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Know Which Things to Avoid When Installing New Floors

People often choose to upgrade the interior decor of their homes by installing new carpets and floors. Just like most things in life, they must be done right so they can look impeccable and also avoid inconveniences. In this blog, Olympia Floors provides you with the things you cannot do when installing new flooring. This rule applies regardless of whether you’re installing luxury vinyl, laminate, or hardwood; these few things always remain the same. Please go through the section below and the installation of your new floor will come out right. 

  • The installation should not be performed on the very same date that you bring home the flooring material. This stands so very true especially in the case of hardwood flooring material. You must know that wood takes time to acclimate itself to your home, so it is very important to let the floors adjust to the new environment. The installation process is made easier and the odds of future warping decrease when you refrain from same-day installation, as any moisture in the air during installation can harm the flooring. Issues that are caused by humidity and dryness can be prevented by planning your floor installation for the spring or fall.
  • Your new floors shouldn’t be installed without a solid foundation either, or else you’ll experience creaking floorboards. Ergo, make sure that you prep your sub-flooring prior to the installation to ensure that your new floor will have a stable surface to lay on.
  • Take into account the shape of the room where your new floor will be installed, as not all rooms are perfect squares, and have its exact measurements jotted down before you initiate the installation process. Once you start laying down new floors  –  especially long planks in straight lines  –  you might realize that the room is not a perfect square or rectangle.
  •  Never risk initiating the installation of your new floor without a proper plan. It must be noted that the process of floor installation and/or refinishing requires adequate expertise, experience, time, and patience for everything to turn out 100%. You must plan the order in which the planks are to be installed  –  otherwise known as racking  –  so you’ll have a scope to plan out the placement of patterns, lengths, etc.

It is understandable if, even after giving this blog a read, you still harbor any confusion or uncertainty about what not to do during the installation of new flooring  –  in which case it is highly recommended that you leave this task to the professionals. Olympia Floors is a world-class, one-stop flooring center specializing in every kind of top-quality installation at the best prices around. Our experts exceed client expectations when they get the job done and at such a great price. Olympia Floors loves it for you and your family to enjoy your lovely floors for so many years to come. So just leave it all to us and bask in all the excellent flooring services at Olympia Floors. We never disappoint you when we always carry all the flooring products you love and possess the skills to ensure the results are what you envisioned. Visit us TODAY!

Steps on How to Maintain Your Carpet in the Winter

Just as Olympia Floors has said in some of our previous blogs, today the demand for carpet installation has increased. As a world-class flooring company providing floor and carpet installation services of the highest quality for such a long time now, we are often asked what is the best way to maintain carpets, especially during the winter. Ergo, in this blog, Olympia Floors has put forward all the steps that should be followed in order to best maintain your carpets during the winter; following these steps will not only make your carpet look brand new but also increases its lifespan. Carpet flooring is very comfortable but also durable if you take good care of it. 

The winter months bring with them slush, snow, mud and salt, all of which are detrimental to your carpets. So please read the section below very thoroughly to learn how to best maintain your carpet during the chilly months.

To help prevent debris from being tracked into your home, you should keep mats at every entrance at all times. A durable outdoor doormat must be kept outside your entrance permanently with additional mats indoors for a double-duty approach. Keep in mind always that it is necessary to clean not only the inside of your home but its outside surroundings as well. This includes sweeping your deck, garage, porch, and steps, etc., to clear away dirt, leaves, and other debris, in order to minimize what can be tracked indoors from the wind, your pets, or your shoes. Also, get into the habit of always removing your shoes or boots (footwear) before walking inside your house. One must ensure that even the paws of the pets (if any) are clean.

We can all appreciate how great white carpets look and how much class they add to the house. White carpets and any colored carpet require to be vacuumed and spot cleaned as often as possible during the winter. Olympia Floors advises that the high traffic areas of your carpeting be vacuumed at least two times a week to collect all debris and prevent the ingrainedness of spills, dust and dirt. 

