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Granite Tile & Countertops in Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland

Giallo Veneziano – One of the many styles we offer.

Call 703-370-0000 or email for all of your natural granite, marble and stone needs.

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Whether you are working on the kitchen of your dreams, or would like a tile or stone product with radiant heat underneath to melt ice on your patio, walkway or driveway, we can work with you.


Do you want a warm floor under natural stone or tile in your bathroom? It’s amazing and I have it in my bath and sunroom. Radiant subfloor heat is energy-efficient and more comfortable than you may think.

limestone_4  Absolute Black
Baltic Brown
Black Galaxy
Blue Eyes
Blue Pearl
Giallo Veneziano
Kashmir Gold
Kashmir White
New Venetian Gold
Santa Cecilia
Tan Brown
Tropical Brown

Abrolios Green
Absolute Black Z
Alga Green
Amazon Tiger
Aquarella Macauba
Artic Cream
Atlantic Gold
Azul Bahia
Azul Imperial
Azul Platino
Barbarella Gold
Bianco Romano
Black Galaxy
Black Meteorite
Black Pearl
Blue Eyes
Blue In The Night
Blue Pearl Gt
Breche De Vendome
Brown Lapiz
Butterfly Gold
Butterfly Green
Carpe Diem
Colonial Cream
Colonial Gold
Cosmic Black
Costa Esmeralda
Costa Wave
Diamond Arrow
Emerald Pearl
Emperador Dark
Gaya Dream
Gialla Viara-Rosewood
Giallo Antico
Giallo Crystal
Giallo Napoleone
Giallo Ornamental
Giallo River
Giallo Veneziano
Giallo Vicenza
Giallo Vicenza Light
Gold And Silver
Golden Beach-Jup.Persa
Golden Dream
Golden Flower
Golden Macauba
Golden Oak
Golden Queen
Golden Sand
Golden Taupe
Green Dream
Green Soapstone
Impala Black
Imperial Yellow
Indian Dakota
Ivory Chiffon
Ivory Coast
Ivory Fantasy
Ivory White
Juparana Bordeaux
Juparana Cascadura
Juparana Colombo
Juparana Crema
Juparana Delicatus
Juparana Florencia
Juparana India Gold
kashmir Gold
Kashmir White
Labrador Angola
Labradorite Blue
Labradorite Multicolor
Labradorite River Blue Lethered
Labradorite White
Lapidus Gold
Latino Mascarello
Luna Pearl-Bianco Sardo
Madura Gold
Magma Gold
Majestic Brown
Mari Blue
Mari Blue Leathered
Mascalzone Latino
Metallica Leathered
Namib Bordeaux
Namib Green
Nero Africano
New Bianco Romano
New Caledonia
New Venetian Gold
Ocean Red
Paradise Gold
Paradiso Bush
Paradiso Clao
Peacock Green
Persa Blue
Persa Verde
Picasso Green
Port Laurent
Rainbow Tobacco
Red Dragon
Red Hollywood
Red Montana
Red Multicolor
Riviera Beige
Rosa Beta
Royal Blue
Sandal Wood
Santa Cecilia
Santa Cecilia Light
Saphire Blue-Saphire Brown
Seafoam Green
Seaweed Green
Shivakashi Gold
Sierra Brown
Silver Pearl
Silver Sea Green
Smoky Black
Spectrolite Brown
Surf Green
Tan Brown
Tropical Treasure
Typhoon Bordeaux
Verde Bamboo Light
Verde Fantastico
Verde Fucco
Verde Laura
Verde Marinace
Verde Speranza
Volga Blue
Vyara Gold
White Fantasy
White Galaxy
White Macaubas
White Persa
Yellow Arandis

Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209
Christopher Moline, LEED AP

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PET Polyester carpet – eco-friendly flooring options

PET carpet has been in use since 1991 and is going strong. Some people, however, still run into the crusty old salesperson who remembers the terrible polyester carpet of the 70’s and 80’s that would crush flat within days of installation. This is not the same material and it’s a shame that some people just can’t get over the past.
First, check out the graphic below to see how it’s made.


PET fiber has been in use for a few years now.  In fact, this fiber is exciting in more than one way.
It’s softer than nylon.
It’s green – made from recycled soda and ketchup bottles.

That story alone (the soda bottle story) usually grabs attention faster than anything else. Imagine a carpet made from 100% post-consumer waste. Of course, this is the fiber and not the backing, but it’s still something to get excited about.

