4 Ways to Protect Tile from Damage

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As many know, tile is a very popular flooring choice, especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. But why?

This is because many types of tile have a protective layer resting over the material, making them resistant to water and stain penetration. Not to mention they are also naturally resistant to high humidity conditions, which can occur most in the bathroom and kitchen areas.

Although tile sounds like the go-to flooring option, it’s not perfect. If your home life involves heavy foot traffic, pets, kids, or the normal day-to-day clumsiness so many of us experience, it is possible the tile can get damaged. Here at Dolphin Carpet & Tile, we want you to have the perfect tile flooring, so here are some tips to protect your tile from damage.

1. Use grout correctly

When placing tile, you want to make sure that the gaps between the tiles are filled in with grout, or else the sharp edges of the tile will get chipped by shoes, paws, furniture, etc. In doing this, make sure the grout is fully level with the tiles so that it doesn’t have tile sticking out that could be easily chipped.

Another quick tip is to make sure you check the label & use grout with no sand component. This is because the sand in the grout could get loose, which could get picked up by feet and cause scratches on the surface of the tile.

2. Be careful with furniture

No matter what room you decide to put your tile in, it’s pretty much a guarantee that there is going to be some type of furniture going on top. Our best advice is to put furniture protectors on the bottom, whether it’s a table, chairs, cabinets, couch, etc. This will help prevent scratches, especially with chairs and smaller furniture that easily slides around.

Also, try to avoid placing anything too heavy on tiled areas. Sometimes objects are just way too heavy for the tile to handle, which can cause cracks.

3. Clean the tile regularly

Tile is best cleaned by sweeping and mopping. Vacuuming a tile floor can cause scratches. A quick scrubbing of the floors every now and then may get rid of visible dirt, but a lot of bacteria tend to flourish in the grout.

For pet owners whose pets have accidents on the tile, those accidents attract more bacteria. Therefore, pet owners with tile in their homes should stick to a more regular cleaning schedule.

4. Make sure you know the quality of the tile

As you are shopping for your tile, make sure you look for a good quality brand. Cheaper tiles are often able to be scratched, chipped and cracked much more easily than quality brands.

Lucky for you, here at Dolphin Carpet & Tile we know that life happens, and sooner or later your living style will take a toll on any floor covering, whether the floor is busy with high foot traffic or not at all. That’s why we only offer top quality brands and are more than willing to help you pick the perfect tile for your specific home life needs. Here’s an example of one of our top brands, Mohawk Floorscapes.

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The Carpet Buying Process

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Whether it’s your first time purchasing carpet, or you just need help tracking down the perfect solution for your home, our sales team is happy to walk you through every step of the buying process.

Step 1: Determine your budget

Renovating and decorating your home is an important investment, and no one knows better than you what budget will work best for your needs. Provide your sales expert with your desired price range, and he or she will be able to lay out the options.

You’ll be able to compare the highest-end options to the cost-saving solutions we have to offer and make a choice that feels right for your situation.

Step 2: Learn about carpet

When you choose a carpet, it is important to understand your options when it comes to construction, fiber, and styles. Come with an understanding of your needs. For example, you may want a carpet with long-lasting durability. You’ll be able to choose between several synthetic fibers, including nylon and polyester.

Your sales expert will match your style preferences with a carpet that will suit your lifestyle. You may like the look of berber, but we don’t recommend it for families with pets due to its tendency to snag on nails and claws.

Whether you’re drawn to patterned, plush or textured pile, each is constructed differently with different weight and density that will impact its performance and function within the space you’re designing. Our team is knowledgeable about all the ins and outs of carpet that you’ll need to learn before making the best possible decision.


Step 3: Get a quote

You may have heard the old adage, “measure twice, cut once!” This holds true especially for carpet.

Once you’ve made a decision, it’s time to have your space professionally measured so that you can get an accurate price quote on the amount of carpet you’ll need to cover your space.

Step 4: Choose your carpet

Large families, pets, young children or single member households will all wear on carpets in different ways. As such, there are different carpets that will work better for certain households.

