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Tips to Make a New Carpet Upgrade Easy

[fa icon="calendar'] July 7, 2017 at 2:07 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Shopping for new carpet is a little like shopping for a new mattress. You sort of know what you want. And you sort of know what you like. But if a sales person asked you to explain your criterion, you'd be better off pointing to a few samples instead.

Plenty of people make major purchases based on their “I'll-know-it-when-I-see-it” instinct. But you don't have to select new carpet this way because you have Experts in Your Home, who will supply you with the language and skills you'll need to make an informed choice.

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Wood Floor Care Tips from Experts In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] June 26, 2017 at 2:08 PM / by Home Services Expert

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We don't see it often: the 100-year-old-plus home with hardwood flooring that has literally stood the test of time. But these homes exist in the Chico area, and they carry a valuable “teaching moment” for anyone who loves wood flooring and wants it to last.

As with many commodities that are capable of lasting a long time but sometimes don't – think of air conditioners, furnaces and decks – the difference often comes down to maintenance. Let Experts in Your Home make you feel like an expert in your home so you can extend the life of your solid wood or engineered wood flooring – and maybe even make it worthy of centenarian status.

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How to Clean Tile Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2017 at 10:06 AM / by Home Services Expert

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We clean our hands with soap, wash our hair with shampoo and clean our clothes with detergent.

The active ingredient here is soap, so when Experts in Your Home tell a homeowner with a newly installed tile floor that all he or she needs to clean their floor is water, it's no wonder it takes a few rounds of persuasion.

In reality, there is a little more involved in keeping tile flooring looking its best. But when we say “little,” we mean very little. If you haven't fallen in love with your ceramic or natural stone tile floor by now, you will when the Experts reveal how blissfully low maintenance tile flooring really is. Here are our tips on how to clean tile flooring:

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Types of Tile Flooring & How to Choose the Perfect Fit

[fa icon="calendar'] June 7, 2017 at 1:54 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's easy to understand why tile is the flooring of choice among many Californians. Tile is durable, water-resistant and simple to clean, making it a fine choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways. And because so many Californians have extended their living space with outdoor patios and kitchens, tile has found its way outside, too.

Of course, most of that gorgeous tile was installed a long time ago. When a new tiling project is on the horizon, something “funny” happens when some people lay eyes on the tile section of their favorite home improvement store. Like the finish on some ceramic tile, a glaze often forms – and not on the tile, but over their eyes.

It's easy to become confused over tile, so allow the flooring experts at Experts in Your Home to simplify the distinctions and point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of various tile.

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The Best Types of Flooring to Install In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2016 at 9:20 AM / by Home Services Expert

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All you know is that you don't want carpeting. After that, you're stumped about which type of flooring is best suited for your next home improvement project. And who could blame you?

A new floor represents an investment in your home, so cost is likely to factor highly in your decision process. So will looks, color and comfort, which must be balanced against practical matters such as the room's function and how much wear and tear the floor will be subjected to on a daily basis. And don't forget maintenance and your own threshold for housekeeping.

Let the Chico flooring experts at The Hignell Companies walk you through the six most common types of flooring: solid wood, laminate, engineered wood, vinyl, linoleum and ceramic tile:

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Floor Care Tips: How to Properly Clean Wood Floors

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Pick a surface – any surface – and when it gets dirty, it's tempting to turn to the most ubiquitous cleaning agents around: soap and water.

But when that surface is wood – and in particular, a wood floor – anything more than a damp rag or cloth can damage your wood floor. Wood expands when it's wet and so can crack, splinter and warp.

As the floor care experts at The Hignell Companies know, you cannot properly clean a wood floor unless you know which type of wood floor you have installed in your home. Then you can clean it with confidence – and ensure that it gives you years of lasting beauty and durability in return.

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Floor Care Tips: How to Keep Wood Floors Looking Like New

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM / by Home Services Expert

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kitchen_with_hardwood_floorsIt's a rare homeowner who doesn't gravitate to the warm and alluring look of hardwood floors. It's also a rare homeowner who doesn't initially harbor the notion that they're difficult to maintain and so is tempted to turn to tile or carpet instead.

It's a paradox, alright: hardwood floors appear sturdy and vulnerable at the same time. But maintaining them and keeping them looking shiny and new is probably far simpler than you think – and so are worth considering as a beautiful and low-maintenance floor in your home.

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