How To Clean Your Carpet, Tile, Hardwood, and LVT Floors

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Have you had trouble keeping your floors clean in the past? No matter what type of flooring you have in your home, it certainly requires some type of care and maintenance. Whether it’s carpet stains or dirt in your tile grout, we have cleaning solutions to keep your home fresh and clean!

Cleaning Carpet

If you clean your carpet floors yourself instead of hiring professionals, there are a few best practices to follow. First, you can clean carpet by water extraction, commonly done with steam cleaners. Steam cleaners work by releasing a cleaning solution into the floors, then extracting the now-dirty solution back into the appliance. Water damage is a risk when using this method, especially when handling a steam cleaner on your own, so make sure there’s not an excess amount of water being injected into the floors during this process.

An alternative way to clean your carpet is the dry extraction method. Dry extraction works by using a dry absorbent compound. After the compound is fully spread, vacuum the floors with a carpet cleaning machine (such machines are available to rent).

If you’d like more carpet cleaning tips, we have a curated list of carpet cleaning solutions to help you tackle the spots and stains that inevitably appear on your carpet from years of wear and tear.

Cleaning Tile

Tile is extremely durable, which makes the cleaning and care process easier and less involved. One way to consistently ensure your tile floors look fresh is to vacuum or sweep, then use a sponge mop to clean your floors one to two times a week. The most important part about keeping tile clean is keeping the grout clear of dirt and buildup. To extract dirt from your grout, use a grout cleaner spray or a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the spray or paste to the grout and let sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Use a small brush to scrub the spray or paste out of the grout, bringing with it the years of buildup and grime.

Cleaning Hardwood

To begin to clean hardwood floors yourself, you will first need to sweep the floors to remove excess dirt. This will take care of the recent buildup, but not the dirt that has been on your hardwood floors for a long period of time. You’ll need a wood-cleaning product to clean the long-term buildup. As a precaution, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully on the cleaning products you plan to use before spreading them all over your hardwood floors. Use a sponge mop to spread the cleaner on the floors, making sure you don’t put too much product on the floor. Clean the mop and dampen it with clean water before using it to remove the cleaner. After you completely remove the cleaner, take a dry towel and gently dry the hardwood.

Check out our Hardwood Care & Maintenance page, or learn more about our refinishing services to ensure the longevity of your hardwood floors.

Cleaning LVT

Cleaning LVT, or luxury vinyl tile, is very similar to cleaning tile or hardwood floors. As with hardwood, you want to watch out for excess moisture during the cleaning process to reduce the risk of water damage. Vacuum and sweep LVT floors weekly to keep them in great condition. For a deeper clean, use the same process as you would with hardwood floors, except replace the the hardwood cleaning product with a cleaning product that is made specifically for LVT.  LVT floors are very durable however, they still need to be maintained properly to ensure they continue to look pristine for years to come.

Learn everything you need to know about maintenance and care for carpet, tile, hardwood and LVT floors on our website, and be sure to stop by any of our Pittsburgh flooring locations for more information!


2018 Marble Flooring Trends

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The Marble Trend

You may be aware of the marble trend hitting department stores and home decor aisles, but did you know marble flooring has been around for hundreds of years? It has been an elegant and timeless flooring choice since the middle ages. Although marble may not be your go-to option for everyday flooring (versus carpet, hardwood, or LVT), it is a great choice for people who prefer more luxurious stone flooring.

Marble Flooring Positives

Marble may not be the right option for everyone, but it has its benefits. Starting with the obvious, marble is made out of natural stone, just like our hardwood floors are made from natural wood. Marble is also extremely durable, and can last a lifetime without much upkeep or maintenance. Marble is an investment, more so than other floor types, which in turn can increase the value of your home for resale down the line. It also pairs well with many different color schemes, and even a number of different design styles. There are a variety of options to choose from depending on your personal interior style.

How To Incorporate Marble In Your Home

If you do want to make the investment in marble floors, here are a few interior design styles you can incorporate them into:

Minimalist Style

The best way to imitate the marble trend for people who favor minimalist design is to stick with a neutral color scheme so it looks like the marble veins and colors. Shades of white, tan and greys will look the most natural with this theme and tie the overall look together, creating a crisp, fresh and clean space for all to enjoy.

Modern Style

Modern style tends to border on the edge of eclecticism with an assortment of shapes, colors,  and sharp lines. One way to incorporate marble flooring into this modern style is to use a geometric marble tile pattern. Another way to add some geometrical elements to the marble floor is to use marble tiles with different shapes. Unlike minimalist style, modernism is all about pops of color and showing your bold style through design elements, so adding bright colored decor accents would also pair nicely with marble flooring.

European Style

It’s no secret that European style is for those who favor luxury decor. If you like leather sectionals, fur rugs, and gold accents, a European-themed room is perfect for you. Glossy and pure white marble tiles work best with the European look. Consider pairing the marble with antique decor pieces.

There are many ways to incorporate marble in your home if you don’t want to invest in marble flooring quite yet. For example, you can buy marble counters, backsplash, and decor and pair it with more traditional floors, like quality hardwood flooring.

What do you think about the ongoing marble trend? If you’re not ready to commit to marble floors but are still looking for new floors for your home, check out our online catalog, stop by any of our locations, or call us today at 1-800-278-768.

