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Posts published in October 2017

Have You Heard of Carpet Tiles?


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The two most popular choices for flooring in a home in 2017 are hardwood and wall-to-wall carpet. Laminate flooring has risen in popularity in recent years, however, the previous two types of flooring still remain the most common in homes.

In terms of installation, in the past, you could either install hardwood floor, refinish hardwood floor or install wall-to-wall carpet. However, in 2017, there is a new choice. Instead of wall-to-wall carpet, you can choose carpet tiles.

Have you heard of carpet tiles? They’re an amazing new choice of flooring for modern homes and we highly recommend them.

Here is why carpet tiles are a great choice for your floor. First, anyone can install them on their own. We never recommend DIY installation of wall-to-wall carpet as it is crucial that it be done correct in order to ensure the carpet performs up to expectations over the course of its lifetime. Errors in installing wall-to-wall carpet can lead to several significant aesthetic and performance problems.

But carpet tiles? That’s totally different. Each tile comes in its own square size and features interlocking fasteners along the edges of the tile. Then each tile fits into place with another across the square footage of a room in your home. For all intents and purposes, a carpet tile is similar to a LEGO block for children.

You will save a lot of money if you don’t have to pay a carpet installer. You will also save money if any type of damage occurs to a single carpet tile. In the event a major stain or soiling occurs on wall-to-wall carpet, you need to replace the entire carpet in order to rid your home of the problem area, but for carpet tiles, you just need to replace the single tile.

We find this feature to be the single best benefit of carpet tiles and an excellent choice for homes with pets or children where stains might be more common.

You will also find that carpet tiles are very easy to maintain too. For the most part, the tiles are made of durable synthetic carpet fibers able to withstand wear and tear. To care for them, you simply need to vacuum on a regular basis and be sure to schedule professional carpet cleaning from a local service every 6-12 months. This is still an important step even for carpet tiles. You can learn more from on why it is so important to deep clean carpet and carpet tiles.

The last benefit is the cost of carpet tiles. We already mentioned the money you can save on installation and the potential to replace a single tile instead of an entire room of carpet but the other cost benefit is that each individual tile is very cheap and much cheaper than hardwood floor.

We hope this post introduced you to a new choice for home flooring in carpet tiles and truly feel this new type of flooring can be useful and beneficial in most homes or businesses, either in traffic areas or somewhere like a basement.

Refinish Hardwood Floors


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Hardwood floors are back in style and increase the elegance and classy factor of your home. But since it is prone to scratches, it loses its shine and hence the need to refinish these floors arises.

Hardwood is not a floor which should be covered with vinyl or carpet and thus if you are not interested in investing your fortune in getting it refinished then here are some DIY tips to refinish it!

There are two ways of refinishing the hardwood floors.

Method #1: Recoating

Recoating can take up lot of time but is effective enough as it doesn’t involve sanding down to bare wood. Recoating works on solid and laminated wood but before you plan to recoat, you need to clean the entire wood with wood cleaner and test two corner patches which can be covered with furniture later on!

Coat it with polyurethane and after 24 hours when it is dried off completely, you should try scraping it with a coin gently.  If it doesn’t pull off then you may continue recoating of the entire floor but if it is scraping off or is giving your floor a crackled texture then it means that adhesives are not going to work on your floor and you have to sand it down to bare wood as per method #2.

You may then recoat the entire floor if the test is successful and use darker stain where you see scratches or ridges.

Method #2: Sanding

Step #1:

The first step before refinishing of the floor begins is to sand off the old finish so as to even out the floor. You can do it using sand paper of coarse, medium or fine base.

All you have to keep in mind is to wear a dust mask for protection of your eyes, ears and nose. Depending upon the type of wood, sanding process may take time but is worth the effort!

Hence, just continue the sanding of your existing floor and don’t worry if it gets ripped off from somewhere as anyways it is not going to be used again.

Step #2:

After sanding is done, you need to clean the entire floor to remove all the dust particles to smoothen the surface. Be as thorough as you can because dust can cause rough spots.

Step #3:

Apply sealant using a bristle brush on a clean floor and allow it to dry for a day until you apply a second coat using the same procedure.

Additional Tips ...

The room where you are refinishing the floor needs good ventilation because both sanding and application of new floor generates lot of dust. Hence you should close the doors if the dust is going to affect the other rooms of your house but you should open all the vents and windows.

Also, if you are unsure as to whether use oil or water based sealant then you may check with some professional. But if it oil based then you might have to use respirator to while applying it!