Choosing the Right Flooring for You

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There’s no hiding how this store perceives itself. Check your wallet before you walk in – if it’s too thin, walk on by.

Most of us would not be drawn to a store that promotes itself as expensive. High prices are not the same as high quality, and the focus should be on quality and value, not just the “bottom line.”

When it comes to flooring, often people perceive many choices as expensive. In reality, there is almost as wide a variety in flooring materials, construction and workmanship as there is in clothing. When you’re making purchasing decisions, it’s important to look beyond price to find the quality and style you want and determine the true value of your choice.

Sometimes a silk shirt is the right choice, and for other purposes, cotton may be better. Silk is more expensive than cotton in general but it might be just right with the outfit you’re planning so you’re willing to pay more. In the same way, one flooring material may be more expensive but worth the price for your purposes.

When you’re debating about the right flooring for you, how about taking the cost difference between the two options and dividing it by the number of years you plan to live in your home. Are you willing to pay that much more a year for the more expensive flooring? If you plan to move in a few years, take a look at resale issues. For example, homes with wood floors sell faster than homes with any other type of flooring.

When you’re choosing flooring, don’t discard price issues, but be sure to look beyond cost when you make your final choice.

How To Remove Barbeque Sauce From Carpet

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We hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend! More importantly, we hope you enjoyed some wonderful food, especially barbeque! Just in case any ended up on the carpet, we’d like to share a few tips with you on how to properly clean it.

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.

Carpet Fiber Guide

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Are you a carpet fanatic? Do you love decorating each room in your house with area rugs so as to define the space appropriately? If you like home decorating like we do, and if you love decorating your floors, it is best to know a thing or two about carpets. This guide will give you knowledge about the different types of carpet fibers that will help you in choosing the right carpet floor for your home.

Artificial carpet fibers range from Polyester, Acrylic, Blends, Nylon and Olefin (Polypropylene).

Acrylic- also known as synthetic wool as it looks a lot like wool, but comes at a cheaper price. It resists electricity, mildew, moisture, fading & sun damage.

Polyester- is more luxurious and softer compared to other fibers. It’s easy to clean and resistant to water stains. It is also relatively cheaper compared to wool & nylon.

Blends- is a combination of Nylon & Olefin. These types, however, aren’t stain resistant as the two types of fibers have different stain resistant properties.

Nylon- is the most common of all carpet fibers; about 90% are available in the market. They are best in high traffic areas, durable, stain, mildew and water resistant. Their colors are also most likely to last longer.

Olefin- are the next best thing to Nylon. Their colors are colorfast due to the dye mixing process during production.

Next time you stare at your carpet you’ll now have at least the slightest idea what it’s made of and how.

Spruce Up Your Stairs with Color

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Stairs are an often neglected design space in our homes. There are three popular options for stairs: full carpet, runners, or bare wood. Carpet works especially well if the rest of your home has carpet. A stair runner is a nice compromise between bare wood and carpet as it allows the wood to show on the sides. Wood looks great in an older home. We loved it when we discovered this last option, painted wood stairs.

We think this is a great option for an older home such as a Queen Anne or Victorian. Often these homes will have painted risers on the staircase. And 99% of the time the risers are painted white.

If your wood stairs are not in the best of shape but you don’t want to invest in a custom stair runner or carpet, paint could be a great option to add some flair to the stairs.

In this example, the soft blue complements the soft yellow of the walls to create a welcoming feel to the entry. We like the crisp white accents and punches of deeper blue.

As with any decorating project, paint is an easy, quick way to change a space. Stairs are no exception. You could keep your wood stairs and just paint the risers a complementary color to your walls or add a fun pattern like diamonds or scrolls. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

And if you don’t like the paint, you could always get a runner or carpet the stairs later.

We Want Happy Customers

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Question: My home needs all new flooring. I haven’t shopped for flooring in decades and the whole process seems pretty overwhelming to me. What kind of help will I get from your salespeople? Are there things I can do beforehand to make the process easier and less confusing?

Answer: Selecting new flooring may seem overwhelming, but you can take some steps before even coming to our showroom to help you start the process. To begin, make a list of your flooring needs, including an estimate of room size and any colors. (Don’t worry about getting accurate measurements; we will do that before ordering or installing anything.) You may also want to spend some time determining your budget range. This will be easier to define once you see what’s available at the different prices.

Your next step is a visit to our website. Flooring is much more varied and interesting than it was the last time you looked. Our website provides a great way to update your product knowledge at your own pace. We also have some tools on our site that may help define your goals.

The final step is visiting our showroom. Put yourself into the hands of one of our salespeople. Their primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for your floors and they can provide a wealth of information and exciting ideas for your home. Take advantage of their expertise and before you know it, you will have a beautiful space.

Remember, we have a more important goal than making a sale. We want to make a customer. If you’re happy we’ve done our job right, and we’re happy too.

Traditional and Daring

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This room says traditional, but its color choices and contrasts keep it looking fresh and new.

Let’s start with the carpeting. Patterns were common twenty and more years ago and then almost vanished until just recently. Now design in carpets – from color-based patterns such as this one to the subtler embossed approaches – are available in many styles.

While this pattern and color choice is fairly traditional, the light tones, the addition of a matching rug with contrasting border, and the flooring’s fresh colors keeps it from looking stale in the room. It coordinates well with the white ceiling, moldings and wainscoting.

