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Hardwood

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You want the very best.
That’s why we hand select every solid
and engineered hardwood product.

SOLID WOOD

SOLID HARDWOOD

Solid Hardwood is 100% solid wood. Most solid hardwood flooring needs to be nailed to a subfloor and is susceptible to shrinking and expanding from excessive moisture and extreme temperature changes. This makes it unsuitable for installation.

“For many, Solid Hardwood is a hallmark of quality flooring and enduring beauty. With proper care, its durability is unrivaled, and its unique ability to be refinished and stained in new hues is unlike any other material. An investment in hardwood always adds greater value.”

BAMBOO

BAMBOO

Bamboo does not come from trees, but is a type of grass. It is better for the earth and is harder than some wood flooring species. It can be nailed, glued, or floated and is flame resistant. It is installed like engineered flooring and is a good fit over multiple different levels of sub floor.

ENGINEERED

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD

Engineered Hardwood is also 100% wood. Its’ cross-ply construction allows installation below or above grade, even over concrete. It resists expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Engineered flooring is typically glued down, stapled down or floated over an existing floor. It is manufactured by permanently bonding together multiple layers of solid wood in a cross ply construction.  Engineered hardwood is usually the only type of hardwood that is recommended for use below grade.

CORK

CORK

Cork is a sustainable hard flooring made from the bark of the Cork Tree. It is sold in planks and tiles, both of which are relatively easy to install. Cork has become popular due to the comfort, flexibility, and ability to muffle noises. It is resistant to mildew, insects, bacteria, and rot. Cork is more susceptible to scratching and indentions than other hardwood and is not recommended in high moisture environments.

SPECIES

At last count there were over 1,000 species of wood, cork and bamboo floors available. Each has its benefit depending on desired look, color, and durability. Not all species are equally hard. If your floor is in a high traffic area or a heavily used room then you should consider oak, maple, or ash.

Traditional oak has more variations in grain and shade while maple is cleaner and more understated. There are exotic species such as Tigerwood, Brazilian cherry, and Santos Mahogany with a unique combination of origin, color, and surface characteristics. Ask our experts to show you species that are appropriate for your lifestyle.

WIDTH

Hardwood flooring is generally described by board width. A strip is less than 3” wide. Planks are 3” or wider. The width of individual boards has a dramatic influence on the look of your floor. Strips make a room look bigger. Planks are have a more rustic feel. Keep in mind that wide widths will complement a large room but could overwhelm a small area.

COLOR

Color Hardwood color run from almost white to black, with browns, tan, reds, and grays in between. A medium color is cozy and rich. Dark colors are modern, chic, and expensive looking. Lighter colors create a spacious interior and a neutral design point. Species impacts color as some are naturally dark, such as cherry and walnut, or a light, less expensive flooring can be stained for any desired look. Keep in mind that it is better to create contrast between your flooring, walls, and furniture.

LIGHTING

The lighting in your room also plays a role in how the wood will appear. Ask our experts for samples that you can take home before you make your final selection. Installing a floor with the boards running across the width or on the diagonal of a narrow room will create a more spacious environment.

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KEEP IT LOOKING NEW

You can prevent scratches caused by dust, dirt and other
particles with the use of mats or rugs, especially in high traffic
areas like entrances. Buy a good quality broom and sweep
your new floor at least once a week. Reduce dust – a major
source of scratching – by using a dry microfiber mop in
between sweeping. A vacuum cleaner without a beater bar
can be helpful in between planks and other hard to reach
areas.

PROTECT YOUR FLOORS

Take your shoes off. Don’t drag furniture. Add felt on the
bottom of furniture, especially on things that get moved more
often, such as tables and chairs. Don’t forget to replace these
felt stickers occasionally since they wear down and may have
dirt trapped in them.

CLEANING SUGGESTIONS

Cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and
finish of the floor. Hardwood floors with a urethane finish
should never be waxed. They require cleaners that won’t
leave a film or residue. Manufacturers of “Pre-finished”
hardwood floors recommend their own specific products
designed for their floor’s routine maintenance. Never use
products intended for other flooring types like vinyl or tile
cleaning products.

Do not use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor, as
they will dull the finish and performance of your floor. Since
wood naturally expands when it is wet, never steam clean,
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. Minimize water exposure
to hardwood floors and clean up spills as soon as they
happen.

