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How to Safely Remove Stains from Cement Tile

Granada Tile

Cement tiles have become popular for homeowners and interior designers because of their unique patterns, durability, and versatility. However, one of the most common questions we are asked is how to maintain cement tiles when dealing with stains. Stains can appear on cement tiles for various reasons. Like any flooring, many things can cause stains such as biological growth, food and beverage spills, ink, and inorganic materials.

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TISE 2023 sees attendance increase

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—A revitalized Mandalay Bay facility, an impressive exhibit hall, education and event lineup and a strong floor covering, stone and tile industry were evident as The International Surface Event (TISE) held here earlier this year. According to show organizers, TISE 2023 experienced a 67% increase in attendance over the 2022 event with double-digit increases over events as far back as pre-2019.

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2023 Tile Trends: Cobbled 

Why Tile

Our celebration of National Tile Day and countdown to Coverings continues with a second 2023 tile trend we’re calling “Cobbled.” This trend represents any tile design that appears to be pieced together. With the same intrigue of a mosaic, we are drawn to cobbled looks for their unique configurations and casual elegance. Here’s why we… The post 2023 Tile Trends: Cobbled appeared first on Why Tile.

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SICIS opens a new showroom in Dubai devoted entirely to surfaces

Ceramics of Italy

Last November SICIS opened a new sales hub for the entire Middle East, a 150 square metre showroom in Dubai devoted exclusively to surfaces with a special focus on large sizes. The operation marks an important step forward for the brand in its efforts to expand its distribution network in the highly strategic UAE market. The opening comes just over a year since Expo Dubai, an event where SICIS memorably clad the Theatre of Memory housing a 3D reproduction of Michelangelo’s David with 2 million g

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Rubble Tile’s Trending Concrete-Look Porcelain Collection, Core

Rubble Tile

The natural world is full of beauty that inspires tile artisans to create the designs we’ve all come to love. But sometimes, great inspiration can come from humankind itself. The things we create can be just as beautiful as what came before us, from ancient.

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The Dixie Group feels at home at the high end

Floor Covering News

D alton —For those who seek alternative options to the largest flooring manufacturers, retailers need to look no further than The Dixie Group, which, through its four brands—DH Floors, Masland, Fabrica and TRUCOR—offers an assortment of products from mid to high end that can satisfy any consumer’s style and performance preferences. Once known exclusively as a supplier of nylon and tufted wool carpet, the company in the past few years has expanded into new fibers (polyester and decorative wool) a

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Top 2023 Wellness Products And Trends From Design & Construction Week

JG Kitchens

Design & Construction Week is one of my must-go events every year. Combining the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and International Builder's Show, along with other smaller gatherings for the trade, it's the top expo for seeing the latest and greatest new releases and trends. I wrote about the top wellness-enhancing finds at DCW for Forbes.com this week.

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How Long Does it Take Concrete to Dry?

Onfloor Technology

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Flooring adhesives tout new formulations

Floor Covering News

A mid higher consumer expectations and rising industry standards, flooring adhesives manufacturers have rolled out innovative enhancements and even brand-new iterations to boost performance and ease of use. Flooring adhesives suppliers are pulling out all the stops and showcasing new formulations designed to go the extra mile to improve flooring installations.

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GemCore joins Galleher, Fuse Alliance partnership

Floor Covering News

Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—Galleher Commercial Flooring, a leading provider of flooring solutions for commercial spaces, and Fuse Alliance, a member-owned organization of professional commercial flooring contractors, expanded their partnership to include GemCore Resilient Commercial Flooring. This expanded partnership will offer Fuse Alliance members access to GemCore’s high-quality resilient commercial flooring solutions, including GemCore LVT and GemCore stone composite flooring. “We have

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Waterproof flooring brands make a big splash in 2023

Floor Covering News

Consumers don’t have to look too hard to find waterproof flooring. From ubiquitous store signage to catchy ads on TV, social media and other outlets, the abundance of waterproof floors is palpable. And it’s not just resilient products like SPC, WPC and LVP looking to make more waves in the market; wood/rigid core hybrids as well as new and improved waterproof laminates are also being promoted more heavily.

