On September 9 and 10, the Katy Home & Garden Show will hold a fall show. It will give Katy, TX residents a second chance to learn about design trends, in case they missed the one held this past January.

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Speaking of design trends, here are some ideas for show-stoppers for laminate. Before we get into that, however, we need to say that a laminate floor isn’t like Grandma’s anymore, now that high resolution photography and advanced technology make it able to perfectly mimic the more exotic natural woods, stones and slates. However, it’s ultra-durable, and easy-to-maintain, so you won’t have any of the challenges inherent in the real thing.

These are just a few of the looks you can achieve with laminate:

●Weathered and Distressed Looks just like traditional hardwood.
●Rustic and Hand-scraped Wood Look. Hand-scraping makes each wood plank look unique and handcrafted. It’s an expensive process with solid hardwood, but much less so in laminate.
●Exotic Wood Laminate. It really now matches every wood on the market.
●Reclaimed Wood Look Laminate. Natural reclaimed wood comes from timbers and decking from barns, factories and warehouses. It’s vintage and unique, and adds a style and beauty to your home. This is the very same look you can get with laminate.

For over 16 years, A+ Floors 4U has been serving Katy, TX and the surrounding areas. We are the largest showroom in the area, and we work with over 20 custom builders and 30 contractors. The #1 ranked Interior Designer Marc Thee has created Design Advice videos to assist you with your decorating needs.

So how do you take care of your laminate flooring?

1.Dampen a microfiber mop and use either a manufacturer’s solution, or make one yourself with 3 parts vinegar to one part water.
2.Never use a string or sponge mop, because they require too much water, and excess water can warp the laminate.
3.Never use any of those waxy cleaners or polishes, either, because it’s not real wood.
4.Blot large spills with a paper towel or dry cloth.
5.Never use abrasive cleansers or steel wool.
6.For tougher, more stubborn stains, like ink, crayon, red wine, etc., contact your manufacturer for advice.