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Ceramic Floor Tile – Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic Floor Tile

Ceramic floor tile has become very popular for use in homes recently. Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of sizes and colors. More affordable than porcelain, ceramic tiles are one of the most versatile floor tiles that you can have in your home. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be used in virtually every room in the home.

Ceramic tiles come in glazed and unglazed versions. Because the unglazed version needs to be sealed, most homeowners use the glazed variety.

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Duribility

Ceramic tiles are very durable and lighter than porcelain or real stone tile flooring. They are water and bacteria resistant. Properly installed, ceramic flooring will last for 20+years.

Suitability

Ceramic flooring is very easy to maintain. It is smooth and non-porous. Because of its durability and its resistance to moisture, it is most often used in bathrooms and kitchens. However, it is extremely versatile and so can be used in almost any room in the home. Ceramic tile can also be used to tile showers in the bathroom and on backspalshes in the kitchen. Used in a living room, there seems to be a correlation between the use of ceramic floor tiles and area rugs. As with all flooring products these days, the use of underfloor heating will enhance your tiled floor considerably. (If you have never experienced the feel of a warm floor beneath your feet, I suggest you try it soon, I guarantee you will never use another form of heating again, especially in your bathroom).

Do-It-Yourself

Installing ceramic floor tile is an easy do-it-yourself job. The tiles are lighter than porcelain, thus they are easier to handle and lay properly.

You still need to be relatively careful when installing ceramic tile, because if you drop the tiles they will probably break. If you are not sure that you can do the job, you can visit a home hardware store, and they will be happy to give you step-by-step instructions on installing ceramic tile. They will also direct you to all the materials that you’ll need for the job.

Below are some tips on installing ceramic floor tile:

1. Make sure the subfloor is clean and dry

2. You can install ceramic tiles over a vinyl floor

3. Use a wet saw for cutting tiles

4. Use an adhesive specially made for ceramic; apply with a notched trowel

5. When applying the adhesive, work with a small section of floor at a time (give yourself about 30 minutes per section)

6. You need to allow the floor to dry at least 24 hours before grouting.

Maintenance

Ceramic tiles are virtually maintenance free and very easy to clean. Simply sweep the floor thoroughly with a broom and clean with a damp mop and mild household detergent.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Ceramic Floor Tile

Advantages

  • Very durable material
  • Moisture, allergen and bacteria resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Does not need sealing
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages

  • Hard and cold underfoot
  • Ceramic tiles are somewhat delicate during installation
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Concrete Flooring | Concrete Floors

Concrete Flooring

Think concrete flooring is only used on the sidewalk? Think again! Concrete as a decorating material has undergone a complete transformation in the last few years. Once only used outdoors, new processes and technologies have been developed to make concrete one of the most affordable and versatile flooring materials to date.

Concrete floors are extremely durable. In addition to this, concrete can now be treated with a stain or colorant to enhance its beauty. Concrete is now a viable, affordable alternative to stone flooring (marble and granite) with the different types of high-gloss finishes that are available.

The key to a great looking floor is polishing. The process is similar to grinding any other material, start with a coarse grade of diamond impregnated sander, then gradually use finer grades until you reach the desired surface finish. Eventually you will end up with a surface with a smooth, polished look. You can also use a special polishing compound, which creates a super high-gloss finish and protects the surface from dirt attaching itself to the floor.

 

Flooring Fact


Of course, concrete is heavy! You should only really use concrete over an established hard base or a specifically made base floor.


Duribility

Concrete floors have a proven durability. They will last a lifetime when cared for properly. Concrete does not necessarily need to be sealed to be water-resistant, depending on the grade used.

Suitability

Concrete is suitable for any room in the home as long as your base floor is solid. Once only used outdoors and commercially, it is now widely used in bathrooms, kitchens and basements.

Concrete tends to be very hard and cold underfoot. In addition, it conducts heat, cold and sound, especially suspended floors. For these reasons, area rugs are often used in areas inside the home where concrete flooring has been installed and thought should always be given to how much noise can be transmitted to other rooms or buildings.

Gray concrete is out; today’s concrete can be treated with a wide variety of colors and textures, adding beauty and versatility to any room at an affordable price. When sealed, concrete is moisture, bacteria and allergen resistant. It is also very simple to maintain.

