Skaff Celebrates 106 Years with Free Furniture and Carpet!

This week Skaff had a live drawing for $1500.00 worth of free Ashley Furniture, and the crowd that showed up was so huge Mr. Skaff added three more prizes.   It was a fun way to get to know some folks who had never visited our store, and give us a chance to show off our beautiful showroom.

Best of all, four people left with some great prizes.  Along with the free furniture, Skaff gave away a $500.00 Skaff Gift Card, a gorgeous area rug and a Skaff Gift Card for $200.00.  There was fresh baked cookies too!

IMG_4766Skaff Furniture Carpet One will continue the 106th celebration, featuring great prices on the best brand names in furniture and flooring, plus a chance to win more free furniture and carpet.  (Find out more at http://www.skaff.com/register-to-win-these-great-giveaways)

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Argh! Footprints on my carpet!

People have a wide degree of responses to how new carpet looks.  One of the questions that comes up periodically is: ‘What kind of carpet won’t show footprints and vacuum marks?’  The short answer is: none.

The more accurate answer is that most carpets show shading, but depending on the texture, some will show more than others.

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Nearly every carpet that is made has some kind of texture to it.  Some are smoother than others, some are more stippled, some are patterned, some have loops.  If you choose a carpet that has a nap to it you will likely see footprints and vacuum marks.  It is the beauty of carpet to show pools of lighter and darker colors so that your home has depth and warmth.  If you painted your plywood floor the color you wished, it would appear flat and commercial.  A carpet that has a variety of texture and shade will make your floor look a part of your décor, which complements the other shades of color and texture in your furniture, paint, art, and window treatments.

Shading will be most noticeable when the carpet is brand new.  Freshly unrolled carpet is somewhat flattened out and all the nap is pointed in one direction, so shading is most obvious then.  As time passes, sometimes a month or more, the carpet will relax, the yarns will ‘blossom’, and this will minimize the shading to a degree.   Color and finish of the carpet makes a difference too.  A smooth finish navy carpet will show footprints more than a heavy cabled carpet in a white color.

Carpets that have a loop construction will show almost no shading.  You do give up some comfort and there are other considerations, but a well made berber carpet might be a choice for you if shading makes you crazy.

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Some carpet has a pattern or a heavy texture that will disguise shading somewhat, at least to the point where your eye is not attracted to the shading that all foot traffic will cause eventually.

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Depending on how you feel about footprints and vacuum marks, there are a many choices of carpet that might suit you.  Of course, comfort, color, and quality are all considerations.  For the best ideas, come to Skaff and spend some time with one of our professional flooring specialists to get all of your questions answered.

Time to clean your carpet?

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One question that our customers often ask is how often should they clean their carpet.  Naturally there are a number of things to consider, including the amount of traffic the room gets, whether there are pets in the home, and how light the color is.  Generally the best rule of thumb is to clean it before it needs it.  But how do you know?

Take this advice: have the carpet cleaned every 18 months at least.  All carpet manufacturers recommend having the carpet professionally cleaned using a truck mounted hot water extraction method. If you notice soil accumulating in the traffic lanes you can also try the Resista method, using a dry compound to lift the soil out in small areas, when you’re not quite ready to have the whole room steam cleaned.

One other note; many times ‘home-shampooers’ will over wet the carpet, and or leave behind a soapy residue, making the carpet harder to maintain afterwards.  It is best not to use machines like these.

One thing to pay attention to is the carpet’s warranty.  Most carpet manufacturers insist  you have the carpet professionally cleaned every 18 months, some every 12 months, in order to maintain your carpet’s warranty.  It’s also important you keep your cleaning receipts in case you ever need to document your maintenance.

In between, it’s best to vacuum 2-3 times a week in the traffic lanes, not only to keep soil from accumulating, but to keep the nap of the carpet groomed.

Carpet can make up a large part of how your home looks, and if you want it to last as long as it is designed to, it’s important to maintain it well, including having it cleaned regularly by a professional.

