Why Choose Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Even though it’s been around for decades, luxury vinyl tile is gaining traction in the flooring industry. Consumers love how versatile the product is, and thanks to technology, it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish hardwood from vinyl plank.

Many people are drawn to LVT which closely mimics the look and feel of traditional stone or hardwood flooring, and for good reasons!

It’s Beautiful
Luxury vinyl tile has come a long way in the past few years in terms of aesthetics. With its photorealistic imaging layer LVT can pass for today’s high-quality flooring like hardwoods, ceramic tiles, limestone, marble, slate, parquet, and many others. The titles can even be laid with grout!

LVTs are unique in that there are limitless design options and choices include a spectrum of styles, colors, textures and patterns.. Because what you see is an image meticulously printed to resemble the look of other luxury materials, you can find the right unique look for your home.

LVTs are also soft and warn underfoot, perfect for Wisconsin winters!

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Built To Last
Aside from looks, LVTs are tough as nails and built to last longer and be more resistant to damage than traditional stone, ceramic, or hardwood. LVTs are coated with urethane, have multiple layers and resilient backing, making them resistant to scratches, scuffs, marks, stains, and indentations. This is ideal for homes with children or pets and great in high-traffic living spaces. Since LVTs won’t chip, warp, or yellow over time, they are the perfect long-lasting flooring material for your house.

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Water Resistant
Worried about moisture? Not only does LVT flooring resist scratching, it’s also extremely water resistant. This makes it ideal for high-moisture areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Easy To Maintain
Because LVTs won’t stain, warp, or yellow over time, a simple mopping with water and cleaner is the only maintenance needed.

If a plank becomes damaged, you can replace that one piece without having to tear up the whole floor. For this reason we recommend buying an extra 10% of tile in case you need it for future repairs.

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Budget-Friendly
The price of vinyl floors is ideal for tight or moderate budgets. Factors that influence cost include brand, design and thickness. luxury vinyl flooring offers all the natural beauty of natural wood floors, but is almost indistinguishable from hardwood and is as much as 1/3 the cost of hardwood to purchase and install. If you want the look and feel of natural materials without breaking the bank, LVTs may be for you!

Although we are flooring installation experts, we understand that not everyone wants to hire a professional. Do-it-yourselfers will love the ease in which LVTs install via glue-down, click and lock, loose lay, or peel and stick methods.

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Can you have the look, graining, and character of real hardwood in vinyl tile flooring? Absolutely! Stop by our showrooms in Madison or Brodhead to check out samples and consult with our experts to see if luxury vinyl tile is right for your home improvement project.

5 WOOD FLOORING TRENDS FOR 2017

There’s always a lot going on in the wood flooring industry! Hardwood floors bring a beauty to a room that cannot be contested by any other flooring. Wood flooring is a classic that will never go out of style. That doesn’t mean they have to be boring! New styles are constantly developing so you can be stylish, unique and on-trend while maintaining traditional quality and value. If you are concerned about the environment, then purchasing a hardwood is a good choice. Hardwood is one of the best things you can do to ensure clean air. Need inspiration? Here are a few trends that are hot right now:

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Angled Wood
Not too many people are aware that hardwood floors can be installed at any angle. A 45-degree angle is a great way to go as it’s unique, interesting and very pleasing to the eyes. It’s an optical illusion that can open up narrow spaces and make small rooms appear bigger.

Cork
Cork is a great fatigue mat due to the natural characteristics of cork. For a workplace like a kitchen, it’s soft under foot, forgiving if you drop something (unlike ceramic tile) and is naturally warmer in our cold Wisconsin winters. Properly harvested, cork recycles itself in 12 years, a great renewable material. Our cork is from Portugal, and cork from Spain and Portugal is noted for it’s higher density and longer life. All of our corks have a water-based Urethane wear-layer, so they are safe and easy to maintain. The hard surface makes it easier to clean with a dust mop, and even though it is a porous material, the finish prevents pockets where allergens can collect.

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Mixed Width
Mixed widths are a cool design trend that will surely make a unique statement and lasting impression. Historically, hardwood lumber was always cut from the log into various widths. Our ancestors built their homes out of these uneven width planks and it’s now back in vogue! People are easily recreating this vintage look and making it modern

Herringbone
For a unique twist on standard hardwood, create a hip, classic, stylish look with herringbone wood flooring. This elegant pattern differs from chevron flooring in that the planks look slightly staggered, rather than meeting in perfect points.

