Monthly Archives: July 2013

Design Trends – Bamboo Flooring

bamboo flooringWhen you’re looking for home decorating options, Cleveland has plenty to offer. In a place like Cleveland which experiences a lot of different extreme weather conditions during both summers and winters, you have to choose materials that can withstand and literally weather such climatic conditions. Consult with your architect or interior decorator about the different areas in your home, their planned purpose and the ideal floors and walls and other furniture and fittings. Your floor is literally the most used and often abused space in your home, especially if you have young children and pets. You walk on them as well as run, stamp, spill and scratch them. Your flooring should be strong enough to withstand all that apart from the weather and the resultant variations in temperature and humidity.

The most favored traditional floors have been wood. In recent years, people are moving away from wood to bamboo because of the abundant supply of bamboo, and its growth rate. Bamboo matures quite quickly; where trees like teak, pine and oak might take fifty years to grow and be ready for lumber, bamboo is usually available in five! This makes the replenishment of bamboo faster, and hence people looking for a greener home opt for bamboo floors. Bamboo is a sustainable plant and is also available in a wide range of varieties making it suitable for flooring for the entire home, for all the rooms from nursery and bedrooms to the kitchen and the patio.

The various kinds of bamboo available for flooring in Cleveland depend on the type of plant and the way it is harvested. The most popular bamboo floors are of two types, called strand woven bamboo and fused fiber bamboo. The strand woven bamboo is much stronger and is used for floors where there will be a lot of foot traffic. The fused fiber bamboo floor looks more attractive and so can be used for decorating purposes like a hotel lobby or the patio that receives less foot traffic.

There are no standard grading systems for bamboo available, and so the seller or manufacturer reputation is very crucial when you’re thinking of going with bamboo floors. You need to learn about the different kinds of bamboo and their characteristics to make an informed choice. The age of the bamboo plant when it is harvested dictates its hardness and therefore its durability too. Ideally the plant should be at six to nine years of age when it is harvested for timber. At six to nine years bamboo becomes very, very hard and durable and is a great wearing floor. There are some engineered bamboo floors available today that combine a top layer of bamboo with layers of other wood which make them strong, light weight and yet durable.  The biggest scam in bamboo is the cheaper imports that sell for $3 – $4 that are only three years old. They are actually soft and do not hold up well – hence the lower price. Trust us – you do not want a floor made of three year old bamboo. 

At Pucher’s, started by Carl Pucher in 1928, we have been providing floors to the Cleveland area for the last three generations. Now headed by the grandson of Carl Pucher, Pucher’s is a by-word for flooring in and around the Cleveland area in North East Ohio. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home interiors. We also have a range of paints, wallpapers, other household products, cleaning agents, furnishings, fittings, window treatments, etc. apart from just floors. Anything you need for your home, you can find it at Pucher’s. Call us today for a free quote or visit us for a free consultation.

The Ease of Working With a Decorator

working with a decoratorYou have saved up for years and finally have your dream home built to your specifications so that you and your family can live happily for years to come. The next step is the interior decoration, like choosing walls, floors and window treatments, paint colors for the exterior and the interior and other such difficult decisions. Your home should be a relaxing place, a sanctuary. Your home should be a reflection of you. The modern version of “show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are,” is “show me your home and I will tell you who you are.”

However, your family members will also want their needs and personalities to be reflected in their rooms and private areas. If you feel it is a daunting task, it is better to engage a professional interior designer or decorator. The former gets involved with the architect and advises on the placement of rooms and planned activities for different spaces, based on the available light and other factors. The latter is typically engaged after the house is built to advise on floors, wall colors, draperies and other furniture and fittings to provide harmony and aesthetic appeal.

Engage with a Decorator

You don’t have to worry about any aspect of your interiors when you engage an interior decorator to do your home; you just have to state your preferences and have a beautiful home you can proudly show off. You can be assured of getting your home outfitted with the best possible floors, draperies, rugs, etc. as your decorator will be on top of the latest trends and innovations. You can save yourself both time and stress when you engage a decorator to help with your home décor, not to mention opting for something unsuitable and then having to get it fixed. Such costly do-overs can be avoided when you hire an interior decorator to help in fixing up your home.