A lot of parties are thrown and celebrated during the winter, especially due to the holidays, so spills and stains are inevitable. That’s no need for concern when one knows these carpet cleaning and maintaining steps because with this proper plan and effort the stains and spills will stand no chance against you and your carpet. Never forget that the longer you let a spill get comfortable sitting on your beautiful carpet, the greater the odds are of it turning out to be a permanent resident (on your carpet).

Now that Olympia Floor has made you a master in the winter maintenance of carpets, wouldn’t you now wish to learn about the best world-class specialists you should rely on in the entire Chicago area for all your carpet installation? Olympia Floors is a one-stop flooring center where you find everything that has to do with flooring in the world, where every top-quality flooring service is provided at the most reasonable prices around, including masterful installations. Olympia Floors stands alone at the top and has done so for decades. We simply are the best in providing flooring services and carpet installation, consistently exceeding client expectations. Please visit our website to know all about Olympia Floors and visit us all you want. Your every flooring wish is our command. Thank you.

Know All About Our Ideal Options for Playroom Flooring

Are you fastidious and concerned about how to upgrade the floor of your kid’s playroom interesting and appealing? If so, then consider installing new floors so you can give the interior decor of her/his playroom an entirely new look. Ther are certain factors, though, that should be kept in mind when choosing the material for a kid’s playroom flooring. These include safety, stain resistance, comfort, endurance/sturdiness and longevity. Olympia Floors advises you to go for a material that can stand up to everyday constant play while still fulfilling all your flooring preferences. As a world-class company providing flooring services for such a long time, Olympia Floors has listed a suggestion of a few materials that should best suit your kid’s playroom flooring. Please give them a thorough read to better and more easily make an informed and educated decision in your choice.

The first thing that comes to mind when we think about a kid’s playroom flooring is carpet. The reason for this is pretty simple: carpet material is comfortable, soft, warm, and also durable. In addition, carpets also serve as an insulating layer highly effective in noise absorption. There are several variants of carpets available on the market based on the material used to make them. If you are wondering which one you should pick for your child’s playroom, Olympia Floors would suggest nylon carpets. But nylon carpets require a bit of maintenance, including with a vacuum cleaner.

Another flooring material that perfectly fits a kid’s playroom is hardwood. Playrooms are generally prone to spills and messes that particularly make hardwood an ideal option to go for. Hardwood is easy to clean and has good longevity compared to carpets. A quick mop on a regular basis instantly makes it look great. 

You can also choose laminate flooring which looks pretty much the same as hardwood. Laminated floors are often considered indestructible because they are moisture-resistant, scratch resistant, and general wear-and-tear resistant. Laminates are also easy to clean and maintain and they come in varieties of wood and tile patterns. Ergo, you can select the one that best suits the playroom.

Olympia Floors hopes all this information we just provided you is useful to you. Remember to choose the material that fulfills all your requirements and the favorite style and color that your beloved child prefers. You can wisely and most conveniently get everything right here from us, including installation, at the most reasonable prices around. Yes, that’s correct: Olympia Floors in Chicago is a one-stop flooring center that caters to every flooring requirement. We offer the best flooring service of the highest quality at an affordable price. Just visit our website to know all about us or call us, for we can’t wait for you to visit us. Thank you so much!

How to Best Clean Your Marble Floors

Marble is one of the most commonly used materials in flooring. It has been around for thousands of years and is still considered an ideal option today. Though marble does look great and gives a classic touch to your interior decor, maintaining it can be quite difficult because it is porous and susceptible to staining. In this blog, Olympia Floors has provided you with the tips to clean marble floors in an effective manner. 

The tools/materials that are required to properly clean your marble floors are: a bucket, dust mop, wet mop, and soft cloths. Besides these, you will also require certain other materials such as 12% hydrogen peroxide, marble polishing powder, ammonia, pH neutral dishwashing liquid, water and sealer. 

