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Hardwood flooring is truly a great investment in many different applications. It increases your home’s value and resale potential. Hardwood floors keep your whole family comfortable, and they also do well in terms of style. It is important that you select the right option for the family and your style taste.
Colour aside, how do you choose whether you should go for an engineered hardwood floor or solid hardwood floor? We are going to lay out important information for you today!
ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOOR
Engineered hardwood floor is made of 100% natural wood. It is constructed in multiple, cross-grain layers. The wear layer, or the top layer, comes in a variety of colours and styles. Each layer of the core is laid in different directions and ensures that the structure is stable and less likely to contract and expand when it encounters humidity, moisture, and fluctuating temperatures.
SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING
Solid hardwood flooring, as the name might suggest, is just that – solid. It is made from a single piece of natural wood and it is synonymous with reliability and longevity. This type of hardwood floor can last for generations to come.
Engineered hardwood floors are more versatile in terms of installation. They can be installed below, on, or above grade using different installation techniques and overall types of subfloor including concrete and wood given the correct environmental conditions. The techniques that can be used for engineered hardwood floors include float, glue, and nail/staple. Solid wood floors, on the other hand, can be installed on or above grade using the nail/staple technique onto the wood subfloor only.
When it comes to both engineered and solid hardwood, there are a variety of textures, colours, and styles to choose from.
COST & RESALE VALUE
Engineered floor relatively costs the same as solid hardwood floors. Since both floor types are constructed from 100% natural wood, each of them adds style and value to a home. If you want to utilize a radiant heat system in your home, then engineered hardwood floor might be the best option for you.
In terms of longevity, the lifespan of both engineered and solid hardwood floors is relatively similar. A quality floor can last upwards of 100 years when properly maintained and cared for.
If you have any more questions on engineered and solid hardwood flooring, one of our floor experts here at Tony’s Flooring are ready to help you out! Be sure to visit our website today or give us a call. We are more than happy to assist you!
The most beautiful metal and wood furniture often weigh a lot, and this means trouble for your flooring. The furniture’s excessive weight and sharp edges can scratch or damage your floors, leading to potential problems if you want to host parties or sell your home.
On that note, you do not have to compromise quality by buying cheap, light furniture just to be able to save your floors. Trust us, you can have the best of both worlds! Just follow these tips:
#01. Put felt pads on the bottom of your furniture.
Most furniture has sharp edges that can cut into the linoleum or wood, and the heavier the furniture, the higher the risk of tears or cuts. If, however, you add felt pads to the bottom of your furniture, you can protect your floor from extensive damage. Be sure to examine the felt pads once in a while as they, too, can wear away, especially if you move the furniture around.
#02. Do not drag the furniture across the floor.
When you drag the furniture, you will scrape its sharp edges against the floor, causing a lot of scratches that could lead to giant scrapes across linoleum or wood. Instead of dragging the furniture, be sure to lift it if you want to move it to another location. If you cannot lift it by yourself, then have family or friends to help you. You can also put thick towels or rugs underneath the furniture if you really have no choice but to drag it.
#03. Clean your floor before moving or placing heavy furniture.
Even with the help of towels, the weight of heavy furniture can press sand and other debris into your floor, damaging or scratching it. Make sure you have swept and mopped your floor first before you start moving furniture across it and make sure to let everything dry off first. You do not want to slip and have furniture smack into your floor.
#04. Cushion your furniture with rugs or carpets.
Carpets are known to stand up to the wear and tear of heavy furniture better than laminate or wood flooring. If you do not already have carpet in your home, then you can buy carpets or rugs to stick underneath your furniture. Be sure to buy thick rugs or carpets to give your floor that extra protection.
#05. Place heavy furniture in quiet areas.
If children or pets knock into your furniture, then they can damage the floor by making the furniture teeter, slide, or even topple over. It is best to keep heavy furniture out of major walkways like the living room, front room, the kitchen, hallways, and kids’ rooms. If you do decide to put it in the living room, then do not place it in the central areas where the kids love to play.
Last week, we gave you some cool tips on how we can remove tough stains from hardwood and concrete, right? Now, let’s continue discussing how we can deal with tough stains but this time, we will give you tips on how to do that with vinyl, tile and carpet flooring!
