When you notice your pretty peach colored grout has turned black, it is time to learn how to clean tile grout. Tile grout can be fairly easy to clean. You don’t have to rent machines or hire a professional to do it.
How to Clean Tile Grout
Learning how to clean tile grout and doing a great job is easy and you might have what you need in the house already.
Rejuvenating Floor Tile Grout
The floor’s grout usually looks black from improperly mopping the floor. All that dirt gets shoved into that crack where the grout resides. Everyday dirt is a good thing, in this case anyway.
What you need to clean the grout with the least amount of work is Borax. You’ll find Borax (from 20 Mule Team slogan fame) in the laundry detergent isle. It is a mineral that loves to eat up organic stains and break loose dirt.
Mix 1 cup of Borax with enough boiling water to dissolve it and work it into a runny paste. Take that paste to your floor and scrub in a little bit of the paste into the grout with a toothbrush or floor brush. Let it sit while you work more areas. Take a break and wipe up the Borax, rinse and do more grout in the same way.
Cleaning Soap Scum from Bathroom Tile
The best thing in the world to break down soap scum is citric acid. You can buy it from a soap making supplies company or a beer making company. It is the stuff bath fizzies and lemonade are made from.
Put 1 cup of citric acid in a bowl of warm water. Use a floor brush to scrub your tiles. You’ll notice a weird smell as the citric acid breaks down the soap and releases it from the tile. When you’re done, rinse and scrub your tile with cleanser and water.
See? Learning how to clean tile grout is easy!
The hottest thing going right now in affordable flooring is vinyl flooring that looks like it is a hardwood or softwood floor. The vinyl flooring store US Hardwood and Carpet has this type of beautiful flooring made by Shaw.
Vinyl Flooring Store
US Hardwood and Carpet carries the full line of beautiful Shaw flooring at our vinyl flooring store’s showroom. Of course, this is a store that carries hardwood, tile, stone, carpet and vinyl flooring. But one very popular item right now is vinyl flooring that is manufactured in planks, just like hardwood, but so much easier to install and care for.
The installation of this look alike flooring can be a snap together plank floor that floats, as a hardwood floor would. There is another type that is a little less expensive and that is the glue down planks. Either way you’ll have a gorgeous floor that you’d swear was a hardwood floor at first glance.
Shaw is the manufacturer of this very affordable flooring. It is tough, resilient to pets and holds up beautiful for many years. It is made in a nice variety of colors to make it easier to match your wall paint, rugs and furniture.
There is a variety of wood-like styles that are much preferred to wood laminate flooring. Wood laminate has its issues with water, which can ruin several planks. This isn’t a problem with vinyl flooring. It is sealed, made of vinyl on top or solid vinyl which is water resistant.
US Hardwood and Carpet
Stop by our vinyl flooring store’s showroom at US Hardwood and Carpet to see our samples of this amazing new type of water resistant flooring. You’ll be amazed at just how gorgeous it is. We can also schedule a home consultation and bring the samples to you. Call us at 408-987-9610.
Renovations are tough to live with. There is the inconvenience of having to deal with all those strangers in your home – private spaces as well as everywhere else. Then there is the dust, the clutter, the noise and it all becomes a stressful nightmare that has broken up many marriages. There is another way. A fun way. Make that renovation project a free vacation!
There isn’t much worse than living in a home that is torn to pieces. So, turn that nightmare into sipping mimosas on a tropical island. Live in a warm, island hut on the shore of crystal blue waters. And don’t spend a dime to do it.
If you have the cash for your renovations, leave that in the bank. Open up a couple of credit cards that offer huge incentive sign up bonuses and rewards programs. Check those rewards programs very carefully to make sure they offer what you think they do. You are looking for vacation offers, travel agency offers, airline miles and anything else you might need for your renovation vacation.
Then use those credit cards to pay your contractors and purchase any supplies, hardware and equipment that might be needed for the renovation. The more you spend on the credit card, the more vacation you’ll get for free.
Now keep in mind, this is going to be a disaster if you didn’t already have the money for the renovation. You will need to pay those credit cards off before any interest accrues.
