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September 03, 2015

Football season is upon us, which means parties with friends and family. Prepare your home for the crowd by taking a few extra measures pre-celebration. Use these high-scoring tips to protect your floors on game day.

Use Area Rugs

•Add area rugs inside of all entry ways. This will help absorb some of the soil and moisture that people may track in.

Shoes Off Inside the House

• Designate an area near the door for shoes, and kindly ask that guests remove them before coming inside. An organized space for shoes goes a long way in protecting your flooring

Keep Food and Snack Buffets in the Kitchen 

• Setting up food in your kitchen or a space with hard surface areas will help eliminate unwanted stains in hard-to-clean areas. While food and beverages will most likely be consumed in living areas or entertainment spaces, providing dining trays is also beneficial in avoiding unwanted stains.

Clean All Stains Quickly and Properly

• If you are using a cleaning solution other than water, apply it to a cloth first. Then work it in from the outside of the stain toward the center to avoid spreading the spot. Apply the cleaner, blot the area, rinse, extract and repeat until you are able to remove the stain. Extract solvents completely, and dry your carpet quickly once you are done. If any of the stain remains deeper down in the carpet, quickly drying it will prevent it from wicking its way up to the surface.

Vacuum

• The most important step in the care of your carpet is vacuuming. As soon as your guests leave, vacuum thoroughly, particularly in those high traffic areas and entertainment spaces. As dry soil works down into the carpet, it can become more difficult to remove, which may lead to premature wear of the carpet.

The best solution for spills, stains and wear & tear is always preparation and prevention. By using these strategies, you’ll come out a winner on game day. For more ways to protect your floors this season, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Football season is upon us, which means parties with friends and family. Prepare your home for the crowd by taking a few extra measures pre-celebration. Use these high-scoring tips to protect your floors on game day.

Use Area Rugs

•Add area rugs inside of all entry ways. This will help absorb some of the soil and moisture that people may track in.

Shoes Off Inside the House

• Designate an area near the door for shoes, and kindly ask that guests remove them before coming inside. An organized space for shoes goes a long way in protecting your flooring

Keep Food and Snack Buffets in the Kitchen 

• Setting up food in your kitchen or a space with hard surface areas will help eliminate unwanted stains in hard-to-clean areas. While food and beverages will most likely be consumed in living areas or entertainment spaces, providing dining trays is also beneficial in avoiding unwanted stains.

Clean All Stains Quickly and Properly

• If you are using a cleaning solution other than water, apply it to a cloth first. Then work it in from the outside of the stain toward the center to avoid spreading the spot. Apply the cleaner, blot the area, rinse, extract and repeat until you are able to remove the stain. Extract solvents completely, and dry your carpet quickly once you are done. If any of the stain remains deeper down in the carpet, quickly drying it will prevent it from wicking its way up to the surface.

Vacuum

• The most important step in the care of your carpet is vacuuming. As soon as your guests leave, vacuum thoroughly, particularly in those high traffic areas and entertainment spaces. As dry soil works down into the carpet, it can become more difficult to remove, which may lead to premature wear of the carpet.

The best solution for spills, stains and wear & tear is always preparation and prevention. By using these strategies, you’ll come out a winner on game day. For more ways to protect your floors this season, contact the professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

September 03, 2015

At one time, realtors and flooring experts recommended that all homeowners choose hardwood flooring when possible. However, laminates today are very different from the inexpensive flooring choices of the past and may be a better choice than hardwoods for some homes. By understanding what the two flooring types have to offer, you can make the right decision for your next flooring installation.

Hardwoods

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful floor covering that has a long legacy of use in the home, and it tends to hold its value over time. Typically more costly than other types of flooring, hardwood pricing often varies depending on the type of wood used.

Hardwood can be finished and unfinished. Finished hardwood flooring is far more resilient to water damage and wear, and is easier to clean than unfinished hardwoods. With proper care and the use of cleaners specifically designed for hardwoods, homeowners can effectively minimize damage over time. If damage is too difficult to fix, hardwoods can be sanded and refinished to their natural luster unlike other flooring types.

