Why Visit Ambassadors Floors’ STAINMASTER Flooring Center

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We’ve been asked many times about what separates STAINMASTER carpets at Ambassador Floor Company from other carpet dealers in the St. Louis area.  And the answer is that we have selected by STAINMASTER to be a member of the STAINMASTER FLOORING CENTER® showroom network. This means we have the largest selection of STAINMASTER carpets and products in the St. Louis area. Our collection includes STAINMASTER® ACTIVE LIFE™ carpets and STAINMASTER ULTRA LIFE® carpets, the highest performance carpeting options with unsurpassed warranties, you’ll find them exclusively at our STAINMASTER Flooring Center.

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Stainmaster Color Guide

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When redesigning or remodeling your home, how much thought do you put into the color palette? We sure that many homeowners what stylish or trendy colors.  But did you know that the color you select for your walls, furniture and floors can influence your mood.  The STAINMASTER style blog posted how colors affect you mood, take a look at what color psychologists say about how color affects our id.

  • White = Relaxing
  • Blue = Peaceful
  • Yellow = Optimistic
  • Red = Dynamic
  • Green = Soothing
  • Purple = Mysterious
  • Orange = Energizing
  • Remember the use of color applies to all the elements in your home; walls, floor, furniture, accessories and even what we see outside from the inside. It is the successful combination of colors that dictates how we feel personally.

    Variations of these hues; values, tints, tones and shades can be intimidating but understanding our own color comfort level and exploring that element is even more important to using color in our home.

For help contact a consultant at Ambassador Floor. Ambassador Floor is the only STAINMASTER Flooring Center in the St. Louis Area.

Green Label Vacuums

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Earlier we discussed that the “Green” carpets certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) are marked with a Green Label, this is also true for vacuums. CRI certified vacuum machines improve the cleanliness of your carpet and the quality of your indoor air. The CRI vacuums remove allergens and dust that become trapped in the carpet fibers.

The CRI combines the indoor air quality of its Green Label and cleaning standards of its Seal of Approval program to identify even better performing vacuum cleaners. Under the enhanced Seal of Approval vacuum program, manufactures are held to a higher standard of performance and are rewarded with Gold, Silver, or Bronze ratings.

CRI employs an independent testing laboratory to measure:

  • Soil removal — A machine’s performance in soil removal is measured precisely through NASA-enhanced X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology. The entry level of Bronze requires a 10 percent improvement of soil removal over the Green Label program and the standards are even higher for Silver and Gold levels.
  • Dust containment — A residential vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air. You want all that dirt, dust and pet dander locked tight in the vacuum, not escaping back into the air where it can be inhaled. Additionally, Gold level vacuums must meet ambient air quality standards.
  • Carpet fiber protection — The vacuum must not affect the appearance of the carpet more than a one-step change (shop speak for “not very much”) based on one year of normal vacuum use.

Before being considered for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Seal of Approval ratings, a vacuum cleaner must comply with the carpet fiber protection standard as well as meet both the corresponding soil removal standard and dust containment The CRI Seal of Approval program makes vacuum cleaner selection easier for you. So look for the Seal of Approval logo or label on packaging, displays and on the machine itself.

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Green Flooring For Your Kitchen

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Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Then mostly likely you are looking to replace your old flooring with new stylish and maybe green flooring. We have complied a list of sustainable flooring, that are strong enough to stand up to the regular wear and tare of your kitchen as well as make your kitchen a little more green.

  • Linoleum: Real linoleum is an all-natural flooring option made of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, all pressed onto a jute backing. It’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and often contains recycled content.
  • Wood: Wood is a classic and durable flooring option. Just make sure that the wood you choose is Forest Stewardship Council certified, or salvaged/reclaimed wood. Avoid products with added formaldehyde, which are sometimes used in engineered/pressed wood backing or sublayers. Also look for sealers and cleaners that are environmentally benign and low-VOC.
  • Tile: Tile is beautiful and durable, and you can find companies that make their tile products with up to 100% recycled glass or ceramic.
  • Stone: Look for locally (or at least domestically) mined and fabricated stone, but avoid buying imported stone in order to reduce transport-related energy. If you need to use a sealer, make sure it’s a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).

For assistance selecting sustainable flooring for your kitchen contact a consultant at Ambassador Flooring Company in St. Louis.

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Carpet Style 101

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Shopping for carpet can be difficult and with phrases like pulling, loop, and cable, it can be down right confusing.  But thanks to Mohawk Flooring we have a guide that will teach you all the carpet lingo you need to know before purchasing a carpet.

Plush or velvet carpets are soft, smooth and elegant. They are perfect for formal areas, but show every footprint.

Saxonys are similar but not quite as smooth, so if footprints are a concern but you crave a traditional look, try one.

Loop carpets, where the fibers make a continuous uncut surface that many think of as Berber, will resist crushing and matting.

Cut and loop carpets combine the cut pile of a cable or plush with uncut lops to create interesting patterns.

Large, nubby yarns that lend luxury to a casual setting characterize Cable carpets.

Friezes are less full than shag, are contemporary and resist wear and footprints while Shags take height up with a variety of thickness and textures for comfortable – and trendy – design.

