[Flooring Care] How to Maintain Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Did you invest in luxury vinyl flooring for your home? Whether you have luxury vinyl tile or planks, it’s important you know how to care for your floors. The good news is this material is easy to maintain. Keep reading for 6 tips to ensure your vinyl flooring lasts!

How to Care for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

1. Protect your floors. Invest in a high quality doormat or area rug to prevent dirt from coming into your home. Area rugs throughout your luxury vinyl tile or planks can help prevent stains, dents and dings, too.

2. Sweep your floor daily. This will prevent the dirt and dust from accumulating and scratching your flooring.

3. Move furniture carefully. Don’t just shove that couch or bookcase across your luxury vinyl flooring. If you can, actually pick it up to move it from one spot to the next. Or, if it’s too heavy, use a sheet of plywood or paneling to protect the floors. You may also want to invest in coaster underneath your furniture to prevent additional dents and dings.

4. Clean spills quickly. Dropping food or drink on your luxury vinyl tile or planks is inevitable; wipe it up as soon as possible with plain water and a sponge mop.

5. Occasionally take the time for more intensive cleaning. As with all types of floors, sometimes your luxury vinyl flooring will require a bit more effort to care for. Here are a few ways to clean it more thoroughly. Regardless of how you care for your luxury vinyl tile and planks, make sure you rinse them with clean water following any sort of more intense cleaning to prevent additional materials from building up on the floors and causing damage over time.

  • Vacuum or dry mop the floor before a wet cleaning
  • Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of hot water; use a damp mop to clean; rinse the mop with hot water frequently
    • If you want to disinfect, use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar
    • Want your luxury vinyl tile or planks to shine? Add a few drops of baby oil to the water and vinegar solution
  • Food stains can often be removed with a paste of baking soda and water
  • Alternative methods to remove stains are rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover (as long as it doesn’t contain acetone)
  • Use jojoba oil in a soft cloth to remove scuffs

6. Be aware of cleaners that can hurt your floors. Make sure you avoid:

  • The beater bar attachment on your vacuum
  • Highly abrasive scrubbers – opt for the softest brush possible
  • Steel wool
  • Detergents and abrasive cleaners
  • “Mop and shine” products
  • Paste wax or solvent-based polishes
  • Any sort of ammonia or ammonia-based solutions

Want to know more about luxury vinyl tile or planks? Come visit our showroom! Our experts are happy to answer your questions about this type of flooring or any other varieties you may be considering for your home. Make sure you contact us for a free in-home estimate, too!

Image courtesy of Shaw Floors

11 Spectacular Shampoo Niches To Inspire The Design Of Your Own!

Photographer: Tori Aston

Photographer: Tori Aston

One feature I like to incorporate in every shower I design for a remodel is a special shampoo niche.

I love that they are useful and can be an actual feature that brings interest and design to a space with flat surfaces.

I’m so over that skinny little horizontal “banding” — I never was much of a fan, unless it was done in stripes, wide or repeated bands, or bands ran vertically. It always seemed sort of skimpy and purposeless to me: to do one little horizontal band of deco tile at eye level. It also often creates problems where that tile ends on the wall; you have to border it someway, or it just looks chopped off and unfinished.

I’ve always preferred insets, entire walls of specialty tile, or special features created with niches and benches. Even a small niche is a nice break from the surface, and it has purpose.

 

I’m sharing a few I’ve designed for you today, to help get your creativity going for your next bathroom remodel.

Enjoy!:-)

GALLERY

Spectacular Shampoo Niches!

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Remodel Surprises Everyone With Unexpected Results! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Remodel Surprises Everyone With Unexpected Results! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: This Upstairs Bathroom Gets A Fresh Update | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: This Upstairs Bathroom Gets A Fresh Update | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: This Vintage-Inspired Master Bathroom Is An Instant-Classic! | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: This Vintage-Inspired Master Bathroom Is An Instant-Classic! | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: A Matured Bath is Modernized | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: A Matured Bath is Modernized | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

Photographer: Tori Aston

Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: A Dark Bathroom Gets A Makeover  | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: A Dark Bathroom Gets A Makeover | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Confined Bathroom Is Uplifted With Bountiful Space! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Confined Bathroom Is Uplifted With Bountiful Space! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Finally Becomes The Masterpiece It’s Meant To Be! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Finally Becomes The Masterpiece It’s Meant To Be! | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Traditional, Builder-Grade Bathroom Is Made Modern By Carla Aston | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Traditional, Builder-Grade Bathroom Is Made Modern By Carla Aston | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Remodel Surprises Everyone With Unexpected Results | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Master Bathroom Remodel Surprises Everyone With Unexpected Results | Photographer: Tori Aston

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Bachelor's Dated Bathroom Gets A Contemporary Refresh | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

SEE THE FULL REMODEL: Before & After: A Bachelor’s Dated Bathroom Gets A Contemporary Refresh | Photographer: Miro Dvorscak

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Merry Mantels

Greetings friends! Yesterday was an epic day, we spent it at the Australia Zoo and I got to do this! We only have four more days left in Australia before we’re headed home on Saturday, our next stop is Sydney and I’m crazy excited to see that city. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving there too – there are restaurants that host it for us Americans down under so we will have our turkey and pumpkin pie.:)

How about a little mantel inspiration to get you in the mood for Christmas? Yes yes I know it’s Thanksgiving this week, but I’ve never been one to wait to decorate and I’m looking forward to adding a few more holiday touches to our home when I get back to California. I spied some lovely holiday décor in catalogs and online from some favorite retailers and magazines this season, thought I’d share.

 blue tree

wisteria

 mantel anthropologie

anthropologie

 blue gold christmas

style at home

 glitter houses on mantel

pottery barn

 green and white mantel

style at home

 red tree

wisteria

 ballard designs blue christmas 

ballard designs

And have you seen Michael’s home tour?

 michael buble mantel

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See the past three years of holiday mantels in my home:

 kate mantels

black + white / mixed metallics / blue + green ornament garland

Also I wrote about five ways to style a mantel over at Lamps Plus, hop on over for more inspiration!