After you’ve learned about all the different carpet types available to you, narrowed down the best range of options for your lifestyle, and gotten your measurements & quotes, it’s time to select a carpet!

Step 5: Leave room for padding in your budget

Carpet padding provides critical support to ensure that your flooring remains intact and functions fully with minimal wear and tear. You do not want a padding that is too thick or thin, and the most expensive padding may not always be the best option for your specific situation. Padding can be manufactured with a variety of different materials such as rubber or foam. Our team will advise you to ensure that you select the padding that is perfect for the carpet that you’re going to be installing in your space. Padding may be an additional charge on top of the carpet you’re selecting, so we’ll work with you and discuss how different options will ultimately impact your budget.

From just an idea in your head to the reality of your new carpet installation, our team is here to guide you through each part of the carpet buying process. When you look to transform any space in your home with new flooring, it can be a considerable investment.  Our goal is to help you make the best decisions given your decorating ideas and budget. We look forward to educating you along every step of the way.

Four Common Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them

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Your carpeting is an investment that you put tremendous effort into selecting, then caring for regularly. Then, within seconds, your pet creates a mess, a glass of wine is spilled, a shoe grinds in some grass, or a pen suddenly explodes.

Don’t worry, your carpet isn’t ruined – but you may not know the best way to remove each of these very common types of stains. We have the answers for you!  

When you are cleaning up a stain, the most important thing is to contain the stain. This is hard because liquid tends to run, but quick action will help. Just as important is to avoid the use of any toxic chemicals on your carpet before consulting with your manufacturer’s guidelines. Many customers ask, “Can I use ammonia, hydrogen peroxide or bleach on my carpet?” and the answer is always “no” – unless otherwise stated in your guidelines.  

  1. How do you remove pet stains?

With a pet stain, you should first try to blot up as much of the stain as possible with a clean rag, towel or paper towels. If the stain has already dried, then you should use a damp cloth and lightly blot the carpet as the stain starts to lift. If discoloration remains, then you’ll need to conduct a deeper cleaning using a safe, recommended cleaning solution. This should lift the stain.

  1. Getting a Wine stain out of your carpet

As with pet stains, blotting to remove a red wine stain is the best first step. With wine stains, it is very important to continually change out your rag so that the wine you have removed does not continue to stain the carpet.

Hosting a party that is already in full swing & need a quick fix? Check your manufacturer’s guidelines to see if spreading salt in the area is okay. Salt has been shown to absorb wine without causing additional staining and is easily vacuumed after your party is over. Once you have time to dedicate to removal, a 3 to 1 ratio of baking soda to water has been proven to be the best remedy for taking out wine stains as long as your carpet can handle it. Always test a small area or a sample piece of carpet first.  

  1. What is the best way to remove a Grass stain?

Grass stains can be very difficult to remove. You first want to vacuum the area to remove any debris that could further stain the carpet. When grass is mashed into the carpet, it tends to break apart. You want to get each piece with a strong suction vacuum to avoid further staining. As with other stains, you should then blot with a warm damp towel. As long as it is recommended for your carpet, you can use a solution of water with bit of diluted dish soap on the stain to lift it out. The green pigment of grass can be removed using vinegar or rubbing alcohol – but again, only if listed in your recommendations. Try testing with a sample square before adding any of these chemicals to your carpet.

  1. Can you remove an Ink stain from carpet?

Dried ink is by far the hardest stain to remove from a carpet. After very carefully blotting out any remaining wet ink, a strong detergent or cleaner is required. You want to test a small section of hidden carpet (a scrap would be best) before moving forward with any chemicals. Try using a very small amount of high quality stain remover or rubbing alcohol if your manufacturer recommends it. Make sure not to use too much liquid, lest you run the risk of further spreading the stain.

When you shop at Dolphin Flooring we work with you to determine the best carpet for your lifestyle. If you’re installing in a high-traffic area with an elevated risk of stains, we have stain-resistant options in many trending colorways that will work well for your needs. We can help you find the perfect carpet for your room to make inevitable clean-ups as easy as possible.  

