Flooring Fun Facts

It’s holiday time, and all of us here at Kruper Flooring Design wanted to share some fun with our followers. So for this week’s blog, we gathered 10 little-known facts from around the web about our favorite topic…flooring!

  1. Red carpets have symbolized a pathway for important people for over 2000 years. It originated in Greece.
  2. But the phrase “roll out the red carpet” is thought to come from cruise ships in the early 1900s. They used red carpets to welcome their first-class guests.
  3. The Magic Carpet in Disney’s Alladin is actually a rug.
  4. The vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901.
  5. Which was almost 60 years after the street sweeper was invented.
  6. Some people think vinyl and linoleum are the same thing, but they’re not. Vinyl is synthetic, while linoleum is made of natural materials.
  7. Here’s one for the yuck file, if you don’t vacuum your floor for a year it can retain several pounds of dirt.
  8. The Boston Celtic’s famous parquet floor at the Boston Garden was cut into pieces and sold in 1999 after the team moved into the Fleet Center.
  9. But some of the pieces from the old floor were incorporated into the Fleet Center’s floor.
  10. The oldest carpet that still exists today is thought to be 2,000 years old. Called the Pazyryk carpet, it was found in a Scythian tomb in Siberia in the 1940′s

Your flooring may not be 2,000 years old, but if it has seen better days, give us a call and we’ll help you pick out something new.

Let’s Get Those Floors Clean Before The Holidays!

There’s only a little over a week to go before Thanksgiving! If you’re hosting your entire extended family for a boisterous dinner or if it’s only going to be a cozy meal, you’ll want to show off your home at its best. And that starts from the bottom up. We’ve got some tips on how to clean various types of flooring.

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Hardwood Floors: The great thing about hardwood flooring is it’s beautiful, natural, and easy to clean. You should be cleaning your hardwood floors at least once a week using a dry-mop, a broom, or a vacuum made for hardwood floors. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar, it can damage your floor. For a deeper clean, if you have a surface finished floor, home guru Bob Vila recommends using a homemade solution comprising a quarter-cup of dish soap and a gallon of warm water. “Saturate a sponge mop with the cleaner, wring out the excess liquid until the mop head is damp but not dripping, then mop three-foot sections of the floor at a time using circular motions to draw out dirt and grime. Then, rinse the mop in fresh water, wring out the excess, and damp mop the floor again to soak up lingering cleaner. Use a soft, clean towel to dry the floor.”

Tile Flooring: A favorite for bathrooms and kitchens, tile floors are super easy to maintain. You can use almost any type of cleaner on porcelain or ceramic tile floors. You can use an all-purpose cleaner, plain vinegar, or even dish soap. The folks at the home decor site The Spruce recommend that after sweeping or vacuuming, dip a chamois mop or rag in the solution. They don’t recommend a sponge mop. One mistake a lot of people make is not changing the water often. If you don’t you’ll just be spreading dirt around.2 22 6 225x300 - Let's Get Those Floors Clean Before The Holidays!

Carpets and Rugs: Carpets and rugs can make your home seem warm and cozy. Make sure you vacuum at least once a week, paying special attention to high-traffic areas. Pre-holidays might be a good time to deep clean your carpets and rugs. Of course, you can hire someone to do the deep clean, but you can also do-it-yourself. Rental machines are easy to find. The deep steam clean will get out dirt and stains that your regular cleaning may miss.

After deep cleaning your floors, you might realize it’s time to replace or refinish your flooring. Contact us at KFD to talk about your design options.

4 Up and Coming Flooring Trends

If you’re thinking of redesigning your floor and are looking for design ideas, these new trends could provide some inspiration. Overall, we are making a trend away from tradition and more towards newer and more creative styles. But above all, the main drive for new flooring trends are about durability and environmental impact. Here are four up and coming flooring trends

Environmentally Friendly Floors

Green flooring is among the most popular flooring trends and we’re expecting it to stay! Installing a new floor can have a greater environmental impact than you may think. While hardwood flooring is still by far the most popular choice for new floors, they do carry a major environmental effect. It promotes deforestation, and while they last for a while, they are more susceptible to water damage.

Environmentally friendly alternatives like vinyl, bamboo, cork, or any other floors made of recycled material are growing very quickly, and may soon become standard.

Waterproof floors

Along with making flooring environmentally friendly, homeowners also want to protect their homes from environmental disasters as much as possible. With more floods, storms, stronger hurricanes, and environmental instability homeowners are realizing how much risk these can do to their homes and want to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible.

And with scientific progress, we are able to provide almost any floor design you want, including carpet, a waterproof version. We also expect these designs to continue development so that they become cheaper and even more durable over time.

Vinyl

Vinyl is not what it used to be. Today vinyl has been developed enough so that there is almost no distinction from hardwood. You can have the luxury of a hardwood floor with one of the cheapest and more environmentally friendly materials.

