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Finding the perfect floor

Picture this – you walk into a floor covering store and suddenly feel as if the samples are closing in on you. There are racks and racks of carpet, wood, laminate and tile and you have no idea where to begin.You wonder that with so many flooring options, how will you be able to decide on the right ...
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Working in "harmony"

I received a call several months ago from a member of my synagogue, Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Jay Stanek told me he was our representative for a home being built in our area by Habitat for Humanity. What made this project unique is that it would be a Multi-Faith Build, the first of its ...
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Reflecting on 60 years

Sixty years ago, my in-laws Saul and Tessie Abramson drove through the sleepy town of Sanford, FL and knew this is where they wanted to open up a flooring store.  Saul, the oldest of five children had worked in his brother Ruby’s store in New York.  His three sisters were also in the flooring ...
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Roll out the (red) carpet

Want to add a VIP flair to an event?  Roll out the red carpet. From an open house to an Oscar party, to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a red carpet says style!Carpet runners are great for weddings too, especially an outdoor event. The runner is a beautiful walkway for the bride as she goes down the ...
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Creating a custom area rug

Hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile are very popular flooring choices, but homeowners sometimes discover their rooms echo without the insulation carpet provides.An easy and fashionable solution is an area rug, which not only insulates, but also can provide a pop of color and style to any room. ...
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Best of Seminole - We did it again!

For the fifth year in a row, Sanford Carpet, Inc. has been named Best of Seminole (County) in the flooring category.Readers of the Sanford Herald, distributed throughout Seminole County, Florida, vote each August for their favorites in a variety of categories including restaurants, retail shops and ...
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Preparing for a flooring installation

Having new flooring installed means a little bit of chaos before the calm. But the serene new look you will have when it is all complete will be worth the temporary displacement of your personal items and schedule.Be prepared for some dust! Removing the existing floors will bring to surface sand ...
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Custom carpet installation

Sanford Carpet was recently hired to install carpet in an office that had cubicles that could not be moved.  The customer wanted to match the existing carpet, but it was no longer available.  We worked with them to find a carpet with similar colors and pattern and installed a custom border around ...
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Patch and R e s t r e t c h . .

The phone rings and a distressed caller on the other end asks -   ”Do you repair carpet?”We assure them we do and ask what their situation is.“The dog has chewed the carpet” (usually where it meets tile or near a wall), and  ”Our carpet has waves and speed bumps in it” are two of the common ...
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Making lemonade .... A great solution when you can no longer match your existing tile

The door opens and in walks Mrs. Customer clutching a tile; the only one she has left from the tile she had installed in her kitchen seven years ago.  She wants to match it exactly and extend the tile into her family room.The sales rep for the flooring store smiles a knowing smile.  It is going to ...
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Rolling out the red carpet

Sanford Carpet has supplied red carpet runners for Oscar parties, Restaurant grand openings and other special events.Last week, the 508 Framing Gallery in Sanford, FL was inducted into the Sanford Chamber of Commerce with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.  Our Sanford community is thriving and ...
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How important is a warranty?

A married couple bought carpet from us a few months ago and were of different opinions as to the style they wanted. We sent them home with many samples options, made home decor visits to help them with their selection and worked hard to find something they both would like. Finally, the wife gave ...
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Making a difference

When carpet is removed from a home in order to install new flooring, the old carpet is cut up into three-foot-wide strips for easy handling.  Quite often, the old carpet is dirty and stained and is usually the reason for changing the flooring in favor of new carpet, hardwood, laminate or tile....
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What does the term "cut a rug" mean?

According to the WiseGeek website: Some theorists believe that dancers could be said to cut a rug when they danced so well and so regularly that they would have worn out a carpet. In some regions, a particularly skilled dancer is said to “cut a mean rug,” a nod to the notable abilities of said ...
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Patterned carpets: Not just a thing of the past

Patterned carpets are beautiful – you see them in hotels, convention centers, restaurants, just about any place where many people congregate.Don’t be afraid to think smaller. A patterned carpet can add individuality and style to your home as well.- Consider a Victorian home – if you are looking to ...
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Selling a home: Putting the buyers best foot forward— On new floors

Selling a house can be a long, exhaustive process. Why not give your house the opportunity to stand out from all the others that are for sale? New flooring will do just that.In fact one of the first things a buyer sees when entering a potential home is the floors. Stained, matted and out-of-date ...
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90,000 People in 9 days!