Deciding Between Hardwood or Tile in the Kitchen

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It is never an easy decision choosing the appropriate flooring for the kitchen. With the amount of chaos that frequents this particular area of the home, it takes some real consideration before choosing between tile and hardwood flooring.

Some things to consider include durability, functionality and ultimately the flooring materials. Take a look at the following points before making a decision.

Things to consider

The most commonly used flooring materials in the kitchen space is tile and hardwood. Kitchens tend to be a room within the house that is used most frequently with cooking, baking, or activity happening within the room at least three times a day.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are times the kitchen is most commonly used, and we can’t forget about holidays. Get a floor that is durable enough to take the intensity of pie baking, turkey prepping and dish washing, with accidents and all.

The flooring ought to have the capability of withstanding the constant movement of multiple pairs of feet coupled with the durability to withstand the blunt force trauma of falling pots, pans, glass and cooking utensils, as well as hot coffee spills, boiling water spills, sticky egg yolk or syrup spills, sauce spills and any type of accident that you wouldn’t think would happen but does.

Whether it be because your kid distracted you, the dog bumped something, or you accidentally knocked into something, accidents are always bound to happen. Tile is capable of withstanding the abuse that might occur day to day, and hardwood has a great propensity to sustain damage. Both options are better to have than carpets and rugs in these areas as it is harder to get such accidents removed from and harder to endure all the commotion that occurs in the kitchen.


Before you make your decision, you should be aware that Tile density and moisture absorption have an indirect relationship. The tile becomes stronger as weight or density increases, however as this happens, the amount of moisture the tile can absorb becomes less. Keep this in mind if you have a lot of clumsy spillers in the family.

Hardwood on the other hand will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes that can cause slight hairline cracks, slight height variations, or both. However, this is not considered a defect as you should understand that wood moves naturally.

For more helpful information, visit our website and checkout the ‘before you buy’ section under tile https://bit.ly/2H1EhB8 and hardwood https://bit.ly/2JekfZl for more things to consider in order to buy the floor better sustainable for your particular home life.


When it comes to the decorative aspect of flooring, personal preference and taste can accentuate and sophisticate the kitchen space.

For a more relaxed, inviting and homely feel consider hardwood. The natural accents bring about a rustic and classical feel. Between the earthy wood tones and warm color palette hardwood adds a unique personality and feel to the kitchen.

Tile on the other hand is sleek, elegant and minimalistic. Where the dark, earthy tones of the hardwood provide a warm and inviting sense to the kitchen, tile illuminates bringing forth vibrance and energy. Accentuated by natural lighting, tile can provide a greater sense of space to a smaller kitchen space.

Time to choose

Choosing the flooring that is best suited for your kitchen doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be fun! Get in the decorative mood and picture the type of kitchen floor you want! Consider the materials that best suit your home life and allow for your personality to dictate the direction you choose!

Five Quick Fixes to Boost Your Home Appeal for Sale

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Ready, set, go! When you put your house on the market, it is like a race to the finish line. You want to sell your home in the shortest amount of time, for the best price possible. Why is it important to have interest and offers quickly? Because the longer your house sits on the market, the less appealing it becomes to buyers. Also, the more offers you inspire, the better your odds of getting close to your asking price. So, how can you increase your odds in this particular real estate sweepstakes? Take the time to spruce up and make a few key changes before you put your house on the market. Here are five quick fixes that can boost your home appeal for sale.


As anyone who’s ever watched an episode of “Fixer Upper” on HGTV can tell you – clean, uncluttered spaces reign supreme. Did you ever notice when a house is unveiled on HGTV that there are no toys strewn about the floor, no stacks of magazines on the counter, no mismatched books sagging from shelves, and a minimal assortment of doo-dads, knick-knacks, and tchotchkes? Clear off your counters, unstuff your bookcases, corral toys, minimize collectibles, and remove about half of the contents of every closet.


Before you put your house on the market, you should try to create a somewhat “blank canvas” onto which potential buyers can then imprint their own ideas and style. A fresh coat of paint can give your home a clean, crisp finish and also neutralize your décor. And if hunter green carpeting was all the rage when you bought your house, you might want to consider replacing those carpets with a simple tan to neutralize and update your interior.

