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Carpet Flooring Installation

Preparation

  • Furniture is step one. Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas to be carpeted.
  • Disconnect and reconnect electronics such as computer, TV etc..
  • If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup floor preparation.
  • If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.

Tile Care

Regular Repairs

Fixing broken or scratched tile is an important part of regular maintenance. Although sealants are not always helpful on tile floors, they can help to protect your counters and high traffic areas from grout stains. When a tile breaks, repair it quickly to prevent further damage, and ensure that grout is added where and when it breaks down.

Essential Dos and Don’ts

Here’s a breakdown of important dos and don’ts to consider when taking care of your tile floors before, during, and after installation: DO:
  • Use a protective cover for the tile surface while applying grout to avoid construction cleaning problems. Items such as kraft paper, cardboard, and plywood can be used as a cover.
  • Seal on all grouted joints.
  • Test scouring powders on a small area or a sample tile first.
DON’T:
  • Install tiles until all heavy construction is complete. Most are finished materials and heavy objects and construction materials can cause damage to their finish.
  • Use top sealers that can become a coating over the tile and grout joints.
  • Allow cleaning solutions to dry
  • Use steel wool pads, scouring pads, or any item containing harsh aids like metal. Apart from the possibility of damaging the glaze or surface, small steel particles can cause grout to rust.
  • Use any oil-based detergents or wax cleaners for the maintenance of your tiles.
  • Use agents that contain dye/color on unglazed ceramic tile.

Tile Care

BASIC MAINTENANCE

Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil.

GLAZED TILE

Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower.

UNGLAZED TILE

Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level. Clean glass tile with any non abrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Test scouring powders and sealants on a small area before cleaning the full area.
  • Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
  • After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
  • Have any damaged or broken tile removed and replaced only by a qualified tile contractor.

EXTRA PROTECTION

Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection to your tile floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce tile wear.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Any cleaners containing acid or bleach shouldn’t be used for routine maintenance.
  • Avoid wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents, and use sealants on grout joints only.
  • Harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pads containing metal shouldn’t be used on tile.
  • Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with an agent that contains color.

Laminate Care

BASIC MAINTENANCE

Use a dust mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with suction only (no beater bar or with the beater bar disengaged) to remove dust, dirt and loose particulate on a regular basis. For slightly damp cleaning, spray a  Hardwood & Laminate Cleaner onto a cotton, terrycloth, or microfiber mop. Avoid wet-mop cleaning with water or liquid cleaners.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly. During inclement weather, avoid exposing your flooring to water as much as possible.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Carefully remove stubborn stains (like paint, oil, tar, or markers) with acetone-based fingernail polish remover.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

EXTRA PROTECTION

Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your laminate floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, or varnish shouldn’t be used on laminate.
  • Applying cleaner directly to the surface of the laminate can cause staining—lightly spray it on a cleaning cloth or damp mop instead.
  • Avoid cleaning machines like spray mops, steam cleaners or mops, or power cleaners.
  • Always avoid mopping with water and dry up any water spills immediately.

Hardwood Care

ESSENTIAL CARE

Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.
  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.
  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

EXTRA PROTECTION

Invest in high quality floor mats and protective pads on heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your hardwood floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Avoid walking on your hardwood floors with spiked or damage-heeled shoes.
  • Resist wet-mop, damp-mop, or cleaning your hardwood with water or other liquids.
  • Don’t use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, or other household products containing lemon, citrus, or tung oil, or silicon to clean floors.
  • Stay away from harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders.
  • Don’t use 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.

Carpet Care

TAKING CARE OF YOUR CARPET

Cleaning your carpet is easier than you think. All it takes is the right vacuum, cleaning products, and a little know-how. Here are a few tips on removing common stains the right way:

  • Always treat the affected area immediately. The longer the spill sits there, the harder it’ll be to remove the stain.
  • For a food spill, gently remove as much solid material as you can with a spoon, or a dull knife. Add water and blot, using detergent sparingly if needed. Then, using the highest suction function, vacuum back and forth, adding more water to the stain as you go until completely clean.
  • If you need a spot removal solvent, use a Spot Remover or another product approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America. Apply several drops to a clean white cloth and blot the carpet in an inconspicuous area. If you notice a change in the carpet color, consult a professional carpet cleaner.
  • If stains remain after cleaning, moisten tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour. Blot and repeat until completely clean.

KEEPING YOUR CARPET BEAUTIFUL

Follow these simple tips to keep your carpet’s color and texture looking fresh.

  • Vacuum your carpet regularly to prevent soil from embedding itself in the pile.
  • Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar, or suction only.
  • Keeping traffic and other use factors in mind, consider professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months.
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags. Don’t pull on them—you might damage the carpet.
  • If your carpet is burned, simply remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, you may need to patch or replace it.
  • Remove heavy furniture dents by stroking the dented area with the edge of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron, but be very careful not to touch the carpet with the iron.
  • For extensive water damage, consult professional cleaners to dry your carpet from the front and back.

