Spring Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors: What You Need To Know

Long known as a favourite among homeowners and interior design fans, hardwood flooring is a stunning option that adds a classic touch to any home. Elegant and timeless, both traditional and engineered planks can add extra value to your property, as well as provide a sturdy foundation for your day to day activities. Despite being a little more susceptible to damage than their more modern counterparts, with a little TLC and forethought, keeping your floors looking their best all year round doesn’t have to be a chore.

With spring just around the corner, proper floor care is more vital than ever when it comes to protecting your hardwood. Learn about some of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to spring floor prep below!

Be Aware Of Your Main Challenges

Each season presents homeowners with different factors that can pose a risk to the longevity of their flooring. Due to the dampness of the season, moisture poses a particular problem during the springtime, as do mud, dirt, and grit that can lead to costly discolouration and scratches. Knowing what to look out for will help you to remain mindful and more diligent when it comes to spotting problems before they have a chance to cause headaches.

Place Mats at Entry-Points and High Traffic Areas

One of the biggest issues when it comes to wear and tear on your hardwood is the tracking in of dirt and debris. As we mentioned above, spring is notorious for this issue, even when you’re being careful. Placing mats at key areas throughout the home will remind you to remove your shoes and capture any nasty particles before they have the chance to spread.

Mop Up Puddles and Spills Immediately

Excess moisture is a common hazard that can cause sizeable damage to your flooring if left unattended. Tending to any snowmelt, puddles brought in from the rain, as well as any other damp spots will prevent it from seeping into your floorboards and causing issues like warping or rotting.

Be Mindful When Using Salt

Albertan spring can be a fickle beauty, with plenty of melting and freezing occurring before the warm weather returns to stay. If you use salt around your property to help handle ice build-up and traction, you’ll want to be extra aware to exercise caution when returning indoors. Be sure to wipe your boots and leave them behind before venturing further into the home.

A Quick Sweep Goes a Long Way

Finally, one of the best measures to prevent damage is to fall into a regular cleaning routine. Sweeping weekly and mopping regularly with a gentle, microfibre cloth, will go a long way towards ensuring your floors stay in tip-top shape for the future.

Want to learn more about caring for Hardwood floors, contact our team today!


Fixing Carpet Stains: Your Emergency Guide

Have you experienced a mishap at home and are now frantically trying to determine the best way to pull a nasty stain out of your carpet before it has time to set? With both the spring season around the corner and people spending more time at home than usual, accidental spills and “oops” moments are bound to increase. Below are some key tips to help to avoid disaster and treat stains for the best long term results.

Breathe

Before you let the panic set in, it’s important to remember that many kinds of stains can usually be removed from your carpet if you catch them early. Culprits like wine, coffee, blood, etc, may look disheartening, but with the right tools in hand, you have a solid chance of removing any lasting marks.

Blotting, Not Scrubbing

To remove a stain, you want to lift it from your carpet fibres, not risk scrubbing them in deeper or spreading it. Gently blotting will help to pull the liquids from your carpet and help expedite the removal process.

Know Your Neutralizers

Another key component of a successful stain removal is knowing how to neutralize the substance you want to get rid of. Certain compounds may be easy to remove with just water, where others will need some additional lifting power. Examples of water-soluble spills include:

  • Berries
  • Colas
  • Gravy
  • Mud, and more

Examples where you may need to boost your cleaning power include:

  • Blood
  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee

Ramp up your solution with 1 tablespoon of fabric-friendly ammonia (not on wool or wool-blend carpets) or a gentle detergent. Bleach should be used as a last resort, and only when you are certain it will not damage your carpet material.

Advanced Stains

For stains that have been left for a considerable amount of time, or that contain lipids, oils, or waxes, removal can be more difficult. If you’re unsure of how to proceed, consulting a professional is the best course of action.

Know When To Fold

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our carpets may be beyond saving. Should you find yourself in this position, the team at Ashley Fine Floors is happy to work alongside you to find the best replacement options available. With full-scale installation services and more, we make it easy to find the right fit for your home. Contact us today to learn more!


Top Flooring Trends For 2020

2020 Vinyl Flooring Trends

Ready to refresh your home and bring your tired space into the modern world? Renovating your home is an incredibly exciting process that allows you to showcase your inner artist and create the perfect space for the whole family to enjoy. With a new decade underway, 2020 has ushered plenty of new trends to help you transform your home, with luxury vinyl tile quickly emerging as a front runner. Below, we’ll explore some of the most popular designs and styles coming out of the market, as well as explore the benefits of vinyl tile. Read on to learn more!

Wood Grained Flooring That Packs A Punch

Continuing one of the major trends of the past few years, wood-grained flooring is still one of the most popular styles in modern homes. For 2020, bolder stains with rich hues are in high demand. Statement flooring is often offset by lighter walls that, when paired, together, helps to create a dramatic finished product.

