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Best Flooring Options For Pets Who Shed

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For us pet owners, our little fur babies bring us joy in all sorts of ways. They’re our loyal companions and we would do anything to ensure their happiness. However, we’re all familiar with the level of care and responsibility that goes into raising a pet. Shedding is a natural and healthy process, however it can be a nightmare for those with long hair. Regular sweeping and vacuuming is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your home. But even with the best cleaning routine, there are certain types of flooring that just don’t hold up to shaggy pets. So what are the best options out there for pets who shed?

Bamboo

The best type of flooring for a pet with long hair is bamboo. The natural hardness of bamboo makes it resistant to scratches and stains. It’s a new favorite amongst pet and homeowners because of its durability, easy maintenance, and sustainability. It’s easy to sweep and mop, so you and your pet will be happiest with bamboo flooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood is always a great choice for homes because of its clean and classic look. However it is slightly more susceptible to scratches and stains than bamboo. If your pet is trained this probably won’t be an issue, but if you have a new puppy, it might wreak havoc on your hardwood. The best types for pets are the hardest types of wood, including oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, mahogany, and sycamore. These will hold up, and are easy to clean and maintain. They can also be refinished if they get light scratching from your pet.

Carpet

While carpets provide a comfy space for your pet, they are also the most absorbent type of flooring. They trap hair, skin, dirt, and dust, making it difficult to keep your house clean and allergen free. It may be better to get your pet it’s own bed or cushion in order to keep their mess to one piece of furniture. This way you don’t have to deep clean your carpet every couple of weeks.

If you have any questions about pet-friendly flooring options, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations and talk to one of our friendly associates today!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Floor

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Now that spring has officially sprung, and summer is just around the corner, it’s time for your annual spring cleaning. While cleaning your whole house can be overwhelming, nothing beats the feeling of having a spotless space to spend time with yourself, your family, and your friends. Your floors get the most traffic of any surface in the house, so they are very important to tend to each year. Here are some quick spring cleaning tips to keep your floors beautiful and healthy.

Carpets

While a weekly vacuum across the surface does a lot to keep your carpet clean, they are dust and dirt traps. Shampooing your carpet is one of the best ways to remove all the nasty allergens that accumulate over the year. If your carpet can’t take moisture, a steam cleaner does just as good of a job. Be sure to test your shampoo or steam cleaner in an inconspicuous corner before doing the whole carpet to make sure your carpet doesn’t get damaged by the process.

Hardwood floors

If your hardwood floor has any dents, scratches or stains, they should be refinished. To refinish them, they need to be cleaned with a floor cleaner safe for hardwood floors. Wipe the area with a microfiber cloth. Then sand the area until it’s nice and smooth. Wipe any excess debris away. Then you can buff, rewax and polish the floor. Be sure to use the right components to match the original finish.

Don’t forget about your baseboards or furniture

One common mistake when it comes to cleaning your floors is neglecting your baseboards and forgetting to move your furniture. Baseboards accumulate dirt and grime throughout the year. Wash them with an all purpose cleaner, and if they still look grimy, you can go over them with a fresh coat of paint. If furniture goes unmoved for extended periods of times it can crush the fibers of your carpet or wear away at your floors. Move your furniture slightly to avoid long-term damage.

For more spring cleaning tips, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations and talk to one of our friendly staff members!

Best Flooring for Cats

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Unfortunately for cat owners, cats are going to cause issues with your floors. Hair, hairballs, vomit, and urine are all common issues that affect your home’s floors. Keeping your floors in good shape is a challenge, but here are some tips to make sure they stay clean and last for years.

Don’t have carpets

Carpets and cat’s just don’t mix. Carpets catch every little hair and hairball, needing to be vacuumed frequently. Allergens build up quickly and create unhealthy environments. Urine and vomit are very difficult to clean up off of carpets and using certain cleaning supplies run the risk of damaging your carpet long term.