The steps to properly clean marble floors are the following:

  • You should first dry mop the entire floor. This is effective in preventing abrasives like dirt or sand from scratching the marble floor and ruining its polish. It is advisable to use natural, soft, chemical-free dust mops to perform this step. Remember to also wash the mop head between uses. You should try to avoid catching dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner as the vacuum’s wheels can also scratch the floor.
  • You can also choose to use a damp mop on your marble floor to keep it clean, but remember to never use an acidic cleaner on this type of floor. Applying anything containing vinegar or lemon usually leaves stains on your marble floor that make it look bad. As a solution to this problem, we recommend you buy a gentle pH neutral dishwashing liquid to apply on your marble floor. It is important to change the dirty water as necessary. Olympia Floors also advises you to be careful not to over-soak when using the mop.
  • You must rinse your marble floor thoroughly with clean water after mopping it. This helps remove any soap residue from the floor so that there are no stains. After this, dry your entire marble floor by using a soft cloth. 
  • As mentioned earlier, marbles are porous in nature and thus are prone to staining; you solve this problem by blotting up spills immediately. In case a spill is ignored and remains unattended for enough time to set in, do not panic. You just need to clean the stain with a cloth dipped in a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia. 
  • Etch marks should be removed as well. These are dull spots that are caused by acids that wear away at the surface of the stone. This is remedied by wetting the affected surface area of your marble floor with clean water and by sprinkling marble polishing powder. You then rub the powder onto the stone in a circular motion with a damp cloth and keep doing so until the mark disappears.
  • You should apply sealer on your marble floors to extend your floors’ lifespan. This should be done after 2 to 3 years of the installation of your marble floors. You must also keep in mind always that sealing does not make the marble stain proof. However, sealing does make your marble floor more resistant to staining.

This blog must have made you aware of the best steps to follow in order to properly maintain and clean your marble floors and so they can last longer. If ever you are looking for a complete one-stop flooring center that offers top-quality flooring installation and every flooring service at an affordable price, please get in touch with Olympia Floors immediately. Located in Chicago, we are a most reliable, reputable flooring company equipped to meet all flooring requirements. The exemplary services offered by Olympia Floors are world-class. In order to know all about us, please go through the information available on our website. Thank you so much.

How to Best Clean Your Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl tiles and laminates look very attractive and hence have become one of the most popular materials used for flooring today. Other great qualities that make them so much in demand include durability and affordability. Maintaining and cleaning vinyl tile flooring is pretty simple and inexpensive as well; with minimal effort you can take proper care of it. In this blog, Olympia Floors provides you with all the information on how to best clean your vinyl tiles. Simply go through the tips below to master it.

  • You should always first vacuum or dry mop the floor in order to remove dirt, dust and hair particles from the floor surface. Only then can you choose to indulge in wet cleaning.
  • You should know that apple cider vinegar is one of the best cleansers for vinyl flooring. The acidity in the vinegar helps get rid of all the grime and dust without leaving a buildup of soap, wax or detergent. You’re probably thinking about how it is applied and used. Well, simply mix one cup of cider vinegar with a gallon of hot water and use a damp mop to clean your vinyl tile flooring. Be sure to also rinse out the mop frequently with hot water. If the floor is very dirty, then add a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap to the apple cider vinegar and hot water mixture before mopping. Including a few drops of baby oil into the mixture of vinegar and water will make your vinyl floor shiny.
  • In case of stubborn scuffs, you should put some WD-40 lubricant or jojoba oil on a rag or towel and rub the affected area(s) until the scuffs disappear. You should then thoroughly clean the floor with the water and vinegar mixture to remove any traces of the lubrication.
  • In order to remove food stains from the floor such as mustard, ketchup, grape juice, tomato sauce, etc., you need to make a paste of baking soda with water. You then gently rub the paste on the stain until it is removed. Afterward, you should properly rinse the floor so that there are no traces of the baking soda paste.
  • You should use a soft nylon-bristle brush to remove many types of stains when used with common household solvents. To remove lipstick, hair dye and ink stains, you can run alcohol on the floors. You can also use mineral spirits to remove paint, crayon and marker stains. 