The above image shows the steps in the process:
A – used soda/water bottles are collected
B – they are cleaned and ground into chips
C – the chips are sent to
D – the extrusion processor that turns them into
E – bales of yarn ready to be turned into
F – carpet!

Here are some of the advantages of PET fiber
Superior resistance to soils & stains.
Superb abrasion and wear resistance.
Bright coloration with excellent colorfastness.
Soft feel.
Fibers with static control.
Low moisture absorption.
Over 150 million yards installed since 1991.
Competitively-priced – more face weight for your money.
I get a lot of inquiries about this process and how the fiber holds up over time. Feel free to leave a comment or send an email.

Chris – Email


Carpet & Stains

Got a stain? From Shaw’s guide to carpet cleaning and stain removal:

Protect your carpet–step by-step

With the exceptional quality of Shaw’s carpet, your carpet could “ugly” out long before it “wears” out. Make sure it doesn’t with a comprehensive care program made up of four parts:
Preventive Maintenance – protect your investment before problems occur.
Vacuuming – the most important step in caring for your carpet.
Spot and Spill Removal – because, let’s face it, they just can’t always be avoided.
Overall Cleaning – because vacuuming doesn’t get everything.
No carpet is absolutely stain proof

Some carpets have stain resistant treatments that improve your ability to clean stains, but not prevent stains. Similarly, carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance. Click here to learn about Shaw’s own breakthrough in carpet soil and stain resistance technology, R2X.
Staining versus soiling
There is often confusion about the difference between soiling and staining carpet. The majority of stain complaints are actually soil related. For example, many sugar-based spills, such as soft drinks and coffee, leave a sugar residue after removal. This sticky residue readily attracts soil from ordinary shoe traffic, and the resulting discolored area appears to be a stain.

The same thing happens when spills are cleaned with a detergent solution and the area is not sufficiently rinsed with plain water, leaving a sticky detergent residue. It is important to rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry after removing any spill.

New flooring represents a substantial investment. The proper steps will make sure it stays attractive for years to come.
Preventative Maintenance
Place walk-off mats at all entrances
Walk-off mats should be used at the exterior of all entrances to absorb the soil and moisture. They can help trap the excessive dirt, sand, grit, and other substances such as oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked into the home. Mats should also be cleaned on a regular basis so they don’t become sources of soil themselves.
Use a quality pad
You should always use a quality pad under your carpet, particularly on stairs. A good carpet pad not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet. Because some carpets carry warranties with specific density and thickness requirements, be sure and review your warranty before purchasing your pad. Click here to learn about Shaw’s Soft Foundations line of carpet cushion.
Occasionally move heavy furniture
Move heavy furniture occasionally to avoid excessive pile crushing. You should also use floor protectors designed for carpet under the legs of tables, chairs, and other furniture to help distribute the weight. Do not use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters without a chair pad designed specifically for carpet or damage can occur.
Protect carpet when moving furniture
When moving heavy wheeled furniture (pianos, buffets, etc.), prevent damage by placing a protective barrier of heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.
Clean your area rugs
If you use area rugs on your carpet, be sure to clean them regularly. Clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath as well. Also, be sure to check area rugs for colorfastness before placing them on carpet because the color in some rugs may bleed through. After cleaning your carpet, allow it to dry completely before replacing rugs.
Reduce periods of direct sunlight
Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades, or awnings.
The most important step in caring for your carpet is vacuuming.
Vacuum carpet thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas. Realize that walking on soiled carpet allows the soil particles to work their way below the surface of the pile where they are far more difficult to remove and can damage the carpet fibers. Frequent vacuuming removes these particles from the surface before problems occur.

For rooms with light traffic, vacuum the carpet traffic lanes twice weekly and the entire area once weekly. In areas with heavy traffic, vacuum the carpet traffic lanes daily and the entire area twice weekly. Up to three passes of the machine will suffice for light soiling, but five to seven passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas. Change the vacuuming direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting.
Check the quality of your vacuum
A good vacuum cleaner is vital to prolonging the beauty and life of your carpet. An inexpensive machine can remove surface dirt but will not effectively remove the hidden dirt and particles embedded in the pile.