Bamboo
When done right, bamboo is a floor you can be proud of and will deliver long lasting beauty and satisfaction. Bamboo has been used as an alternative for flooring because of its physical similarities to true hardwoods. It’s known for its strength, durability, eco-friendliness and natural resistance to insects and moisture. Bamboo is also an awesome choice for anyone with allergies. It offers the same hard surface that protects from mites making a home in your floor, as well as being waterproof to help with the mold and mildew.

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Get in on these trends and impress your neighbors!

We would love to walk you through the process of selecting the best flooring for your home and show you samples in our showrooms. Hardwood floors are an investment that will last you an extremely long time, and when chosen properly will never be a regret. Contact us today or stop by our Madison or Brodhead showroom for personalized recommendations and exceptional service.

 

Clean Your Carpets Naturally

We all want clean carpets, but everyday living can take a big toll. Although it’s tempting to run to the store after seeing the latest commercial for heavy duty products, using non-toxic cleaners is a much safer alternative, especially if you have kids or pets. Often, items you already have in your kitchen will do the trick without the need for any nasty chemicals. Here are some green cleaning tips.

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Salt plus club soda = beautiful carpets!
Always blot fresh stains first to soak up as much liquid as possible. NEVER rub.
First: liberally sprinkle regular salt over the stain
Next: pour club soda over the area and leave the mixture on overnight. In the morning re-blot to soak up any leftover liquid
Finally: vacuum area to remove salt

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White distilled vinegar is a secret weapon everyone should have in their pantry.
First: blot up as much of the coffee as possible.
Next: combine one tablespoon liquid dish soap and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Finally: sponge the magic mixture on the stain with a white cloth a little bit at a time. Blot often with a dry cloth until the coffee stain is gone.

Gum

The most effective way to get fresh gum out of a carpet is by freezing it.
First: place ice cubes in a resealable plastic bag and lay it on the gum until it hardens completely.
Next: use a metal spatula or butter knife to gently scrape the gum off until completely removed.
Finally: clean the spot using a cloth and a soapy solution plus vinegar. Gently rub the area to remove any remaining residue.

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Your favorite shade may look great on you, but you probably cringe at the thought of it ruining your carpet! An easy, inexpensive solution is ammonia, which you most likely already have in your home.
First: blot the stain with plain water
Next: dab the stain with a cotton swab and ammonia
Finally: use a clean white and a small amount of soapy warm water to gently wash the area.

Grease

Greasy stains can be a real pain to get out of carpet. Absorbents like cornstarch or baking soda will rescue your investment.
First: sprinkle absorbant on the stain and let stand overnight
Next: vacuum well
Finally: mix 1/3 cup vinegar with 2/3 cup warm gently blot the stain with a clean towel until it’s gone

Wet stains

Mud, wine, pet urine…vinegar to the rescue! Make sure you treat the stain immediately because the longer it sits the harder it will be to get out.
First: gently blot up the spill with the heel of your palm. Get as much soaked up as possible. No rubbing!
Next: liberally spray vinegar until the area is soaked. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
Finally: use a clean towel to soak up the vinegar. You can blot, or put some elbow grease behind it for a deep clean.

Odor

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Use good old baking soda to remove odor from carpets.
Most carpet deodorizers and fresheners contain fragrances that just mask smells. Baking soda actually soaks up the odor. Simply sprinkle it on, let sit for 30 minutes then vacuum. Voila, clean and fresh smelling!
Take it a step further and make your own safe all-natural custom fragrance. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to half cup of baking soda, sprinkle on your carpet, leave on for at least half an hour then vacuum up well. Change it up to reflect the seasons !

Keep your carpets looking new and beautiful for years to come using these simple household ingredients for a gentle, yet effective green cleaning. Have some tried and true ones of your own? Please share in the comments!

Trends In Tile: Making Your Installation Unique

When it comes to choosing materials for your home, there’s the fun stuff, and then the mundane, but necessary projects. Paint colors, light fixtures, and furnishings fall under the “exciting options” category since you get so much more freedom to play around with design. But picking out tile? That’s just about practicality, right? Wrong. There’s been quite a bit of buzz about tile in the design world lately: there are more unique options than ever before! A beautiful tile can complete the look of a room or even function as that main, head-turning focal point your neighbors will be envious of.

