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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Bowling with Bruce Hardwood!

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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.

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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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Beautiful and Affordable Exotic Hardwood

Over the years, the price of domestic species hardwoods have been increasing in price, but exotic hardwood prices have stayed the same. You can now purchase exotic hardwoods around the same price as domestic species hardwoods.

Brazilian Cherry, Tigerwood, and Amendoim are the top three exotics that are trending right now. All three of these species have beautiful colors, which will look great in any home. Brazilian Cherry hardwood has a stunning grain, which is full of depth and it has a Janka rating of 2350.

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Tigerwood is a gorgeous and unique exotic hardwood to have in your home. Tigerwood hardwood features varying sizes of stripes of a darker color throughout the planks, hence the name tigerwood because it resembles a tiger. Some planks will have more stripes than others, but this hardwood will create a beautiful floor for any home. Tigerwood has a Janka rating of 2160.

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Amendoim is a light to medium reddish brown hardwood, which sometimes will have darker stripes on the planks. There will not be as many stripes like tigerwood has, but there will be some. Amendoim is a great choice if you love darker hardwoods because this wood will darken with age. Many relate its overall appearance to mahogany. Amendoim has a Janka rating of 1912.

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Click here to see our collection of Brazilian Cherry hardwood.

Click here to see our collection of Tigerwood hardwood.

Click here to see our collection of Amendoim hardwood.

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New Commercial Hardwood from Armstrong!

1Armstrong Commercial Flooring recently announced they have two new additions to their hardwood product lineup. The two new additions are called Midtown hardwood and Performance Plus hardwood. Midtown hardwood has rich grain patterns and a low gloss. Performance Plus hardwood has low and medium gloss options. Both products will give your business a beautiful, highly desired natural wood look with the durability that you need.

The Performance Plus hardwood is part of the Custom Color Program, which provides customers with the option to match color schemes. The Midtown hardwood is not part of the custom color program but it does have a distinctive flooring that uses a choice of nine species, multiple colors, textures, widths, thicknesses, and acoustical features.

In addition, the Performance Plus hardwood features an aluminum oxide finish, which provides the flooring with added surface protection and resistance to scratches and stains. The hardwoods use birch, cherry, hickory, maple, walnut, and white oak.

Click here to see our collection of Armstrong Commercial flooring.
Click here to see our collection of Armstrong hardwood.

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Armstrong and Bruce Hardwood Specials!

We offer many great Armstrong and Bruce hardwood flooring, but here are some of our top selling specials! We have three wonderful Armstrong hardwood flooring, which are made of oak, red oak, or hickory. The three different hardwood products have colors that range from light, medium, dark, and even some grey. The products are called Hickory Ridge, Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped, and Monticello Plank. The Hickory Ridge flooring has 5″ wide planks. Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped has 3.25″ wide planks, and Monticello Plank has 3″ wide planks. hickory ridge
The Hickory Ridge hardwood from Armstrong is a distressed engineered hardwood. This flooring was created to capture the beauty and diversity of the American landscape, and then bring that beauty into your home. Hickory Ridge is available in ten gorgeous colors, and any of the colors would look great in your home or business. frontier
Frontier Oak Soft-Scraped is a hand-scraped solid oak collection from Armstrong that has a width of 3.25″. The subtle hand-scraped finish and the double stained grain, make this hardwood a beautiful choice for any home. In addition, it is available in five great colors, and it has an Armstrong Lifetime Finish. Also, this hardwood is made of oak. monticello
The Monticello Plank is a smooth, highly abrasion-resistant engineered hardwood that is made of red oak. This hardwood flooring is available in six nice colors, and they have a satin-smooth finish. The eased edges and ends accent the individuality of each plank, which are 3″ wide. Monticello Plank will look nice in any home or business.
All three of these Armstrong hardwoods are available in great colors and at affordable prices!

We also have two wonderful Bruce hardwood flooring, which are made of oak or hickory. American Home Series is one of the Bruce flooring options, and it is available in 3.25″ wide planks. It is made of oak and it comes in a nice medium wood color. It is a traditional solid hardwood, which has a urethane finish. american home series
The other Bruce hardwood is called Bruce 2.25″ Hickory, which is a solid traditional hardwood that has 2.25″ wide planks. This product has a Dura-Luster Urethane finish, and it is available in three gorgeous colors. bruce 2.25
Both of these Bruce hardwood are available in great colors and at affordable prices!
Armstrong and Bruce hardwood flooring are great for any home or business.

