The sun is coming out, the evenings are getting longer and the buds are turning green. Spring is nearly here, and it’s time to get your home ready. Here are some simple tips from our experts to capture the spirit of the season in your home:
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.
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.
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.’’
Flooring is always a subject for debate when it comes to decorating your home. Everyone has their view on what looks best, but it’s important to take your lifestyle into account before making a decision.
We’ve looked into the plus points of all three flooring styles, so you can decide which type of flooring is best suited to your home:
If you want to add a warm, cosy feel to your home, carpet is the ideal option as it is designed the retain heat within the home. Carpets come in a number of different styles and designs, with different types suited to different areas of the home.
For halls and stairs that see high areas of traffic, we recommend hardwearing striped or patterned carpets were dirt and dust is less visible. Bedrooms generally have the lowest traffic within the home, meaning you can opt for a softer carpet with a plush pile that will be a treat on your feet on a cold winter morning.
When buying a carpet, don’t forget to pick your underlay. The higher the quality of the underlay, the more cushioned your carpet will feel on your feet, and the longer your carpet will last. All of our carpets come with free First Step Underlay, or if you’d like the upgrade to a thinker underlay, we will deduct the difference.
Laminate flooring is incredibly popular in homes all over the UK due to its low maintenance, modern look and affordable price tag. For busy family homes, the easy to clean factor makes laminate flooring an ideal choice as dirt and dust are less obvious, and anything that does build up can be cleaned with a brush, mop or steam mop.
Laminate flooring also provides a durable feel, and is very slow to fade in sunlight, making it ideal for high traffic areas of the home such as halls and living rooms.
From an aesthetic point, laminate flooring will add a sleek modern look to your home and is extremely adaptable if you decide to redecorate.
Vinyl flooring is an extremely affordable alternative to tiles, and can most commonly be found in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms.
With a durable design, vinyl flooring lends itself to high footfall areas of the home, and its easy clean surface make spills easy to wipe off. Like laminate flooring, vinyl is easy to clean by brushing, mopping or steam mopping.
Additionally, vinyl is quick and easy to install, and has a comfortable underfoot which reduces noise. Both of these aspects can be very important to families who want minimal disruption when redecorating and less noise when the kids are running around.