~ Kate

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Last Minute Tips for Protecting Laminate Floors During Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s every food-lovers favorite holiday. Unfortunately, it’s also the day when pots get dropped, wine gets spilled, and food gets tossed around the dining room.

As you gather around your table to give thanks for the food before you and the family beside you, don’t forget to take care of the floor below you.

Although durable, laminate flooring is can be dented, stained, and scratched when not taken care of properly. On holidays like Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon to see these damages unfold. As much as you would like to think you are paying attention to everything, you may wake up the day after Thanksgiving to see a wine spill that you missed that has now seeped into your floor.

You have enough to worry about this Thanksgiving. That’s why we’re offering you a few tips for protecting laminate floors during your Thanksgiving feast.

Tip #1: Use an Area Rug

The majority of the spills will happen at your dining room table. When the wine starts flowing and conversations get more and more lively, there is a good chance that someone will drop a glass or spill some food. That’s not a problem if it’s cleaned up right away. If it’s ignored, someone could slip on it or it could cause your floor to warp. With an area rug protecting your floors, you don’t have to worry about that damage.

Photo By Photo: Janet Paik © 2012 Houzz

Tip #2: Leave Shoes in the Mudroom/Entryway

Most of the country is knee deep in snow or rain. With wet weather, comes snow, mud, and salt that get dragged inside with winter boots and shoes.

Make your guests feel more at home, while protecting your floors, by asking them to remove their shoes before coming in to your home. Have them leave them in the mudroom or entryway on a towel or rug. Offer some extra cozy socks or slippers to your guests if you have them! Let everyone enjoy some comfortable, cozy warmth while you relax without worry about the abuse your floors are getting from the extra foot traffic.

Tip #3: Have a spill kit ready.

Thanksgiving Tea Towel from Aftcra

Thanksgiving Tea Towel from Aftcra

Spills are bound to happen. When they do, you’ll need to act relatively quickly so that no one slips and falls, and your floors don’t get damaged.

Prepare a small spill kit to have on hand so you can reach for it, clean up the spill, and get on with entertaining. Put a paper towel, dry cloth, and any laminate flooring cleaning solution in an easy to reach place. This way you’re prepared and more relaxed.

Tip #4: Prepare your furniture.

Couches will be pushed around, chairs will be pulled out from the dining room tables, and your floors will be at risk of getting scratched in the process. Before your guests arrive, make sure each chair leg has a small piece of felt underneath it. That’ll reduce the chances of dirt and added pressure from scratching the floors.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner worry free with these tips from Passion for Home, Bestlaminate’s blog. We hope that you are able to spend this day with your family and loved ones. Eat, drink, and be happy!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bestlaminate!

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*This post was updated from 2014 to give you a better reading experience and better tips on how to keep your floor looking good this Thanksgiving!

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A Must-Do Project We’d Rather Not Be Spending Money On

Repointing A WallAt the beginning of every year we set ourselves a few home improvement goals. It’s good to have a rough idea of what we want to achieve and having something to aim for is also a great way to stay motivated. Although it’s already November we still have a lot of projects on our goal… 

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Tips For Decorating and Organizing a Kids Bathroom

Are you looking to decorate and organize your kids’ bathroom but dreading the overload of Disney, super heroes or cartoons? Avoiding a fight between siblings who can’t decide between a princess or SpongeBob Squarepants theme?

You do a lot to keep your children happy, but you don’t need to indulge in requests that will change in a few months anyway. There are many great ideas for kids bathroom décor your entire family will love.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

A kid’s bathroom can still be fun and playful without incorporating their favorite characters. This will last longer and keep them happier, minimizing the amount of extra work you need to add to your plate.

Use your children’s favorite bold bright colors. Paint the small space a fun color and add a coordinating shower curtain, wall art, and bath towels to make it pop.

Need a little extra color inspiration? Try choosing themes that are timeless such as under the sea, nautical modern, or chic.

Underwater Themed Kids Bathroom

Underwater Themed Kids Bathroom from Decoist.com

Decorate and Inspire

Fun, colorful, and inspirational artwork make great additions to any bathroom. They’re a cost effective way of adding style to your space. For example, pictures that say “Wash Your Hands” or “Wash Brush Floss Flush” can serve as gentle reminders of bathroom tasks while adding color and style.

You can also get the kids inspired by including them in the bathroom decorating process. Start by letting them help choose the theme or colors so that they’ll feel ownership in the space. Then let them create some of the artwork. You can let them draw something and seal it to a canvas or help them create hand print paintings on canvas (such as a hand print fish or crab for a sea theme).

traditional-bathroom

Laurelhurst Tudor Renovation from Axiom Design Build on Houzz.com

Organize

A kid’s bathroom can turn to chaos quickly if you don’t get a handle on organizing it up front. Here are some ideas on how to organize this small space:

  • Use a different mason jar for each kid and use adhesive letters to spell out their names on each one. These can then be used to hold their individual toothbrushes, toothpaste, small mouthwash, and floss.
  • Instead of a towel bar, use towel hooks. You can have a hook for each kid and put their initial above (or numbers for birth order) to avoid any confusion in which towel is theirs.
  • If you don’t like the mason jar idea and have drawer space, you can use kitchen drawer organizers to hold the various tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and anything else small.
  • Create a bath toy organizer in the tub to reign in the bath toy clutter.
  • Maximize the under the sink storage space with stacking plastic bins or a sliding shelf.
  • Create over the toilet shelving for additional storage space.

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