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Pet Friendly Flooring Options

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design Tips

For the animal lovers of the world, a little extra effort, and maybe even some wear and tear on the house, is a small price to pay for the unconditional love and loyalty pets bring to our lives. With that said, you still want your home to look nice, no matter how much you love Fido.

Dogs and cats can wreak havoc on both hard and soft flooring options, from the dirt and stains they may leave behind on carpet to the almost inevitable scratches their claws leave on wood floors. Fortunately, there are many new options in durable, attractive flooring, so you can get the look you want for your St. Louis home and enjoy the company of furry family members.

Take a look at this list of pet-friendly flooring options from the Do It Yourself website, and contact Ambassador Floor Company to help beautify and pet-proof the floors in your home!

  • Carpet– Choose non-loop polypropylene and polyester fibers. This kind of carpeting is easier to clean, as long as you take care of it promptly. Looped carpet fibers can get caught on a pet’s claws, pulling out the yarn and causing permanent damage.
  • Laminate– This kind of engineered wood flooring is extremely tough and durable if you invest in a high-quality option. However, Scratches cannot be sanded out like regular wood floors, so if the floor is damaged, it will have to be replaced.
  • Hardwood– The upside of this flooring material is that it can be refinished, and you can even have a particular spot done without having the whole house re-finished. If you do opt for hardwood, make sure the floor is finished with 3 coats of oil-based urethane finish in a satin sheen, for maximum protection.
  • Bamboo– A fabulous choice for pet-owners, bamboo is eco-friendly, extremely durable, naturally stain-resistant, and affordable.
  • Luxury vinyl– This type of product is moisture-resistant, making for easy mess cleanup, easy to care for, hard to scratch, and has the added bonus of quieting the click-clack of your pet’s nails.

photo by Colin Davis

Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Maintenance Tips

If you are hosting a holiday dinner or party, it will be very difficult to avoid spills on your floor. To help you out this season we wanted to revisit cleaning and maintenance tips.

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How To Remove Grease From Your Carpet

Green Cleaning

How To Clean Scuffs Off Hardwood Flooring

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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.

How To Clean Scuffs Off Hardwood Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Maintenance Tips

Shoe scuffs and chair scuffs on wood flooring are unavoidable, but the good news is that scuff are easy to remove. Below are 5 easy steps to help you remove scuffs from hard wood flooring.

You’ll Need:

  • mineral spirits
  • fine steel wool
  • oil
  • furniture wax
  • clean white cotton cloth rag
  • WD-40
  • pencil eraser

How to:

Step 1: Use a dry white cotton cloth to wipe the scuff marks with mineral spirits.

Step 2: Allow the mineral spirits to dry.

Step 3: Polish the area.

Step 4: Wipe with oil and fine steel wool if you do not have mineral spirits.

Step 5: Wax with furniture wax.

Removing scuffs from hardwood flooring can be difficult because hardwood is very sensitive and if removed incorrectly, you could have devastating effects and farther damage your floors. If you have any questions or concerns before removing scuffs contact your local flooring distributor or manufacturer.

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