Flooring Facts

Learn about your favorite flooring options such as Tile, LVT, Hardwood, & Carpet

Flooring Tips & Tricks

Keep your floors looking great all-year-long by following the latest tips to care for Vinyl, Carpet, and everything in between. Whether it be your bedroom, your kitchen, or your bathroom, we've got flooring solutions for you!

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FACT 1: What can I do about static?

When a room's relative humidity is very low, a static charge can build up in your carpet as you walk across it. If this occurs, a humidifier or other commercially available products can help.

FACT 2: What can I do to minimize scratches and indentations on my new hardwood floor?

The finish on hardwood floors provides greater resistance to everyday household scratches. Remember to use floor protectors under the feet of your furniture. If you have casters on furniture, make sure they are barrel type wheels (a minimum of 1" continuous width is recommended). When moving furniture, use extra caution. Never drag furniture to a new location, always lift. Also, be aware that certain shoe types like stiletto heels can damage hardwood because of the pressure exerted through them. And finally, if you have pets, remember to keep their nails trimmed.

FACT 3: Is it necessary to use a sealant on the new tile?

Since ceramic tile is a natural, environmentally friendly product that resists water, it is not necessary to seal glazed or unglazed tiles. During grouting, your installer may use a temporary sealer to protect the tile from the grout but this is removed after that process is completed. Natural stone products are porous, however, and will need to be protected. Talk to a sales associate at Columbia Rug Carpet One to discuss the particular needs of the tile you have selected.

FACT 4: Can we install laminate flooring ourselves?

Yes, you can "do it yourself," but we recommend using our professionally trained installers. We pride ourselves on the quality of installation we provide our customers. Just look at our Limited Installation Warranty that protects your investment. If you have any questions or problems after your new laminate floor is in place, we are just a phone call away. Read the warranty information thoroughly for more information.

FACT 5: How much time will it take to maintain my ceramic tile?

It's not much different than cleaning any other type of surface. Wipe up spills promptly with water and a clean, white cloth and frequently sweep or dust mop. Wash your floor tiles with manufacturer's suggested cleaning products and then rinse with clean water. Don't use detergents, abrasive cleaners, or "mop and shine" products. Don't use a beater bar when vacuuming.

FACT 6: How can I avoid permanent indentations?

Your carpet pile may compress due to heavy foot traffic or weight of furniture. Rotating furniture may help reduce indentations. You can work the pile back into place with the edge of a coin. Sometimes, passing a hot steam iron over the spot can also help, but keep the iron at least four inches above the carpet.

FACT 7: How complicated is maintaining a laminate floor?

No floor comes closer to true maintenance-free performance. Ordinary sweeping and vacuuming are the best ways of maintaining your new laminate floor. Wipe up spills immediately, and mop occasionally with the manufacturer's flooring products recommended by your Columbia Rug Carpet One Store. 

FACT 8: What is the difference between resilient and vinyl flooring?

Resilient and vinyl flooring are the same. They are simply different terms used to describe the same type of flooring.

The balls of fluff, or loose fibers, found on carpet or in the vacuum cleaner bag are the normal result of fiber left in the carpet from the manufacturing process. Removing these loose fibers does not affect carpet life or appearance. Because of their large size, these fibers are too big to become airborne or to be breathed in. With proper vacuuming and using a quality vacuum cleaner, most shedding gradually disappears within the first year after installation.

FACT 9: Some tufts are longer than others. What should I do?

Just snip the end to even the carpet surface. Never yank out long or loose ends as this can permanently damage your carpet. If a tuft becomes snagged or works loose, simply cut it off and let the surrounding yarn fill in the space.

FACT 10: What changes will I see over the years in my hardwood floor?

Wood is a natural product and will react to changes in its environment. The cure is to minimize humidity changes. A constant humidity of 50% with a temperature of 69º-70º F will lend stability to your floor. Direct sunlight can affect color, so it's a good idea to move area rugs and furniture periodically to allow for even color changes. Remember, hardwood is a natural product and develops a warm, beautifully aged patina over the years when given proper care.

FACT 11: If something is dropped on ceramic flooring, will the tile break?

If something fragile like a glass or dish is dropped, it will most likely break when it hits the tile floor, and there is a possibility that the tile may crack or chip because it is also made from ceramic or porcelain. Your best approach is to be cautious and recognize this risk while still enjoying the beauty of your tile floor.

FACT 12: Does laminate flooring stand up to heavy traffic?

Yes. Space age technology and finishes are used in the manufacturing of our laminate floors. Laminates consist of a plastic surface that has been adhered to a dense wood core and a synthetic backing material. The construction is designed to stand up to the daily wear and tear of your busy home.

FACT 13: Why does my carpet seem to change color when I look at it from different directions?

Light reflects differently as the pile is pushed in different directions. Foot traffic generally causes this and the BEST solution is to sweep or vacuum the pile in a uniform direction.

FACT 14: How do I care for my new hardwood floor?

Caring for hardwood floors is easy. Frequent sweeping or vacuuming (with soft attachments) to remove loose dirt and soil is generally all that is required.

FACT 15: What is involved in replacing a single tile?

There are three elements involved in removing an old tile and replacing it with a new matching tile, therefore it is best if left to a Carpet One Floor & Home professional installer. Using the right technique and tool is critical. At nominal cost, the grout must be removed, the tile chipped away, and the floor adhesive thoroughly removed before the replacement tile can be installed.

FACT 16: Is Vinyl Durable?

Yes! Vinyl is a very durable substance and is an excellent choice for high traffic areas or in areas with moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.

To learn more about flooring options and installation, contact Columbia Rug Carpet One Floor & Home or visit our showroom in Peoria, IL.