Covering the latest innovations in carpeting, hardwood floors, waterproof floors and tile for 2019, two words become fabulously apparent: FAMILY-FRIENDLY! As promised what happened in Vegas, isn’t staying in Vegas, it’s coming to our Showroom!
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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As we embrace the cooler weather and shorter days, we pause and we think: "The Holiday Season is just a couple months away...aways away..." And, before you know it the Holidays are here! It's that passing thought that has all of us at Knight's thinking that September is the month to BE HOLIDAY HOME READY. You'll arrive FASHIONABLY EARLY with our Timeline to Success.
Six-to-Eight Weeks . . .
Custom draperies set the stage to intimate gatherings, framing the window and completing the decor theme, but - YES! You will have to plan on six-to-eight weeks from the time you place your order and that doesn't include the time it may take to select your fabrics and trims.
Please include in your six-to-eight week timeline: Custom bedding, decorative pillows & throws, valances, roman-fold shades, upholstered headboards and reupholstery too. We are placing Shutters in this time frame also as depending on the type of Shutter, you'll want to allow anywhere from three-to-eight weeks.
Four-to-Six Weeks . . .
Custom Area Rugs
Our own Jimmy Jewell is hard at work creating a custom area rug. Our area rug collections are varied and do include quality wools and wool blends in today's traditional and trending area rug patterns. We are also able to provide customization to our broadloom, aka wall-to-wall carpet selections, designed with contrasting patterns & colors, cut to the the size you prefer with many choices of banding to finish off the edge.
PLEASE ALLOW FOUR TO SIX WEEKS
Arches, Eyebrows, Angle-Tops, Ovals.... Your Specialty-Shaped Windows may require a template of the opening, making for a longer turn-around time to complete.
You'll want to add extra time - up to a week on installation for any patterned floors.
What's on your Holiday Home Checklist?
All it takes is a little pre-planning to Be Holiday Home Ready, and at Knight's we strive to do just that for our customers - keeping to schedules, and allowing a little extra time for a smooth transition to new interior coverings. Yes, we've got you covered with complimentary consultations for all of the quality products our Showroom has to offer and free sample check-out too. Are you feeling a little stressed over managing your own timeline to Be Holiday Home Ready? We provide professional project coordination and have a list of local reputable sources, complete with contractors, designers and services that bring a wealth of knowledge to your interior renovation project.
All of our timelines are to be used as a guide and do not take into account backorders, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.
Contact us today on any questions you have on creating your personal 'Be Holiday Home Ready' Timeline & Enjoy!
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.