Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.

Have Dirty Tile Grout?

Flowers Flooring Can Make It Like New with Tile Grout Colorant and Sealer

Stop scrubbing your dirty, dingy tile grout. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule a free consultation and estimate for grout rejuvenation services that brings new life to your grout with grout colorant and sealer. This high performance, 100% acrylic colorant and sealer provides a fresh look or new color to exiting grout.

Before Application of Grout Colorant

After Application of Grout Colorant

“The product we use penetrates the grout to provide a lasting color and protection, “said Will Moore, Regional Sales Manager of Flowers Flooring. “The before and after photos are shocking. This process turns old, dirty grout joints into grout that looks like it was installed the day before. People who have thought about tearing out their tile due to grout discoloration have saved thousands with this process, because it makes their tile look new again.”

The grout colorant and sealer are made for both interior and exterior use. It is also ideal for showers and other intermittent wet areas. It provides excellent stain resistance and protects against mold and mildew. There is no long dry time and it is tack free in 30 minutes and can receive light traffic in 4 hours.

Click here to view the colorant COLOR CHART.

Before Application of Grout Colorant                                            After Application of Grout Colorant

Before Application of Grout Colorant

After Application of Grout Colorant

Call Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750 to learn more about the grout rejuvenation process and how you and turn your dirty, dingy grout into clean, like new grout joints. Visit us online at www.flowersflooring.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restore Your Floors to Like New Condition Without the Hassle of Sanding with Sand Free Refinishing

Restoring your engineered or solid hardwood floors just got a whole lot easier with sand free refinishing. Flowers Flooring has expanded its service repertoire to include sand-less hardwood restoration. Now homeowners can restore their hardwood floors to like new condition without the hassle of sanding and refinishing.

Before Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

Before Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

After Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

After Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

This sand free and dust free restoration process brings damaged and worn hardwood flooring back to life by erasing the damage caused by pets and excessive wear. Engineered hardwood floors that are coated with aluminum oxide are unable to be repaired by traditional buffing and coating or sand and finish work. This hardwood restoration process restores floors to like new condition, saving homeowners thousands in replacement costs.

“Many homeowners think their damaged solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors need to be replaced, which can be pricy. Hardwood restoration can save homeowners thousands of dollars in replacement costs or sand and finish costs, and have their floors looking like new in a fraction of the time,” said Catie Mullins, Flowers Flooring Sales Associate. “Hardwood restoration is a popular choice for people who are selling their home. Good looking floors bring value and help sell a house quicker. This is a perfect, less expensive way to get a home show ready, on the market and sold.”

The Restoration Process

Step 1: Remove all contaminants including dirt, trash, and residue from cleaning and polishing products. This de-contamination process takes the floor back to its original state.

Step 2: Once the decontamination process is complete, an etching compound is applied. This process melds damage such as scratches and mars, greatly reducing or eliminating their appearance.

Step 3: After the etching is complete a ceramic-reinforced, odorless 2-component polyurethane finish is applied. This finish provides exceptionally high scratch resistance, high elasticity and chemical resistance suitable for high traffic and commercial locations.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home hardwood restoration with sand free refinishing estimate – (704) 445-7750.

With Thanksgiving only a week away and family and friends will be gathering in your home to celebrate together you might be wondering how to protect your floors from the extra wear and tear. This is a great time of year to share your space and your home and showcase your beautiful floors. You’ll want to make sure you take a few necessary precautions to protect your floors during the holidays. Here are a few tips from Flowers Flooring that will help keep your floors looking great before, during and after the holiday rush.