REMOVE STAINS FROM VINYL
Vinyl flooring is a more popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens because of its low maintenance, (it is stain- and water-resistant), ease of installation and affordability. Although it is relatively resistant to stains, vinyl flooring can still get them, and it is still susceptible to discolouration and scuff marks. To clean the stains, use dishwashing liquid and water then dry. If that does not work, you can mix one tablespoon of ammonia with a quart of warm water. Pour a small amount of that mixture onto the stain and allow it to sit for about ten minutes. Scrub using a brush if necessary, then rinse and dry.
For scuff marks, you can use mineral spirits. Pour some onto a cloth and blot the scuff or you can also soak a cloth in lighter fluid then rub the scuff mark. Afterwards, rinse with water and dry.
Vinyl can discolour over time or if it gets exposed to direct sunlight. This, unfortunately, is permanent, so the only way to fight this problem is by preventing it from happening. You can use kitchen rugs and bathroom mats as floor protection.
REMOVE STAINS FROM TILE
The tile itself is susceptible to stains, but it is the grout you have to watch out for. If you get a spot or a stain on your tiles, you may use a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. If that does not work, make a mixture of diluted bleach and hydrogen peroxide – it works on the tile as it does on concrete! Just be to sure to spot-test before applying to avoid discolouration. If, after removing the stain and the tile does not look as vibrant as it used to, use lemon juice to refresh it. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly with water and dry it with a cloth.
For grout stains, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then rub the paste into the grout stain. Allow it to sit for a few hours or even overnight, then scrub it off using a nylon brush.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CARPET
Most carpet stains can be removed by using a vinegar solution:
*2 tbsp. salt
*2 tbsp. borax
*1/2 cup vinegar
Make the mixture and pour over the stain, let it dry completely and vacuum up the mixture. Most stains will be gone after doing this.
For red wine spills, you can pour a bit of white wine on top of it and the white wine will neutralize the red wine. Dump salt on it to soak up all the wine, and once it dries, clean up the salt. Sprinkle the remaining stain with club soda and blot dry. Make sure to BLOT and not RUB on the stain. Repeat the process if necessary.
For ink stains, do not fret! You can remove them with a bit of milk and cornstarch. Mix milk and cornstarch into a paste, then apply the mixture to the stain. Allow it to sit and dry for a few hours, then vacuum it up.
Stains are inevitable, especially when it comes to floors, and let us tell you that all types of floors are at risk of staining. Even the most careful people will experience a stain from time to time because we should accept the fact that spills do happen! However, there is no reason you should get upset over stains as long as you know how to deal with them.
We have rounded up some great ideas on how to remove tough stains from hardwood and concrete floor! Here they are:
REMOVE STAINS FROM HARDWOOD
If the stain has soaked through the finish and it has penetrated the wood, this type of stain might require sanding, buffing a new coat of wax or finish. Before resorting to that, however, you can try some of these methods first:
*For water stains, you can use an iron. The stain must be covered with a dry cloth, then for a few seconds, rub the cloth with a hot iron. Make sure to NOT use the steam setting. If some parts of the stain are still visible, dampen the cloth with denatured alcohol and rub on the stain until it disappears completely.
*For other stains on hardwood flooring, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Soak a rag with hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain. Make sure to give time for the hydrogen peroxide to seep into the wood. Once done, remove the rag and wipe up the area. Once it dries, the stain should be gone.
REMOVE STAINS FROM CONCRETE
If there are any spills on your concrete flooring, soak them up with paper towels and mop with a household cleaner and clean water. If, after mopping, the stain is still there, you can use a nylon brush to scrub it away. For large spills, kitty litter can be used to soak it up. You may also pour it on, so it will fully cover the stain. Let it sit for 24 hours then vacuum or scoop up the kitty litter and mop the floor as normal.
If the stain is more persistent, then you may buy concrete stain removers or bleach as those are great cleaning agents. Dilute the bleach and test it first on a hidden spot to ensure that it will not discolour the concrete.
Watch out for our upcoming blog next week as we will then talk about how to remove tough stains from vinyl, tile and carpet flooring! If you are looking for flooring experts to help you with your flooring needs, contact us today!
Quality flooring greatly enhances a home’s interior design and at the same time, it helps improve your home living lifestyle. Flooring is a permanent part of a home, thus, selecting a good quality flooring is of utmost importance. More and more homeowners are now looking for ways to improve their individual home living lifestyle. Having a good quality floor at home is a MUST.
