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Safety Tips- September

With summer coming to a close and schools starting back up again its a great time to think about transportation safety. Here are some great tips direct from The National Safety Council with ways to keep kids safe.

Transportation Safety

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.

Walking to school

Review your family’s walking safety rules.

  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
  • Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming.
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car.
  • Practice walking to school with your child. Cross streets at crosswalks when available.

Riding a bicycle to school

Make sure your child always wears his/her helmet when leaving the house.

Make sure helmet is fitted and secured properly.

Teach your children the rules of the road.

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file.
  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street. Walk bike across street.

Riding the bus to school

Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.

Make sure your children stand six feet away (or 3 giant steps) from the curb.

If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are 10 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.

School Safety

Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your child’s safety at school.

Preventing backpack-related injuries

Chose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.

Don’t overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.

  • For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.

Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders.

Preventing playground-related injuries

Encourage your child to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete surfaces, as they are too hard if your child falls.

Children under the age of four should use climbing equipment with assistance and adult supervision, and watch older children when they’re climbing, especially on monkey bars.


Please visit The National Safety Council for more great safety tips!

Care & Maintenance of Tile and Stone

Proper cleaning and maintenance is an important component to sustain the life of your tile and/ or natural stone. Because tile and natural stone have different cleaning  requirements, I am going to break them down separately.

photo credit: Mohawk Flooring

photo credit: Mohawk Flooring

Basic maintenance for Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Tiles:

Regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove dust or debris is critical, especially in high traffic areas like mud rooms and entry ways. Good quality entry and exit mats/ rugs are a good idea and will help protect your floor from premature wear. Its also a good idea to have mats/ rugs at heavy pivot locations, such as in front of your kitchen sink or stove.

Cleaning with a damp mop once per week using a cleaner specified for use with tile, following the cleaner manufacturers instructions. Preferably a non-oil, non-animal fat, and non-soap based cleaner, these components may cause problems due to residues left behind in the cleaning process, which can trap in dirt. Routine cleaners should never contain acids, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, as these chemicals can damage and discolor the grout and/ or the surface of the tile. The cleaning products available will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and the use. The product chosen should also be compatible with cleaning the grout joints at the same time.

For glass tiles: For routine cleaning, use any non-abrasive cleaning compound recommended for either glass or tile and follow the same guidelines as above.

photo credit: Ceramic Tile Works

photo credit: Ceramic Tile Works

Basic Maintenance for Natural Stone Tiles:

Natural stone has a delicate chemical composition and may interact strangely with cleaning solutions that are not specifically formulated for use with them. They are also more porous by nature and require a different maintenance program than traditional ceramic tile. For this reason, many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone.

Dirt and dust can scratch the surface of stone, therefore, stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped frequently. The same basic maintenance structure as above should be applied but a neutral pH cleaner specific to the stone type should be used. The cleaner should not contain acid or bleach- even a light solution of vinegar and water will etch and eventually damage the stone. A neutral pH cleaner that will not affect existing sealer or coating is recommended.

Protecting your stone is important and a sealer is recommended. There are 2 types- penetrating and color enhancing.

  • Penetrating/impregnating stone sealers have no-sheen and provide a natural look and can be water-based or solvent-based.
  • Stone enhancer sealers are a no-sheen/ low- sheen, penetrating/impregnating sealer formulated to darken and enrich the natural color and beauty of the stone. They can also rejuvenate and improve the appearance of worn and weathered stone.

Note that if the sealer is applied after the stone is installed they will also darken the color of grout joints. Most quality sealers of this type are rated to protect the stone for several years but you will need to check the manufacturers recommendations that are listed on the bottle.

Grout Maintenance:

Most tile installations use a cement type grout. Its a good idea to seal this type of grout after installation to prevent staining and should be sealed with a penetrating/impregnating grout sealer (often called grout sealers and is a different product than the natural stone sealer). Follow the instructions on the bottle on how to apply it, typically you brush it on just the grout joints. The sealer should not change the natural color of the grout, but will prevent the penetration of moisture, simplify maintenance, and help prevent staining or discoloration. Grout can be sealed approximately 30 days after installation. You may need to reapply the sealer on an annual basis depending on the sealer quality, traffic patterns, and maintenance routine.