Click here to see Hickory Ridge.
Click here to see Frontier Oak Soft Scraped.
Click here to see Monticello Plank.
Click here to see American Home Series.
Click here to see Bruce 2.25″ Hickory.

Click here to see more hardwood flooring.

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Traditional Interior Design Pinterest Board

2  Pinterest 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 Traditional style in many different rooms of a house. You can use many different types of flooring and color schemes to help create a Traditional design. Hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl tile, carpet, and ceramic tile are the most popular choice for a Traditional design, but you can use whatever flooring works best with your room design.

Click here to see our Traditional interior design Pinterest board.
Here are a few images of traditional styled rooms:

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

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

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EPIC from Shaw

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EPIC is an engineered hardwood from Shaw that is a true breakthrough in hardwood manufacturing. This engineered hardwood is stylish and it has many great advantages. EPIC flooring is Eco-friendly, durable, and dimensionally stable. Also, this engineered hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring. In addition, Shaw’s EPIC engineered hardwood has a ScufResist Platinum finish.
Epic’s name stands for:
E – Environmentally Preferred
P – Peak Performance
I – Installation Advantages
C – Complete Product Offering

Environmentally Preferred

  • Shaw’s EPIC hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring and it is made with EnviroCore. EnviroCore is a high-density core board, which is made from recycled post-industrial wood fiber.
  • This engineered hardwood is made in the United States with wood harvested from well-managed domestic forests.
  • Cradle to Cradle – Silver Certified
  • Certified as an Environmentally Preferred Product
  • Qualifies for LEED credits
  • GREENGUARD certified, and it meets the GREENGUARD indoor air quality requirements

Peak Performance

  • EnviroCore’s recycled wood fibers are tightly compressed, which makes the EPIC products harder, denser, and they perform well.
  • The Janka Hardness test proved that this flooring is harder than solid and engineered flooring products that feature softer core boards.
  • The ScufResist Platinum finish helps the product resist wear and scuffing very well.
  • The product’s density helps it stay more stable as the seasons change.

Installation Advantages

  • This product can be installed on any level of a home, including the basement
  • This product can be installed with any installation method
  • The longer average board lengths give a premium visual and faster installation

Complete Product Offering

  • Epic collections have great style, design, and gorgeous colors.
  • This product is offered in a wide range of finishes, from traditional to rustic, and from smooth to distressed and hand-scraped.
  • Epic is available in a variety of species and looks
  • Widths available: 3 1/4″, 5″, and 6 3/8″

We have two EPIC engineered hardwoods available on our website: Colonial Oak 3.25″ and Colonial Oak 5″

Click here to see Colonial Oak 3.25″.
Click here to see Colonial Oak 5″.

Click here to see more Shaw hardwood products.
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Glacier Grey

3Grey is a popular color for 2015, and the best part is that there are many variations of the color grey. One of the variations that is currently showing up in many interior designs and flooring is the color glacier grey. This color is a soft and cool color, which means that it will go well with other more vibrant shades. Glacier grey will contrast well with other brighter colors, and it will also enhance the other colors as well.
Glacier grey is a timeless shade, and it will look beautiful in any home.

Also, this color is very popular in flooring now too. Glacier grey is used as the color for carpets, laminate, hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, and even vinyl. There are many ways to use this color in your home, be creative!
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Click here to see our selection of laminate flooring.
Click here to see our selection of hardwood flooring.
Click here to see our selection of luxury vinyl tile.
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Coastal Getaway Interior Design Pinterest Board

2Pinterest 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 Coastal Getaway style in many different rooms of a house. You can use many different types of flooring and color schemes to help create a Coastal Getaway design. Hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl tile, and ceramic tile are the most popular choice for a Coastal Getaway design, but you can use whatever flooring works best with your room design.

Click here to see our Coastal Getaway interior design Pinterest board.
Here are a few images of coastal styled rooms:

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Click here to see our selection of hardwood flooring.
Click here to see our luxury vinyl tile flooring.
Click here to see our ceramic tile flooring.

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

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Mediterranean Interior Design Pinterest Board

M 3Pinterest 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, the Mediterranean Delight, has a lot of great ideas on how to create a Mediterranean style in many different rooms of a house. You can use many different types of flooring and color schemes to help create a Mediterranean design. Hardwood flooring and tile are the most popular choices for a Mediterranean design, but you can use whatever flooring works best with your room design.
Click here to see our Mediterranean Delight interior design Pinterest board.

Here are a few images of Mediterranean styled rooms:

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

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

 

 

 

 

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