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    Hardwood Floor Mistakes to Avoid

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Hardwood floors make a beautiful addition to any home, no matter what decorating style you favor. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, hardwood floors can add value to your home should you ever choose to sell. It’s important to take good care of your hardwood floors so that they look great for a long time to come. When you are cleaning your floors, avoid using the rotating brush setting on your vacuum cleaner. This brush is abrasive, so use a floor brush attachment instead. You might be surprised that you only need to wet-clean your hardwood floors every month or two, assuming that your floors aren’t subject to heavy traffic. Being exposed to too much moisture too often can actually change the shape and look of the wood. In order to keep the rich color of your hardwood floors, you’ll want to close the blinds or curtains during the sunniest part of the day to prevent fading.

    You’ll find an amazing selection of floor coverings, including engineered hardwood and more, at Houston Custom Carpets. Contact us at (832) 412-1151 to learn more about our inventory and how we can help you get the flooring you’ve always wanted for your home. 

    Caring for Different Types of Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Selecting a new type of floor covering for your home can be an overwhelming decision. You’ll have to live with your choice for many years, so it’s wise to choose flooring that is attractive, durable, and sensible for your lifestyle. Hardwood floors can add value to your home and work with nearly any existing decorating scheme. In addition to offering natural beauty and a rustic yet modern look, hardwood floors last a long time—as long as they are properly cared for. Keep reading to find out how to care for different types of hardwood floors. 

    Untreated Hardwood
    Untreated hardwood floors have a timeless elegance that can work well in almost any room in your home. Part of the appeal of untreated hardwood is the marks that make it unique. To care for these wood floors, vacuum with a special soft-bristled brush so you don’t scratch the surfaces. You can use a damp microfiber cloth with water and hardwood cleanser to wipe away dust and dirt that accumulate during the course of normal use. Make sure that you don’t use too much liquid when you’re cleaning, as you’ll need to avoid having water pool anywhere on the floor.

    Finished Hardwood
    Hardwood floors finished with some type of sealant are relatively easy to maintain. Make sure you know what type of finish your floors have, as a wax finish will require a different type of cleanser than a polyurethane finish. Avoid using oil soaps or cleansers with citrus oils, as these can leave a residue on the hardwood that dulls the finish.

    Engineered Hardwood
    Engineered hardwood floors are more resistant to heat and moisture than solid hardwood, making them a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where they might be exposed to moisture. Because engineered hardwood floors are made completely of wood, you can use a cleanser that’s designed for hardwood. Although engineered hardwood floors offer resistance to moisture, you should still avoid leaving pools of standing water after you clean to prevent damage.

    Learn more about the different types of hardwood flooring and how to clean them when you visit Houston Custom Carpets in Kingwood. Call us at (832) 412-1151 to find out more about our services and how we can help you transform your home’s flooring. You can also visit our website for more information about our family-owned business. 

    Choosing Wood Flooring Colors

    Last updated 10 months ago

    When you are getting ready to select a new floor covering for your home, consider how hardwood can benefit you. Hardwood not only looks great, but is also durable and can last a long time. Watch this video to learn how to choose wood flooring colors.

    There are many different species of wood to choose from for flooring, so it’s best to take a look at your current décor. While you could choose different species of wood for different rooms, you’ll get a more unified look if you stick with just one color and species. Notice what colors and tones you have on your walls and in your furniture, and go for a wood color that complements what’s already there. If you already have wood cabinets or wooden furniture, select a neutral floor color so your home won’t look too busy.

    The friendly experts at Houston Custom Carpets can help you choose new hardwood flooring for your home. Call us at (832) 412-1151 with all of your questions about hardwood flooring. We are Kingwood’s top choice for floor coverings, and offer everything from carpet to hardwood.  

    Why Quartz Is the New Countertop Contender

    Last updated 10 months ago

    As you take a look around your kitchen, do you feel like it could use a bit of an upgrade? You don’t have to undertake a complete kitchen remodel to get a new look for your space. Sometimes, just replacing your countertops can give you the modern, updated look you want—with the added bonus of better functionality. There are many options for materials when it comes to countertops, and quartz has been growing in popularity in recent years. Keep reading to learn why quartz is the new countertop contender. 

    Kitchen countertops can take a beating, as they are subject to foods, liquids, heat, knife blades, and various cleaning products. That’s why it’s important to choose a countertop material that can withstand everything that’s thrown at it. Quartz is highly durable, and resists stains and corrosion that would normally damage countertop surfaces. Unlike other types of stone countertops, quartz is a non-porous surface, so there is no need to reseal it periodically. This non-porousness also makes it easier to clean, since bacteria cannot impregnate the stone. In fact, quartz is so durable that many manufacturers offer warranties that are not available with other countertop materials.

    When you are choosing countertop materials, aesthetics will play an important role in your decision. You want a countertop to function well, of course, but you also want something that will look great in your kitchen. Quartz countertops are available in a wide array of colors that can match your current décor or help you create a brand new color scheme in your kitchen. Natural stone materials do not provide as many color options as quartz, making quartz a better choice for homeowners with a very specific vision in mind. With quartz, you can get the look of natural stone in unique colors that complement your home.

    Visit Houston Custom Carpets in Kingwood to explore your options for countertops, including quartz, granite, wood, and more. Give us a call at (832) 412-1151 to inquire about which type of countertop might be right for your home. Don’t forget to ask for a free quote!

    Simplifying Tile Floor Maintenance

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Your floors take a beating, so it’s a good idea to educate yourself on how to maintain them so that they last a long time and look great in the process. Maintaining your tile floors can be relatively simple if you follow a few rules of thumb. When cleaning tile floors, never use harsh chemicals or scrub with abrasive materials. These can scratch and damage your tile, and could lead to fading and staining as time goes on. If you don’t have tile-specific cleaner on hand, you can make a mixture of baking soda and water, and use it to mop your floors. Different types of tile must be cleaned in different ways, so clarify what you’re getting at the flooring store before you head home. You should know whether your tile comes sealed or if that’s something you should do on your own to prevent staining and protect them against damage.

    For answers to all of your questions about tile floors and how to maintain them, call Houston Custom Carpets at (832) 412-1151. We are the Kingwood flooring experts, offering tile, carpet, hardwood, and other high-quality floor covering options for your home or business. 

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