PRO TIP

Most manufacturers provide warranties on their hardwood.
They also provide hardwood flooring care instructions. Make
sure you read these carefully. It is also a good idea to
purchase a wood cleaning kit – we’d be happy to
recommend one for your floors.

Carpet

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Soft and inviting, carpet adds a luxurious
feel to any room; while cushioning sound
and improving air quality.

TEXTURED

TEXTURED

A Textured carpet is one of the most popular and well known. It is a cut pile carpet with tight crimps and alternating twists. This creates a casual and super soft feel. It is also known for hiding footprints and vacuum marks. This construction comes at multiple price points to fit the style and budget of anyone. It will hold up to heavy traffic and active families.

Good For: High traffic. Informal look.

TWIST/FRIEZE

TWIST/FRIEZE

The Twist, also known as Frieze, is a cut style with tight twists that bend away from each other and slightly curl at the end. It has a textured surface look, highly durable, and good for active areas in the home. This carpet is the best choice for hiding footprints and common markings. It can also be a good choice for commercial projects.

Good For: High traffic. Contemporary look.

LOOP

LOOP

Commonly referred to as Berber, Loop carpet is an uncut yarn that creates a firm durable surface. It is easy to clean, holds up to wear, and lasts a long time. When the loops are all the same length, they are called Level Loops. This creates a smooth surface and each individual loop can be seen.

Good For: Active rooms. Casual look. Low maintenance.

SAXONY

SAXONY

Saxony carpet is dense and elegant. It looks like velvet and feels as soft. The yarn is level cut, with equal twists, and heat set for a uniform finish. This carpet has an expensive look and feel. Saxony is not recommended for high traffic areas since it will likely show footprints and vacuum marks.

Good For: Low traffic. Elegant spaces.

CABLE

CABLE

This carpet style is thick, long, and twisty. The yarn is cut at a variety of lengths. It is soft to walk on, but not good for high activity rooms, hallways, or stairs, due to its tendency for it to crush beneath the feet.

Good For: Low traffic. Soft feel.

CUT & LOOP

CUT & LOOP

Cut & Loop combines both cut and uncut loops to create patterns and textures. These styles can come in one color or in multiple colors. The advantages are they offer many different styles and looks, whether a contemporary and formal space is in mind. This construction of carpet can disguise stains and withstands wear.

Good For: A variety of choices. Contemporary or formal areas.

NYLON

Nylon Nylon carpet fiber is soft yet strong, shows color brilliantly,
and is easy to clean. It is very resilient, fade resistant, and
retains its texture well. Newer Nylons called “Nylon 6” or
“Nylon 6/6” are more expensive but are engineered to be
more durable and resistant to wear. These carpets are great
choice for anywhere in the home, especially places where
stains may occur.

POLYPROPYLENE (OLEFIN)

The use of polypropylene in carpet has grown dramatically
over the past ten years. It is extremely resistant to moisture,
stains, fading, and chemical cleaning agents. Polypropylene, a
value-oriented fiber, is notably colorfast because it is solution
dyed, which means the color is added during the fiber
production and not dyed later. Because it’s so resistant to
moisture and mildew, it’s generally a good choice for both
outdoor and indoor areas including playrooms, kitchens and
dens.

POLYESTER (P.E.T.)

Made from recycled P.E.T. products, like plastic soda bottles, it
is stronger than polypropylene and can perform as well as
nylon at a lower cost. It offers exceptional softness, making it
ideal for thick, cut pile styles. Polyester is also naturally and
permanently stain and fade resistant. It has excellent color
clarity, color retention, strength, and abrasion resistance.
Carpets made from polyester are easily cleaned and they
resist water soluble stains. As a recycled product, it is an
inexpensive environmentally friendly option.

WOOL

Wool is the crème de la crème of carpet fiber. It was the
original fiber for carpet and is the only natural one of the four
main fibers. It is tough and durable yet soft and luxurious.
Dust, dirt, and oil-based stains come out easily because wool
naturally releases the soil rather than absorbing it. In a high
traffic room, it stays resilient and bounces back. It’s also
environmentally friendly because it comes from a renewable
resource. Wool is the most expensive carpet fiber and is
generally used only in luxury carpets and area rugs.

