FAQ: Ceramic & Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tiles are a type of Ceramic tile with some unique production differences. Porcelain is pressed under high pressure and fired at a higher temperature for a longer period of time than Ceramic. This process results in a tile that is very dense and strong with low porosity.
To maintain your Marble floors beautiful appearance keep abrasive materials (such as sand) from entering your home and damaging the floors finish by placing door mats near exterior entryways as well as inside the entrance. The mats will capture the dirt particles and prevent them from harming the floors surface.
Slate is also a very durable stone. Its inherent durability makes it resistant to cracks and scratches. Slate is naturally weather resistant as it tolerates drastic temperature changes very well.
Slate flooring is excellent at transmitting and retaining heat which makes it an ideal choice if you are interested in installing a radiant heating system beneath it.
Engineered Wood flooring is made of real wood. It is manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers with each layer running perpendicular to the other resulting in a flooring product that is dimensionally stable and more durable than Solid Wood. Because of its construction, Engineered flooring will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring when humidity and temperature levels fluctuate. Therefore, Engineered Wood flooring can be installed below or above grade. An asset of some Engineered Woods is an aluminum oxide finish which results in a hard protective finish. Note, a flooring professional should be consulted when considering sanding and finishing an Engineered Floor.
- Allows for selection of custom stain color
- Allows a better chance of closely matching existing hardwood flooring.
- Some wood species and or plank sizes are only available in an unfinished state.
- Custom designs/inlays can be installed.
- Floors can be walked on immediately after installation. No curing or drying time needed.
- The flooring product arrives sanded and finished.
- No chemical odors.
- No dust from the sanding process.
- High performance finishes are applied and dried in a factory controlled environment.
Your best defense against pets scratching your Wood floors is by having your pets nails trimmed on a regular basis.
Place stick-on felt protectors under furniture legs to prevent scratches. Always pick up furniture to move it. Never slide it along the floor as this could scratch or gouge the wood.
“With today’s advances in Wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your Wood floors has never been easier. Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom, and vacuuming with a soft floor attachment if your Wood floor includes a beveled edge that could collect debris. You should also clean periodically with a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by a Wood flooring professional,“ such as the Bona Cleaning System.
“There are other steps you can take to minimize maintenance and maintain the beauty of your Wood floors as well.
- Use throw rugs both inside and outside doorways to help prevent grit, dirt and other debris from being tracked onto your wood floors. This will prevent scratching.
- Do not use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on wood floors. Self-polishing acrylic waxes will cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly.
- Do not wet mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.
- Put stick-on felt protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Replace these often as dirt and debris can become imbedded on the pad and act like sand paper on the flooring surface.
- Avoid walking on your wood floors with cleats, sports shoes and high heels. A 125 pound woman walking in high heels has the impact of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An exposed heel nail can exert 8,000 pounds per square inch. This kind of impact can dent any floor surface.
- When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture completely to prevent scratches.
- For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.
- Use a humidifier throughout the winter months to minimize drying gaps and cracks. A humidity level of at least 35% should be maintained to protect your wood product and prevent shrinkage due to excessive drying.
- Will you have light, medium or heavy traffic on your Carpet?
- Do you live a formal or casual lifestyle?
- Do you like patterned or solid carpet?
- Do you have children and or indoor pets?
- Are you traditional or trendy?
By answering these questions ahead of time, your Carpet selection process just became easier. Discuss your findings with a flooring professional and they can guide you to your perfect floor.
- Lighter colors can visually expand a space
- Darker colors can visually “cozy up” a space
- Bright colors make a very bold focal statement
- Neutrals (beige or tans) are very flexible as they work well in almost every décor
- Earth tones are always a favorite and are also flexible to work with
- Medium to dark colors as well as textured carpets are good at hiding soil in high traffic areas
- Look in your clothing closet for color inspiration. Do you wear conservative, neutral colors or bold and bright? If your closet is full of neutrals chances are you will be more comfortable living in a “calmer” color environment.
Most importantly, always take a sample of the Carpet you are considering home with you. The color can look much different in your homes light exposure than it did in showroom.
- Vacuum daily in high-traffic areas.
- Vacuum twice weekly in medium-traffic areas.
- Vacuum weekly in light-traffic areas, using attachments at the carpets edges.
- A quick once-over doesn’t do much. Slow and steady does the trick.
- When vacuuming, don’t ignore those corners and crevices where dust builds.
- “Top-down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming again after dusting. Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away fallen dust.
- Remember to replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full.
Some Carpet styles and types are sensitive to brushing and or rubbing from vacuum brushes or beaters so look for a vacuum that has an adjustable beater bar or even a feature to turn the beater bar off completely so just suction only will be used. Now every style Carpet or rug in your house can be safely maintained by using one vacuum cleaner. It pays to do your homework before making a vacuum cleaner purchase.
FAQ: Natural Fiber Flooring
Steam cleaning is NOT recommended for natural fiber flooring. Wet shampooing or any method of cleaning that involves a significant amount water should be avoided. It is best to use a dry cleaning process if a deep cleaning is deemed necessary. Consult your carpet cleaning professional on this procedure. During the dry season, Sisal products should be lightly “misted” with water once every 2 to 3 months to prevent excessive drying and cracking.
When a spill occurs, remove it immediately by blotting with a white cloth. Do NOT rub the spill, blot only). If water spills on a natural fiber rug, blot as much up immediately then dry with a hairdryer or fan to avoid watermarks.