Here are some of the reasons why it is important to have quality flooring at home:
Quality flooring makes the entire home intact and stable.
Guests can actually be inspired by your entire home interior design with just one look or a simple touch. Quality flooring is like that final piece of a puzzle that gels up the entire furniture, creating a picturesque feel and outlook.
A sturdy floor meets the demands of regular use, heavy traffic, children, and pets. It is important that you go for flooring that is tough and reliable and is designed to stand up to heavy use. Do not go for flooring with alarmingly low prices. Some cheap floors might even emit potentially harmful ingredients like formaldehyde which can affect your indoor air quality and breathing.
Quality flooring adds comfort and elegance to the home.
Comfort to the feet is another reason why you need quality flooring at home. It can boost your individual morale especially when coming home after a long and tiring day at work. We sometimes may or may not notice that stepping on comfortable flooring makes us feel good.
Quality flooring upgrades the value of your home.
Having quality flooring at home also helps to increase the value of your property because your home interior design becomes unique with your choice of flooring. Even without all the furniture and wall decors, quality flooring will always look good.
Remember, quality flooring is always a good investment. Go for quality flooring that meets your needs and at the same time, improves the overall appearance of your home. If you are thinking of selling your home eventually, keep in mind that quality flooring will highly attract prospective buyers in the future.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Choosing quality flooring might not be that easy today especially since there is a massive number of brands available in the market. However, as homeowners, it is important that you first determine the type of flooring you are looking for. The first part is knowing which flooring you want for your home, the second part is finding the right professionals who can properly install your quality flooring.
The flooring experts of Tony’s Flooring can definitely help you out with all your flooring concerns! Contact us today and let us improve your home’s value and we will make sure that you can come home to a comfortable home! We hope to hear from you soon.
Nowadays, wood-style and hardwood flooring continue to gain popularity in residential properties. However, many homeowners still use wall-to-wall carpeting. No matter what your preference, there are some benefits that come with carpeted flooring – from noise dampening to comfort for bare feet, carpet flooring still has a lot to offer and it is still much easier to maintain with minimal wear and tear given a few cleaning hacks.
Here are some of our best carpet cleaning tips you may or may not have heard about yet:
#01. Use a lint roller when extracting small debris.
Suction from a regular household cleaner is sometimes not enough to get rid of all the dirt, pet hair, crumbs, spills (sugar, flour or rice), or other tiny particles nested in the fibres of your carpet flooring. This is normal – but let us tell you a secret: USE THE LINT ROLLER! This is actually a great way to extract pesky particles, but it will probably take you between five to fifteen minutes to cover a fully carpeted room! Don’t worry, your hard work will pay off.
#02. Use a squeegee to remove pet hair.
Are you a pet lover? If you are, then you must know what happens to a carpet in a house full of dogs or cats. If not, then you can just imagine the excessive amount of hair that pets leave behind when they shed. What does not stick to upholstery and furnishing will eventually end up on the carpet. Squeegees are best used for cleaning windows, but you will be surprised at how efficient it is in terms of removing pet hair from your carpet! All you have to do is rinse the squeegee, so it is moist enough for pet hair to stick.
#03. Use heat to help remove stubborn stains.
Not all stains can be removed with heat, but most of them are. There might be many different ways to remove stains with an iron, but let us give you just 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Remove all dirt possible with regular vacuum cleaning.
Step 2: Mix water and vinegar (3:1) and pre-treat all stains.
Step 3: Leave the mixture to set in for five to ten minutes.
Step 4: Use a rag or a towel to cover the stains.
Step 5: Gently iron the area and be sure to move quickly to avoid damaging the carpet fibres.
The combined forces of vinegar, water, pressure, and heat make most stains to transfer from your carpet to the towel or rag.
#04. Blot a stain instead of rubbing it.
We often rub things in our daily life – brushing our teeth, washing our face, washing silver and dinnerware, wiping smudges off our shoes, and more. Rubbing something when cleaning it is an instinctual reaction, but it should not be the same when it comes to cleaning a carpet. When you apply pressure to your carpet, it will only make the situation worse. Keep this in mind: the more you rub, the deeper the stain sets in. Once fibre and dirt spots bind for good, then cleaning it would be impossible. So instead of rubbing it, blot the stains instead. You should always start at the outer edges of the stain and work your way in toward the centre, and do not blot the opposite way.