 

Save and Share Saturday

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Good News!
On November 26, 2016, on SKAFF SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY, we set out to accomplish three big things;

1. Create an exciting one day event where our customers could take advantage of excellent values on the best brand names of flooring and furniture, to help make their homes beautiful.
2. Provide an opportunity for our staff to work together to make the day into a milestone sales event.
3. Give back to our community by donating 15% of every sale to one of three local charities.

We are grateful to announce that our SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY was a huge success on each count. As we said in our messages leading up to the day, “EVERYBODY WINS!”

We wanted thank all of you who supported us on this day, and announce that because of the success of the sale Skaff will be donating $33,000.00 to our three charity partners; Whaley Children’s Center, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Carriage Town Ministries.

One of our customers said it best: “The real reason we like to buy from a local company is that the money we spend stays in our community.” Our Save and Share Saturday was a literal expression of that philosophy. Our customers came in and got great deals on furniture and flooring, and in turn, we shared $33,000.00 with three excellent community charities.
Thanks again to everyone who made that possible.

Skaff Save and Share Saturday

snsslogo-squareNow in it’s fourth year, the Save and Share concept continues to bring great value to our customers, and make a great difference in the community.

This year Skaff will dedicate one of the busiest retail days of the year to Save and Share.  Saturday, November 26, from 10:00 to 8:00 Skaff will have an event that will make a huge impact for our charity partners and the families who shop in our store.

November 26 will be our biggest sale of the year, with the lowest prices of the year.  Not only will we have great discounts on Flexsteel and Smith Brothers furniture, and every other manufacturer we carry, but up to 60% off on carpet and flooring too.  LEES, Karastan, Bigelow, Armstrong, all of our vendors have come to us with extra discounts to get involved in this event.

But the real focus of this is to raise money for our charity partners; Carriage Town Ministries, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and Whaley Children’s Center.  On November 26, Save and Share Saturday, Skaff will donate 15% of every sale to these local charities.

We will allow our customers to choose where the money goes!  Choose one charity or split it among all three.

It will be a fun day.  We have giveaways for everyone, plus raffles to win free furniture and carpet.  And free pizza!

Great sale prices for our customers, big donations for our charity partners: everyone wins.

 

Terralisa McBride-Office Manager

Terralisa  has been with the Skaff organization for nearly 20 years.  In that time she has taken on every job with the same enthusiasm and energy as her first day.  She has been a fast learner and always eager to find ways to be more valuable to our company.

Terralisa has taken on more and more responsibility over the years until she has become an integral part of our administrative office.  We have always been able to count on Terralisa to help train new people, or fill whenever we needed someone.  Because of her versatility she became the ‘go-to’ person in many situations.

And so it became a natural progression that when we had the opening we name her as our Office Materralisa-mcbridenager.  In a busy company like ours this is a key person and we know we can trust Terra to do a great job.

It is always gratifying to see a Skaff employee grow and learn and succeed.  There is no better example than Terralisa McBride.

Skaff is awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for Second Year

2015ssa_ColorLow528pxSkaff Furniture Carpet One has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row.  This is a significant achievement in that the award is driven by the positive feedback from Skaff customers.  According to Angie’s List, only the top 5% of companies in any category will earn the Super Service Award.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

The Skaff family is grateful for the employees who made this possible, and for the customers who gave such great feedback on their experience with Skaff.  We hope to do all we can to earn our customer’s trust and loyalty every day.

 

 

 

Skaff Announces Grand Opening of Karastan Gallery

 

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Skaff is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our Karastan Gallery.  We feel this will be an excellent addition to our showroom, a good fit with the other excellent brand names we offer for our customers.

Since 1928 Karastan has created the best quality carpeting for discriminating customers, always crafted in the latest styles and fresh with the colors people want in their homes. Plush textured saxonies, elegant carved patterns, contemporary designs, all made from the cutting edge fibers that demanding households really need.   Karastan offers a wide selection of high style wool carpeting for those who want a more natural feel, and the longevity that wool provides.

