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Guides & Help 2017-07-19

Five top tips for choosing the perfect flooring

There’s nothing quite like that ‘new, new’ smell of a brand new carpet. Updating your flooring can be a simple and cost effective way to freshen up and reinvigorate your home, and with a catalogue full of different styles, patterns and types, we’ve compiled our top tips when it comes to choosing or identifying the perfect flooring.

Farren Murphy, Commercial Manager, said: “It’s good to have an idea of budget and the key requirements of the new flooring, whether it is easy clean or uber luxurious, to help identify the best options and ranges, especially as there’s such an array of flooring choices these days. Following our top tips can help weigh up all the options and determine the best choice for you.”

Choose flooring that suits your lifestyle

When choosing new flooring it’s most important to consider its purpose along with lifestyle needs. For instance, families with young children and people with pets, may have different requirements to a more adult environment.

Flooring has evolved somewhat in recent years and can now cater for every day practicalities such as stain resistance, offered by polypropylene carpets, with stylish colour and pattern options, or easy-clean laminate or vinyl tile, which would be better suited to families and pet owners longer-term.

However, in an adult home, our Isense super soft range would be luxurious and sensory-filled treat under foot for bedrooms and main living spaces. The perfect flooring will be one which suits both your home and your lifestyle.

Carpet, laminate flooring or vinyl

Work out your budget

With so many carpet and flooring options available, it’s possible to get something you love that’s also within your budget. It’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking to spend as it can help identify best options for you.

Visiting a store will help you determine exactly what’s on offer, and also gives you the chance to ask an assistant about payment options and organise for a flooring surveyor to visit your home to provide a quote.

Make a statement with colours and patterns

From stripes to zig-zags, geo-patterns, different tones and even glittery effects, you can make a real statement with your flooring. Advances in the technology behind carpets have allowed much more choice when it comes to both colour and pattern.

Staircases and hallways are the perfect place to make a fashionable statement and the variety of patterns available means the world is your oyster.

Stainless Wilton, Classic Beige

Make sure it is installed properly

Replacing your underlay and gripper rods at the same time as your carpet will ensure that you have a bounce underfoot, give a smooth finish to your new flooring and, most importantly, will make your carpet last and look better for longer.

A professional floor layer will ensure that the pile runs in the correct way and is tensioned correctly, giving it longer lasting durability.

Take care of your flooring

Keeping your floor as clean as possible is the best way to take care of it, we recommend regular vacuuming for carpets and floors, followed by a ‘once-over’ with a damp mop for laminates. Wiping up and treating spills as soon as they happen will avoid unnecessary stains and damage, especially to wooden floors.

We recommend only using cleaning products that are made specifically for carpets and flooring, as appropriate, including our range of specialised kits available for tackling particular spills and stains.

For areas that see lots of traffic, using a mat or rug can trap dirt and stop it from spreading. We also recommend using floor protectors underneath furniture legs and wheels to prevent scratching and avoid leaving indentations.

Guides & Help 2017-07-18

Turn your living room into a relaxing retreat

Brits love nothing more than relaxing on the sofa with a nice cuppa, but have you ever thought about how your living room layout can affect your relaxation?

Some 80%[1] of Brits believe the tidiness of their home impacts stress levels, but it’s not a just a tidy house that can make us feel more zen.

We’ve spoken to feng shui fanatics Wu Wei Wisdom about the importance of living room layout and how to make your sofa the perfect place to relax.

Here are Wu Wei Wisdom’s top tips to make your living room the ultimate relaxing retreat:

Bring nature into the living room

You should arrange your furniture so that it allows plenty of natural light to enter the space. Position your sofa so you can enjoy a great view out over any greenery and enjoy the changing seasons, or use a few carefully chosen houseplants with soft leaves to bring nature into your living room.

Stress free sofa

Positive flow of energy

Feng shui is the flow of Qi (chi) energy around the home, so it is important to ensure the flow is smooth and harmonious. Qi enters your living room at the doorway, so make sure your sofa and other items of furniture are not blocking the flow by being positioned too close to the door.

Make your living room a relaxing place

By choosing a sofa that is inviting and encourages you to rest, you can make your living room a special place for relaxation. The colours you pick for your walls, furniture and fabrics, will also affect your Qi energy levels. Soft and muted creams, blues, greens, greys, pinks or lilacs particularly bring about calm.


Get mindful on your sofa

You’ll be amazed how much your levels of stress can improve by taking five to 10 minutes a day to practice mindfulness meditation. Sitting comfortably on the sofa can be the perfect place to practice this. Simply close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath, then begin to gently relax every part of your body, from the top of your head to your toes.