When you purchase a carpet made with any of these fibers,
you’ll get a comprehensive warranty from the manufacturer.
Ask your Abbey expert for more information about the
performance and warranties on these products.

ADVANCED GENERATION NYLONS

Advanced Generation Nylons are also called “branded fibers”
because they have a specific brand name. Buying branded
versus unbranded carpet makes a huge difference. Branded
fibers are manufactured to a strict set of standards and offer
better performance, stain, static, and crush resistance. The
fibers have been specially treated with stain and soil resistant
resins that were applied during the dyeing process. We
feature the following branded fibers:

• Premier Stainmaster®

• Softique®

• Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber®

You’ll find carpet made with these branded fibers on our Alexander Smith and American Showcase displays in our
showrooms. These branded fibers receive our Exclusive
Lifetime Warranties.

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USE ENTRANCE MATS

Place floor mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil
before it is tracked into your home.

CLEAN SPOTS AND SPILLS IMMEDIATELY

For best results, give prompt attention to spots and spills.
Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials. Blot up
liquid spills with a white towel. Never rub, scrub or use a
brush. This may cause damage to the carpet fibers. Use a
cleaning agent and procedure appropriate for the type of
stain being removed.

Apply all cleaning agents to the cloth rather than directly to
the stained area to avoid saturating the carpet when spot
cleaning. Clean the fibers, not the backing.

Deep stains might require repeat cleaning because they can
“wick” back up after initial cleaning.

Work from the outside to the center of large stains. This
prevents spreading.

BEWARE OF COLOR DESTROYING SUBSTANCES

The chemical ingredients contained in these substances can
cause your nylon or nylon blend carpet to become
permanently discolored.

• Bleaches
• Furniture polish
• Oven cleaners
• Plant foods, fertilizers and insecticides
• Acne medication and skin creams
• Toilet bowl cleaners
• Tub and tile cleaners
• Drain cleaners
• Bathroom cleaners

PRO TIP

You can’t vacuum too often. Using a vacuum with a beater
bar or rotating brush will loosen the dirt making it easier for
the vacuum to remove soil.

Carpet with thick loop pile construction (Berber) may be
sensitive to brushing, rubbing or scrapping of the pile surface
which may cause fuzzing and pile distortion. It is
recommended that vacuums with suction action only be used
on these styles.

Carpet sweepers and electric brooms are useful for picking
up crumbs and surface soil, but it’s important to know that
they will not deep clean.

HOMEOWNER OBLIGATION

All manufacturer and fiber producer warranties and
conditions, attached to the product purchased apply. Once
those warranties expire, Abbey Carpet & Floor warranties will
take effect with regard to stain, soil, and abrasive wear. Labor
to replace your carpet is included in these warranties from
the date of installation for a period of five years. After that,
labor to replace your carpet under these warranties will not
be covered.

What you must do in order to maintain and protect your
coverage under the terms of these warranties:

1. Make sure you know which warranties apply to your
particular carpet.

2. Keep proof of purchase in the form of a bill, invoice, or
statement from your Abbey Carpet & Floor dealer, showing
the price you paid for the carpet, excluding labor.

3. Show proof of periodic cleaning by a certified professional
cleaning service. A bill, invoice, or statement showing cleaning
service will serve as proof of cleaning.

MAINTAIN AND PROTECT YOUR COVERAGE

Under the terms of these warranties, you must do the
following: A minimum of one professional cleaning every 18
months is required using cleaning products, equipment, or
systems that carry the Carpet & Rug Institute Seal of
Approval.

Visit www.carpet-rug.org for a complete list of certified
products.

FILING A CLAIM

Notify your Abbey Carpet & Floor dealer in writing. Be sure
to describe the specific problem, and to include a copy of
your invoice. You must also provide the proof of proper
maintenance with invoices from a professional carpet
cleaning company at intervals described in the warranties.
Your Abbey Carpet & Floor dealer will take appropriate
action.

Exclusive Lifetime Warranty Guidelines

LIMITED LIFETIME STAIN WARRANTY

Abbey Carpet & Floor warrants that your Infinity Nylon
Carpet Fiber™, Alexander Smith, Softique™, American
Showcase, Premier Stainmaster® or Legendary Beauty
carpeting will remain stain resistant to most household food
beverage substances from the date of the original installation
in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation
for as long as you own your carpet. This warranty coverage
runs from the date your carpet is installed for as long as you
own it (non-transferable).