Grout needs to be cleaned periodically to remove any surface build-up. When heavy duty grout cleaning is required, you will need to use a professional strength tile and grout cleaner that is capable of removing grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew stains, algae, and synthetic or acrylic waxes from the grout joints. Be sure your use a product that contains non-polluting chemicals and has low VOC levels. This type of product can be purchased from most home improvement centers.




Design of the Month

We gave two of our designers a project to come up with some ideas for a family room. No limitations on color, here is what they each came up with.

Option 1: Deeper, richer earthy tones set the mood to warm and inviting.

Ashley family room


1. Cambria color Laneshaw …. could be used for a bar top, fireplace face or hearth, the top of a built in bookcase, or even a recessed ledge/ niche.

2. Glass tile- this 4″ x 4″ black glossy tile would be a stunning backsplash with the Cambria Laneshaw or on the fireplace face.

3. Mosaic tile-  you can incorporate this beautiful mosaic glass and stone mix mosaic tile in the bar backsplash or use it on the fireplace face.

4. Blinds- for your window covering needs this woven blind from Alta offers a casual and earthy look that is perfect for this type of space.

5. LVT- use this linear striated pattern on the bar floor, or in front of a patio door for a chic and modern look. (style: Karndean Loose Lay color Pennsylvania)

6. Carpet- Plush and soft, this frieze texture carpet is rich and inviting. (style: Tuftex I Got You color Deep Brown)


Option 2: Lighter neutrals of creamy beiges and subtle taupes offer a hint of sophistication and grace to this color pallet while still being comfortable and cozy.

Hollys family room

1. Floor tile: Soft taupe tones in a subtle washed effect. This tile is a great option for a bar floor, in front of a patio door or it can even be used as a fireplace face or hearth tile. (style: Modern Olive 12 x 24)

2. Glass tile: These creamy beige tones are stunning against the Cambria countertop and could be used as a backsplash.

3. Cambria color Nevern- is a brand new color! There are stunning amethyst tones running throughout against a backdrop of neutral tones for just a hint of color.

4. Paint: Sherwin Williams SW6273 Nouvelle White

5. Paint: Sherwin Williams SW6277 Special Gray

6. Carpet: This premium soft carpet feels amazing underfoot! Mohawk Smartstrand Silk style Healing Touch color Driftwood


We would love to hear your opinion- do you prefer the darker richer tones of option 1 or the lighter creamy beige and gray neutrals of option 2?

Featured Brand: Mohawk Carpet

Finding the right carpet can be difficult. There are so many brands and styles and colors and textures… it can leave you feeling overwhelmed!

Here are Superior Flooring, our goal is to guide you into a carpet that will suit your needs. We take into consideration your budget, lifestyle and even your personality to figure out just the right fit for YOU!

This month we are featuring one brand (of many) that we carry. Mohawk has a variety of fiber types available, however these are 2 of our favorites. They are soft, durable and have many styles and colors to choose from.

If you are in the market for new carpet, we hope you can stop by our showroom to see these carpets in person- and FEEL them for yourself.



Weardated Embrace is a premium soft nylon made by spinning 2 times the amount of fiber in each cable making this carpet exceptionally soft and plush. In performance tests, Weardated Embrace carpets have proven durability after 30,000 foot passes. And, they have premium soil and stain protection, using Scotchguard Advance Repel Technology.

Weardated Embrace

Weardated Embrace



photo credit: Mohawk

photo credit: Mohawk


For more information about Weardated Embrace click here or stop into our showroom.


SmartStrand Silk is the latest soft carpet introduction. Silk is luxuriantly soft with built-in stain protection that never washes or wears off! It is preferred 5 to 1 over premium soft nylon and has 3 times the fiber of ordinary nylon. Check out our other blog post  by clicking here for more info about SmartStrand Silk.


SmartStrand Silk

SmartStrand Silk


photo credit: Mohawk

photo credit: Mohawk

For more information about SmartStrand Silk click here or stop into our showroom.



