Starting off, let me just say that if you have hardwood floors, don't use harsh chemical cleaners on them. That means no bleach, no rubbing alcohol, none of that. You can get away with those products on tile, but not on hardwood. How do I know? Lets just say that I've been reprimanded for using the wrong cleaning material on the wrong flooring surface before. Hardwood floors are a natural material that can and will be effected over time by whatever products they encounter; and while you can get away with harsh chemicals (for a time) on products like tile, the chemicals you use can damage the floor you use them on if used too much.
My favorite cleaning product for in home use is bleach. For some reason, I like the smell of my kitchen or bathroom after I've just bleached the floor or the shower walls. If clean has a smell, to me, it's bleach; however, long term use of bleach can erode certain materials such as grout, so don't be like me and use bleach sparingly when you're cleaning. If you want to avoid bleach all together, Bona Tile and Stone Cleaner is a reliable product that we promote here at Wall to Wall. Also, one way to minimize grout deterioration when cleaning a shower stall is to simply spray the shower grout lines 2-3 times per week with vinegar mixed with water. This will prevent mildew build up and is a natural way to clean. While this method might leave my nose a little sad, it will undoubtedly save some brain cells.
Here at Wall to Wall, we suggest to customers purchasing hardwood floors from us to use Bona Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaner. While other products can leave a haze on their floors after "cleaning," we have found that Bona will stand up to any test. Its's a reliable product that we provide to all of our customers who purchase wood floors from us, at no charge, for long as the floor belongs to them. Besides that vinegar and water, or even Windex are suitable substitutes.
As I am in the middle of typing this blog, an alarm on my phone went off telling me to "clean up" my work space and get ready to go home. Now that's funny. Let me conclude by saying that a little elbow grease, a terry cloth towel, and the right cleaning product will go a long way. So get some gloves on, and get ready to get clean. When you're done, our store will be sparkling and waiting for you. Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."
Singer, song-writer Brandon Heath reminded me of something today; he reminded me of how much I loved my vacation in Tennessee a few months ago. The quiet country feel, the mountain terrain, the rugged way that the winding roads feel as you walk up and down them, the log cabins and their hardwood floors inside; the country just feels home. The funny thing is that although I was born in Oklahoma, I've never really been a country kinda guy until I married my wife ; and I gotta say, she won me over.
The good ole country feelin' my wife and I love isn't everyone's cup of tea. All too many people today want the quick service, high speed internet lifestyle that tends to surround everything we have and do in this day and age. Are you hungry? There's take out. Do you want some coffee? Have some instant and mix it with your microwaved, boiling hot water. Do you hate commercials on tv? Watch the on demand channel. While all these things (besides the instant coffee) can be good, we tend to focus so much on them that we forget the little things like having hobbies. Kids today tend to play more Minecraft than they do draw; or substitute running around outside for an evening talking to Facebook "friends." The simple life has gotten so complicated that you can't seem to differentiate simple from overwhelming; but that's where the latest, lasting flooring trend might be able to help.
All too often people come into Wall to Wall asking for a hand scraped wood floor. The glossy trend has faded away, and this new, yet reliable trend has taken it's place, and it appears for the long haul. Hand scraped and distressed wood floors are creeping up on the purchasing public. People want that country feel with the fast pace of a modern America; and they're getting just that. People are walking into houses that feel like homes now; characterized by distressed, hand scraped hardwood floors that are being installed country wide. People may want the latest trend, but they long for something that is lasting, and while a floor may not be the answer to their soul's deepest longing, it is something that will be warm and lasting in their homes.
One of the most common hand scraped, distressed flooring surface is oak. It's a warm, solid surface that will never fade with failing fashions. Generally speaking, when someone is thinking of wood floors, they think of an oak floor, knots and all. Still, when you put an oak flooring surface next to an acacia, or a hickory sample, it is noticeable that each species has its own characteristics. Acacia looks like someone made a cappuccino and swirled the froth atop it in with the coffee itself, leaving a beautiful design, and put it on a hard surface. It's quite different to any other hardwood flooring surface you will find. Hickory looks similar to the spiking beat on the screen of a heart monitor that you would find in an emergency room. Each wood is unique, and the more you study each one, the easier it will be for you to differentiate one from another.
The right flooring surface for you, the customer, is always going to vary; and so will that flooring's effect on you. I love hardwood floors due to the fact that they take me mentally to a place that is simpler; slower; more graceful; where there are open fields and running horses. Still, some of you prefer tile floors because you prefer a chill on a hot day and live in the south. Some prefer the cushion of carpet because of the ease it gives the bones in your feet. Whatever your reason for enjoying whatever flooring you prefer, when you're ready to have something installed in your home, call us at Wall to Wall. We have sales on hickory hardwood, luxury vinyl, carpet, tile, and can get beautiful products at reasonable rates. So slow down your day, take a trip out of state, and walk you feet onto the flooring surfaces we have in store. Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring Center."
