Upkeep/Maintenance for LVT Floors vs. Hardwood Floors

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Now that you have your hardwood or LVT floors installed, it’s time to focus on the upkeep and maintenance of your floors. Taking care of your floors is important, and ensures that your flooring can be the heart of the home for many years to come. Since hardwood floors are a natural source and are known to last longer than luxury vinyl tile, they requires more upkeep over the years. LVT on the other hand, is popular because it’s cheaper and not as high maintenance as hardwood.

Everyday Care

The day-to-day care for hardwood flooring includes vacuuming and sweeping regularly with a broom. Avoid using a vacuum with a power rotary brush head on the floors, as it can be too rough. It’s also a smart idea to move the furniture in the room occasionally, to help the hardwood age at an even pace. Try to prevent extreme daylight from shining on the hardwood for long periods of time, as this can cause uneven fading and aging.

LVT is more durable than hardwood, and it’s also waterproof. The durability and low maintanence of this type of flooring results in little daily upkeep. The basic everyday care for luxury vinyl tile includes sweeping with a soft-bristle broom to clean loose dust or dirt, as well as mopping with clean water and gentle cleaner. Unlike hardwood, you don’t have to worry as much about direct sunlight fading or aging LVT floors. If there is a stain on your LVT floors, use 1 part bleach and 10 parts water to spot-treat.

Prevention

There are various ways to prevent speeding the process of aging, scratches, dents and other damage to your hardwood or LVT floors. For both types of flooring, it’s best to avoid wearing heeled or spiked shoes while walking on the floors. Avoid dragging heavy furniture on the floors, instead pick up the furniture to prevent scratches and dents. If there are any spills, you should not let them sit for long periods of time and instead clean them up immediately. Although it is possible to clean LVT floors with a damp mop, you should avoid using a damp or wet mop to clean your hardwood floors to prevent any liquid damage.

Refinishing Options for Hardwood

Although LVT floors are low maintenance and require little to no upkeep overtime, choosing hardwood floors allows for future refinishing options. These refinishing options can take your flooring from tired and worn out to looking better than when they were first installed! Refinishing hardwood can also extend the longevity of hardwood floors and help you get the most out of your investment. There are three types of refinishing services: sanding, screening, and staining.

  • Sanding: Sanding is when the floors are completely sanded down to the raw wood to start fresh with the refinishing process.
  • Screening: Screening is the process of lightly sanding or “screening” the top layers of the floor. Then, covering it with a polyurethane top-coat.
  • Staining: This process requires sanding the floors, then staining them the color or finish of your choice, then topping them with a coat of polyurethane.

Want to learn more about the similarities and differences between hardwood and LVT floors? Download our Hardwood vs. LVT guide and check out our previous blog comparing the installation process for hardwood and LVT floors.

 

How to Use your Sunroom During Fall & Winter

Fall Winter Decor

In Western Pennsylvania, sunrooms are valuable spaces as the weather starts to cool off. These rooms can provide warmth in the cooler hours of the day while still allowing you to bask in the sunshine of midday, regardless of the temperature outside. The sunroom is perfect for easing you into autumn’s brisk temperatures, especially if you have the right flooring and a climate controlled room.With the right decor and flooring choices, you can use sunrooms 365 days a year, not just in the summer!

Vinyl, sometimes referred to as LVT, and carpeted floors are the best choices to use  for your sunroom if you want to use it year-round. These floorings options are most tolerant to Western PA’s extreme temperature changes and humidity swings. With the right flooring, it is easy to transition your sunroom from fall to winter.

Add an Area Rug
When you want to change things up for the colder seasons, an area rug can be a great complement to your flooring choice. It’s an easy way to incorporate new colors into the room. Not only a good source of color and themes, an area rug can help warm up the room as well. For any parts of the room not covered by the rug, keep your favorite slippers by the room’s doorway and don’t forget to bring a hot cup of your favorite tea in with you!

Decorate with Holiday Pieces
As the holidays get closer and closer, it is a good time to break out the holiday decor and to remember your sunroom while you are decorating! A few holiday decorations can be placed around the room will help to make it seasonal. Your decor choices can be as simple as a pumpkin as a centerpiece, a wreath on a wall, or a vase of fall foliage placed somewhere you can enjoy it.

Bring out the Pillows and Blankets
Consider investing in a few decorative pillows and throw blankets that would make your sunroom cozy for the cooler months. These items could be holiday themed or just colors and patterns that you find pleasing. They will help to make the room more inviting and tempt you from the rest of the house to enjoy the occasional balmy winter day from your sunroom.

These little decor ideas will transition your sunroom to the perfect cozy autumn space that you will keep enjoying into the winter months.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about what flooring would best suit your needs and don’t forget to check out our collection of floors suitable for sunrooms at any of our 5 locations!