Olympia Floors truly hopes that this information provided has been of great use to you. Always incorporate these steps and you’ll be able to maintain your vinyl floors with ease. You should also remember that you can always count on Olympia Floors for every one of your flooring needs whenever you want reliable flooring service providers of the highest quality at minimum cost to you. Olympia Floors in Chicago offers the very best world-class flooring services at a pocket-friendly price. Whether it’s marble or vinyl tiles, we are here to meet all your flooring requirements.

Rely on Olympia Floors to Transform Your Interior Decor

Are you thinking of adding a new touch to your interior decor? If so, then have you also given installing new floors a thought? You must realize how important it is for your floors to look great. In order to have new floors installed in your house or business that suit your personality and taste, it is very important to find a reliable flooring service. 

Due to the increase in demand, the number of stores now providing such services has gone up as well, though not all of them fulfill the promises they make while you hire them. Hence, to avoid getting conned, it is imperative to research and find a reliable, prominent service provider. Olympia Floors in Chicago is one such world-class flooring center that offers the best possible quality service at an affordable price. The factors that make us one of the most reliable and prestigious flooring centers in every flooring service are listed below:

  • The very first and foremost thing that separates us from the rest of the competitors is experience. We have been in this field for such a very long time that we have gained complete expertise in successfully meeting every one of our valued clients’ requirements, regardless of the level of difficulty. No business company can stick to the top or even stay afloat for a long period of time if it’s not reliable. So you never again have to worry about your floors when you have our specialists always at your service.
  • Olympia Floors offers such a wide array of world-class services. We are a complete one-stop shop so you will never have to go to other flooring centers to complete the fulfillment of any requirements related to your flooring needs. Whether it’s installation of carpets, carpeted stairs, marble, vinyl tiles, hardwood or laminates, etc., you name it and Olympia Floors offers you the service because, not only are we fully provisioned, but your every flooring wish is always our command.
  • Affordability is one major factor that causes inhibition amongst people. It is with great pride that we inform you that Olympia Floors always aims to offer our exceptional services at the most reasonable prices. Therefore, with us now you can finally get the floors of your dreams without creating a hole in your pocket.
  • As a most ethical and responsible company, Olympia Floors has always laid its emphasis on providing customer-centric services. Our staff members are friendly and always give it their all, putting in all their artistically creative effort and priceless experience to deliver all your desired results.
  • The testimonial section of our website shows you that Olympia Floors has such a wide, rich customer base of loyal clients who are so happy and satisfied with us. Folks have been placing their trust in us for a generation. They are happy and have always expressed their complete level of satisfaction and appreciation in words and deeds, by remaining loyal repeat Olympia Floors clients who are forever referring their loved ones and acquaintances to us.

So now you know the reasons why you can confidently entrust Olympia Floors with all the delicate work of your floor installation project. We value you, your time, money and effort, and respect your flooring taste and choice. Olympia Floors also pledges to give you our very best to exceed your expectations and make your house or business look as wonderfully unique and glorious as you had envisioned it. To know more, please go through the information available on our website and never hesitate to call upon us. Thank you so much.

Why Go For Vinyl Tiles?

If you have an affinity for learning about the recent flooring trends, knowing about vinyl tiles is pretty common. As a world-class flooring company, we have often been asked why one should choose this particular material when it comes to the installation of a new floor. This blog will answer all such questions and also end all uncertainties regarding this topic. In case you want a natural flooring look and also go easy on maintenance, luxury vinyl tile is an ideal pick. Give the reasons provided below a thorough read and you’ll have reasons to go for LVTs (luxury vinyl tiles).

