Bode Floors | Floor Care Blog

Bode Floors | Floor Care Blog

Laminate Vs. Vinyl Flooring: What’s the Difference?

There are many factors homeowners should consider when shopping for new flooring, including price, durability, appearance, and how much maintenance will be required. Compared to hardwood floors, laminate and vinyl floors are more affordable and offer more durability and flexibility, but how do the two compare? Here’s a look at the differences between laminate and vinyl flooring.

Laminate Floors

A person installing Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are extremely durable, pet-friendly, and aren’t likely to fade much over time, but they can be prone to scratches and chips in high-traffic areas. They’re also available in a diverse variety of textures and styles, including a range of natural wood looks such as mahogany, oak, and cherry, or colors such as white, gray, and black. However, as laminate floors are made from 99% wood materials, they aren’t waterproof, so they shouldn’t be used in rooms exposed to high moisture levels such as bathrooms and should be cleaned with laminate-specific cleaning products or steam mops rather than traditional wet mops.

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is similar to laminate flooring in that it’s highly durable, pet-friendly, and available in a range of wood and color varieties, but unlike laminate, its material is more likely to fade over time due to heavy sunlight exposure. Vinyl flooring is also waterproof, which makes it a much better choice for use in rooms that see a lot of moisture. Although vinyl floors are susceptible to scratches and dents from heavy furniture, they are quite easy to clean with a simple wet mop. Additionally, while laminate flooring can only be installed in floating planks, vinyl can be installed either as floating planks or adhesive strips.

The Bode family has been in the flooring business in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia markets for over four decades. Bode Floors offers area residents a variety of flooring products, including laminate, vinyl, tile, stone, and carpet options. Give us a call today at 410-381-5900 to schedule an appointment in one of our showrooms.

Carpet Fiber 101

Close up photo of a carpetChoosing a carpet flooring type is a decision homeowners shouldn’t take lightly, as the right carpet can have a big impact on a room’s visual appeal, function, and comfort. But with so many varieties and styles available, it’s sometimes challenging to narrow down the search. Here’s a look at some of the basics of the most common varieties of carpet flooring fibers.


In the world of carpet flooring, there’s no beating nylon when it comes to versatility and durability. Nylon’s color flexibility, easy maintenance, and powerful resistance to wear, mildew, rot, and other types of damage make it the most popular carpet fiber type on the market. It’s also static free, stain resistant, and often exceptionally soft. Nylon carpeting comes in a variety of colors, heights, textures, and styles, and it can last for many years.


Although it’s an artificial carpet fiber, acrylic is sometimes referred to as man-made wool because of its soft, warm, wool-like texture. Like nylon, acrylic is static resistant, available in a variety of colors and styles, and it doesn’t easily mildew, fade, or become crushed under heavier furniture. Because it’s so soft, however, acrylic is best reserved for low-traffic rooms where its luxurious feel can be maintained.


Olefin, or polypropylene, carpeting is second only to nylon in popularity, especially in commercial installations. That’s due to its ability to maintain color and resist wear and mildew. Olefin is also very easy to maintain and tough against foot traffic, making it an ideal carpet fiber for rooms that see a lot of use. It’s also one of the most affordable carpet fiber varieties, which, when combined with its appearance and performance, makes it a great option for homeowners on a budget.


Wool is a strong, all-natural carpet fiber option that adds extra comfort and luxury to a room. It’s soft and exceptionally dense, and it also maintains its height and resists crushing very well. Additionally, unlike artificial carpeting, the fibers in wool are opaque, which means that it hides dirt and other debris easily.

Bode Floors offers Columbia-area residents a large variety of carpet flooring, as well as hardwood, tile and stone, and other flooring products. To request a free quote or schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (410) 381-5900.

How to Clean and Care for Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly sought after by homeowners for their attractive appearance, long life, and ease of cleaning. But that lustrous sheen requires some care, so it’s important to keep these rules of thumb in mind when caring for hardwood floors.

