Archive for June, 2012

Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

Today’s post is a friendly reminder to those of you who have wood floors on how to maintain them. It’s easy to get sucked in to those commercials on TV that promise shiny floors. Yet in reality those products may actually harm the wood. Here are the rules:

Entrances are your first line of defense.

Place walk off mats or area rugs at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor.

Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can damage your floor. Instead use mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly.

In addition to entryways, remember to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.

Invest in these tools.

Buy a good quality broom and sweep your new floor regularly to pick up grains of dirt, dust and other particles.

A vacuum cleaner, without a beater bar, can be helpful in between planks and other hard to reach areas. Once dirt and grease are gone, buffing can help restore the luster of your hardwood floor.

Keep in mind these cleaning tips.

Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor.

For “Finish in Place” hardwood floors, we recommend using an 8”x14” terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards an easy task.

Spray a professional wood floor cleaning product recommended by us to safely remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your floor.

Manufacturers of “Pre-finished” hardwood floors recommend their own specific products designed for their floors routine maintenance. Be sure to check with us as well about these cleaners.

All floors with a urethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue.

A hardwood floor cleaner is useful in removing occasional scuffs or heel marks. Merely spray some cleaner on a cloth and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel or sponge.

Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. These products will also affect the ability to recoat your floor later.

Since wood naturally expands when it is wet, never wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor. Large amounts of water can cause the wood to swell and may cause your floor to crack or splinter.

Being a natural product, hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. Minimize water exposure to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Finally, protect against time, sun and traffic.

All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process.

Window treatments are recommended, as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly to allow floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage. Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.

Stiletto heels can cause dents and scratches that are not covered by your warranty. Love your pet but regularly trim their nails or claws to avoid scratches on the hardwood floor. The point here is to be cautious of sharp objects that may scratch or damage the floor.

A hardwood floor of beauty and pride can be yours today and tomorrow if you know how to care for it right from the start, clean it on a regular basis and schedule professional maintenance when that is called for.

Outdoor Living – Patio Design

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living, Sales and Promotions

Great patio design, beautiful hardscaping and savvy plant choices combine to create perfect outdoor spaces just in time for the warm summer months.

This terrace went from no-place-to-sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.

This is a dream outdoor space for a gourmet cook. While this kitchen can accommodate big gatherings, there are still places to lounge in shade or sun.

 

It’s hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.

This two-tier, curved bluestone patio coordinates beautifully with the home’s color and architecture. This previous empty lawn is now an elegant space for dining, relaxing and informal entertaining.

Natural stone paving ties in with the home’s interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this courtscape looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.

Come see how Century Tile can help with your outdoor patio flooring projects. And don’t forget to take a look at our tile specials!

 

It’s Summer Time

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

Summer is here! While most of us would like to laze in the sun and just relax, there are still projects at home that need tending to. Here is a quick list of tips to keep your home, yard and hardscaping in shape for the warm months ahead – without too much effort.

Freshen the kitchen – each time you empty the trash spray your trash cans with an anti-bacterial solution. Keep a dryer sheet at the bottom of each can. It will absorb odors and spills.

In the garden – if you haven’t added mulch yet, now’s the time to do it. Put a one to two-inch layer of mulch on vegetable and flower gardens after plants have emerged in the spring to help conserve moisture.

Organize toys – sift through the beach toys, yard toys and recreational equipment, making sure everything is in good shape. If not, fix, replace or toss. And if you’re not using something, donate it now so other families can enjoy all summer long.

Inspect the roof – on a dry day, check your roof for missing shingles and damaged flashing. Inspect seals around vents, skylights and chimney for leaks. Repair as necessary. Look in your chimney to ensure that no critters have taken up residence.

Clean the shower – to remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn’t removable fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.

Don’t forget the dryer vent – just as in winter, it’s time to move your dryer away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Remove the tube that attaches to the machine and clear out the lint. Finally, use a shop vac to clean the outside vent, too.

Repair railings and stairs – all steps, porches and banisters should be inspected at least once a year. Repair any place that shows signs of wear, loose nails or cracked boards.

Defrost the freezer – most freezers need a good defrosting and clean-out twice a year. Remove everything and store in a cooler. Throw away food older than six months. Defrost the freezer and use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe down the walls and door.

If you tackle one of these projects every few days, you’ll get this list done in no time and still be able to relax and enjoy the sun.

 

Spruce up Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

Remodeling or updating a bathroom is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Even small changes, such as replacing lighting or do-it-yourself tile, will yield big returns. Here are a few design ideas to turn your blah bathroom into something fabulous.

Vessel sinks are gaining in popularity due to their high-end look and increasingly affordable prices. There are literally thousands of styles and materials available including porcelain, glass, stone, copper and even polished wood. Before selecting a vessel sink, measure carefully to ensure that there is ample clearance at the front and back of your vanity to accommodate the vessel’s bowl.

Make a small bath feel more spacious by replacing the vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink. If you have a lot of toiletries, you’ll need to add shelving elsewhere in the room to make up for lost storage.