Avoid Porous flooring

Hardwood floors are one of the most elegant flooring options, and are very popular these days. Unfortunately, they are quite porous. If a cat urinates or vomits on them it will leave a stain that can be nearly impossible to remove. Gaps between the floorboards soak up the the urine and vomit and the smell can get stuck in there.

Get area rugs that can be washed easily

Area rugs help make a home cozy and can reduce sound greatly. Be sure to get one that can easily be tossed in the washing machine to remove hairs and allergens from your cat.

Litter and food mats

Surround the area around litter boxes and food dishes with small, thin inexpensive mats. They can be wiped down easily and prevent messy floors.

Get non-porous flooring

The best flooring for cats include bamboo, cork, tile, vinyl or laminate all of these floors are more resistant to stains, sound, and spills.

If you have any questions about pet-friendly flooring, call Naffco today at (813) 254-4066

Does Your Area Rug Need a Pad?

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So you just bought a new area rug. It looks great, but now you’re wondering, do I need a pad for it, or will it be ok on it’s own. The short answer to this question: yes. A rug pad is essential for all area pads for many reasons:

Prevent slipping

A good rug pad will keep your area rug firmly in place by gripping it to the floor. Even if your rug is anchored by furniture, it can shift, bunch up and create tripping hazards. A rug pad will keep it in place and flat to keep everyone safe.

Increase lifetime

A thick rug pad helps protect the area rug from routine wear and tear by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture. The pad compresses and bounces back which takes the strain off of the fibers of the rug. The area rug fibers will crush and can tear without a pad underneath.

Protect the floor

The backings of area rugs are often rough and can scratch hardwood floors. They may also disfigure the floor if the rug’s dye leaks through. Pads help prevent this. They also keep rocks out and prevent the rug from shifting and scratching the floor.

Rug pads also provide a number of other benefits, including comfort, noise reduction and insulation.

If you have any questions about pads for your area rug, contact Naffco today! One of our friendly staff members will be glad to help you! Or stop into one of our 3 locations!

 

The Importance of Carpet Padding

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Carpet padding, or underlay,is one of the most often overlooked part of a carpeting project, because it’s not visible. However, it’s one of the most important aspects of your carpeting installation as it serves as the foundation of your carpet.

Carpet padding is meant to protect your carpeting. It is typically made from rubber, foam or fiber. It keeps the bottom of your carpet from rubbing and tearing against the bare floor. It also helps by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture. Carpet padding is responsible for the softness or firmness of your carpet.

When you have padding under your carpet, your vacuum is able to raise it slightly and remove more dirt, making the cleaning process more efficient. Without carpet padding, dirt and dust get stuck in the tufts of your carpet, increasing allergens and creating a dirty environment.

Carpet pads also provide thermal installation. Porous carpeting will create drafts, whereas padded carpets block the draft. It also is able to keep heat from passing through it. So it keeps your room at a more stable temperature.

Carpet padding also acts to dampen sound. This is an especially pertinent feature in upstairs rooms.

A pad stops the drafts that can seep through porous carpeting. Padding has higher R value (which measures a material’s ability to keep heat from passing through it) than carpet which keeps the room warmer.

Carpet padding also helps dampen sound. This is especially more important for upstairs rooms, but even in a basement, a pad reduces sound more than just a carpet by itself.

The main aspects of carpet pads are density and thickness. A thicker pad provides more protection, but it can also wrinkle your carpet. The higher the density, the more firm your carpet will feel. However low density pads wear out faster.

If you have any questions about carpet padding, reach out to Naffco today!

Basic Carpet Terminology

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If you’re shopping for carpet, it’s a good idea to have a basic grasp of the terminology. It’s easy to be confused by sales experts if you aren’t familiar with your options. And how else will you know how to find the perfect carpet for your home?

Here is a glossary of basic carpet terms so that you can communicate what you want with your local carpet supplier.

Backing

This one’s pretty easy. It’s the back of the carpet. It can be divided into two parts. Primary backing provides the structure for the tufts of the carpet. Secondary backing is a barrier from the carpet padding and the floor. It can also be referred to as the ‘underside.’