Take It Easy

A person wearing blue sneakers while standing on a light brown, hard wood floor

Despite their durability, hardwood floors need to be treated gently; high heels and claws can easily dent and scratch the surface. Heels should be left at the door, while pets should have their nails trimmed regularly. Outdoor pets pose another risk to wood floors, as they frequently track in dirt, dust, and other debris that can damage the finish; doormats outside every entrance can lessen this problem. Furniture can also scratch the finish, so attaching felt pads to the bottom of furniture legs is a must.

Keep Your Cool

Humidity can wreak havoc on hardwood floors, as changes in heat and moisture can damage the wood. To offset the risk, the thermostat should be set between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, with humidity levels between 30 and 50%. Small fluctuations in heat and humidity won’t pose a significant risk, but extreme temperature changes and prolonged excessive humidity are a wood floor’s worst nightmare.

Establish a Cleaning Routine

Tiny particles, dust, and debris can scratch the floor and dull the sheen. Ideally, floors should be dusted with a microfiber cloth daily—or as often as possible. Microfiber traps more dirt and dust particles than a broom, and it’s safer on the floor’s surface. Floors should also be cleaned weekly with a microfiber mop and pH-neutral cleaner without additives like acrylic wax, which can create a buildup on the floor’s surface. It’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations or floor care instructions when choosing a cleaning product. Depending on the surface finish, the floor may need to be polished every few months.

The Importance of Proper Maintenance

Wood floors can last a lifetime or longer with proper maintenance. The best way to prolong the life of your wood floors is to have them refinished occasionally. It’s impossible to completely avoid wear and tear from pets, foot traffic, and spills, but a professional may be able to resand and refinish the floor to restore the original shine. Homeowners should contact a professional or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific maintenance details.

Shopping for New Hardwood?

Whether you’d like to install new hardwood floors or have your existing ones polished, Bode Floors is your source for flooring products in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We’ll help you select a floor that’s right for your family and connect you with financing to help you beautify your home. Call Bode Floors today at (410) 381-5900 to request a free quote.

Join The Luxury Vinyl Flooring Trend

So you’re ready to choose new flooring for your home, what will you go with? One of the hottest trends on the market today is Luxury Vinyl Flooring or LVT for short. When deciding if LVT is right for your home, you’ll find that there are tons of options that you can choose from. This blog post will give you an idea of what to expect and make it much easier to find the best LVT flooring that will fit all your needs.

What Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

LVT flooring is a lot like regular vinyl tile, they both have a wear layer, an image layer, a resilient core and backing. However, LVT is generally thicker and offers a greater level or durability and design realism. Many of the Luxury Vinyl Flooring styles that we carry are waterproof, so they won’t swell when exposed to water.

Where Can I Install Luxury Vinyl Flooring?

While LVT is not meant for stairs, it can go on any and all flat level surfaces. Our luxury vinyl flooring’s wonderful combination of design options, easy installation and good value make LVT a flooring favorite for gathering spaces and utility areas such as kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms, and playrooms.

What styles can I get with LVT flooring?

The beauty of luxury vinyl tile is how versatile it is. It’s truly possible to achieve a look that mimics hardwood or natural stone, but with the performance you’re seeking from a vinyl floor. Great care is taken during the design process to create visuals and textures that mimic the real thing.

Here are some of the looks you’ll be able to choose from at Bode Floors:

Realistic looking wood species – Everything from traditional Oak, Walnut and Birch to true-to-life exotic woods with dramatic grain patterns
Texture and finishing effects – Weathered white-washing, liming and rough-hewn reclaimed looks
Classic stone styles – Marble, slate and travertine tiles and concrete-inspire planks

Contact Bode Floors today!

If you’re ready to explore what LVT flooring can do for your home, stop into one of our convenient locations today. Get one of the hottest new flooring trends for your home today. Click here to find the location nearest you.

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