How to choose the right Carpeting for your Commercial Space

Commercial spaces are high in foot traffic, susceptible to mess and are required to stay in place for a long period of time. Choosing commercial carpet comes with a long list of considerations and should not be taken lightly. Whatever flooring you decide on, it needs to be suitable for the space, durable, easy to clean, cost-efficient, have a classified fire rating and is preferably timeless in aesthetic. The location and use of your commercial space play a big role in the type of commercial carpeting required. Office and educational spaces such as classrooms and libraries usually require carpeting, which is not always practical for other commercial spaces. Consider the following tips when looking into your new commercial carpet flooring.

Carpet Colour

Colour plays an important role in two ways. Firstly, and most importantly, a good colour choice means everyday dirt, stains and scuff marks can remain relatively hidden. This means your commercial space remains looking clean, without the need for constant, over the top upkeep. Washing carpets cost time and money and is something that can be minimised with a good colour choice. Carpets in grey’s, navy’s, browns and beiges hide dirt the best, particularly when they are done in a mild pattern.  The overall colour choice also plays a huge role in the style and feel of the space. Consider your clientele base, work description and company branding when choosing the colour of your commercial flooring.

Carpet Texture

Once again, the texture of your carpet plays a role in hiding traces of everyday wear and tear. Not only does it minimise the appearance of dirt, it also works to reduce the visibility of matting and wear down. Carpet texture is about the pile, the three major categories are cut pile, loop pile and combination pile.  With cut pile carpeting, the carpet is made from strands of yarn that are cut at the end, resulting in a very soft, squishy feel. There are five styles of cut pile carpeting, however for commercial spaces Cable is best. This style has a lot of twist and height in the carpet which is better for high traffic areas. Loop pile carpet is where the yarn is looped together instead of being cut, resulting in a very strong carpet with a good ability to hide dirt. If you want a more durable loop carpet then go for level-loop where the strands are the same height.  Multi-loop have strands at differing heights which create patterns in the carpet but are at higher risk of showing worn down areas. The final texture is combination carpet, where the carpet includes both cut and loop pile carpeting. Depending on the space, this style could be perfect for your area as you can combine the textures to your needs.

Carpet Thickness

Carpet thickness is generally referred to as low pile, medium pile and high pile. The height of the pile reflects the thickness of the carpet. When choosing commercial flooring, low or medium pile thickness is preferable. These textiles are woven together more tightly. This means dust and dirt are easier to clean as they don’t dig into the carpet. Furthermore, matting and wear down from foot traffic is less visible.

Rescue Tips for Hardwood Floors

As resilient as hardwood flooring is, its natural origins and texture mean it isn’t actually invincible. Fortunately, there are methods you can use to repair most damage. Gently, gently is the thing to remember when it comes to fixing scuffs, scratches, or stains on hardwood floors. A bit of general advice for maintaining hardwood floors: DO NOT use abrasive cleaners and chemicals. Treat your hardwood floor like skin – test your cleaners on a small patch of floor somewhere inconspicuous before getting to work.

Scuff Marks

Tennis Ball

Use a sharp knife to cut a 1-inch X in the surface of an old (clean) tennis ball. Slot the ball onto the end of a mop or broom handle, then use the tennis ball covered end to gently scrub off the scuff mark.

Eraser

Use a large, pink rubber pencil eraser (avoid plastic or gritty kinds), making sure the eraser is new or free from pencil marks and dirt. You can also buy rubber erasers made especially for hardwood flooring. Wipe the scuff mark with a damp sponge before rubbing the eraser over it. Do note, repeated use can dull your floor’s finish.

Rubber-soled shoe

Don’t have an eraser handy? Put on rubber soled shoes and twist them over the scuff mark. DO NOT use black rubber-soled shoes on light wood finishes.

WD-40 / Similar product

Is there anything WD-40 can’t do? Products like this work best on light scuff marks. Clean up afterwards as residue can leave the floor slippery.