To ensure that your vacuum will conform to the highest industry standards, make sure that your vacuum cleaner is certified through the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Vacuum Cleaner Indoor Air Quality Program. Visit ]www.carpet-rug.com for details and listings.
Select the best vacuum for your type of carpet
Shaw recommends using vacuums with a rotating brush or combination beater/brush bar that agitates the carpet pile and mechanically loosens soil for removal. Carpet with thick loop pile construction, particularly wool and wool-blend styles, may be sensitive to brushing or rubbing of the pile surface and may become fuzzy. For these products, Shaw recommends a suction-only vacuum or a vacuum with an adjustable brush lifted away from the carpet so it does not agitate the pile. A vacuum with a beater/brush bar can be tested for excessive fuzzing in an inconspicuous location before regular use.
Pay attention to vacuum bags
Replaceable paper vacuum bags do a better job of trapping small particles than cloth bags. With cloth bags, the particles pass back into the room. High efficiency vacuum bags, also called micro filtration bags, trap even smaller microscopic particles such as mold and mildew spores and dust mite byproducts, which are often found to be a source of allergies. All vacuum bags should be checked often and replaced when half full.
Check the belt and the setting
Make sure the belt is in good condition and that the brush or beater bar rotates when in contact with the carpet. To adjust the vacuum to the correct height setting for the carpet, raise the beater/brush bar to the highest setting and then lower it until it contacts the pile enough to slightly vibrate the carpet several inches away from the machine, but not low enough to cause significant slowing of the motor.
Change vacuuming directions
Change the vacuuming direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and help reduce matting.
Spot and Spill Removal
Protect your carpet–step by-step
No carpet is stain proof, but since many are stain resistant, you have time to act. Look below to see if the specific spill you’re trying to remove is listed. If so, you’ll see instructions to help. If not, use the following general quidelines.
Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping the carpet gently with a spoon or a dull knife.

Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels. Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill.

Remove the stain using one of the cleaning items from the checklist below.

Rinse the cleaned carpet area with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.

Absorb any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object. This step is necessary even when the carpet doesn’t seem particularly damp.

What do you use to clean the spill? Be prepared with the following checklist.
You should use the following items for handling spills on your carpet. It’s important to use only the items listed, because many other household cleaners contain chemicals that may permanently damage your carpet.
White cloths or white paper towels
Detergent solution
Mix mild liquid detergent with water (no more than 1/4 teaspoon of detergent to 32 ounces of water). A clear, non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory is recommended. Do not use detergents that are cloudy or creamy because they may leave a sticky residue.

Vinegar solution
Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water.

Ammonia solution
Mix one tablespoon of ammonia to one cup of water. (Do not use on wool or wool-blend carpets.)

Non-oily nail polish remover
Chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type)
Spot Remover
Use spot removers designed specifically for grease, oil, or tar, such as Carbona or Energine.

Solution-dyed fibers can withstand bleach, but do you know if your carpet is solution-dyed?
Difficult stains on carpets made from polypropylene or other solution-dyed fibers may be removed with a mild bleach solution (one part chlorine bleach to five parts water). But be careful. If you aren’t absolutely certain your carpet is solution dyed, call Shaw’s Information Center at 1-800-441-Shaw.
Overall Cleaning
Vacuuming alone won’t protect your carpet
Even though vacuuming can remove most soil, it is also necessary to clean your carpet on a regular basis to remove the oily, sticky soil that vacuums don’t remove. These soils result from cooking vapors, air pollution, and tracked-in dirt from outside. The particles of oily soil deposited on carpet fibers can cause gradual but significant dulling of colors. The color isn’t lost, but is hidden under the film. If this type of soil is allowed to accumulate, it begins to attract and hold the dry soil.

If carpet is cleaned before it becomes too unsightly, the cleaning chore will be easier and more successful. Carpet in a typical household should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months, depending on the number of residents and amount of activity.

Choosing the proper cleaning system is important. Some systems may leave residues which accelerates re-soiling and defeats the whole purpose of cleaning. The recommendations below represent the best current knowledge and should help prolong the time between cleanings.
What about spot and stain removal?
Shaw’s R2X Stain and Soil Remover is the only carpet cleaning product with the endorsement consumers have trusted for more than 100 years: the Good Housekeeping Seal. Because of our patented process, it’s even easier to use than most spot cleaners. Learn more about R2X or order your bottle today.
What cleaning system should you use?
Shaw recommends the hot water extraction system. Research indicates that the hot water extraction system provides the best capability for cleaning. This system is commonly referred to as “steam cleaning,” although no steam is actually generated. The process consists of spraying a solution of water and detergent into the carpet pile and recovering the water and soil with a powerful vacuum into a holding tank. This can be done from a truck-mounted unit outside the home with only the hose and wand brought inside or by a portable system brought into the home.
Professional or do-it-yourself?
It is to your advantage to use professional carpet cleaners because their experience enables them to do a better job than you can do yourself. Their equipment has more extraction power than the rental units available to individuals, and the carpet should dry more quickly. True professionals also understand the equipment, know the proper cleaning agents for the situation at hand, and recognize the differences in fibers and carpet construction.
How do you locate a professional carpet cleaner?
One way to locate a professional carpet cleaner is to contact the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (11CRC) at 1-800-835-4624. This organization maintains a national directory of independent professional cleaners who are trained and certified in a variety of cleaning specialties. Call and explain that you have purchased a Shaw carpet, and be sure to ask for a cleaner near you who uses the “hot water extraction system.”