Berber

Berber is a carpet that is naturally undyed, originally made by North African Berber tribes.

Broadloom

Any carpet wider than 6 feet.

Carpet Cushion/Carpet Padding

This is the layer of cushion that gets installed between the floorboard and the carpet. It determines how soft, comfortable, and durable your carpet will be.

Crush

Crush refers to the carpet fibers being bent due to high traffic or heavy furniture. Crushed carpet can rarely be fixed.

Fiber:

The founding material that the carpet is composed of.

Frieze

Carpet with a tightly twisted piling giving it a curled appearance.

Indentations

Marks left by furniture and other heavy objects.

Pile

The visible part of the carpet composed of yarn tufts. Also the part that gets walked on. There are two types of pile, loop and cut. Loop means the loops have been left uncut. Cut means the loops have been cut to make straight tufts.

Pile Height

The height of the pile.

Pilling

Pilling happens when carpet fibers from different tufts get tangled up and form a hard mass.

Resilience

The ability for a carpet to resist crushing.

Seam

The line where two pieces of carpet join.

Tufts

Groups of carpet fibers wound together to make individual groups of fibers.

 

If you have any further questions about carpet terminology, visit one of Naffco’s 3 locations. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to help!

 

Tips for Cleaning Tile and Grout

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The kitchen and bathroom are typically two of the dirtiest rooms in the house. They get the most use and let’s face it, kids never pay attention to what they’re doing. This can cause your tile and grout to get dirty faster than you can clean. But if you’re proactive and take these tips seriously, you can make sure your tile and grout look great and last for years.

Keep your floors DRY

Moisture is the enemy of grout and tiles. If you spill any liquid, it can attract dirt and also soak into your floor. Even if you just drop an ice cube, be sure to clean and dry the area immediately. If you do a wet mop, be sure to do a dry mop after!

Use Mats

High traffic areas get dirtier and receive more wear and tear than others. If you have tile in your entryway, add a small mat or rug just behind the door. It also helps to have one by your sink to absorb any splashes from doing the dishes.

Vacuum

A quick once over with your vacuum is the best way to get loose dust and dirt off your tile floors and out of the cracks. If you vacuum frequently, you’ll get the dirt before it gets ground into the tile by people walking over them.

Use a cleaning solution and stiff bristle brush

At least once a month you should take a heavy duty cleaning solution and stiff bristle brush to your grout. This will help keep it looking fresh and save you the trouble of scrubbing for hours once a year.

Seal your grout

Grout is a porous material, meaning it will absorb spills and dirt. A good grout sealant can prevent this from happening by forming a protective layer over top.

Always rinse with water

If you use a cleaning solution, or wipe up a spill, or mop, be sure to use a damp cloth to get any extra residue off of your floor, otherwise it will sink right in!


If you have any questions about tile and grout, contact Naffco today!

How to Remove Scratches from Your Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are one of the most elegant looking flooring options for your home. However, they can be susceptible to scratches due to pets, furniture, rocks tracked from outside, and the general hustle and bustle of daily life. Hopefully the scratches aren’t too deep or wide. Here are a few methods you can try to fix scratches in your hardwood floor.

Sealant

If your floor receives a superficial scratch (one that only scratches the finish, not the wood) you might be able to fix it by applying a sealant. It’s best to use the type of sealant that already exists on your hardwood flooring to make sure it blends. First, use a microfiber cloth and bit of floor cleaner to make sure the area is clean and free of any debris and dust. Wipe away the cleaner with a clean damp cloth and allow the area to completely air dry. Once it’s dry, use a small tipped brush to apply a thin layer of the proper finish to the floor.

Wood Staining Marker

This is for very shallow scratches. Stain markers come in many colors and can be found in your local hardware, paint or department store. Before trying it on the scratch do a spot test to make sure it matches your floor. When you find a good match, wipe the scratched area with a soft, damp rag. Make sure there is no dirt or debris in the scratch or the surface of the hardwood floor around the scratch. Run the marker over the scratch 3-5 times to stain it. Rub the stain into the scratch. Then press a clean rag soaked in mineral spirits onto the wood. Wipe away any residual stain. Repeat if you need to make it darker.