Limited Lifetime Stain Warranty Exclusions:

This Limited Lifetime Stain Warranty specifically excludes
stains from substances such as bleaches, caustic chemicals,
insecticides, paints, shoe polish, lipstick, plant food, iodine,
very strong dyes, acids, feces, oil-based substances,
and vomit.

Also specifically excluded: any carpet which has been treated
after installation with any silicone-based anti-soil treatments;
any carpet in any nonresidential use; any carpet subjected to
abnormal abuse; any carpet exposed to very hot substances
or other abusive conditions; damage due to the application
of improper cleaning agents; deterioration in appearance
not related to staining of pile fibers. This warranty is voided if you
fail to follow recommended carpet care and cleaning instructions.

Cleaning the affected area should begin immediately upon
discovery. The more time that elapses before removal, the
more difficult a stain will be to remove.

LIMITED LIFETIME SOIL WARRANTY

Abbey Carpet & Floor warrants that your Infinity Nylon
Carpet Fiber™, Alexander Smith, Softique™, American
Showcase, Premier Stainmaster® or Legendary Beauty
carpeting will resist soiling by most common household soil. If
you properly maintain our carpet, soil will clean up more
thoroughly, and less residue will remain on your carpet. This
warranty coverage runs from the date your carpet is installed
for as long as you own it (non-transferable). Soil resistance
means the ability of your carpet to resist (i.e. minimize or
withstand) retention of the common dry dirt normally
associated with carpet. Keep in mind, light-colored carpets
will show soiling more than darker colors and will require
more frequent maintenance to retain their appearance.

Limited Lifetime Soil Warranty Exclusions:

Any carpet which has been treated after installation with any
silicone-based anti-soil treatments; any carpet in any
nonresidential use; any carpet subjected to abnormal abuse;
any carpet exposed to very hot substances or other abusive
conditions; damage due to the application of improper
cleaning agents; deterioration in appearance not related to
staining of pile fibers. This warranty is voided if you fail to
follow recommended carpet care and cleaning instructions.

Cleaning the affected area should begin immediately upon
discovery. The more time that elapses before removal, the
more difficult a stain will be to remove.

LIMITED LIFETIME ABRASIVE WEAR WARRANTY

Abbey Carpet & Floor warrants that your Infinity Nylon
Carpet Fiber™, Alexander Smith, Softique™, American
Showcase, Premier Stainmaster® or Legendary Beauty
carpeting will not abrasively wear away by more than 10% in
any area of the carpet when used in an owner-occupied
residence in a proper indoor installation from the date of the
original installation for as long as you own your carpet (non-
transferable). Proper installation requires use of a suitable pad
with a thickness of 7/16″ or less and minimum 6-lb density,
following the Carpet & Rug Institute Installation Standards
effective October 1, 2009. Consult your Abbey Carpet &
Floor retailer for details. Abrasive wear means fiber loss, and
not changes in appearance such as crushing or matting.

Limited Lifetime Abrasive Wear Warranty Exclusions:

Carpet installed outdoors or in areas subject to other than
ordinary shoe traffic is excluded from this warranty. Crushing
caused by furniture, including impressions left by legs of
furniture, is not covered by this warranty.

Tile & Stone

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Tile is beautiful and practical. Easy
to care for and available in a variety
of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

CERAMIC

CERAMIC

Ceramic Tiles come from clay that is fired in a kiln. Left as is, it is called un-glazed and is limited to the natural colors of the clay. The tile can be glazed and fired a second time to create a matte, semi- gloss, or high gloss finish with a large range of color options. Glazed Tile has better stain and moisture resistance than un-glazed tile. Be aware that high gloss tiles are more slippery and prone to showing scratches than textured or matte finishes. Un-glazed Ceramics are highly slip resistant, but must be sealed to reduce staining.

GRANITE

GRANITE

Granite is the hardest stone floor available. Being formed from magma, it is nearly as hard and durable as a diamond. Choose from thousands of colors in a multitude of shades. Due to its moisture and scratch resistance, it is a great choice for kitchens but can be used on any floor, on walls, and counters.

