Ten Ways to Use Carpet Tiles Around the Home

Carpet tiles can be used in any room or for many arts and crafts projects. They are versatile, inexpensive, easy to install on the floor and easily maintained. Here are ten ways you can use carpet tiles around the home that you may not have thought of before. 1. Runner Rug Runner rugs are great for long hallways. Give the budget a break by purchasing carpet tiles and converting them into a rug for your hallway. You can use one tile or two tiles across depending on the width of your space. This is a great way to add a pop of color to your home or provide a softer touch to wood floors. 2. Area Rug With carpet tiles, only your imagination is the limit. Area rugs can be created from carpet tiles, and in any pattern you can think of. Simply find a pattern you like and cut the carpet tiles to match using a razor blade. Use several colors to add a little bit of a mix to the room! 3. Outdoors Some carpet tiles can even be used outdoors to cover a deck, patio, garage floor, or the surrounding area of a swimming pool. For example, carpet squares placed around a pool can prevent slipping. 4. Bulletin Board Staple some carpet squares to a corkboard or to a lightweight piece of wood and make a fun bulletin board! Using carpet tiles is a nice alternative to the standard cork, and can add some color and texture to your wall. 5. Ottoman Cover a plywood cube or an old wooden pallet with carpet tiles for a DIY...

How to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring can easily be installed with the right tools and a little preparation before you start. Not only is laminate flooring economical, but it’s also very durable and can be installed within one day for most DIYers. It’s a great choice for almost any room! Tools You’ll Need Hammer Tape measure Level Jamb saw Circular saw Utility knife Clamps Nail punch Carpenter’s square Foam underlayment Floor installation kits Sealant Silicone caulk Floor leveling compound (if needed) Duct tape Concrete patch FInishing nails Moulding Threshold Preparation First, remove your existing flooring and baseboards, then clean the subfloor of dust and debris so the floor is as smooth and flat as possible. This is important so the laminate flooring can lie down properly. If you have concrete subfloors, make sure any damage is filled with a patching compound. If you have original wood floors, remove protruding nails and replace any damaged boards before you start. If you are installing the flooring in a room with high humidity or moisture, like a bathroom or laundry room, lay down a vapor barrier before you install the flooring. These can also be installed in other rooms for added protection. Next, lay out the unopened boxes of laminate planks in the room so they can acclimate to the room’s temperature and humidity levels. Leave them in the room for around 48 hours before you begin the project. Cut Door Jambs By cutting your door jambs before you install your new flooring, you will have to make fewer cuts to the laminate and it will produce a more streamlined look when you’re finished. To do...

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring provides a modern elegance to your home without the hefty price tag of real wood. If laminate floors are cleaned properly, you can get a long-lasting floor option that can hold up just as well as hardwood. Basic Care Like with any type of flooring, basic day-to-day care is necessary. Use a dust mop or a vacuum paired with a soft brush attachment to clean up dirt and debris. For mopping, use a cotton, terrycloth or microfiber mop. Avoid harsh chemicals that can ruin your laminate flooring. You’ll want to protect your laminate floors from the sun’s harsh rays. Excessive heat and direct sunlight can cause fading and aging on exposed areas of the floor. If possible, purchase blackout curtains and keep them closed throughout the day. How to Prevent Damage Liquid isn’t good for laminate. Any type of aqueous substance can seep in between the laminate boards causing swelling and unnecessary damage. Keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of water or disinfectant in order to achieve a thorough clean. Only spray as much as you need on a section of the floor as you mop. If a lot of water or liquid is left behind after you mop a spot, you’re using too much. The floor should dry on its own within one minute of mopping it. Ice is helpful in removing wax or gum. By using the ice method to harden tough substances like wax or gum, you can gently scrape them off with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface, and wipe down the...

Best Ways to Prevent Scratches on Wood Flooring

Wood flooring can add a natural touch to any home. Whether it’s new, refinished or even engineered hardwood, we all want to keep our floors looking new as long as possible. Even with our best efforts, scratches can still happen due to furniture, pets, children and dirt, amongst other factors. But, with a maintenance routine and a little TLC, we can help prevent scratches on wood flooring. Leave Your Shoes at the Door Shoes can damage your hardwood floors. Rocks and dirt trapped in soles can cause wear and tear, scratches and even divots on wood floors. High heeled shoes can cause even more damage as they do not evenly distribute weight. Leave slippers at the front door for use in the house if you want something on your feet. Protect Your Floors From Furniture Glides and fabric pads, which are placed on the bottom of your furniture’s legs, are great ways to protect your hardwood floors from surface scratches. Choose the pad according to how often the furniture is moved. Avoid plastic wheeled furniture as they can easily scratch hardwood. There are different types of chair glides, each offering different levels of cost and protection. Self-adhesive pads. These are peel and stick pads that can easily be found at most stores. They are typically made of felt or rubber, are inexpensive, and have a shorter life expectancy. Nail-on pads. These types of pads are very secure since they are nailed onto the furniture leg. Slip-on pads. These pads slip over a chair leg and are often made of rubber or plastic. These won’t fall off over time like...

Carpet vs. Wood Flooring for Stairs

It can be difficult to decide which type of flooring for your stairs will provide functionality, style and safety. Wood stairs can provide a modern and sleek look to a home, while carpeted stairs can add warmth and texture while helping with noise reduction and fall prevention. If it’s too difficult to choose between the two, many homeowners compromise by installing a carpet runner that covers only a portion of the wood stairs. Pros and Cons of Carpeted Stairs Safety Carpeted stairs provide traction, which can prevent slips and falls for both people and pets. In fact, The National Safety Council reports 12,000 deaths a year in the U.S. just from stair falls, so carpet is important to consider, especially if you have children or seniors in the home. Expense and Effort Installing carpet generally requires a professional’s help due to the required skill it takes to fold the carpet along each edge for a seamless finish. Even with installation costs, carpet tends to be significantly less expensive than hardwood. Appearance Consider the other floor finishes you have in your home. If you already have laminate or hardwood upstairs and downstairs, carpeted stairs may look outdated and out of place. For homes with carpeting throughout, carpet stairs will provide the most cohesive look. The look of the stairs also plays a part in which material you choose. For stairs that change width from top to bottom, full carpet is a good choice as opposed to a carpet runner, which may need to be custom-fit. Condition Consider the condition of your stairs. If you have original hardwood underneath, you may...

What are the Most Popular Tile Types?

Shopping for tile might seem overwhelming at first due to all of the different types of tile available, but it doesn’t have to be. Some tiles are used for floors in areas where there’s high traffic, while other tiles are fragile and designed for walls only. Keep in mind that every floor tile can also be used as a wall tile – but the opposite isn’t true. If you’re just tiling your walls, you can choose what you like. But, when you’re tiling a floor, you need to be a bit more choosy. Here’s a guide to the most popular tile types and how select the right one for your project. Ceramic Ceramic is one of the most popular types of tile. Made out of clay and sand, then molded and fired in a kiln, it’s durable enough to be used for flooring in high traffic areas. The tiles can either be glazed or unglazed, but they’re usually glazed on one side (the side that goes up). Ceramic tile has a much longer life in comparison to other flooring materials due to its scratch resistance, color permanence and strength. Ceramic tiles are also water-resistant, making them an ideal choice for bathrooms, basements, kitchens, porches, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Porcelain Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic tile, but there are slight differences. Porcelain tiles are generally slightly stronger than ceramic and offer greater design flexibility. Porcelain tiles are made out of a clay-like material, just like ceramic, but the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It’s also fired at a higher temperature, resulting...

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