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My interview with ChatGPT

Floor Covering News

(First part in a series) T hese are my exact questions and the real, unedited answers from ChatGPT: First off, Chat, tell my audience a little about yourself. “Well, hello there! I’m ChatGPT, your friendly neighborhood language model, and I’m here to make your life easier. Think of me as your personal AI assistant, but without the coffee runs and the bad jokes (I’m sorry, I can’t help myself).

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Key economic indicators show surging momentum

Floor Covering News

For all the talk of the “R” word in recent weeks and months, the latest treasure trove of data from multiple sources points to generally positive economic momentum. Whether that’s a rise in retail sales for the month of January or an uptick (albeit a slight bump) in quarterly GDP, there are reasons to be genuinely optimistic. At the same time, however, core inflation remains stubbornly high—particularly in the bellwether energy and housing sectors—while the new home construction market continues

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Retailers React: Retention or recruiting in 2023?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week we asked: Where will you place your emphasis in 2023—retention or recruiting? Here are their responses: I would do both, but I would place the greater emphasis on retention. Both require a financial investment. A new hire is never a 100% correct hire because you never truly know a person until you begin working with that individual, which could take anywhere between t

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Latest hardwood trends focus on color, format

Floor Covering News

Whether it’s top-selling visuals/species, new engineered formats or even enhancements to the product’s performance, there are hardwood trends and developments RSAs need to keep in mind when helping the consumer make an educated decision. Here’s a look at some of the primary hardwood trends driving continued interest today. Moderating colors, shades Many of the offerings across the Fabrica Wood brand are trending lighter—in keeping with today’s consumer tastes.

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Allstate Flooring capitalizes on private-label

Floor Covering News

Wood products from Allstate Flooring undergo a special process to create unique visual appeal. Pictured is Pasadena from the Brentwood Hills collection. Most flooring distributors carry a litany of manufacturer brands, but over the past 15 years more and more are distributing their own private-label collections to offer some differentiation to their customers.

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Carpet mills tout pet protection

Floor Covering News

Americans love their pets as evidenced by the findings of a National Pet Owners survey showing that 70% of U.S. households, or about 90.5 million families, own a pet. What’s more, 95% of those homeowners consider their pet a member of the family. With that in mind, carpet mills have been busy developing best-in-class products with pet protection—products that offer protection against accidents without compromising on aesthetics or durability.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Benchmarking your business with a budget

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s Tuesday Tips , Steve Abernathy, CFO of the WFCA, discusses creating a budget and utilizing it to benchmark your business as a great way to help your business be mor

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AHF Products introduces Armstrong Flooring Lutea

Floor Covering News

Mountville, Pa.— AHF Products introduced Armstrong Flooring Lutea , a new line of rigid core flooring that is said to encapsulate both beauty and performance. “Lutea is a flooring innovation utilizing technologies that increase aesthetic and performance attributes,” said Yon Hinkle, vice president product management-resilient, AHF Products. “The sturdy planks are completely waterproof and the designs are colors and textures found in nature.

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Best of NeoCon 2023 submissions now open

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Submissions for the Best of NeoCon 2023 competition are now open. A NeoCon tradition since 1990, the competition garners hundreds of product entries each year as exhibitors vie for one of the coveted Best of NeoCon awards. Now in its 33rd year, the program will recognize superlative new products in 56 categories spanning a range of verticals including workplace, healthcare, hospitality and education sectors.

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Shaw’s Ingrid Redmon receives Women MAKE award? 

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, has named Shaw Industries ’ Ingrid Redmon, director of project management, a 2023 Women MAKE Awards honoree. The annual national awards program honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite.