GLASS

GLASS

The way glass tiles shimmer and change in the light gives off a sleek and radiant finish to the room. They are often used in bathrooms, kitchens, and pools, but not limited to those areas. Loved by designers, glass feels ultra-modern and high end. Glass tiles resist stain, moisture, chemicals, mold and mildew. It is non-porous and will not fade. Special glass flooring tiles are made strong, slip-resistant and withstand wear. They come in different sizes ranging from 1” to 18” and an unending variety of shapes, colors, and finishes.

PORCELAIN

PORCELAIN

Porcelain is a form of ceramic, but made of a sand-like material and fired at higher temperatures. The coloring is seen throughout the tile and creates a durable, non-porous, scratch resistant product that can withstand extreme temperatures. This makes them an excellent choice for indoors and outdoors. The term porcelain and ceramic are often used interchangeably.

MARBLE

MARBLE

Marble flooring is classic and elegant. It is naturally created inside the earth when heat and high pressure crystallize limestone. Marble adds sophistication to any space but because it is more porous than granite, it is more susceptible to scratching and moisture. A below surface sealant and a surface finishing treatments are important steps to minimize scratching and prevent potential moisture damage. To keep it looking lavish, regular care and maintenance is required.

MOSAICS

MOSAICS

Mosaics are tiles sized 2×2 or smaller and can be used as borders, countertops, walls and even flooring. They come in many shapes including squares, circles, ovals, tear drops and an endless array of patterns and colors. Mosaic tile can include including stone, metal, glass, ceramic, porcelain and a combination of any of these Decorative mosaics typically have a higher gloss. Mosaic tile is the cherry on your sundae; the finishing touch of your flooring or design project.

WHERE TO START

Not only is tile gorgeous but it’s also very practical. Tile is
basically an inert surface of fired (baked) clay, metal or stone.
It’s easy to keep clean and tends to retard the growth of
fungus, mold, and mildew. Your options are virtually endless
with all the colors, textures, shapes, and sizes available today.

Selecting tile requires careful consideration because of the
initial cost and the complexity of changing it. Consider the
following:

LOCATION

Not all tile is rated for everyday use. Your Abbey Expert can
help guide you in your choice. Most manufacturers identify a
tile’s durability. The higher the number, the higher the wear
rating.

PRICE POINT

Natural stone and glass tile tend to be more expensive than
their ceramic and porcelain counterparts. Manufacturers now
create tiles that mimic the look of natural stone in the more
resilient and cost effective ceramic and porcelain alternatives.

RESILIENCE

Resilience When properly installed, tile is extremely durable. Granite is
virtually indestructible and can go anywhere. Marble may
scratch easier, but can be prevented by regular flooring
treatments. Treated glass tile and ceramic are very resilient
but may chip or break if heavy sharp objects are dropped on
them.

DESIRED LOOK, FEEL AND LIFESTYLE

Natural Stone such as granite and marble tend to exude
luxury and formality. Glass has spa like feel, while ceramic and
porcelain can be more casual. The gloss of ceramic can also
impact feel.

UNIFORMITY

Tile is rated on color and texture consistency. Your Abbey
Expert can help you pick tiles that are more uniform or tiles
that have extreme variation, depending on your design
preference.

MAINTENANCE AND CARE

Some tile requires more care and treatment before and after
installation than others.

SIZE OF THE ROOM

Often people think small rooms require small tile, but that
isn’t the always the case. Large tile in a small room make it
feel more spacious. Smaller tile with more grout lines make
the room look busier. Scale plays in important part in creating
a balanced look.

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ENTRYWAYS

Invest in some good quality protective mats or rugs at your
entryways. They will help protect your tile from premature
wear and trap dirt and other substances that could be tracked
onto your floor.

If you really want to keep the dirt off your new floor, leave
your shoes at the door! Also be sure to wear slippers or
socks on your tile floors. Your feet have oil on them that will
transfer onto the tile.

SEAL YOUR TILE

To keep your tile looking like new, apply a good quality sealer.
Sealers are easy to apply and relatively affordable.

✔ First, follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for
cure time after your tile is installed.

✔ Next, give your tile a thorough cleaning. This may
include removing any stains from your grout.