Bleached and Blanched Woods

Contrasting with the darker flooring trend, lighter floorboards are also rising in demand. Great for opening up small spaces or adding an “airy” feel to any room, light floorboards are popular for living rooms, kitchens, and many other areas.

Distressed Planks

Another popular trend is flooring designed to look “distressed” or worn. As an instant way to add rustic charm and elegance to your home, stylized floor planks can make a definitive statement in your room of choice.

Black and White Tiles

Moving away from wood looks, black and white tile is seeing a resurgence in bathrooms and kitchens, giving modern homes a touch of vintage flair and elegance.

Graphic Tiles

Much like black and white tiles, graphic tiles instantly brighten up a space and can make a huge statement in your room of choice. Whether you want to add a flash of drama or tie together an overall theme throughout the house, graphic tiles are a fantastic way to let your inner artistry shine through.

Discover The Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Tile At Ashley Fine Floors

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is one of the most in-demand, cost-effective solutions on today’s flooring market. Beloved by homeowners for its ability to mimic higher cost flooring options at a fraction of the price, LVT is durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain. Learn more about our available LVT brands by contacting our team today!


Spring Cleaning Your Carpets: How To Prevent Dirt and Grim From Taking Over

Spring is just around the corner! Are your carpets ready? With warmer weather on the way and the snow finally beginning to melt, homeowners across Alberta are facing a familiar challenge when it comes to keeping their carpets clean. Mud, dust, and debris all pose as unique seasonal culprits that can quickly deteriorate the condition of your floors without the proper care in place. Learn how you can avoid stains, water damage, and other springtime carpet mishaps by following our quick tips below!

Know What You’re Up Against

As any Albertan will know, the seasonal shifts that we face each year each come with their own distinct challenges when it comes to caring for our homes. Spring can be particularly volatile due to the switch over from months of freezing cold weather and the resulting thaw as temperatures begin to rise. The resulting changes to the landscape present multiple dangers to the condition of your carpets, including:

Mud and Grime

As months of snow that had built up begin to melt, streets, sidewalks, parking lots and everywhere in between become ladder with mud and dirt. While it can be nearly impossible to avoid walking through it, you can prevent mud from entering your home by placing mats at entrance points, always removing your shoes, and regularly vacuuming to catch any grit that may have found a way in otherwise.

Moisture

Moisture can present a significant hazard to any flooring, with carpets being especially vulnerable if exposed for long periods of time. Forgetting to remove boots when going in and out of the home, dropping rain-soaked umbrellas on the floor, and other little moments in between can quickly add up as your carpets underside absorbs any stray drops of moisture you bring into the home. Over time this can lead to carpet rot along with dangerous mould spores spreading throughout the home.

To avoid this, you’ll want to be extra diligent during the spring to stay on top of moisture control, especially if you have pets or little ones in the home. Act on any wet spots you see promptly and use towels to blot up any spills and remove excess liquid as quickly as possible.

Grit and Debris

When nature begins to spring back to life it’s easy to find your home covered in sand, pollen, and dirt, even with your best efforts to avoid the buildup. Avoid the introduction of allergens into your space, as well as the build-up of dirt in your carpets by removing your shoes, having mats at all entrances, and vacuuming regularly.

Keeping your carpets clean during the spring can feel like a challenge, but with a little TLC and a plan in place, you can keep your floors looking their best all year round.

In need of a carpet refresh? Ashley Fine Floors is Edmonton’s leading carpet store of solutions for your home and business. Learn more about how we can help by contacting our team today!


Signs Your Laminate Flooring May Have Water Damage

Even with its reputation for having a highly durable finish and built-in water resistance, laminate flooring can still fall victim to premature damage from spills, puddles, and other sources of moisture. Learn how you can protect your laminate floors from water damage, as well as how to spot the signs early on below!

Prevention Is Your Best Friend

While there are certain aspects of water damage you may not be able to control (i.e. flooding), the vast majority are often preventable. From wiping up spills immediately, ensuring your boots don’t track in snow over the winter, to keeping an eye out for leaks around sinks, appliances, toilets and more, prevention is the best method when it comes to avoiding water damage. Stay vigilant around your home, and always deal with any issues right away to reduce your chance of long term detriment to your floors.

How To Spot The Signs of Water Damage

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, water damage may still occur. Whether from a leaky pipe while away on vacation, an unnoticed spill, or even something more catastrophic like partial flooding, linoleum can be left vulnerable after a long period of being exposed to moisture. Signs that your floor has experienced water damage include:

  • Buckling
  • Splitting
  • Warping
  • Cracking
  • Discolouration
  • Visible mould/a mouldy odour
  • “Soft” spots in affected areas, and more.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s vital to have your floors inspected right away.

