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Real Hardwood Beauty

Beautiful pines and oaks, patterns and parquets, wide plank and thin strip flooring; I am rarely disappointed when I walk into an old home in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Original hardwood flooring is not only present in our fair city, it is prevalent. For me, these floors embrace the natural ...
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SmartPlank at Champion Floor Company

If you’ve ever read any of my past blogs or are just a previous customer of Champion Floor Company here in Saint Louis, you know I am consistently reinforcing that wood flooring is an investment in your home. Unlike carpet or LVT, hardwood is a structural improvement and becomes part of your house. ...
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What is a wood floor re-coat?

Re-coating a urethane finished floor is part of the regular maintenance of wood flooring and should only be performed by a professional, specializing in wood flooring (like Champion Floor Company). There is a lot that can go wrong and a bad re-coat is only remedied by a full re-sand. YIKES! A re-...
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What makes wood flooring so green

What makes wood flooring so “green” for the environment?The easy answer is, “duh, it’s a tree.” But, it gets more complicated than that. Wood floors are eco-friendly for many reasons. And, I am here to lay them out for you.Long lasting – Real, solid hardwood flooring can last a very long time, ...
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What are you using to clean your hardwood?

What are you using to clean your hardwood? This is probably the MOST asking question… our customers are asking us, “what should I be using?” and we are asking them, “what have you been using?” And the answers matter! Let’s tackle what you should be using first. For sealed hardwood floors (...
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Why you should be buying from an independent retailer instead of a big box store

When I sat down to write this blog, I wanted to write about all the things that the smaller retailers are doing right and the big box store can’t possible control on scale. I wanted to talk about the difference in people, product knowledge, experience, etc. But then I figured most people already ...
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Carpet Shopping Tips

Carpet Shopping Tips Most people will buy more cars in a lifetime than rooms of carpet. So for such an in-frequent purchase that is so important and so expensive, here are a few tips to get you started. Start with a reputable company not a reputable carpet: Let me break it down, you are ...
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Tips to Help You Get Ready for Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring Installation

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We see a lot of action this time of year when it comes to flooring. A lot of people are preparing for their big renovation projects this Spring, and that means we are starting to see a lot of new faces around the showroom. A lot of new faces means a lot of new questions! We've noticed that a lot ...
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Colors of 2019 and Shopping for Flooring

Sherwin Williams puts out a color forecast every year, diving into the trendiest colors of the upcoming New Year. This year is no different and I think it is safe to say that 2019 looks beautiful but pretty neutral, with the exception of one collection, the Enthusiast. The other five collections, ...
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Video Blog - Board Replacements

Ever wonder how we take out those old damaged floor boards in the middle of a hardwood floor? 
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Style Trend Alert – Layered Rugs

The biggest trend I have seen in the last 18 months is layering rugs. Designers and chic homeowners alike are implementing the stylish look of layered rugs in all rooms of the house. And, I’m not just talking about layering the rugs on top of each other. I am including in this trend description the ...
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How it's Done...

Today we are starting a video blog series focused on questions we hear from our customers. How does this process work? How do they stain the floors? What is a "flush mount wood vent" anyway? Be sure to check back for more videos!
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Tile Size and Direction Matter

I hear it all the time, “ I have a small bathroom, so I need a small tile.” But, I am here to tell you that small rooms don’t necessitate small tiles! In fact, larger format tiles can actaully help make your small space seem bigger.By choosing a larger tile, we are eliminating extra grout lines. ...
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When Home Improvement Projects Go Awry

​If problems arise during a home renovation, use these methods to get results from your contractor.You’ve planned and designed. You’ve scrimped and saved. You’re finally getting the new kitchen floor or the remodeled sun porch or the finished basement you’ve dreamt of for years! But now there’s a ...
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Floor Coverings vs. Structural Installations

You can whittle down all flooring to one of these two categories: floor coverings or structural installations. It’s easy to know if the floors you have are just floor coverings by process of elimination, because there are only three floors the industry considers structural installations. The three ...
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Keepin’ it Clean

Is your vacuum ruining your new floors?It seems like we spend so much time talking about the new flooring itself, that it is easy to overlook antiquated cleaning tools that also need to be upgraded. So we'd like to take a moment to talk about the vacuum cleaners, brooms, and mops that fill our hall ...
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Looking Good

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter TrafficWinter is here and Jack Frost is knocking on the front door! Don’t let him in without taking a few precautions. We’ve compiled a list of easy ways to keep your investment looking great all winter long.Walk-Off Mats – Get a sturdy mat for both outside your ...
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Breathe Easier

Making Important Changes for Ourselves and Our CustomersFor years and years, it has been important to me that Champion Floor Company is staying on the forefront of our industry’s technologies. This goes for everything from my bookkeeping software to my technicians’ tools to the products and ...
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August 01st, 2015

How to Spot the Wrong Contractor Right AwayPeruse the internet for just a few minutes and you will find a lot of information about how to find a great contractor. There are even entire websites like Angie’s List and Yelp completely devoted to helping homeowners call the right guys first. Great ...
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Summer Sweat

Why Your Wood Floors are Changing with the WeatherIf you are reading this article anywhere near where it was written (St. Louis, Missouri) then chances are you have already experienced what the weather can do to your wood floors. If you are new to the mid-west (with our sultry summers followed up ...
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Be Unique

Easy Ways to Instantly Upgrade the Individuality Your New Floor PurchaseWith all the popularity of websites like Houzz, Zillow, and Home & Design it is no wonder that we are getting requests for more and more uniqueness in our designs, products, and options. Homeowners, interior designers, and ...
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