Essential Flooring Tips


At GQ Flooring, we believe that education is key for great customer service, which is why we have compiled a few flooring tips for you to keep in mind when selecting flooring for your home:


TIP #1
Always use an approved cleaning solution to care for your hard surface floor.  Using a non-approved cleaning solution may void your manufacturer’s warranty.  We recommend The Bona Pro Series Floor Care System for your entire hard surface floor cleaning.  Come to our showroom and pick up your Bona Starter Kit.  For more information, click here.

TIP #2
When choosing your carpet, remember that choosing a good quality pad is equally important!  The right pad can make or break a carpet purchase because it plays a critical role in your carpet’s performance and appearance.  The primary reason for carpet cushion is to absorb the impact to which the carpet would otherwise be subjected.  This impact can cause carpet break down, backings to stretch, separation of the primary backing from the secondary backing (delamination) and unnecessary stress on the fiber.  The best performing carpet cushion extends the life of the carpet installation by absorbing the abuse.  For more information, click here.
Carpet Pad

TIP #3
When exposed to UV Rays, depending on the species of wood, different hardwood floors will change color in time and at different rates.  To avoid obvious variations in colour, change it up and move your furniture & rugs to different areas every now and then.  For more information, click here.

TIP #4
Don’t Let an Accident Become a Replacement:  If you have an Apple device, download the Shaw Floors Carpet Stain Center App.  This free app contains stain removal procedures for some of the most common household spills on carpets.  For more information, click here.
Shaw Floors

TIP #5
Did you know that LVP/LVT “Luxury Vinyl Plank/Tile” is one of the hottest trends in flooring today?  This built to last product is easy to clean, water resistant and very affordable.  It is an excellent choice for homes with children & pets.  For more information, click here.

TIP #6
Did you know that some manufacturers require your new carpet to be professionally cleaned within certain time periods?  Not doing so may void your manufacturer’s warranty.  For more information, click here.

TIP #7
You should aim to keep humidity levels in your home between 35% and 55% year round, which is considered normal living conditions.  Make sure you use a humidifier or dehumidifier to correct humidity levels.  By maintaining the humidity levels in your home, you will help to ensure your hardwood or laminate floor remains covered by most warranties and keep it in shape to perform its best.  For more information, click here.

TIP #8
Did you know that you can purchase floors that will actually purify the air in your home?  They continuously break down VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), creating a constant supply of pure air in the home.  Check out these smart hardwood floors:  For more information, click here.
Lauzon Pure Genius

TIP #9
Did you know that installing an anti-fracture membrane can help prevent cracking of grout and tiles due to building settlement and subfloor movement?  For more information, click here.
Tile Council of North America

TIP #10
Lay your floors for strength:  For aesthetic reasons, many people choose to install their floorboards lengthwise across the room.  But when you’re deciding which way to lay your floor, be sure to run it perpendicular to your joist.  This will make your floor as strong as possible and will prevent warping or separating in those pieces in the long run.  For more information, click here.

TIP #11
Start with a level surface:  Before installing any type of wood flooring, it’s important to make sure your subfloor is level.  If there are voids underneath the floorboards, the floor will squeak.  For more information, click here.
Floor Leveling

TIP #12
Do you have ASBESTOS in your old floors?  Removing them can be labour-intensive and dangerous.  These all are good reasons why many flooring contractors avoid removing existing floor coverings.  You have options:  You can have floating hardwood or laminate, ceramic tile, or LVP/LVT installed right over top of your old floors, saving you the cost to remediate the asbestos.  For more information, click here.
Hardwood Floors