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We've seen them! You've, no doubt, seen them too! Those cleaning hack internet articles that have you pulling out the mop and whatever method, remedy, additions to cleaners they are using to promote their own products - And, we say WAIT! What about my warranty!! Before you try one of these "hacks", let's talk about the proper cleaning, care & maintenance of your own floors, rugs, draperies and window treatments. We'll get to some of this in our next Blog on care & cleaning. Today our focus is hard surface flooring with a reference guide that you'll save (yes, please) to keep your quality purchases up to their intended performance.
What's got me going? A recent "hack" of adding essential oils, now before you judge I love essential oils! Just not in a mop bucket with water intended to scrub any wood floors, especially our beautiful hardwood floors. It's the easiest way to remove the natural luster of the hardwood and your warranty along with it.
So, what is the best way to clean, care and maintain the beauty of Hardwood Flooring?
All of our vendors agree, it is with a floor cleaner specifically made for your hardwood finishes.
Water and Wood Don't Mix . . .
A little snippet from our friends at Hallmark Hardwood Flooring. For their entire article on care and maintenance click here
From Hardwood to Laminate Floors . . .
Friends Don't Let Friends Steam Mop
"But, my steam mop says I can." I was at a clients recently visiting the laminate floors we had installed and there she was, her housekeeper, steam mopping away on our beautiful new floors! True, many of the popular steam mop brands do list laminate floors right on the box as was pointed out to me, but don't you believe it. Manufacturer's warranties do not include "other people cleaning" in their warranty, which brings us to "Friends don't let friends steam mop".
All Roads Lead To A Clean Sweep
Then there's Vinyl Planking, with possibly the largest misconception for cleaning that we come across on a daily basis. Did you know that steam mopping a vinyl plank floor, even the newer waterproof vinyl planks, that steam mops have the potential to damage the floor? The steam results in dripping water that will seep between the planks loosening the glue that holds the planks in place and the heat from the mop will cause the vinyl to warp or bend. The entire process will also dull the finish.
What is recommended? The "Laminate Floor Tips" video is a great start for your vinyl plank floors with these exceptions: It is okay to lightly damp mop vinyl, ahem...lightly, and a Neutral-PH balanced floor cleaner designed for vinyl floors is the go-to for restoring the luster.
Do Use The Power Of Steam For . . .
With all of our "don'ts" we actually love saying "Do"! And, we put the steam mop back into action when it comes to tile. There are so many different types of tile to consider though, and I think this photo captures them all with natural stone and man-made tile as well. Avoiding harsh chemicals is the best rule to follow along with these tips on how to clean the shower that apply just as well to your floors. Click for more on cleaning tile.
Thank you so much for joining in on this Blog post! We do have an attachment to our floors long after the sale is through. Preserving the quality of the floors through care, cleaning and maintenance is a great first step to loving your own floors for years to come. We hope you'll help us get the word out to the world-wide web by liking and sharing this blog post. If you do have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section, or give us a call at (805) 237-1400. Happy to be of service.
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When we think of new flooring we are apt to tune-in to popular decor trends, beautifully showcased in design magazines. While our focus is on the beautiful, it's good to remember that these images are staged to draw our attention and may not offer the best solutions for your personal living space.
At Knight's we focus on our client's lifestyle ensuring the selection you make is the one you'll love for years to come. Consider this: Gravity dictates that with every step you take in your home, you're stepping on your flooring. Whether in high-heels, cowboy boots, cozy slippers, or your barefeet, you deserve the comfort and quality suited to your needs.
To make the best selection start with these questions:
1. How is the room used?
2. Heavy or light foot traffic?
3. Is this space the center of activity for my family?
4. How much direct sunlight is in the area/floors?
5. What flooring is best for my pets?
6. How can we create a smooth transition to other flooring surfaces?
7. How often do I change my decor, colors, theme?
8. Is this floor CARB certified?
Now make your own list and let's see how these questions apply to you.
As a small, family-owned business it is of the utmost importance that we continue to provide quality where it counts. From the accountability of our manufacturers & vendors, to our own installation team and into your home - we've found these questions very useful in helping our clients make informed decisions and we hope you'll find them useful too.
You have questions??? We have answers!
This year's Meet the Experts Open House marks our
As you can imagine, we're very excited for this year's event and thank you for checking in here.
Our "Experts" are coming together in our showroom with the newest product lines that you love the most. . . Vinyl Planking. . . Window Coverings. . . Carpeting. . . Tile. . . Hardwood Floors
What makes our event a stand-out? Our MEET THE EXPERTS event is a personalized home show where you meet one-on-one with Factory Reps, Installers and Industry Pros to learn more about the product's quality and application for your home.
April 16th - This just in! You'll want to scroll down to see all the offerings for our Raffle Drawing.
MEET OUR "EXPERT"
TOM GARNER, TUFTEX CARPETS OF CALIFORNIA
Enter the event raffle to win
a beautiful area rug
(it's the rug on the far right)
Meet our "Expert" Toni Huggins of Hunter Douglas
See the magic of PowerView Motorization
One raffle prize winner will walk away with the magic
of the PowerView Hub!
when it comes to tile...
see what emser tile has in store
for your floor and more
Meet our expert
ryan burns of CORETEC VINYL
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CORE
MEET OUR EXPERT SCOTT ASHMAN
design your home to fit your lifestyle
with hardwood or Laminate flooring
Did someone say prizes?
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'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house . . .
Timeless updates that last well beyond the holiday decorating are the focus of "Holidays in the Well-Lived Home". Give yourself a gift while at the same time entertaining family and friends.
Want to make a big impact? Paint the front door!
