How to Keep Pets from Ruining the Floor

Pets are animals. The puke and poop and pee and scratch and shed wherever they might please. We love them anyway. But the health of your floor doesn’t have to be a sacrifice for a loving pet. Here are 3 ways you can keep your floor and pets.

Clean Urine Right Away

Pets pee. And not where they’re supposed to. Cats have litter boxes, so they will only pee on your floor if something is wrong. But dogs might pick a spot anywhere and stay with it. The problem with urine is that it has a ton of ammonia that will continue to seep through the wood even as the urine dries.

Ammonia will stain your hardwood floors. Your best bet is to keep an eye on your pet and clean those accidents immediately. If you find a stain that’s been there for more than a few hours, pour a little vinegar on the spot so that it at least stops the ammonia.

Urine is actually very dangerous for your floors and these stains are not easy to remove. Sanding might help, but urine stains often need to be patched out.

 

Toe-nail Scratches

Good news is that it’s very difficult for your pet’s toenail scratches to do permanent damage to your floor. Bad news is that it does cause some cosmetic damage. Your floor will probably need a resanding more often than you’d like.

One solution is to go with a tougher finish, and more coats. You want to the scratches to scratch the finish, not the floor. If you scratch the floor, it will have to be sanded. But if you scratch the top layer of finish, you can just add a coat polyurethane.

 

Keep Your Doggy’s Toenails Clipped

It’s very important to keep your pets well groomed and their toenails clipped. Not only is it good for their health, but also for the home’s. This will prevent scratches from accumulating on the floor and you won’t have to be fixing it constantly.

See if you can train your dog to pee outside. And if your cat pees away from the litter box, take that as a sign that something is wrong.

Pets are a member of the family, and we can’t deny that they do more good than harm. But you still need to put extra care into your floor when they’re around.

How to Choose a Good Rug

How to Choose a Good Rug

Every home needs a good rug to pull the room together. But the wrong rug can make your space look like a mess. How do you choose a good rug?

There are three factors to consider: size, shape, and color. Getting these three categories right will insure you get the perfect rug for your needs.

 

Size

90% of the time, families buy a rug that is too small. For your living room, you don’t want it to only cover the table, and not even the entire seated area. You actually want to take that entire area and go one size over.

For example, if you have two sofas and a table that create something like a rectangle, you want to measure that rectangle from the ends of the sofas. The rug shouldn’t start in front of the sofa, but underneath it. That way the room looks significantly bigger, and the rug is fixed in place.

For other rooms, you want to find where the foot traffic is and ask yourself what is the centerpiece of the room. Use the rug to bring focus to that centerpiece and arrange it so that it matches with foot traffic. And in general, just remember – 1 size bigger than you think.

 

Shape

Shape is another important consideration. For living rooms I always recommend rectangles or maybe squares just because that matches the layout of mosts couches. Circular rugs can be nice but they have to be placed around a centerpiece like a round table. In general, look at the way your furniture is arranged and try to match those shapes.

 

Color

The right color and the pattern is critical for finding the perfect rug. A rug should be one of your last purchases. It should be there to tie all the loose ends of the room together. To find the ideal color, look at your furniture, you drapes, and decorations and try to find 2 or 3 common colors among them.

Then look at patterns. Are any of your furniture/decorations full of patterns? If so, then you might want to go for an even color rug. If not, then adding a rug with a complex design might add balance the room.

Finding the right rug is harder than it looks, but it is worth the effort once you it.  

Flooring Trends that will Fade vs. Trends that Will Last

Building a trendy home is a tough decision. Flooring is near permanent while trends fade rather quickly. How do you know whether your floor will stay trendy or not? Predicting is not an easy skill, but necessary when considering resale value on your home. While most fading trends will still be okay for homes, some will move from trendy to repulsive rather quickly. We want you to love your floor and keep its value, so we compiled a list of flooring trends that will fade, and trends that will last.