✔ Apply the sealer to the floor surface evenly, mop
backwards towards the opening of the room, and allow the
sealer to dry.

These protection tips along with regular sweeping and mopping
will sustain the beauty of your tile and add lasting brilliance to
your home décor.

GROUT CLEANING

To avoid stubborn grout stains, try to clean up spills as quickly
as possible. However, no matter what lengths we try to go to
keep our tile clean and looking like new, stains may still find
their way into our grout. To tackle stubborn grout stains,
follow a few simple steps:

Start off with a gentle (least acidic) household tile and grout
cleaner first. If this doesn’t do the job, move up to a harsher
chemical cleaner. Try to avoid using bleach since it can alter
the color of your grout and cause damage with repeated use.

Spray cleaner onto a small length of grout and scrub with a
stiff brush.

Scrub in a circular motion rather than straight up and down.
This will remove more debris.

Rinse well with warm water and mop up and remaining
moisture.

HELPFUL TIPS

If you really want to keep the dirt off your new floor, leave
your shoes at the door! Also be sure to wear slippers or
socks on your tile floors. Your feet have oil on them that will
transfer onto the tile.

Steam cleaners can also work well on grout stains. The
pressure of a steam cleaner can loosen stains that cleaners
can’t dissolve…and without harmful chemicals!

Laminates

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Get the look and feel of domestic hardwood,
rare exotic hardwood or expensive stone at a
fraction of the cost.

A CATEGORY OF IT'S OWN

Laminate has become its’ own flooring category. It is
affordable, extremely durable, and easy to maintain. Due to
laminate’s ability to withstand wear and tear, it can be used in
virtually any room in your home and works great in high
activity areas. Laminate does have sensitivity to excessive
moisture so it is not recommended in a bathroom or for
outdoor use.

If you’re into stone and tile, the same kind of embossing that
goes into laminate wood decors is used to create fabulous
ceramic and porcelain tile as well as stone installations. They
come in the popular 16- inch formats or a variety of shapes
and sizes.

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WHAT'S YOUR LOOK?

What’s your look? Laminate flooring allows you to get the look and feel of
domestic hardwood, rare exotic hardwood or expensive stone
at a fraction of the cost. Laminate can visually replicate the
look of natural products because of its highly detailed
photography of the original material. The image is coupled
with advanced embossing that adds realistic texture to the
floor surface.

Laminate comes in a variety of species, tiles, and unique
designs. Whatever your style, you will probably find
something to your liking in this category. In laminate wood,
there are long planks or you can opt for the new, casual wide
plank, or the tailored narrow plank. Finishes range from hand-
scraped for the antique look or oil finishes for the high-end
look.

WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE

The most important feature of laminate is the underlayment.
This is a cushiony material that absorbs sound, helps to keep
the floating floor in place, and acts as a moisture barrier. The
underlayment is purchased separately and put down like a
carpet cushion. However, in some laminates, it comes pre-
attached to each piece of laminate.

Some new underlayments now feature antimicrobial
properties which help prevent mold from growing should the
back get wet. We advise you to consider purchasing the best
you can afford to get the most features and benefits. Your
Abbey Expert can advise you on the appropriate underlayment
for you.

INSTALLING LAMINATE

Giving a room or your home a whole new look with laminate
is very easy, extremely fast and not messy at all. Laminate is
usually “floated” over the subfloor. That means it’s not glued,
nailed, taped or stapled. After leaving a small fraction of an
inch around the perimeter of the room, laminate clicks
together in place with virtually no gaps between pieces.

THE DETAILS

Our Experts will work with you to insure a quality installation.
Details like trim, transitions and moldings are best handled by
your Abbey Installers. With years of experience, they can
provide a quality installation that will give you the look you
expect.

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HIGHLY DURABLE

By following some simple cleaning and maintenance tips, you
will ensure that the beauty of your laminate will last as long
as possible.

Be sure to get instructions from your Floortex Design expert
or the manufacturer on the first cleaning after installation.
You may need to wait 48 hours or more before cleaning.

As with all flooring, it is best to place mats at entryways to
stop dirt, sand, and oil from being tracked onto your floor.
Rocks and dirt can scratch and dull your laminate over time.

