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Top tips for maintaining your flooring

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Do you ever stop and think about the cleanliness of your flooring? Did you know carpets can hold approximately four times their weight in dirt or even more?! The build-up of dirt, sand, dust and other bacteria will ruin the general aesthetic of your property.

Regularly maintaining your flooring and ensuring it is in top condition can significantly reduce the potential for structural damage and even improve the value of your property.

There is no one size fits all approach to properly maintaining your flooring, as every property will have its specific type of flooring whether that be carpets or even luxury vinyl flooring, but our tips will ensure an all-encompassing guide to ensure your floors are in tip-top shape!

Here are Allfloors’ top tips for maintaining your flooring!

Focus on high traffic flooring areas

In today’s world, we all live busy lives, and often mundane tasks like cleaning your floors can be overlooked, so when we do get round to our chores, we need to ensure we are as efficient as possible.

So, if you are short on time, we recommend cleaning high-traffic areas as they will have the highest amount of bacteria and dirt build-up than any other part of your property.

Remove footwear before walking on flooring

Keeping shoes off flooring

While it may seem straightforward, we are all guilty of walking on our floors with dirty shoes from time to time. But the hard truth of the matter is that this can be extremely detrimental to your flooring.

Simply removing your shoes before stepping on your floors will significantly reduce different forms of harmful bacteria and chemicals from entering your property and causing potential damage to your floors whether that be through stains from dirt or other materials.

Even by just simply putting down a mat at every entrance of your property will give an incentive for people to wipe their feet, or even better yet take their shoes off when they come inside.

Sweep away dust and dirt daily

We all know that sweeping away dust and dirt is beneficial for the overall look of our properties but sometimes life just gets in the way, and we do not get round to simple chores.

But creating good habits and keeping on top of dust and dirt from building up can save your flooring from potential damage and will just make your property far more visually appealing.

Be wary of wet mopping your flooring

While wet mopping can be used to clean most flooring types such as porcelain tile or luxury vinyl tile, other types such as hardwood flooring or laminate can be negatively affected by wet mopping. Standing water has the potential to cause discoloration or even dull the finish of your flooring.

Clean up spills immediately

Cleaning up spillages as quickly as possible will go a long way in ensuring your flooring does not sustain water damage or become stained.

When it comes to stains on carpeted floors, make sure to absorb the spill with a dry white cloth or a paper towel and ensure you blot the area with a small amount of carpet cleaner.

Finally, do not scrub the spill, this can cause severe damage or even fray the fibers of your carpet. Once the stain has been thoroughly cleaned, blot the area to remove any carpet cleaner residue.

Be wary of sun exposure

Pet on carpet flooring

Prolonged sun exposure can cause damage to your carpet and luxury vinyl tiles, harsh UV rays have the potential to cause discoloration and breakdown to some of the most popular brands.

Especially in commercial settings, sun damage to carpets may be a problem as dyed fibers of carpets are exposed to ultraviolet rays causing them to fade out.

Prolonged sun exposure can affect the integrity of carpet fibers, turning an originally soft carpet into a stiff surface that can be difficult to properly repair.

Avoid harsh chemicals

Hazardous chemical on flooring

Make sure you are aware of the effect heavy-duty cleaning products can have on your flooring.

Products such as bleach, ammonia, or other potent chemicals can severely damage most floors.

Most manufacturers will sell their brand of cleaning products for their specific type of flooring whether that be vinyl, laminate, or hardwood.

If you are unsure of what cleaning product to use on your flooring, please contact our flooring experts and we’ll be more than happy to give advice.

Minimise humidity

condensation affecting flooring

Most property owners are aware of the effects of spillage on their flooring, but many do not consider the effects of humidity on their flooring.

Wood flooring is the most common type of flooring affected by high humidity as each board expands as it absorbs moisture from the air resulting in the wood expanding which pushes the flooring upward creating a bounce.

Simple steps such as using a dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from the air which will reduce the amount of moisture that your wood flooring can absorb.

Other steps such as not drying your clothes indoors and making sure your windows are open as much as possible will all reduce the humidity within your property.

Carefully move furniture

Scratches can easily be avoided by lifting and carrying your furniture over your floors, so make sure you do not make the mistake of dragging your furniture.

For heavier pieces of furniture that might pose a problem in terms of lifting, floor protectors will ensure they do not make direct contact with the floor significantly reducing the potential for scrapes to occur.

Seeking further information on protecting your flooring from potential damage? Do not hesitate to contact our flooring experts and we will be more than happy to help!

 

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Bring Some Celebrity Style to Your Home Flooring 

Wouldn’t we all like to live like the rich and famous?

A huge part of celebrity culture is seeing how the stars live and many videos and articles have been dedicated to celebrity homes over the years. Architectural digest even has a whole section dedicated to the million-dollar architecture and interior design seen in the luxurious properties of some of the most famous names in the world.

One thing that stands out as a trend with celebrity homes is the use of “high-end” flooring. Actors from film and television, music stars and sports men and women etc splash out on lavish décor that is as impressive as it is homely. They need to live comfortably in these homes as well as entertaining guests, after all!

A dining room with hardwood floors.

However, you don’t have to spend millions to achieve a high-end appearance with your flooring.

Get inspired by the celebrities and make your flooring the star of the room, with our tips on finding the right balance between luxury, affordability and comfort.

The Hardwood Look

Hardwood floors are the pinnacle of high-end style and function. They are so luxurious in fact, that having them in your home is known to increase resale value. However, if you’re working on a budget for your home decoration or renovation, hardwood might not be the most affordable option. You still want something highly durable, visually pleasing and traditional, so going for laminate with a wood effect can be an excellent substitute.

Whether in the hallway, living room or dining room, you can expect a textured, comfortable surface at your feet with laminate flooring.

If you’re after that celebrity hardwood look on a budget, you can’t go wrong with laminate flooring. However, there are also plenty of wooden flooring options available out there if you want an authentic feel and appearance. See the range of wooden and laminate floors on offer from us.

Stone Substitutes

Despite the classical look and luxurious style, there aren’t many people in the world who would freely splash out on a stone or marble floor (unless they’re living the high life!). However, the same look can be achieved by using high quality luxury vinyl tiles like those available from Amtico and Karndean, for a fraction of the cost.

Highly durable and with a range of textures, finishes, colours and tiling patterns, luxury vinyl tiles can give hallways, living areas, kitchens and dining rooms a lavish appearance that is still functional – perfect for everyday living as they are for entertaining. You can even give your bathroom floors a classic marble or stone look. LVT lends themselves well to underfloor heating, so this could help seal the deal.

Luxury vinyl tile flooring that looks like wood.

We are a premium Karndean and Amtico retailer, with several other vinyl tile options in stock to give that stone or marble look at an affordable price. View the product range we have available to find your perfect celebrity-inspired flooring.

The Best in Carpets

Finally, to achieve a high-end look you can’t go wrong with the right choice of carpet. Tartan carpeted stairwellWhether you opt for deep, rich colours like navy and purple, a stylish pattern or something bright and minimalistic, there are many effects that can be achieved with fabric when it comes to flooring. There are also many different textures you can choose from to find the perfect feeling floor – you want something that is a pleasure to walk on, especially for stairs, living rooms or bedrooms.

The advantage of carpets is that they can effectively complement your upholstery and curtains. There are few better ways to make your home cosy, stylish and colourful all at once. (Link to carpet page on website)

If you’re wanting to develop the look of your dreams with flooring to rival even the wealthiest of stars, we can help.

Get in touch with Allfloors today on 0141 404 0114 or visit our showroom to discuss your renovation or redecoration ideas. We’d love to hear from you!