Monthly Archives: December 2008

Installation of Earthscapes Titanium Series

Videos to be posted on YouTube soon and embedded in this post.

Following are photos of the installation process for Earthscapes resilient flooring recently completed in our Alexandria showroom.
We’ve been moving thousands of square feet of Earthscapes and it was time to give the resilient section of our showroom a facelift. There was no better choice than the Titanium series for this high-traffic, frequently-abused section of our busy showroom.
Earthscapes Titanium series has a commercial warranty and will definitely hold up to whatever we can throw its way!

Following are the specifications for our particular installation:
Flooring installed:
Earthscapes Titanium, pattern 948 – Carpet One’s exclusive, top-of-the-line  resilient floor. Commercially-rated, suitable for below-grade installations and extreme use.
Install method:
Full-spread with pressure-sensitive adhesive
Total square footage:
Approximately 420
Floor prep specifics:
Direct-lay over multiple types of existing resilient flooring.
Also, for this installation, I chose not to skim coat the existing floor to show certain performance charactistics to our customers and explain the necessity for certain types of floor prep in various applications.
Transitions were varied because the Earthscapes Titanium needed to flow smoothely with the following types of existing flooring:
– Stretch-in woven carpet by Stanton
– Double-Stick commercial carpet over Treadmor pad in my office
– Direct-glue commercial carpet tile at the sales staff entrance
– Bare concrete floor at the entrance to our remnant area and warehouse
– Direct glue engineered hardwood
– Floating reclaimed heart pine

So, this was a tricky task, but our crews are more than up to the challenge as you’ll see below.

Using patching compound and flooring to gauge thickness for a flush fit.

Using patching compound and flooring to gauge thickness for a flush fit with some existing glued-down engineered wood flooring.

Double-Cutting material for a perfectly-flush seam.
Double-Cutting material for a perfectly-flush

Overlapping and lining up the pattern to ensure a seam match.
Overlapping and lining up the pattern to ensure
a seam match.

Double-checking seam match.

Double-checking seam match.

Earl is quick! Cleaning off the seam after inserting sealer.
Earl is quick! Cleaning off the seam
after inserting seam sealer.

Voila! A great floor that will stand up to years
of heavy commercial use in our showroom!
Click HERE for Earthscapes Titanium style pictures.

We provide sales and installation services for customers nationwide.
Feel free to give me a call and we can talk about your flooring any time!
All the best.

Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America

They Said It Was Edible! A Video…

By Chris Moline, LEED AP

Marmoleum Click flooring is made from all natural ingredients,
including organic pigments.

corkflowers pigments flax jute rosin woodflowers


Warning… if you do not have a sense of humor, stop immediately!
We’ve installed Marmoleum Click  in our showroom and many customers have found out just how comfortable and clean it is. And that leads us to the reason for this post. I’ve been told by more than one person that Linoleum is so natural and safe that you can actually eat it.  Now, I’ve been gullible, but I wouldn’t go off and eat just anything. We ate some crazy stuff when I was in the Marines years ago, so this is pretty docile as those things go, and I did some serious research, the results of which follow. Then, keep reading because there is a video at the bottom of this post.
Just for the sake of it, let’s review what Marmoleum Click flooring is made of:

Natural, Raw Materials
Following is a breakdown of the renewable materials used to produce Marmoleum: linseed oil, rosins, wood flour, jute and ecologically responsible, organic pigments. Even the carbon footprint of the product is smaller because these ingredients require so little energy to produce.

Linseed oil – This oil comes from seeds of the flax plant. In fact, the “Lin” in linoleum comes from the word linseed and, according to Forbo, it’s the most important of the ingredients.  Although linseed oil has many purposes, we’ll focus on its flooring use here.

Rosin – Have you ever seen how maple syrup is harvested and produced? That’s pretty much how the rosin from pine trees is obtained to be used as a binding agent in the manufacturing process.  The tree lives another day to clean the air, while still providing the rosin. When combined with linseed oil, the mix results in both strength and flexibility without necessitating the use of harmful, potentially high-voc binding agents.
Do I have your attention so far?

Wood flour – The reason for using wood flour, which is really just super-fine sawdust, is its ability to bind with the organic pigments and enhance the color-fastness of the product. However, Marmoleum will amber over time (because it is photo-reactive like many natural floorcoverings).

