The tulips are blooming, the birds are chirping, and winter is making its final farewell in the Charlotte area. Spring is finally here! It’s time to put away those winter boots, the same boots that have been walking across your beautiful floors all winter. Winter not only wreaks havoc in the outdoors, but mud, snow, salt and lord know what else is tracked across your floors. With the new season comes everyone’s favorite spring time activity – spring cleaning. Here are some cleaning tips that Flowers Flooring recommends to get your floors looking like new again.

Carpet

Spring is a great time to shampoo or steam clean your carpet. Flowers Flooring recommends hiring a professional if you are unsure of proper cleaning techniques. Vacuuming your carpet is also important to help remove dirt and grime build up that may have become trapped in your carpet’s fibers.

 

Tile

When cleaning tile, the first step is to sweep or vacuum loose dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris. Tile only needs warm water to properly clean, but you can also seek out a manufacturer recommended cleaner. Flowers Flooring recommends steering clear of a sponge mop, which can push dirt into the grout tracks. If grout is discolored or stained, Flowers Flooring offers grout rejuvenation services. Click through to our blog Have Dirty Tile Grout to learn more.

 

Hardwood

Hardwoods can be cleaned by sweeping or vacuuming. Flowers Flooring recommends avoiding the use of abrasive cleaning products to avoid scratching and gouging. We recommend using Shaw Floors R2X hard surface cleaner. Flowers Flooring sells both the cleaning solution and the mop kit in our showroom. Stop by to purchase yours today.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring including sheet vinyl and vinyl plank can be cleaned by occasional mopping. We also recommend using Shaw Floors R2X hard surface cleaner on vinyl.

 

Laminate

When cleaning laminate, it’s best to sweep the floor using a microfiber cloth. Use a dust mop or damp cloth for general cleaning. It’s important to clean up wet areas and allow them to properly dry, as laminate flooring can get damaged and become slippery due to moisture.

 

Not sure how to clean your floors this spring, or in the market to purchase new floors? Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom today view thousands of flooring samples or to learn proper cleaning techniques.

Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.

There’s something magical about a custom area rug. It can completely transform a boring space into one that feels both warm and inviting. Certain spaces in your home, like an entryway or a dining room, make a great opportunity to make a statement with an area rug’s design. You can also add custom binding to the carpet for a one-of-a-kind product.

If you have ever been shopping for an area rug you know they only come in standard sizes. As we all know, not all rooms were created equal, and not all rooms look good with a boring rectangular or circle shaped rug. This is where a custom area rug can bring a lot of value. A custom area rug can be cut into any shape and any size. If you have angled or curved wall, a custom area rug is the way to go. Before ordering be sure you have the right dimensions so that the manufacturer can cut the corner with precision.

Steps for Selecting a Custom Area Rug

  1. Step 1 – Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom to look at the Shaw Cut-a-Rug custom area rug designs and binding
  2. Step 2 – Select the size
  3. Step 3 – Select the shape
  4. Step 4 – Order your custom area rug

Custom area rugs are unique one-of-a-kind styles. These rugs can be purchased or uniquely created by you to compliment your design and color concepts. There are so many different options to select from. At Flowers Flooring we want to make sure you are happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring or area rug. Call today to schedule your free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 or contact us online.

While Flowers Flooring offers both oil based and water based options, we usually recommend oil based polyurethane over water based for 3 simple reasons:

  1. It looks better
  2. It lasts longer
  3. It costs less

While these reasons may make the choice simple, there are always exceptions and different customer needs that require more exploring on this subject. Both oil based and water based polyurethane have their advantages.

Advantages of Oil Based Polyurethane

Oil based polyurethane provides more depth to the hardwood, both in color and shine. Water based polyurethane has a duller color and duller finish. Over time, the water based polyurethane will continue to dull, while the oil based amberizes and darkens a bit, giving the hardwood a richer look.