VACUUM REGULARLY OR USE A DRY DUST MOP

A damp mop can be used if needed. Don’t use a wet mop
and never let water stand on a laminate floor. Water can
seep into the flooring causing warping, swelling and joint
separation.

Never use an abrasive cleanser or steel wool.

Never wax or polish a laminate floor.

Don’t allow liquids to stand on the floor.

Put easy-glide protectors on the feet of your furniture.
When moving heavy furniture, be sure to lift it off the floor to
avoid scratches.

Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches.

If your laminate get scratched, you may be able to buy a
touch-up stick from the manufacturer.

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It’s no oxymoron; these flexible, solid materials are
“Resilient”. Available in a full range of precision
embossed and printed finishes.

A CATEGORY OF IT'S OWN

Resilient is the name given to products like linoleum, vinyl,
rubber and other non-textile flooring because of the solid
nature and its’ ability to flex or “give” a little when walked on.
Resilient flooring has been around for a long time. Linoleum,
the oldest type of resilient has been in existence for over 150
years!

This type of flooring has advanced leaps and bounds, offering
an endless array of colors and patterns. You can find styles
like upscale ceramic, wood, and the intricate designs of stone
and marble. Resilient comes in a full range of finishes which
are embossed and printed with such precision that they look
and feel like the real thing!

For protection, resilient flooring is being made with urethane
including aluminum oxide particles which are the same tough
topcoat used in wear layers now used for woods and
laminate. This makes these new resilient floors easy to clean
up and resistant to scratching.

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SHEET VINYL

Sheet Vinyl comes in an endless variety of designs and colors,
is low in cost, easy to maintain, durable, and water resistant. It
comes in a 6-foot and 12-foot width. The 12-foot has
become a popular option because it helps to eliminates
seams. Sheet vinyl can be self-installed but it takes a lot of
precision and a skilled installer is highly recommended.

LUXURY VINYL TILE FLOORING

Luxury Vinyl Tile is at the high end of resilient flooring. It has
superior performance and looks so authentic that it can be
difficult to distinguish as a vinyl product. The high definition
imaging and treated surface texture mimics its’ natural
counterpart.

New designs in luxury tile include everything from
contemporary colors, vivid brights, pearlized finishes and
abstracts with soft patterns. Other looks are exotic and
distressed woods, colored concretes and fossilized stone plus
metallics and wide planks. They can even be installed with
grout!

Luxury tile can perform better than wood and stone! Benefits
include easier installation, never needs refinishing, will not
warp due to excessive water, resists scratches, remains
quieter to walk on, and is warm to the touch.

BEST USES FOR RESILIENT FLOORING

Resilient can be installed just about anywhere, but especially
in wet areas, children’s or handicapped rooms where an easy-
to-walk-on surface is a must. Also, resilient flooring is great in
niche areas like entryways, areas where you don’t want
seams, and any place where you need an easy-to-clean floor.

TIPS

Tips Because resilient is so easy to keep clean it’s hygienic! There
are no places for dirt, grime or germs to hide and it’s skid
resistant.

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BASIC MAINTENANCE

Spills and messes are easily wiped up. Regular sweeping and
occasional damp mopping with a manufacturer recommended
non-abrasive cleaner will eliminate dust particles.

To care for your new resilient floor and keep it looking new, follow these simple tips…

AFTER INSTALLATION

For the first 24 hours, do not put furniture or heavy objects
down and avoid walking on newly installed floors as much as
possible, especially on the seams.

For the first 2 days, keep the room at 68 degrees or higher to
allow the adhesive to properly set.

Cover your entryways with non-staining mats to reduce the
amount of dirt, sand, and oil that could be tracked in. Avoid
mats that have a rubber backing as this may cause damage or
discolor your flooring.

Take your shoes off at the door! Be sure to wear slippers or
socks. Your feet have oil on them that will transfer onto the
floor.

Cover your furniture legs with floor protectors that are made
of hard plastic or felt.

ROUTINE CARE

Vacuum or sweep regularly to remove loose dirt. Use a
vacuum without a beater bar to avoid scratching your floor.

When further cleaning is needed, use a mop with warm
water. Use water by itself or use a manufacturer-
recommended cleaning product. It should be a cleaner that
rinses clean. Many cleaners can leave behind a sticky residue
that will act like a dirt magnet and allow dirt to build up on
your flooring.