Cork flour – Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, and you’ll see it used for flooring and underlayments as well as an ingredient in Marmoleum. Cork is sustainable in that it is basically tree bark, but the tree does not suffer from the harvesting which occurs about every 9 years.  Generally, the cork oak can be harvested 20 times over its lifespan, providing vast amounts of raw material.

Limestone – This is the one ingredient that made me hesitate (to munch a piece, not to use it as a floorcovering), but then I just thought about how much dust we breathe in every day. In fact, our lungs eliminate approximately 2 teaspoons full of particulate matter daily, so a pinch or two of limestone dust couldn’t hurt.  As far as its function in Marmoleum, I’ll have to check on that.

pigments Organic Pigments – Aren’t they stunning?! The first time I saw the color pallette I was hooked. Then, once it was clear that they were organic and contained no heavy metals or other non-environmentally-friendly substances, I was sold.

Jute Fiber – This comes from jute plants in India and is a very renewable resource. In fact, jute is the preferred backing for fine wool carpets as well.  On their website, Forbo adds that the use of jute “…provides critical export opportunities for these developing economies.”  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

So, now that you’ve read about the ingredients, it’s time for a laugh.  Enjoy the embedded video below and please do call with your questions or stop by our showroom to see the section we’ve developed and devoted exclusively to “green” products such as Marmoleum, un-dyed wool carpet, bamboo, FSC-certified wood, cork and other flooring types.

Bon apetit!

Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home
Commercial Carpets of America




External Links to Flooring



 Following are links to some of our suppliers.
We carry these and many more. Just call 703 370-0000

Email for more information.


CARPET Shaw CustomWeave KaneCarpets DesignMaterials Fibreworks Stanton JMish

CORK  Wicanders Solida 

Natural Cork Eco Cork




AREA RUGS Shaw Sphinx Dynamic Rugs Tayse Trading Nourison Karastan Couristan



 LAMINATE Shaw Pergo BHKLaminate Mannington Wilsonart QuickStep Mirror Lake Armstrong Bruce

BAMBOOTeragren EcoStrong Mannington Natural Cork

SHEET VINYL Congoleum Tarkett Armstrong Mannington

RUBBER Flexco Roppe Johnsonite Nora



 HARDWOOD   Shaw Mullican Mercier Mohawk Kahrs Mannington Armstrong Robbins Bruce

CERAMIC         Shaw Mannington Florida Tile

LINOLEUM      Forbo Tarkett Armstrong

 These and many more. Just call 703 370-0000

Email for more information. 