There are many techniques available to you to create a special finish, like acid-stained, painted, stamped, or include other materials like chips of marble or granite to form what’s known as Terrazzo Flooring. If you’re worried about your floor being too cold underfoot, why not consider using under floor heating? It really does transform not only concrete floors, but also just about any floor you care to mention.

Take a look painting concrete floors for more information about using concrete floor paint to brighten your concrete floor. Professional Installation

By its very nature, installing concrete flooring is a contractor’s job. Do not attempt installation yourself. Concrete either comes in slab form or can be poured on-site, either way it is very heavy work. Slabs must be cut and fitted by a professional. Additionally, poured concrete must be treated with color and stained for suitability in the home and then highly polished, if required. Sealing should also be done by a professional. Always get several estimates before choosing a contractor to install floor. Prices vary widely depending on contractor and the treatment used on the concrete floor that you select.

Here are some questions you should ask when interviewing potential contractors:

1. How long will installation take?

2. What is the proper way to care for concrete?

3. Is there a warranty on the work?

4. How should I maintain the color or pattern?

Maintenance

Grit is the enemy of the concrete floor. It requires regular sweeping with a standard broom. You should then mop with a damp mop and mild household detergent.

Concrete flooring may require regular resealing, depending on the amount of traffic it is exposed to. For residential uses, reseal about every few years.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Concrete Flooring

Advantages

  • Very durable
  • Extremely versatile
  • Moisture, allergen and bacteria resistant (when sealed)
  • Very affordable
Disadvantages

  • Hard and cold underfoot
  • Requires professional installation
  • Needs regular cleaning and re-sealing
  • Conducts heat, cold and sound
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Carpet Padding – Carpet Underlay

Carpet Padding (Underlay)

 

Carpet Underlay – What to look for.

Carpet underlay can be called various things depending on where in the world you live. Carpet ‘padding’ or carpet ‘cushion’ is primarily used in the US, while the term ‘underlay’ is used in the UK. There are a few misconceptions about underlay, some people say that you must buy the most expensive underlay you can afford, while others don’t think underlay is that important at all – so save your money! Well, neither view is correct. The truth is that carpet and underlay should compliment each other.

Carpet padding is one of those products that gets cheaper the more you buy – so some retailers will happily “recommend” you underlay that, while it might be cheap, doesn’t necessarily offer you or your carpet the right option. Always make sure that your retailer can offer you a variety of underlay and also is able to explain the difference between them. This is always the sign of a good quality retailer.

What is Carpet Padding for?

Most carpet purchasers think that carpet underlay is simply to make the carpet feel softer underfoot. While this is one of the benefits, the main reason is to protect the carpet from premature wear. Underlay acts as a sort of shock absorber, absorbing foot traffic and allowing the fibers to bounce back rather than being trodden hard into the sub-floor surface. This has the effect of prolonging your carpet’s life and in the long run, saving you money!

Buying (or being advised to buy) carpet underlay that is too thick is probably the most common mistake made buy carpet buyers. Underlay that is too thick has the effect of “stretching” the carpet fibers and causes premature wear. Also, carpet that sits higher than the recommended maximum of 7/16″ will be harder to fix around the perimeter of the carpet.

What types of carpet underlay are there?

Rubber waffle underlay 
These days rubber waffle carpet padding is good quality and can be chosen with confidence that it won’t break down and disintegrate like the underlay of old used to do. The construction includes an air space and is very soft underfoot. There are various thicknesses and weights, but generally the heavier the better.

Urethane underlay
Urethane and Bonded Urethane padding is constructed from waste products of old furniture, which is bonded to form a carpet underlay that has proved to be very popular with consumers today. It is measured by its density, in pounds per cubic foot and there is a recommended minimum density of around 5lbs. However, many carpet retailers will tell you that their minimum should be around 8lbs. Probably somewhere in between is more than adequate and will give you a good quality, long lasting underlay. Of course, always take into consideration the amount of traffic that your carpet will get.