If you prefer tackling the job yourself, check these do-it-yourself guidelines before you begin.
If you decide to rent a steam cleaning machine and clean your carpet yourself, you’ll need to choose your equipment carefully. Most rental units available do not adequately clean and may actually damage the carpet. Check several cleaning systems before making a selection and consider the following:
Make sure the carpet will dry quickly
The cleaning equipment you select should have enough vacuum power to allow the carpet to dry within 6 to 12 hours after cleaning. Units that do not have the power to extract the cleaning solution from the carpet adequately may actually damage the carpet due to over wetting.
Do not over wet the carpet
Most problems in do-it-yourself cleaning are due to one of two problems, and this in one of them. Prolonged dampness may promote growth of mildew and bacteria in the carpet or cause separation of the backing. A carpet that is wet for more than 24 hours could experience these problems.
Do not use excessive detergent
This is the other problem most commonly experienced by do-it-yourselfers. You should use a cleaning solution with a pH less than 10, preferably near 9, and with a minimum of non sticky residue. The attraction between the detergent and the soil and oil particles is critical during the cleaning process. However, if it isn’t rinsed completely, the detergent residue continues to attract the particles after cleaning. Increasing the amount of cleaning solution beyond the recommended level does not increase cleaning performance, but makes the removal of detergent more difficult. Because buildup of detergent residue is the most common cause of accelerated re-soiling complaints, Shaw also recommends a clear water rinse after cleaning.
Know your warranty guidelines
Carpet with stain resistant treatments must be cleaned with products formulated for this purpose, or the stain resistance will be impaired and the warranty voided. Do not use cleaning or spotting solutions that contain bleaches or optical brighteners because they can discolor the carpet.
Do not use silicone-based anti-soil treatments
The only anti-soil products approved for use on Shaw carpets after the cleaning process are either DuPont Teflon® or 3M Scotchgard™.
Use fans to speed drying time
Reduce drying time by using several fans to move air across the carpet in combination with a dehumidifier or air conditioner to pull moisture out of the air. Carpet should be dry within 12 hours; even fewer hours is better.
Shaw Industries does not recommend Bonnet cleaning systems.
These systems employ a rotating bonnet of terry cloth or other absorbent material to agitate the carpet pile and absorb soil. A detergent solution is sprayed onto the pile and then worked with the bonnet attached to a rotary floor polisher. The Bonnet system has very limited capability for soil removal and leaves much of the detergent in the pile since it employs no real extraction. As a result, rapid re-soiling often occurs. Another disadvantage is that the spinning bonnet may distort the fibers of cut pile carpet, fuzz the pile, and leave distinct swirl marks.

R2X repels stains. Attracts customers.

R2X–it’s the industry’s most innovative carpet stain and soil repelling system and the product of years of research and testing. Shaw’s patented and exclusive R2X system* goes beyond conventional repellents that only protect the surface of the carpet. With R2X, carpets are armed with total fiber coverage, offering complete protection from the top to the bottom of the yarn. This total fiber coverage offers unprecedented protection against household spills and everyday soiling. With R2X, spills that reach the base of the yarn don’t penetrate and wick back to the top as they do with conventional solutions.

In testing, R2X demonstrated superior carpet stain resistance on two levels. First, it provides better initial protection. Second, it allows more time to react to a problem.

Another significant benefit of R2X is its effectiveness with polypropylene. Most polypropylene carpets have an inherent tendency to attract soil. Topical soil carpet treatments are only “skin deep,” and the limited protection they offer wears away after cleaning or normal wear and tear. In contrast, R2X continues to perform well even after repeated cleanings–with both nylon and polypropylene–when the performance of ordinary systems begins to diminish. And of course, Shaw’s warranty protection ensures customer satisfaction, time after time.
* U.S. Patent Nos. 5851595, 5520962.