  1. Lay out durable and waterproof floor mats by all doors to protect your floors. Many people will be coming in and out of your house, bringing with them debris, dirt and rocks from the outside. Your first layer of protection will be the mats you place both outside and inside your home. These mats will remove some of the dirt from their feet and keep them from tracking it inside. You can also purchase fun, holiday themed door mats to match your holiday décor.
  2. Install a rubber mat by the kitchen sink to protect your floors from water damage. Water is one of the biggest causes of floor damage to hardwood or laminate floors. Many people will be in the kitchen washing dishes and their hands. It is wise to lay a rubber mat down where any guests will be getting water, whether that be the kitchen sink or by the fridge, if yours has a built-in water dispenser.
  3. Utilize area rugs in your most trafficked hallways. As guests fill your home, they will be walking back and forth through the hallways as they are the main thoroughfare to the kitchen and living room. Heavy traffic causes wear and tear flooring, so in order to protect your well used hallways, put a rug down.
  4. Spills are going to happen over the holidays. No worries, just clean spills up quickly. The longer liquid stays on the floor, the worse it will be. Be sure to have the necessary cleaning supplies and plenty of rags or paper towels on hand for clean ups to protect your floors.

We hope these tips come in handy to protect your floors this holiday season. From our family to yours, Flowers Flooring wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving.

To schedule a FREE in-home estimate call (704) 445-7750 or visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com

Fall brings with it plenty of trends such as pumpkin spice, warmer color palettes, and new décor. Your home’s floors are not immune to fall’s influence. If you are looking to have new floors installed in your home this fall, find the perfect style floor with these 5 fall flooring trends.

  1. Cork

Comfort is always in style and cork flooring is one of the most comfortable flooring options on the market. This makes cork a popular flooring choice for rooms you spend a lot of time in such as the kitchen. It provides a comfortable cushion underfoot. It is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which makes any room it is installed in naturally warm and quiet. Cork is eco-friendly and is low maintenance, which gives homeowners piece of mind. Cork flooring comes in a wide variety of colors to fit any style and is the perfect fall flooring trend to try this year.

Flowers Flooring - Cork Flooring

  1. Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the rolled vinyl in your grandmother’s kitchen. While it remains a budget choice, it is no longer a style liability. There are hundreds of samples to choose from in a wide variety of colors, textures and widths. Vinyl plank is kid friendly, pet friendly and water resistant. It’s highly recommended for wet areas such as mud rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. It’s virtually indestructible and has been Flowers Flooring hottest selling product in 2017, so as a fall flooring trend, this is definitely one to check out.

Flowers Flooring - Vinyl plank flooring

  1. Dark Stained Floors

Dark floors are a perfect contrast with bright furniture and light-colored walls and our third fall flooring trend. Homeowners who like the look of less grainy wood, often prefer dark stained floors, as the grain is much harder to see. Dark floors create a more modern vibe, especially when mixed with light, bright furniture. The dark, uniform floor color also makes the room easier to decorate since there are fewer colors to clash with.

 

  1. Exotic Hardwoods

Exotic hardwoods such as Acacia, Brazilian Tigerwood, Cherry and Mahogany feature vibrant colors and unique wood grains that stand out and make the floor a centerpiece of the home. Exotic hardwoods capture the natural beauty of the outdoors and the natural materials. Exotic hardwood flooring generally offers a wider array of choices in regards to color, texture and hardness than traditional flooring options like oak or maple. In addition, exotic hardwoods tend to be harder than North American wood, making it more durable and on of the top fall flooring trends for this year.

  1. Gray Hardwood

Gray is certainly the new tan and it’s here to stay. The color gray is making its mark on furniture, bedding, wall coverings and now flooring. Gray is a flexible, neutral color that can go in any room of your home. And while you can purchase gray engineered hardwood, you can also refinish your existing solid hardwood in the perfect shade of gray for your home.

Need some more fall flooring trend inspiration? Visit the Flowers Flooring website. Call Flowers Flooring to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Current Flowers Flooring fall promo – 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PROJECT – PLUS 6 OR 12 MONTHS, 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE. Hurry, this offer expires September 30, 2017.

