Puppy Playground

Puppies are a wonderful way to get through the winter blahs. Happy, energetic, and adorable…puppies can bring sunshine to any dreary day.

However, they can also wreak havoc on your flooring.

Here are some methods to aid in keeping your floors safe and your sanity intact.
Shaw flooring recommends the following procedures to remove pet urine on carpet.

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Following these guidelines will definitely help preserve the life of the carpet. If you think you are going to get a puppy- it will help even more to install Shaw’s Life Happens Waterproof carpet in your puppy’s play area. Most puppies hang out in the family room with their best friends to play and run around.

With Life Happens carpet you do not need to worry about puppy accidents. This carpet innovation is a revolutionary protection that covers the entire product from face fiber to backing. This means that liquids are prevented from soaking in to the pad or subfloor. The carpet also combats odors within 30 minutes or less! Check out the website.

In addition, keep your puppy’s nails trimmed. This is a great way to get him comfortable with nail trimming and will protect your flooring. Keep food and water bowls somewhere that won’t damage the floor. Puppies tend to play in their water bowl so if it is on hardwood you will want to move it to another location. Utilize door mats and rugs so when your puppy comes in from the rain and snow, he doesn’t slide all over your floor leaving scratches.

Lastly, deter the puppy from chewing at carpet or furniture. Give him a chew toy or spray a no chew deterrent recommended by your local pet store.
Have fun with your puppy and remember that he will not be a puppy forever.

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Home For the Holidays

Pretty retired senior redhead woman at home cheers toasting celeAs many of you get ready for the holiday season with decorating and shopping- some of you may be contemplating updating your home. Saving money to purchase gifts for loved ones is important, but so is purchasing for your home. After all, this is the time of year to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for holiday guests.
Here are a few tips from minor to major on preparing your home for the holidays.
Kitchens are the congregating areas for most holiday festivities therefore, it needs to look its best.

  • A beautiful backsplash does not have to break the bank and it can really update the look.Subway tiles, glass mosaics, or metal accents will add that necessary twinkle to your kitchen.
  • Area rugs are another ideal tool for adding warmth and color to the winter blahs. They also make wonderful presents! They come in a variety of sizes and styles perfect for anyone.If you need a whole room replaced…consider one of the new waterproof vinyl flooring options. They hold up perfectly with heavy traffic, snow, sleet, and rain and they will last a lifetime. When paired up with a new area rug, they can transform that family room in to the perfect place to open presents.
  • The entrance is an essential place to rejuvenate. These areas are often neglected and in need of attention around the holiday season. Replace that faded entry mat, have the tile and grout cleaned and resealed or the hardwood sanded and refinished. In addition- replace the dirty stairway carpet with hardwood treads and a new unique runner.

Whatever your budget allows- we can help get your home ready for the holidays!

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Summer Humidity: How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors

Though summer is a fun, warm, typically happy season, there’s one thing that can be unbearable: the summer heat. And, depending where you live in the United States, the humidity is even worse. High humidity, like heat, tends to badly affect certain things, some of them can be found in your home. Wood flooring, for example, can be damaged with too low or too high humidity.

Regardless of where a wood floor is installed, humidity control is necessary. RH levels change throughout the course of a season, month and even in a single day. Protecting a wood floor means controlling humidity so it remains within the manufacturer’s recommended range all year long.

While the specifications sound intimidating at first, homeowners and installers should keep in mind that there is nowhere in the country that humidity in the home cannot be improved. However, the exact solution for maintaining proper RH varies depending on the region.

In most cases, wood floor damage is a matter of too much moisture at one point in the year and too little at another time. The most severe damage to wood flooring occurs from moisture changes: The wood expanding when it absorbs water and then contracting when dry air pulls it out. When severe enough, it’s a chronic and abusive process for a wood floor.