Toothpaste or baking soda

Use a clean, damp cloth or an old, moistened toothbrush to apply and rub gently with the grain of the wood. Avoid using this method on scratched or pitted areas as the residue will be hard to remove.

Housecleaning/Magic eraser pad

Rub the scuff mark with the grain of the wood according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Much like flooring erasers, repeated use can dull the floor finish.

Fine steel wool

For very stubborn marks on dark wood. Use only the finest steel wool (#000 or #0000). Can cause dulling and abrade the wood. If you wax your floor, try coating the wool in a waxing solution before you begin.

Mineral spirits

Wipe scuff marks gently with a clean cloth. Caution: this is a caustic, flammable substance.

Scratches

Colouring In

For shallow scratches, you can use a flooring marker to colour in the damage. You’ll still be able to feel the scratch’s indent but you won’t see it. Touch-up kits are available with several colours of markers so you can find the best colour match for damaged areas.

Sand

Sand the surrounding area down using fine sandpaper to the level of the scratch so the surface is smooth again. Move the sandpaper gently over the scratch in line with the wood grain. Re-varnish, paint, or wax the area to return it to a uniform colour.

Stains

Scrape

To treat dried surface stains that haven’t soaked into the wood, use a sharp blade or putty knife and mild soapy water. Carefully scrape the stain off, making sure not to scratch the wood’s surface.

Sand

For shallow stains that have not penetrated deep into the wood, you may be able to sand them off and re-polish and varnish. For best results, contact a professional to match the the colour of the sanded area to the rest of your floor most accurately.

Replace the plank

This is a last resort for those particularly deep stains.

Andersens’ consultants are experts in maintaining hardwood floors. For more professional advice, step into your nearest showroom.

What To Consider When Designing Your Dining Room

Designing your dining room can be a lot of fun, and there are endless ways to get it done. When planning your dining room design there are a few key elements to consider. You want the space to be put together, so ensure different design elements all fall within a similar theme or idea. There are various aspects involved in creating the perfect dining room so here are a few tips to consider when designing your dining room.

The Table

Deciding on your dining room table comes down to two key factors; The size of the room and the number of guests. Ideally, in any dining room, you want at least one metre between your dining table and surrounding furniture or walls. Otherwise, the space is too cramped and moving in and out becomes a challenge. If you love to entertain or have a large family a large rectangular table is the way to go. If you’re in a small space and live without kids you have the option of a small square or round table. You can always consider looking at extendable tables, for when you require extra space on an odd occasion.

The Artwork

The dining room, whilst perhaps used less often than other rooms, is still a key feature in any house. Your choice of artwork in the dining room completely changes the overall mood and design. If you are after minimalism, modern glamour, art deco or prefer a more natural approach with greenery and wood finishes, your choice of art goes a long way. Consider hanging artwork on a nearby wall, or hang floating shelves and fill them with sculptures and decor pieces. A feature wall is a perfect way to spruce up your dining space.

The Flooring

The choices available for dining room flooring are endless. Do you want tiles, hardwood,  vinyl or carpet? Is the flooring going to match the other rooms or will you choose feature flooring to separate your dining room from the rest of the house? Do you want a dark, moody ambience, or bright, natural colours? The options are endless. When choosing dining room flooring, consider materials that are durable and easy to clean. There’s bound to be countless spills, so often hardwood, vinyl or tiles are the best options.

The Rug

If you do decide to go with a hardwood, tile or vinyl dining room floor, then a great way to add texture and brighten up the space is with the addition of a rug. Make sure your rug compliments the dining room furniture and surrounding artwork. Avoid high pile carpets that trap dirt and are hard to clean. Choose your colour wisely. Light, plain colours will show up spills instantly, instead opt for rugs with a pattern and steer towards darker or warmer tones.

The Lighting

Dining rooms are used at night more often than not, so keep this in mind when choosing dining room lighting. Do you want soft warm lights for a romantic feel or bright lights for visibility? Maybe you want to add a combination of both. You can also use lighting to add to the artistic design of the space with a range of hanging light, chandeliers, pendants and lamp designs available.