Flat Rubber Underlay
Probably the best underlay you will find is flat rubber. Its availability really depends on where you live. You may have to do a bit of digging, but will the advent of the Internet you should be able to find it without too many problems. While this type of underlay is relatively expensive, you can be sure that it will last at least as long as your carpet. This type of underlay may even last longer than your carpet and not need replacing when your carpet does. However, my Mother’s 30-year-old carpet with flat rubber underlay still looks pretty good, considering the wear it’s had over the years!

Under floor heating
When you have or are considering under floor heating ( and who wouldn’t!), you will need to consider a different type of underlay, one specifically designed for the purpose. You want one that will not absorb too much heat. This resistance to heat flow is measured in “togs*” and the lower the value the better for under floor heating purposes. Tog values less than 1 are recommended to compliment under floor heating systems.

Flooring Fact


For those that need to know! – A “tog” is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a material. 1 tog = 0.1m²K/W. For example, your bedding duvet (quilt) may be rated “6 tog”, while your shirt may be “0.7 tog”


The table below shows examples of floor finishes and their Tog values, taken from BS EN 1274.

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Carpet Flooring – Carpet Types

Carpet Flooring

There is nothing quite like carpet flooring to really transform a room from a simple living area into a focal point for family and friends to gather.

Apart from the obvious aesthetic values of carpet flooring, they all feel great to walk on and these days even with children and pets to worry about, today’s stain protection is extremely good. Even stains caused by the dreaded red wine are no longer a worry.

When considering a new carpet, give some thought to where it is going to be used and what the traffic flow will be like over it. You may wish to consider using area rugs over an otherwise plain tile or wood floor, instead of all carpet.

There is a performance rating guide that you can use that goes from 1 to 5, 5 being the highest rating and best for high-traffic areas.

Carpet Types

Before you choose your carpet flooring you should know what the various carpet types are.

First, there are the various types of fibers available – what your carpet is actually made of. The main types are Nylon, Acrylic, Olefin, Polyester and Wool.

Olefin (Polypropylene) Fiber Characteristics

  • Hard wearing
  • Dries easily when wet
  • Does not easily create static
  • Chemical resistant, resistant to mold growth
  • Stain and soil resistant
  • Resistant to fading in sunlight
  • Is the lightest of all the fibers

 

Acrylic Fiber Characteristics

  • Flexible aesthetics for wool-like, cotton-like, or blended appearance
  • Dries easily when wet
  • Resistant to moths
  • Chemical resistant, resistant to mold growth and oils
  • Stain and soil resistant
  • Resistant to fading in sunlight

 

Nylon Characteristics

  • Extremely strong fibers
  • Flexible
  • Resistant to wear by abrasion
  • Resistant to oils and chemicals
  • Does not easily absorb moisture
  • Very soft material

 

Polyester Fiber Characteristics

  • Very strong fibers
  • Resistant to chemicals
  • Dries easily when wet
  • Resists mold growth
  • Resistant to wear by abrasion
  • Easy to clean

 

Wool Characteristics

  • Very hardwearing and durable
  • Fire resistant
  • Very warm underfoot
  • Easy to clean
  • Does not easily absorb moisture
  • Resistant to wear by abrasion

Next, consider the way the fibers are constructed – the pile.

There are several different construction types of pile but in order to simplify things it is easier to mention only the main four – Cut Pile, Level Loop, Multilevel Loop and Textured.

Each of these construction techniques can be combined to create variations in carpet flooring texture.

Cut Pile

In cut pile carpet the usual loops are cut, resulting in a flat, plain finish. The density of the pile, what fiber is used in construction and amount of twist in the pile will determine the quality and durability of the carpet.

Level Loop

This carpet features loops of pile that are of the same height, hence the name. Again, density of the fiber and type of fiber used will determine the quality and durability.

Multilevel Loop

This carpet has loops of pile at different heights, thereby allowing interesting patterns to be created in the carpet.

Textured (or “Frieze”)

Textured carpet is cut and twisted to form a patterned carpet design. The twist in the pile gives the carpet a hardwearing surface that resists marks from vacuums and footprints well.

 

 

All carpet texture images used with the kind permission of Floor Facts.