Abet Laminati Parqcolor® HPL laminate floors from Italy.
Alsapan SA French manufacturer of Alsafloor Laminate Floors
Alloc®, Inc. Mechanical (glue-free) locking laminate floor system from the Berry Group.
Armstrong World Industries Armstrong Laminate Floors, including Imagin, ArmaLock & Armstrong Swiftlock™ glueless floors
Aismalibar S.A. (from Spain) decorative HPL Laminate products, called Flint
Balterio Laminate Flooring a leading laminate flooring manufacturer including and a subsidiary of Spanolux, dic. Balterio N.V. Belgium
Berry Group a leading laminate manufacturer including BerryLOC®, Alloc Original®, Alloc Home Flooring® & Fiboloc®
BHK of America Moderna Glueless Flooring Systems by BHK
Bruce Laminate Floors Bruce® manufacturers TrueLock glueless, Traffic Zone® & Carnival™
Classen® USA Classen’s Glueless Laminate collections with the Connect System
Columbia Forest Products Offering a variety of styles and colors with a clic glueless locking system.
DuPont Laminate Flooring Microbeveled, glueless laminate flooring with exclusive InterPlank Design and pre-installed foam.
Duramar California manufacturer of woodgrain laminate floors.
Faus Laminate Flooring Laminate flooring producer from Spain. Offering a variety of glueless planks, up to 12 inch wide longstrip laminated floating floors.
Faus Floor from the Faus Group of Spain
Garnit s.r.o. manufacturer of KARAT (HPL) laminate floors
Kaindl Flooring a leading manufacturer from Austria, including MASTERFLOOR CLIC2CLIC- Laminate Flooring with a glue-less installation system!
Kronotex Kronotex laminate floors with glueless locking systems: Timberland Clic & Basic Clic
Krono Swiss Laminate floors by Kronospan Switzerland AG
Laminex Australian manufacturer of Vision® laminate floors
Liri Industriale Italian manufacturer of Pavimel HPL laminate floors and decorative melamine papers
Mannington Mills Mannington laminate floors, including M-Lock glueless, iCore, Exotic & Historical Collections
Mohawk Laminate Flooring Mohawk Laminate flooring in a wide variety of styles and colors, including glueless laminate floors.
Pergo Laminate Floors manufacturer of Pergo laminate floors
Poliface Laminate Flooring Poliface INLOC™ glue, or no-glue locking system
QuickStyle Industries QuickStyle laminate floors with glueless installation
Quick Step Laminate Floors Quick Step laminate flooring with the Uniclic™ Glueless Locking System
Roysol Flooring Wide range of laminate flooring including a glueless, clic system. Made in France.
Shaw Floors Shaw Industries manufacturers laminate flooring in both wood and ceramic designs & VersaLock Glueless laminate flooring
Stalheim Industries Manufacturer of wood based laminate flooring from Malaysia
Tarkett Laminate Floors manufacturers a variety of styles and colors in laminate flooring
Tiger Floor Chinese manufacturer of glueless laminate floors.
Uniboard of Canada manufacturer of laminate floors with both glueless and glued locking systems
Valinge Aluminium AB Swedish company that developed the glue-free mechanical locking system for flooring.
Wilsonart Laminate Flooring a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial laminate floors
Witex Flooring Witex laminate floors offered in glueless, glued locking systems , as well as with pre-applied cushion backing.

 These and many more. Just call 703 370-0000

Email for more information.

LUXURY VINYL TILE Amtico Centiva Mannington Congoleum Nafco

Baby Boomers & Flooring Choices

I’m 40… and that obviously does not make me an expert on boomers. But my parents are products of the baby boom and so are a large majority of our clients. That said, when it comes to choosing a floor, I can always count on being tested by my 50 and over clients.
And I don’t mind at all.
In fact, it’s a challenge that keeps me and my sales team sharp.
I’ve also been impressed with the thirst for knowledge that I’d imagined would ebb over time, but appears to get sharper… along with a willingness to share information learned elsewhere that helps me do my job better.
I also find that my online authorship gets more comments (and, sometimes, critiques) from boomers. But with a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland (magna cum laude), I think I’m up to that. In fact, a little free-lance editorial commentary from time to time is good for the soul. Besides, after a stint in the Marines, I think I’ve got what it takes to handle a little unsolicited editorial comment!

But, I digress. What I’m trying to say is that the better-educated our customer, the more professionaly rewarding the contact. It’s that simple. And we’re pro’s.
One of the challenges we’re presented with from time-to-time is making transitions from floor-to-floor more smoothe and level for someone has had a stroke and may be shuffling their feet. Eliminating trip hazards increases the quality of life and confidence for someone who may have gait issues (shuffling feet, etc…)
This is also important to me because my wife is a physical therapist. Yes, I got hit by a 48,000-pound truck and she was my silver lining!
If you find yourself near our Alexandria showroom, please come by.
Sit down, have a cup of coffee or tea and let’s talk about the latest and greatest trends in flooring like cork – quiet, warm and very easy on the environment… and your feet and joints!
All the best!


Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager

Fabrica Carpets In Northern Virginia


You’ve found your source for Fabrica carpets in Northern Virgina, Maryland and Washington DC.

We are a premiere Fabrica carpet & rug dealer offering guaranteed installation services, custom rugs, on-site binding and serging, custom runners and more… all backed by over 35 years in business in Alexandria & Washington DC.  Now is the time to see our showroom backed by 3 warehouses full of the most exciting selection of wools, patterned broadloom, custom rugs, hardwood, laminate and tile in Alexandria, Virginia.
I look forward to welcoming you.


Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America

Masland Carpet Dealer in Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC


We are a premiere Masland carpet & rug dealer in Northern Virginia, Washington DC & Maryland. Now is the time to see our showroom backed by 3 warehouses full of the most exciting selection of wools, patterned broadloom, custom rugs, hardwood, laminate and tile in Alexandria, Virginia.
I look forward to welcoming you.


Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!
Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America

Karastan Carpet Dealer In Northern Virgina, Washington DC, Maryland

Looking for Karastan carpet, runners or rugs? You’ve found your source!
Did you know we offer custom color dyes for orders over 650 square feet with a minimal dye charge of less than $300… we do.

Email to learn more!

Find your favorite tie, dress, throw or curtain, and we can custom dye a color of many of your favorite Karastan styles to match. We also stock more Karastan broadloom than anyone else.
Now is the time to see our showroom backed by 3 warehouses full of the most exciting selection of wools, patterned broadloom, custom rugs, hardwood, laminate and tile in Alexandria, Virginia.
I look forward to welcoming you.


Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!
Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America

Mohawk’s Sorona Smartstrand Carpet Fiber

Sorona Smartstrand Fiber For Carpet – The Next Best Thing…

Below you’ll find information about this fascinating, soft and extremely-durable carpet fiber we’ve installed in our showroom for you to try out. Whatever your flooring needs, give us a call at 703-370-0000 or send an email. You’ll be glad you did!
Contact Chris Moline, LEED AP, our Residential Group Manager, for any flooring-related questions.

From the Mohawk site –
“Mohawk leads innovation in sustainable flooring with SmartStrand® carpet with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer.
In a partnership withDuPont, this carpet exclusively offers fiber made with Bio-PDO™ (the key Sorona® ingredient), which is produced from corn sugar.
By utilizing this new ingredient, 37 percent of Sorona® is being made from renewable resources. This marks the first time that a luxuriously soft carpet offers durability and stain protection, while also making less of an environmental impact.

Why is this carpet environmentally smart?

For every 3.2 square yards of SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® sold, the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline is saved. If only 20 percent of the residential carpet sold in the United States were made with DuPont™ Sorona®, the energy equivalent of approximately 50 million gallons of gasoline per year could be saved.

DuPont™ Sorona® plays a major role in the worldwide objective of a renewable economy and represents a new frontier in sustainability. This carpet is environmentally smart because:
The production of Sorona® polymer requires 30 percent less energy than the production of an equal amount of nylon.
Greenhouse gas emissions from the production of Sorona® are 63 percent lower than nylon manufacturing.
This energy reduction results in approximately one gallon of gasoline saved per every seven square yards of carpet.
The superior stain resistance of SmartStrand® carpet is engineered into the fiber and will never wear or wash off, meaning consumers will never need to retreat the carpet with stain protectors after steam cleaning. And this engineered-in stain resistance reaches new levels of protection, allowing tough stains such as mustard, red wine, and cherry Kool-Aid® to be removed simply with warm water and a mild detergent, or with Mohawk FloorCare™ Essentials. The fiber even resists discoloration from bleach.”
At Alexandria Carpet One, we provide our customers with thousands of square feet of this wonderfully-soft, durable carpet each month. In fact, it’s on our showroom floor with 5 different types of cushion underneath to give you a real-world idea of what it will feel like with different cushions… and how it will hold up. That’s because our showroom is extremely busy and we chose to put it to the test.
It’s performing flawlessly!
Contact Chris Moline, LEED AP,

Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

our Residential Group Manager,
for any questions about
Sorona Smartstrand fiber
in your home or office!

Bliss carpet by Beaulieu…


A lot of buzz about this line by Beaulieu.
Is it really Blissful?
If you’ve heard anything, please let me know, because the rep is begging for us to carry the line… and the verdict is out.
That said, the marketing looks great, so our interest has been piqued.
And this illustration of the Beaulieu Bliss Silver Release concept has got my curiousity so high that I’ve just called and left them a message.



Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America


Oiled Hardwood Flooring

Oiled hardwood flooring for a truly-green, low-maintenance home.

If you are considering new flooring and want a truly-green option, an oiled floor may be your best choice… especially if maintenance is a concern. As a US Green Building Council LEED AP (Accredited Professional) I’m routinely asked about green flooring options… and I routinely reference oiled wood as one of the greenest choices.
A natural oil finish cannot be compared with today’s more popular acrylic, polyurethane, and aluminumoxide finishes. Non-oil finishes protect the floor by forming a wear layer, in fact a plastic film on the surface of the floor. They scratch and get dull over time and cannot be spot repaired (though some have tried and failed).  An oil finish penetrates the wood fibers to harden them while not altering the natural beauty of the wood. With no visual film on the surface, oiled floors are distinguishable by their elegant patina. They are easy to care for and are repairable. An oiled floor never needs to be sanded, only regular applications of a Maintenance Oil are necessary to nourish the wood and bring the luster back.

