Laminate flooring is a popular choice because of its ease of installation, durability and low maintenance. However, despite these benefits, many people find them difficult to keep clean and long for another flooring alternative. While laminate floors can be troublesome to keep clean, often it is not because of the flooring, but rather because the cleaning technique is not appropriate. Here are four tips to help keep your floor clean and streak free.
1. Put the broom away – Traditional brooms are not an effective way to keep your laminate floors clean because they can leave fine dust and dirt particles behind. Additionally, a wet mop can scratch your floor or leave behind a dull, cloudy residue. This is because the moisture from the mop mixes with dirt and causes it to spread across the floor. Instead, you should use a dry mop or a vacuum. If you do choose to use a vacuum make sure it has a bare floor setting that allows you to turn off the brush rotation, as this can also create scratches.
2. Put down the floor cleaner – Instead of using an expensive laminate floor cleaner, consider using plain water, or a mild vinegar and water solution. However, make sure to use the solution sparingly. If you use too much water, it can seep between the boards and cause them to warp. Use a spray bottle to place a small amount of liquid on the floor and wipe up immediately. If your floor does not dry within one or two minutes after applying water, you are using too much. In addition, if you do choose to use a cleaner, do not overdo it. Using too much soap can leave a dull film on your floor.
3. Buff out the shine – Use a dry cloth to gently buff your floors for a few minutes. This will bring out the shine and help to remove any excess residue from cleaners.
4. Protect your floor – Keep your floor looking great by protecting it in high traffic areas. Put a floor runner down or use a no-shoe rule in your home to prevent scratches and nicks. Also, put felt pads on the end of chair legs.
If you are looking for more great floor care tips, contact our professionals at PT Floor Coverings . We have over 20 years experience serving the flooring needs of Woonsocket, Rhode Island and surrounding communities.
If you have home flooring projects set for 2018, but don’t know what direction to go in, you may want to take into consideration these flooring trends for 2018. Whether you want something different, or something practical, you’re sure to see something new you like on this list.
Parquet hardwood floors are made out of solid hardwood, making them durable and ideal in homes with kids and pets. The pieces of wood are arranged in geometric designs, which is why it’s seeing a revival with homeowners looking for a unique touch for their flooring.
Gray Wood Flooring
Gray wood floors keep growing in popularity, and will be a big trend in 2018. They provide a unique, clean look in homes that need to be brightened up. There are also many different shades of grey, which means you can find the best grey for your home.
When it comes to bamboo flooring, it’s all about quality. While pressed bamboo boards can provide a fresh, woody look, it’s important to choose durable woven boards from a manufacturer with good reviews, and properly dehumidify the boards prior to installation if necessary.
Porcelain plank are manufactured to mimic the look of natural hardwood floors. They are a durable floor trend, and are great for spaces that are prone to dampness, such as mud rooms or bathrooms.
Recycled carpet made out of recycled plastic bottles is now and available floor trend. Carpets from Econyl are made from stain resistant nylon that eco-friendly and can be woven into many different styles.
When you combine traditional carpeting and tiling together, you get carpet tiles. This is a floor trend that’s easy to instal, and also allows for many great designs or geometric patterns. Not only can you design with freedom, but if a section of carpet gets ruined, all you need to do is remove the affected tiles and replace them.
Wide Plank Flooring
While wood flooring will always be a popular choice for families everywhere, but trends are pushing toward wider plank wood floors, with boards often being a foot wide, or even broader. This works well for many types of homes, and can lend a mature, authentic look to any home.
There are many different options when it comes to choosing new flooring for your home. You need to take into consideration the durability of the flooring, along with what type of maintenance it will require. Keep in mind the style, texture, and layout the flooring comes in, and see if it fits in with the look and feel of your home. Any type of flooring come to mind? If not, we’ve got the answer for you: Alterna Engineered Stone flooring by Armstrong.
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The first thing that should be done before wet or dry mopping any surface, is to vacuum. Getting debris off the floor will eliminate any scratching or marking that can occur while mopping.
According to Top Ten Reviews, a vacuum cleaner designed for hardwood floors will pick up the debris and have bristles designed for hardwood. They also provide a list of the top ten rated vacuums that you can choose from. But, whichever vacuum you decide, please keep in mind to turn off the bristles so they do not scratch the floor.
There are few parts of our homes that go through as much wear and tear as our floors. But perhaps the floor in our house that sees the most action is our kitchen. Our cooking causes constant spills and messes, meaning damage to the floors can occur at a much faster rate.
So what’s the solution? It’s not like we can stop walking on the floors of our house, or cease using our kitchens. Luckily, there is an answer out there that combats what we put our floors though on a regular basis.
Waterproof flooring is a homeowner’s dream come true: it provides a defense against the daily messes that can constantly happen. That means the floor you love looks better and lasts longer.
Let’s explore two popular options for waterproof flooring that would work in your home:
Technology and social media have introduced a trend where taking a stand or showing our support means liking a Facebook status or posting a picture. In this day and age, sharing what you stand for can be as easy as a click of a button. However, how long does that hold an effect in the digital world? Sometimes, we just need to get back to basics. Long before the internet or computers we had a different way of representation: flags.
Flags were how armies presented themselves in ancient battles. They were hung from war ships and raised after seizing a city from the enemy. They are an emblem of that which is bigger than ourselves, what unifies us in times of discontentment, or inspires us in moments of despair. They are how we remember those we have lost and how we continue to honor them long after they are gone. This Flag Day, show your remembrance and support by flying a flag. PT Floors offers various flags and accessories for you to purchase. We carry:
UNITED STATES FLAGS
U.S. ANTENNA FLAGS
U.S. INTERMENT FLAGS
U.S. INDOOR & PARADE SETS
U.S. INDOOR FLAGS
U.S. VERTICAL BANNERS
U.S. PROMOTIONAL FLAGS
U.S. SPEARHEAD FLAGS
U.S. OUTDOOR FLAG SETS
U.S. OUTDOOR FLAGS
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
STATE & TERRITORY FLAGS
We also carry up to 25 ft. flag poles for your front yard. Honoring our veterans is important to us which is why we regularly provide veteran organizations with indoor flag sets for their use. Unsure of how to properly care for a flag or the laws and requirements involved? Visit our page to learn more about these processes.
PT Floors is proud to provide flags and flag accessories to our customers. We also offer various floor covering options and installation services as well as countless types of wallpaper to chose from. Visit PT Floors today to get started on your next home update or to find a flag that honors and supports what’s most important to you.