Jennifer’s Mexican Wraps

These little Mexican inspired wraps are packed full of flavor and have a nice little kick!!  They are so easy to make and are a great choice to bring to your next summer picnic or get-together. We just love em’ and they are sure to be a hit! Try and eat just one… just try!

Jennifer’s Mexican Wraps

mexican wraps rolls




  • 2-8oz packages cream cheese ( regular or 1/3 less fat)
  • 10 slices of jalapeños from a jar  (Use more or less depending on spice level desired)
  • 1/3 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion



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  1. Mix all above ingredients by hand till well blended.
  2. Spread mixture 1/8 to 1/4 thick on large tortillas.
  3. Roll up tight and wrap in cling wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.
  5. Unwrap and slice into 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slices.


Product Feature: Carpet

Selecting the right carpet can be tough and the carpet language might seem a little foreign so I’m going to break it down to simplify things. Below are some of the more popular types of carpet. This list is my no means exhaustive but gives you a basic solid foundation.

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

First up is a cut pile. This is by far the most common carpet type and many different looks fall into this category such as Saxony, Plush, Textured, and Frieze.

This is a good foundation for carpet construction however each individual carpet gets its durability from the type of fiber used, density of the tufts and the amount of twist per cable.

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Textured carpets are the most versatile. They can be formal or informal, hide footprints and vacuum marks due to their two-tone effect and are great for family rooms and areas with lots of traffic.

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Plush carpets are dense and luxurious. They are best suited for more formal rooms and areas with less traffic. They do show vacuum cleaner marks and footprints.



Frieze carpets have a more casual appearance. The ends of the cables are twisted or curled to give lots of texture and movement. This is great for concealing foot traffic and vacuum marks, however they have a tendency to lay down in between vacuuming. Frieze carpets are for active families and are great at hiding seams.


photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Loop pile or Berber carpets are great for limiting vacuum marks and foot traffic and can have a casual or formal look. The seams are usually visible and this style of carpet can be damaged by snags.

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They can also be woven to create patterns like the Patterned Loop style below. There may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

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photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

photo credit: Carpet and Rug Institute

Cut and loop pile carpet combines the cut and loop styles creating patterns and textures for a more updated look to the loop/ berber carpet.  Typically this carpet style has a low profile and tends to perform well in higher traffic areas. A draw back is that in seams may be visible and there may be additional yardage needed to match the pattern.

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Hopefully this helps give you an understanding of some of the different types of carpet that are available.

In addition to these style types, the fiber type also makes a big difference in the durability of the carpet, but we’ll cover that later.

Sources:; Carpet and Rug Institute

Care & Maintenance: Carpet

How you care for your carpet makes a big difference in how your carpet looks and performs. You want to ensure that you are properly maintaining your new carpet so that it lasts for many years.

Here are some basics:

1. Use walk off mats at entry ways to prevent dirt and other materials from getting tracked in.

2. Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping your carpets looking beautiful. Vacuuming removes dirt and other debris from the carpet pile and prevents it from becoming embedded deeper in. High traffic areas like hallways and stairs need to be vacuumed more often. Typically once a week for low traffic areas and 2 or more times per week for higher traffic.

Make sure that you have a vacuum with an adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush and also enough suction power to get deep into the carpet. The adjustable height beater bar or rotating brush is important especially for thicker pile and the new soft premium carpets. If the beater bar or rotating brush is set too low the carpet fibers can become damaged and leave the carpet looking fuzzy.

3. Professional cleaning is recommended every 12-18 months.

Stain removal:

Undoubtedly, at some point in your carpets life spills and stains will happen. The Carpet and Rug Institute has great tips for many common stains. Please refer to their website here for tips. Also, you can refer to your specific carpet manufacturers website for more detailed stain removal.

Carpet Cleaning:

Renting a do-it-yourself extractor or steam cleaner is effective at assisting with spots and spills but they don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a professional. You should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Refer The Carpet and Rug Institute here for tips on choosing a professional carpet cleaning company.



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