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Carpet Cleaning Tips – Carpet Cleaning DIY

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaning DIY

Article Summary: Carpet cleaning DIY keeps your carpet in top condition and doesn’t take too much hard work – this article looks at carpet cleaning and what you can do to prolong your carpet’s life. Carpets are often left far too long before they are cleaned, so use this guide to help your carpet last a lot longer.
Depending on the type, it’s amazing how much lint and fluff comes out of a newly laid carpet. The carpet doesn’t need cleaning when it’s new of course, but it does need regular vacuuming to lift away all that extra material. If possible, vacuum once a day for at least the first week. After that just keep your eye on the amount of material coming out and vacuum when required. 
 
New Carpet Cleaning

Established Carpet Cleaning

How Often? – Many guides say that your carpet needs cleaning every 12 months, as if this is a definitive answer to the question. Of course, how often depends on many factors; how much traffic, type of carpet, furniture placement, etc. It also depends on the quality of the cleaning products you use. The type of cleaning solution has an effect, for example synthetic cleaners work well but can be the cause of deterioration of carpet fibers. Soaps clean well but take much longer to dry, not good if you are in a hurry!

One thing is sure, that carpets are not cleaned often enough. Don’t wait for your carpet to show the visible signs of dirt and grime, clean them regularly. If you have six kids and pets, you may need to clean them every 3 to 4 months, if you live alone it may be only every couple of years. Make a plan and stick to it, it will extend the life of your carpet.

Clean your own Carpet

The easiest, cheapest and quickest type of cleaning is vacuuming. Frequent vacuuming will extend your carpet’s life considerably, in fact more than any other type of cleaning. If you have a pile carpet, try vacuuming against the lay of the pile. As the cleaner moves over the pile it will have the effect of ‘lifting’ the pile; making it stand up, and hence making it easier for the vacuum to get to all that dirt and grit. Try to get into the habit of vacuuming on a regular basis, at least once a week, when the carpet has become more established.

Existing Treatments

Most carpet cleaning methods do not harm any existing stain resistant treatments that your carpet may have. Treatments like Stainmaster™, Teflon™, and Scotchgard™ should not suffer any ill effects from the cleaning process. You do not have to re-apply these protection treatments on a regular basis, unlike cleaning. It might be a good idea, if you have quite high foot traffic, to consider re-application every few years to keep your carpet in top condition.

D-I-Y

It is perfectly safe to have a go at cleaning your carpet yourself. In fact, it will probably not only be a cheaper job, but a better one too. There are a few points that you should consider first, however. First, always take the time to read and digest instructions. Second, be careful when measuring out cleaning solutions. Using more than is recommended does not mean that your carpet will be cleaned better. Ratios should be strictly adhered to in order to ensure the carpet dries properly without artificial drying being necessary. If your carpet stays wet for too long, it can promote growth of mold and other nasties.

If you do what I do and always remove shoes before walking on my carpet, you won’t have too many problems. But this isn’t always practical and carpet will gradually pick up small grains of grit and dust, causing premature wear and degradation. When you think of the cost of new carpet, it is amazing that so many people don’t really give maintenance of this expensive investment much thought. A good initial dirt trap is the door mat. They are worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting your carpet. Always shake them out regularly to maintain the best dirt-trapping properties of the mat.

Cleaning Methods

There are certain steps that you should take in order to properly maintain your carpets. First, vacuum your carpet. This removes larger dirt particles as well as smaller abrasive particles. The more thorough you are at this stage will affect the outcome of the next – wet cleaning. Wet cleaning must be carried out in accordance with the instructions with the cleaning product. As stated above, use the correct mix of detergent and water. Too much detergent will have the effect of making the carpet susceptible to rapid re-soiling. This happens because there will be detergent left behind in your carpet after water molecules have evaporated. Unfortunately neat detergent is the perfect sticky substance that attracts dirt.

Preventative Measures

The use of mats placed in strategic places around the outside of your home will help keep grit and dirt off your carpets. Use them wherever there is an entrance, whether onto hard floors or straight onto carpet. They encourage people to wipe their feet and can remove the majority of dirt before it ever gets inside your home. Somewhere that may have oily substances present, like garages, may benefit from softer rugs and even carpet strips instead of mats to soak up the oils.

