom

When it comes to a safe environment for kids, you want to provide them with a soft, forgiving surface like a carpet where kids can comfortably sit, lay, and play. Low, tightly woven fibers are often easiest to clean, but if you’re looking for something plusher, Mohawk’s line of stain-resistant durable carpets are a perfect fit, both for comfort and for standing up to the mess.



It’s not called a mudroom for nothing!

It may not be the main entrance to your home, but your mudroom gets used often and catches a lot of dirt & moisture. Consider a waterproof laminate or luxury vinyl flooring, which will also resist odors, scratches, and stains. You can also go with natural ceramic or porcelain tiles with a darker grout that won’t visibly stain. All of these options are highly durable and low-maintenance, requiring only a simple sweep for debris or a quick mopping for tougher messes. Keep messes outside by adding a dark-colored rug in front of your doorway to catch dirt before it hits the floor.


Let your personality shine in the living room

Every family uses their living room a little differently, so the flooring you choose should work with your lifestyle.  Some opt for a hardwood or wood-look vinyl or laminate alternative to create a warm look that is easy to care for. Carpeting is great for a softer space, allowing for extra seating on the floor if you routinely entertain large groups. If pets are part of your family, make sure to choose a pet-friendly solution like Mohawk Flooring’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet with All Pet Protection or a pet-friendly luxury vinyl.


Choosing flooring is an exciting part of the design process of your home! When your new floors are finally installed, you’ll know you made the best choice for you and your lifestyle.


3 Simple Floor Care Tips for Bad Weather

Written by Nick Cellucci on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

Winter is mild here in South Florida. It practically never snows, so unlike many regions of the country, your floors are rarely going to be exposed to the dangers of winter slush and road salt. Living in Florida comes with its own weather-related challenges. Miami alone gets more rain than almost any other city in the United States, which means your floors are going to be exposed to more than their fair share of moisture and mud if you don’t take the proper precautions against inclement weather.

Here are three simple tips for keeping your floors clean and protected against the elements.

Double up on doormats

When it rains, your shoes get wet and become magnets for dirt and debris that can be harmful to any type of flooring. Mud, grit, leaves and general moisture will get tracked into your home, and these can scratch hard surfaces and get ground down into carpets.

Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix. Simply place a durable, bristled doormat on the outside of each of your entryways. Then, double up with a lighter, washable welcome rug on the inside of each doorway. Your family and guests will have the opportunity to clean their shoes before they ever set foot on your floors.

Designate a mudroom

Mats are helpful, but having a designated entrance to your home that leads into a garage or mudroom will ensure that wet and dirty shoes and clothes are contained. Some good additions to any mudroom can include:

  • A lipped rubber shoe mat or rack
  • Spare towels for quick drying
  • Wall hooks or racks for coats
  • A large planter with a saucer for umbrellas
  • A hamper for wet clothes

You may also consider placing a shoe mat or rack by each entrance for guests to store their shoes upon entering.

Regular, thorough cleaning 

No matter how many precautions you take against dirt and debris in your home, you can’t avoid it all. Inevitably, messes are going to get onto your floors.

The longer you let stains or dirt sit, the more damage they’ll do. You may not realize it, but walking around on unseen particles will crush and grind them into your floors.

Keep cleaning supplies handy so that you can get to messes as soon as they happen. Sweep up visible dirt regularly, and vacuum at least once a week to ensure that you’re picking up everything. You should also dry-mop your hard surfaces, and have your carpets cleaned professionally every 12 to 18 months by a professional service that offers hot water extraction.

With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be more than prepared for any weather that comes your way, any time of year!