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By Jennifer 28 Nov, 2017

While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.


If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 31 Aug, 2017
If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom in the near future, you are about to enter into an exciting and creative process. You are finally getting the kitchen design that you’ve always wanted. At long last, your bathroom is going to feel like a spa. You’ve waited so long for this renovation to happen, so now is the time to let your creativity and personality shine.

One way to not only exhibit your unique personality in your renovation, but also to create a sense of sophistication is to effectively use tile on the floor. Tile is so much more than a basic covering—when used properly, it can completely transform a space. It can make your kitchen the chic, glamorous focal point of your home, and it can transform an ordinary bathroom into a resort retreat.

Designers today certainly know how to have fun with tile, and they want homeowners to have that same sense of fun when incorporating it into their home. Here are some clever ways to use tile in your upcoming renovation!

Make the Floor Extraordinary
Replacing your existing vinyl or laminate flooring with ceramic tile is an instant way to transform your space into a room of luxury and elegance. Tile looks wonderful whether you choose to lay it in a typical grid pattern, or a more creative design.

Your Tub and Shower are Fair Game
What some homeowners tend to forget is that tile is so much more than a floor covering. It can also be used in your upcoming kitchen or bathroom renovation in other beautiful ways.
If you are doing a bathroom renovation, consider covering the shower wall with tile. Not only will it be a beautiful enhancement to the space, but it is a functional way to keep your tub’s water properly in place. We highly recommend a travertine tile or a subway tile if you want to go in this direction.

If a kitchen renovation is on your radar, tile makes a beautiful backsplash and can complement both your appliances and countertops in a pleasing way. A backsplash can be just as versatile as it is practical. While countless designs for tile backsplashes exist on the marketplace, we recommend considering metal tiles in the backsplash closest to your oven. These tiles can withstand the heat of cooking and the wear and tear of frequent usage.

Why Stop at the Bathroom or Kitchen?
Incorporating tile into your floor design can’t (and shouldn’t) just be limited to a bathroom or kitchen. Keep the patterns and color schemes in those rooms going by extending those designs into other spaces in your home! How? Think of a hallway as more of a narrow passage and use a tile pattern that echoes the same design schemes you’ve used in your renovation. Create an accent wall or a unique work of art for your living or family room. You can even incorporate tile into your patio design!

Valley Floor Coverings has versatile tile designs that will perfect your kitchen and bathroom renovation project. We would be honored to make the room you’ve always dreamed of a reality. Call us today at 401-724-8650, visit our website , or email us at Jennifer@vfcri.com to discuss your tile options for your upcoming project.


By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Blue is a color that evokes mood. And because many people associate blue with melancholy, they avoid it as a decorating color.
“It's a popular conception that blue is associated with coldness, and it's not valid,” says Shelley Kirsch of Shelley Kirsch Interior
Design and Decoration in Toronto. “Used correctly, blue is extremely uplifting and vibrant.”

It’s all in the shade of blue you choose and the hues you pair it with. Discipline is key. “Keep your palate restricted,”
Shelley advises, “but don’t be afraid of blue.” By exploring blue in all its moods and shades, you can find just the
right hue to create a beautiful, serene room.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Valley Floor Covering, INC. offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes ... rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Shaw’s multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room. Our hardwood features ScufResist Platinum®, the industry’s toughest guard against high foot-traffic and scuffing—something your savvy customers, with their busy lifestyles, will appreciate.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
If you love the outdoors, decorating a room in a rustic style can help you capture that casual, earthy spirit. It’s a versatile design style that can remind you of anything from a European hunting lodge to a cozy mountain cabin. It can call to mind a vacation to Montana or a favorite nature photograph. Rustic is authentic, handmade, mismatched, and comfortable. And you don’t have to sacrifice sophistication.
Whether you want to entertain your friends with a casual get-together, or curl up on the couch with a thick blanket and a good book, rustic design can help you create a space that is as relaxing as your favorite outdoor spot.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
L aminate is constructed in layers to create lasting, affordable, beautiful floors. Four layers of material, each of which has its own purpose, are fused together through a direct-pressure process that binds them into one extremely durable material. And this material is today’s laminate—a type of flooring that will endure much wear and tear, performing well for many years.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Jumping into a new look for your floor can be daunting. That’s why most people play it safe. But even if you don’t want to show off your wilder side, there are ways to incorporate fun into your floors. You just need to find the look that works with your overall design style.