If your bathroom is short on storage, add wall shelves above the toilet. They’ll keep toiletries within reach while providing a place to display a few decorative accessories.

Trim molding is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to quickly update the look of any bathroom. Add timeless appeal with wide crown and baseboard molding or install a chair rail, beadboard or paneled wainscot for a charming update.

Just as the right accessories finish your outfit, the perfect tile will rev up the look of your bathroom. Whether you choose sleek glass or opt for rustic natural stone, new tile will add architectural interest, color and texture.

Come into the store or visit our website and see how we can help with your bathroom project.

Stylish Green Bathrooms

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Check out these incredibly stylish bathrooms that are also “green” and eco-friendly.

Recycled glass tiles make this bathroom super chic.

A sustainable alternative to wood, bamboo makes beautiful cabinets and flooring.

Using storm-felled trees is another way to be eco-conscious with design.

Richlite, a paper-based fiber composite, and recycled glass mosaic tiles are used in this luxurious bathroom.

Add natural light via skylights.

For those of you who would like to add more eco elements to your bathrooms, please come into the store and let our staff help you with more design inspiration.

Relaxation – Just in Time for Father’s Day

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

Spoil Dad and design an outdoor space to lounge or nap in the sun.

During the hottest months of the year, let the summer breeze pick you up with a swing on this hammock. Make your outdoor swinging bed even cozier by throwing a down comforter on top. It’ll be more comfortable in the summer, and will be warm enough to extend hammock season into spring and fall.

Ample throw pillows make these outdoor beds ideal for leaning back to take in the view. Flowering vines add color and charm.

Whether meditating or enjoying a cup of green tea, this daybed set amidst a bonsai garden is designed for ultimate relaxation.

This bed takes sleeping outdoors to a whole new level. Flannel sheets make the bed extra soft, while flowy curtains block stray sun rays and prying eyes.

An outdoor daybed is possible even in the city. If you’re an urban dweller looking for cushioned grass for your afternoon naps or picnics, this grass-filled daybed might just be perfect.

Have we given you some good ideas to make a relaxing retreat for Dad? Happy Father’s Day!

Do Something Nice for Dad

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Holidays

Since we are fast approaching Father’s Day weekend, why don’t you do something special for Dad. After all, he doesn’t need another tie. Instead why don’t you organize the garage for him?

Garages were created for cars, but people park a lot of other stuff there as well. Garden shovels, sports gear, pet supplies and anything else you don’t know where else to put. The catchall can quickly turn into a dumping ground, which is why organization is essential in any garage.

1. Climb the Walls

The first step toward creating a clutter-free garage is getting as many items as possible off the floor. Wall-mounted track systems are a big asset.

2. Systematize Storage

Think logically about what goes where on the track system. For example, in the summer, a beach chair will get more use than a snow shovel, so it hangs up front.

3. Revive Dead Space

Rather than ignore the narrow strip of wall between the garage doors, turn into a mini auto-care station. Two wall-mounted wire baskets contain assorted engine fluids, as well as a sponge, a squeegee, and other car-cleaning essentials. One of the metal receptacles is for trash from road trips, while the other will hold rock salt for icy mornings come winter.

Don’t forget to perk up the workshop part of the garage as well. This is the time to be sure it is equipped with sufficient electrical outlets for power tools and good lighting for doing projects:

1. Seeing Clearly

Add a new overhead cage fixture to illuminate the work area. Use an industrial lamp with an adjustable arm to deliver targeted task lighting.

2. Multiplying the Options

A wall-mounted track system adds three tiers of shelving for paint supplies. Folding sawhorses on the two bottom hooks open easily when duty calls.

3. Hanging Up Hand Tools

Peg-Board is practically synonymous with organizing.

4. Moving Around

A portable metal toolbox can be used at the workbench or rolled over to the automobiles when mechanical repairs are needed.

And viola – Dad now has a clean, organized and efficient garage. He’ll love it!

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

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We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Check Out the New Website

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in About Us, Century Tile News

Century Tile is happy to announce changes to to the store website. Designed to be easier to navigate, we encourage you to take a look.

We especially like the big buttons at the bottom. Now it is easier than ever to peruse the product catalog, sign up for savings (who doesn’t like that?) and view other tools that make purchasing flooring and doing home improvement projects a snap.

For you DIY peeps, you can check out where Pete the Pro is holding workshops on how to install tile. For those of you addicted to social media, you can connect with Century Tile on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. For those of you who want to shop online before visiting the showroom there is a link to our on-line store.

It’s also easier to get into the Design Center. In the Design Center you can take quizzes to help determine your decorating style, learn about products that will work best with your lifestyle and even create a notebook where you can take detailed notes, keep design ideas and a list of questions to ask one of our experts.

And finally, there is the Virtual Room Designer link. This is such a great feature. Simply upload a digital picture of your own room, and within 48 hours you will be able to decorate your room within our Virtual Room Designer tool. You can actually view how different floor coverings and paint colors can make your room look new again.

If you’re starting a project or if you are simply thinking about changing up a room in your home, please visit the website. We’re here to make it as easy as possible.