13 Ways to Keep your Flooring Clean this Summer

Just like your mom said “Take off your muddy or wet shoes before entering the house!” We also suggest making a habit of taking off your shoes when you get home. Its good for your floor and your health. Mom was right! But there are other things you can do to keep you floor clean, beautiful, safe, and clean!

Sweep daily for hard surface floors to remove dust and pet hair. Daily sweep keeps hair and dust from wearing the surface of all floors. Use a damp mop to clean up any dirt that the broom did not get.

Vacuum every few days for carpet. When vacuuming vinyl, do not use a “beater bar” attachment; this can damage the flooring surface.

Place area mats at all of the entrances to the home. Make sure the mats have a rubber backing so no moisture will soak through the mat to the floor.

Clean up any spills immediately!

If there are any tough spots on your laminate flooring, which can be caused by oil, paint, markers, ink, or etc., then you can use acetone/nail polish remover on a white cloth to clean the spot.

If you get mud on the carpet, allow the mud to dry completely. After it has dried, shatter the mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum as normal.

Sand can cause your tile flooring to become dull looking if it is not cleaned off regularly. Clean tile with a mild detergent and clean water with a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop.

Be sure to clean up any water off your tile flooring so you will not have anyone slipping or falling in the house after being in the pool.

After swimming in the pool or playing in the water fountain, be sure to dry off completely or as much as you can before entering the house so you do not get water on the floor. Water is not your floors’ friend; no matter what kind it is!

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New Color Line for Shaw Soft Shades is Here!

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The new color updates for the Shaw Soft Shades Collection are finally out! The new color line features more greys and a few accent colors. Grey is one of the big design colors this year, and it is basically considered a new neutral. Grey undertones add a sense of elegance and sophistication to any home, and grey goes with any other color.
The Soft Shades Collection from Shaw is a great choice for anyone who wants a soft, durable, and beautiful carpet in their home.
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So Chic Interior Design Pinterest Board

chic 1Pinterest boards are created for different occasions, holidays, fashion trends, and even rooms of a home. They are great ways to get inspiration or ideas about how to decorate your own home. We have created many Pinterest boards of our own, which have great ideas for each type of interior design style.
One of our boards has a lot of great ideas on how to create a chic style in many different rooms of a house. You can use many different types of flooring and color schemes to help create a chic design. Hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl tile, and carpet are the most popular choice for a chic design, but you can use whatever flooring works best with your room design.

Click here to see our So Chic interior design Pinterest board.
Here are a few images of chic styled rooms:

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Click here to see our selection of laminate flooring.
Click here to see our luxury vinyl tile flooring.
Click here to see our selection of carpet.

We would love to hear about how you would create a so chic design in your home, and if you already have a so chic design, we would love to see pictures.

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World Environment Day!

world environment dayTaking care of the environment is one of the most important things we can do, and many of our carpet and hardwood manufacturers create environmentally friendly flooring. Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and IndusParquet are just a few of the manufacturers who create products that help the environment.
Shaw Industries has many environmentally friendly products, which are Cradle to Cradle certified. Cradle to Cradle focuses on designing so that waste is never an option. Cradle to Cradle creates products that will be deconstructed and recycled back into their original materials over and over again. Here are some of Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certified products: Anso Type 6 Nylon fiber, Eco Solution Type 6 nylon fiber, EcoWorx carpet tile backing, EcoWorx Broadloom, EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing, Zeftron Nylon fiber, and Epic hardwood. cradle to cradle

Anso nylon carpets are some of Shaw’s most popular green products. All of the carpets and area rugs made from Anso nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility. Evergreen enables Shaw to recycle post-consumer carpet back into new carpet over and over again.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw Anso Nylon carpets.


Another Shaw carpet fiber that helps the environment is the ClearTouch fiber. ClearTouch carpets are made of PET plastic from recycled soda and water bottles. ClearTouch carpets are very soft, and they also help reduce plastic bottle waste. ClearTouch PET carpets contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and the ClearTouch Platinum carpets contain a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw ClearTouch carpets. clear touch
Another Shaw product that helps the environment is the Shaw Epic hardwood collection. This engineered hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring.