  • Style is the first reason that makes vinyl tiles a perfect alternative for other natural flooring options like wood and stone. They have a very realistic look and are also available in various shapes and sizes. So why wait anymore? They’re a good and long-lasting product at an affordable price, so go for it.
  • Another important reason that makes vinyl tiles a perfect choice for rooms is their durability. This type of tile is made up of various layers that make it more stable and strong. Luxury vinyl tiles are also considered to be the most resilient flooring option due to their film layer covered with UV-curved urethane. They are also scratch, stain and scuff resistant.
  • Vinyl tiles are also waterproof in nature. If you have children at home, it is imperative for milk or other liquids to get spilled. In that case, the installation of vinyl tile is a perfect choice. You must also be aware of the fact that this type of tile is also known to be pet-proof.
  • You must be happy to know that unlike hardwood, the process of cleaning vinyl tile is very simple. The protective layer that we were talking about in the tip above helps the tile remain brand new for years to come. All you need to do is use a broom on a regular basis. 
  • One’s budget often acts as a major restraint when it comes to the installation of a new floor. Vinyl tile is cheap when compared to other options such as hardwood. Therefore, you can get the floor you want at an affordable price.

So the next time you think about what to choose when it comes to the installation of a new floor just remember vinyl tiles can be a perfect option. Olympia Floors in Chicago offers excellent flooring solutions. Get in touch with us and have vinyl tiles installed at your place.

Secrets from the Best Installer of Hardwood Floors

Olympia Floors knows that hardwood has emerged as one of the most popular materials used in flooring. However, people are often confused about its installation process. This can become a probable cause for the hindrance and hesitation in investing on renovations. In this blog, Olympia Floors, as a leading flooring service, provides you with certain secrets in floor installation. Go through these helpful tips to end all confusion and uncertainties related to this topic. 

  • Sanding is equally difficult like finishing  –  You might be thinking that getting a nice coat of stain or varnish will be an easy task to perform. But this is to let you know that removing the old stain or varnish off the floor is the first difficulty that you will have to encounter. Doing this required task in an improper manner will make your floor look bad. Therefore, do not take the risk and get in touch with an expert flooring service for assistance.
  • Improper sanding can yield negative results  –  The basic goal of sanding is to fully prepare the floor for finishing. But if the sanding is done by someone who is inexperienced in it, it leads to certain avoidable issues such as gouging, sanding against the grain and damages to the wood’s patterns, etc.  
  • Deposition of dust can do serious damage  –  You might not know how damaging dust is to your hardwood floors. Properly cleaning the floor is quite a difficult task. An improperly prepped workspace leads to dust in every nook and cranny in your home, in furniture fibers, and much more.
  • Not all floorboards are factory finished   –  The floorboards you purchase from flooring centers often require proper finishing before or after installation. This is a process that certainly requires adequate expertise. You should know that no matter how lovely a stain looks on a floor, it just doesn’t go with every kind of wood. Some stains conceal gorgeous grain, for instance, while others simply don’t show off the wood to best effect. Only experts know the techniques that ensure your new hardwood floor optimally shines.
  • Methods of replacement vary from one material to another  –   It is a known fact that the refinishing technique is not the same for floors made of different materials. If you can’t identify the material of your floor or are unaware of how to perform this task with accuracy, hire professionals.

If you are looking for a reliable flooring company providing excellent flooring and carpeting services in and around Chicago, Olympia Floors is your ideal choice. In timesaving fashion, we provide every flooring service with the highest of qualities at the most reasonable prices around. Our specialists leave you thrilled for more. So simply contract Olympia Floors and you’ll forget all your worries about the flooring requirements you have pending.

What is the Best Flooring Material for the Kitchen?

At times we come across the phrase “the way to one’s heart is through the belly”. At the end of the day we all work hard day in and day out to earn our daily bread. Therefore, the place where the food is cooked is always special to us. In this blog, we discuss the flooring materials that are best suited for your kitchen. 

When it comes to selecting materials for kitchen flooring, the most important step is to determine the function of the room. The questions you should ask yourself include:

  • Do you enjoy cooking?
  • Do you have children and pets?
  • Do people come over to your place a lot?

These questions will help you determine whether your kitchen floor should be able to withstand spills, dropped dishes and heavy, constant foot traffic. Great options for such situations are materials such as laminate, vinyl, tile, etc., that also are long-lasting and can be maintained with ease. Keeping these things in mind, you must also remember that you have to combine such needs with your lifestyle requirements and preferences as well.