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National Marine Corps Business Network


CCA Announces Launch of Metro DC Chapter of NMCBN

The Metro DC chapter of the National Marine Corps Business Network has been established. The first of its kind on the east coast, the NMCBN is a network of former Marines in business, dedicated to doing business with each other while upholding the standards so familiar to all Marines – Honor and Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful.
“We are a professional business organization of Marines,” said Christopher Moline, of Alexandria Carpet One & Commercial Carpets of America, and also the former chapter president, “We trust each other with our lives, we trust each other with our business. Marines doing business with Marines is what NMCBN is all about.”

Those familiar with Marines and the Marine Corps, are also familiar with the Core Values – Honor, Courage & Commitment.
Marines act responsibly in a mature and dependable manner. They are held to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior. In the Marines, honesty, honor, and respect for oneself and others is built into our very foundation.
Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to face fear and overcome it. It is the mental, moral, and physical strength that is ingrained in Marines. It carries them through every challenge, and aids them in facing the unknown.
Commitment is what compels Marines to serve our country and the Corps. It is what drives them to face every mission head-on, and win our nation’s battles.
The National Marine Corps Business Network attracts Marines who have left the Corps and started a career in business. The network consists of business owners, sales reps and executives that benefit from networking with one another. Marines transitioning from active duty to the business world can use the network to post resumes and find employment with member business owners, managers, etc.  Initially, the chapter will meet at a predetermined location for lunch once a month. For more information visit our blog at http://dcmarines.wordpress.com or the main website at www.NMCBN.com.


Those of you who can appreciate the following video will understand:


Semper Fi,


Christopher Moline

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And what does flooring have to do with sex?

Custom carpet

I know what you may be thinking… this is going to be weird or overly-commercial.
Let’s just say I’ve got a lot to lose if I get it wrong (credibility that comes with a journalism degree, plus a nationwide professional reputation in the flooring business, to begin with), so you can bet I’ve thought this one through.
After nearly 15 years in the flooring business and hundreds of articles, blog posts and web pages with my name on them, I’ve yet to address the issue of which carpet would be best for an intimate encounter… but my clients have.
I’ve had more than one (quite a few, in fact)  ask me some very personal questions about softness, fiber performance and cleanability for different flooring choices… all for the same reason.  
We live on our floors and, well, life happens.
In fact, I’ve even installed radiant subfloor heat under carpet to… well… keep things warm for a client.
There is even a position called “the carpet burn.”
Yep, I’m blushing… and curious!
But we do have the softest carpet in the world that can ease your burden, so to speak, and I have 3 recommendations based on your budget and lifestyle. And, because a romantic dip in the tub, surrounded by candles is great… but tile is just too hard!

My vote for the softest is Merino wool. Sure, you can have high-end clothing made from this stunningly-soft, natural fiber, but the carpet is to die for.
Merino is the softest material for carpet and represents the highest end of fashion. Or, Luxurelle fiber from Stainmaster available in my favorite piece called “Shangri La” (what a coincidence!) is so wonderfully soft you could use it as a comforter.
And there is more.
The newest fiber on the market, Triexta or “Sorona/SmartStrand”, has my vote as the best all-around carpet for a personal experience.


Though not as soft as Merino wool, it’s still quite soft. And… it’s got unparalleled stain resistance and wear-ability.
There, I said it.
And, both choices are eco-friendly (and I’ve given those of you with wool allergies an out).
During a recent nationwide flooring convention I mentioned incorporating sex into marketing for floors.
There were a few chuckles from the cheap seats, but it seemed as if a light went on for a few business owners.
It’s something you see with cars, drinks, vacations, etc… and why has the entire flooring industry missed the boat?
And oh how they’ve missed it. With a focus on price, price, price and the increasing commodotization of floorcoverings, the romance has disappeared from what can truly be a very personal decision.

What could be more personal than a finish material in your bedroom?
Beyond simple design changes for style reasons, we in the flooring industry are called upon to step in during some of the most personal life moments:
  Death of a spouse,
   and natural disasters like fires or floods.
Having had more than one client break down when explaining their reason for changing their floor, I am quite comfortable discussing this.
Of course, sex is used in advertising to draw attention to carpet in another country.
Here’s a nice example:

“nothing feels like a new carpet… funonthefloor.com”

Think this is a billboard from LA, Holland or France?
This is a company in England, not your usual first-choice for this type of discussion.
I went to FunOnTheFloor.com because if ever a name were worth a thousand words, that would be it.
I posted a question – THE question – and here was their reply:
   From Fun on the Floor Ask an Expert
   “A nylon saxony all the way… soft, luxurious and the ultimate in comfort!!”
I like the fact that I even got an answer, but mine’s better.
Merino is softer than any nylon, and Sorona/SmartStrand is soft AND far more stain-resistant.
All said, the main goal for this post is to get your emails and comments and answer them discreetly.  
A search on Google! only turned up stuff I’m not in the business of dealing with.
So don’t be shy and we’ll do the best we can to answer your questions.