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If you look back over all the different style and color choices of the past you will notice a couple of things:
1. Tile shades remained white or lighter shades of color.
2. What people chose to decorate their homes with has always been a way to differentiate their style from their neighbors, while still maintaining a livable design and look. They wanted it to be different, but not so different as to make their home unsellable.
3. There has been a consistent move toward patterns and textures which is now on the rise. At first it was the incorporation of differently colored tiles interspersed throughout the sterile white installations. Then trendy colors became more common. Some even began being produced with speckles in the glaze to give the tile depth and feel.

The move toward natural stone has really brought texture and feel to the forefront. The popularity of travertine is a large part of this move. Every piece of natural stone is different. Travertine, with its large amount of fissures and holes adds a great deal of texture and depth to an installation. While granite and marble both have natural colors and striations which add to this, travertine has that coveted feel to it as well.

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Currently the popular aspects of design are lighter or earth tones. Texture, feel and depth all play a large role in preferred designs and people are always looking for that one little, subtle aspect that really sets their room apart from all the others and takes the aesthetic to the next level.

What’s next in tile style?
The texture and feel aspect of tile installations will continue to grow and become an even larger factor in design choices. Other than simply the feel of the tile itself, the manner in which the tile is manufactured or fabricated will also begin to make more of an impact on the tile design itself.

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Since travertine became commonplace and readily available the demand for it has exploded. While the shades and colors found in travertines are available with many manufactured products, it was the actual, physical feel of travertine which differentiated it from the others.

Manufacturers are innovating the trend by creating 3D tile mosaics in several textures with height and angles rather than simply a flat plane. They can have sharp, angled cutbacks or rounded tops like a river stone. As you run your hand over them they have several different levels of depth.

With continuously evolving technologies, companies are able to create ceramic tiles with three dimensional folds, wavy ridges, raised geometry and asymmetrical profiles. Fitting these tiles together creates a three dimensional wall with a seamless sculpted surface that draws the eye.

This year there was also a warmth to tiles, lending a softness to the hard surface. From designs with distressed and tactile effects (sandblasted marble, stripped wood and fabric) to warm shades, watercolor and velvety textures, it is a welcome reprieve from the minimal aesthetic of recent years.

Shape

For over one hundred years, rectangular and square tile have been the bulk of what has been available and accepted. That is beginning to change.

There’s now a porcelain-tile dupe for nearly any wood floor—from heart pine so shiny you can admire your reflection in it to white-washed salvaged wood with faux nailheads—but classic herringbone treatment has as much stylish staying power as it has durability.

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Drawing inspiration from the age-old chevron pattern, designers dress up floors and walls with these porcelains. Designers are innovating traditional chevron and herringbone patterns with more unique materials, like stone, brick resin and painted wood across all scales.

Unusual shapes, something unexpected like circular glass tiles, are becoming popular and the availability continues to rise. Tile manufacturers are starting to get back to the ’tile as art’ frame of mind and are producing different, unusual and specialty tile which don’t conform to everyone else’s idea of what tile should be. While they are mostly used as an accent tile or band through a traditional tile installation, these very different tiles add pop to an otherwise normal space.

Another interesting tile trend incorporates colorful fragmented geometric patterns to produce large kaleidoscopic compositions.

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Color

The current, most popular designs incorporate cool, earth tones or a marine palette of greens and blues. They are readily available, match nearly any decor, have hundreds of variations and are simply comfortable. Coupled with that special mosaic band or insert these can create a truly one-of-a-kind installation while remaining functional and livable.

Neutral has always been in, and will continue to be so long as tile is being used for interior surface coverings. When you walk into a bathroom with neutral flooring you will hardly ever notice it right away. Try to take this up a notch by incorporating one special, unique design aspect like a specialty tile or an unusual glass tile running through the center of the installation.

Street and pop art are having a direct influence on the future of tile design, turning your floors into vivid object d’art!

Uniqueness

While unique is fairly easily accomplished it must also be livable and comfortable. With some good research, and a solid plan to stay true to your tastes, you can have all three.

The struggle to differentiate your particular installation from everyone else’s will continue – it’s human nature. It should however be accomplished in a way that does not stray too far from the normal styles and colors, but should incorporate one very original aspect which makes it your own. Find a nice, cool toned tile which is readily available then search to the ends of the earth for that one very special thing!

