Carpets and Rugs:
Our carpets are made to last and once they are laid they should give you years of faithful service, with appropriate care and cleaning prolonging their life.
Regular vacuuming is important as it gets rid of dirt that collects in the tufts or loop and helps retain the original colour and texture. It is a good idea to vacuum your carpet as soon as it is laid. Newly laid carpets often look patchy because the tufts have been compressed in different directions.
Vacuuming with a cylindrical brush action or power brush attachment will help restore them to an upright position and give a uniform appearance. For loop pile carpets, use the suction head only as brush can give a 'felty' appearance. Occasionally it is a good idea to deep clean carpets with steam or carpet cleaners. You can have this done professionally or hire equipment to do it yourself. Like most furniture, prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade the original colour of a carpet, and some areas of the floor will always suffer more than others. You can help mitigate the effects by moving the furniture round occasionally to give the over-used parts of the carpet a rest and help even up its appearance. Having barrier mats at entrances will help prevent dirt being tracked through your home.
Spills and stains are a fact of life, but with prompt action and remedial action, the damage can usually be avoided or reduced. In general it is important to act quickly and absorb liquid spills by blotting - not rubbing – with absorbent cloths or kitchen roll. Hard or crusty stains should be loosened where possible, soft substances scooped up with the edge of a spoon and any loose particles vacuumed up.
Next, sponge warm water onto the spill, blot if firmly using a sponge or cloth, and repeat several times, rinsing the sponge or cloth each time. Care should be taken not to over-wet the carpet. Always test a small unobtrusive area first. To dry out the carpet, place several layers of kitchen roll on the affected area, place a heavy book on top and leave to dry for between 2 and 4 hours.
Vinyl and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT):
Vinyl and LVT flooring is attractive, durable, and long-lasting, even under a home's highest-traffic conditions, but the product is certainly not indestructible. Fortunately, cleaning vinyl and LVT flooring is a fairly straightforward and inexpensive process, and with proper care, it's easy to maintain the material's eye-catching appearance.
The first step is to try minimizing dirt, stains, and abrasions before they occur. Over time, dirt and dust can wear down and degrade the finish on any type of flooring, including vinyl or LVT; therefore it is always a good idea to situate a good quality doormat or area rug in front of doorways so that grit and grime don't migrate into the house. Another helpful hint is to use a sheet of plywood or panelling any time you need to move furniture across the floor. This will help prevent scuff marks or tears in the vinyl or LVT. You also may want to use vinyl coasters under the feet and legs of your furniture to safeguard against permanent indentations.
When it comes to cleaning vinyl and LVT flooring, you can't go wrong with plain water and a sponge mop! Always wipe up spills as soon as possible, and mop frequently with plain water.
There are a few areas of caution and products to avoid when it comes to cleaning vinyl flooring:
• When vacuuming vinyl, do not use a "beater bar" attachment; this can damage the flooring surface.
• Never use highly-abrasive scrubbers or steel wool.
• Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners, or "mop and shine" products, because these can leave a dull film on the floor.
• Do not use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
• Do not use ammonia or ammonia-based cleaning solutions on vinyl flooring and LVT; these can break down the material and cause cracks in the flooring.
Laminate floors are often chosen due to their simple elegance, variety of colours/styles, durability and their strong resistance to wear and tear. To ensure that laminate flooring will last as long as possible as well as looking its best, there are a few measures that you must take.
Dirt can easily build up on the surface of your floor, especially if you wear your shoes while at home or have pets. It can also build up around entrances to your house or internal doors. It is a good idea to place mats near these doors, so that they catch any dirt and residues to avoid a build up and therefore long term damage.
To prevent scratches and gouging to your floor, fit your furniture feet with protective pads. It is equally important to avoid high humidity levels in your home (and not just for the sake of your floor), so consider using a de-humidifier especially in the summer months. This will increase the durability of your floor.
Of course at home, accidents do happen, so if you spill liquids on your laminate floor you must ensure that they are immediately cleaned up - do not allow them to settle or soak through the floors. This should be done by gently soaking up and wiping the spill with a dry cloth. Using a wet cloth or mop should be avoided, as the moisture could cause your laminate floor to expand or even warp.
Cleaning your laminate floors could not be easier. Just vacuum or sweep as you would normally do in order to remove dirt and dust. You can then clean the floors with a damp (but not wet) cloth or mop. Microfibre mops are the best for this type of flooring. Finish off by drying the surface with a dry mop or pad.
Avoid using abrasive chemicals when cleaning laminate. If you want to use anything other than a damp cloth, always buy specially formulated products, or consult with your floor manufacturer, who can usually recommend the best product. Alternatively, you could use a homemade solution prepared with white vinegar diluted in water. Use four parts of vinegar for each part of water, and gently spray the solution on your floor prior to mopping, however once again do not allow this to soak into the boards, so use sparingly.