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Can wood floors be be used in a kitchen?

Kitchens are one of the most popular rooms in the house for hardwood floors. Built to withstand heavy traffic and give long lasting beauty with minimal maintenance, hardwood floors are a perfect choice.

Is damp mopping the best way to clean a wood floor?

No, the best way to clean a floor is with a dry micro fiber dust mop. Dust mops are great for everyday cleaning. A damp mop can be used for occasional cleaning, but too much regular use of water can dull a floor finish. When damp mopping water should not drip off the mop head, using too much water hence “wet mopping” can cause damage and discolor wood floors.

Are hardwood floors scratch and dent resistant?

Although Hardwood floors of all species are durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily life, top finishes and wood can still scratch or dent given enough applied pressure or resistance. Higher gloss will show more imperfections. Manufacturers do not warranty against scratching and denting.

What is a floating floor?

Laminate floors are installed by using a “floating floor” system. What that means is that a padded underlayment lies between the laminate planks and the sub floor. The planks are not anchored to the sub floor, only to the edges of other planks. The result can produce a hollow sound when walked upon.... have the feeling of a slight give.

What is the difference between Ceramic and Porcelain Tile?

What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile? Well the answers pretty simple. Porcelain tile is effectively Ceramic tile. It is just made of a more refined material. All ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials, along with water. Once the tiles are formed they are fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. The only difference between Porcelain tile and regular ceramic tile is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified. Consequently, porcelain tiles are denser than a standard ceramic tile. So basically porcelain tile tends to be a harder surface and harder to crack!

Can I save money by buying a less expensive carpet and putting the best cushion under it?

There is no question that a good cushion is critical to carpet performance, but remember that you walk directly on the carpet so you want carpet constructed to meet your needs and lifestyle. If you buy a cheaper carpet that doesn't meet your needs, you will have a cushion that feels great, but you may not be satisfied with the look or wear of your carpet.

If I bend the carpet and see the backing does this mean the carpet is low quality?

No. All carpets, except woven carpets, are made with spaces between the tufts (ends). Remember, except for stairs, carpet is flat on the floor. You can feel the thickness or density of different carpets by sticking your fingers in the pile, but do it on a flat surface. As a general rule, thicker, tighter, denser carpets perform better.

Does a rating system insure that I get the right carpet?

A rating system developed by a manufacturer is their own evaluation of products based on their set of standards and “testing” methods. These Rating Systems cannot be compared across manufacturers since most are based on people’s opinion and not strict testing methods.