Caring For Your Floor1

Carpets and Rugs:

You’ll be glad to know that our carpets are made to last and once laid, along with appropriate care and cleaning, they should give you many years of reliable service.

It is vital to regularly vacuum your carpet as it gets rid of dirt that collects in the tufts or loops, and also helps retain the original colour and texture. Ideally, you should vacuum your carpet as soon as it is laid. A newly laid carpet can often look patchy as the tufts have been compressed in different directions.

Using either a cylindrical brush action or power brush attachment to vacuum your twist pile carpet will help restore the tufts to an upright position, and also to give them a uniform appearance. When vacuuming a loop pile carpet, use the suction head only as using a brush head can give a ‘felty’ appearance. It is a good idea to occasionally deep clean the carpets with steam or carpet cleaners. You can hire the equipment to do this yourself, or have it done professionally. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause the original colour of the carpet to fade, and certain areas of your floor will always be more exposed than others. To help reduce this you can move the furniture round occasionally to give the over-used areas of the carpet a break, and also to help even up the carpet’s appearance. To prevent dirt being tracked through your home you can fit barrier matting at entrances.

Unfortunately, carpets are susceptible to occasional spills and stains. However, the damage can usually be avoided or reduced with quick and remedial action. It is vital to act promptly and use an absorbent cloth or kitchen roll to blot – not rub – a liquid spill. Where you have hard or crusty stains, they should firstly be loosened where possible. Soft substances can then be scooped up with the edge of a spoon and any remaining loose particles subsequently vacuumed up. The next step is to take sponge arm water onto the spill/stain, and blot firmly using a cloth or sponge. Repeat this several times making sure you rinse the cloth or sponge each time. Always test a small unobtrusive area of the carpet first and take care not to over-wet the carpet. In order to dry out the carpet, put several layers of kitchen roll on the wet area, place a heavy book on top of them, then leave to dry for 2 to 4 hours.

 

Vinyl and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT):

Even under a home’s highest traffic conditions, vinyl and LVT flooring is long-lasting and durable. But it isn’t indestructible. Luckily, cleaning vinyl and LVT flooring is a relatively straightforward and inexpensive procedure. And with proper care it is easy to maintain your flooring’s attractiveness.

Always take steps to minimise dirt, abrasions and stains before they occur. Dust and dirt can wear down and degrade the finish on any flooring over time. A good idea to help prevent this is to have a quality doormat or rug in front of doorways in order to help stop grit and grime coming into the house. When moving furniture across the floor, use a sheet of plywood or panelling to help prevent tears or scuff marks in your vinyl or LVT. Vinyl coasters under the feet and legs of furniture can help safeguard against permanent indentations.

Cleaning vinyl and LVT flooring can be done with plain water and a sponge mop. Wiping up spills as soon as possible and regular mopping with plain water will help keep your floor looking great.

Areas of caution when it comes to cleaning vinyl and LVT:

  • Do not use a “beater bar” attachment as this can damage your flooring
  • Never use steel wool or any other highly abrasive scrubbers
  • Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners or ‘mop and shine’ products as they can leave a dull film on your floor
  • Never use paste wax or solvent based polishes
  • Do not use ammonia or ammonia-based cleaning solutions on vinyl and LVT as these can cause cracks in the flooring by breaking down the material

 

Laminate:

To make sure that your laminate flooring lasts as long as possible, and stays looking at its best, there are a few things you can do. The reason laminate flooring is often chosen is due to its durability and resistance to wear and tear. Hence, it is vital to take care of it to ensure lasts for as long as possible.

2Dirt can build up on the surface of your floor, especially around entrances and internal doors. Placing mates near these doors will help catch dirt, and help you avoid long term damage to your laminate flooring.

Fitting the feet and legs of your furniture with protective pads will help prevent scratches and gouging to your floor. Try and avoid high humidity levels in your homes, and consider using a de-humidifier (especially in the summer months) to increase the durability and longevity of your floor.

Accidents will always happen but quick action will help to minimise their impact on your laminate flooring. Ensure that any liquids spilled onto your floor are not allowed to settle or soak through the floor by cleaning them up immediately. Use a dry cloth to gently soak up and wipe the spill. Try to avoid using a mop or wet cloth as the moisture could cause your laminate flooring to warp or expand.

Cleaning laminate flooring is quite easy. Firstly, to remove dirt and dust, simply vacuum or sweep as you would normally do. The floor can then be cleaned with a damp (not wet) mop or cloth. The best types of mops for laminate flooring are micro fibre mops. Finally, you can finish off by drying the surface of your laminate flooring with a pad or a dry mop.

Do not use abrasive chemicals when cleaning laminate flooring. If you do want to use anything (other than a damp cloth), you can buy products specifically formulated for laminate flooring. Your flooring manufacturer can always recommend the best product too. Alternatively, a homemade solution can be used. Combine four parts white vinegar with 1 part water and gently spray on your laminate flooring prior to mopping it. Use sparingly as you do not want to allow the solution to soak into the laminate flooring.