Actually, you don’t need to look that far, check out Floors For Less for the best choices in tile in Madison and get a free consultation to upgrade your home today!


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5 Tips for Maintaining Hardwood Floors

Your hardwood floors may seem as though they are tough enough to withstand almost anything. In fact, hardwood floors can face damage just like carpet or tile. Simply walking on hardwood floors enough can change its beautiful look. Here are 5 tips you should know for maintaining your hardwood floors.

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Remove Water Immediately

Water can wreak havoc on hardwood floors. Water damage will not only warp your hardwood floors, but it can also ruin their finish. Make sure to immediately wipe up any spills. If your home has potted plants, make sure to place trays under them to prevent leaking. Also, close your windows when it rains.

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Vacuum your floor every week

Just like carpeting, hardwood floors need to be vacuumed as well. Your hardwood floors collect quite a bit of fine grit from under your shoes, and can slowly wear down your finish. Some vacuums may scratch the floors, which is why we recommend using a dust mop or a microfiber sweeper such as a Swiffer.

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Understand the rules about waxes and refinishers

If your hardwood floors have a wax finish, you may already know that adding more wax can revive your floors finish. However, know not to use wax on a surface finish such as varnish, shellac, or polyurethane. Not only does it interfere with later finishes, but it also makes your floors way too slippery.

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Use rugs

Rugs not only add personality to a home, they also serve a purpose. You can use rugs to protect your hardwood floors in high-traffic areas such as your front doorway and by the kitchen sink. We recommend using extra-long doormats for your front door as it is one of the highest-traffic areas in most homes. A 4- to 6-foot-long door mat will rub off the dirt and moisture from shoes better as you walk in.

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Remove residues with a no-wax wood floor cleaner

No-wax wood floor cleaners are incredibly handy for many spills and dirt buildups. Liquids and dirt can stain and damage your hardwood floors. As soon as the problem arises, grab this handy cleaner and wipe up the area and you’re good to go.

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If you still have questions about how to maintain your hardwood floors, come see us at Floors for Less! Our showroom features the best flooring in Madison, Wisconsin. Is it time to replace your flooring? We have flooring to meet everyone’s needs. Whether you’re planning to install it yourself or have a professional do it, we have the knowledge and ability to help you get started!

What Exactly are Luxury Vinyl Tiles?

If you’re looking to replace or install new flooring, you may have heard of luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs). But what are they exactly? And why should you care? Well, for starters, LVTs are made to look exactly like today’s high quality favorite flooring materials such as hardwoods, ceramic tiles, limestone, marble, slate, parquet, and many others – and sometimes at a lower price.

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Okay, so these LVTs look like other luxury materials, but why should I use LVTs over the real thing? LVTs are unique in that there are limitless design options. Because what you see is an image meticulously printed to resemble the look of other luxury materials, you can always find the right look for your home. Aside from looks, LVTs are built to last longer and be more resistant to damage than conventional materials such as stone, ceramic, or hardwood. LVTs are made up of several layers, making them resistant to scratches, scuffs, marks, stains, and indentations. This is ideal for homes with children or pets.

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Worried about moisture? No need to fret. LVTs are naturally moisture-resistant. But what about a few years from installation? How do they hold up? LVTs won’t chip, warp, or yellow over time, making them the perfect long-lasting flooring material for your home. Also, maintenance is a breeze! Because LVTs won’t stain, warp, or yellow over time, a simple damp-mopping with water and cleaner is the only maintenance needed. Installation is also a piece of cake! Due to their thinness, LVTs can be installed over most existing surfaces. They can either be glued down or floated.

The next time you or someone you know is looking for a luxurious look for their home, remember the benefits of using luxury vinyl tiles! For all of your flooring needs, contact the BEST flooring company in Madison, WI or stop by our showroom floor!

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Which Flooring Should I Use in My Home?

The room makes the difference when it comes to picking the right floor. Choosing the right flooring throughout your home may seem like a tough decision. It’s a long-term purchase that you’ll use and see every day. You and your family will walk on it, play on it, and even spill on it. That’s why it’s important to understand which flooring options work best for different spaces.

Generally speaking, homes are comprised of four main rooms, regardless of how many of each your home has: the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. We’re going to explain which flooring options work best in each room of your house.

Bathroom

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When was the last time you’ve seen a bathroom with carpet flooring installed? Probably never. That’s because there is quite a bit of moisture that builds up in your bathroom. Carpeting may be soft and comfortable to the touch, but in a bathroom setting, moisture would accumulate under the carpeting and could lead to mold and other issues.

