Heated Floors- Stay Warm with Schluter

Heated Floors- Stay Warm with Schluter

It’s winter in Saskatoon, temperature is sitting at -40C with the windchill. You’re probably having a tough time trying to stay warm.

Here’s a great way to not only add heat to your feet but to also help add warmth to the room.

For help with your next project, consult with our team to ensure you get the right products for your home.

Learn How to Measure Your Windows

Learn how to measure properly for blinds, shades and other window coverings.

Learn how to Measure for Window Fashions
Learn how to Measure for Window Fashions


             

Measuring Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do measure the exact window intended for the treatment. Each window opening is unique!
  • Do use a 3⁄4″ or 1″ steel tape measure.
  • Do measure the width and write it down; then measure the height and write it down as window measurements are communicated in width x height.
  • Do measure to the nearest 1⁄8″.
  • Don’t assume a window is square. Standard measuring procedures apply to all products that fit rectangular windows unless otherwise specified.
  • Specialty shapes and applications require special measuring procedures. When in doubt, please contact your Window Fashions Specialist to take proper measurements!

Inside Mount or Outside Mount?

Inside (IB) Mount – Shade fits within window frame.

  • Be sure to measure the depth of your window, as this may determine what types of window coverings could be installed in your window (because of the depth of the mounting bracket).
  • Measure the width inside the window opening at the top, middle and bottom. The top measurement is critical because the headrail must fit! Vertical applications require a top measurement only; middle and bottom measurements are not required.
  • Measure the height inside the window opening at the left, right and center.
  • Measure the window on the diagonal. If the two diagonal dimensions are not exactly the same, it may be necessary to specify an outside mount for optimal light control and privacy.

Outside (OB) Mount – Shade overlaps window opening.

  • Measure the desired width and height. To minimize light leakage, the shade should overlap the window opening at least 2″ on each side and at the bottom.
  • When measuring the height, take into account the requirements for mounting the bracket attachment.

When taking measurements for cutouts, skylights or specialty shaped windows, please consult your Window Fashions Specialist.

Farrow & Ball- Christmas Decorating Tips

If you’ve ever used quality paint or wallpaper in Saskatoon you’ve probably tried to find a way to use up the extras. Our partners in quality paint and wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, posted these 5 ways to use your extra wallpaper for Christmas.

 

 

1. LUXURY TABLE RUNNER

Simple yet so effective. If you’ve been busy decorating this year, a great way to use up any leftover wallpaper and impress your guests is to create a luxury table runner for a truly festive dining experience! The silver print on this wallpaper will sparkle beautifully in candlelight.

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2. ENCHANTING HEADBOARD

Christmas is the time of year when the house is never empty and there’s always someone looking for a place to stay. Give your guests a surprise this Christmas by making an enchanting wallpaper headboard. Your design can be as simple or elaborate as you like, here we’ve used the beautiful Silvergate BP 852.

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3. HIDDEN SECRETS

If you’ve got the odd half tin of paint left or roll of unwanted wallpaper, why not create exciting pops of colour in secret places? Painting the interior of cupboards, bookshelves or even lining drawers with wallpaper are ways to bring a smile. This is also a great way to use bright festive colours or bold wallpaper patterns that you wouldn’t necessarily want to use on a whole wall. 

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4. QUIRKY CHRISTMAS TREE

A little something for the more artistic! Why not try creating your own wallpaper Christmas tree as an alternative to the traditional fir tree? Here we’ve used 9 different wallpapers to create a mesmerising wallpaper tree! However, if you’re not quite as adventurous, why not try spray painting twigs in silver or gold, accessorising with sprigs of holly, stringing some baul bauls together with ribbon or making some festive bunting or paper chains?

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5. BESPOKE GIFT-WRAP

Finally, Christmas is a time for giving. Why not treat your family and friends to gifts wrapped in pure luxury this year? Rich patterns with metallic details such as RosslynRanelagh andBrockhampton Star will make your gifts stand out under the tree this year!

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Blinds Made Easy

Over the last while there have been lots of Hunter Douglas dealers in Saskatoon using the word exclusivity. As a retailer you’re always trying to find something unique for your clients. But as a consumer, what does exclusive really mean for you?

At Braid, part of our mission is to provide you with an experience that reduces the stress found in renovations and new home construction. And as a consumer one of the biggest stresses you will face is whether or not your purchase will look amazing!

It’s hard to imagine from small swatches and color boards how the end product will look in your home. Let’s face it, you’re spending a lot of money on your home and you want it to be just like the picture in your mind. We understand this and that’s why we became the only Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer in Saskatoon. We are the only store to offer our clients the industry leading 20/20 Guarantee.

 

What does this mean for you? It means if you don’t love your new Hunter Douglas blinds, then Hunter Douglas will allow you to choose a different product or color at no charge. The process we use in our showroom to help you choose the right style and color is our best option to ensure your satisfaction but the 20/20 Guarantee is there to remove the stress of this purchase.

We’re set up to help our Saskatoon and area clients with blinds and window fashions in a way that makes choosing blinds fun and easy. Come to our showroom in Saskatoon and see for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Flooring Care and Maintenance

To protect your flooring and prolong its lifespan, regular maintenance and cleanings are required. The information on this page is organized by flooring type. You can also download a four page PDF (over in the right column) which contains the same information in an easily printable format.

CARPET – CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

Download Care and Maintenance Guide
Download Care & Maintenance Guide

In heavily traveled areas carpet receives the most wear. To preserve the appearance and prolong the lifespan of your carpet, maintenance should be performed on a regular basis. We recommend that in order to limit the dirt and debris found in your carpet, different vacuum settings should be used depending on the type of carpet installed.