Mohawk and SmartStrand are at it again!  Mohawk has teamed up with the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament and laid down the gauntlet and the carpet for 90,000 fans to walk on over the nine days of the tournament.Check out why SmartStrand can hold up to the traffic in your home!
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Step up to the mat

Add personality to your home both inside and out with fun and functional mats. Door mats can add individuality and a personal touch to your home as well as protecting the floors inside your home from dirt being tracked in. Leafy outdoor designs, adorable lady bugs or a ...
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Giving back

Meals on Wheels has been caring for seniors in Seminole County for over 30 years, having served nearly 3,000 meals per year. Yet, there is still a waiting list of more than 300 needy seniors.According to their website, “Many seniors live alone and do not have the ability to prepare hot meals or ...
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Keep your carpet looking beautiful for life

DINNER PARTY DISASTERYou recently purchased a beautiful light beige carpet that you can’t wait to show your friends and family and throw a small dinner party to celebrate your decorating savvy.Just after you pour a glass of red wine for your friend, you turn to fill your own glass. Suddenly ...
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Behind every great piece of carpet is a great carpet Installer - Or you hope!

Carpet that is not installed properly may look good for a short while, but over time, will begin to have problems, including wrinkles or waves that become trip hazards. It can pull away from the walls and have seams that unravel and open up.Good installation is key to the performance of every ...
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Accessorizing from the floor up

Hard surfaces (tile, hardwood, laminate) are very popular flooring choices, but many homeowners remark that the room can feel cold and sounds echo throughout their house.A great way to counter this is to use an area rug over your hard surface flooring. Area rugs can add warmth, soften sound and ...
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Maintaining your floors

Sand and dirt particles that may appear small, can slowly wear down and dull the surface layers of your floors. The particles are a natural abrasive that can cause hardwood to scratch over time and carpet fibers to lose their texture.The best defense against sand and dirt in general on flooring is ...
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What's under your carpet may surprise you

Choosing the right carpet for your home is a big project. Just as you breathe a sigh of relief that you’ve made the perfect choice, you are told about the pad options. More decisions! And, while you don’t see the pad, don’t think it doesn’t matter what is underneath your carpet – the right pad can ...
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Choosing the right tile

Ceramic and Porcelain tile are very popular flooring solutions in Florida.  Sand, dirt and other substances tracked in by people and pets clean up fairly easily. Tile can feel cool to walk on in the heat of summer. Pets often like to lounge on tile for that reason. There are so many sizes and ...
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This is not your mother's vinyl

Vinyl flooring is resilient – meaning that it has some cushion or give. Standing on it for hours at a time will not make your legs ache as other hard surface products will, and not everything dropped on it will break compared to ceramic or porcelain. Unlike the original patterns from the 60s, the ...
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HARDWOOD vs LAMINATE

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your existing one, deciding on which product to use is more than choosing the color.Thinking about hardwood? Should you choose a solid floor or an engineered? Exotic or standard wood? Narrow planks or wide? Matte finish, piano finish, handscraped or ...
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How green are your floors?

I’m not talking about the color, although green is certainly a popular earthy color that blends almost anywhere, just like the green in nature. The green I am referring to is the environmentally conscious, green flooring alternatives that are widely available from almost every manufacturer. From ...
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Sign of the times

See the picture of our beautiful awning.  It’s not there anymore.  The City of Sanford made us take it down because it didn’t fit the new code.  It will cost us $2,000 to get it remade to code, but we can’t have it in green and white which have been our colors for 14 years.  They want the entire ...
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Treating Your Customers Right

My good friend and business coach Lisbeth Callandrino posted on her blog http://lisbethcalandrino.typepad.com recently about doing something nice for someone. I couldn’t agree more! We recently added a new technology to our flooring store business, Sanford Carpet, called video e-mail. This state-of-...
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