The Best Flooring Solution for Kids

Living with kids in the house can be quite a challenge. There is virtually no way for you to stop them from spilling something or worse, scratching your good floor. The best thing you can do is to find a flooring solution that is easy to maintain.

Vinyl

The easiest flooring application to maintain is vinyl. When your child spills his/her food, all you have to do is use cloth soaked in warm water and wipe off the mess. It is also true that vinyl applications don’t last as long as other applications because of its thinness. Still, it’s a pretty good flooring to use if you have little kids who can’t control their mess.

Cork and Timber

Cork and timber floors can scratch and dent, but unless you allow your child to handle sharp tools (as of course no good parent would), you have nothing to worry about. These types of flooring are more expensive than vinyl, but they will last longer. The biggest risk with this type of flooring is the spillage. When you’re not careful, and you don’t polish and buff the surface of your floor regularly, the floor can suffer from indentations, softening, rotting, and/or
dullness. Have a professional treat your floors once in a while, and make sure you put protective covering on your furniture legs so they won’t scratch against your good floors.

Carpets

The last floor type on your list, if you have kids, should be carpet. Carpets are fairly high maintenance in living and kids rooms especially. You need to make sure that they’re shampooed regularly to keep them odour-free. When you have children in the house, you won’t be able to control the spillage. Accidents are bound to happen. Buy a special vacuum for instant cleaning, and have a professional cleaner visit your home regularly for maintenance. Carpets are often used in bedrooms, so the best way to avoid costly cleaning is to have a rule against food in those rooms.

Of course, if you want some great advice from one of our flooring experts, feel free to pop into your nearest Andersens. You can also contact us on 1800 016 016 or visit our website www.andersens.com.au

Bamboo flooring – the natural flooring choice

Many smart homeowners are choosing bamboo as a flooring option in their home due to its versatility, price and ecological footprint.  Andersens stock bamboo products in a range of colours, sizes and manufacturing styles including fully floating click locked floors.

Apart from using the latest trend in floor coverings and giving your home some ‘wow’ factor, there are several advantages to using bamboo flooring compared to hardwood flooring.

First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one ‘mother plant’ generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest.

Second, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes more durable flooring.

Third, in most cases bamboo is less expensive than hardwood while installation costs are the same. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.

It’s reassuring that bamboo can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), or existing vinyl flooring. There are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring. Because bamboo flooring is a natural flooring product it is not recommended that bamboo be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause your bamboo flooring to warp or swell.

There are a number of benefits for using bamboo flooring…

– Bamboo floors are easy to clean.

– Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.

– Bamboo flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25 to 50 per cent less than hardwood.

– Bamboo flooring is long-lasting.

– Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.

– Bamboo floors are environmentally friendly. They use a quickly renewable crop. Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.

Our preferred supplier, Clever Bamboo, ensures that the product they supply Andersens is harvested and manufactured using the latest extremely environmental friendly techniques, incorporating compliance with the E1 standards. It is stronger than most hardwoods, and it does not take hundreds of years to grow, as do hardwoods of comparable density.

Bamboo grows into a mature tree ready to harvest approximately every 4 years. Each tree in the managed bamboo forest is identified and selected for the season and year for harvest. Unlike wood plantations, the bamboo trees are not all harvested at the same time, so the bamboo forests are not clear felled. This process ensures that the bamboo forest is always present to help reduce greenhouse gases.

Furthermore, the whole bamboo tree is used effectively for manufactured products, from flooring to tooth picks, eliminating any waste. It looks and feels like hardwood, but of course it is so much more environmentally friendly.

Contact your local Andersens store today to find out more about a bamboo flooring solution to meet your specific requirements. You can also click here to view our FAQs on bamboo.

 

Top tips on carpet trends – grades and maintenance

There’s nothing like the feel of carpet under your feet – particularly in the bedrooms and the lounge room. Not only is carpet is a practical and stylish flooring option, it’s available in countless colours, blends and textures. Carpet is a natural choice for reinvigorating a room.

Carpet also provides comfort and insulation unlike other flooring options, which makes it a popular choice with many. Choosing the right type of carpet for your home, office or commercial setting is crucial to getting the most out of your investment.

What carpet grade will suit my family’s needs?

Some carpets are graded for their suitability for different applications. Carpet is also available in a variety of fibres and blends, which determine the overall quality of the carpet.

Sometimes, the most expensive option will not be the best choice to meet your needs. For instance, a person living alone in a small city townhouse will have different flooring requirements to that of a large family with a number of young children.

Medium Duty: Suitable for lounge and living rooms with light traffic flows (i.e. not suitable for households with lots of children).

Heavy Duty: Ideal for anywhere where there is a heavy flow of traffic. Suitable for hallways, lounge and living rooms for families with up to 2 – 3 kids.

Extra Heavy Duty: Designed for lots of traffic. Use in hallways, busy living areas. Also suitable for some commercial offices and shops.

We like to get down to the nitty gritty – here’s some info on carpet fibres

Carpet can be made from a variety of fibres, or blends of fibres. Each fibre has its benefits, for instance wool carpet is long-lasting and environmentally friendly, while nylon is stain resistant. As with carpet strengths and grades, the traffic and nature of use of the room(s) you wish to carpet will determine the type of carpet needed. Below is a brief description on the types of carpet fibres available.

Wool, a natural fibre, has been cultivated to meet the demands expected of a floor covering. The superior attributes of wool ensure it is a safe, resilient and long-lasting product. Furthermore, wool’s ability to accept dyes and its subtle luster combine to create unparalleled appeal to the eye and underfoot. Wool is a luxurious fibre, naturally non-flammable, non-abrasive and environmentally friendly.

Nylon is a tough, hard-wearing material. All nylons are treated to incorporate stain resistant properties, colourfastness and long-lasting wear. This will vary depending on the manufacturer and brand, and can be identified by looking at the sample labels or by asking your Andersens sales staff for more information. Nylon yarn varies from premium to commodity, and white to solution dyed. These variations also impact on the performance of the carpet reflected in the warranty terms.

Typically Wool Nylon blends feature 20% nylon, 80% wool. This union combines the durability of nylon with the softness and resilience associated with wool. The main benefit achieved by Wool Nylon blends is the extension to the carpets wear life.

Polypropylene is a closed-cell fibre and cannot absorb moisture. Consequently, this provides superior stain resistance, as any spilt liquids or solids are not absorbed into the fibre but merely sit in the pile for quick and easy cleaning. Additionally, this fibre is more colourfast than white nylon and is an extremely durable carpet fibre. However, it is not as resilient as wool or nylon so does tend to flatten in high traffic areas. Choosing a correct construction with polypropylene yarn is vital if you are to retain the carpet’s attractive appearance over the long term. Advice from a professional is very important.

The traditional benefits of polyester carpet are the softness to hand (or feel) when used in thick cut-pile carpet, the wide variety of bright, clear colours available and the resistance to water based stains and soil.

The best way to find about what carpet is going to suit your needs is to talk to an experienced flooring consultant who can advise which type of carpet is best for your application.

Remember, a carpeting consultant at your nearest Andersens store is trained to help you identify which carpet is suitable for you, so call or drop in at any time.