However, not all homeowners face the same challenges when it comes to controlling humidity, so solutions for whole-home humidity control vary. The size and age of a house, its foundation (basement, crawlspace or slab) and even the daily routines of family members can influence how much moisture is in the air. During times of the year when too much humidity is the problem, a whole-home dehumidifier is the best solution. High-capacity dehumidifiers are able to control moisture levels in every room, protecting a wood floor regardless of what level of the house it is on.

In climates where the furnace runs during the dry months, an evaporative humidifier is usually enough to keep humidity within acceptable ranges. This appliance distributes water onto a panel, and the moisture is then carried through the house as the furnace distributes heat.

For homeowners in the arid western climates, a dehumidifier is rarely, if ever, needed, but humidification is, and there are now humidification options that can battle some of the driest air. While evaporative humidifiers are popular across much of the country, they need air flow from a furnace to distribute moisture. Since homeowners in the desert often don’t run a furnace, it’s difficult to supply buildings with the immense amount of moisture needed to stay near manufacturers’ recommended ranges. In these areas, steam humidification is a solution. With steam, moisture can be introduced to the air year-round, even when there is a need to cool the home.

So how you can prevent potential damage? Check the humidity levels in the rooms where you have your hardwood floors installed using a humidistat or a hydrometer – they’re both available in hardware stores or home centers. If the humidity levels are beyond the 35% – 55% range, then make adjustments. If the levels are too high, use a dehumidifier or turn up the air conditioning. Either will lower the humidity levels. If you need to raise the humidity level, try a humidifier to boost the overall moisture in the room.

By maintaining the humidity levels in your home, you will help to ensure your floor remains covered by our warranties and keep it in shape to perform its best.

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Getting Your Floors Ready for the Holidays

You have enough on your plate during the holiday season. If you are hosting parties and having people over, there is added stress to make sure your food and home are picture-perfect. And a part of it involves giving some attention to your floors. The regular vacuuming is good, but it does nothing for stains, scratches, snags and other unsightly blemishes. Here are a few tips and a handy checklist on how to ensure that your floors sparkle and shine like new on the day of your event (and that white socks stay white!)

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Over time, hardwood and laminate may become dull, scratched and covered in grime, especially if you tend to wear shoes indoors. However, not all damage to your hardwood or laminate floors is permanent. If you are not sure where to start or which cleaning products to use, you are always welcome to speak with our project managers.

  • Vacuum thoroughly
  • Apply a cleaner recommended for your type of flooring and finish
  • You may need to use some elbow grease on tough spots
  • If the finish looks too worn-out, consider hiring a professional to refinish your hardwood floors. You shouldn’t need to ever refinish laminate flooring.

Vinyl and Ceramic Tile

Vinyl and ceramic tile are some of the most practical and easiest to maintain types of flooring. But they have their own drawbacks as well. The presence of grout lines on tile flooring and some vinyl tiles. Grout lines create grooves and a grippy surface where dirt tends to get stuck. Mopping tile flooring often has limited results, because a mop pushes the dirt into the grout grooves. If you don’t get the clean look and feel after mopping your vinyl or tile floors, you might need professional tile cleaning.

Carpet

If you’ve maintained your carpet in pristine shape, vacuuming may be all you need to clean it. However, most of us can’t use the words “pristine” and “carpet” in the same sentence. Kids, pets, friends and the chaos of daily living take a toll on even the best carpets. If your carpet looks like its seen better days, consider the following:

  • Treat stains individually to lessen their visibility
  • Push in the snags and stop unraveling fibers by trimming
  • Have the carpet re-stretched if it appears to have loosened or wrinkled.
  • Hire a professional cleaning company

FlooringDon’t Forget to:

  • Clean the baseboards.
  • Brush your pets to reduce shedding and the need to vacuum frequently.
  • Have welcome mats on both sides of the door to catch dirt from visitors’ shoes.
  • If you are not permitting shoes indoors, set up a large enough area where folks can leave their shoes and provide slippers for those who want them.

 

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