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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Patchwork Tiles

Patchwork Tiles

Many people love tile in their homes, and tile is a beautiful design choice. However, most people only use tile in a few ways. Most people either use just the same tile throughout the entire room, two different tiles together in the same room, or a border of one tile and the main floor as another tile. These design options are beautiful but if you want more variety or something more unique, then you should try a patchwork tile flooring.
A patchwork tile flooring is where you use all kinds of tiles in the same room with no type of pattern or a small bit of pattern. Some of the most interesting patchwork tile flooring has all different tiles with no tile alike. However, some other patchwork floors have a few tiles that match throughout the flooring or grouped together. Your floor could look like a beautiful chaos that somehow works wonderfully, or you could have something resembling a creative quilt.
Making a patchwork tile flooring does take more time than a normal tile flooring. The part that takes the most time is when you are picking out and gathering all of the tiles that you want to use in the room. After you have gathered enough tiles to fill the entire floor, you then have to decide if you want some kind of a pattern, where they should be placed, or if you want to make everything completely random.
Patchwork tile flooring allows you to truly be creative and wild with your flooring. You can create something that can go with so many design options for your home. Don’t be nervous about having something different in your home. Different is always the best thing to have when it comes to home decor and interior design.

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Shaw Associates Complete United Way Projects

As part of the annual Live United Week of Service, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. and 900 of its associates in Northwest Georgia completed 59 projects for United Way. Shaw and their associates support 41 agencies and schools in Northwest Georgia. The company’s associates volunteered at food pantries, day-cares, and classrooms. They helped by planting trees, cleaning up debris, painting, and stocking shelves. They also did other activities that support United Way’s mission, which is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good.

Joel Hughes, director of supply chain business solutions and Shaw’s 2014 United Way campaign chair, says that Shaw is proud to support United Way, and Shaw associates are able to support causes they are passionate about. Shaw has worked closely with United Way since 1968. The company’s efforts have supported the community priorities, which United Way identified.

Here are the main areas where Shaw and its associates help:

  • Education: helping children and youth achieve their potential through education
  • Basic Needs: stabilizing families in crisis by supporting basic needs
  • Health: providing independence for the elderly and people with special needs

In 2013, Shaw and Shaw associates donated more than $2.1 million to United Way, which includes more than $1.5 million from associates. The Shaw associates hold dozes of board seats and other volunteer positions. Brenda Knowles, the vice president of marketing and product development for Shaw’s commercial division, is the 2014 United Way of Northwest Georgia board chairperson. Amanda Burt, the president of United Way of Northwest Georgia, has commended Shaw for the company’s continued efforts to help.

 

 

 

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Dal-Tile and Mohawk Group’s West Coast Design Studio

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 11.36.36 AMDal-Tile and Mohawk Group have announced the opening of their first West Coast design studio, which is located in San Francisco, California. This studio is the third to open in the United States. It’s opening follows the Dal-Tile studio, which opened in Philadelphia in May 2014, and the Dallas studio, which opened in September 2012.

Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing at Dal-Tile, says that the company hopes to stimulate the design community in San Francisco and the West Coast with the addition of this studio. The design studio has almost 10,000 square foot of space. The studio is located in the historic C. Austin Gomez Building, which was built in 1916, and the building resides in the San Francisco Design District at 212 Utah Street.

The digital tools in the studio allow customers to bring their designs to life. Two LCD touch screens allow customers to visually flip through a catalog, view inspiration galleries, and build designs with a tile and stone visualizer tool. Light panels will show how the tile appears in different settings in the home. The Mohawk Group is also featured in the studio. Carpet and hard surface products from the Karastan, Lees, Bigelow, and Durkan brands are displayed as well.

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Painting Your Flooring and Walls the Same

30 floors designs (10) We have already talked about painting your flooring any color or design, but there is still another innovative design idea that features painting your flooring. Some people paint beautiful designs on their walls, and the floor can showcase the designs as well. Continuing the design on the flooring creates a wonderful and unique visual. Using this interior design idea will make a room in your home a great conversation starter, and it allows your creativity to shine.

This design option is bold compared to many other ways to decorate a home. However, you can create gorgeous abstract, art deco, or even landscape designs in a room if you paint the walls and floors.

Hard wood is the top flooring choice when painting is involved, and it will always show the color well. However, you can also paint over laminate and tile flooring as well.

Be bold, buy some paint, grab a paint brush, and create something amazing in your home.