Oil based polyurethane also lasts longer than water based. Oil based is simply more durable. Water based polyurethane has lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which is why it does not last as long. Water based polyurethane is thinner, which is why installers need to apply 4 to 5 coats to equal the durability of 2 coats of oil based.

Oil based polyurethane also costs less than water based, which will dramatically reduce the cost of sand & finish or buff & coat jobs. Customers who are set on using a water based poly typically spend 15 to 25 percent more. On top of this initial cost, keep in mind you will need to redo the job sooner, so water based poly costs a lot more when you factor in the life of the floor.

Advantages of Water Based Polyurethane

There are several benefits to water based polyurethane, which makes it a great option in some circumstances. The top benefit to water based poly is that it dries faster. A water based job can usually be completed in 2 days, and you can walk on the floor the same night. Oil based poly can take 3 to 5 days (depending on the humidity) and you need to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. Depending on how quickly you want your floors complete, water based poly may be a better choice for you.

Water based poly also looks better on certain types of wood such as natural maple. Maple is a lighter wood than oak and oil based polyurethane can yellow maple hardwood over time. For both white washed and gray stained floors, water based polyurethane is certainly the way to go. Oil based polyurethane will turn these floors yellow.

Water based polyurethane also doesn’t have as much odor. While both polyurethanes smell, water based has less of a smell which could be better for smaller jobs, or for people who are more sensitive to smell.

Schedule FREE Estimate Today

Flowers Flooring schedules FREE in-home estimates for both Sand & Finish and Buff & Coat jobs. Your estimator will go over in more detail which polyurethane they recommend for your job. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate – 704-445-7750 or visit us on the web.

Flowers Flooring Finance Options

Also, ask your estimator about our partnership with Synchrony Bank and what financing options Flowers Flooring currently has available.

Shopping for carpet in your home is a lot like shopping for a car. They are both going to hit your wallet and all the different styles, colors and brands can make your head spin. Let’s not forget the joy of dealing with high-pressure salespeople that both experiences promise.

Flooring is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your home. By doing some basic homework, comparison shopping and working with a reputable retailer and installation team, you’ll find carpet that fits your specific needs and gives you the confidence of getting a quality product for a good price.

This article will provide you with a basic background in carpet styles and quality and discuss the primary things to think about when you’re shopping for new carpet in your home. The article provides tips on what to look for, as well as what to avoid. The focus of the article is on synthetic fibers. While natural fibers like wool are absolutely beautiful in the home, they are out of most peoples price range.

Carpet Fibers

The majority of carpet produced in the United States contains one of seven pile fibers: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, triexta, wool, or cotton. Each fiber has strengths and weaknesses that will help determine which carpet fiber is best for you.

Nylon

Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and easy maintenance. Nylon is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas, and in homes with children and pets. The strongest and softest type of nylon is 6.6, which is the most expensive.

Triexta

Triexta is a newly classified fiber derived partly from corn sugar. It has excellent, permanent anti-stain properties. It also has good resilience, but it’s to soon to tell whether it will match the durability of nylon in high-traffic areas. Due to triexta’s superior stain resistance, this is a good choice if you have young kids or pets.

Polyester

Also called PET, polyester is stain resistant, very soft and luxurious underfoot, and is available in vibrant colors. The down side of polyester is it’s harder to clean, tend to shed and it isn’t as durable as nylon. Polyester is best used in low-traffic areas such as bedrooms and in households without children or pets.

Polypropylene (Olefin)

Olefin is an attractive, inexpensive fiber that’s strong and resists fading. However, it’s not as resilient as nylon. Olefin is most often made into looped Berber with a nubby weave that conceals dirt. It has good stain, static and mildew resistance. Olefin carpeting is most often selected for high-traffic areas such as family rooms and play areas.

BCF or Staple Fibers

Carpet fibers can be either Bulked Continuous Filament (BCF) or staple. Staple fibers shed more than BCF fibers. This does not affect the long-term quality of the carpet, but it does mean you’ll have to vacuum more often until the initial shedding stops, which can take up to a year. This can also be an issue for allergy sufferers.