Let us now talk about the floor materials ideal for kitchen in detail:

  • Luxury vinyl – This is one of the most common materials installed in the kitchen. Because of its durability and scratch-resistance, luxury vinyl is an ideal choice if your kitchen is prone to messiness. This material is even waterproof and so easy to maintain.
  • Laminate – Another material popularly used for kitchen flooring is laminate. Laminate has 4 layers that not only absorb the pressure created by constant heavy foot traffic but also protect against stain, burns, and spills. Easy installation and maintenance are other positive factors that make laminate such a great option.
  • Tile – As we all know tiles are another widely used option in kitchen flooring. It is scratch-resistant and can be maintained with minimal effort. The only disadvantages of installing tile are: it gets cold very easily and doesn’t provide soft cushioning. 

It is the most durable kitchen flooring choice and is also resistant to moisture.You must now be thinking about on whom you can rely upon to install your new floor in your kitchen. Fret not, for we have the perfect solution to this problem for you as well. The world-class Olympia Floors in Chicago is one of the best in the business of all type of flooring and installation services. We focus on satisfying all our customers and fulfilling every need. Ergo, do not hesitate and connect with our specialists so you can delightedly witness an experience like never before. Our top-notch quality and reasonable prices are a combination that’s outta this world! Call NOW!

Tips to Clean Your Home After Renovation

Renovation makes our house look better and gives it a classy modern touch. But with great results come bigger responsibilities. The first one being the cleaning up of the area once all the renovation work is done and completed. Many of you might be unaware of the steps that should be adopted to properly clean your house after renovation, especially the floors. In that case, going through this blog will be of great help to you.

Regardless of the scale of renovation, dust falls anywhere and everywhere. This can be dangerous to your family and pets (if any). Therefore, it is necessary to promptly clean your house correctly. You might need some materials, supplies and tools to make your task of cleaning a lot easier and safer. We have listed below these materials, supplies and tools you might need:

  • Protective eyewear
  • Rubber gloves
  • Vacuum
  • Face mask
  • Trash bags
  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Mop bucket
  • Cloths
  • Ladder
  • Cleaning solution
  • Dust pans

Now you likely wish to know the steps to be followed while cleaning. Without further ado, let us discuss them.

  • The first step is wiping down the walls. Molding the hard surfaces should be your first preference. The safest and most viable way to clean walls is dry dusting. You should not skip or miss out on any corners as dust can gather and accumulate in every nook and cranny.
  • After the walls, you should focus on cleaning the other hard surfaces from top to bottom. This includes countertops, interiors and exteriors of cabinets, handles, doors, knobs, etc. Be sure not to forget to clean the blinds, fan blades, lights, etc. Always remember that when it comes to cleaning, nothing should be left off limits.
  • Now comes the most important part: the cleaning of the floor. We have often provided you with blogs that explain how to maintain various kinds of floor. Well, the basic step is to keep it clean, especially after renovation. When cleaning the other portions we just mentioned of your house, all that dust falls and settles on your floors which is why the floor has to be cleaned last. 

The steps to clean hard surface flooring are:

  1. You should first use a vacuum cleaner or sweep with a broom to eliminate the fine particles of dirt.
  2. It is advisable to not vacuum with a beater bar, unless the beater bar has been switched off.
  3. Then use a mop to remove any of the remaining dirt particles.

Cleaning a carpet requires a different approach. In that case, you should:

  1. Use a vacuum on a regular basis to avoid the deposition of dust particles on your carpet.
  2. You can also wisely choose to hire a professional carpet cleaner to get the job done.

The information in the sections above must have made you aware of the steps to be followed to clean the different areas of your house after renovation. When mentioning renovation, how can we possibly miss out on speaking about installing new floors? New floors make your home look different and stylish. There are various companies that provide flooring solutions. If you are looking for an elite one-stop flooring services company in Chicago that provides the highest quality at the most reasonable prices, then get in touch with Olympia Floors right away. You should go through our website to learn all the detailed information about the whole range of superior services we provide.