Keep Laminate Floors Looking New

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Photo: Shaw Floors

Here’s some helpful advice on how to keep your laminate floors looking new.

  • Entry mats will help collect the dirt, sand, grit and other substances such as oil, asphalt or driveway sealer that might otherwise be tracked onto your floor.
  • To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.
  • Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.
  • Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35 percent and 65 percent throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
  • Heating season (Dry): A humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage due to low humidity levels. Wood stove and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions.
  • Non-Heating Season (Wet): An air conditioner, dehumidifier or periodically turning on your heating will help to maintain humidity during summer months.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.
  • Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.
  • Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.
  • Use a protective mat for furniture or chairs with castors.

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Area Rugs Add Visual Interest to Home

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Photos Courtesy: Shaw Floors

Area rugs add beauty and style to any home. Color is one of the most vital elements of an area rug, whether its machine made or handmade.

The right combination of colors, expressed through the right design, becomes more than an area rug, it becomes a work of art.

Select a rug with colors that will visually enhance your room’s décor. The colors don’t have to match the other colors in the room perfectly.

Some of the best interior designs feature new and interesting combinations of colors that either contrast or complement a room’s color scheme.

Area Rug 2Colors are also an important factor in determining the origin of many handmade rugs. Different rug-producing areas use different combinations of colors and different types of dyes.

So feel free to express yourself with an area rug – think outside the box.