We at Tony’s Flooring appreciate how important it is for our valued customers to make the right decisions when choosing, purchasing and installing new floors in your homes. We understand that you will not be having the same type of flooring in every room. What works in your bedrooms might probably not meet your needs in the kitchen.
This is why we have put together this guide that can help you choose the best flooring for each room in your home:
Your bedroom should be as comfortable as it can get, and it should be stylish, too! Style is personal and so is your choice of bedroom flooring. Carpet usually is the best flooring option for bedrooms, but solid or engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, and even laminate can also work well in your personal space.
For bathrooms, we actually have more flooring options for this room than you would think. Since bathrooms usually have plenty of water and humidity, we cannot consider solid hardwood and carpet, but you can otherwise go with any other flooring material. Engineered hardwood floors and ceramic or porcelain tires do the trick and tile flooring, too!
The kitchen is a high traffic area where the family spends a great amount of time. However, it is also the area where spills are inevitable. Both kitchens and bathrooms have become showcase spaces and the style options nowadays are limitless. You can consider going for linoleum or hardwood floors for this room.
LIVING ROOM and DEN
Whether you are entertaining or relaxing in your living room, it is likely one of the most frequently used spaces in your home. You might want to prioritize style, but you also need to consider the high traffic, so you also have to prioritize durability. Your choices for this room would depend on your budget from low-cost vinyl to high-end solid hardwood – all are viable options!
When choosing the right flooring option for your dining room, your lifestyle plays a major role. For instance, if you have a large family with young kids who are prone to dropping their food and spilling their drinks, then you for flooring materials that are durable and easy to clean. If you use this room to entertain friends in a more formal setting, then you can consider having carpet flooring. If your dining room opens up directly to your living room, then you can also have the same type of flooring in both rooms for continuity.
If you want more expert flooring advice, contact one of our professionals today. With Tony’s Flooring, you can never go wrong!
If you are planning on upgrading your kitchen, make sure that you focus on function and durability. Most flooring options today are designed to be both durable and low-maintenance. The great news is that there is a variety of beautiful material options and styles available to make your kitchen floor an overwhelming experience.
The most important decision when considering your kitchen flooring options should be its function. The kitchen is known to be a high-traffic area that is prone to spills ranging from oils to water, wine, and dishes. So, what you want to look for in a kitchen flooring material is if it is low-maintenance and if it can withstand use over time.
Here are our top durable flooring options:
Other than durability, cooking also requires long periods of walking back and forth and standing, so choosing flooring that provides some cushioning is also a great idea, especially if you suffer from any back issues.
Here are the most ergonomic flooring options:
BAMBOO KITCHEN FLOORING
If you are a fan of eco-friendly products, then you would love bamboo! Bamboo grows quickly, making it a good, sustainable source for flooring. In addition to its eco-friendly aspect, bamboo’s strength is also one of the highest of the natural materials available on the market.
CARPET KITCHEN FLOORING
Historically, carpet has not been a popular option due to its difficulty in terms of cleaning and maintenance. However, the latest carpet flooring available today is now a modern kitchen floor solution. Carpet nowadays are designed to be an industrial grade for high-traffic areas and are made of durable and easy-to-clean materials.
CORK KITCHEN FLOORING
If you are looking for kitchen flooring that has a unique texture and a padded feel underfoot, then you will surely appreciate cork kitchen flooring. Cork is known to be a natural insulator against both noise and temperature change, so if you are worried about those issues, then you have your solution! Cork is also naturally anti-microbial, so it repels insects and pests. If you are on a budget, then cork flooring is a great option.
LAMINATE KITCHEN FLOORING
If you want a durable and an affordable kitchen flooring option, then laminate is for you. The top layer of a laminate can withstand most abuse, and if you add padding beneath, then it becomes a soft, ergonomic flooring solution!
TILE KITCHEN FLOORING
Almost every homeowner knows that tile flooring is a great, low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. Not only is it easy to clean and durable, it also has a reflective quality that can expand the appearance of space in your kitchen.
VINYL KITCHEN FLOORING
Vinyl is also loved by many homeowners as it is affordable, and it comes in a variety of styles and textures. It is also one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring materials.