Karastan continues to develop beautiful styles and colors year after year.  And along with the innovation in style, they have kept pace with technology to make the carpets practical as well as beautiful.  New fibers for durability, new stain resistant properties to make them easy to care for.

We are looking forward to a great start with Karastan, and look forward to a long successful relationship with this premier brand.

Pat Kane Retires after 47 Years at Skaff

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AFTER 47 YEARS AND 77 DAYS ON THE JOB, SKAFF SALESPERSON PAT KANE IS READY TO RETIRE TO HIS RECLINER.

 Hall of Fame baseball player Al Kaline spent all his 22 years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers. Future Hall of Fame player Derek Jeter spent his entire 20-year career in a New York Yankees’ uniform.

 Add all those years together and the total still falls a little shy of the time Hall of Fame salesman, Pat Kane has spent as an MVP on the Skaff Furniture & Carpet team!

 On March 16, 1968, the 18-year-old kid from Flint hired in at Skaff as stock boy. This Monday, June 1, after 47 years and 77 days at the one and only place he’s ever worked, Pat Kane is retiring.

 “It really is a remarkable achievement,” smiles Skaff Furniture and Carpet President, Dick Skaff. “The funny part is when Pat told me about his retirement, he admitted to being puzzled about exactly what to say because he’d never left a job before!”

 According to Skaff, who did some serious mathematical calculations, Kane has accounted for more than $17 million dollars in sales over the years.

 “At $199 a crack, that adds up to quite a few recliners,” laughs Kane.

 Starting out Kane worked as a stock boy and was self-described go-fer at the Skaff Harrison Street store location in downtown Flint.

 “I worked in the stock room, unloading trucks. I’d go get coffee and sandwiches for lunch, all that kind of stuff. After a few months, they started asking me to bring a tie in to work so when the store was really busy, I could step out of the stock room and pinch-hit on the sales floor,” recalls Kane. “I really enjoyed helping with the customers. I loved what I was doing and made a good living at it and before you know it, almost a half century had passed.”

 What makes this story even more incredible is that Pat Kane met Patricia, his wife of 43 years, while working at Skaff. At the time, Patty was a receptionist at the downtown store.

The couple live in Grand Blanc and have two grown children, Adam and Ryan.

 In 2006, Kane was inducted into the Skaff Furniture and Carpet Hall of Fame honoring long-time loyal employees and customers.

“Pat was one of our original inductees. In fact, he’s been at the store throughout my entire career here,” smiles Skaff. “It’s going to seem really strange not to see him on our sales floor. I can’t even begin to say how much we will miss him.”

 Skaff Furniture-Carpet One has been a family-owned business in Genesee County since 1911, and recently celebrated its 104th Anniversary. The 70,000 square-foot Skaff Warehouse/Showrooms are located at 23-Expressway and Hill Road.

Skaff achieves the Angie’s List Super Service Award

13ANG0007_SuperServiceLogo_Final_LessGradient-2200pxEvery month we get calls and letters from our customers telling us what a great job our employees did for them.  Everyone from the sales staff to the delivery people to the office staff to the installers, everyone seems to be working hard and the customers notice and thank us.

We are proud of the people who work at Skaff; they are a dedicated, hard working group of professionals who all pull together to give our customers the best possible experience.  So it is really gratifying to hear that the families we serve really appreciate the effort.

And so when Skaff was awarded the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, we naturally have to thank our staff for making it possible.  When our customers post positive reviews about our company on Angie’s List, and give us an ‘A’ grade, it got noticed by the Angie’s List folks, and ultimately we were given this acknowledgement.

The Skaff family wants to thank our loyal customers who were kind enough to share their experience, and to our employees who made it all possible.  We will all strive to make sure we keep the bar set high.