Trends that will Fade

  • Extreme Colors – Dark wood against a white wall will stay, then get out of fashion. Our guess is that it will increase in popularity through 2019 or 2020, stay popular for a few years, and by the end of the next decade it will fall drastically. While it will likely not hurt the value of your home, it has the issue of being hard to upkeep and every speck of dust is visible on dark wood floors. We are already seeing signs of a fade with the rise of medium colors starting to match the rise of contrasting colors.
  • White-wash – Another extreme color. We intend this to last for a little while, and fade for much of the same reason as dark-wood. It’s difficult to clean and will decline as medium colors gain popularity.
  • Variation Wood Floors – This one is a hard prediction to make because it’s a personal favorite. Variation wood floors are one of the most popular wood flooring trends and will probably continue to grow. But again, we see a sharp decline in favor simpler, medium colors.
  • Chevron – The trend of unusual patterns in wood flooring like Chevron will not last. Most people are going to look for more basic, straight-forward flooring.
  • Carpet – Carpet is declining drastically because of usability. It’s harder to clean. We predict it will be completely out of fashion by the next decade, although a comeback is always possible.

Trends that will last

  • Lighter colors – Oak and Honey wood are popular and will grow as extreme colors decline.
  • Eco-friendly – the effects of climate change are happening right now, and more people are getting the message each year. We expect to see a sharp rise in eco-friendly flooring.
  • Wood-look Flooring – Nothing beats a proper wood flooring, but we expect an increase in cheaper solutions, including wood-like vinyl.
  • Water-proof flooring – Floods are occurring more and more often each year. The potential damage to a home could leave many home-owners very worried. We expect a rise in water-proof flooring, especially in basements.
  • Personalized/unique designs, whatever they may be – While a lot of the unique trends are fading, we do expect homes to become more personalized to the individual. More people a looking to make their homes a reflection of themselves instead of conforming to the norm. We expect individuality and personality to keep rising over the years.

Because some trends are fading does not mean that you can’t have a beautiful home that fits your personality. Give us a call today, and we’ll create something beautiful, unique, and entirely YOU for your home!

Best Wall Paint Colors for Various Hardwood Floor Stains

Best Wall Paint Colors for Various Hardwood Floor Stains

One of the toughest decisions to make in remodeling a room is what color to paint the wall. There are thousands upon thousands of different colors and undertones. Finding the right color can seem almost impossible when you’re searching through that many options!

Therefore we recommend building your room from the ground up. Start with your floor, then your windows, and then your wall. For floors, hardwood is a solid choice, and that decision is a bit easier to make. Once you have your floor, then it’s easier to decide what color to paint your walls. And to make it even easier on you, we already have a few suggests.

Light Hardwood

For a light hardwood floor, it’s important to see the undertone, the colors that pop out while not being the main color and have a wall that compliments those undertones.

Generally, for light hardwood, we recommend keeping it light and neutral. Try an off-white. Pure white might be too clerical, but if you get an off-white with an undertone that matches your floor, your room will look clean and classy.

If you want a more neutral look, grey might be a better choice. While grey is often seen as a boring color, its undertones can give the color a lot of personalities. A lighter grey with a little hint of yellow, for example, can bring an element of playfulness to the room while maintaining a bit of elegance.

Cherrywood

When thinking of color combinations, you have two options: match or contrast. The decision between the two boils down to the balance between light and dark. You want to avoid a room that is too dark at all costs, but a room too light can be a bit heavy on the eyes.

Cherrywood is a beautiful dark choice for a floor, and a contrasting wall can make a room look stunning.

Cherrywood is an excellent floor if you want color. Blue or green are wonderful choices to contrast the cherrywood floor. Although you may find a pure white to be the best option if you really want contrast and balance.

Perhaps contrast isn’t what you need, especially if your room already has a lot of lighting. In that case, go ahead and match the cherrywood. A sauntry red can tie a room together.

Dark Hardwood Floors

Dark floors can look beautiful but you have to be aware of balance. Does the room have a lot of sunlight? If not, it might be worth considering adding overhead lights, otherwise, your room will be at risk of looking too dark!