  • Cut Piles (Saxony, Frieze, and Velvet) should be vacuumed using a beater bar setting.
  • Berber or Loop piles should be vacuumed regularly with a straight suction setting.

The following are other tips that can help minimize your cleaning if done on a regular basis:

  • Remove spots as soon as something is spilled or tracked on the carpet. Never rub at a stain, instead blot the area with water and stain remover or use a professional dry cleaning product to remove small stains. If spills are not attended to they may become permanent.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to collect dirt and debris, preventing it from reaching your carpet’s surface.
  • Wear indoor shoes or slippers to prevent body oils from transferring to your carpet. Oily soil may be very difficult to remove after it has been on the carpet for a while and may be actually absorbed into the fiber, damaging the carpet.
  • Occasionally rearrange your furniture and area rugs to minimize damage from traffic patterns and sunlight exposure.
  • To minimize fading, prevent direct exposure to sunlight. Take extra precaution with southern exposure windows as they are exposed to the highest degree of sunlight in Saskatoon.

It is important to have your carpets cleaned once every 1 to 2 years by a reputable professional cleaner, as care must be taken not to over-wet your carpets.

RESILIENT – CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

In order to maintain your resilient flooring appearance, the following maintenance tips should be performed on a regular basis. We recommend that you sweep or vacuum frequently to remove any dirt and debris that may scratch your floor. Other regular maintenance tasks include:

  • For spills that may occur, attend to them promptly using a slightly damp to avoid staining.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to prevent dirt and debris from scratching your resilient.

Regularly wash your flooring using the manufacturer’s suggested non-rinse detergent solutions, and nylon scouring pads in difficult areas. Refrain from using steel wool scouring pads, as they will scratch your floor. If the gloss level is minimal, reapply the manufacturer’s polish or finish and buff to restore your floor’s gloss.

HARDWOOD – CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

Maintaining the elegance and character of your hardwood floors has never been easier. For regular maintenance we recommend sweeping with a soft bristle broom or vacuuming as dirt and debris can collect in the bevelled edges of your hardwood. The following are tips that can help minimize your cleaning if done on a regular basis:

  • For spills that may occur, attend to them promptly using a dry or slightly damp cloth.
  • Do not use resilient or tile floor care products on wood floors, as they will cause your wood surface to become slippery or appear dull.
  • Use mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house to prevent dirt and debris from scratching your hardwood.
  • When cleaning your hardwood do not use a wet mop as water can dull the finish and damage the wood.
  • With a Urethane Finish you must not wax your hardwood. However, with a Waxed Finish you must wash your hardwood with a manufacturer’s cleaner in order to strip the old wax, and then reapply a new coat of non-water based wax.
  • Refrain from walking on your hardwood while wearing sports shoes or high heels as the impact could dent the floors surface.

On a regular basis you should also use a manufacturer’s cleaner that is designed specifically for hardwood. Refrain from using commercial cleaners that contain a dye or that have a high percentage of water content as they can damage your flooring by leaving a layer of residue. To determine which products are appropriate for your hardwood, please ask your Design Consultant.

LAMINATE—CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

The easiest way to protect the realistic beauty of your laminate flooring is by vacuuming, dust mopping or using a damp cloth on a routine basis. For spills, we recommend using a dry or slightly damp cloth. On a regular basis use a designated laminate flooring cleaner to clean your floors. Refrain from using soap based detergents as they can leave a dull residue on your floor. After washing, allow enough time to dry because like other smooth surfaces laminate becomes slippery when wet.

CORK—CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

To maintain the appearance of your cork floors, regular maintenance is necessary. We recommend that in addition to sweeping or vacuuming your cork floors, you should also wash your floors using a damp mop. Do not use soap-based detergent. Instead, on a regular basis use either a manufacturer’s cork flooring cleaning solution or a wood flooring solution diluted with water. Do not use oils or wax to buff your flooring, instead use a non-wax finish to protect the appearance of your floor.

CERAMIC & STONE—CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

For extra protection of your ceramic or stone grout, you should apply an acrylic grout sealer to you flooring and especially in areas susceptible to moisture. We recommend that you sweep or vacuum frequently to remove any dirt and debris that may scratch your floor. The following are tips that can help minimize your regular cleaning:

  • To collect additional dirt and debris, place mats or throw rugs in entryways and outside the house.
  • Attend to spills promptly using a dry or slightly damp cloth.

Regularly wash your flooring using an alkaline cleaner and either a nylon scouring pad or a brush for difficult areas. Refrain from using steel wool scouring pads and an abrasive or acidic cleaner as they can damage your tiles and grout. After washing with the alkaline cleaner, rinse the surface with clean water to remove any remaining residue. After your tiles have been washed, refrain from walking on the surface as high gloss tiles become slippery when wet.

AREA RUGS—CARE & MAINTENANCE TIPS

To minimize the wear and tear that your area rugs may encounter, proper maintenance is required. The single best way to prolong the life of your area rug is to purchase a non-slip rug pad. Not only will this minimize your risk of slipping, but it will also lessen the wear that doors or other moving surfaces may have on your area rug (no curling edges).

Regular vacuuming and rotating the rug is necessary to prevent uneven wear. If long carpet fibres are visible on the surface on your area rug, refrain from pulling them out. Instead, carefully clip the long ends even with the rug’s surface. Periodically clean your area rugs with a steam cleaner.

To clean spills or spots, blot the designated area with a clean sponge or cloth. Refrain from rubbing the surface as it can cause the yarns to fray. Ask your Design Consultant to recommend a proper solvent to use to remove tough stains from your area rug.

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