How to Use Carpet Remnants

If you recently put carpet in your home and you have carpet remnants you’re not sure what to do with, we have six different solutions for you:

  1. Move furniture: Sure, you can buy little stickers to put on the bottom of furniture when you move it around, but instead of buying cheap stickers that may end of scratching your floors, you can use a square of carpet underneath and move it around that way.
  1. Cushion your knees: Whether you’re kneeling on the ground when gardening or you’re working on hardwood floors or cleaning the floors, take a carpet remnant, fold it over and kneel on it so it’s not so hard on your knees.
  1. Scratching post: If you have a cat that scratches your furniture, use leftover carpet remnants to create a scratching post.
  1. Muffle noises: Do you have a laundry set that makes a lot of thumping noises when it’s running its cycle? Place carpet squares underneath the set to drown out the sound.
  1. Create an exercise mat: If you have a large, excess amount of carpet remnants, cut out about 3 feet of the carpet and roll it up for when you’re not using it.
  1. Car mats: To keep your car clean, you can use carpet remnants to put on the floors of your car to keep dirt from spreading or to keep your feet comfortable while driving.

Do you have other tips on how to use carpet remnants in your home? Share with us in the comment section below!

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Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you have all the essentials to get your home in the spirit for the best holiday in October! Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween:

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  • Front porch: Sprinkle Halloween on your front porch with pumpkins that have either been carved, painted or anything else creative you can think of. You can also decorate your front porch with straw hay that’s bundled together with themed Halloween ribbon.
  • Doors: Decorate your doors with Halloween themed wreaths. You can make your own wreath with your favorite ribbon, pumpkins, spiders or anything else that fits your decorating needs. You can also buy Halloween wreaths at your nearest craft store.
  • Windows: Place Halloween themed window clings on your windows, create silhouettes to hang in your windows, or if you really love Halloween, you could hang window treatments to really get your home in the spirit!
  •  Entry-Way: When trick-or-treaters arrive at your doorstep, you want to make sure they see the fun decorations you have for Halloween. You can set up a cauldron with a fog machine inside the pot, witches’ shoes, dimly lit electric candles or tall pillar candles.
  • Inside Your Home: Strategically place candles or fake skulls that you got from a Halloween store around your home. Add fake frogs or eyeballs in jars to really get into Halloween or dress up your walls with “spooky” paintings or spider webs.

Do you have other tips on how to decorate your home for Halloween? Share with us in the comment section below!

Fall Decorating Tips for Your Home

Happy first day of fall! What better way to welcome the season than with cooler temperatures, hot apple cider by the fire and, of course, fall-themed décor. With these decorating tips, your home will be autumn ready:

  • Bring the outdoors to your front door: Decorate your front door with a fall wreath made with fall foliage you’ve picked yourself or purchased at a craft store, adorn the steps with pumpkins and gourds, or put together a flower arrangement.
  • Rustic charm with firewood: Firewood isn’t meant for only making your home warm. You can also use it as stand to hold other decorations in place or as a serving platter—get creative! Make sure you clear off small twigs and branches, and brush off and bugs or spiders before bringing the wood inside.
  • Fresh flowers: Sunflowers, mums, chrysanthemums, and many more fall flowers are ready and waiting to be arranged into something beautiful. Use a vase or make your own to add a little floral charm to your fall-themed home.
  • Fall hues: No need to repaint your furniture, but if you can bring in some accessories colors such as a deep red, a bright orange or a golden yellow to get your home in the spirit of fall.
  • Candles: Fill up hurricanes or lanterns with fall-themed décor such as acorns, coffee beans or candy corn. Make sure the candle doesn’t burn below the filler.
  • Make over your mantel: Get creative with your mantel. String fall foliage across your mantel. You can also decorate it with miniature pumpkins or a vase filled with decorative branches.

Do you have other tips for decorating your home for the fall? Share with us in the comment section below!

 

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How to Throw A Great Labor Day Party

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a Labor Day party? Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue with friends and family or your shindig is going to be inside, here are some tips to help you throw a memorable get together.

  • Test out recipes: If you’ve been itching to try that appetizer recipe on Pinterest, your Labor Day party would be the perfect time to test it out. Let your guests be food critics for the day and try some awesome recipes.
  •  Play games: Whether you’re partial to a jumbo-sized version of Jenga, Twister, cornhole, or a simple baseball and glove, it doesn’t matter. Get outside and have a blast with friends and family while doing something active. Encourage guests to bring any other games they think would be fun to have at your party, as well. 
  • Decorate with a theme: The typical go-to for a Labor Day party is a patriotic theme. However, if you’re celebrating going back to school or want to throw a beach party to relive the beginning of summer, you’ll want to decorate accordingly.
  •  Invitations: Get creative with fun DIY invitations or send out a simple online invitation. Don’t forget to add an RSVP date so you can keep yourself organized. 
  • Ask for help: Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Let your guests bring different food or games. That way the pressure is off you to do everything and you can relax.

 We hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! Do you have any other tips on how to throw a great Labor Day party? Share with us in the comment section below!