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Always follow the manufacturer's instructions before walking on a vinyl tile floor after you’ve put on adhesive. Learn about how soon you can use a floor after putting adhesive on vinyl tile from this article.

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Carpet tack is usually used as the base for installing wall-to-wall carpeting. Learn how to use carpet tacks in this article.

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You need to choose a carpet color, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to choose a carpet color in this article.

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You'd like to remove your laminate flooring, but don't know how. Learn how to remove laminate flooring in this article.

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When you have pets in your home, taking care of your carpet can be a hassle: dealing with pet hair, urine stains and wear and tear is a never-ending job. But did you know that some carpeting is made just for the challenges pet owners face?

By Carol White

Your bundle of joy will arrive shortly, so painting and decorating are at the top of your to-do list. But what about flooring? Is new carpet safe for babies, and will it be ruined with stains before the year's out? How do you know which carpet is best?

By Carol White

No matter how clean you are, allergens are going to get into your house and settle to the floor. So, how can you ensure that they don't thrive? It's all about the carpet.

By Brian Boone


After a long day at the office, there's nothing like coming home, kicking off your shoes, and digging your toes into a nice, soft carpet. So how do you pick the perfect one?

By Clint Pumphrey

Out of sight, out of mind, so the saying goes. Maybe that's why the choice of a carpet's cushion is often overlooked. But picking the right pad can help you maximize your carpet's performance and appearance.

By John Kelly

Most of the information you need to understand your carpet is conveniently included on a label. But in order to understand that label, you'll need to get a little familiar with the jargon and what each detail means for the life of your carpet.

By Jane McGrath

With so many different colors, materials and designs available, it can be difficult to choose the best carpet for your home. These 10 tips can help you protect your investment and figure out which carpet is right for you.

By Bambi Turner & Melanie Radzicki McManus


Between kids, pets and everyday life, your carpet sometimes takes a beating. How can stain-resistant carpet help you keep your floors clean without hours of work?

By Echo Surina

When you think of cork, your first thought may be popping a nice bottle of champagne or wine. But if you're into the latest decorating trends, you may think of a cork floor.

By Jessica Brown

Look almost anywhere, and you'll see things made from wood. Harvesting that much wood can have devastating effects on forests and environments. Fortunately, some of the hardwoods that are most popular can be sustained in your own backyard.

By Heather Kolich

It's easy to take carpeting for granted -- how often do you look down at the floor? Carpet production, however, is an interesting and complex process.

By Josh Clark


Lipstick-stained carpet. Orange shag carpet. Carpet that's seen one too many instances of puppy incontinence. It seems a shame to toss it out, but can you recycle it?

By Cristen Conger

Making hardwood flooring decisions can be intimidating. Explore hardwood flooring tips and options at HowStuffWorks.

It's a lot glossier than your home's hardwoods. But there's more to it than that. How does sports flooring go easy on athletes' knees?

By Charles W. Bryant

If you've ever wanted an exotic wood for your floors -- but worried about the price -- you've probably thought about buying laminate floors. What makes laminates look so much like the surfaces they mimic?

By Jennifer Hollowell


So you want to make your home as environmentally friendly as possible. You set up your compost bin, install low-flow toilets and buy energy-efficient appliances. But when it comes to your floor, is bamboo the greenest you can go?

By Tiffany Connors

Experts have linked electromagnetic fields (EMF) to leukemia and other cancers in children. Could this happen from radiant floor heating, too?

By Charles W. Bryant

Some people dismiss wall-to-wall carpeting as a dubious decorating choice, especially when it harbors dust mites, pet dander and mold spores. Does carpet also have ramifications for your health?

By Jennifer Horton

Can the same stuff in my placemat make wood floors? What does bamboo have to do with green building?

By Stefani Newman


Installing carpet can be done easily in any room with the right tools and a little patience. Find out what materials you need and the steps to follow to complete a wall-to-wall carpet installation project.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Stairways are high-traffic areas where carpeting may wear out more quickly than in rooms. Use these instructions for a step-by-step guide to replacing stairway carpeting or adding carpet to bare stairs.

By Editors of Consumer Guide