Use non-abrasive cleansers or scrubbing pads on your
resilient floor to avoid scratches.

To prevent stains, wipe up spills immediately.

Use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad for stubborn stains that are
caused by these: Mustard, ink, permanent marker, asphalt,
shoe polish, mold, mildew or hair dye.

TIPS

Need to remove black heel marks? Spray some WD40 on a
cloth and wipe off the marks. Clean the area with warm water
and a mild detergent, then rinse clean.

If your floor begins to look dull, try cleaning it with 1
tablespoon clear ammonia mixed with 1 quart of warm water.
If that doesn’t work, use the manufacturer’s recommended
solution to return it to its original shine.

If a seam becomes exposed or if there is a cut in the vinyl,
cover it to prevent dirt and further damage, then call a
flooring professional to fix it.

Area Rugs

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Adding an area rug can create
warmth, anchor an arrangement,
and really tie the room together.

ADD WARMTH AND COLOR

Find a rug that you love and use it as inspiration to decorate
the space around it. Area rugs are easy to move from room to
room. You can put rugs in different rooms of your home to
create fresh looks.

An area rug can be the foundation of your room’s look. Even
if your taste is traditional, a contemporary rug can add a nice
contrast. In a modern room, a traditional or Oriental rug can
soften the look.

Look for a common accent color in your room and find a rug
with that color in it for additional emphasis. If your room is
brightly colored, select a neutral colored rug. If your room is
neutral, a vibrant rug will add a needed statement and focal
point.

In general, dark colored rugs add warmth to a room while
light colored rugs make a space appear larger. If you have
pets or children, consider a dark or multi-colored rug to hide
dirt.

DEFINING SPACES WITHIN A ROOM

You can create sitting area or a cozy space in front of a
fireplace. If you are using a rug to define a space, leave no
more than two feet of carpet past the edge of the furniture.

TIPS

Knot count refers to how many knots there are in a rug in a
certain area–the higher the knot count, the longer it takes to
weave the rug. However, that doesn’t make a difference in
the actual quality of the rug. It will be strong either way, but it
will be slightly stronger if it has a high knot count.

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CARE & MAINTENANCE

Rugs are an easy, beautiful way to decorate your home and
make the statement you want to make! Here are some tips
and things to consider to make sure your rug lasts as long as
possible:

A new rug may shed when vacuumed for the first few times.
Wools especially do this, but some synthetic fibers also will.
This is not a defect, and is normal. Do not worry, your rug is
not falling apart, it is simply the “extra”, loose fibers coming
out. This will stop soon after a few vacuuming’s.

“Sprouts” are a normal part of owning an area rug with loops.
If long ends appear, do not pull them! This is not a defect in
your rug, but a condition called “sprouting”. This condition is
common with all rugs, especially hand-hooked and machine-
hooked rugs. Simply use a pair of scissors to carefully cut the
sprouts even with the surface of the rug.

TIPS

A rug cushion will help extend the life of your rug. Even if
your rug is not sliding around, or has large furniture on it; rug
cushion helps. The rug cushion will absorb the steps and
traffic, rather than the rug fibers themselves.

Care and cleaning will prolong the life of any rug.
We recommend the following:

REGULAR VACUUMING

Not only keeps your rug clean, but pulls the fibers up to stand
proud as the day you purchased your rug.

CLIP LONG ENDS

Longer fibers may work to the surface after use or
vacuuming. Never pull these ends out – clip them off even
with the rug’s surface in order to not cause any damage to
the rug’s weave.

CLEAN SPILLS AND SPOTS IMMEDIATELY

Never rub a spill. Always blot to prevent fraying of the yarns.
We recommend a very light solution (1-2 TB per gallon) of
Woolite and warm water. NEVER use dish soap. Also, most
carpet cleaner spotters will work. Using a wet/dry vacuum will
give you the best results to remove all of the stain or soil in a
spot. However, be sure to test cleaning solutions in an
inconspicuous area to be sure the cleanser will not
damage the fiber.

PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN PERIODICALLY

Remove deep-down dirt and grime.

ROTATE RUGS PERIODICALLY

Regular traffic will begin to show eventually, so be sure to
rotate rugs in order to create even wear across the entire rug
surface.

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