So, charge your renovation and then use your bonuses, rewards and points for scheduling your vacation. Of course, you’ll want to take the vacation while they have the house torn up. Have fun and enjoy your renovation vacation!
There are several great choices for flooring tiles for the living room. Each has its own beautiful features that will make this main room in your home gorgeous. Here are a few of the different types of tile you might consider for this room.
Flooring Tiles for the Living Room
Flooring tiles for the living room are a far better and healthier choice than many other types of flooring. Tile is extremely easy to clean, inexpensive to replace when damaged and bugs are not interested in living in it. But, there are a lot of different types of tile from which to choose. So, you’re going to need to do a bit of studying up.
Stone Tile Flooring
Stone tiles are all the rage for the main parts of homes today. You do have your choices of stone: marble, slate, travertine, limestone and granite are among the most popular.
But more than just having stone, there is how this tile is presented. There are some amazingly beautiful tiles made with stone pebbles, for instance. Mosaics are another popular choice in stone tiles. So, you don’t need to think just square or rectangle slabs of stone. There are a lot of possibilities.
Stone that has been imported tends to cost the most. It isn’t that the stone is more durable or even more beautiful, it is the cost of the shipping the stone to your area. So, if you want to keep costs down, sort through your choices of stone tiles that are made the closest to The Bay Area. Your salesperson at US Hardwood and Carpet can help you with that.
ShowroomUS Hardwood and Carpet has many samples we can show you of flooring tiles for your living room. Stop by and we’ll give you a selection to browse.
Prefab hardwood floors are the floor boards that have been prefinished. This is an option for new flooring. You install the planks and you’re done, whereas plain hardwood floors will typically need some sanding, staining and finishing. But, which is best choice for your home?
Prefab Hardwood FloorsThere are advantages and disadvantages to both the regular hardwood planks and prefab hardwood floor planks. Here are some highlights on the benefits for each.
Best in DurabilityWhen the factory finishes the flooring they can use some very powerful sealants. These sealants are extremely durable and are not available to your typical home floor finisher. So, having prefab would be preferred, if you need the warranty to be 25 years instead of 5 years.
Clean InstallThe installation of prefinished planks is a cleaner installation by far. All the sanding and dust in the air was at the factory. In your home it is install and go. For regular hardwood there is going to be a lot of sanding and an incredible amount of dust generated.
SealingWhen the floors are finished and sealed inside the home, the sealant gets between the planks. This seals out the daily dust and grime that will fall between the cracks of the planks.
IrregularitiesIrregularities in the subfloor can show through the hardwood floor. When the hardwood floor is sanded after the installation, sanding will overcome these defects.
RepairsWhen you need to sand out a water stain or deep scratches, it is easy with a regular hardwood floor. A prefinished floor has such a powerful sealant on it that you’d need to refinish the entire floor in order to have the repaired board match.
US Hardwood and CarpetGive us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet. We’ll go over all the advantages of prefab hardwood flooring with you to help you decide what’s best in your home.
There are several different finishes to use when you have a hardwood floor. Which one to use depends upon the look you want and your lifestyle. It might be wax finish hardwood floors, but maybe not.
Wax Finish Hardwood Floors
The wax finish has been popular for ions of time. It is one of the natural choices for protecting the wood. Wax needs many steps to work well and to have a long life. There needs to be several thin layers applied. Each layer needs to dry before the next layer is applied. When that process is complete, the floor is buffed to a nice shine.
Penetrating Oil Sealers
Natural oil finishes for floors are starting to catch on here in the USA. They are a less shiny, but very rich finish for a floor. This type of finish sinks into the wood to protect it. It is not just a barrier that sits on top of the wood. It is deeply penetrated beauty and protection. Scratches tend to just blend in and are not noticeable, unlike a surface application. Oil finishes come in tints, so there is no need to stain the wood first.
A urethane finish is a synthetic finish that is a layer on top of the wood that protects it. One big advantage of urethane is that it will outlast both wax and oil finishes. On the downside, you will need to stain the wood before applying. Caring for this finish is easier, as you dust mop only.
Choosing the Right Finish
Stop by US Hardwood and Flooring and we’ll explain all the details on various finishes to see if the wax finish hardwood floors are best for your home.
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.
US Hardwood and Carpet
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.