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Carpet Cleaning Tips – Carpet Cleaning DIY

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaning DIY

Article Summary: Carpet cleaning DIY keeps your carpet in top condition and doesn’t take too much hard work – this article looks at carpet cleaning and what you can do to prolong your carpet’s life. Carpets are often left far too long before they are cleaned, so use this guide to help your carpet last a lot longer.
Depending on the type, it’s amazing how much lint and fluff comes out of a newly laid carpet. The carpet doesn’t need cleaning when it’s new of course, but it does need regular vacuuming to lift away all that extra material. If possible, vacuum once a day for at least the first week. After that just keep your eye on the amount of material coming out and vacuum when required. 
 
New Carpet Cleaning

Established Carpet Cleaning

How Often? – Many guides say that your carpet needs cleaning every 12 months, as if this is a definitive answer to the question. Of course, how often depends on many factors; how much traffic, type of carpet, furniture placement, etc. It also depends on the quality of the cleaning products you use. The type of cleaning solution has an effect, for example synthetic cleaners work well but can be the cause of deterioration of carpet fibers. Soaps clean well but take much longer to dry, not good if you are in a hurry!

One thing is sure, that carpets are not cleaned often enough. Don’t wait for your carpet to show the visible signs of dirt and grime, clean them regularly. If you have six kids and pets, you may need to clean them every 3 to 4 months, if you live alone it may be only every couple of years. Make a plan and stick to it, it will extend the life of your carpet.

Clean your own Carpet

The easiest, cheapest and quickest type of cleaning is vacuuming. Frequent vacuuming will extend your carpet’s life considerably, in fact more than any other type of cleaning. If you have a pile carpet, try vacuuming against the lay of the pile. As the cleaner moves over the pile it will have the effect of ‘lifting’ the pile; making it stand up, and hence making it easier for the vacuum to get to all that dirt and grit. Try to get into the habit of vacuuming on a regular basis, at least once a week, when the carpet has become more established.

Existing Treatments

Most carpet cleaning methods do not harm any existing stain resistant treatments that your carpet may have. Treatments like Stainmaster™, Teflon™, and Scotchgard™ should not suffer any ill effects from the cleaning process. You do not have to re-apply these protection treatments on a regular basis, unlike cleaning. It might be a good idea, if you have quite high foot traffic, to consider re-application every few years to keep your carpet in top condition.

D-I-Y

It is perfectly safe to have a go at cleaning your carpet yourself. In fact, it will probably not only be a cheaper job, but a better one too. There are a few points that you should consider first, however. First, always take the time to read and digest instructions. Second, be careful when measuring out cleaning solutions. Using more than is recommended does not mean that your carpet will be cleaned better. Ratios should be strictly adhered to in order to ensure the carpet dries properly without artificial drying being necessary. If your carpet stays wet for too long, it can promote growth of mold and other nasties.

If you do what I do and always remove shoes before walking on my carpet, you won’t have too many problems. But this isn’t always practical and carpet will gradually pick up small grains of grit and dust, causing premature wear and degradation. When you think of the cost of new carpet, it is amazing that so many people don’t really give maintenance of this expensive investment much thought. A good initial dirt trap is the door mat. They are worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting your carpet. Always shake them out regularly to maintain the best dirt-trapping properties of the mat.

Cleaning Methods

There are certain steps that you should take in order to properly maintain your carpets. First, vacuum your carpet. This removes larger dirt particles as well as smaller abrasive particles. The more thorough you are at this stage will affect the outcome of the next – wet cleaning. Wet cleaning must be carried out in accordance with the instructions with the cleaning product. As stated above, use the correct mix of detergent and water. Too much detergent will have the effect of making the carpet susceptible to rapid re-soiling. This happens because there will be detergent left behind in your carpet after water molecules have evaporated. Unfortunately neat detergent is the perfect sticky substance that attracts dirt.

Preventative Measures

The use of mats placed in strategic places around the outside of your home will help keep grit and dirt off your carpets. Use them wherever there is an entrance, whether onto hard floors or straight onto carpet. They encourage people to wipe their feet and can remove the majority of dirt before it ever gets inside your home. Somewhere that may have oily substances present, like garages, may benefit from softer rugs and even carpet strips instead of mats to soak up the oils.

