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    Caring for Different Types of Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 3 days 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 9 days 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 17 days 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. 

    Durability
    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.

    Color
    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 29 days 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. 

    Deciding When to Use Engineered Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your floors are more than just the surfaces you stand on and where your furniture rests. Though they do serve a functional purpose, your floors can also contribute greatly to your home’s overall style. If your flooring is starting to look worn, dirty, or simply outdated, it may be time to consider having new floors installed. Engineered hardwood adds beauty and elegance to any home, and usually won’t cost as much as solid hardwood flooring. Keep reading to find out when you should use engineered hardwood floors. 

    Budget
    Before you begin searching for new flooring for your home, it’s a good idea to give yourself a budget. Knowing how much you are able to spend can help you narrow down your search, and prevents you from accidentally spending too much. Engineered hardwood floors tend to be a more economical choice than solid hardwood floors, as they are made from a variety of types of wood. Only the top layer, or veneer, on engineered hardwood is made out of the more expensive wood species, so you can save money by opting for these over solid planks.

    Environment
    If you live in a relatively humid environment, engineered hardwood flooring could be the right choice for you. The layers underneath the veneer are pressed and glued together for strength, giving engineered hardwood added stability. They tend to be more resistant to moisture and will not shrink or warp in the way that some solid plank floors can. Engineered hardwood floors can even be installed over concrete.

    Sustainability
    If you’re like many homeowners, you may be concerned about how your remodeling choices affect the environment. Engineered hardwood floors are a more sustainable option than other choices, especially if you’re looking at exotic wood species. Since only a thin layer of the wood in question is used for engineered hardwood floors, fewer trees need to be harvested and the ones that are will go much further.

    For the finest quality and best selection of flooring in Kingwood, call Houston Custom Carpets at (832) 412-1151. Our friendly staff will help you find the best flooring for your needs at a price that works with your budget. We are proud to be family-owned and operated.

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