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What Should You Consider for Kitchen Floors?

Feb 09, 2018

When it comes time to choose flooring for your kitchen, one of the most important first steps to take is to consider the function of the room and how you use it.

  • Do you enjoy cooking?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • Do you have kids or pets running around your house?

If you can answer yes to any of these, it will be important that your kitchen floors be able to withstand spills, heavy foot traffic, and dropped dishes.

With that in mind, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and tile are all great options, but it will be your lifestyle needs and personal preferences which will help in your decision.

modern kitchen with vinyl floors

What is the Best Material for Your Kitchen Floor?

Make sure that you keep function and durability a top priority in the decision making process.

Luxury vinyl tile is ideal for those prone to making a mess in the kitchen. It’s durable, holds up to scratches, and is one of the most water resistant options. Vinyl flooring’s protective top layer allows for ease of maintenance and makes clean-up a breeze.

In a kitchen that gets a lot of love, laminate has 4 layers that will absorb heavy foot traffic and protects against stains, burns, and spills. Laminate is affordable, easy to install, and comes in a variety of styles, making it a great option.

Lastly, tile is another solid choice for your kitchen. It’s scratch resistant and incredibly easy to clean, but it is also very cold and does not have the softest cushioning to allow for comfort when standing for long periods of time.

Which Kitchen Flooring is the Most Durable?

Tile will be the most durable flooring choice due to its long wearing durability, ease of maintenance, and resistance to moisture. It’s resistant to scratches, so it’s great in those moments when pots are dropped.

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If new kitchen floors are in your future, be sure to stop by your local Flooring America store and let our flooring experts show you the best flooring options and discuss the installation process.

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How to Keep Your Laminate Floors Looking Brand New

Feb 01, 2018

With its ability to look just like hardwood, ceramic, stone, and other materials, laminate is a great flooring option for those high traffic areas in your home. Laminate is incredibly durable and easy to maintain, however just like any type of flooring, it does require regular cleaning.

Can You Really Clean Your Laminate Floors with Vinegar?

Vinegar can be used to clean laminate flooring and is great for bringing the shine back to your floors. To create your cleaning solution, use 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Spray the solution in small areas at a time, and clean with a damp cloth or mop. Once finished, dry the laminate and your floors will shine like new!

Bedroom with Brown Laminate Flooring

Tips for Washing Laminate Floors

For general laminate cleaning, we recommend using a dust mop or a damp mop. To prevent dirt and grit from scratching the laminate, vacuuming and sweeping daily is encouraged.

Beautiful Laminate Floors in White Kitchen

How to Prevent Damage to your Laminate Floors

To prevent damage, never walk on the floor in spiked shoes or heels. Place doormats at every entrance to keep sand, dirt, and grit from scratching your floor. And lastly, do not use soap, detergent based cleaners, wax-based products, any type of polish, or a steam cleaner.

Check out our hard surface floor care guide for more floor cleaning tips!

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A Guide to Cleaning Tile Grout

Jan 26, 2018

Tile is a wonderful choice for your floors, countertops, and showers thanks to its variety of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, but build-up can occur over time if not properly maintained. We are here to help!

How Do You Get Your Tile Grout White Again?

Grout can stain easily, so it’s incredibly important to stay on top of cleaning to prevent a build-up of dirt, residue, grease, and soap. Grout can be cleaned and whitened no matter how bad it is, but just know that the longer you wait to clean it, the more elbow grease you’ll need to use!

Living Room with Tile Grout

Is There An Easy Way to Clean Tile Grout Without Scrubbing?

For basic cleaning, make sure to first sweep or vacuum your surface. Next, mix a tile and grout cleaner with water and apply to the surface, letting it sit for 3-5 minutes. Next, agitate the surface with a mop or sponge, mop up the solution, and rinse with clean water. Lastly, make sure you dry mop the floor and wipe it dry.

Recommended DIY Grout Cleaning Solution

If it’s too late and your grout is stained or dirty, with a little elbow grease, cleaning tile grout can be easy and successful. We suggest you use a manufacture recommended tile and route cleaner, but for a DIY solution, consider using undiluted, distilled white vinegar or oxygen bleach. With vinegar, spray grout with the vinegar, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing with a brush. Once scrubbed, rinse the vinegar to reveal beautiful white grout. Use the tile cleaner afterwards to remove the vinegar smell.

If using oxygen bleach, pour 4 tbsp of it in powder form into a 2 gallon bucket of steaming water. Once dissolved, soak a cleaning towel in the solution and spread on the grout. After letting sit for 30 minutes, lightly scrub the grout with a brush and repeat once again from the beginning. Remove the solution with a clean cloth, and rinse the grout with hot water before wiping dry.

Check out our hard surface floor care guide for more cleaning tips.

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Learn How to Keep Your Vinyl Floors Looking New

Jan 10, 2018

There’s no doubt that when it comes to flooring, luxury vinyl tile is a preferred choice. Luxury vinyl tile is water resistant and durable, making it incredibly easy to maintain. Continue reading for tips on how to keep your vinyl looking shiny and brand new.

How Do You Remove Stains From Vinyl Flooring?

Thanks to the overall stain resistance capabilities of luxury vinyl tile, most spills and stains will wipe up quickly with a clean white cloth. When wiping up stains, turn the cloth frequently to prevent spreading the stain. Make sure to rinse with clean water and allow the area to dry.

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How Do You Make Vinyl Floors Shiny Again?

To prevent your floors from fading or discoloring, make sure to follow these tips:

  • Keep your blinds closed to prevent sunlight damage
  • Sweep regularly
  • Always keep doormats at each entrance.

Proper maintenance will keep your floors shiny. For heavier cleaning, a manufacturer recommended cleaning solution can be used when mopping.

