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Archive for October, 2009

Carpet Cleaners

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Many people who buy carpet from us ask if they should clean their carpet with a carpet cleaner/steamer. While yes we do think that cleaning your carpets is an important part of maintaining your floors, we recommend hiring a company that has the carpet cleaner attached to a van or truck. The reason for this is that when you use your cleaner at home water and soap residue is left behind in your carpet. This not only is harmful to your carpet but actually can attract dirt to it. The van mounted cleaners are much more powerful and can extract everything from your carpet so nothing is left behind except a clean carpet.

Cleaning the “haze” off of Ceramic and Porcelain

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Many customers come into our store and want to know how to get what they describe as a “haze” over there tile. This is not to be confused with regular dirt that will come off when mopped.  Another question people ask is how to remove grout they accidentally got on their tile when installing floors themselves. We suggest using a product called sulfamic acid(NOT sulfuric acid). It comes in small crystal like form in a jar.We do sell this at our stores as well. You should follow all instructions on the label closely. Always test a small easily hidden spot of your floor first. One tip when using this product is after following all instructions, before your final rinse you may want to sprinkle baking soda on the floor to neutralize the acid.sulfamic acid

Beveled Edges

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

If you really want your home or room to have a very natural/rustic feel then beveled edges are a great choice for you. You can get a beveled edge in both real wood and laminate floors. A beveled edge is a small v shaped groove between each plank. This look can really add a lot of character to your floor. The only thing to keep in mind is that with this beveled edge dirt will get into the grooves. So when you are looking for a beveled edge look to see how deep the bevel is and as long as you are willing to clean your floors regularly it will be fine. If you want your floor cleaning to be kept to a bare minimum then beveled edges may not be your best choice.beveledHere is an example of a very rustic looking beveled wood. You can also find it in other woods that aren’t as rustic.beveled2