For your bedroom remodel choose from “what’s hot in flooring for 2018.” Your bedroom probably won’t be done over again for decades, so make it count. There are some really cool ideas for this year that you need to browse.
Some things are easy choices in a bedroom remodel like paint, wallpaper and an overall color scheme, but some choices are tougher to make. Flooring is one of those difficult choices. It is tough to decide because it is going to be your floor for a very long time, maybe many decades. Paint and color schemes will come and go many times during the life of the floor. So, it is important to choose wisely with flooring.
What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2018
Shiny is out. People are going with a more of a matte look on flooring finishes these days. Those extremely glossy floors are toast. It is time to refinish them to be a lot more dull, worn or natural.
The choices are no longer between hardwood or softwood in a great floor. Choices abound today like floors made of natural cork, bamboo, reclaimed wood, vinyl planks that mimic hardwood but are easy to care for and tile in every size, type and style. When it comes to a child’s bedroom, cork might be an excellent choice to help cushion the tumbling. It is beautiful, durable and holds up to spills and cushions falls.
Carpeting is still a great choice, especially for the bedroom when the rest of your home is hardwood. Many homeowners love the coziness of carpet in the bedroom. It warms the feet first thing in the morning when there is a chill.
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We are here to help you pick out the best flooring for your bedroom remodel. Keep in mind that flooring should be chosen first, as the color scheme will need to be chosen to match the floor. Give us a call.
Cushion floor tiles are interlocking sections of foam rubber that look a lot like puzzle pieces. They are temporary flooring that can be carried around from room to room and taken outside to be cleaned with the hose. They are a wonderful way to add some temporary cushion to a floor for a number of reasons.
Cushion Floor Tiles
You might have seen multi-colored cushion floor tiles designed for children’s playrooms or bedrooms. They make a safer environment in which the children play. Every little fall they take while roughhousing is cushioned and prevents an injury. But there are other styles and uses for these handy tiles.
These interlocking style tiles come in black, too. They can be used in workspaces where the person is on their feet for hours at a time while doing their job. The tiles cushion the feet and that prevents a lot of foot pain, but helps to prevent back pain, as well. Any workspace benefits from these tiles, even the home kitchen!
Once you use this extra cushioning on the floor you’ll never want to give it up. They are easy to clean and are the best thing ever for taking the load off of your feet and back. But, this type of cushioning doesn’t have to be a temporary thing.
There is flooring that has a good deal of cushioning under it. When you install flooring, you can have a pad underlayment that helps to cushion the floor and muffle sounds. Another choice is cushion vinyl flooring which is one piece of a very cushiony floor that will feel like you’re walking on pencil erasers.
When it is time to add some extra cushion in your home, you can try out the cushion floor tiles to see how you like it. When you want to make it permanent, give us a call.
There are a lot of different kinds of hardwood floor stains and each type has a different remedy. But it is not as difficult to repair the wood as you might think. It takes the right tools and some elbow grease and your floor will be beautiful and shiny once again.
Hardwood Floor Stains
When you have hardwood floor stains on your gorgeous flooring you’ll be tempted to just put a rug on it and pretend it never happened. There is a better way. You can restore it to like new condition with the right tools.
Water or Liquid Stains
Milk or water stains will leave a white ring on the floor if they aren’t wiped up immediately. The white ring can be removed with some patience, steel wool and floor wax. Try #000 steel wool to rub the stain out using a generous portion of floor wax during the rubbing. If that fails, try #00 wool with mineral spirits then let the floor dry. With this 2nd method you will need to stain the area and re-wax.
Black scuff marks from shoes are usually easy to remove with a cleaner made for urethane floors. If they are particularly bad then buy the version of this cleaner that comes with a scrubbing pad.
Mold and Mildew
The bad news is, there is usually no way to rid yourself of mold or mildew in wood floors. Mold has tentacles that grow deep into the wood. Even if you clean it from the surface, it will quickly return. You will need to address the source of the moisture that’s feeding the mold and then replace the moldy floor boards.
For all of your flooring needs contact US Hardwood and Carpet. We can recommend a hardwood cleaning service to remove your hardwood floor stains professionally.
Today’s Types of Flooring for Bathrooms Open a New World
The types of flooring for bathrooms in the past have been ceramic tile and rolled vinyl for the most part. They are still good choices as they hold up very well in the wet environment of the bathroom. But lately there are some new options.
Types of Flooring for Bathrooms
A whole new world has opened up when it comes to the types of flooring for bathrooms. You might have hardwood throughout your home, but the bathroom and kitchen present some problems with hardwood. The bathroom in particular can be a very wet place and hardwood is damaged by water, especially when it is a daily issue.
While tile and vinyl flooring is still a wonderful choice that holds up beautifully to spilled or dripped water, it gets a little boring. When you want something new and different, you’ll really enjoy some of the fun things people are doing lately.
Glass tiles are a gorgeous choice for the bathroom floor. The glass likes to reflect the light and that makes for a sparkly type of lighting situation. Another way to use these tiles is in creating designs with pieces of marble in combination with small glass tiles. Some very beautiful artwork is being created with the combination.