Repairing Water Damaged Laminate Flooring

Unfortunately, repairing water damage done to laminate flooring can often be difficult because it’s hard to find new laminate to matches the exact shade and pattern as the damaged flooring. Thankfully, due to the lower price of laminate floors, homeowners often choose to replace the entire floor rather than a single section. Prior to repairing or replacing, it’s important to have the space under your floor planks inspected for mould to give the area plenty of time to dry out. Failure to skip this step can lead to significant problems later on, as well as health risks for the whole family.

Need to replace your damaged laminate? We can help!

Contact Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more!


Ashley Fine Floors Is Edmonton’s Source For Tile Floors and More

Ready to enter 2020 with stylish new floors that help bring your home to life? For over 25 years, Ashley Fine Floors has been Edmonton’s leading source for the top flooring solutions. We are proud to offer home and commercial property owners access to a diverse range of products from leading brands (including several made right here in Canada) within our beautiful showroom. With a vast inventory, exceptional customer service, and more, it’s no surprise that Ashley Fine Floors is your first choice for tiling floors and more!

Discover The Perks of Tile Floors

Tile floors offer several benefits when it comes to upgrading your space. As a stylish and affordable option for your home, office, or commercial space, tiles provide you with a vast range of colours and textures to choose from, making them ideal for every room. Tiles are available in the following materials:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Stone
  • Glass
  • Metal

With so many different options to choose from, finding the right selection for your space is a breeze! Ashley Fine Floors’ team of experts are happy to partner closely with you to find the size, shape, and pattern that works best for your home.

Why Go With Tile?

Besides their stylish flair, tile floors have multiple benefits to explore. Key reasons to consider tile flooring include:

  • Longevity: tile flooring is extremely resilient, making it the ideal fit for high traffic areas, apartments, or other spaces prone to wear and tear.
  • Cost-effective: tile is cheaper for larger spaces compared to other materials.
  • Easy to maintain: Periodic sweeping, damp mopping, and spot treating are all it takes to keep your tile looking its best!
  • Able to be installed over radiant flooring: Perfect for chilly Alberta mornings.

Are You Ready To Design Your Perfect Space?

Visit our showroom today to discuss your exact needs and learn how we can help you bring your vision to life!


What To Expect When Installing Laminate Flooring

As a cost-effective and stylish flooring solution across Canada, laminate flooring has become increasingly popular in today’s homes. Having long since evolved from its older, duller, appearance, modern laminate offers homeowners a versatile palette of colours, textures, and patterns to choose from, all at a competitive price. If you’ve made the choice to switch to laminate, or are planning to in the near future, but are unsure of what to expect during the installation process, below is a quick guide to help you prepare. Check out these pointers to keep everything on track and headache free!

Measure Prior To Installation

It may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often DIY home renovators guesstimate their space and either come up short or are left with a surplus of product. Even if you’re having professionals do the grunt work, you’ll want to provide them with exact measurements of your space to help avoid any complications and resulting delays.

Your Flooring May Need Time To Acclimatize

One aspect that often catches homeowners off guard if they’ve never installed new flooring before is the fact that your laminate will likely need time to adjust to the temperature and moisture conditions of your home. This is particularly true in areas like Edmonton where sudden weather changes can be particularly rough on our floors by causing planks to expand and shrink all year round. Leaving your flooring within your home for a few days gives it time to get used to the unique inner climate of your space, reducing the risk of damage or warping from abrupt “shocks” in the future. This means you’ll need to plan your renovation around having a few stacks of laminate in the way and should allocate space accordingly by removing furniture and any other barriers.

Check The Condition Of The Room Prior To Installation

If you’re replacing old flooring that has fallen victim to wear and tear from moisture, it’s important to take a close look at all aspects of the room prior to introducing new materials. Lingering issues, as well as moulding baseboards can damage your laminate, and even prevent proper installation.

Expect A Fair Bit Of Noise

If you plan on being home the day of your installation, expect to be a little inconvenience. Laminate does require various hand tools to cut and lay planks, which can amount to a decent amount of noise in your space. If you have little ones or pets, we recommend making suitable arrangements to minimize their discomfort during installation.

Enjoy!

With the help of qualified professionals, installing laminate can be a breeze. Ashley Fine Floors is happy to help customers within the Edmonton Region with their installation needs, and carries a wide variety of laminate options to choose from. Contact us today to learn more!


What To Know About Vinyl Plank Flooring

Durable and affordable, vinyl planks and tile have become an increasingly popular flooring solution for modern homes, rental units, commercial spaces, and more. With an endless selection of styles available, transforming your space into your picture perfect room has never been easier. Learn more about vinyl flooring below!