For your bathroom, we recommend linoleum, ceramic tile, stone, or the up-and-coming industry favorite, luxury vinyl tiles. These options provide resistance so that moisture doesn’t build up under your floors. Luxury vinyl tile provides the look of marble, stone, or even hardwood floors, but with the added durability to stand up against the everyday wear and tear of entering and exiting the bathroom.

Kitchen

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There’s probably not a day that goes by when you aren’t in your kitchen. Your kitchen is a space that gives you that “homey” feeling. The kitchen floor is a high-traffic area that sees quite a bit of wear and tear and should be able to stand up against spills, drops, scuffs, and the wearing from simply walking on it.

We recommend finished hardwood, ceramic, luxury vinyl tiles, or linoleum. Again, your kitchen floor should be able to withstand quite a bit. A popular option for kitchen flooring is a type of hardwood. Remember though, if you decide on hardwood floors, make sure to give them a nice finish so that they are protected against the inevitable moisture.

Living Room

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Your living room should make you feel comfortable. It’s a place in your home where you can just kick back and relax. Flooring for the living is usually a matter of personal taste. There are really no wrong answers here. Some people enjoy carpeting while others prefer hardwood. Other options such as stone, ceramic or luxury vinyl tiles are popular choices as well.

Your living room is another high-traffic area of your home. It can be a place of relaxation as well as play. If you have children you may want something that may be more child-friendly such as carpeting. Maybe you don’t have children, or they’ve moved out. Now might be a great time to freshen up your living room with a nice hardwood flooring.

Bedroom

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You are in your bedroom every day. It’s the first room of your home you’re in when you wake up, and the last room you’re in when you go to bed. Of all of the rooms in your home, this should be the one that is the most relaxing and stress-free.

The two most popular options for bedroom flooring are carpeting and hardwood. Carpeting is usually softer and feels better to the touch which can help create that relaxing environment we all enjoy. On the flip side, hardwood flooring is generally better for you while standing on. Again, the flooring in your bedroom is typically a matter of personal taste. This part of your home doesn’t receive as much traffic or wear and tear as your other rooms, so you won’t necessarily need to be concerned with durability.

We hope you have a better idea for which flooring work best in the various rooms throughout your home. We’re always happy to provide further information and assistance. Stop by our showroom floor in Madison, Wisconsin today and check out our variety of flooring options!

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What does it mean to truly be Green with Flooring?

Yes, you can be green and help the environment with your flooring decision! At Floors For Less, going green means that we offer a variety of flooring products created from recycled materials, as well as carrying flooring products that meet air quality standards to ensure that we are providing our customers the best and safest products to use in their homes. There are green-friendly, beautiful flooring products on the market that are also priced fairly, making them accessible to everyone so that being environmentally conscious isn’t just a luxury.

Here are a few of our Green-Friendly Products:

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Silent Night
Silent night is a foundation padding for laminate flooring and engineered float floors. It also serves as a noise barrier for hardwood flooring installations. We love that Silent Night is created from 95% recycled rubber. It is the best acoustical pad and is naturally anti-microbial. It has an IIC rating of 60 decibels, one of the highest ratings in the market today. Silent Night comes in 100 SF rolls that are 48 inches wide.

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LVT Tile
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is growing in popularity. It’s great in kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, commercial areas and anywhere one might have water hitting the floors. LVTs are deemed green friendly and you can learn more about LVTs here: http://floorsforless.com/products.php?cat=Luxury+Vinyl+Tile

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Cork
Cork can be a great option for workplaces such as a kitchen or crafting area as it’s soft under foot and forgiving if you drop something. Cork is also naturally warmer which can be very appealing in Wisconsin.

Cork has a multitude of green characteristics including the way that it’s acquired, by stripping most of the outer bark from the cork oak tree. This regular stripping does the tree no harm, and the bark grows back, to be stripped again every nine years. The cork oak trees live for 200 years or so, and the forests, called Montados, are highly prized and passed down through generations of families in the cork-producing business. Cork processing is relatively straightforward with the cork sheets being cured, boiled and pressed. Scraps are collected and re-used so that almost nothing is wasted in this process.

One draw-back to the eco-friendliness of cork in North America is that it comes from Europe, therefore, one must consider fuel consumption from shipping the cork.

