Travertine in Frisco, Your Great Decorating Opportunity

They say your home is your castle. It certainly is a place of refuge from the outside world, a place in which to relax and enjoy leisure. We eat, sleep and watch television at home – even surf the Web there. It makes sense that we would want our homes to be comfortable, beautiful, and still be easy to maintain.

Travertine flooring fulfills these criteria: it is highly durable and lends natural beauty to a home, and much easier to maintain and keep clean than carpeting. Conveniently, it is one of the few types of flooring that works as well for interiors as it does for exteriors.

This is natural stone, and as such, travertine works best when professionally installed, as it is heavy (a 12″ x 12″ sheet of travertine mosaic can weigh as much as 5 lbs.) and thick (tiles are 0.5″ thick and pavers are 1.25″). There are various flooring stores in Frisco, TX that can help with this, none better, though, than Peek’s Flooring Company

Travertine Frisco

flooring stores frisco txSeveral factors contribute to make travertine in Frisco an ideal flooring product for Texas. Looks, strength, and long-lasting quality are the hallmarks of travertine flooring:

  • Stylish: This is one of the oldest building materials we have (very popular in Ancient Rome, later used by sculptors such as Michelangelo, used to build castles like Burghausen in Bavaria), and its presence in a flooring installation can add an antique feel and an air of prestige to the environment. At the same time, it draws attention in a subtle, subdued way. It displays mild tones swirling in its hazy, shifting surface effects. Each piece is unique, like a nature-formed work of earth art, making any travertine floor a one-of-a-kind installation.
  • Subdued: Another style effect of travertine lies in the unique power of natural stone coupled with reserved dignity that comes from the soft palette of colors in its spectrum. It comes in tans and beiges, grays and speckled off-white hues, bringing the power and stability of the earth to a flooring installation without overwhelming a room with dramatic colors.
  • Durability: Hard tile materials such as travertine take a beating without showing significant damage from scratches, cracks, or chips. Over time, a weathering effect appears, giving each individual piece a distinct character reminiscent of ancient architecture. Polished and honed flooring materials carry a risk of scratching, while natural-finish tiles are more resistant to damage and blemishes.
  • Long-lasting: All flooring materials need regular maintenance and care, but travertine can last for decades and still look beautiful. The weathering effect that occurs with years of use can be attractive, but if you wish, you can prevent weathering with a periodic application of stone-sealing agent.
  • Ease of repair: Since travertine comes in tile form, when a piece breaks it can be removed and replaced. If you’re installing a new floor, be sure to keep a few extra tiles for perfectly color-matched repairs.

The Nature of Travertine

Travertine is porous. Its pocked surface gives it a distinctive natural, chaotic texture. Travertine is a sedimentary rock, a kind of limestone that forms around mineral spring deposits, as seen in the two photos of locations on the Green River in Utah and in Yellowstone National Park. In terms of flooring, travertine is softer than igneous rock and is laced with holes and pockets created by bubbling carbon dioxide. This is what makes travertine so porous. It also represents added maintenance issues that are not found with man-made flooring and even some forms of natural stone.

To overcome this, the holes in travertine tiles are filled in the factory with resins that blend with the surface and are difficult to detect, increasing its durability. It might not be as hard as diamonds, topaz or quartz, but is much harder than gypsum or talc.

Travertine ranks lower than marble in terms of hardness. But still, travertine is a stone, and stone will always be more durable than most interior floor coverings like engineered wood, laminate, vinyl, and ceramic or porcelain.

Four Types of Travertine Surfaces

In its natural state, travertine is rough-textured. Polishing travertine changes its nature. With polishing, the appearance of the stone changes – colors become more vivid and the look is richer. Polished travertine has a more glossy finish that reflects light from the room more than tumbled or brushed travertine. The four states of travertine tiles can appeal to all tastes.

PolishedExtremely glossy and light-reflective, this stone has been filled, polished to its maximum smoothness, and sealed.
Best travertine surface for resisting stains. Very slippery when wet. Do not use outside.
HonedFilled and lightly polished. Honed travertine has a matte-like appearance and is less slick than polished travertine.Honed is the most popular type of interior travertine. For many, it represents a sweet spot between polished and tumbled travertine.
TumbledRounded corners and edges and subtle colors.Travertine is tumbled in a machine with other stones to gently round off the corners and edges. Tumbled travertine has an older, antique look and provides ample traction for outdoor surfaces.
BrushedBrushed travertine has the most subtle colors of all types of travertine. Brushed travertine can either be tumbled or not.The surface of the travertine is treated with wire brushes to produce a flat, matte surface.

What to Know before Putting Travertine in Your Home

The fact that Travertine is highly durable does not mean it requires no maintenance. It can alo provide its own unique challenges in the installation, meaning you will want help in putting it in.