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Tarkett expands sustainability, design teams

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett recently expanded its sustainability team, evidence of its ongoing commitment to environmentally responsible products and operations. The additions to the sustainability team include Rachel Palopoli, director of circular economy, and Rachel Berkin, sustainability product manager. As director of circular economy, Palopoli will oversee the Tarkett take-back program, ReStart, which has collected over 112,000 tons of vinyl, linoleum and carpet globally since 2010.

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FCEF partners with Worx Solutions Management

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) has partnered with Worx Solutions Management, a customer relationship management (CRM) provider. Worx is helping the FCEF manage its contacts and operations through the development of a custom CRM solution. According to the company, the Worx team worked closely with the FCEF team to develop a CRM that would help them track industry supporters and contacts as well as recruits and trainees.

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Mohawk’s Performance Accessories brand expands

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—In 2023, Mohawk’s Performance Accessories brand will continue to expand with an enhanced stair tread program and emphasis on its waterproof accessories. “This category has long been overlooked,” said Jon Woodbury, senior product director of Performance Accessories. “With precision fit, color match and warranty assurance, our innovative products are developed with every user in mind.

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Top tips to shore up your SEO marketing – READY FOR ISSUE LINK

Floor Covering News

Search engine marketing (SEM)—a digital marketing strategy used to increase the visibility of a website in search engine results pages—is in a constant state of flux amid changing trends. Many remodelers use digital marketing for lead generation, including search engine optimizing (SEO) via their websites, buying paid traffic from Google or Microsoft, paying for ads in neighborhood-oriented sites and using third-party lead generators.

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2023 Wood Flooring Expo registration now open

Floor Covering News

Milwaukee, Wis.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) announced that registration is now open for the 2023 Wood Flooring Expo, which will be held from May 2-4 here at the Wisconsin Center. The NWFA 2023 Wood Flooring Expo is the largest trade show and conference worldwide dedicated exclusively to real wood flooring. “This year’s expo theme is ‘Make it Happen,’ and attending is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, network with peers and explore the latest trends and

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No yin but a lot of Yang

Floor Covering News

One of the advantages of attending just about every industry event is the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, some more interesting and useful than others. One of the advantages of reading this column is the opportunity to get the Cliff Notes report of some of the better speakers. Last fall I attended FloorCon, the Broadlume event in Tuscon, Ariz.

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2023 off to a strong start for flooring dealers

Floor Covering News

Nearly two months into what many predicted would be a lean year for the flooring industry has instead been something of a pleasant surprise as flooring dealers report results have mostly surpassed forecasts. “So far, so good in 2023,” Adam Joss, president/owner of The Vertical Connection Carpet One in Columbia, Md., told Floor Covering News. “The year is off to a better start than expected.

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Monarch Plank launches La Grande collection

Floor Covering News

Los Angeles— Monarch Plank , a Galleher brand of wide-plank hardwood flooring, is building on the success of its flagship Domaine II collection by taking luxury hardwood flooring a step further with the La Grande collection. The new collection features even wider and longer boards with the same premium construction. La Grande offers 10-foot-long boards that are over 11 inches wide.

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i4F names Julie Pageot commercial director, Europe

Floor Covering News

Julie Pageot Hamont, Belgium—i4F has named Julie Pageot to the role of commercial director for Europe. Pageot reports to Matthieu Dekens, CCO North America and Europe, and is based at i4F’s global HQ here. In her new role, Pageot will be responsible for growing i4F’s overall market share in Europe looking after licensee relations as well as building new demand creation for i4F technologies with European distribution.

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Morgan Sindall Construction Brings New Life to Camden Methodist Church

The A to Z of Building

Morgan Sindall Construction’s London business completed a £9.2 million restoration project at Camden Methodist Church, as hospitality group The Wesley opened London’s newest.

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Johnson Controls Recognised as One of the World's Top 100 Innovators by LexisNexis

The A to Z of Building

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, has been recognised by LexisNexis as one of the world's most innovative companies in its latest report,

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