Lighten Up

Let there be light…and lots of it! Few things are more welcoming, refreshing, and appealing to home buyers than a home filled with natural light. Remove heavy draperies and window treatments. Have windows professionally cleaned. Install bright light bulbs and open every shade before showings.

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Update Floors

Hardwood floors continue to be the buyer’s choice. If you have a house full of carpet, consider replacing some of it – particularly in “entertaining” spaces such as the dining or living room – with a solid surface such as hardwood or vinyl plank flooring. For spaces where you want to keep carpet – such as basements, bedrooms, or playrooms – examine your carpet. If it is a dated color (mauve?), or stained – replace it with fresh, neutral carpet to provide an immediate facelift. At a minimum, have carpets professionally cleaned, clean grout on tile floors, and polish hardwoods.

Don’t Forget Curb Appeal

First impressions are lasting. Home buyers will make a snap judgment about your home the minute they pull up in front of it. You don’t need to re-do your entire landscape. But, make sure the lawn is mowed and healthy looking. Cut back overgrowth on trees and shrubs – especially around windows and doors. Plant colorful flowers in beds, and fill flower pots with welcoming blooms. Clean off or put a fresh coat of paint on your door and put a new, clean welcome mat at the entry.

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

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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.


Designing a Kitchen Banquette

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More and more families are turning away from formal dining and are looking into more casual, eat-in kitchen designs instead. Unfortunately, not everyone has the space to include a standalone table ringed with chairs, or an island in the center of the room with a breakfast bar. In some of these kitchens, this space problem can be solved with the use of a banquette. Because banquettes are built into the corner of the room, they take up less floor space than a freestanding table plus they offer additional storage – a big plus in small kitchens.

What Is a Banquette?

A banquette is a set of built in benches that line the corner of the kitchen. These often conceal storage underneath, with a cushion on top for comfort. The table may or may not also be built in, and there may or may not be additional seating on the other side. Because you cannot walk around the banquette, you can use less floor space, while still providing the seating you need.

Ways to Design a Banquette

There are countless ways you can design a kitchen banquette, from having a couch put into your kitchen to building custom benches. One of the most popular and inexpensive methods of designing, however, uses kitchen cabinets as the bench.

Short upper cabinets can be easily bolted right to the floor and the wall behind them. Because each door swings open, you can use the cabinets to store a variety of things from pots and pans to seasonal items. To create the tops of the bench, just have a piece of birch plywood cut to fit and screw it down on the tops of the cabinets. Now all you need is a cushion bench top to make the banquette comfortable.

Another method involves using trunks or boxes that have flat lift tops. The only trouble with this method is that to access what’s inside, you need to remove the seating cushions, but this method can create a plainer, more contemporary looking banquette than cabinets.

However you decide to build your banquette, be sure to have it line a corner to maximize the amount of seating. You can also have it put partially into the room to wrap around the short end of a table on two sides. Banquettes can be a great addition to small spaces; consider building one in your home.

Child Proofing Your Living Room

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15896966_SCreating a livable room that can work for both children and adults takes some clever thinking. Sometimes you think it is easier to safety proof the child than it is the living room.  If helmets, bubble wrap and packing peanuts are not your idea of a happy child or a happy room, there are other solutions to make your living room or family room child safe.

If you have both a living room and a family room, you might want to follow the age old tradition of making the living room off limits for little family members.  The formal living room is beginning to disappear from new construction where we are seeing more open living and large family rooms. Combining living rooms and family rooms into one space means you’ll need to figure out a way to coexist in the space with the kids. Find furniture that is durable for the kids yet stylish enough for adults.

Coexisting in a family room with kids doesn’t mean that you abdicate all design to be for the kids. This is your room and your home too.  Look for stylish and durable materials for upholstery and floor that are kid friendly. Washable slipcovers are a mother’s best friend when it comes to decorating a room used by children.  Carpet squares that can be individually swapped out are another great product in kid zones.  Spills and spots can be treated instantly and easily on materials and carpets that are stain resistant. Make sure your upholstery and carpet choices have stain resistant labeling.