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Maintaining Your New Carpet or Floor Covering: Avoiding Common Post-Installation Mistakes

New flooring is one of the quickest ways to transform a room and add both beauty and value to your home. It can also be a big investment. So how can you protect your investment and help ensure your new … Continue reading

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Before you buy flooring from Olson Rug of Chicago

Put simply here is a checklist of questions that we would like to see our customers ask us. We have aimed this check list to, hopefully, be most helpful to current homeowners that are planning an upgrading, changing or remodeling … Continue reading

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How to tell a good quality laminate floor from a cheap one?

Recently a customer asked us: “What differentiates a good quality laminate floor from a cheap one?” To which we replied: Laminate Inner Core: There are a variety of different materials used to make the core board of laminate floors but … Continue reading

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What to do if my carpet gets flooded?

What do I do to save my flooded carpet?  And are there times it’s not safe to even try? A question we get asked a lot at times, unfortunately. First you must understand that there are health issues and concerns … Continue reading

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How Long Will This Carpet Last?

We are frequently asked “How long will this carpet last?” Assuming you are looking at a range of carpets that fit your needs the only realistic reply to this question is “Basically, for as long as you take proper care … Continue reading

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Why does my Exotic wood floor look different than the sample I saw at the store?

First let’s understand that this phenomenon occurs with all hardwoods, whether domestic or imported, common or exotic. Secondly, it is most noticeable and dramatic when hardwood floors are installed in their natural condition, in other words, unstained. What happens, and … Continue reading

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How do you know you are getting a good carpet cushion?

Through our experience of selling and installing carpet in Chicago for over 100 years we learned what type of cushions work best with different types of carpets and applications. At Olson Rug & Flooring we always marry the proper carpet … Continue reading

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Understanding Engineered Wood Flooring For Chicago Area Homeowners

Q. Why are there different veneer thicknesses, why are they so thin and how does it affect the performance of an engineered wood floor? The thickness of the veneer of engineered hardwood flooring basically has no effect on that board’s … Continue reading

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Hand-crafted Runners by Olson Rug

Pie shaped stairs (or in fact any configuration other than straight) presents a visual dilemma for pre-finished runners. At Olson Rug we custom design runners by hand to ensure a balanced fit. We start by creating templates of the stairs … Continue reading

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Not All Great Looking Hardwood Flooring Is Hardwood

Homeowners have always loved the look of a hardwood floor and today’s flooring manufacturers offer the wood visual appearance in many different types of flooring, such as vinyl, vinyl tile and laminate flooring.  Not only do these floors do a … Continue reading

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