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Maintaining Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular and cost-effective architectural flooring styles available for home building or renovating. Proper care and maintenance will have your floor looking fantastic and lasting for years to come. Therefore, it's important--no matter what style you choose--to know the pros and cons.

Pros: Laminate floors come with many advantages, including cost and ease of installation. In addition, laminate is more resistant to blemishes, damage, moisture, and depreciation common with everyday usage. Laminate is also very easy to clean.

Cons: Though laminate flooring might be the cheaper option when you're shopping, later repairs can be expensive.

The good news: simple steps can help save you money and frustration.

  1. Use floor protectors when you want to move furniture. This helps avoid scuff marks and scratches.
  2. Use rugs and runners. These will help avoid wear and damage in areas of the home that get a lot of use. Rugs and runners can also help prevent accidents or injuries, since laminate flooring can be slippery.
  3. Clean up spills and any dirt tracked in immediately. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a sponge or damp towel.
  4. Stock up on professional cleaner for scuff and heel marks. If you're not sure which type of cleaner to get, ask your laminate flooring manufacturer.

These steps are simple, and can save you a bundle in the long run. Whatever you choose, the helpful, friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is happy to answer questions, provide feedback, or even brainstorm with you to find the perfect look for your home. 

DIY Projects- Easy or Evil?

There is nothing quite as satisfying as completing a project. People love getting their hands dirty, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully finishing a project easily overrides the time spent doing it. With the advent of Pinterest and the hundreds of thousands of do-it-yourself blogs, people are at no shortage of ideas for fun projects to undertake.
So what happens when that quick fix turns into what feels like a lost cause? When laying your new living room carpet is more intensive than you expected? When that chipped floorboard in your house doesn't want to go without a fight? When the laminate you replaced just doesn't look right?
No matter where you shop for tools or supplies, you can always turn to the friendly, knowledgeable team at Stoneridge Flooring Design for advice. Our staff is wholly dedicated to ensuring your vision meets reality, and that your satisfaction with your home's new look is absolute.
So if you ever get to the point where you fear you bit off more than you can chew, you are always welcome to bend the ear of the Stoneridge crew for tips on how to get Do-It-Yourself projects off the ground. Stop by one of our three locations or give us a call, and we will be glad to help you with any project questions.

Coming Soon: Caress and Wear-Dated Embrace Carpet Lines

We are excited to announce that our Stoneridge Flooring Showrooms will soon feature displays for the new Caress carpet line by Shaw and the new Wear-Dated Embrace carpet line by Mohawk. These brands have been a part of our available carpet lines because of their superior quality of material they use and the vast attention to detail that they show, so we are pleased to have more options available for you from Shaw and Mohawk.

Caress is a carpet line produced by Shaw, inspired by colors found in nature.  As with all Shaw carpet, Caress is also luxuriously soft and spill-resistant to life’s daily messes. Within the Caress collection, you can find over 50 shades of essential neutrals, atmospheric blues, verdant greens, quiet grays, and earthly browns. More information about this Shaw carpet line can be found be following the link below:

Wear-Dated Embrace is a new line of carpet from Mohawk that also focuses on out-of-this-world softness and durability that makes it stand the test of time. Embrace carpeting has twice the fiber of ordinary soft nylon, giving the carpet an irresistibly soft feel. Mohawk also offers Embrace featuring Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel Technology, which will protect your beautiful new carpet from all spills and grime. To find out more information about the Wear-Dated Embrace carpeting collection, please follow the link below:

These new, outstanding products will arrive in our showrooms soon, so stop by in the near future and check out all we have to offer.

Tips on How to Keep your Carpet Looking its Best

Although hardwood floors and tiles are becoming more and more popular to put in homes, carpet is still a very popular flooring material that is available in a wide variety of textures, colors, and materials.  While many consumers still have carpet in their homes, some consumers are afraid of the risk of carpet stains and the maintenance required to keep them looking new.

If you have carpet in your home, it will eventually get stained, especially if children are running around.  There are, however; a few things that can be done to prevent wear and tear on your carpet.  Properly maintaining your carpet can keep it looking great for many years.

Tip One:  Look for colors and textures that will hide dirt or stains
If you are in the market for new carpet, you must first accept the fact that things will get spilled and stains will be made.  The trick is to try and hide these stains.  Try to avoid light colors and carpets without any texture.  Try finding an off-white shade (beige, sand, and other creamy-colors).  Obviously, the darker the color, the better it will hide most stains.  Berber carpets and other textured materials also do a great job of hiding common stains.

Tip Two:  Look for carpet that is stain resistant
Carpet that is stain resistant? Yes, it's true, there are stain resistant carpets and they actually work.  They are a bit higher in cost, but the time and labor it will save you in the long run might just be worth the extra dollars.  Find a good carpet cleaner and keep it handy for those inevitable accidents.

Tip Three:  Try to avoid putting carpet in high traffic areas, and have guests remove their shoes
Try to avoid putting carpet by door entries, especially by the front door, where many feet come and go. Carpet is great for bedrooms, because it is warm and cozy, and not much of your time is spent on the floor.  Also having guest remove shoes will reduce the dirt brought into your home.  You might feel rude asking guests to do this, but it's a simple way to keep your carpets looking clean.  Odds are, you've been asked to remove your shoes at least once before when you were a guest at someone's home.

Tip Four:  Use area rugs
Area rugs are usually used to cover hardwood floors, but why can't they be used on carpet too?  Adding an area rug to your carpet will add focal points and warmth to the area.  When vacuuming, be sure to vacuum the carpet under the rug as well.

Tip Five:  Vacuum your carpet regularly and have it professionally cleaned often
The more you vacuum your carpet, the better it will look.  Vacuuming your carpet, not only removes dirt, but also removes allergens and reduces the dullness.  Vacuuming regularly is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your carpet maintains its great condition year round.  When it comes to having your carpet professionally cleaned, shelling out the extra bucks will extend the lifespan of your carpet.  You can also rent a steam cleaner from your local hardware store and do the job yourself.

Get Rid of Allergens in Your Home

flooring springfield moEvery year when the flowers bloom, the trees come back to life, and everyone begins to rid their homes of dust, a large portion of our population begins their battle with allergies. Allergens can come from many different types of particles in our environment, but they wreak havoc on our bodies all the same.

If you are a person who suffers from allergies, your home may not even be a safe haven for you, depending on the type of flooring that you have. Carpet has the ability to hold on to particles that cause allergens because they get trapped in the fabric and cannot be lifted by normal vacuuming habits. Pollen, hair, dust, and other particles can bother you all year long if they are a mainstay within your flooring.

To make your home a true escape from outdoor allergens, laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, and ceramic flooring give your sinuses the break you’ve been waiting for. All of these flooring options are much easier to clean than carpet, and they don’t give allergens a place to hide underneath your feet. Hardwood flooring can add elegance to any room, ceramic flooring is great for rooms where a lot of water is used, and laminate flooring is inexpensive and comes in a variety of styles to match your every desire.

Don't give allergens the ability to bother you in your own space. If you are suffering indoors, it’s time to call Stoneridge Flooring Design and discuss your many flooring options that bring you peace in your home. We will find the best flooring to fit your needs and your budget, all while providing top-notch customer service.