Archive for the ‘Flooring’ Category

Flooring Choices that Favor the Environment - I

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If you want your home to reflect the respect you have for the environment, installing a floor made of sustainable, renewable resources can make an impression on your guests and drain some of the strain that manufacturers throw into the environment. Choosing earth-friendly flooring material, dust-free equipment, and the least damaging sealants and finishes will keep your home improvement project favoring the environment instead of working against it.

Hardwood Floor

A floor is the most frequently used place in any home, yet is often changed the least. Because improving your home with a new floor is such an expensive, long-term investment that carries decades of visual impact, it should represent the personal convictions of the homeowner – particularly for the environmentalist. Wood floors from sustainable forests, reclaimed wood, bamboo, cork, and natural linoleum are top flooring choices for the environmentally-conscious remodeler. (more…)

Soften Your Concrete Patio With a Stain on Your Floor

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Concrete is an incredible, durable material that is well-worth its investment, but rarely has anyone extolled the virtue of concrete’s dull gray color in an outdoor setting. Concrete patios are practical, but concrete often looks harsh, dull and interruptible to the natural landscape.

Staining your concrete can change its hue to blend in with the natural surroundings. With the right choice of color, concrete stain can take away concrete’s cold barren face and replace it with a warm welcoming hue that doesn’t detract from the surrounding landscape.

If you haven’t poured the concrete yet, you can add a dye to the wet concrete mix to create a base for the top layer of stain. This prevents a sharp color contrast from appearing when the top layer of stain starts wearing away. Instead of a defect in the concrete gaining attention, the area will achieve an overall weathered look and the defect will be unnoticeable. (more…)

The Pain of a Hardwood Floor’s Accidental Stains

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Grass-stained jeans often hide little legs that can run into a house, plop down on a couch that sits on a beautiful hardwood floor, and kick muddy sneakers off with a jolt that sends them sailing to the unreachable galaxies of the under-couch world. As the muddy sneakers are left forgotten on the hardwood floor, mud and dirt slowly seep into the wood. Dampness starts warping the hardwood, and as grains begin to roughen, stains set in. When it’s time to move furniture around for spring cleaning, dark stains on the hardwood floor show evidence of long-lost sneakers under the couch and overflowing water from plant holders hiding in the corners of the room. Once the room is cleared of furniture, it’s clear that spilled beverages from the last family reunion were not quickly wiped up. Life leaves stains. (more…)

How to Minimize a Malicious Cigarette Burn in Carpet and Clothing Material

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Cigarette burns are unforgiving. Their dark, scraggly perimeter scowls at you and taunts you with
a scorched noticeable, often permanent, hole – ruining whatever surface was trying to survive. It’s very hard to hide a cigarette burn, and many cigarette burns are impossible to hide or repair. If your shirt went up in flames and is reduced to flying ashes, it’s time to get a new shirt. A car seat cover may be necessary to hide that cigarette burn from mom, and you might need to strategically center a floor planter over the carpet of your rented apartment. But, depending on the severity of the burn, there may be hope. (more…)