Whether you are building, remodeling or redecorating your home, this time can very stressful to you. Oftentimes you will not know where to even begin. An interior decorator will relieve the stress and take the burden off of you. They will assist in space planning and décor by suggesting patterns, paints, flooring, and window treatments just to name a few. A decorator provides comfort and the security of knowing the services will be performed and completed without troubling you. This frees up your time and saves you money and frustration.

At Pucher’s we are fully aware of the importance of having your home look beautiful and appealing. You need to have a home that is welcoming, relaxing and soothing. Pucher’s, founded by Carl Pucher in Cleveland in 1928, has been serving the residents of Cleveland for three generations. We offer our customers professional advice and help you get your home décor the talking point among your family and friends. We offer home decorating services in Cleveland. We specialize in all household items and designer brands. Our staff members are well-trained and can help you with your fittings if required. Our in-house design team can handle any challenging project. Step in or call us today for a visit and a free quote!

Household Uses for Kitchen Staples

cleaning With just a few other ingredients added, vinegar can turn into a household disinfectant, furniture polish, stain remover and glass cleaner. Vinegar is a staple in any pantry. Its acidity and neutralizing properties make vinegar the perfect choice for cleaning, disinfecting, softening and shining. You can use vinegar from the bathroom to the kitchen to take full advantage of this household staple. Take advantage of this multitalented kitchen staple by following these easy guidelines. 

Grease Cutter: The acid in vinegar is a grease cutter. Dip a sponge into vinegar and wipe down your stovetop, microwave and dirty dishes.

Disinfectant: To make an all-purpose disinfecting solution, dilute 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water and use anywhere that germs can be found such as countertops, phones, doorknobs and remote controls.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: By pouring 1 cup of vinegar in the bowl, you can clean, disinfect and deodorize your toilet. Allow the vinegar to sit for one hour then use a brush to remove rings and flush.

Drain Cleaner: To maintain a clog-free drain, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and follow up with ½ cup of vinegar. After the foaming subsides, pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain. Remove any hair and unwanted debris with a wire. If the drain is still slow, repeat the process.

Glass Cleaner: Combine 2 cups of water, ¼ cup vinegar and ½ teaspoon liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray onto glass and wipe down with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Residue Remover: Use a vinegar-water solution to remove the sticky residue that is left behind by labels and stickers.

Hair Rinse: Hair products and shampoos can leave behind residue, leaving your hair dull. Dilute 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in 3 cups water to remove buildup. Mix well. After shampooing, pour the vinegar mixture over your hair before rinsing with water. The vinegar will close the cuticle and will leave hair soft and shiny.

Furniture Polish: Mix ¼ cup olive oil, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake well and refrigerate any solution remaining to keep from going bad.

Stain Remover: Rid of grass stains and blood spots by mixing ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 3 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain and then toss into the washer.

Laundry Softener: Conventional fabric softener remains in clothing oftentimes causing irritation. For softer laundry, add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Dandruff Preventer: The acid in vinegar helps kill some of the bacteria responsible for dandruff. By rinsing with vinegar, you can deep-clean your scalp and remove dead skin cells. Mix ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup fresh mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried leaves) and 1 cup boiling water for a no-dandruff rinse. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then pour over scalp after shampooing. Rinse mixture from hair with water.

Wart Killer: Dip a cotton ball into vinegar and place over wart with a bandage. Change the cotton ball on a daily basis. The acid in the vinegar will eat away at the wart. Be sure to keep your skin moisturized around the wart.

Breath Freshener: Rinse your mouth with 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt diluted in 1 cup water. The rinse can remove onion and garlic odors.

Paintbrush Softener: Dip hardened bristles into a bowl of vinegar for one hour or less. Rinse the bristles with warm water and soap and let dry before use.

Rust Remover: Soak rusted nuts, bolts, nails or tools into a bath of vinegar for several hours. If the vinegar becomes cloudy, change the vinegar. After soaking, wipe away the rust with a clean cloth.