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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 C00trpet One identifies threats to floor coverings No matter how tidy a person is, floors can't be protected from everything. "I tell my customers not to worry, but instead to choose home flooring wisely and prepare in advance for accidents," said Stephen Anderson of Anderson's Carpet One in Lewes. "If" you think ahead, you can avoid lasting floor trauma and handle every- thing from inevitable stains to heavy appliance and furniture dents." The last thing anyone wants to invest money in, Anderson said, is flooring that matches their decor, only to see it marred by a stain, dent or scuff. "'There's.nothing worse that rtining your perfect look with drag marks when the re- frigerator is moved," said Frank Ready, senior vice president for Armstrong North American floor- ing. "Consumers want a floor that will look just as great down the road as it did the day of installa- tion. Fortunately, advances in floor covering cornbined with a strong defense against floor cov- ering enemies' make this easier than ever," Ready said. With that in mind, here are the top-five enemies of household flooring and how to combat them: Dirt and grit. Plain dirt is arnong the most cornmon enemies of floor covering. Grit and dirt can scratch and dull the surface of wood and vinyl floors, make car- pets and rugs look dingy and actu- ally damage floors. Doormats should be used as a first line of defense to capture dirt before it can be tracked in. Frequent vacu- uming, supplemented by annual professional cleaning, is the best weapon when it comes to protect- ing carpets and rugs from dirt that escapes the doormat. As for hard- wood, vinyl, tile and laminate floors, vacuuming, sweeping and occasionally rnopping with an ap- propriate cleaner made for that surface is a must. Food stains. In every house- hold, there are bound to be few spills. Red wine, fruit juice and coffee are among the worst of- fenders when it comes to carpet- ing and rugs. Before attempting to remove a stain, the care guide and warranty on the flooring should be checked, and manufac- turers' advice should be followed, or consumers run the risk of inval- idating their warranty. If the war- ranty allows, consumers should remove stains with a solution of a half teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent and one cup warm wa- ter. A clean, white cloth or unprint- ed paper towel should be dipped into the solution and used to gen- tly blot the stain. For stubborn stains, the detergent solution may be followed with white vinegar. The vinegar can be rinsed by blot- ting again with warm water. It's a good idea to prepare for the worst by gathering all stain removal tools into a first aid kit. Also, be- fore consumers purchase carpet, they should look for good stain 645-0579 & protection. Lees for Living, for the best protection against dam- example, offers a 25-year, no ex- age is to check heels at the door, a clusions, stain warranty, good alternative is a super strong Spike heels. High, high heels laminate floor. Engineered with are back in fashion. While they may be attractive and make legs look long and slim, spike heels can do a number on floors. A 125- pound woman in high heels packs 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch of flooring. Although layered construction, today's lam- inate flooring can handle the pres- sure and is highly resistant to scuffing and denting. Pets. Claws, teeth and those awful little stains are all par for Continued on page 73 INJURED ? We will provide you with professional and experienced legal representation. I THOMAS J. STI!00IPF, esq. BRIAN F. DOLIN, esq. II (The practice of these lawyers is primarily limited to personal injury claims, litigation and resolution.) Stumpf, Vickers & Sandy, P.A. 8 West Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 856-3561 WH PAYMO ? 4 % TOTAL COMMISSION Joe Connor will list any property in Sussex County for a total commission of 4% Call Joe direct: 537-3629 800-863-4833 Website: Email: There has been a tremendous appreciation in and Joe Connor believes that the profit BELONGS IN YOUR POCKET! property WHY PAY MORE? @ 4%TOTALCOMMISSION!! Office: 537-3620 values, Honest Professional Service at a Fair Price! Call J dlrec. 800-863-4833 302-537-3629