Whether or not cork flooring is the best choice for your bathroom will depend on how often water is spilled on the floor. Cork is naturally resistant to water, but it does have its limits. If you have children then it might not be the best choice for your bathroom.
Flooring for Wet Areas
There are a lot of types of flooring for bathrooms and we will help you pick the right one for you. Stop by US Hardwood and Carpet to speak to a specialist.
Kitchen floors present some unique conditions that are not found in other rooms of the home. So, you will need to pick from the best kitchen floor options when re-doing your kitchen floor. There are types of flooring that should be avoided in the kitchen.
Best Kitchen Floor Options
If you have an active, busy family then your kitchen is a very busy place. With all that cooking going on and kids handling pots, pans and dishes, there are bound to be quite a few accidents. These accidents can damage your flooring, if you haven’t chosen one of the best kitchen floor options for a busy household.
Installing stone tile in the kitchen is a beautiful way to go. It is very durable. It is porous, so you don’t have to worry about slipping on greasy spills and it is fairly easy to clean. If you go with stone in the kitchen, make sure you have a sealant applied. Stone can soak up stains.
Vinyl flooring comes in many types of options these days. You can even find rolled vinyl that looks like hardwood flooring! There is also a plank version. These planks are glued down or floated to look like hardwood flooring, but are far less expensive. Vinyl is a carefree option for floors anywhere in the home.
Hardwood flooring, real or prefab, might not be the best option in the kitchen, as the frequent water spills will slowly degrade the finish. With an active family there are better options.
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The best kitchen floor options will depend on your lifestyle, whether or not you have children and what types of pets you have. Stop by to see us to discuss which flooring would hold up the best for your family.
On the desk of Herminio Bustos, the owner of US Hardwood and Carpet, sit two powerful symbols of his values as a man and as a businessman. One is a well-worn copy of the Santa Biblia (Holy Bible), and the other is a small pile and crumpled papers bearing the creative handiwork of his young children’s drawings.
None of the children, who range in age from 4 weeks to 18 years, happens to be at the store at the moment, though they often are. But they are clearly the reason Herminio gets up for work every day, as he has done since he opened the business 15 years ago. His face lights up when he talks about them.
“I have a lot of kids,” he says. “I feel very much blessed.”
He doesn’t come right out and say it, but The Good Book also informs his business ethics: “Honesty is the most important thing,” he says. “I don’t promise anything I can’t deliver.”
There’s a good reason for that business practice, as well, and he acknowledges it. The word-of-mouth recommendations and rave reviews on Yelp that keep have kept customers walking through the door year after year would dry up if he were to adopt a do-anything-to-make-a-sale attitude. He’d rather see people walk out the door without buying than be unhappy with the hardwood flooring, tile and carpeting products and services he offers.
Although he doesn’t advertise, Herminio said it’s not unusual to have customers come from as far away as San Francisco, San Ramon and Dublin, on the recommendation of their friends.
What is the sales experience like for the potential customer? Although he has a sales associate in the store sometimes, chances are very good that you’ll be greeted by Herminio himself. With a wry smile, he says, sometimes a couple will come in not quite sure what they want—and hoping he’ll tell them what to buy.
He’s more than happy to spell out the pros and cons of various products, but he stays away from making any decisions for them.
A typical example, he says: The woman wants a very light-colored carpet because she can see in her mind’s eye how lovely it will look. The man takes a skeptical view, saying he likes a much darker color. The kids and pets, he worries, will make swift work of staining a light shade with spilled juice, or worse.
Herminio won’t take sides, but he’ll point out how much work it will be to keep each variety looking its best, then point out they could always make a choice that splits the difference in both shade and ease of maintenance.
“They like to hear my advice,” he said, “but I don’t know their house. It’s their choice.”
After the deal
When a customer buys a hardwood floor, tile floor or carpet and has it installed, that’s not the end of the deal, as far as Herminio is concerned. Herminio likes to keep the relationship going — not by constantly bugging people to buy something else, but by offering maintenance and other tips on his website blog and Facebook pages, where visitors will also find updates on trends in flooring styles and products
Herminio’s entrance into the flooring business was driven by necessity. He had been involved in a family jewelry business for years, but it got harder and harder to make a go of it as the price of gold started on a long, sharp climb.
So, when a friend who was a carpet and wood floor installer suggested Herminio start a flooring business, he gave it some serious thought. After doing market research on the competitive flooring business, he decided to sell his stake in the jewelry business.
He used the proceeds to open a shop in Santa Clara in 2001.Unfortunately, it was not an auspicious time start a new business. The dot-com bust and 9/11 were just about to create massive economic turmoil, especially in Silicon Valley.
But he learned as he went along. With his good service and the strong reputation, he kept his shop open. After a while, he began to realize his business had grown to the point that he needed more space.
So in March 2017, he relocated the store a few blocks to where it is now (1702 Lafayette St.). Now Herminio has enough room to display rearrange his products more easily and even has a small storage area available for the first time.
That, and there’s a bit more room for the kids to play.