Remember the old Colgate toothpaste commercial where dye was shown penetrating the chalk?
That’s a pretty good analogy for oiled floors.

Penetrating Protection of Natural-Oiled Floors vs. Polyurethanes

Consider the following: 

Natural oils have been used to finish wood for hundreds of years. Natural oil finishes are made with linseed oils, an old standby for finishing wood. Polyurethane is the new kid on the block, developed about 50 years ago and its primary design purpose is to make furniture shiny.
Polyurethane is a plastic made from petroleum, a flammable liquid often used in chemical energy sources such as gasoline and diesel, and which gives polyurethane its distinct “chemical” scent.

Zero VOC vs. Low VOCs
Rejuvenating a 325 sq. ft of a Navarre floor project will require one liter of Revol 30 maintenance oil, which will emit zero VOCs and leave you without that harsh chemical scent. A typical polyurethane floor will require three gallons of finish, one gallon for the sealer coat and two more gallons of the top wear layers. VOCs from polyurethane evaporate into your home at the rate of about 4 lbs. per gallon, which means that 3 gallons of poly used to coat 325 sq.ft equals 12 pounds of VOCs floating around in your home for your family to enjoy.

Bond and Strengthen vs. Surface Coatings
The natural oil used to finish oiled floors is not a surface coating, but is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding and hardening with the first layer of wood.
When wood is finished with natural oil, it will dent, it will scratch, and it may be repaired. To bring your floor back to a fresh state: first, lightly sand and clean the desired area of the floor with an appropriate cleaner, then apply a new layer of  maintenance oil. It is not necessary to treat the entire floor, only the effected area. Typically, only spot sanding on extreme wear marks and scratches would be necessary, and a total wall-to-wall sanding is normally avoided.
It’s a much more laborious and disruptive process with cured surface coatings such as polyurethane.
Polyurethane is a plastic coating that sits on top of your wood, and acts as surface coating.
The purpose of a surface coating is to separate wear and tear from the wood, which polyurethane can achieve, however, a polyurethane floor will never look better then the day of the final finish application. Immediately polyurethane finishes begin picking up small and large scratches – abrasions that defuse the light and pick up dirt – and quickly become visible from all angles. (NOTE: all wood is soft enough to dent and scratch).

Remember this old ad showing how flouride
penetrates by using the chalk analogy? Think of
oiled-floors the same way. The oil penetrates
whereas polyurethanes sit on top of the floor.

Recoating a polyurethane floor is the recommended maintenance option. When should this be done? It has to be a joint effort, as soon as you have a scar that penetrates the surface coating, or when the floor looks dirty after you wash the floor. This “dirty” look means there is an abundance of surface scratches holding dirt. Scuffing and recoating will remove most of the dirt and provide a smooth cleanable surface.

Living With vs. Living On
The vast majority of my polyurethane customers live on their floors. They take off their shoes at the door, they have floor protectors under all furniture, and care to have nothing foul left on the surface. A normal expectation of a polyurethane floor is that it is maintenance free. Homeowners with natural oil finished floors live with their floors. They know that wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Some believe this movement is a sign the wood still thinks of itself as being a tree. Feeding wood natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood and in turn, the wood responds to appropriate care that’s given.

Reparability vs. Durability
Wood is very durable on its own.
Natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood, and allow the floor to be easily repaired if damaged. While polyurethanes provide a durable barrier, this barrier also consumes a layer of wood each and every time it is applied. At best there are three to four sandings in a floor’s life before the floor must be replaced. Over time, reparability is more important than durability.

A multi-layer construction with a solid wood top layer, oiled floors provide exceptional stability and strength to withstand the abuse of time.

At Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home, we are proud to carry the complete line of Navarre Oiled Hardwood flooring.
Call us today at 703-370-0000 or send an email to Chris for more information.

Chris Moline, LEED AP – Residential Group Manager
Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!