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Can You Steam Vinyl Plank Flooring?

It’s best to avoid cleaning luxury vinyl tile with a steam mop, as the steam and water can damage the planks and vinyl, causing your floor to warp and bend.

Whether you already have LVT floors installed or you’re deciding on the best floor type for your next home improvement project, be sure to stay in the know and learn about the benefits of LVT flooring.

Stay tuned for more cleaning tips, and check out our hard surface floor care guide.

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How Do You Keep Your Carpet Looking New in Winter?

Dec 18, 2017

Winter months of snow, slush, salt, and mud can wreak havoc on your carpet, so knowing how to keep your carpet clean this winter is crucial to both the longevity and appearance.

Learn How to Practice Quality Carpet Care this Winter

One of the best methods to minimize the possibility of carpet stains is to keep mats at every entrance to prevent debris from being tracked into your home. Keep a durable doormat outside of your entrance, and additional mats indoors for a double duty approach.

 Dog in doorway hardwood floors

It’s imperative to not only clean inside of your house but to make sure that you clean the outside of your home as well. This includes sweeping your porch, deck, garage, and steps to clear away dirt, leaves, and other debris. Here you want to minimize what can be tracked indoors from the wind, your pets, or your shoes.

Once inside, make it a habit to take off your shoes or boots before walking through your house. And don’t forget about your pets! If they’ve been outdoors, dry them off with a towel at your door before you let them inside to run and roll around on your floors. Dirt and mud can get trapped in their fur and paws, so be extra vigilant with dogs.

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How Do You Keep White Carpet Clean?

Keeping your white carpet clean, or any colored carpet clean during the winter will require you to vacuum and spot clean as often as possible. Ideally we recommend vacuuming high traffic areas at least twice a week to pick up debris and to prevent dirt and spills from getting ingrained in the carpet. We understand that you don’t always have the time to clean that often, but the more you do, the better off your carpet will be.

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How to Clean Your Carpet In Case of a Spill

With it being the season of holiday parties, you’re bound to have spills, but don’t let this worry you. With a proper plan of attack, spills will stand no chance against your carpet. With spills, it will be crucial to act quickly to minimize possible staining. The longer you let a spill sit, the greater chance it has to become a permanent stain on your carpet. For these reasons, it’s important to have a spot cleaner on hand for when any spills occur.

Keeping your carpets clean during the winter is easy. Have doormats on both sides of each entrance, take your shoes off once you enter the house, clean off your pets before they come inside, vacuum at least twice a week, and clean up spills as soon as you notice them!

For more carpet cleaning tips, check out our carpet care guide.

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The Best Dog-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Nov 20, 2017

When it comes to our dogs, more times than not, they’re the most spoiled family member, and with that, the choices that we make often take into consideration their needs, along with our own. We want a home that is warm and loving for our pets, and also one that is safe for them. That means choosing flooring that will provide comfort and safety for them, while also meeting the needs of the humans in our family.

What are the Best Hardwood Floors for Dogs?

There is no doubt that homeowners love hardwood floors and more times than not, want solid wood in their home, but when you own pets, specifically dogs, there are several things to consider. The best pet friendly hardwood flooring option is going to be engineered hardwood, as this type of flooring has a protective top layer that can better stand up to scratches. Ultimately, at the end of the day, because hardwood is slick, cold, and prone to scuffs, it’s not going to be the best dog friendly flooring option.

hardwood floors in a kitchen

What is the Best Laminate Flooring for Dogs?

You might not be able to have hardwood in your home if you own dogs, but thanks to innovative manufacturing, laminate flooring can give you the look of hardwood while also giving your pets more support and comfort than hardwood is able to.

Laminate is constructed of 4 layers which absorb the heavy traffic and day-to-day use of an active family. It is the wear layer that protects the floor from pet stains, fading, and surface burns, making laminate wood flooring and dogs a great mix.  The surface is easy to clean and is water resistant, so no longer are pet accidents a big deal, but just be mindful that the slippery surface might cause your dog to have trouble with grip.

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Is Vinyl Flooring Good for Dogs?

Just like humans, pets aren’t perfect, and sometimes life gets a little messy. For those with pets who are accident prone or messy, vinyl flooring is going to be a great choice for you. Not only is vinyl durable and water resistant, but it’s also incredibly easy to clean up an accident. Vinyl has a protective top coat that provides ease of maintenance, which means that your floors will be resistant to scratches and scuffs and have a wipe clean finish. Rugged versatility and water resistance makes vinyl flooring and dogs a walk in the park.

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What is the Best Carpet for Dogs?

There is a general consensus that carpet and dogs don’t mix. Their fur and the dirt that comes off of their fur can get trapped in the carpet, or their accidents are difficult to get out of carpet. Those are several things that we hear a lot, but there is in fact carpet for pets that can resist stains and accidents.

For a household with dogs, it’s best to choose a carpet with nylon fibers, as nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber, when treated with stain protection. The best carpet for pets and high traffic areas is going to be carpet that has been treated with static, stain, and soil resistant treatments, making them easy to clean and maintain.

Stainmaster carpet with dog

What is the Best Tile for Dogs?

Tile may just in fact be the best flooring choice for a household with dogs due to its long wearing durability, moisture resistance, and ease of maintenance. Tile is both scratch resistant and easy to clean, making this a practical option; however just remember that it can be hard, cold and slippery for both pets and humans.

When considering the best flooring for pets and your family, you want to take into consideration how easy it will be to clean up messes, but also keep in mind how comfortable the flooring will be for both you and your pets. No matter what type of flooring you choose, there will always be a product that is most suitable for pets, so if you’re set on hardwood, make sure that you talk with a professional about selecting the best product for you and your family.

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