If you need more help selecting a carpet, contact a consultant at Ambassador Floor Company in Chesterfield, MO. to help. We will answer any questions you have about carpet style, make, and quality.

Hardwood Flooring 101

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When you decide to install hardwood flooring in your home, you should take time learn all you can about hardwood.  It’s good to know that even though these flooring are beautiful they are also strong, durable and functional floors.

Where can I install hardwood floor:
The answer is just about anywhere — put it in living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms and kitchens or any other room that you think you’d enjoy the beauty of wood flooring. In addition, you can install it directly onto concrete slabs, either on grade or above grade, and on conventional wood joist construction over a basement or a crawl space.

What type of finish is best for kitchens:
“Urethanes” finished are suggested for rooms that are often exposed to spills and stains, like kitchens. While it is strong, urethanes can ware through, and are costly to refinish.

What about prefinished hardwood flooring?

Prefinished or factory already finished means you’ll know exactly how your floor is going to look, and you can walk on it as soon as it is installed.

The only down side is that there is no room for mistakes during installation, because you can’t erase or refinish mistakes.

Is it tough to keep hardwood floors looking good?

Hardwood floor will stay looking great with regular maintenance, keep the floors clean and dust-free.

Use a dust mop and vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dirt, and use a hardwood cleaner with a dry mop to keep the flooring clean.

Contact a consultant at Ambassador Floor Company to help you select the perfect hardwood flooring for you home.

STAINMASTER® Carpet Cushion Fight Moisture And Odor

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Stainmaster’s carpet cushions are designed to be breathable and act as a moisture barrier to keep spills and pet accidents from soaking into the cushion and causing re-appearing stains or lingering odors.

The STAINMASTER cushion are produced in partnership with INVISTA, the carpet cushions can extend the beauty of carpets.

STAINMASTER® carpet cushion is the only cushion that features the DuPont™ Hytrel® breathable moisture barrier to keep most household spills from soaking into the cushion so they can be easily removed during cleaning. This exclusive breathable barrier also allows water vapors to pass through so that moisture is not trapped under the cushion, especially important for installation over concrete slabs.

STAINMASTER® carpet and STAINMASTER® carpet cushion form an unbeatable system to keep your carpet fresh, clean and beautiful for years. When spills do happen, STAINMASTER® carpet repels spills and STAINMASTER® carpet cushion keeps them on top of the cushion so they can be removed easily and substantially by extraction cleaning, preventing them from reappearing on the carpet. Click here to read more.

Ambassador Floor is the only STAINMASTER Flooring Center in the St. Louis area.


Don’t Miss National Karastan Month

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There are only a few more weeks to enjoy huge savings during National Karastan Month at Ambassador Floor. Visit Ambassador Floor in Chesterfield, Mo., to learn how you can receive up to $1,000 CASH BACK when you purchase a Karastan Carpet! Visit KarastanCarpets.com to print out the Karastan rebate form.

The Karastan promotion ends October 31, 2010.

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The “Smart” Carpet Cushion From Mohawk Flooring

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The Mohawk SmartCushion enhances comfort and durability to of your carpets.  The carpet cushion is made from ViscoElastic Memory foam and premium urethane foam which gives the carpet its soft and durable properties.  SmartCushion also boasts a Spill Safe moisture guard that keeps spilled liquids from seeping into the cushion. And thanks to antimicrobial additives to the spill guard inhibits the growth of mildew, mold, and fungus, improving the indoor air quality of your home.

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The deep foam construction of SmartCushion creates a quieter, more energy efficient rooms by improving your carpet’s sound insulating qualities.

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As a CRI Green Label product for air quality, SmartCushion is also a shining example of our mission to better the planet while improving your quality of living. Made from recycled foam trimmings, our environmentally-friendly cushion is non-allergenic and contains 90% post industrial material.

And we haven’t even begun to explain how Mohawk SmartCushion extends the life of your Mohawk carpet in the form of the ultimate warranty upgrade. We’ve got you covered figuratively and literally- SmartCushion is no exception!

A SmartCushion will improve the improve the quality and extend the life of your carpet. Check out more Mohawk products at Ambassador Floor’s showroom in Chesterfield, Mo. – We’re open to the public!

STAINMASTER’s Complete Room Makeover

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STAINMASTER’s Great Fall Fix promotion offers saving of $150 on a minimum purchase of 450 sq. feet of select styles of STAINMASTER carpet. Plus, an additional savings of $25 on STAINMASTER® carpet cushion.

Don’t forget to visit the STAINMASTER website to print out the Great Fall Fix-Up Coupon and register for a chance to win a Complete Room Makeover worth $15,000.  The makeover includes:

  • Professional design consultant
  • STAINMASTER® carpet and STAINMASTER® carpet cushion
  • Window treatments, wall coverings, furniture and lighting

Wow how you beat that! So hurry up because the contest ends September 30th 2010.  All you have to do to enter is fill out the form on the STAINMASTER site. The form is easy, no questions or essays, just simply enter your name and contract information in the fields provided.  Good Luck!

Ambassador Floor is the only STAINMASTER Flooring Center in the St. Louis Area.