Where to Buy Vinyl Flooring Planks to Create a Hardwood Flooring Look

If you love the look of hardwood floors, but they just are not in the budget, you should buy vinyl flooring planks. These are a somewhat new type of flooring on the market that do an excellent job of mimicking that gorgeous look of hardwood floors.

Buy Vinyl Flooring Planks

There are a couple of ways to achieve that lovely look of hardwood or softwood flooring. Both are easy to keep clean and hold up very well for years to come. You can buy vinyl flooring planks or rolled vinyl flooring that has a very realistic hardwood design on it.

Vinyl Flooring Planks

Vinyl flooring planks come in several types in a variety of price ranges. There are the solid vinyl types and the vinyl with a wood core type, which is a lot lighter but might not be as water-tight as solid vinyl.

Snap Together Planks

The snap together planks are like hardwood planks and are laid down in a similar way. The downside is that they must be snapped together perfectly during install. And there is no fixing mistakes or damaged planks once the floor is done without disassembling the entire floor to get to that spot.

Glue Down Planks

The other planks are glue down. These are laid onto a bed of flooring glue which hold them to the floor for many years. These are usually preferred because if one is damaged then it can be replaced at a later time. You can get right into the spot, remove the tile and replace it.

Rolled Vinyl

Rolled vinyl has vastly improved in its look and durability over the years. You can get an amazing hardwood look with it. It is easy to clean, it holds up well and it can be easy to repair. The downside is that you’ll see the pattern repeat in large rooms.

See Samples

Stop by US Hardwood and Carpet to see samples and to buy vinyl flooring planks.

How to Clean Carpet Stains the Safe Way

If you learn how to clean carpet stains, you’ll be the most popular person in the neighborhood! These stains have a very time consuming process for removal and there really isn’t a quick fix. So, if you have a stain that needs to be out today, roll up your sleeves and try these methods of removal.

How to Clean Carpet Stains

The first thing you need to remember is to take your time and blot the treatment. If you scrub you will make the stain worse by working it deep into the fibers of the carpet or tearing the fibers apart. So, grab your soft terrycloth rag and start blotting, starting from the outside of the stain and work your way to the middle of the stain.

Various Cleaners to Try

Borax

Most organic stains like pet poo, mustard, coffee, etc., can be removed with a mixture of 20 Mule Team Borax and hot water. See package for instruction.

Shaving Cream

Spray shaving cream on the stain, pat it in a little bit and let sit for 30 minutes then blot it up. Remove the residue with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. Spray it on and blot it up.

Ice Cubes

When chewing gum or dried glue is the problem, ice cubes will be your hero. Put ice cubes on the gum for 1 minute to freeze it then bang it with a metal spoon to shatter it. Pick the pieces out. For those pieces still stuck, cut them out as close to the gum/glue as possible.

Call a Cleaner

Sometimes it is best to call a professional carpet cleaner to have the carpet cleaned or repaired. If you need suggestions on the best company to call, give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet for recommendations.