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How to Use Your Flooring Sample

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You never want to commit to a new type of flooring before you’ve tested samples in your home, whether you’re looking into laminate, hardwood, or carpeting. Engaging with your flooring samples while you’re at home will help you understand how the flooring will look and feel in your home, and whether it fits with your design scheme and lifestyle. And that’s why BuildDirect offers up to 5 free flooring samples. Let’s take a look at how you can use your samples to decide on the perfect flooring for your home.

Discover Look and Feel

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Experiment With Lighting — Put your flooring samples near a window in the room you want to redecorate. As the daylight changes, look at your flooring samples in every light. When it gets dark, use different accent lighting combinations, like overhead lighting and lamps. Consider taking pictures of the floor in each type of light to help you decide.

Use Your Hands and Feet — Run your fingers over your flooring samples to see how they feel. Put them down and try standing on them in bare feet and in socks. Intentionally stand on them while you get ready in the morning. It’s not the same as walking across an already installed floor, but you’ll get an idea whether you like the feel of the carpet, laminate, or hardwood under your feet.

Test Durability

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Spray Water — Will your hardwood or carpet react well to moisture? Spray or drip water on your sample twice. The first time, wipe it up immediately. The second time, let it sit.

Create Spills — Repeat the water experiment with the beverages your family drinks the most, like juice, coffee, or red wine. Use the cleaning products you typically use, whether that means homemade cleaner or bleach wipes.

Drop Things — Drop your keys on the sample. Walk across it wearing your favorite pair of boots or heels. Try scuffing it with your tennis shoes. If you have pets, grab an old fork or a key to mimic the scratches pet claws may leave behind. Get it muddy or sandy to mimic the detritus that’ll track in on your shoes. You want to mimic the wear and tear your family will create to see which flooring holds up best.

Assess Style

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Compare With Your Curtains — Lay each flooring sample beneath your curtains one at a time to see if they match. Try this in different lighting to see which one matches your window dressings best. If you’re redecorating the entire room, compare the flooring samples with the curtains you’ll be hanging up. Take the samples with you to the store to see how they look with your curtain options.

Match Your Paint — Will your flooring look good with the paint on your walls? Even if you’ve got a neutral color like white or beige, you’ll find that each flooring sample has specific undertones (especially exotic hardwoods), some of which will match better. If you’ll be repainting the room, think about painting a small section of wall near the floor so you can test your sample with the new color.

Check Your Accessories — How do your flooring samples look with your furniture? For example, testing hardwood samples with wooden furniture is essential because you may end up clashing, or you could decide that the room has too much wood in it. Hold your flooring samples up to your accessories, accent pieces, and artwork. You may discover a sample you thought would match clashes with one of your favorite pieces.

You want to love your new flooring, so if your favorite sample didn’t do as well in the coffee-spill test, that doesn’t mean you have to choose something you’re not crazy about. Keep exploring until you discover the right flooring.

Interested in some free flooring samples? Visit BuildDirect.com and pick out your 5 favorite flooring options!

(2) Comments

  1. BuildDirect Product Expert Team
    BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

    Hi George. Thanks for reaching out to us! Porcelain tile is definitely the best option. If your pets are on the smaller side, you could use any porcelain tile on our website. However, if your pets are on the larger side, you would probably want to go with a porcelain tile that has a PEI rating of 4 or higher. PEI is an industry standard for measuring durability. We don’t sell anything less than a 3, which is good for any kind of residential project, where a 4 is rated for residential to light commercial and 5 is the highest rating, which works for any commercial project :). Most of our porcelain tile has a coefficient of friction rating which measures skid resistance, and anything over 0.6% when wet is considered skid resistant – you can find this information on all of the products’ product pages. If you’re really concerned, you could go with a tile that has some texture to it. It really is a matter of personal preference, and samples do help you decide if a product will be skid resistant enough for your project. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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