Carpet Care & Great Looking Floors – Top Tips
- Fit A Doormat All types of flooring get damaged by the small pieces of dust and grit we bring into our homes on our shoes, so get a good doormat fitted to get rid of the worst of this.
- Underlay – Underlay makes carpet look better for longer so use it in the areas of you home where you get lots of traffic, for example lounges and hall,stairs and landings. Fit the best you can afford and don’t fit a new carpet on old worn out underlay.
- Wood and Water don’t Mix Laminate or engineered floors in bathrooms, shower rooms or toilets do not work. It is difficult to get neat fixings around the pedestals without removing the suite and eventually the humidity will cause the planks to bend out of shape. Karndean and other sheet vinyl products come in wood plank and look just as good in a bathroom and is much more practical.
- Colours – when you are choosing new flooring make sure you see the samples in the room where the flooring will be fitted in both natural and artificial light. Try to avoid choosing your flooring from a tiny 4″ sample, larger pieces will look much lighter.
- Preparation! Preparation! The quality of the sub-floor under you chosen floorcoverings will affect the final finish. Laminate and engineered wood floors need a smooth dry floor. Vinyls need a dry smooth floor with the old flooring and adhesive removed. Any old adhesive will cause staining on your new vinyl. Carpet is much more tolerant of slight imperfections in the subfloor.
- Use a Qualified Carpet Fitter/Floor Layer Look for fitters with NVQ qualifications or Masterfitter status from the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers. In both these cases the fitters will have been trained and the quality of their fitting assessed.
- Love your Vacuum – Vacuuming your floor is one of the best ways of keeping looking as good as the day it was fitted. The dust and grit on our shoes and clothes goes into the pile of carpets and wears it down on wood products and vinyl it acts like sandpaper and gradually rubs off the top finish. Regular vacuuming is the best prevention of these affects.