Category Archives: Laminate & Vinyl

Flooring for a Design-Conscious Mom with a House Full of Boys

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Northhampton Plank in Shelton Pecan luxury vinyl plank becomes the flooring of choice for this busy mom.

The best part is that the colour I chose blends perfectly with the house as it is now and will look even better as I renovate more areas to match my style. Floor-first design is essential to any home renovation. Starting this home renovation and design update with the flooring has helped solidify the style and really pull all the rooms together.                                                                                                                                                               
We’ve already had pool parties, sleepovers, dinner parties and doggy friends over with great success. The floor has been easy to clean and maintain – even the boys can have it looking great in no time. There have been food spills, LEGO bricks, dog footprints, a misplaced water balloon and who knows what else already on the floor and you’d never know it.”

Read the full story at the Shaw Flooring Blog

How Vinyl Improves Your Home – Tarkett Vinyl

Tarkett has created one of the largest vinyl collection with unique designs, colours and textures to match you taste, modern lifestyle and the needs of every type of room in your home. 

Discover the full line-up of Tarkett flooring products here (Manufacturer’s website). Contact Underfoot for more details and for your free in-home estimate.

Tarkett took aside some of its customers and asked them a few questions about their personal experience with Vinyl. The following one of these stories:


Pierre and Mary, Grand-parents

Pierre and Marie, are happy grandparents with eight grandchildren. But when the tribe arrives every summer at their country house, life gets very busy! And trying to keep the old tiled floor clean had become a nightmare…

What made you want to change?
We had to change our old house to suit the new generation. We wanted to make it easier to look after, especially during the summer when there are lots of us and the house is full of people coming in and out all day. Wet feet, glasses knocked over, broken plates: the old tiled floor had seen it all and urgently needed to be replaced. But from there to putting vinyl flooring down in our house…

So what made you choose this flooring in the end?
Our children encouraged us to consider vinyl. I admit we weren’t very keen, as we were thinking about the old ‘plastic’ floors our grandmothers had. When we saw and touched the vinyl, however, we were amazed by how it looked, the variety and the quality of the product. We opted for a veined, oak look, which is such a good imitation of a wood floor that you’d never know. In two days, it had been laid. And what a saving!

Has your new vinyl floor met your expectations?
As for cleaning, it’s a real pleasure. Style-wise the new flooring goes really well with our rustic furniture. The light oak colour we chose has even brightened it up and shown it off! And as for charm, the change has made no difference: with the new vinyl floor our home has kept all its style.

More customer stories

Powder Room Renovation

Screen shot 2014-11-12 at 4.14.15 PMPowder Room Reno by Underfoot Flooring: Here’s a palette with energy and life, cheerfulness and charm! PPG’s “Maderia” red on the walls complimented with Tarkett’s “Oceanside Stone” vinyl flooring. Get this look now during our Tarkett Vinyl Flooring Sale (on until Nov.15th, 2014). Don’t miss out!


Care and Maintenance – Laminate

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 1.17.55 PMIn order to protect your new laminate floor and keep it looking like new, it is important to follow these directions.

Initial Care 

Following installation, clean with a no-rinse product made specifically for laminate floor care.

Regular Maintenance 

• Sweep, vacuum or dust mop regularly, since built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of your floor. (The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head and be certain that the wheels of the vacuum do not damage the finish)

• Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care. Frequency will depend on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Follow the cleaner instructions closely.

• Remove spills or liquids immediately using a soft cloth and the cleaning product recommended. Do not allow spills or liquids to remain on the floor for an extended period of time as it may cause damage to your flooring.

Preventive Maintenance 

• Never use other types of floor covering cleaning products. (Sheet vinyl, ceramic tile cleaners etc…)

• Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products.

• Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, bleach, polishes or ammonia. Do not use products that may leave a residue allowing the floor to be slippery or sticky and causing your floor to appear dull quickly. This could also damage the flooring, leave a discolouring residue and cause swelling, warping and void the warranty.

• Never use scouring powder products, steel wool or abrasives.

• Put fabric-faced glides (non-staining), casters or felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.

• Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt.

• Use a dolly or protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects.

• Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor.

• When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on your flooring. It is best to pick up furniture completely to protect the flooring.

• Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings.

• Maintain normal interior humidity levels. The range should be between 40% and 60%. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier if necessary.


STAIN SOLVER Stain/Problem  Instructions 
Juice, wine, grease, chocolate Wipe with lightly-damp cloth and a wood cleaner.Clean with mineral spirits.
Lipstick, asphalt, shoe polish, paint, crayon, ink, dried foods, nail polish Wipe with lightly-damp cloth and a wood cleaner for any remains.
Candle wax, chewing gum Harden with ice and gently scrape with a plastic scraper; be careful not to scratch the flooring surface.

The Case for Vinyl Floors

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While it’s popularity may have suffered over the past decade, vinyl flooring is enjoying a resurgence. This could be because it’s now available in fashionable patterns, textures, various designs. But for a lot of people, these floors’ easy-to-live-with nature makes them the logical choice for house full of kids and or pets. They can cost significantly less money than the alternatives, which also adds to their popularity.

If you’re looking for a flooring that stands up to everyday life and looks good doing it, ask us to show you our selection of vinyl flooring.

We’re confident you’ll be impressed.


Laminate: The modern option for modern lifestyles

Stylish and colourful


What’s brilliant about vinyl is that it can mimic the appearance of other flooring, such as ceramic tile and hardwood. It’s durable, soft on the feet and easy to install. With so many choices, it’s the perfect choice for almost any room, including kitchens, playrooms, bathrooms and basements.

Available in sheets, planks and self-adhesive backs vinyl is the do-it-yourself friendly floor solution.