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Leigh Bakhtiari is a 26-year veteran of the flooring industry and president of City Carpets, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. She can be reached at (415) 493-8934 or by email.

The Truth About Carpet and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on July 27, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — It’s often assumed that carpet diminishes indoor air quality, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, studies conducted by The Carpet and Rug Institute show that carpet may actually have the opposite effect and improve indoor air quality.

There’s a good explanation for carpet’s positive effect on indoor air quality: it provides a place for airborne particulates to land, making them easier to remove during cleaning. More than that, carpet actually attracts airborne particles and traps them on the floor. By contrast, in homes with hard floors, particles like mold spores, dander and dirt can remain airborne for up to 45 minutes before settling.

While carpet’s ability to capture airborne particles can benefit those with allergies and respiratory issues, Read more

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Video: Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install wood flooring in your home, make sure you know the full spectrum of your options. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Villa of Rafael Floors, Abbey Carpet Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Villa: Wood-like floors are very popular these days. And so, today I want to discuss the various options, of which there are several. And the first and probably the most obvious option is real hardwood floors. With real hardwood there are 2 options. One would be an unfinished wood floor, which we would install, sand, and finish in your house. Read more

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Wood and Faux Wood Flooring Options

Posted on March 23, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — If you’re thinking about installing a wood or faux wood floor in your home, you’ll want to know the full spectrum of your options. Here’s a summary of these options and their benefits:

Authentic wood flooring

The authentic wood flooring family consists of two types of products: unfinished and prefinished. An unfinished wood floor is installed, sanded and finished in the home. This option offers three main benefits:

1. Since an unfinished wood floor is sanded in place after installation, it provides an opportunity to get the smoothest possible finish.

2. An unfinished wood floor affords a virtually unlimited range of custom color and stain options. Read more

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Video: Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home has hardwood flooring, you’ll need to be proactive about maintaining its appearance and integrity. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gary Jones of Jones Floor Designs to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Jones: For maintaining your floors, I suggest to use the Bona Floor Cleaning Kit, which helps with scratches, scuffs, reconditioning, and brings you a shine back to your floors. The Bona Floor Kit comes with a mop, a spray, and new pads to clean your floor with. You can use vinegar and water. That helps to bring back the shine and keep your floors in pristine condition. Read more

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Tips for Cleaner Hardwood Floors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can be challenging to maintain, especially since they don’t hide dirt like other types of flooring. To keep your hardwood floors looking their best, consider the following measures:

Regular cleaning
To keep dirt at bay, clean your floors every other day with a recommended product like Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. You can also use a simple vinegar and water solution (1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water)—just make sure you wring out your mop thoroughly. Due to the risk of warped floorboards, you should never wet-mop a hardwood floor.

Laying down mats
While cleaning is critical for maintaining your hardwood floors, Read more

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Video: Hardwood Flooring Options

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re in the market for a new hardwood floor, it’s important to learn the full scope of your options. To learn more, we’re in San Leandro with D. C. Owen of Carpeteria, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Sam Gulessarian.

DC Owen: Hello there. I have a few great tips on selecting your hard surface flooring. Let me show you a few of the things that we have. First I will show you a solid hardwood floor. This is a nice reddish hue, and you can see at the edge that it’s a solid piece of wood, 3/4 inch as is pretty common. Read more

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4 Choices for Wood or Faux Wood Flooring

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN LEANDRO — When choosing wood flooring, today’s consumers have three options: completely natural, partially natural or fully synthetic. Here are some popular choices:

Solid hardwood
Traditional, solid hardwood flooring is an unfinished product that’s installed with nails. In addition to its authentic old-world quality, solid hardwood gives homeowners complete onsite control of aspects such as color, finish and design. However, as a natural product, it’s highly susceptible to moisture, which can restrict its application. Solid hardwood also requires ongoing maintenance, including periodic refinishing.

Engineered hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring combines authentic hardwood, plywood, and high-density fiberboard to create a resilient flooring material that’s easier to install and maintain than a completely natural product. Read more

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