The Holidays are upon us and we want to wish the happiest of them to you and yours. We are glad that your online search brings you to us today and we have written this article today to supply you not only some useful information, but some that is fun and entertaining too!
In honor of the holidays, we have gathered 12+ Flooring Facts for the Days of Christmas:
- Worried about red wine stains in carpet? No worries just scrub the stain using club soda or cover it with salt and allow it to absorb the wine. Vacuum the residue. Should a stain remain, with a solution of water, detergent and a few drops of white vinegar, wipe the stain to completely remove.
- Did you know that the word “carpet” originates from the Latin carpere, which means “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from disentangled “plucked” fabric. Knots were then tied together to create a rug. Similar to the term carpe diem which in its Latin root is pluck/seize the day.
- Many don’t know this, but vinyl and linoleum flooring are NOT the same. Vinyl floors are synthetic and manufactured with petroleum-based chemicals. Linoleum floors are completely natural and made from raw ingredients found in nature such as wood flour, linseed oil, limestone, cork dust, and resins from trees. Linoleum is also more resilient and is usually higher priced than vinyl flooring. May not want to use these terms synonymously. A source at America’s Floor Source says: “That’s like calling a llama an alpaca”.
- Some may think that hardwood is the strongest natural flooring, but Bamboo is actually stronger than most hardwoods. In reality, certain species of bamboo have higher Janka hardness ratings than red oak and almost double that of maple. Bamboo is known for its astonishing strength which is why it’s used as industrial scaffolding in Japan. If martial arts is your thing, you won’t want to use bamboo for your board breaking sessions. That would probably not end well.
- For those living in areas where temperatures drop below freezing, you would be interested in learning that Porcelain tiles have an extremely low water absorption rate. This makes them “frost-proof” or “frost-resistant” and great for outdoor temperatures as well.
- For one of the most sound-absorbent floor coverings around, choose Cork. With a thickness of 6mm or higher, its open cell structure composed of 200 million cork cells per cubic inch each contain dead air space. Because these cells are so tiny, they inhibit the transmission of sound and help to muffle the strike of a dropped object or heel of a shoe. 1Cork floors were quite frequently used by Modernists in the 30s, (Frank Lloyd) Wright used it, for example, in Prairie style, and it’s widely used today in Post-Modernist designs in Europe.
- The American floor covering industry maintains that the distinction between a “carpet” and a “rug” is only a matter of size. Any item smaller than 40 square feet would be considered a rug and anything larger is a carpet. According to the American carpet industry, a “flyingcarpet” or “magic carpet” is theoretically a “rug”.
- The hardest floors on earth are Granite and is second in hardness only to the diamond. Granite floors are extremely durable, beautiful, low maintenance, and will virtually last forever. Due to the heaviness of this product, the floor must be inspected to determine whether it can withstand the weight of the install.
- The world’s first laminate floor manufacturer first introduced its products in Sweden in 1984. and later to the United States in 1994. People loved the fact that laminate flooring let them enjoy the look of hardwood floors at a lower cost. Still, the early laminate floors weren’t entirely realistic. The simulated, plastic-looking finish could hardly pass for real wood. Laminate floors are essentially a heavier form of plastic countertops. We’re just glad they don’t look like them and now come in great styles and colors.
- How about the world’s most expensive floor covering? This would be a black marble creation by Pietra Firma. Each square meter of marble tile is inlaid with over 1000 diamonds,2400 pieces of mother-of-pearl, 400 pieces of abalone shell and 500 pieces of black
onyx. The Cost: $1 million for ten square feet! This does not include installation and to keep it exclusive, only 5 design projects were allowed.
- The world’s oldest rug that still exists today is 2,000 years old2. The Pazyryk Rug is the oldest hand-knotted rug known. It was discovered in the grave of the prince of Altai in Siberia in 1948, 5400 feet above sea level. This defines the adage “they just don’t make ‘em like they use to.”
- Since 1984, Big Bob’s has grown from a small carpet shop in Kansas City to a National Franchise chain witha presence of more than 25 franchise locations. Our unique ‘Cash & Carry’ franchise system offers a full array of flooring products including new carpet, laminate, vinyl, tile and wood at ‘Outlet Prices’. Across the nation, each of our stores offers America’s customers great value, quality products and outstanding customer service.
Now for some random but fun flooring facts…
- Carpet that is left un-vacuumed, can gain several pounds of dirt throughout a year’s time.
- To remove wax from a carpet, place a paper bag over the area and use a hot iron to melt it. The wax will transfer onto the brown paper bag.
- The expression “to sweep under the carpet” was first noted in 1963. and was based on the idea of a housekeeper sweeping dirt under a rug or carpet, instead of taking the time and trouble to get a dust pan and deal with the dirt and remove it from the home.
- A person can shed about 1.5 million flakes of skin each hour, most of which ends up in carpets or on the floor.
- Mud on your carpet? Sprinkle some salt on the carpet…Keep it on for an hour and then vacuum it up. Voila
- The reference to “red carpet” was first introduced in 458 B.C. by Aeschylus. It’s still used today to identify formal walkways for leaders and VIP’s at important events.
- The idea for the household vacuum was inspired by the street sweeping machine. Vacuum cleaners in the 20th century, required 3 people to use them and were powered by the use of coal.
- Club soda still works great in removing new carpet stains. Pour some onto the soiled area and sponge it right up.
- The most germ-filled place in the house is the bathroom floor. More the reason to keep up with your cleaning routine.
- Before carpet, during the 1500s, in order to keep from slipping, straw would be used on dirt floors. Similar to our use of carpet today.
Hopefully you have learned some interesting fact that will prove to be useful or in the least some great conversation starters. Whether you are looking to replace a room of flooring or an entire house, we hope to be of service to you and act as an expert you can lean on for sound, expert advise.
1Cork Direct cork flooring proved to be the natural choice when a 160-year- old historic property in Madison, Georgia was renovated into a novel and prestigious Southern inn.
2The oldest hand-knotted oriental rug known was excavated from the Altai Mountains in Siberia in 1948. It was discovered in the grave of the prince of Altai near Pazyryk, 5400 feet above sea level, and clearly shows how well hand-knotted rugs were produced thousands of years ago.