This draw-back of shipping is counter-balanced by the urgent need to preserve the cork oak forests. Due to the decline in the global cork market, there is more forest clearing of the cork forest ecosystems, thus endangering cork trees. The decrease in demand for cork has devalued the forests, leading to sales or even abandonments of the once priceless land. Cork products such as flooring will help keep the forests intact and support a sustainable form of agri-forestry, therefore, your purchase of cork flooring will help impact the continuation of cork forests.

All of our green products are competitively priced. Stop by Floors For Less in Madison, Wisconsin today! Our emphasis is on service, knowledge and the ability to help you get started. Whether you’re going to install the flooring yourself or have an installer do it for you, our flooring professionals are here to help!

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How to Safely Remove Marks from Your Hardwood Floors

One of the worst things that can happen after you’ve gotten your brand new hardwood floors installed is the dreaded mark. We all know these marks. From stains to scuffs, you don’t want to be seeing these on your floors. Here are 4 tips from Better Homes and Gardens on removing these stubborn marks from your hardwood floors.

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Not all hardwoods are created equally

The first step in removing marks from your hardwood floors is to take into consideration its finish. If you have a surface stain, it is likely that your floors have a hard finish. For these stains, do NOT use rough abrasives such as sandpaper or steel wool. These can permanently damage your floors, leaving you in a worse situation than before. Instead, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe up the stain.

If the stain has penetrated through to the wood, your floors likely have a soft finish. Soft finished floors are common in older homes whose floors haven’t been refinished and resealed.

Remedies for marks on soft finished floors

How to remove marks from hardwood floors

Dark Spots and Pet Stains –Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and some floor wax. If the area is still dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. Be sure to rinse the area with a damp cloth when the hour is up.

Heel Marks –Use a fine steel wool to rub in floor wax.

Oil Based Stains – Rub the area with a soft cloth and dish washing detergent to break down the grease. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clear water. If one application doesn’t get rid of the mark, repeat the procedure. Keep children and pets away from the room until you’re done. Let the spot dry, then smooth the raised grain with fine sandpaper.

Water Marks or White Stains – Rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the flood and clean with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits.

If needed, end each of the treatments above by staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor.

If you think your hardwood floors are marked up beyond repair, it may be time to replace them altogether. At Floors for Less, we have hardwood flooring options for every home. We carry a variety of shades and styles to fit your individual needs.

Stop by our showroom to see our selection. Get great flooring at a great price at our Madison flooring company!

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Why Ultraviolet (UV) Light Floor Finishing is Better Than Traditional Methods

After you’ve finally finished the process of selecting the right hardwood flooring that suits your home best, you’re going to want to protect it. With the wide variety of finishing methods out there, how do you know which is better? We get asked this question quite often, and we want to provide you with a new and upcoming method that we feel is the best solution for your hardwood flooring.

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Traditional Methods

Traditional methods of finishing your hardwood floors often involve toxic materials that give off nasty smells, a timely process that can leave your home out of commission for weeks, and floors that aren’t able to withstand everyday wear and tear. The commonly used wax finishing method offers some protection, but falls short as it is prone to scuffing and can attract dirt. It also tends to age with a yellowish tone that clashes with lighter-colored floors. Shellac, another commonly used sealant, also offers some protection, but contains high volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are toxic chemicals that evaporate at room temperature. Clearly there must be something better out there, right?

Ultraviolet Light Finishing

Well, there is! Ultraviolet (UV) light finishing offers a better solution for curing and refinishing your hardwood floors. UV light finishing cures floors within seconds of application and leaves them harder and more resistant against scratches, scuffs, and marks from shoes. Because there are no toxic chemicals involved in UV light finishing, you’re able to return home after a few short hours knowing that your home is as safe as before the finishing process. As you may have already guessed, UV light finishing is more environmentally friendly and requires less maintenance than traditional methods of finishing.

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Another common issue with traditional methods of finishing is discoloration. Wax, as previously mentioned, is prone to dirt build-up which causes an undesirable discolored look. With UV light finishing, your floors will continue to shine long after the finishing process has occurred. If you have bay windows in your home where you enjoy the welcome of the sun, discoloration or fading from sunlight won’t be an issue either with UV light finishing.

If your hardwood floors are starting to look like they could use a little touchup, stop by our showroom floor or give us a call and ask us about our amazing new UV light finishing process!

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