WHAT ARE MY PREFERENCES?

Here are a few of the possibilities to consider when deciding on the style you prefer.


Modern

If your style is modern, you likely prefer carpets with bold geometric patterns—such as circles or squares—or the clean, sleek look of light-colored hardwoods and laminates. Both are great choices to offset the chic simplicity of contemporary furniture.
Avalon Garden Rugs by Shaw
 
Retro
A retro gal combines the designs of the past with the flair of today. You might put Country French floral motifs together with modern chrome accessories. Or hang a minimalist painting over an antique sideboard filled with vintage linens. You enjoy mixing it up!
Continental Stone by Shaw
 
Natural
You like using elements and colors that help bring the outdoors in. Beautiful stone, natural textures, wood featured in unique ways and places, and the colors of earth and sky—all create a sense of comfort and warmth in a room. Very inviting and nice to come home to.
Stylish Art Carpet by Shaw
 
Fashion-Inspired
For those who favor the runway over the hallway, this is your look. Whether the newest thing is purple paisley or pink patchwork (not that we recommend either), you’re a trendsetter who loves to take the sleekest looks hitting the stores and bring them into your decor—so it’s as stylish as you are.

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By Jennifer 28 Nov, 2017

While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.


If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 31 Aug, 2017
If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom in the near future, you are about to enter into an exciting and creative process. You are finally getting the kitchen design that you’ve always wanted. At long last, your bathroom is going to feel like a spa. You’ve waited so long for this renovation to happen, so now is the time to let your creativity and personality shine.

One way to not only exhibit your unique personality in your renovation, but also to create a sense of sophistication is to effectively use tile on the floor. Tile is so much more than a basic covering—when used properly, it can completely transform a space. It can make your kitchen the chic, glamorous focal point of your home, and it can transform an ordinary bathroom into a resort retreat.

Designers today certainly know how to have fun with tile, and they want homeowners to have that same sense of fun when incorporating it into their home. Here are some clever ways to use tile in your upcoming renovation!

Make the Floor Extraordinary
Replacing your existing vinyl or laminate flooring with ceramic tile is an instant way to transform your space into a room of luxury and elegance. Tile looks wonderful whether you choose to lay it in a typical grid pattern, or a more creative design.

Your Tub and Shower are Fair Game
What some homeowners tend to forget is that tile is so much more than a floor covering. It can also be used in your upcoming kitchen or bathroom renovation in other beautiful ways.
If you are doing a bathroom renovation, consider covering the shower wall with tile. Not only will it be a beautiful enhancement to the space, but it is a functional way to keep your tub’s water properly in place. We highly recommend a travertine tile or a subway tile if you want to go in this direction.

If a kitchen renovation is on your radar, tile makes a beautiful backsplash and can complement both your appliances and countertops in a pleasing way. A backsplash can be just as versatile as it is practical. While countless designs for tile backsplashes exist on the marketplace, we recommend considering metal tiles in the backsplash closest to your oven. These tiles can withstand the heat of cooking and the wear and tear of frequent usage.

Why Stop at the Bathroom or Kitchen?
Incorporating tile into your floor design can’t (and shouldn’t) just be limited to a bathroom or kitchen. Keep the patterns and color schemes in those rooms going by extending those designs into other spaces in your home! How? Think of a hallway as more of a narrow passage and use a tile pattern that echoes the same design schemes you’ve used in your renovation. Create an accent wall or a unique work of art for your living or family room. You can even incorporate tile into your patio design!

Valley Floor Coverings has versatile tile designs that will perfect your kitchen and bathroom renovation project. We would be honored to make the room you’ve always dreamed of a reality. Call us today at 401-724-8650, visit our website , or email us at Jennifer@vfcri.com to discuss your tile options for your upcoming project.


By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

If you live in a land-locked city and love the beach, infusing tropical design into your home can allow you to enjoy the beauty of your vacations year-round.

Pamela Hastings, a Florida-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has brought the beach into seaside, mountain, and urban spaces. She believes tropical elements can enhance any space, as long as the touches are subtle.

“You don’t want your space to look like a rental condo,” Hastings says. “You don’t need to be too literal.” Just a few carefully chosen accessories, furnishings, or fabrics can bring the tranquility of a beach vacation right into your home.

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