Shaw’s high performance carpet line Life Happens with LifeGuard moisture barrier backing is winning rave reviews from homeowners. It’s the first carpet of its kind to hit the market that actually stands up to life’s messes day in and day out, and can truly handle everyday spills and odors.

Life Happens carpet by Shaw is the first residential carpet innovation of its kind. LifeGuard is a revolutionary protection system that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Carpets featuring LifeGuard are treated with Shaw’s R2X Stain and Soil resistance protection, the standard of excellence in the industry, while a thermoplastic backing provides a waterproof barrier that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. Yes, WATERPROOF backing!

Waterproof Carpet Backing

One of the biggest threats to any floor covering is excessive moisture. Liquid spills, and pet accidents can be an everyday occurrence, and some spills can go unnoticed, especially on carpet, soaking through to the backing, padding, and even the subfloor. Certain liquids, such as pet urine, can cause unpleasant odors and are extremely difficult to remove if not promptly cleaned. Conventional carpet backings can also be damaged when exposed to prolonged moisture and caustic spills.

While some new carpet products promise protection against pet accidents, they must be used with a pad that services as a moisture barrier. Liquids still soak through the carpet backing and spread, leaving stains and potential odors. However, LifeGuard’s patented backing system keeps these liquids from seeping into the backing, thus allowing easier cleanup and protection against odor-causing spills and pet accidents.

How waterproof is this carpet? Watch this video!

Odor Reduction

Carpets featuring LifeGuard and R2X combat household odors. Smells such as cigarette smoke and odors from pet urine stains, once removed, are quickly and effectively dissipated. LifeGuard styles dissipate the odors 6 times faster than many competitive carpets, eliminating odors in 30 minutes or less.

Appearance Retention

LifeGuard carpets with Anso CrushResister High Performance Nylon are among the most durable luxury style available. They are resistant to fuzzing 4 times longer than comparable products, tufts are 5 times stronger to resist pulling out, loops are 2 times better at preventing edge ravel, and the carpet backing is 10 times less likely to suffer delamination.

Ease of Installation

LifeHappens with LifeGuard has flexible backing and can be installed on stairs. To schedule a FREE LifeHappens carpet demonstration and estimate please call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 or browse our flooring online.

Terrific Warranties

LifeHappens carpet is backed by Shaw’s unbeatable warranties:

LifeTime Warranties

  • Waterproof Backing
  • Stain & Soil
  • No Wrinkle
  • No edge Ravel
  • No Delamination
  • Tuft Bind

25-Year Warranties

  • Texture Retention
  • Abrasive Wear
  • Quality Assurance

Flowers Flooring Warranty

  • One Year Installation Warranty

 

Cleaning Hardwood Floors 101

With so many cleaning products on the market today it can be difficult to select a product that will clean your hardwood floors without damaging them. Just because vinegar and water work great in your bathroom doesn’t mean you should use it to clean your hardwood surfaces.

Finding a simple and effective way to get the best clean for your hardwood floors is an important step in effective hardwood floor care. Keep in mind that when you are cleaning your hardwood floors, you are not actually cleaning the wood; you are cleaning the chemical finish on top of the wood. The finish is the protective layer of your hardwood floors. Many cleaning solutions such as a homemade vinegar and water solution are acid based and will break down the finish on the surface of your floor. Over time this will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance. Using vinegar and water on your hardwood floors can also lead to swelling and discoloration.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors Step-by-Step

When cleaning your hardwood floors follow these simple steps:

  1. Prep your floor first by sweeping or dust mopping to get rid of any large particles of dust and debris. This will also remove any pet hair.
  2. Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors– Flowers Flooring recommends Bona.
  3. Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Be sure to avoid spraying too much liquid on your hardwood floors.
  4. Use a microfiber mop to clean. While traditional mops can work, they tend to leave an excess of water on your floors.

Cleaning and caring for your hardwood floors is as simple as following these tips, which will help maintain the beauty and look of your floors.