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Barlinek Floors

Barlinek Floors

Barlinek Floors is probably some of the best flooring you will find in Europe today. With it’s wide range of flooring styles and timbers, as well as a click-together system ideal for do-it-yourself advocates, this is one flooring manufacturer you should definitely consider.
The company began to manufacture a new line of floorboard, called Barkiet, in 2004 and it has quickly become recognized around the world for its superior timber quality and easy to fit click-together system shown below, that D-I-Yers love.Barlinek is a small town in Poland with a highly developed flooring manufacture industry. From its beginning in the mid 1900s Barlinek has been famous worldwide for quality timber and furniture production. The Barlinek Wood Industry Enterprise was formed in 1959, but it was not until its privatisation in 1999 that new capital funding allowed Barlinek S.A. to really expand and become a major force in the flooring market.

Barlink also manufacturers a commercial flooring option known as Barkiet Sport. This also comprises a three layer solid wood flooring laid over a flexible underlay and is used in sports halls and other high-traffic venues where durability is paramount.Barlinek now stands as one of the top three manufacturers in Europe after its huge investment program. The company produces a range of flooring products including domestic and exotic veneers, solid pine, mosaic and parquets. It is probably better known for its new Barlinek floorboard which comprises an engineered timber flooring with its patented barclick click-together jointing system. The floorboard is available in a variety of natural timber facings.

Barlinek Floorboard

These boards are made of 100% natural wood and comprise of three layers of wood with a number of protective coatings. This engineered product is made to stringent manufacturing standards that ensure a product that stands up well to modern living conditions and also, for the do-it-yourself enthusiast, is easy to fit because of their click-together jointing system.

Barlinek floorboard construction – from top to bottom layer:
  1. Two layers of UV hardened acrylic top layer
  2. Three layers of UV hardened acrylic primer
  3. UV hardened acrylic layer
  4. UV hardened protective layer
  5. Top layer of 3.5mm wood*
  6. 8mm softwood layer
  7. 3.5mm of coniferous wood
* Top layer can be beech, oak, sycamore, pine, birch, and exotic timber.

There are three classifications for the top layer of wood. They are:

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Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a material that is becoming extremely popular at the moment and with very good reason. It has a quality that goes beyond that of simply being a beautiful wood, it is also extremely hardwearing and is environmentaly sustainable too. Because it is a fast growing grass (not a tree), it can be harvested without destroying the actual plant itself, enabling a far greater supply with little environmental impact. It is also extremely hardy and requires little in the way of fertilizers or pest control poisons to ensure a good crop.

As well as the natural color of Bamboo itself, there is another primary darker color that is available as a bamboo flooring option. This color bamboo is produced by a process of “smoking” (high pressure steaming actually) the wood until it reaches a dark amber or honey blonde look. This method is called “carbonization”. Either way, bamboo always display a graining and texture unique among all of the hardwood flooring materials.

 

There are two main production techniques for bamboo flooring. One is with the wood grain in a horizontal pattern which allows a more natural finish to be displayed, or in a vertical cut pattern which gives a much more even texture and coloring throughout the timber. Engineered planks are available that can be fitted yourself similar to any other wood laminate floor.

The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring are:

  • Popular material, good resale value
  • A very hard, natural material
  • Extremely Durable
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable

Bamboo Maintenance

Maintenance for bamboo flooring is similar to that of other flooring materials. Don’t get the floor too wet and use a proprietory wood floor cleaning product for best results. Of course, don’t use any abrasive substance on any wood floor and if a specialized cleaning product isn’t available, use a household detergent sparingly.

The following is a list of manufacturers who sell Bamboo and the products they make.

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Area Rug Care – Keep Your Area Rug Clean

Area Rug Care

Article Summary: This article looks at area rug care and what is involved in keeping your area rugs in top condition so you can get maximum enjoyment for many years to come.

Area rugssilk carpets and persian carpets all have one thing in common. When it comes to keeping them in top condition – it is relatively easy. By carrying out a few basic area rug care actions once every so often, your rug will maintain its looks and value for many years. These might seem at first to be common sense actions, but we are often amazed at the condition a valuable piece of work has been left to deteriorate into, and owners are often upset when told that because of inadequate area rug care, their once valuable rug is only fit for the rubbish pile.