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Winner of Daltile Interior Design Scholarship

http://www.fcnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DJP8055-300x199.jpg Jessica Sapinoso (third to the right) – grand prize winner

Daltile and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation announced that Jessica Sapinoso is the winner of the third annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. Sapinoso was the grand prize winner, and she received a $10,000 scholarship at NeoCon 2014. The scholarship will help her continue her education in the field of interior design. Her winning design was on display at NeoCon 2014, and Jessica was Daltile’s guest of honor. The first, second, and third prize winners received a $2,5000 scholarship. Ten merit winners received a $1,000 scholarship. Overall, a total of $27,5000 in scholarships were awarded.

The design challenge, which was called Operation Renovation, was to transform an old space that really needs to be renovated. In today’s marketplace, renovations and remodels are common, and a remodel is a great chance for interior designers to shine. This challenge also provides a real world design experience for the interior design students. The design entries were judged on the space’s function, aesthetic, and creative use of Daltile’s newest product offerings, which brought the students’ visions to life.

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Mohawk Rises in the Ranking of Top Green Companies

Mohawk Industries’ commitment to sustainability has caught the attention of Newsweek. Newsweek recognized the company in the magazine’s fifth ranking of the 500 “greenest” U.S. companies. Mohawk has been the highest ranked flooring manufacturer during each year the rankings have been released.

The Newsweek rankings use key indicators to measure the environmental performance of large publicly-traded companies. These companies are delivering solid business results while minimizing their environmental impact. The focus of the rankings is how efficiently businesses manage their resources.

Mohawk ranked 314 in “Green Rankings 2012,” which was the last year Newsweek complied the list. This year Mohawk’s ranking is 241, which is the highest it has been since 2010. Newsweek and Corporate Knights Capital revised the metrics used to calculate the 2014 rankings. The new revision makes the comparisons between manufacturing companies, financial services, technology, and other sectors more equitable.

Mohawk promotes a “no waste culture.” Seventeen North American facilities do not send no process waste to landfills. Mohawk plans to increase that number to twenty-eight by the end of this year. In addition, the company has created goals to reduce waste, lower water, energy, and greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity. Mohawk has reduced energy and greenhouse gas intensities by focusing on reductions, improving efficiencies, and utilizing cleaner fuels.

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Deciding on What Flooring Look Suits Your Home

l 1Any interior designer will tell you to design a room starting with the floor and then the walls. However, before you pick a style of flooring, you need to evaluate what you want and what you need. After you have figured out those two things, you can then focus on the look of the flooring.

The first step is to decide what type of flooring will work best in your home. Carpet will give your home a warmer and comfortable look, and vinyl will add a great flooring visual at a cheaper price than hardwood or tile. Also, hardwood works great with pets and children, and it adds a good resale value on your home. You do not have to stick to only one type of flooring. Pick what will work best for your needs.

The next decision to make is if you want the flooring to be a focal point of the room or if it should be a compliment to the rest of the room. After choosing the floor’s priority in the design of the room, you need to pick the color that works best. Neutral will always work well, especially if you decide to sell your home, but you should go with the color you want. You need to choose what will make you happy in the long run. Make sure to choose a dominant color and two complimentary colors for the room. Usually the floor will have the dominant color.

The last decision to make is about the style of the flooring. If you choose carpet or vinyl, then your choices are easier. However, if you choose tile or hardwood, then you have more design styles to choose from. If you choose to be more conservative with the flooring, then you can always add an area rug to liven up the room.

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Daltile Opens New Design Studio

Daltile_optDaltile opened a new design studio in downtown Philadelphia, which is a first for the northeast from Daltile. This studio will serve as a great resource for designers and customers.

The design studio is 4,000 square feet and four stories high. It is surrounded by other architectural and design firms. The design studio is meant to help inspire customers and designers. The digital tools allows customers to bring their designs to life. An LCD touch screen enables the customers to flip through a digital catalog and look at inspiring gallery images. They can also build virtual designs with the products. Also, wall panels show the products in use so people can get more ideas from seeing them used in different spaces.

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Chevron Flooring

chevron 2Chevron is a stylish pattern that can be seen everywhere. Clothing, decorative home items, and even walls now feature the beautiful chevron pattern, and once again flooring is made into a chevron pattern. This popular pattern first originated for flooring in 17th century France. It was featured in the homes of kings, queens, and many other members of the nobility. Chevron is a zig-zag pattern that connects at a 45 degree angle. Most people use hardwood to create this patterned flooring in their home, which is a traditional approach. You can use the same color of wood for the entire flooring or you can alternate between two different colors or more.  chevron 1

If hardwood is not what you prefer, then tile can create gorgeous chevron patterns as well. Tile allows you to be even more colorful and innovative when creating a chevron patterned floor. You can use this pattern in any room of the house, and it goes well with so many interior decorating styles. If using hardwood or tile is not right for you, then grab some paint and have a blast creating your own chevron pattern.

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