Monthly Archives: July 2014

Best Flooring for your Mudroom

vinyl floor10 pounds. At least.

That’s how much sand we’ve been trying to keep out of our house because of our kids’ obsession with the sandbox. And that’s why we’re so grateful for our mudroom, which keeps the pool water, wet paws, grass clippings and, well, mud off of our hardwood flooring. It also stores and organizes all the gear, sports equipment and leashes that come with a busy family.

So what’s the best flooring for your mudroom? We’ll start with what’s not the best option. Hardwood flooring, though extremely durable and beautiful, is not the best fit for a mudroom. Any water (or snow) left on hardwood flooring can lead to damage and warping.

That leaves you with a few other excellent choices:

  • Porcelain tile. It looks great. But that’s not the reason porcelain tile is an ideal candidate for your mudroom or entry way. Porcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant. If you’re worried about the cold feeling of this tile, you can install radiant heating underneath and enjoy toasty toes even on the coldest Wisconsin days.
  • Linoleum. This flooring is budget friendly and easy to clean, perfect for any mudroom. It comes in a variety of patterns and colors, making it easy to clean and easy on the eyes.
  • Vinyl. Some of the newest vinyl products could fool even the most hard-core hardwood admirer. Whether your preference is stone or hardwood, these tiles can mimic both styles with colors that floor everyone who enters your home. Vinyl is also durable and soil and stain resistant, perfect for the room that takes the brunt of the elements on a regular basis.

We can’t keep the sand out of your mudroom, but we can install flooring that can handle the sand, snow, mud and anything else that tracks into your home. Stop in or contact us for your perfect mudroom flooring match.

Indoor Flooring For Your Outdoors

outdoor tileIf you’re like most Wisconsinites, you’re soaking up the sun every minute you can and ignoring memories of that white stuff that covered the ground just a few months ago.  Since you’re occupying your outdoor space these days as much as your indoors, live up the outdoors with the same flooring products that you use in your bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms. Consider these options:

  • Porcelain tile. Highly durable with a low water absorption rate, porcelain tile looks and works great outdoors. Plus, porcelain comes in a variety of colors and sizes, meaning you can create a backyard unique and beautiful.
  • Slate tile. It looks awesome and is a great option for outdoor spaces. With a variety of colors, you can create a pattern that complements your home and can handle the coldest Wisconsin temperatures.

When shopping for flooring for your patio, balcony or steps, make sure you tell your salesperson that you are looking for tiles to use outside to make sure that you get the best outdoor product. Then, set up an installation date and sit back and admire your fantastic outdoor space.

10 Facts About Carpets You (Probably) Didn’t Know

How many of these carpet facts did you know?

How many of these carpet facts did you know?

We’re crazy about carpets for their durability and softness. But did you know that regularly cleaning your carpet can actually trap the allergens? We’ve compiled a list of fun facts that are sure to test your expertise about one of the most popular flooring options on the market today. Find out if you know these facts about carpeting:

  1. There are carpets made of that soda bottle you threw in the recycling bin. Millions of bottles are made into carpeting every year.
  2. Vacuuming your carpets for 30 minutes can burn more than 100 calories. (How many calories do you burn? Calculate here.)
  3. 70% of the more than the billion square feet of carpet produced in the United States is produced in Dalton, Georgia (the carpet capital of the world!).
  4. Carpets can be recycled.
  5. The stomach bug virus can live on your carpet for a month. (Ew!)
  6. Carpets were produced as early as 500 B.C. The oldest carpet ever found is more than 2,000 years old.
  7. Carpet is dyed through boiling or spraying. (Can you imagine?)
  8. The famous red carpet that you see at all the awards shows has its roots in a Greek play. The tradition was cemented by passengers of the 20th Century Limited train, who stepped off the train onto a plush, red carpet.
  9. Several pounds of soil can build up in your carpet every year. (Gross! Better call for a carpet cleaning today.
  10. The longest sawdust carpet in the world (made in Guatemala) was almost 4,200 feet long!

How many of these facts did you know?  Do you have any other questions?  Let us know what questions you have about carpeting and carpet cleaning.