TIPS FOR SOFT CARPET

  • Adjustable Height – Use the highest setting where appropriate.
  • Efficient Airflow – Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction.
  • Large Wheels – A vacuum with large wheels is easier to move across soft carpeting.

Pets

Best:

Laminate Flooring

Due to the hardness of laminate flooring, pet owners may turn to it instead of traditional hardwood. While this may work to provide the décor people want, it can be difficult for pets, especially dogs, because they will slip and slide as they walk or run through the home. This will cause their hips to move in unnatural ways, which may cause damage to their bodies. This is pronounced in smooth, high gloss laminate floors and can be mitigated somewhat by choosing a laminate floor with an embossed or textured finish. Laminate won’t show scratches as easily as some other surfaces, but because they are slippery and uncomfortable to lie on, rugs are recommended throughout the home to help the pet.

Tile

Much similar to stone, porcelain or ceramic tile is a good choice in terms of wear and tear for pets. It won’t scratch easily. If pets don’t manage to make it outside before relieving themselves, the urine won’t damage the condition of the floor as it would with hardwood. However, much like stone, the surface is hard and uncomfortable for pets to lie on, but rugs will help.

Vinyl Flooring

While many people wouldn’t think vinyl flooring be a very pet friendly flooring choice, the new luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent choice, and it’s great for small children, too. The flooring is scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens, easy to clean and maintain, and even quiet to walk on.

Not Recommended:

Carpet

When it comes to pets, carpet is likely the worst flooring choice one can make, simply because it is easily damaged by pets. Even normal wear and tear on carpet in a pet-free home happens faster than with other flooring options. If carpet is the only choice because it is the most cost effective option for home flooring, the best thing to do is choose a carpet without loops as pet nails can snag on the loops and cause the carpet to wear faster.

Hardwood Flooring

Though this is one of the most desired types of flooring in a home, it is not the best choice for homes with pets. Pet urine can stain the hardwood, leaving a terrible smell and a dark spot in the wood. Even if urine accidents are cleaned up quickly after the fact, the urine may still seep into the wood, causing damage. To remove these stains, you may have to go so far as to strip, sand, and refinish the floor. If the stains are contained to one small area, this is hassle enough, but if the stains all over the place, the entire floor may need to be redone. At times, the odor and stain may reappear because of salt crystals left behind from the urine that cannot be dissolved. If this happens, completely replacing the wood may be necessary.

Basement

Luxury Vinyl Tile with Stone Visuals

A cool floor that is warm underfoot. Luxury vinyl tile comes in a variety of stone design. It also absorbs sound to give your basement a quiet, peaceful vibe. Available in slate, marble, ceramic and travertine that reflect the coolness of a sub-level space.

Luxury Vinyl Plank with Wood Visuals

Luxury vinyl plank is an ideal choice for those seeking a rustic, classic look for their basement. The great advantage of luxury vinyl plank is that it molds to the floor underneath and is very forgiving to uneven surfaces.

Laminate

Durable, resilient laminate can be placed anywhere in your home, including basements. Laminate maintains its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood allows you to enjoy the beauty of wood flooring in your finished basement. The multi-ply construction of genuine wood over a stabilized core makes engineered hardwood less susceptible to shrinking and expanding.

Vinyl Sheet/Tile

Versatile vinyl sheet flooring is an ideal option for finished basements. It performs beautifully in both high-traffic and moisture-prone areas. Vinyl sheet with fiberglass backing lies perfectly flat over a concrete slab without adhesive.

Bathroom

Tile

One of the most popular flooring options for bathrooms is ceramic tile. It offers a clean and classic look that’s also extremely durable, waterproof, and stain-resistant.

Vinyl

Vinyl is easy to clean, waterproof, and stain-proof. Choosing a top-quality sheet vinyl (rather than peel-and-stick tiles) will reduce seams where water can seep under. A felt or foam backing makes vinyl softer than wood or tile, which is helpful in bathrooms where slip-and-fall accidents are common on wet floors.

Wood/Laminate

Hardwood floors create a warm and classic look in the bathroom. Engineered wood, which is made of real wood veneer backed by plywood, resists humidity better than solid wood and is a smart choice in a damp space. Laminate gives the look of wood but is actually a photographic image pressed between two wear layers.

Kitchen

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is available in a variety of colors and finishes to fit your kitchen needs. Give natural beauty and warmth to your kitchen. You can get easily remodel, stain, or even paint the hardwood floors. Every board brings rich detail achieved with nature and craftsmanship.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl won’t react with  water, and are durable enough to tolerate high traffic without denting or scratching due to their tough wear layer.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is tough against scratches and fairly resistant to moisture. Laminate is extremely durable, withstanding cooking spills, heavy traffic, and pet stains. Laminate is constructed of four layers fused together: a melamine wear layer, a high-resolution photo, a dense core board, and a melamine backing layer.