Monthly Archives: June 2016

3 Things to Consider when Buying the Right Vacuum

Portrait of a young happy smiling woman lying with laptop on freshly vacuumed carpetThe days of heading to the local store and picking out the lone vacuum cleaner in stock is over.  Today, there are a lot of vacuum cleaners on the market; choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your home may not seem earth-shattering, but can have serious repercussions—for your flooring.  The right vacuum is also not the same for everyone; certain factors can point to the right vacuum for your home.  So how do you decide what is the best vacuum for your home? Use this list of factors to consider during your purchase—and narrow down your options to the vacuum model that gets your floors clean, and clean well.

Where you need it & what you need it for

Before you buy, think about where you use your vacuum.  Do you have stairs to haul your vacuum cleaner up and down?  If so, a lighter vacuum may be your answer.  Do you own a home with very few outlets?  Consider a vacuum cleaner with a battery pack so you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to plug it in.  Do you have cloth furniture that needs to be vacuumed?  Look for a vacuum with attachments that can get the job done.

Allergies & Respiratory issues

If you have allergy or respiratory issues, or you have a family member who does, you know the importance of a good vacuum—because a vacuum not built for homes with respiratory issues can worsen symptoms.  Look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter and a convenient way to dispose of the dust WITHOUT releasing the dust back into the air.  Bagless vacuum cleaners offer cleaning without the hassle of a bag, while vacuum cleaners with bags allow for easy disposal (depending on the vacuum model).  In addition, check to see whether the filters are replaceable or reusable; if the filters are replaceable, you need to buy additional filters which add to the overall cost of the machine.

Warranty

If you recently installed new carpets, it’s best to look to the carpet manufacturer of your flooring for advice so you don’t void the warranty. With the increased push by vacuum manufacturers to increase suction, carpet manufacturers like Mohawk, Shaw and Bieulieu have guidelines for carpet care and even make recommendations for the best model of vacuum:

http://caressbyshaw.com/care-warranty

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-care-maintenance/vacuumingsoftcarpet/

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/cleaning/vacuuming.aspx

Your carpet needs regular vacuuming and carpet cleaning by professional cleaners to keep it looking its best and remove allergens. When it’s time to buy a new vacuum cleaner, check out these websites or visit the pros at Y’s Way Flooring. We’ll help guide your purchase so you can find the right vacuum cleaner for your floors and your wallet.

4 Ideal Floors (& Tips!) for Homes by Pools & Lakes

two kids with goggles having fun in pool trying to keep flooring cleanA dip in your pool or lake may be just what you need on a hot summer day, but it’s definitely not what the flooring in your home or lake cabin needs.  Wood and laminate floors can warp or stain from water puddles, leaving you with a damaged floor (but a cooler body!).  So what’s the right floor for a home (or pool house or lake cabin or…) by the ultimate swimming spot—a pool or a lake?

Floors perfect for homes on the water (or with an awesome pool!)

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl is highly durable, and can take all the puddles and drips that come from a day of swimming.  In addition to being incredibly water friendly, modern luxury vinyl is available in a tile or wood look, can be installed with or without grout, and can be a DIY project (depending on the product).

Tile

tile flooring in mudroom that can handle puddles from a poolPorcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant, making it ideal for homes on a lake or with pool areas—plus it’s beautiful and comes in a variety of tile patterns and colors.  Tile can be installed as a do-it-yourself project, and can be extremely affordable.  If you’re worried about cold tile under your feet, tile can be installed over radiant floor heating.

Sheet Vinyl

Affordable and water resistant, vinyl sheet flooring is durable, can handle just about any amount of water from your lake or pool.  Vinyl sheet flooring comes in many different colors and patterns, making it ideal for matching in with your existing home decor.

Carpet tiles

Because you don’t install carpet tiles with a pad, they are not as soft as traditional carpet but are still soft to the feet and easy to clean. If a carpet square gets dirty, just pop it up, and replace it with another carpet tile.  If you want a bright flooring, look for carpet tiles in a bright pattern to add interest to your area.

Tips to keep your flooring nice if your home is by a lake or a pool

Put down rugs by the door.

Rugs catch all the water, gravel, and sand that you, your kids, and pets can throw at it.  Put a rug down by the door nearest to the pool or lake so the water doesn’t get tracked in.  A long runner or wide rug is ideal for homes where many pets or family members all come in from the pool or lake at the same time.

Dry off as much as possible BEFORE you come inside.

This is not always the easiest to remember, but try to dry off yourself, your kids, and your pets BEFORE heading inside.  Taking this simple step prevents puddles that can damage your flooring—and keeps you from frantically trying to figure out how to fix the problem.

Have towels available ASAP.

Keep towels available by your pool or inside (as close to the pool entrance as possible) so that everyone having fun in the pool or lake can dry off BEFORE they come inside.

Ask questions.

If you have any questions about keeping your floors in peak shape, how to clean your floors without voiding the warranty, or how to avoid damage from pool or lake water, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at your local flooring store.  They’ll give you the advice you need to keep your floors looking nice while still enjoying those summer dips in the pool or lake.

4 (Beautiful!) Outdoor Ideas for Porcelain Tile

front steps with porcelain tile“Can porcelain tile be used outside?”  The answer to this question is a resounding YES!  In addition to being beautiful and coming in a variety of styles—any shape and color you can think of—porcelain tile is highly durable with a low water absorption rate. Most people think of porcelain tile for their laundry room, entryway, or mudroom, but porcelain tile can also be used in your outdoor design, or as an exciting design element in your next landscaping project.

Beautiful front walk

Want your home to make a statement? Start with your front walk, or any pathway around your property.  If you have a narrow walkway, think of a small, narrow tile to make your pathway look longer.

Striking front porch

Increase your curb appeal with a unique front porch.  Choose a beautiful porcelain tile for just your front porch, or continue your walkway tile right to your front door.

Tile patio

Class up your backyard grill area or outdoor kitchen with a tiled patio.  Choose a neutral block tile or a brighter pattern to make your patio a show stopper.

Bench

Make your tile do double duty, both as a statement piece and as additional seating for guests.  Build up a bench around the outside of your patio, and cover it with a blocky tile or a combination of mosaics and rectangular or square tiles.

Shopping tip: 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.