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The Right Price to Pay for Flooring

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When planning to do a floor renovation, most homeowners are concerned about the cost. Nowadays, there are so many flooring options to choose from that it can be hard to figure out what the right price is for each type. You don’t want to pay for an inferior product, but want a good deal for great flooring. For the average consumer, it’s not that easy to differentiate a good deal from a bad one.

Below are three of the most popular flooring choices: carpet, tile and hardwood, and what is the right price to pay for each of them:

Carpet

Carpet is priced per square yard or square foot. While average carpet prices start at $2 a square foot, middle-grade quality ranges from $3 to $4 a square foot. Expect to pay about $5 or more per square foot for designer or high-grade quality carpet.

When installing carpet, you also have to consider additional costs like padding. Padding can cost about $2.50 to $6 per square foot. Don’t get fooled by free padding promotions, which are usually cheaply made, thin and often results in consumers paying for an upgrade.

Tile

Because of its durability, various styles, and reasonable prices, tile flooring is a popular choice among homeowners. One thing to note is that tile prices vary widely, from $1 per square foot up to more than $25, depending on the type.

For example, glazed ceramic tiles start around $1 per square foot, while porcelain, marble and granite tiles start at $2 per square foot. The most expensive type of tiles includes mosaic, glass, leather and metal, which can run up to $25 per square foot.

Expect to pay $6 to $6.50 per square foot for tile installation. Anything lower than these prices should raise a red flag. Cheap labor costs may mean that your installers do not have the proper training, qualifications and experience you are expecting, resulting in improper installation and cracked tiles in just a couple of years.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are usually a luxurious choice for homeowners. This type of flooring is beautiful, but can be hard to maintain. The cheapest hardwood can start from $2 a square foot and go up to $30 or more for the high end.

A popular type of hardwood is called engineered hardwood, which is much more durable and affordable than solid wood floors. Expect to pay about $8 per square foot for engineered hardwood flooring and an additional $2 per square foot for installation.

Need more flooring advice? Call us at (626)-572-2866 and we’ll be happy to help you! You can also get more flooring ideas from our Pinterest and Instagram.

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Green and Safe Tile Cleaners

Tiles are a popular choice for flooring because of their durability. Almost every home has a tile floor in it, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Tiles are also perfect for high traffic areas and require little maintenance.

However, to keep your tiles looking brand new, they’ll need regular cleaning. We recommend tile cleaners that are gentle on the tiles as well as the environment. Natural tile cleaners are also affordable because you might just find them already in your home.

Below is a list of green tile cleaners that will not damage your tiles in any way and will be safe to use around children and pets as well.

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Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is a great alternative to cleaners that contain bleach. Lemon has natural acidic properties that will help easily remove stains on tiles. It also has antibacterial properties to it that will kill bacteria, but will not have the harmful effects of bleach. Lemon also is a great deodorizer, so not only will it help your floor looking clean, your whole room will smell clean, too.

 

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Salt – This is a great natural cleaner that every home has in their kitchen. Salt has strong cleaning properties that will clean and deodorize all type of tile flooring. To use salt as a natural cleaner, simply mix salt with hot water. Squeeze some lemon juice in your mix for a great smell and added sanitizing power.

 

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Distilled White Vinegar – For generations, distilled white vinegar has been used for its cleaning properties that are non-toxic and effective to use. Similar to lemon juice, distilled white vinegar also helps deodorize tiles while cleaning them. It can easily get rid of odors that are tough to remove. It can also cut through grease stains without much effort.

 

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Borax – Borax is a great cleaner to have in the home. It’s often used as a laundry detergent, but borax can be used to clean your tiles and keep it sanitary. Safe and effective, Borax is also used to ward off pests such as bugs and cockroaches. It’s a great cleaner to use if you want to clean your tiles and get rid of pests too. Simply rub Borax into the floor where there is dirt and then rinse it off with water.

 

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Washing Soda – Washing soda may not be commonly found in people’s homes, but you can easily make washing soda from baking soda using tips from Nature’s Nurture Blog. Washing soda is also a non-toxic and effective cleaner for tiles because its ability to remove grease and tough stains. To apply, simply mix some washing soda with water to create a paste, then rub gently onto the stains. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then rinse with water.

 

Need more tile cleaning tips? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or check out our Pinterest board. You can also visit our Design Center for more advice on how to keep your tiles looking great.

