Archive for November, 2010

How You Live

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

One of our favorite website tools is our “How I Live-Interview“. Here, we ask you basic information regarding your home and your lifestyle. It is important for us to know who lives in your home, if you have any children or pets, what type of atmosphere you would ideally like to create in your home, if you plain on entertaining in your home, etc. Your answers to these questions will play a vital factor in your decision-making process regarding the color, design, and products that you will select for your project.

Once you have completed the quiz, you will be directed to a forum full of information related to each question that you answered. It is important to know the best ways to accommodate yourself and your family, and it is our job to help you understand all of the ways to do so.

On the left hand side of our website you will see the “Take A Quiz” button, from here choose the “How I Live” tab and it will direct you to the correct page.

We hope you find this quiz helpful and that its answers can assist you in your decision making for your home.

How to Remove Gravy Stains from Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

The holidays are really here! We hope you’re well into preparation by now for your Thanksgiving feast! We thought we’d share some stain removal techniques with you, just in case someone knocks over the gravy boat onto the carpet, or accidentally drops their plate. If an accident does occur, try one or several of the below techniques. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nail Polish Remover – Two types of nail polish removers are available. One type contains acetone, a dry cleaning solvent. Use the same precautions as with other dry cleaning solutions. The second type contains amyl acetate, which is used in many paint, oil, and grease (POG) removers. Many POG removers leave residues that may cause rapid soiling. When using a POG remover, always rinse the area thoroughly with a dry solvent.

Solvent - A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water - Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

When in doubt, call a professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. Carpet and Rug Institute – 1-800-882-8846.

Ask Pete The Pro

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

Here at Century Tile, we have our own expert available to you online. You can ask Pete the Pro any types of questions you may have regarding your flooring. He provides a list of frequently asked questions 24/7.

If you cannot find your question on his list, you can click to send him an email. He will respond to your question in a very short amount of time. This is a great feature for those of you who are not quite sure what type of flooring you should put in your home, how to clean your tile properly, etc.

Do not hesitate to ask him any questions regarding your flooring. That is why he is here. Sometimes putting new tile in a bathroom can be very stressful. There are a lot of components to doing this correctly and Pete is here to help. We hope you find this tool helpful!

Thanksgiving Recipe: Baked Mac & Cheese

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Thanksgiving

This time next week, we’ll all be spending time with our family and friends on Thanksgiving Day! Here at Century Tile, we thought we’d share one of our favorite side dishes with you for this special occasion. We hope you chose to cook and and enjoy! If you do, let us know what you think! Happy holidays!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Home Décor Ideas For Christmas

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas

We are so excited for the holidays and Christmas will soon be here! Decorating for the holiday season doesn’t have to break the bank. Follow these guidelines to create your own Christmas Wonderland:

1. Theme it right: Choosing a theme will head you into the right direction, regarding where to start. Themes can be based on the geography where you live and/or special interests.

2. Color coordinate: Selecting your color theme can easily stem from your special interest theme or simply coordinate to enhance your theme. Choose two to three main colors to work with. Color combinations that have a main vibrant color and one or two supporting colors really make your theme unique and well put together. Choose a primary or secondary color for your main color. Gold, Silver, and white make for great supporting colors that enhance your main vibrant color.

3. Some DIY: You can cut costs by making some DIY decorations. Popcorn can easily be strung to make great garland. If you buy a real tree; save the clippings from the bottom to make your wreath out of. Pretty ribbon can be intertwined into your wreath, tree and garland. Pack it away neatly so it can be used for year after year (until it wears out).

4. No mantle? No problem. You can decorate your entertainment unit like you would a mantel. Add garland, lights and even hang your stockings on it. Feel free to decorate doorways as well!

Get creative. Get innovative. Anything that shimmers or glistens can be incorporated into Christmas decorations! Glass and crystal items are complimented when dispersed on a mantel or used in a centerpiece surrounded by garland, ribbon and lit by a strand of lights!

A Yelper Speaks Up!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Testimonial / Reviews

From time to time we like to share the thoughts of our customers because we are so proud of our team and also want you to know that you can expect the same great service when you are ready to buy!

Here’s a recent review from a Yelper:

“Joe was the greatest help at Century Tile! I looked all over the city for a tile I loved, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I was talked into going to Century Tile by my boyfriend and I’m so glad I went. Joe was so patient working with me as I was super picky in choosing our bathroom tile. He was very helpful in helping us choose a quality tile at a reasonable price. After we purchased the tile, Joe was great with communicating with us and even gave us a better quality glue when the kind we ordered didn’t come in. Thanks so much Joe and Century Tile!”

Virtual Room Designer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

Are you ready for new floors, but have no idea where to start? If you aren’t ready to come in to see us quite yet, there are lots of tool on the Century Tile Website that can help you – but today we want to tell you about the one that’s the most fun. It’s called The Virtual Room Designer.

On the Virtual Room Designer you can choose your room type and then within that room you can “try on” different floors, walls, countertops and in some rooms you can even try on area rugs.

To get started, click on the Virtual Room Designer image below and HAVE FUN!

Black & White Décor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating

Black and white are the most basic of colors. They are also opposites and neutrals. When used together, they create the very meaning of “contrast”. The combination of black and white defines and proves the phrase “Opposites Attract”.
Both colors are considered classic, elegant and sophisticated. They also have the ability to direct focus, highlight, frame and accent. Black and white is a dynamic duo that will forever be popular and stylish.

How can you use black and white in your decorating?
Use alternate black and white tiles to create the “checkerboard” effect. Another option is: one color can be used as the main color and the other can provide decorative border. The two colors can also be used to create endless combinations of patterns on the floor.

Another popular use of black and white tiles is to use white subway tiles on the walls and a combination of black and white floor tiles on the floor. This is a classic and timeless look.
Artwork accented with black and white draw focus to the subject (because of the high level of contrast it creates) without stealing the show because they are both considered neutral colors. If white matting surrounds artwork use a black frame on a white wall. This technique is used frequently in art galleries.
Selecting one vibrant color to accent a black and white setting creates interest and variety. Any color will work as long as it is a truly vibrant color that can hold it’s own in the midst of the two dominant colors. Red, blue, green, pink, purple and yellow are great color choices for this technique.