The deep paint color keeps the room from looking too washed out and delicate. The daring tone works well with the rest of the room.

The fabric choice for the loveseats and drapes fit in the room, but possibly a less flowery choice in a bit darker tone would have anchored the furniture better with the space. The valance is a distracting element, cutting into the crown molding and pulling the eye away from the fireplace, which should be the focal point in the room.

The accessories match the traditional tone of the space, but with enough personality to draw positive attention. Altogether this room shows design courage despite its traditional approach.

Traditional doesn’t mean boring. Does your home need some design daring? Maybe it’s time to shake things up!

Give Your Walls A Voice

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Do you often wish your home were more personalized to your taste? There are several different ways to make your mark on your home.

Frame family photos and place them on accent tables. Family photos look great in groupings on a hallway or stairway wall.

Monogramming is another way to personalize your home and furnishings. You can easily have your family initials embroidered on hand towels, bedding, dinner napkins and any other linen items.

Wallpaper is another way to add personality to your rooms. For example: Do you like cooking really spicy, flavorful dishes? There are wallpapers available that have great colored peppers in bright reds, greens and yellows. That would be a great patterned wallpaper for your kitchen; which looks great and inspires you while preparing tasty meals. Maybe you have an office that you don’t enjoy working in. There are really great Zen looking wallpapers that look like safari grasses or bamboo stalks. Creating a sense of peace will make you more comfortable in the space and will allow you to think clearly, or simply drift off in a day dream while reading a page turning book. Soft carpet is another way to make each room more personal and warming; choosing a color and texture of your personal favorite will make each room more about you!

If the idea of wall-to-wall paper puts you off, hang paper on one accent wall. Accent walls create the same effect as it would if all walls were covered. The ways to personalize your home are limitless. Be proud to make your house your home!

The First Flooring

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Sometimes a book can make you take a second look at an everyday idea or product. This is certainly the case with At Home, a new book by Bill Bryson. It focuses on things we take for granted in our homes and discusses how they developed over time.

This month all the newest in flooring will be shown at Surfaces, the largest flooring event in the U.S., so now is a good time to consider the start of flooring and the progress we’ve made.

Initially, homes were constructed to protect people from the elements. Not only were style and design unimportant, so was something as basic as comfort. Floors were simply the dirt a home was built upon, generally packed down.

Over time, wealthier people in England and other parts of Europe added layers of rushes over the dirt to keep down the dust and make the ground softer and warmer to walk on. These rushes were replenished about twice a year generally. However, don’t picture nice clean green grass or dry hay underfoot. People generally didn’t remove the old rushes; simply placing new rushes on top. This meant that floors were deep, natural havens for insects as well as worse options such as mice and rats.

Eventually wood, stone and tile replaced this practice, but choices were limited to what was available locally. Carpets, which often came from far away or were woven at home, were so valuable that they were hung on the walls or placed on tables. Certainly no one expected to walk on one.

It’s worthwhile to think of the challenges homeowners had in the past the next time you come into our showroom. You have an amazing selection of a variety of flooring materials gathered from across the world. Instead of picking up rushes, you can pick from our samples, and we will remove the old flooring before installing your new choice. And our rugs are meant for your feet, and are priced accordingly.

Protecting Carpeting and Furniture from Pets

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Would you like to have a pet but worry about whether your lovely home would be ruined? A few tips can help give you the opportunity to have a loving furry companion and a clean, charming home.

If you have a pet door, provide the same opportunity to keep outside dirt off your carpet as you do for people – place an absorbent rug or mat just inside the pet entrance, and make sure it is long enough for all four feet to hit, removing at least the outer layer of dirt.

Vacuum regularly – at least once a week and more if your animal is a heavy shedder. This will pick up both pet hair and any additional surface dirt brought in from outside, as well as keeping your carpet looking more like new.

Don’t worry about pet odor. Regular bathing for your dog and frequent litter changes for your cat will eliminate that concern. If shedding is an issue, brush your pet daily. With praise and treats, this can be a special time for you and your animal.

If you can’t keep your pets off the furniture, use large towels or sheets to cover them. With regular laundering, your sofa or chairs will stay clean and relatively hair-free. A quick sweep to remove the covers before guests arrive will allow you to maintain a beautiful look to your home, and still enjoy your pet.

Floor Styles for Different Home Styles

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The style of a home is reflected in its flooring. Whether you have a modern home style or a ranch home, a Tudor style home or the great American home style- the log home – you need a floor to match.

Traditional style homes look best with traditional style floors. Hard wood floors for the formal rooms of ranch homes or log homes lend a sense of elegance to the entire home. If your home is located in a warm place, composite or stone floors look just as good as hardwood floors and provide an easy-to-clean option. Hardwood floors with a lighter shade of wood also work well in traditional home styles in warm locations.

Modern home styles offer the opportunity for more flexible flooring options. New and sustainable flooring types such as cork, bamboo, tiles or linoleum that look good in a trendy modern environment may look out of place in a traditional home

Contemporary homes let you experiment with different types of flooring material in an array of patterns and styles. You can use flooring material to suit the needs of your family in a contemporary home style. Contemporary styles do not have specific themes and lend themselves to invention and innovation when choosing flooring.

If you let your floor serve as a strong reflection of your home style choice, you can achieve a cohesive and dramatic visual effect.