Click here to read more about Shaw Epic hardwood.


Mohawk SmartStrand carpets are also green products. The SmartStrand fiber is made in part with annually renewable plant-based materials that minimize the usage of limited natural resources. Using renewable plant-based materials allows Mohawk to reduce energy consumption. SmartStrand carpets are durable, beautiful, and beneficial to the environment.

Click here to see our collection of Mohawk SmartStrand carpets.


Armstrong is another manufacturer who helps out the environment by practicing sustainable forest management. They also help reduce the impact of logging practices. The majority of wood that Armstrong uses in their domestic hardwood flooring is sourced from the Appalachian hardwood region, where the growth rate is an average 2+ trees for every tree harvested. Also, their engineered hardwood flooring is certified as a low-emitting (low VOC) wood product.

Click here to see our collection of Armstrong hardwood. armstrong

IndusParquet is another hardwood manufacturer that focuses on helping the environment. IndusParquet operates in compliance of government regulations, assuring that the natural resources used in the production of IndusParquet products are manufactured efficiently with minimum impact on the environment. The timber harvest in Brazil is strictly controlled by the government, and the harvest is limited to a maximum of eight trees per 3/4 acre. Endangered trees and trees that provide food for animals are preserved. They are not allowed to be harvested. Also, every tree that is harvested is tagged with an ID code that stays with the tree throughout the manufacturing process.
In addition, IndusParquet has adopted a zero waste policy. 100% of all the wood that enters the factory is used. IndusParquet also owns three vast reforestation plantations to help assure a sustainable resource. Make sure to look for the “Made in Brazil” mark for exotic wood flooring made to protect and preserve the environment.

Click here to see our collection of IndusParquet hardwood. indusparquet

These are only a few of the manufacturers who have programs and production methods to help the environment. If you would like to know more information, please check out each manufacturer page or leave us a comment below. You can also call us at 1-800-922-5582 for more information.

I hope everyone has a wonderful World Environment Day!go_green_happy_world_environment_day_1070788833.jpg

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Bowling with Bruce Hardwood!


Yesterday, we had a fun bowling event at Carpet Express. All of the employees bowled on a real bowling lane that we built in our warehouse.

The bowling lane was created with one of our beautiful cabin grade hardwoods. The hardwood is the Turlington Lock&Fold 5″ Cherry from Bruce Hardwood. The hardwood used for the actual lane is cabin grade quality and in the color natural. We keep stock in the cabin grade quality of this hardwood, but we also have the first quality on our website.


Turlington Lock&Fold 5″ Cherry, color natural, has been sold and installed in many of our customers’ homes. If you are interested in having this hardwood flooring in your home or business, please call one of our sales representatives at 1-800-922-5582 or leave a comment down below and we will get back to you.

Click here to see the Turlington Lock&Fold 5″ Cherry, color natural.

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Preparing Your Home for New Carpet


The first step to prepare your home for a new carpet, is to have a professional come out to your home and measure the area where the carpet will go. It’s a good idea to get an idea of an estimate when you first go in looking for a carpet, so you can get an idea of how much the carpet will cost, but you should have a professional get exact measurements for you before you actually order any carpet.
The next step to consider when getting new carpet, is to have an idea of what your budget will be. After you have an exact measurement, be sure to get a quote that has the exact cost of the carpet, carpet padding, and the installation labor.
The third step is to make a plan for the installation. You will need to schedule with your installer an exact day or a few days for the actual installation job at your home or business. You will need to make sure you have a plan about where the furniture will go and where the new carpet and pad will go. If you have any other questions or concerns, be sure to discuss those with the installer before the installation day arrives.
The next step is to clean and prepare the rooms that will have the new carpet installed in them. You will need to make sure that you either have the installers move the furniture, you remove the furniture from the area, or have a moving company just move the furniture for you. After the furniture is out of the way, just make sure that you don’t have anything else in the room that shouldn’t be in there during the installation.
The last step is to decide what you want to do with your old carpet and pad. If you do not want to keep your old carpet and pad, then you will need to check with your installer about removing the old carpet and pad and getting rid of it. If possible, it is always best to have your carpet and pad taken somewhere it can be recycled. Most installers will take the old carpet and pad as part of the installation cost, but some installers might have an additional cost for the removal. You can always check on this detail before you even place an order for the carpet and set a date for the installation.