What Is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring refers to a broad category of products including sheets, tiles, and planks. As a product that came to prominence in the 1940s both during and after the Second World War. As an incredibly durable and yet affordable option, the production and development of vinyl steadily increased, with vinyl planks (often referred to as luxury vinyl tile or LVT) hitting the market in the 1970s. Today, vinyl, in its many forms, serves as a valuable option for home and business owners looking to customize their space at a fraction of the cost of other solutions like hardwood or stone.

Basic Notes On Composition

Vinyl flooring planks are created using a layering technique involving the following components:

  1. A base layer to support the entire plank
  2. Fibreglass to keep the plank flat
  3. A cushioning layer to add bounce and texture
  4. The pattern layer, which determines the overall look (can easily replicate stone, marble, hardwood, and more)
  5. A wear layer to protect the pattern
  6. The topcoat to add sheen and protect the wear layer.

The finished product, particularly where planks are concerned is a rigid, waterproof product that is able to be placed with ease and that stand up to the demands of constant foot traffic over time!

Plenty of Benefits to Be Found

In addition to being cost effective and stylish, there are plenty of benefits to be found with vinyl flooring. Such benefits include ease of installation, long life cycle, simple maintenance, highly water resistant (making it ideal for utility rooms and basements), and more. For those looking for an incredibly versatile solution capable of standing up to regular foot traffic, the demands of pets and little ones, and style without breaking the bank, LVT is ideal.

Luxury Vinyl Tile At Ashley Fine Floors

Ashley Fine Floors is proud to be a leading supplier of flooring solutions for the Edmonton Region. Our inventory features a wide selection of luxury vinyl tile products for you to choose from. Visit us in store, or contact our team today to learn more!


Cork Flooring: Your Perfect Home Or Business Solution

Have you discovered the perks of cork flooring? This relatively new addition to the flooring world has plenty to offer property owners and has quickly become a popular option among home and business owners. Whether you’re eco-conscious or are simply looking for a cushioning and heat conserving option for your space, cork flooring is a great fit. Learn more about the benefits of cork, as well explore a few idea areas to install it in your home or business below!

No Shortage of Pros To Consider

Cork is a versatile material that offers multiple perks for residential and commercial spaces. Some of the most positive attributes include:

Eco-friendly

Because cork is a renewable material sourced from the bark of cork oak trees, those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and work with sustainable materials will be pleased to know that their flooring fits within an eco-friendly home model.

Durable

Cork’s unique makeup makes it incredibly resistant to cracking, furniture dents or abrasions, as well as impermeable to gas and liquids. If you need a solution that lasts, cork is a fantastic option. When cared for correctly, cork flooring can last as long as 40 years!

Great for those with allergies

Looking to breathe fresher air and reduce your exposure to allergens, mold, and mildew? Cork has you covered! Cork is naturally resistant to bacteria, meaning you (and your lungs) can rest easy.

Safe

Cork is fire resistant and only melts at very high temperatures, making it a great fit for commercial spaces, as well as your home.

Comfortable

Cork acts as a natural cushion underfoot, helping to reduce fatigue on joints when standing for long periods of time. This makes it ideal for work spaces, fitness areas, and more. As an added benefit, the cushioning factor also makes it adept at noise reduction, which is perfect for absorbing the sound in entertainment rooms, play areas, etc.

Aesthetically versatile

Think you can’t have all these perks with a killer sense of style? Think again! Not only is cork incredibly functional, but it also comes in a wide variety of tiles, planks, colours, and sizes.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today or visit us in store!


Signs Of An Improper Flooring Installation

You’ve done the research, viewed countless different flooring options, and chosen the perfect fit for your space. Changing up your floors can breathe new life into any home and give you years of enjoyment to look forward to. Now all that’s left to do is installation! Proper installation will not only ensure your floors look their best, but are best prepared to stand the test of time. Below are 3 warning signs of a poor flooring installation to keep an eye on.

1. Large Gaps Between Planks Or Tiles

While different types of flooring will vary in the space required between each plank, large gaps are a key sign that your floors have not been placed with the proper technique. Gaps can increase your odds of water damage, warping, and buckling.

2. Lifting Corners

If planks are placed too closely together, they not be able to seal or adhere properly, leaving them prone to lifting from the foundation or cracking.

3. Premature Signs of Wear

While factors like water damage, excessive dirt built up, use of the wrong cleaning chemicals and more can accelerate the wear and tear on your floors, if you’re taking excellent care of your space and still seeing rapid deterioration, something is amiss.

What To Do

If your floors are displaying any of these issues, it’s best to have them looked at by a qualified team of experts sooner than later. Depending on the root cause, repairs may be easy to facilitate, or may require the floor to be reinstalled. Either way, the sooner you treat the issue, the better chance you have of minimizing lasting damage.

Wondering if your floors need some extra TLC? Need to find a new fit for your home? Ashley Fine Floors can help. Contact our team today to learn more!