Tile Layouts

A big part  tileof deciding on tile is picking the layout you want – there are endless configurations to choose from depending on how many different tiles you’re incorporating and the impact you want the tile to have. Here are some of the most popular tile layout options to choose from:

Straight lay: This is the most straightforward and easiest layout to install. Tiles are laid out straight side by side with the corners matching up. This pattern offers a very sleek, modern look. If you enjoy bold furniture and accessories, straight lay is a good option because it won’t distract from those. It’s also useful for drawing the eye in – perfect for windows, architectural features or anything you’d like to draw attention to.

Diagonal: This layout is similar to the straight lay, but the tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle instead. This pattern can add more visual interest to a room and is an excellent choice for making a room feel bigger.

Off-set or Brick: Tile corners are lined up with the center of the tile above and below it to create a staggered look. This pattern can be useful for hiding imperfections such as crooked walls and uneven surfaces.

Herringbone: Tiles are laid out at a 45 degree angle in a “V” shape to create a sophisticated look. This pattern can help make a room look larger, especially width-wise. Herringbone patterns are best used in small doses, otherwise it can be visually overwhelming.

Checkerboard: Square tiles in two different colors are laid out in an alternating pattern to look like a chess or checkerboard. Traditionally created with black and white tiles, this pattern makes a strong statement. Because of this, it’s essential to keep all the other elements of the room neutral so you don’t overwhelm the eye.

There are many other tile pattern options to choose from, especially once you start incorporating a variety of tiles. For other ideas or help picking the best tile layout for your home, stop into one of our locations today!


Buying Flooring: Bathroom Flooring Options

When choosing flooring for a bathroom you need to take into account more than just style and looks. Bathroom floors need to be functional – stain resistant, impervious to water and ideally, warm for your bare feet. So what are your options?

  • Ceramic Tile – Ceramic tile comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns allowing you to personalize your floor. It is also durable and hygienic, so it is great for bathroom flooring. Keep an eye on the porosity rating of ceramic tile you’re choosing for the bathroom though, it can range from impervious (the best for bathrooms) to nonvitreous (the most absorbent and less suitable for bathrooms).
  • Hardwood – If you have hardwood flooring in the rest of your home, continuing it through the bathroom would result in a nice, cohesive look. In regards to durability, the good thing with hardwood flooring is that you can sand it down, stain it or paint it to give it new life and a different look. Hardwood, though, is not as moisture resistant as some other flooring choices so it may not be the best choice for active bathrooms.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl can come in either sheets or tiles, though tiles are easier to install and replace, if necessary. Whether you choose sheets or tiles, vinyl flooring is easy to clean, and resistant to stains and moisture. Keep in mind, vinyl tile installation has more seams, creating more places germs can grow.
  • Natural Stone – Natural stone comes in tiles which can be cut in a variety of sizes. Stone is easy to care for and durable; however, avoid polished stone – it can be slippery when wet. Unpolished stone may also need a sealant to prevent stains. Something else to consider is that natural stone can be chilly under your bare feet.

Stop by one of our five locations today to check out your flooring options and consult one of our trained flooring experts for help picking out the perfect flooring for your dream bathroom.

Buying Flooring: Ceramic or Stone Flooring

Our Buying Flooring Series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website

Ceramic or stone tile flooring is incredibly versatile and highly adaptable to many rooms and situations. It’s easy to maintain, durable, almost impervious to water damage and gives any room an elegant and distinctive look. Tile flooring comes in many shapes, textures and colors so you can find the perfect tile to match any decorating style.

Navigating your tile choices can be tricky, but our experts have complied their top tips for shopping for tile. To start, choose the type of stone you’d like to use – Either Natural Stone or Ceramic:


  • Natural Stone (Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate): Granite is high density so it can resist bacteria and moisture, making it ideal for kitchens. Marble is not as tough as granite so it’s best used in lower traffic areas. Limestone is even softer than marble, making ideal for decorative tiles only. Slate tile is naturally slip resistant and very durable, making it a good choice for any room.
  • Ceramic (Glazed, Mosaic, Quarry, Porcelain): Glazed tiles are available in high-gloss, matte and slip-resistant; high-gloss is best for wall tiles or decoration, as they are slippery when wet. Glazed tiles are noticeable when chipped, so they are best used for walls. Mosaic tiles resist moisture, are stain-proof and will not chip easily. Quarry tiles are porous, come in a variety of shapes and can stain if unsealed. Lastly, porcelain tiles are wear-resistant and absorb less water than other ceramic tiles, so they are best suited for high traffic areas that are regularly exposed to moisture.

Once you’ve determined the type of flooring you’d like to use, there are a few other considerations you’ll need to make:

  • Choose a Size: Tile flooring can come in various sizes – from 1 inch to 24 inches square. Smaller tiles are best suited for smaller rooms so they don’t overpower the décor. Larger tiles can help make a big room seem less busy.
  • Tile Weight: Tile floors are heavy, so the sub-flooring must be sturdy enough to support the weight of the floor.

At Rusmur Floors, we offer the largest selection of flooring in the tri-state area, making it easy to find what’s right for you. Our experts are happy to help you choose the perfect tile type and style to fit your needs for any room in your home. Stop in to one of our five showrooms to learn more today!