Walls can also mitigate that risk, and a wall with cool colors can make your floor look even more stunning.

As always, white is rarely a bad choice, and a cool white brings a certain boldness to your room.

Oak

Oak is both beautiful and versatile. It’s like a pair of jeans, most shirts are going to match. For this one, the best color depends on the undertone. Are you sensing cooler colors like grey or taupe? If you want a room that doesn’t make too strong a statement, then find colors that match the cooler undertones. Same works for dark, if the undertones are dark, then darker colors like cream or peach.

No matter what your hardwood stain is, the right wall color depends on two things, undertone and balance. When you know whether your floors have cool or warm undertones, and how much light is in the room, so you can make sure there is always just enough, then the right paint will come to you.

Three Tips for Transitioning a Room into an Office

   

Home offices are becoming much more popular these days. They save a lot of money and can even help your taxes. But transitioning a room into an office is a big ordeal, and you should have a plan before you start moving your stuff. We’re here to help with three tips for transitioning a room into an office.

Be Ergonomic

You need to function properly when you’re in your office, that means having a monitor at or slightly below eye level so that your eyes don’t get fatigued. Your keyboard needs to be positioned so that your arms are parallel to the floor. And be sure to have a nice, comfortable chair. You will be spending a lot of time on that chair, if you don’t love it, you won’t sit on it.

Embrace Sunlight

Look at how much sunlight enters the room and use that to your full advantage. Oftentimes when people look for a space to put their desk, they put it in the darkest corner of the room. This is great for being depressed all day. Not to mention low lighting in your Skype meetings. Instead, embrace the sunlight. Position your desk so that you’re in front of any sunlight that enters the room. For video conferences, it’s great lighting for your face, and more exposure to the sun will make you feel more energized throughout the day.

Have a space for Brainstorming

In the chaos of creating your office space, it’s important to leave some room where you can brainstorm ideas. Having a little corner with a little pen and pad, some sticky notes, or a cork board and a bunch of string, whatever helps you think. Experiment with what works best for you, and make sure you always have the tools and space to do it!

And here’s a little bonus tip. You want your office to look nice and show who you are and your work ethic. That’s why it’s important to have a beautiful, clean floor and a matching wall. We recommend having a nice dark hardwood floor, a rug in the middle paired with an eggshell white wall. It’s simple, but it’s also clean and beautiful. If you’d like other ideas, be on the lookout for a future blog where we talk about what color walls go with which hardwood stains!

 Top Tips For Commercial Flooring

 Top Tips For Commercial Flooring

When selecting a flooring material for your facility, you need to take a close look at maintenance requirements, as they play a big part in the overall lifetime cost of a flooring product. Maintenance costs sometimes exceeding the upfront material and installation costs. That’s why it’s important to frame material selection in terms of long-term value rather than upfront cost. Any flooring requires regular maintenance, and certainly the higher the traffic, the more frequently it may need to be maintained, and ultimately replaced. Long-term value should be the goal of flooring material selection.

 

Beyond long term value, another important consideration associated with the selection of commercial flooring, is location application. Do you want the flooring to provide any measure of noise dampening? Frequently, in areas such as waiting rooms, or personal offices, a high quality flooring that is quiet underfoot is appropriate. Carpet will help people feel more at home, relaxed and comfortable. Extra traction, non-slip surfaces are especially important in wet areas, such as entry foyers, restaurant kitchens, garden centers, and other moist environments. Glossy tiles or marble would be elegant, but would pose a problem in areas that are high traffic and potentially moist. Mall play areas, or other locations where recreation may also include falls, may necessitate a resilient, cushioned flooring to help prevent injury.

 

Luxury vinyl tile, quarry tile, epoxy flooring systems, carpet tile, and polished concrete are five of the most durable, lower cost flooring available on the commercial market today. Other options are also available. Evaluate the size, location, and specifications of your flooring job with the help of Kruper’s specialists They will assist in the selection of a flooring that meets your comfort, durability, cost and maintenance requirements.