Advantages:

• Easily Repaired
• Long-Lasting
• Natural Beauty

Disadvantages:

• Costly
• Susceptible to Damage/Scratches
• Inconsistencies in High Traffic Areas

Hardwood flooring offers flexibility in staining, finishing and refinishing. With longevity and natural beauty, it is the perfect option for many homeowners. 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is typically a wood composite that has been pressed. A man-made pattern is added to the top layer of laminate, giving the flooring a unique style. Although laminate is not natural, many laminates on the market today look convincingly real. The texture, pattern and installation can make a laminate floor look like real hardwood at a fraction of the cost. Laminate is almost always more cost-effective than hardwood, and a practical option for people with kids or pets.

Laminate can be installed in a few different ways, and some are easier to repair and replace than others. Floating laminate floors make it easier for homeowners to purchase a few replacement pieces and snap them in and out of the flooring, but there is a risk of inconsistency between old and new flooring.

Advantages:

• Durable
• Water Resistant
• Cost-Effective

Disadvantages:

• Cannot Be Refinished
• Unnatural
• Shorter Lifespan

Laminate quality can vary widely, and some laminate flooring may not look as natural or perform as well over time. Homeowners may need to do more background research before investing in laminate flooring, but this durable, cost-effective floor covering is the perfect solution for many.

Deciding on the Best Flooring for You

Homeowners will need to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of both styles of flooring. Depending on the needs of your family and your budget, one type may easily outweigh another.

Both can be attractive, durable and valuable home additions. The team at Rite Rug Flooring can help homeowners determine the best flooring solution for a home, based on individual preferences and considerations. 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

At one time, realtors and flooring experts recommended that all homeowners choose hardwood flooring when possible. However, laminates today are very different from the inexpensive flooring choices of the past and may be a better choice than hardwoods for some homes. By understanding what the two flooring types have to offer, you can make the right decision for your next flooring installation.

Hardwoods

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful floor covering that has a long legacy of use in the home, and it tends to hold its value over time. Typically more costly than other types of flooring, hardwood pricing often varies depending on the type of wood used.

Hardwood can be finished and unfinished. Finished hardwood flooring is far more resilient to water damage and wear, and is easier to clean than unfinished hardwoods. With proper care and the use of cleaners specifically designed for hardwoods, homeowners can effectively minimize damage over time. If damage is too difficult to fix, hardwoods can be sanded and refinished to their natural luster unlike other flooring types.

Advantages:

• Easily Repaired
• Long-Lasting
• Natural Beauty

Disadvantages:

• Costly
• Susceptible to Damage/Scratches
• Inconsistencies in High Traffic Areas

Hardwood flooring offers flexibility in staining, finishing and refinishing. With longevity and natural beauty, it is the perfect option for many homeowners. 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is typically a wood composite that has been pressed. A man-made pattern is added to the top layer of laminate, giving the flooring a unique style. Although laminate is not natural, many laminates on the market today look convincingly real. The texture, pattern and installation can make a laminate floor look like real hardwood at a fraction of the cost. Laminate is almost always more cost-effective than hardwood, and a practical option for people with kids or pets.

Laminate can be installed in a few different ways, and some are easier to repair and replace than others. Floating laminate floors make it easier for homeowners to purchase a few replacement pieces and snap them in and out of the flooring, but there is a risk of inconsistency between old and new flooring.

Advantages:

• Durable
• Water Resistant
• Cost-Effective

Disadvantages:

• Cannot Be Refinished
• Unnatural
• Shorter Lifespan

Laminate quality can vary widely, and some laminate flooring may not look as natural or perform as well over time. Homeowners may need to do more background research before investing in laminate flooring, but this durable, cost-effective floor covering is the perfect solution for many.

Deciding on the Best Flooring for You

Homeowners will need to carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks of both styles of flooring. Depending on the needs of your family and your budget, one type may easily outweigh another.

Both can be attractive, durable and valuable home additions. The team at Rite Rug Flooring can help homeowners determine the best flooring solution for a home, based on individual preferences and considerations. 

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