Carpet Density

Prior to purchasing carpet for your home check the quality. Determining the carpet density will help determine the quality of the carpet. Low-density carpet is low quality and will crush more easily. The higher the density, the better the quality. Density is determined by the thickness of the fibers and how tightly packed they are. The thicker and heavier they are, the better quality the carpet and less susceptible to crushing.

Face Weight

Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. The range is generally from 20 to 80, and the higher the number, the heavier and more resilient the carpet. Look for a carpet with at least a 34 to 40 ounce face weight.

Tuft Twist

Tuft twist is the number of times the tufts are twisted together in a 1-inch length. The higher the number, the more durable the carpet. Look for a tuft twist of 5 or higher.

Warranty

Look for carpet that has at least a 10-year “texture retention” warranty. This covers how well the fibers return to their original shape after being walked on.

Proper Installation

Many carpet problems stem from poor installation. Bad seaming, thin carpet cushion (padding), and inadequate stretching can make a carpet look terrible within a few short years. Flowers Flooring has expert, skilled carpet installers who take pride in each and every carpet they install.

Prior to installation, Flowers Flooring will send a flooring expert to your home free of charge to measure your carpet job. Our expert will tell you exactly how much carpet and pad to order. Once you have your estimate it’s time to pick out your carpet at the Flowers Flooring showroom, located in Cornelius, NC. The carpet will be delivered to your home on installation day.

While selecting the right carpet for your home can be a daunting task, Flowers Flooring makes it easier with our team of flooring experts. From salesperson to estimator to installer – we’ll help you select the carpet and padding that’s right for your lifestyle and your budget.  Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your free in-home carpet estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting the right floor for your home is a matter of personal taste. While both hardwood and laminate flooring offer a modern look for a home, it can be difficult to decide between the two.

Let’s take a closer look at the many differences between laminate and hardwood flooring. These differences may help you decide which floor is best for your home.

Price Point

Many people take price into account when considering new flooring for their home. If budget is a large factor in deciding which flooring to go with, you should choose laminate. Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood.

Installation

When it comes to installation of flooring it’s wise to start working early with a flooring expert. A Flowers Flooring expert will come into your home for free to advise you on your best flooring options. If your home is built on a slab and you want hardwood put on the ground level you will need to build up your subfloor, which adds additional cost to your installation fee. However, laminate can be installed on top of the concrete slab.

Longevity

The longevity of flooring is another factor to strongly consider when deciding between laminate and hardwood flooring. Both types of flooring can last for decades if they are cared for properly; however, laminate flooring is more susceptible to scratching and fading over time. Hardwood flooring looks beautiful and brings a natural, yet modern feel into any home. While laminate flooring can also look very nice, hardwood usually wins in the aesthetic department.

Flowers Flooring provides sales and installation of both laminate and hardwood and we’re here to help you make the best selection for your home. Call today to schedule your free in home estimate – (704) 445-7750.

Dogs and cats are going to have accidents. It’s a simple fact that all pet owners have come to accept. But what happens when your pet urinates on your new solid hardwood floors?

The methods for removing urine from hardwood floors can range from simple to more complex, depending on when you spotted the mess. As soon as you spot urine on your solid hardwood floors QUICK ACTION is the best approach to take. Pet urine is a tough substance to remove if it sits on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic and contains insoluble salt crystals, which is one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals in the urine bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even after the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of the stain can re-appear.

Products are available on the market that can help keep urine from staining your hardwood floor’s surface. Flowers Flooring recommends using Bona Spot Wood Floor Cleaner that was specially created as pet spot treatments designed to actively and safely eliminate pet messes, soils and odors from hardwood floors. Prepare yourself for accidents in advance by having a chosen product on hand for immediate action if and when pet accidents occur.

The very best strategy to protect your hardwood floors from pet damage is to be proactive and vigilant. Accidents are going to happen, just be prepared when they do.