A pleasure under foot


August 14, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Cushiony, durable and easy-to-clean, the new FiberFloor from Tarkett is a foot-friendly flooring alternative for any room in the house. FiberFloor combines the comfort of carpeting with the easy maintenance of sheet vinyl flooring and the simple installation of laminate flooring. Three stylish design collections -- Personal Expressions ($2.59 to $3.25 per square foot), Easy Living ($2 per square foot) and Fresh Start ($1 per square foot) -- feature an array of colors, textures and patterns, including faux stone, slate, wood, tile and children's themes.

FiberFloor, made of engineered fiberglass surrounded by layers of vinyl on both sides, requires no glue for installation, and is easily removable for changing or replacing styles. It's also a snap to clean with a damp mop, and is water-resistant and backed by warranty.

Pictured are the Fresh Start Adirondack and the Personal Expressions Starry Night Blue Heaven styles, both ideal for kids' rooms, and the Fresh Start Timing style, perfect for a family room or dining room.

Call 888-639-8275 or visit www.tarkettna .com for retailers.

Longer life for outdoor furniture From big outdoor parties to small get-togethers with friends, you've been enjoying your patio furniture all summer long. And you want to enjoy it for summers to come. But will it hold up? Outdoor living expert Cindy Prest of Home Depot offers these simple tips:

Darker colors fade in the sun, more so than lighter colors. So the lighter the better, if you have little shade.

The bark and oil from oak, hickory and other nut trees can stain your furniture, so be wary of placement.

To clean cushions and seating areas, use a soft brush, mild soap and warm water. And never bleach.

To shield your patio table from leaves, dust and falling debris, affix a decorative umbrella.

During inclement weather, store furniture in a covered area to prevent wood and fabric from molding and metal from rusting. If you must leave it outside, cover with a tarp or other waterproof material.

Seal teak furniture with teak oil and other wood furniture with a polyurethane-based wax.

Protecting the plants

You don't have to have a nursery to see your flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables grow through the early winter. All you need is a greenhouse. And the new Garden Greenhouse from Midwest Gloves & Gear is an affordable option. The 65-inch-high, 36-inch-wide greenhouse assembles in minutes and features four 19-inch-deep wire grid shelves and rolling casters for easy shifting. The greenhouse, made of steel and plastic and with a heavy clear plastic cover and zippered roll-up door, lets the sun in, keeps the moisture in and shuts the yard critters out.

The Garden Greenhouse sells for $49.99 at Lowe's, BJ's Wholesale Club and Ace Hardware. Call 800-821-3028 or visit www .midwestglove.com for more information.


The summer exhibit 300 Years of Master Drawings: 1650-1950, featuring works by Thomas Couture, Raoul Dufy, Thomas Gainsborough, Reginald Marsh and others, can be seen at the Craig Flinner Gallery, 505 N. Charles St., through Sept. 3. Pictured is Pietro da Cortona's ink drawing The Triumph of Ceres. Call 410-727-1863 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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