We all have that one friend or neighbor that is always one step ahead in changing their decor with every season. We stand in utter awe of their planning, their skills in announcing a new holiday is coming! We love the effect and charm and secretly wonder: "How do they do it?"
Well, dear readers, I do have one such friend whose creative juices are already overflowing into the next season before I've even planned how I'll decorate for this Season. So, I've tapped into her brain with the question:
If you could choose one piece to carry through to every season, what would it be?
I can't help but give a practical side note for your entryway: Bullit-proof your floors!
Learn more here from our blog post focus: The Well-Lived Home Entryways
Is it too late to add an accent wall?
We don't think it's too late and an accent wall is the gift that keeps on giving. You'll smile every time you walk by. With York Wallcovering's new SureStrip papers you are assured of an easy on installation, and if you joined us at our Relocation Celebration you saw first-hand these papers are also easily removed.
We're on a roll now and will carry our vessel creations throughout the home and use to coordinate our table centerpieces and trim the tree in our amazing color-scheme.
Cue the tree trimming. . .
Real or fake, family-style or high-end design...
I wish, oh how I wish, someone would have given me these tips years ago. Learning over the years time-saving techniques to filling my tree with decorations - key word "TIME SAVING". Give me spools of wider width wire-rimmed ribbons, decorated garland, floral picks and sprays and I'll decorate tree after tree, after tree, and love doing it.
Once you have filled the tree with lights, or better yet start with a pre-lit tree, grab your decorated garland and from the top drape throughout the tree loosely, going around the tree horizontally. You'll be coming back for a tuck here and there. Now my favorite part the ribbon!! Again from the top and running vertically, about 9 feet of ribbon for every foot of the tree. Vis-a-vis, you'll need at least 6 - 9ft. spools for a six-foot tree. Now weave the ribbon in and out from top to bottom at equal points of length all around the tree. Fill in with your floral picks and sprays and a few ornaments that you used in your Vessel Vignettes and you'll be tree happy!
Let's get cozy
Even as a decorator the task of creating the perfect holiday scene has me feeling a bit pressured. It's important to remember that there is no such thing as "perfect" and for that very reason give yourself, and your friends, another gift this season of cozy comfort.
I'm ready to wrap myself in these faux furs from our friends at Fabricut, and possibly recover the ottoman too. They look so divine I would not hesitate to leave my furry throw out on the sofa and invite someone to join me with a cup of a rich, hot cocoa made just for us adults - insert wink. Of course, slippers we must have slippers in our "Well Lived Home".
In my decorating travels over the years there are so many things I've learned from our clients. The ins and the outs of providing practical solutions for family living, all the while maintaining a well-appointed design. An interesting challenge that can and will become one for us in "The Well-Lived Home".
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The Entryway is the first impression...
For those who are fortunate enough to have a mud-room and entry from the garage, the landing area for the clutter of a busy day is easy to hide. For the rest of us the landing area must become a feature in the design. The console table is an intricate piece to this theory and becomes the catch-all for keys, homework, shoes and more so choose well. Keeping the top of the console decorated will distract from the mess hidden within and detour family members from cluttering the top. Give them a flat surface within arm's reach and it'll easily be filled with the findings of the day.
It's all about the drawers... Working closely with clients we've discovered dressers and sideboards make wonderful entryway tables.
The big and the small of it.
Living large, if you have the space we say go for it! As shown here in this entry hall a very family-oriented space with enough drawers for hiding you'll have to assign a row for each member of the household, pets too.
When working with smaller spaces that don't offer an entryway, create one by placing the console table close to the door and incorporating into the living area. Designate the flow with an area rug. This small space is very charming and will easily adapt to any design theme.
The consoles are picked and have been placed, but what about the floors?
Our Favorite Entryway Floors for our Well-Lived Home are worry-free selections that can a take a beating and hold their beauty.
When you want to carry real wood floors throughout your home a stunning compliment for the entryway is to create an area rug with tile. Capture the tones of your decor and protect your wood flooring from the in and out traffic through the entryway. Do you have an open floor plan with a view to the kitchen? Replicating the tile from the kitchen to the entry gives beautiful balance to your open spaces.
You love the look of wood floors without the worry of higher traffic areas. The choice is laminate flooring, but which one? Your first consideration in making the right selection is the floor's rating. Is the floor rated for commercial use? This is a great guideline to go by. Commercially-rated floors are optimum in performance for your home's entryway. Our pick is Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate offering a 50-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.
A cohesive spirit is happiest when the outdoor flooring carries through to the interior. Curb-appeal to our first impression entryway design is accomplished with tile.
We interrupt this Blog to update our post with the latest in bullet-proof floors!
Here we are in 2018 and our Vinyl Planking is not what it use to be. The innovation of Vinyl Plank is ever-changing, ever-evolving and now is 100% waterproof! Offered in several wood-look styles that actually look more like a wood floor than vinyl. Easy-care, and worry-free this waterproof vinyl plank floor has taken over our sales of all our wood-look products combined.
Photo Courtesy: Hallmark Floors - Courtier Premium Vinyl Plank
For our carpet lovers let us lay on the hospitality. Hospitality in this case refers to the type of carpet. Milled in a collection of inspiring colors and details just for public places and if it works in the hotel lobby it certainly will work for our entryway design. We're featuring
Masland's Contract Carpeting. Combine with selections of Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets and we're covering the adjoining rooms too - worry-free softness underfoot.
We've come full circle and have decided it's time to present some area rug offerings. Presentation is everything after all and we do love our Jaunty Area Rug collections. I think I see a "Perfect Pair" here..
Thank you for joining us in our "Well Lived Home". We'll be following up with a sequel soon. The floors we've featured are of products that we showcase and if you'd like to see the sampling in your own home, please give us a call. We also provide interior design services to assist you in all phases of your entryway project.