Sanding

If you have a shallow scratch, you may be able to fix it by sanding it and using a wood wax stick found at your local hardware store. Clean the area with a microfiber cloth and small bit of floor cleaner. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the cleaner. Allow the area to dry completely. Rub the wax stick over the scratch to fill it in. You can use a plastic tipped putty knife to force it into the crack if necessary. Allow the wood wax to dry and settle for at least a day or two. Buff the floor with a clean dry cloth to smooth the area and restore shine.

For professional help fixing scratches in your floor, contact Naffco today.

3 Common Ways to Ruin Your Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring is one of the most elegant (and expensive) flooring choices you can make when it comes to redoing your home. Which is why you should take every precaution to properly maintain it. Life is busy, and preserving your floor is usually not at the top of your mind, but here are 3 common ways people ruin their hardwood floors, and how to avoid these mistakes.

1. You are using the wrong floor cleaner

If you use the wrong floor cleaner, you could cause immediate and possibly irreversible damage to your hardwood floor. Each hardwood floor has a specific finish used on it. Different finishes require different finishes. It’s possible to use a cleaner that’s too harsh and could strip the finish off your floor. There are also cleaners with wax in them that could result in buildup. Be sure to consult whoever installed your floor to find the correct cleaner for your specific hardwood.

2. Your pets have long nails

Animals are going to cause wear and tear on your flooring no matter what. But there are definitely ways that you can reduce the damage and make sure that it isn’t that severe. Pets with long nails will cause scratches in your hardwood floor over time. If you take them to the vet be sure to ask them to trim their nails as short as possible while making sure your little loved one stays healthy and comfortable. This is a quick and easy way to make sure they do minimal damage to your floors.

3. Your furniture legs are unprotected

If you do not have protective pads under each leg of all pieces of furniture that is on your hardwood floor, the weight of the furniture can damage the finish or wood over time. Dragging any heavy furniture will definitely cause scratches as well. Always be sure to lift your furniture instead of dragging or pushing it. Putting felt pads underneath the legs of all your furniture is a cheap and simple solution to make sure you keep your floor safe from dents and scratches.

If you have any questions about your hardwood flooring, or would like to schedule an appointment for a free, no obligation consultation and estimate, contact Naffco Floors & Interiors today.

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Flooring

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Choosing the proper flooring for your home is a very important aspect. Flooring affects the aesthetics, balance, and maintenance level of every room. It’s also a significant investment financially. Your floors deserve plenty of forethought and consideration before making a final decision. Here are 3 things you should consider when choosing flooring for your home:

1. Purpose of a Room

One of the first things you should consider is the purpose of the room. Who is going to spend time in there, and what will they be doing? If kids are going to be running around, there are different factors to consider than if it’s an adult only room. How much traffic is going to be going through the room? Do you have pets and will they be coming and going? Each of these questions will weigh heavily in your final decision.

2. Budget

This may seem obvious, but it’s very important to say it anyways. Be honest about your budget. Chances are if you’re redoing your flooring, or building your home new, you’ve got other items in your budget as well. You don’t want to overspend in one area and have to skimp in another. Be sure to give yourself a little cushion in case there are any hiccups along the way.

3. Level of Maintenance

If you and your family have very busy lifestyles, you’ll want to consider a flooring option with less maintenance like vinyl or laminate. Hardwood and carpet typically require a bit more upkeep, but have a number of other benefits that may make it worth it if you have the time.

If you have any questions about what floor is right for your home, talk to one of our friendly staff members at Naffco Flooring & Interiors. Contact Naffco today to receive an appointment for a free, no obligation consultation and estimate. With 3 convenient locations in Tampa, Carrollwood and Brandon, we service everyone in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Stop into one of our stores or give us a call anytime!

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