The best way to repair a carpet stain is to first figure out what that stain is. If the stain is something organic like food, pet accidents or ground in dirt then removal tends to be easier.
Repair Carpet Stain
When you first set out to repair your carpet stain get a plan of action ready and test it in a place that doesn’t show. You want to make sure that your carpet isn’t going to be further damage by what you are going to do to clean out the stain. So, pretend to clean the stain in a corner, under a piece of furniture that isn’t likely to be moved, etc.
Organic stains are usually the easiest to get out. You’ll need a squeeze bottle (like you’d put ketchup in), a box of 20-Mule Team Borax and hot water. Heat one cup of water to boiling and quickly stir in 1 tablespoon of Borax. Keep stirring until the Borax is dissolved. Pour the mixture into the squeeze bottle.
Squeeze the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. The Borax will breakdown the stain over time and it’ll disappear.
When time is up, check the stain. Blot up what is left of the solution. Add water to the area and blot that up with a clean towel.
If your carpet has a chalky spot where you removed the stain, vacuuming might be all you need to do to remove it. If not, add more water to rinse it out and blot it up with a clean towel.
This method works great to repair a carpet stain in a carpet made of artificial or cotton fibers. You should never put hot water on a wool carpet. Borax must be very warm to work, so don’t use this method on wool carpet.
If your home needs some tender, loving home improvement then you’ll get a higher price for it if you invest in improvements. However, not all improvements will pay off. Some are a real waste of money and others pay off big. Make sure you only spend the cash for what will give you a return on the investment.
Home Improvement before the Sale
Maybe you’ve heard the saying “It’s all about kitchens and bathrooms.” And it is. People want to see a nice looking, updated kitchen and a pretty bathroom with a new tub, shower, sink and tile. These are two things that can sell a house.
But then there is the wow factor. If a potential buyer walks in and sees gorgeous, brand new flooring throughout the house, that can sell them on your home right then and there. Flooring is a real hassle to install and nobody wants to do it. So, if your flooring is in poor shape and you want to sell then this might be the only upgrade you really need to focus on. Sure, it is going to cost several thousand, but it could get your home sold fast and sold for a far higher amount than a home with an average floor.
Things that will not give you a return on your money are things like putting in a pretty garden, installing a fence, investing in nicer furniture or appliances, replacing the furnace, upgrading windows or doors. The cash you invest in these types of things will never be recovered or help your home sell.
A new roof can help your home be picked over another, but unless your roof is leaking, that upgrade is a cost that won’t help. We hope these home improvement tips for selling your home helps you spend your cash in the right places.
Shag was the big thing in the early 1970s. Everyone simply had to have shag everything, shag haircuts, shag rugs and shag carpet. But you need to know how to clean a shag rug. It isn’t at all like berber or plush carpet.
How to Clean a Shag Rug
Shag has a super nice, long and fluffy pile. Sometimes it is very long loops and others are not, but it is always very long. It is easy for a vacuum cleaner with a roller to destroy shag or get caught in it, depending on the length of the pile. So, how to clean a shag rug?
A shag rug is easier than a shag carpet, because you can pick up the rug and move it. The safest way to clean this type of rug is to take it outside and beat it with a broom. This is how carpets were cleaned in the old days and it still works great today. Put it shag side down over a porch rail or fence and beat the dirt out of it.
If asking your rug to step outside for a beating isn’t going to work for your rug then you will need to vacuum it. However, do not use the roller brush. Use the attachment that you would use on drapes or furniture. It is a lot of hard work, but you’ll get it cleaned up. Sprinkling it with baking soda first and letting it sit for a few hours before vacuuming helps freshen it up by removing odors.
When you need new floor covering for a room or an entire home, remember to give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet. We hope we’ve helped teach you some tips on how to clean a shag rug.
Home improvement is something that home owners will jump on as soon as they decide to sell, but it should be done long before that. Living in a freshly updated home makes for a better outlook on life and happier days. One of the fastest ways to update your home is to replace the old worn carpeting or tile.
Flooring is usually put last on the list to replace. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, all the painting and wall repairs might damage your floor. So, the flooring is the final inside improvement. Secondly, who wants to move all that furniture in and out of the house? Nobody! So, an improvement that can dramatically change the look of the rooms is put off.
Once you’ve had the walls replastered or repaired and painted, it is time to start thinking about flooring. There are many ways to go. These days with allergies and other environmental concerns, hardwood or softwood flooring is the popular way to go. However, tile and rolled vinyl is still a valid option for many home owners and it is less expensive to install. Some homeowners will go with a mix of various types of flooring throughout the home, such as tiled floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, carpeting in the bedrooms and hardwood flooring in the rest of the home.
When you’re changing the flooring, give a great deal of thought to your lifestyle. Carpet might be best for a person who is retired and has no pets. Tile and vinyl will hold up well to lots of pets and children running about. Hardwood is an excellent choice for someone who has many allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Browse All the Options
Stop by US Hardwood and Carpet to discuss your home improvement ideas. We’re happy to share our expert knowledge with you on flooring choices.