First, try to keep any carpet or rug out of direct sunlight. This may not always be possible, but the use of blinds or mesh curtains will keep your rug from fading over time. Unfortunately carpets are like people – its hard to actually see them fading and ageing when you live with them every day. If for some reason it is impossible to avoid direct sunlight, at the very least rotate your carpet every so often so that no one part of the carpet gets faded more than another.

If your rug or carpet is in a walkway that receives a lot of foot traffic, occasionally turn it around, preferably at a 90 degree angle, so that wear is evenly distributed throughout the carpet.

Perhaps the biggest threat to any carpet, whether an antique rug or ordinary carpet, is mold. If you know that you have problems with mold in your house, regularly lift the entire rug and support it above ground, perhaps on a clothes airer, for a few hours to dry it out. If you do happen to get an infestation, like moth larvae or silverfish, you will have to treat the carpet with a proprietary product to get rid of them quickly. These insects actually eat your carpet away so it is very important to keep an eye out for these critters if damp is a problem. Even if you don’t suffer from damp, if any part of the rug is hidden from view, for example under a sofa, regularly check that nothing is destroying your valuable carpet.

Vacuuming is important, but don’t overdo it. If you have a very powerful system like ducted systems that have a huge suction, make sure you use the nozzle to reduce the power so as not to stretch the fibers of your carpet or rug. Grit is probably the biggest enemy of any carpet, so do this at least once a week. Your rug will last considerably longer if you do.

Washing of carpets and rugs is beneficial, but many people do it far too often. While it is impossible to give specific instruction on the frequency of washing, for an average home a rug should not need cleaning more than every three to five years. Of course, this is dependant on many factors but for an area rug care routine is a good rule of thumb.

Always follow the manufacturers instructions when caring for your rugs. No matter the type of rug – contemporary area rugflokati area rugshag area rugkid’s area rugwool area rugbamboo area rug – there is a best practice for it’s care. Follow these instructions for a long rug life.

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Anderson Flooring – Anderson Hardwood Flooring

Anderson Flooring

Anderson Hardwood Flooring

 

There’s more to Anderson than just Anderson Flooring products. Their history goes back to the second world war when a method was devised to make strong and effective plywood constructed boat hulls. From there, the company has perfected the engineered floor and today produces hardwearing and beautiful hardwood floors.

The Anderson Company was founded in 1946 by Andy Anderson. In the company’s early years Mr. Anderson worked in collaboration with the US Navy in the design and production of hulls for fast patrol vessels. Soon he expanded his operation to include hardwood flooring. One of the first products was parquet blocks specially manufactured to fit over existing concrete slabs. Concrete slabs at the time were not particularly well built and the idea of fitting wood over the top of them was practically unheard of, mainly because of damp problems. The parquet flooring had a major advantage however, because of the prior use for boat hulls, and the product gained a good reputation in a short time.

Further research and development allowed the production of full length planks that were just as durable and performed just as well under damp conditions as did the parquet. As conditions improved in the building sector after the end of the war, Anderson flooring gained a rapid reputation for a quality product. People soon began to demand hardwood floors for their own homes, and commercial organizations also trended towards natural hardwood flooring as their floor of choice. The name “Anderson” soon became synonymous with quality hardwood engineered flooring.

For an organization to exist for such a long time and maintain a spotless reputation with consumers, they must be doing something right. A closer look at their product gives us a clue why. The company has one of the tightest quality control mechanisms in the industry, which enables it to churn out consistently good quality flooring year after year. The company is still run by family members, something that has helped maintain its stability over the years.

Anderson is strongly opposed to laminate flooring products, citing the fact that they consider consumers are being misled into buying “fake” wood products, rather than the real thing. The comapny is committed to production of real wood flooring but only in an environmentally sustainable way that maintains future forest growth and timber supply.

If you are in the market for a hardwood floor that is not only beautiful to look at, but is also extremely stable in conditions where many floors would fail, you really should consider Anderson Hardwood Flooring.

The Anderson Difference

The hardwood grading table below illustrates the difference in hardness between popular Anderson floors and some of their competition. As can be seen from the chart, because Anderson use a solid Oak core, although more expensive than softer woods, it gives the flooring better durability and an exceptional hardness.