All the best!


LEED AP green flooring professional in Northern Virgina and DC Metro area

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Karastan Styles from Home Expo Design Center

karastan carpet and rugs in northern virginia

Have you purchased Karastan carpet or rugs from
Expo Design Center in the past?  Keep reading…

Karastan Rugs and Broadloom

Yes, we are the largest supplier of Karastan carpet and area rugs in the DC metro area and we can help you if you are looking for the same product and have discovered that it carries a different name. Below  you will see the list of Expo Design styles we can help you with.
Just one more way over 35 years in this business can work for you!

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Following is your list of former Expo Design Center Karastan products. All of these cross over to our Karastan line and we are pleased to work with you.  The Karastan line represents fashion and quality, and so do we.

cleaning product:

WoolClean by Karastan
by Karastan

Broadloom Carpet Styles:
Edgewood Manor
American Treasures

Woven Essentials

La Paloma
Romantic Retreat
Carlsbad Cavern
Sea Haven
La Prada
Foundry Park
Santa Croce
Coastal Breeze
Herrington Inn
Anderson Studio
Muir Coast
Living Wonder
Breakwater Point
Carmine Place
La Sayne
Winslow Landing
French Royale
Casa Milagro

Cutler Bay
Eloquence Classic
Lexington Manor
Arroyo Grande
Hooked on Khaki
Khaki Classics
Simply Charming
Costa del Ray
Casa Milagro
Coto de Caza
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Green, Cradle-to-Cradle Flooring by Shaw

Green Area Rug Products by Shaw

An FYI Post by a LEED Accredited Professional

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Below is more information from Shaw regarding green efforts specific to their manufacturing processes. This type of post would never have gotten me through journalism school, but I do want to get as much information out as possible. Informed customers make our lives better.

Recycling and Recycled Content: Perception and Reality

Recycled content – Does not mean that the product can be recycled, it just means the product is made with something that has been recycled.
Down cycling of carpet and area rug fibers – Common with Nylon 6,6 and polypropylene, carpet and area rug fibers are used in non-critical plastic applications and drain pipes. Some polyester fiber is used in carpet padding. These products eventually go to the landfill.
Down cycling to carpet and area rugs- Soda bottles can be melted down and extruded into PET fiber for carpet and area rugs and fiber fill for furniture, mattresses, and pillows. These products also eventually go to the landfill.

Cradle to Cradle” Closed-loop recycling – Closed-loop recycling – cradle to cradle – is the most sophisticated form of recycling. Carpet and area rug fibers are reclaimed and recycled into first-quality fibers again. The process may be repeated continuously, without ever having to take the entire carpet or area rug to the landfill. Nylon 6 is renewable in this closed-loop process.
Nylon 6
Nylon 6 is recyclable in a closed loop, cradle to cradle process.
Shaw’s Non-Branded Nylon 6 collections include:
Antiquities, Regal Heritage, Tommy Bahama, Ultra Shag, Kathy Ireland Young Attitudes, Mary Kate and Ashley
Kathy Ireland’s First Lady Collection, Jack Nicklaus, Renaissance, ModernWorks

Anso Caress Nylon
Natural Expressions
Anso nylon products in all divisions
Have recycled content
Are recyclable

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Carpet Designed For Fun, Kids & “Joy”


Those of you who know me know I’ve got three wonderful kids… and they’re ACTIVE!
So, since Joy’s carpets are made with Stainmaster fiber, I know we’ll be ok.

More pictures on the way!

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They Said It Was Edible! A Video…

By Chris Moline, LEED AP

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

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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




NSF 140-2007 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard

by Chris Moline, LEED AP
As of October, Beaulieu was the first carpet mill to have its products certified under the NSF 140 standard. The standard is based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) principles and offers three levels of achievement for the various stages of silver, gold and platinum.
It’s primarily intended for commercial flooring, but can be used to evaluate any type of carpet.
Basically, it represents a single standard, verses multiple standards and includes an easy to follow rating system.
If you’re in the market for a greener floor, give me a call at 703-370-0000 or shoot an email my way.

All the best!

Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Alexandria Carpet One &
Commercial Carpets of America