It’s always a great feeling to have new carpet and pad installed in your home, and we have many great carpets to choose from. Make sure you plan everything out before you purchase a carpet and padding for your home.

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Pac-Man Flooring

Pac-Man has been a favorite game in arcades for years. For anyone out there who enjoys the Pac-Man games or old arcade games, then you should definitely check out this creative flooring idea. These bathroom floors were created with mosaic tile. If you have the patience, then you could definitely create this flooring idea in your own bathroom or any room in your home as well. pacman 2

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Mannington Commercial’s Connected Collection Wins Award of Excellence


Recently, Mannington Commercial’s Connected Collection of LVT was honored with a 2015 Award of Excellence at the 19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition. The contest is sponsored by the International Interior Design Association and Hospitality Design magazine.
The products are judged for design innovation, technical advancements, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need, and usage within hospitality applications. The judges also evaluate the products based on performance, comfort, safety, suitability for intended use, durability, accessibility, and client/user benefits.
The Connected Collection, which was designed in collaboration with the global design firm Corgan, brings together a system of formats, gradation, texture, and color all in a single collection of LVT that is designed to coordinate with the Connected Collection of modular carpet.

Click here to see our collection of Mannington Commercial products. Mannington


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Armstrong Debuts New Looks for Alterna




Recently, Armstrong announced that they have introduced five new additions to the company’s Alterna engineered stone flooring collection. The Alterna collection is inspired by today’s most exciting, contemporary looks, and these luxury vinyl tiles are perfect for mixing and matching. You create a gorgeous custom flooring in your home with all the beautiful options from the Alterna collection.

Here are the new designs:

1. Whispered Essence & Regency Essence: This is a concrete-infused collection that blends soft gray tones with shimmering iridescent motifs. Each design compliments each other beautifully creating an elegant look with a decidedly global edge.

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2. Enchanted Forest: This collection was inspired by the bewitching beauty of wood. The intricate texture of timber is casted in stone to create a structured concrete look that is infused with a delicate wood grain.

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3. Rossini Marble: The graceful veining found in marble features cool gray tones, which are underscored with a hint of warm beige to create a classic look that is timeless.

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4. Urban Gallery: This collection was inspired by recent linen trends in ceramic and porcelain. This sleek contemporary design mimics the linear texture of the filament strands to create a striated tile that is reminiscent of an organic fabric.

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5. Artisan Forge: This collection has a rustic look of metal that has been weathered by time and the elements.

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There are many different ways you can use the Alterna collections to create a gorgeous floor. You can install the square tiles in a diamond pattern. You can use rectangular tiles to create a herringbone design. You could also mix sizes and shapes to create windmills and borders. In addition, besides all the great patterns and shapes you can create, you can also mix and match many of the unique colors in the collections.
Alterna from Armstrong offers high performance, affordable price points, strong aesthetics, and the products are made in America. The products are designed and printed in Pennsylvania, and the stone is quarried and manufactured in Illinois and features more than 90 perfect domestic content.
Alterna luxury vinyl tile is great for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and other high-moisture areas. This flooring can be installed over minor subfloor irregularities without the risk of cracking. It also installs in less time than most ceramic tiles.

Click here to see our collection of Alterna luxury vinyl tile from Armstrong.

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COREtec Plus Adds Lifetime Petproof Warranty

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USFloors has added a Lifetime Petproof Warranty to its patent-pending COREtec Plus engineered luxury vinyl flooring. The Petproof Warranty is in addition to a Lifetime Waterproof Warranty. The luxury vinyl products also have a Lifetime Residential Wear Warranty and a 10 Year Commercial Wear Warranty, which have backed the products since their introduction in 2013. The new lifetime petproof warranty only applies to COREtec Plus and COREtec Plus XL products, which warrants the floor against staining from pet accidents for the life of the flooring.

Click here to see our collection of COREtec Plus flooring from USFloors.


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