How to Remove Carpet & Refinish Hardwood Floors

discount-hardwood-floors-houston-txYou might discover a great wood floor underneath an old carpet you want to replace. While the floor could be in great shape structurally, possibilities are the finish will be dingy and dull from years under the carpet, especially after you’re done scraping off the residual carpet underlayment. Getting rid of the initial layers, then applying gloss, will bring back the luster to that floor without changing its color or character.

Remove the discount carpet by hand, or using your hammer and prybar as needed. Pry off the carpet strips around the perimeter of the room and pull out any errant nail heads up. Use a floor scrape to get up residual carpet underlayment.

According to This Old House online, a screening disk is clog-resistant sandpaper that will just remove the finish of the floor, without cutting into the wood itself. It will take off any remaining recurring material from the carpets and grind away the top layer of floor gloss.

Vacuum up the dust. Switch out the heavy-grit disk for a medium one and duplicate the sanding procedure. The 2nd screening should take up the remainder of the top layer.

Vacuum the dust once again, and re-screen the floor with the fine-grit disk. It must get the surface completely free of shine and gloss, with the original color of the floor still in place.

Brush on polyurethane floor gloss starting at the edge of the room opposite the doorway. Brush it on with the direction of the floorboards, blowing and wiping away any residual dust ahead of the brush. Do the entire floor.Continue reading

Discount Carpet Replacement and Buying Guide in Houston

houston-carpet-discountsTips on Buying Carpet in Houston

The cost of buying brand-new carpet and having it installed with padding can quickly reach into the thousands of dollars for a standard-sized space. So when you do get your carpet, you need to take lots of time to select the color, style and type that you can live with for at least the next 5 years, but hopefully much longer.

For High-traffic Areas
To carpet a high-traffic area, like your living room or foyer, get level-loop or Berber carpeting. Both of these carpet types are made to take a beating.

For the Bedroom
Your bed room is likely a place where you walk around barefoot, so purchase a deluxe carpet that you can sink your feet into. Cut-pile carpet fibers are straight instead of looped, and thick to create the smooth “plushness” of deluxe carpeting. Buy Saxony carpet for the best feel.

Don’t Buy Padding That Is Too Thick
You definitely require padding under the carpet to minimize noise (like creaking), keep your feet warm when walking over the carpet, and to maintain the life of the carpet. However, the Carpet and Rug Institute suggests that you get a pad that is no more than 7/16 inch thick.Continue reading

Creative Flooring Ideas – Houston Discounts June 2013

Houston Flooring Warehouse Discounts June 2013

Eight Examples of Amazingly Creative Flooring

Getting creative with your flooring can be fairly easy. You just have to use your imagination to achieve the effect and look that you desire for your floors.

As a start, it’s worth noting that nothing beats plain and simple. Its easy to accessorize and even easier to change and update when you change your mind. Here are a few quick fixes and tricks for getting creative with your plain floors to give them an instant artsy look.

1. Get modular wood
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Modular wood is relatively cheap and easy to set up. Virtually no installation is required since all you need to do to set them up is to set them down. One more great thing about it is that you can use the pieces in different rooms or areas in the house as needed since they will not be fixed and installed in a single area alone.Continue reading