One of the most popular options with vinyl is to have a laminate dark and large-board hardwood floor look. Dark hardwood is in style right now and vinyl is an excellent way to make it affordable too! The only downside is that vinyl doesn’t last as long as hardwood, and it will not be as helpful in increasing the value of your home, but it won’t hurt your home either!

And of course, there are waterproof options available too.

Varying Texture

Texture is very much in style, and it’s all about hardwood. Whether you actually want real hardwood or not, many alternatives are made in a way that mimics hardwood. Everyone wants a hardwood floor. And the type of hardwood that is most popular are textured wood, and varying styles and colors. A single uniform look is less desired now in favor of a more personalized and unique look you get from varied flooring.

Hopefully, these trends give you a better understanding of your options, and when you’re ready to get started, you can call us and we’ll give you a consultation on the best flooring option for you!.

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Floors

Bamboo is one of the most popular trends for modern flooring options. But is it worth all the side effects? Here we look at all the pros and cons of buying, installing, and maintaining a bamboo floor.

Pros:

  • Top quality is as durable as hardwood
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Modern, clean look
  • Cleans easily
  • Can be sanded and refinished

Cons:

  • Inexpensive options are much less durable
  • Depending on where you buy it from, the carbon footprint erases any environmental benefit.
  • Lack of variety in shades
  • Not suitable for humid or damp areas
  • No industry-wide grading system
  • Susceptible to scratches

Durability

For bamboo floors, the quality depends greatly on the source. Because there is no industry-wide grading system, you must look more carefully at the sources than you would for other flooring options. You will regret going cheap with bamboo floors because these companies are often overseas, and bamboo made cheaply is not very durable at all. When you buy your floor, make sure you have a substantial warranty.

Because bamboo is a grass, not wood, it’s also more susceptible to water and humidity damage than other floors. Meaning it’s not suitable for areas where humidity can be high. Low to medium quality floors also scratch more easily and are much more noticeable than in other hardwood floors.

Environmental Impact

Bamboo itself is a wonderful and versatile renewable resource which can and should replace wood as we move towards a more environmentally conscious economy. However, because you would be buying these floors from overseas, and because there is not an industry-wide grading system, the carbon footprint that comes from importing and creating the adhesive could cancel out the environmental benefit of using bamboo. If you want environmentally friendly floors, you want to make sure the company is certified by the Forestry Steward Council.

Design

The bamboo floor is unique and trendy. It gives your home a warm modern look that you can’t get with any other type of floor. It won’t match all designs, since it’s so unique, but can give your home a beautiful personality.

It is possible to get bamboo flooring that works for you, that’s durable, environmentally friendly, easy to clean and refinish. But you need to do the extra work in researching the right buy, the right warranty, and considering the effects of carbon footprint. If you’re willing to do that work, then bamboo can look wonderful on your home and it will be well worth the effort.

 

4 Cheap Alternatives to Hardwood

Hardwood floors are not for everyone. Sometimes your budget doesn’t allow for it, sometimes your floor is too elevated, sometimes you’re worried about possible flooding and moisture, perhaps you’re concerned about the environmental impact. There are many, many reasons to avoid a hardwood floor. But you must admit they are beautiful.

So what can you do when you want the look of hardwood without using hardwood? Well, we’re here with 4 cheap alternatives!

High-Quality Vinyl

Over the years the quality of vinyl has increased tremendously. High-quality vinyl is still cheaper than hardwood but will give the same effect and the best part? It’s waterproof! This little feature can save you thousands in case of a flood or if you’re in a high moisture area like Northern Virginia.

Bamboo Floor

Bamboo’s a grass. It’s a little more versatile than hardwood, has less environmental impact, looks nice, and is cheaper! It does have some drawbacks though. They scratch easier than hardwood floors and the scratches are more noticeable. They also don’t last nearly as long and they don’t hold up to water (after all, it’s technically a floor made of grass). But if you love the design, which is both pleasant and unique, it may work in some apartments, especially if you don’t have pets or wear shoes inside.

Cork Floor

Cork is another one that has been gaining popularity lately. The cool thing about cork is that it’s not as hard as the other option, there’s a little bit of shock absorption. That makes it great for places where you’re always walking around like the kitchen, or if you have a little one in the home. It does look slightly different from hardwood, some folks don’t like it, but many say it’s trendy.

Tile

Tile is one of the most conventional alternatives to hardwood. By now there are thousands of designs you can choose from to give the illusion of hardwood on your floors. The good news is that this is also waterproof, and highly versatile. We highly recommend this type of floor for basements.

We hope this list proves that you can have the floor you want even with financial and practical implications. What you don’t want to do to save money, however, is do the floor yourself. Investing in a qualified professional will make sure your floors are installed properly and efficiently, otherwise, you risk making a very expensive mistake, and not saving that much money after all.