If you live in southern states, you are well acquainted with the heat and humidity that seems unforgiving when winter rolls away and spring begins to set in. The heat begins to turn sweltering and the humidity amplifies the effects of the sun on every under it; still there is an ease to this discomfort, and it comes in either tile or wood form.
While living abroad over a decade ago, one of the things I used to enjoy doing was to simply lay on the floor; no blanket, no shirt, just put my bare back against the cool, tile surface of our South African home. While summers in Florida might not be as harsh as the summers in Africa, hot is still hot; and the ways to ease the heat of the sun transcend the distance between two continents. In other words, if I had tile in my home, I would still do this. I don't know why, but I enjoy the feeling of my back against even a room temperature tile; and funny enough, I get the same effect from a wood flooring surface. Both of these products tend to cut the heat during the summer months; whether or not you lay on them.
We all know the basic principle that heat rises. One principle that you might not be aware of, however, is that carpet fibers absorb more heat than tile or wood surfaces. There are very technical explanations for this, none of which I understand, so let me just sum up and say that even though a tile or wood floor might be the same temperature as a carpet floor, the tile or wood will always feel like a cooler surface; and when you walk on something that is cooler in the midst of heat, you'll appreciate that cooling surface. What makes this also a plus, is that during the season when your air conditioning unit is running, your electric bill won't skyrocket as much due to the fact that the chill indoors will take to your flooring surface easier.
Why all the fuss about hardwood and tile floors? Well for starters, they're great products. They increase the value of your home, and give a sense of warmth, even when the floors bring a nice chill to your feet. Secondly, it was my wife's idea; and I'm smart enough to know that she's smarter than me. Third, hardwood floors and tile floors are our best sellers. We sell a fair amount of carpet as well, but I just want t o draw some attention to my favorite products.
So when the summer heat starts to get to you, and the a.c. bill has steadily increased, why not add some value to your home? A flooring project that has either hardwood or tile involved will do just that. It may cost a little now, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives on this one. You can either give us a call, or check out our website online for some of the deals we have currently. So whenever's convenient for you, swing into Wall to Wall Flooring Specialists, Inc, "Your one stop flooring center."
Lately I've been listening to some broadway music, thanks in part to my sister who indoctrinated me with Les Miserables when I was only 11 years old. I find the melodies, the harmonizing, and the passion behind the voices singing to be moving. I listen to the words and wonder how some people cannot feel an ounce of emotion as the voices they hear surge with passion. The training it takes to develop the kind of talent that lands someone a spot in a broadway production is demanding, time consuming, and flat out hard; and the same way that a broadway play can be moving, the right floor in your home can move you as well.
When you have the right floor, your feet can seem to sing songs of gratitude as you walk on your them. Different floors undoubtedly have different characteristics, and just like the characters of a broadway play, each flooring product has it's own identity. Tile is cold and hard and can seem to be unforgiving as it sends chills through your body as you walk step by step; wood floors are solid and warm, making your feet comfortable and at home as they slide across the cozy surface; carpet is soft and can almost feel like walking on a cloud as you step one foot in front of the other. It's funny how just the thought of a warm, fuzzy carpet can almost make you feel warmer even when you sit in a cold office. Just letting your mind sit and think of the warmth you may feel by stretching out on a warm surface is comforting in itself.
After working in the flooring industry for some time, I'm come to the conclusion that wood floors are my favorite type of flooring surface. Laminate is ok, though a bit noisy, and I like tile in the appropriate area's, but wood flooring, for me, takes the cake. I like the look it gives a home, and I enjoy the warmth it brings as well, even if it's a weaker wood. The feeling that I get underfoot when I walk on a wood floor is simply sublime. Like a crowd cheering at the end of a big musical number, my feet applaud the feeling of stepping on a wood floor. The only reason my wife and I don't have wood floors in our home now is because of the fact that we are renting!
My purpose in writing about wood floors and the effect they have on me personally is to ultimately get you, the reader, to ask yourself, when in all is said and done, what is your favorite kind of flooring surface, and what is stopping you from pursuing having it's installation in your home? Sometimes, one particular flooring surface just might not be practical, and sometimes lack of finances may plays role; if it's the latter of the two, we at Wall to Wall can lead you in the right direction to get financing so you can accomplish your dream flooring project.
At the end of the day, what makes your feet sing? If you think of your toes stretching out and curling to grab the soft carpet fibers underneath them, I think you have your answer. If you love the idea of laying on chilling tile to ease the heat from a summer day, take a guess at what might be your ideal flooring. When you've discovered what that flooring option might be, and you want to talk about having that installed in your home, come swing by our Altamonte Springs showroom. We have plenty of flooring options to suit your needs and meet your expectations. So why wait? Come and stop into, "Your one stop flooring center today."