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Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Tile floors are the easiest types of flooring to clean. They are water resistant and highly durable. It’s no wonder that many homeowners and businesses choose tiles for flooring. Choosing tiles for your floors is a great investment, so it’s important to know how to protect it. With proper cleaning and maintenance, tile floors will last you for many years to come.

Below are some of the essential tips for regular tile cleaning & maintenance:

DAILY CLEANING

  • Sweep, dust or vacuum floors on a daily basis to remove dust or debris, which has a tendency to accumulate and become more difficult to remove overtime.
  • Use cleaning products after you sweep, dust or vacuum your tile floors
  • Use a damp mop or steam mop on your floor at least once a week, especially for high-traffic areas such as the entryways and by the kitchen sink.
  • Cleaning products should be made specifically for tile floors with a neutral pH.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

  • Purchase high quality floor mats and place them at heavy traffic areas, such as entrances and exits. These mats will help trap dirt, sand, oil, asphalt, etc., preventing these substances from ruining your tile floor.
  • Purchase protective pads and place them under heavy furniture to protect your tile floors from potential indentation or gradual breakage.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Never use any cleaners containing acid, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, which can damage your grout and discolor your tile.
  • Never use wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents.
  • Never use sealants on the tile, but only on grout joints.
  • Never use rough cleaning tools like scouring pads that contain metal, which can potentially scratch your tile.

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Tile Floor Repair Tips

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Do you have tiles that need fixing, but you don’t have the budget to replace them? Today, we’re sharing quick tips on how you can repair broken tiles.

Tiles are popular among homeowners and businesses because they are stylish, durable and low-maintenance. They are also easy and inexpensive to repair if you have the time and resources.

Follow the tips below to fix or replace broken tiles without the big expense of installing a new floor.

  1. For small chips in tile, consider using nail polish that will match best with the tile’s color. You can even combine two shades together to get the exact hue you are looking for.
  2. Large chips or holes in your tiles require a little more effort – go to the hardware store and buy ceramic filler to place in the chips or holes. Let it dry, sand down, and finish off with lacquer for protection.
  3. Broken tiles may need to be replaced – but don’t fret. Our design center carries a wide variety of tile styles to choose from. We can help you find the best match to your current tile floor. Tip: When installing tile flooring for the first time, it’s helpful to buy extra tiles for replacement.
  4. Worn tiles can really outdate the style of your home. Instead of installing a new floor, you can try painting your tiles with a fresh, modern color. Scrub the floor well and sand down to create a smooth surface. Roll oil-based paint on top and let stand for 24 hours before applying your new paint with floor finish.
  5. Don’t forget the grout. Believe it or not, grout can really help with the look of your tile. Old and dirty grout can make even new tile flooring look worn. Fix this problem by removing your old grout and putting a fresh application.

Need more help on how to repair broken tiles? Call us today at (626) 572-2866. We will be happy to assist you.

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Tile Design Tips for Those on a Budget

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A beautiful-looking tile design doesn’t have to be expensive. You can easily create an elegant tile layout whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary motif without going over your budget.

These days, that may seem like wishful thinking, but you can definitely achieve your dream tile flooring and stay within budget using these helpful tips:

  1. Pick the right tile for your home and budget. Tile comes in several different types, which include porcelain, ceramic and stone. Often, ceramic is the most inexpensive of the three, with stone usually priced the highest. Porcelain tiles are often priced mid-range but they are the most durable.
  2. Know where to place your tile. Porcelain and stone are great for both indoor and outdoor settings, but ceramic, which is made out of red clay, should only be used indoors because of its fragility.
  3. Mix and match without breaking the bank. For style tips, you can create an upscale look just by mixing inexpensive tiles with dashes of expensive tiles. You can also experiment with elegant tile layouts like herringbone and using inexpensive tiles to create that luxurious effect.
  4. Use some tricks of the trade. One of the key ways to ensure your tile flooring lasts you for years to come, apply grout that has a mildew inhibitor that will keep mildew away and requires little maintenance.
  5. Mix and match your backsplash too. For kitchen tile backsplashes, you can also do the same tip as mentioned earlier – mix expensive tiles with inexpensive tiles.
  6. Make your kitchen backsplash your own unique design. Use costly tiles for a decorative border around cheaper tiles, use expensive tiles in diagonal layouts or inserted between cheaper tiles.

With some creativity and helpful advice, you can definitely make a tile layout fit your style and budget. For more great tile design and layout tips, contact us or visit our Pinterest and Facebook pages.