  • Maintenance: While these tiles are solid, strong, and durable, they also have microscopic pores in their surface that can allow spilled liquids and staining agents to seep into the material. Applying a penetrating sealer followed by a barrier surface sealer during installation resolves this problem. Afterwards, periodically applying these sealers throughout the life of the floor will keep it looking good. Re-seal more often if you want to maintain the glossy original finish of the material.
  • Heaviness: Travertine tiles tend to be heavy, making installation difficult and time-consuming enough that you should leave it to professionals. The weight of the flooring also means the flooring under-structure should be strong and stiff enough to support the flooring without excessive bowing or flexing.
  • Expense: Travertine falls in the mid-range of natural stone options but can be higher cost than many other flooring materials such as vinyl, laminate or carpeting. As with any flooring installation, you will want to consider, in addition to the cost of tile, costs for installation materials, including adhesive and grout, as well as professional labor.
  • Coldness: Like most solid-stone materials, travertine flooring retains heat well, but it also retains cold. On chilly mornings the floor can be cold on bare feet. Minimize this with area rugs placed in strategic positions. On the other hand, travertine tile is a good option for flooring over radiant (in-floor) heating systems. Once the tile heats up it is an excellent conductor of heat to help warm up the room.

Whom to Rely on for Travertine

As you consider the various flooring stores in Frisco, TX, we hope you will think first of Peek’s Floor Company. Peek’s is your source for travertine in Frisco, and not only travertine. Whatever your needs are for flooring installation in Frisco, TX, nobody can beat Peek’s for the quality of their service, the level of care they give to your needs and well-being, and the great pricing of their products and services.

Uh-Oh! How to Treat Carpet Stains

Slops and spills on your lovely carpet? Don’t panic. A little know-how can help you tackle those tough stains. Our stain treatment guide will show you how to rescue your carpet and keep your Frisco home looking great.

carpet friscoHow To Clean A Stain
Some stain-cleaning rules are universal. No matter what you’re dealing with, always follow these guidelines:

  • Blot up all the stain liquid before rinsing or using a spot remover.
  • With blotting and drying, work from the outside in to keep the stain contained.
  • Never scrub carpeting. It can damage the yarn and push the stain down into the carpet pad.
  • Remove as much solid stain material as possible before you apply your cleaning solution.
  • Always test new cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area.
  • Follow the package directions for store-bought spot cleaners carefully.

To use a DIY cleaning solution:

  • Use either a clean spray bottle or a clean rag. To use a rag, dab the cleaning solution onto the stain.
  • Apply a little bit of cleaner, then blot the stain with a dry rag. Repeat until the stain disappears.
  • Follow the same process using plain, cold water to rinse. Thoroughly blot dry.

Simple Stains

  • Sodas
  • Jelly
  • Washable paints and inks
  • Milk, ice cream and yogurt
  • Berries
  • Mud
  • Coffee
  • Tea

For synthetic carpet, use a DIY solution of 1/4 teaspoon non-bleach laundry detergent, white vinegar or both to 4 cups water. For wool carpet, use the vinegar solution only. Detergent will break down wool’s natural proteins and damage your carpet.

Tough Stains

  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Mustard
  • Pizza sauce

For synthetic carpet, use a solution of 1 teaspoon non-bleach dish liquid to 4 cups cold water. For wool carpet, use the vinegar solution or a store-bought, specialty wool spot cleaner. You may need to call a carpet cleaning specialist.

For stubborn stains, rinse the area with equal parts vinegar and water after cleaning.

Urine, Vomit and Feces

With these stains, you need to make sure you remove the discoloration and deodorize. Deodorizing is especially important if the stain was caused by pets. Even if you can’t smell it anymore, your pets can. They’ll continue to “re-mark” the area until the odor is completely eliminated.

A store-bought, enzyme-based cleaner is the best choice for synthetic fabrics. Enzymes directly attack the proteins that cause the stain and its odor and will even work in the carpet padding. They continue to work for hours to days after application. If you want to sanitize the spot with a vinegar solution, wait at least 24 hours after applying the enzymes.

If you don’t have an enzyme cleaner handy, use 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar to 4 cups water for urine and 1 teaspoon dish liquid to 4 cups water for feces and vomit. For wool fabrics, use the vinegar solution, a wool-safe spot treatment or call a professional.

Water Damage

Water damage stains are caused by sediment, dirt and minerals left behind by the water. For synthetic fiber carpets, use a solution of 1 teaspoon dish liquid to 2 cups water to coax out the deep dirt. Then, rinse with equal parts white vinegar and water. For natural carpets, use the vinegar rinse only.

For mildew and mildew smells, rinse with equal parts vinegar and water. Then sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda. Vacuum when the carpet is dry. Mildew is a common problem in below-grade areas, and newer carpet types and anti-stain treatments are more mildew-resistant. Research carpet appropriate for Frisco homes with basements and consider switching to a better suited carpet type.

When to Get Professional Cleaning

Some stains are just too tough to beat without professional equipment. Wool carpet, moderate water damage, set-in stains and extensive pet odors usually require professional intervention.