If you have a commercial space and you want to know which type of flooring best suits your space, then this article is for you! High-traffic flooring comes with huge demands, and the most important demand of all is durability. Whatever surface is chosen, it is essential that your floor is able to withstand the never-ending foot traffic as well as minimal wear and tear.
Commercial flooring is definitely a big investment, and most people, if not all, hopes that this investment will have a long-life while being able to maintain its appeal, wear-resistance, and functionality.
For any high-traffic area, hardwood flooring has always been a favourite, and it is, in fact, one of the smartest choices. It has been around for centuries due to its inherent strength as well as its ‘natural give’ that makes it easy to walk on without any fatigue. In many museums, hospitals, and other high-traffic areas, hardwood flooring is usually the surface of choice. With proper maintenance as well as proper conditions, hardwood flooring can outlast most of the other flooring choices.
Commercial concrete certainly makes the list of great choices for high-traffic flooring because it has the ability to withstand abuse. This type of flooring is often seen in retail spaces, restaurants, and salons. It offers not only performance but also durability, and it requires high-performance coatings and finishes to ensure its stain-resistance and ease of maintenance features. High-performance finishes also allow the surface to resist staining, create a non-slip furnace, and repel spills.
Since its creation in the 19th century by a French physician, vinyl has come a long way. For centuries, it has been celebrated for its strength and durability, and it has become more and more stylish nowadays. It is now available in different colours, textures, and designs. Vinyl can also be designed to look like hardwood flooring, ceramic tile or stone, all the while providing the same durability and low-maintenance.
Some might think that carpet flooring is not a good contender in terms of high-traffic areas, but when it is installed correctly, this type of flooring is a very effective choice. If it is properly constructed carpet flooring can be durable and it can even keep the noise down in a crowded area. Commercial flooring experts like the ones we have here at Tony’s Flooring are well-versed in these types of carpet flooring.
Be sure to visit our website today or give us a call for more expert flooring tips!
Having hardwood floors translates to having a stylish interior. This also means that your hardwood floors require special care in comparison to other flooring choices. However, there are some things that you are doing on a daily basis that you do not know are gradually ruining your floors. Here are of some of them:
Skipping the Welcome Mat
Imagine that you have sandpaper on the bottom of your shoes – that is exactly what it is like walking in from the street and inside your home, onto your hardwood floors. In commercial spaces, welcome mats are called walk-off rugs, because you are expected to “walk-off” all the dirt, grit, grime and stones on the bottom of your shoes, hoping that your feet are cleaner by the time you hit their floors.
Not Using Furniture Pads
When you sit down on a couch that is not on a rug, you can expect it to slide a little bit and over time, that can make for some obvious aggressive wear just right where the foot of the couch is. Two-inch rubber disks are used to help keep the couch from sliding around, and not just for easier moving of furniture.
Keeping Your Rugs in Place
Throw rugs can go from pretty to pesky in just a few seconds, or even the moment they start sliding around underfoot. This is why it is not recommended to tack them down using double-sided tape as they can actually stick to hardwood flooring and it is almost impossible to get it off. Even when you do pull it off, the tape can still pull some of the finish with it. The same goes for sticky, mesh-style rug pads, too. What you should opt for, instead, is a rug pad made of natural materials. Make sure it does not have a sticky finish.
Bringing the Outdoors In
When you have hardwood floors at home, make sure to tell everyone in your household to ‘not bring the outdoors in’. In some houses, where there are swimming pools, the tendency for people is to come inside the house from the pool. Some children might even run inside and stand right in front of the floor. As they dry off, you would notice that there would be puddles on the floor. For some, there are spots where you take off your rain boots, around dog bowls, or underneath plant pots that you have not lifted off the floor for some time. These are the spots susceptible to water damage. For these areas, it is best to have a rug or a plastic tray.
Mopping the Wrong Way
Some homeowners tend to mop with too much water. The more water that seeps down into the seams of the floor, the more water buildup you can expect. This can definitely impact your hardwood floors negatively.
Using the Wrong Floor Cleaner
There are many different kinds of finishes and each one can have a different type of cleaner that is required. You have to be cautious with the cleaners that you use as some have heavy chemicals in them.
For more flooring tips and advice that surely work, remember to reach out to the flooring experts of Tony’s Flooring today!