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[1] Survey of 1,018 UK residents in June 2017

Guides & Help 2017-07-13

Keep wooden and laminate flooring looking better for longer

Laminate and wood flooring are stylish and durable flooring options that are highly resistant to wear and tear, and much easier to clean than many other types of flooring. To make sure your new flooring stays looking its very best; we advise following these simple steps:

It starts at installation

After your laminate or wood flooring has been fitted in your home, we’d recommend waiting at least 48 hours before mopping your floor. This will allow your floor to ‘settle’, and for any adhesive that we’ve used to fit your floor to dry thoroughly.

Don’t over soak it

Whenever you clean your laminate or wood flooring, be careful not to use too much water. Excessive water can seep into the joins between the floorboards, causing damage which can build up over the years and result in you having to replace your flooring sooner than you’d hoped. Regular vacuuming, followed by a ‘once-over’ with a damp mop will keep your laminate or wood flooring perfectly clean and looking great.

Keep your laminate flooring looking better for longer

Look out for spills

Make sure you wipe up and treat spills on your flooring, especially liquids, as soon as they happen. As we’ve already mentioned, excessive liquid can damage the floor’s surface and cause further problems in the long-term by seeping down between the joins. Use a paper towel or a clean, dry cloth to gently soak up the moisture, or dampen it slightly to remove tougher spills. Leaving spills for too long can cause permanent staining and affect the beautiful appearance of your flooring.

Keep your laminate flooring looking better for longer

Use recommended cleaning products only

We recommend that you only use cleaning products that are made specifically for cleaning, treating and maintaining laminate and wood flooring. Regular waxes, bleach, strong solvents and abrasive polishes shouldn’t be used as they can damage your floor’s surface. When using a recommended floor cleaning product, make sure that you dry your floor thoroughly to remove any residue from the surface.

Protect your floors

To protect your flooring from furniture damage, we recommend using floor protectors underneath furniture legs and wheels to prevent scratching and avoid leaving indentations in your floor. Mats or rugs will help to trap dirt and stop it from spreading over your floor on the areas of your floor that get the most traffic such as doorways. For your safety, we would also recommend using anti-slip underlay beneath mats and rugs when using them on laminate or wood flooring, to stop them from slipping around when stepped on.

ScS Commercial Manager, Farren Murphy said: ‘’It is vital that your chosen flooring product is cared for in the correct way using the correct cleaning products. Regular maintenance such as hoovering and mopping from the start, this gives your product the best chance of looking great and performing well for longer.’’

Guides & Help 2017-07-10

Maximise space in your home

Whether you live in a studio flat or a four bed house, space is a much desired commodity. If you’re struggling to make space in your home; don’t worry, our interior design experts are here with some simple decorating solutions to help you to maximise the space you have.

Sofa beds

Forget the horrific 90s futons, we’re talking about stylish sofa designs like this Cleveland Sofa Bed. The Cleveland sofa collection is the ultimate range for practicality, combining stylish sofas and beds with whilst providing a very contemporary look.

Give your guests a good night’s sleep with a sofa bed from ScS

 Stylish storage units

Think coffee tables with a drawer to store TV controllers, sideboards or footstools with built in storage. Adding furniture with built in storage can help you keep your home tidier, and reduce the build-up of clutter.

Make books and records a feature

Don’t just hide them away to accumulate dust – books and records can make an eye catching feature provided you get the right bookshelf to store them in. Our Oak Lounge open shelf unit is crafted from solid oak, the timber is seasoned (kiln dried), the natural oak finish sanded smooth, and the chocko finish sanded to leave a more open grain. This sleek, stylish design is the perfect solution for storing records and books in your home.

See through furnishings, mirrors and ceiling to floor curtains

See through furnishings and mirrors have been used by interior designers for years to trick the eye into believing a room is larger and more spacious than it actually is. Floor to ceiling curtains provide a similar effect, making the ceilings seem higher, thus making the room more spacious in the process.

Maximise space in your home

Bold, patterned wallpaper

Making a feature of your walls with bold, patterned wallpaper can add depth to your room and create the illusion of more space. Be careful not to go overboard with standout wallpaper, as to much can work against you – perhaps start with a feature wall.

These decorating tips will help transform your home and allow you to maximise space. If you feel like starting today, why don’t you take advantage of up to 4 years free credit, 0% APR representative on all purchases over £310?