If you’ve had your carpet replaced in the last 10 years, make sure you check your warranty paperwork before you schedule your cleaning. If you have a stain resistance warranty, you may be able to submit your stain cleaning bill to the carpet manufacturer for a reimbursement.

Finding Stain-Resistant Carpet in Frisco

The best way to deal with stains is to have carpeting that makes cleanup easier. Modern carpet is available with built-in water resistance, state-of-the-art stain treatments and moisture-resistant padding that can be lifesaver when accidents happen.

At Peek’s, our selection feature the carpets best for Frisco homeowners. Whether you need insurance against wine stains in the dining room or some kid-proofing in the family room, we’ll help you find the right fit. Come and visit us to see what we have to offer.

Can Carpet and Allergies Exist in Harmony?

It’s on every list of recommendations for allergy sufferers. “Carpeting traps allergens! Just say no to carpeting!” Does having allergies really mean you have to say goodbye to soft, cozy carpet? As experts in carpet installation for Frisco homes, Peek‘s is happy to say that there are carpeting options for allergy sufferers. All you need is a good cleaning routine and a little help from the latest carpeting technology.

Carpet Installation FriscoGo Low

The yarn that gives carpeting its irresistible softness is the very reason many doctors recommend allergy sufferers reject it. Carpeting yarn forms a forest that can trap allergy-causing dirt, dust, pollen and pet dander. When you walk across the carpeting later, the allergens are stirred back into the air and into your nose.

Taller pile tends to trap and release more allergens, so one great option for allergy-friendly carpeting is low pile. Think berber and cut and loop. They’re less plush than other carpeting, but they clean easily, are durable and are wonderfully stain-resistant.

Go Dirt-Repellent

Don’t lose heart if you want a plusher carpet. There are still options available. The latest dirt-repellent materials and special treatments make even high pile carpeting release trapped allergens with ease when you run your vacuum cleaner.

Triexta, also known as SmartStrand, is one of the most popular options for allergy sufferers. A plant-based carpeting, the fibers are so smooth that they’re naturally stain resistant and dirt repellent. Wool, whose natural fibers have microscopic “scaling” on the surface, is also naturally dirt-repellent. Before you schedule carpet installation for your Frisco home, ask a flooring specialist which dirt-repellent option suits your budget and lifestyle best.

Go with a Routine

A cleaning routine, that is. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner with a built-in HEPA filter. HEPA filters remove 99% of allergens from the air they process and prevent any allergens you suck up from getting back out. Vacuum at least once a week, including things like rugs and stairs. Routine vacuuming prevents allergens from accumulating in your carpeting and keeps it looking great, too.

Changing your habits can also help reduce the allergen build up in your carpeting. Make a “no shoes in the house” rule. Shoes track in allergens and grind them deep into your carpet fibers. Setting up a bench and shoe rack just inside the door will encourage the new rule. Keeping the windows shut during the peek of allergy season will minimize the allergens that blowing in from outside.

Also keep in mind:

  • Clean your rooms from the top down. Dust high surfaces first, work your way down to your baseboards, then run your vacuum. That way, none of the dust you knock down will linger on your carpet.
  • Use the right vacuum settings for your carpet’s pile height. The wrong settings will prevent your vacuum from cleaning effectively. It also damages your carpeting.
  • Vacuum slowly. If you go too fast, you won’t pick up as much dirt.
  • Remember to change your vacuum’s built-in filters regularly.

Get Carpeting Cleaning

Annual carpet cleaning, especially steam extraction, is an excellent compliment to your regular vacuuming routine. The water and specialized shampoos flushes allergens from deep within carpet fibers and padding. Steam cleaning even gets hot enough to kill allergen triggers like dust mites and molds.

To ensure your cleaning service knows how to give you a thorough clean, choose a service that also specializes in carpet installation in the Frisco area. Flooring specialists understand how to care for different types and brands of carpeting. At Peek‘s, we also include special treatments like pet odor busters at no extra cost.

Get Better Air Quality

Indoor air quality is a concern whether you have carpeting or not, but allergens circulating in your air can end up trapped in your carpet. Choose high quality furnace filters that are rated for allergy sufferers to improve your whole-home air quality. If you have a family member with particularly bad allergies, consider putting a HEPA-grade air filter in their bedroom.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can also have an impact on indoor air quality. VOC sensitivities often go hand-in-hand with concerns like allergies and asthma. Talk to your carpeting installer about low VOC carpet and padding. Don’t worry about limiting your options. Most of today’s top carpeting brands offer a range of low VOC options and boast commitments to environmental stewardship.

Get Advice on Carpet Installation in Frisco

Allergies are rarely the only consideration on your plate when you go floor shopping. Pets, kids, high traffic areas, moisture concerns and design demands all need to be met. At Peek‘s, we understand. The carpeting pros at our showroom will talk you through your options and help you make a choice you’ll love. Visit us today and see our allergy-friendly carpeting choices for yourself.

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