Spotless Floors for Spring

Cleaning is no one’s favourite job, but it is essential to keeping your floors well-maintained and your home healthy. If you’re ready to jump into your spring cleaning, follow our guide for the basics of achieving a spotless floor.

Carpet

When it comes to cleaning carpet, you can’t get by without a vacuum cleaner. To ensure you’re getting an effective clean for your hard work, make sure your vacuum bag doesn’t have a full or dirty filter or bag as this can seriously affect your vacuum’s suction power. For longer pile carpets, vacuum against the direction of the pile first to expose the dirt. For soiled or high traffic areas, do multiple passes over the area to extract as much dirt as possible. Use crevice tools or attachments to get into hard to reach places for the most thorough clean. After vacuuming, use water to remove stains, or use a recommended cleaning solution if water proves ineffective.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a breeze to clean. After sweeping up the dust with a soft broom, simply damp mop with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning solution. However, DO NOT use caustic ammonia, solvent-based cleaners, or wax polishes on vinyl as they can make your floors slippery or even cause discolouration.

Timber

When vacuuming timber floors, make sure you use the floor brush attachment or setting on your vacuum head to prevent scratching your floors. As hardy as timber floors can be, they can be damaged by excess water. A microfibre mop is a superior choice when compared to a string mop as it will hold less water. To mop your timber floors, use a barely damp mop alongside the recommended floor cleaner for your boards. Soak up any remaining water from the surface afterwards. For a deeper clean, use a manufacturer-recommended liquid cleaner with a rag.

Bamboo

Many of the rules for cleaning timber flooring apply to bamboo flooring, too. Use a brush vacuum head and make sure it’s free of embedded grit. Never wet mop your bamboo floor, and if you are damp mopping, make sure the mop has been completely wrung out, as bamboo can also warp if subjected to excess moisture. To remove any marks or stains, use a Ph neutral cleaner. DO NOT use oil soaps, wax liquid, or other household products to clean your floor, or use abrasive pads to scrub it.

Tiles

Tile is a highly durable floor covering, and usually, water is a sufficient cleaning solution for day-to-day cleaning – simply wet mop. Vacuuming regularly will keep dirt from scratching and dulling your tile. As tile grout is porous, it can become dirty and stained over time. To clean your tile grout, you can use a grout cleaning solution and let it soak for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toothbrush to remove stubborn stains. Applying a grout sealer after the clean can protect your grout so it stays cleaner for longer.

Cork

Vacuum or sweep your cork floor with a clean, soft-bristled broom to remove any grit or dirt. Cork flooring can swell and even grow mold when exposed to water, so use a barely damp mop and a recommended floor cleaner to wash. And remember, NEVER steam clean your cork floor.

Laminate

Like timber and bamboo, laminate can be scratched so vacuum with the brush vacuum head on. As laminate is not real wood, DO NOT wax or polish it. Also, never steam clean your laminate flooring or use soaps, oils, or detergents on it. Laminate can be cleaned by simply damp mopping and spraying an appropriate cleaning solution onto either your mop or rag. Be wary of applying cleaning liquids directly onto laminate as this can cause staining.

Andersens offers a professional carpet cleaning service to take the stress out of your spring cleaning. Contact us for more information and see how we can help you.

Vintage vs Contemporary

When renovating a home or remodelling a room, one challenge you may face is how to make the old work with the new. If there are vintage elements which you wish to keep, combining them with more contemporary additions can bring your home’s design into the 21st century. A good tip for successfully marrying features from different eras is to reference the older style in your new inclusions.

Vintage exterior design

New additions should work in harmony with any permanent existing features that you’re keeping. In the Queenslander home featured, Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors recognised the age of the house, and out of respect for its history, worked to blend in the extensions with the original look of the building.

Open plan interior design

To achieve this, Lauren carried over the traditional visual elements of the building on the exterior of the extension. The interiors, on the other hand, were designed to be more suited to modern living. Contemporary lifestyles in Australia ask for plenty of space for the family to congregate or entertain. Kitchens, lounge rooms, and dining rooms of the past may have been separated out into their own rooms, but nowadays, an open-plan living space is more desirable. By using an open-plan interior design and adopting the vintage style for the exterior, the end result is an inviting, liveable extension that looks like it has always been there.

Queenslander home deck

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Window Coverings

In the home design process, window coverings are often left until last, but Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors says that they should really be planned early on as they often need to be custom-made to fit your windows’ dimensions. To get you started on thinking about window coverings for your next renovation, Lauren has some advice to offer on what window coverings will suit different rooms in your home best.

Living Areas

Lauren is a big fan of using sheer curtains in main living areas. For inner-city areas, this is a particularly smart choice because homes are usually quite close to one another, meaning you want a window covering solution that lets light in but not your neighbours’ eyes. A sheer curtain has the upside of accenting or creating the illusion of high ceilings, letting in light, while still providing you with privacy.

Kitchens

For kitchens, Lauren suggests using a roman blind. Roman blinds are an attractive option that provide an opportunity to add some colour and texture. Roller blinds are also a good choice, versatile enough to suit most kitchen designs. For a cleaner effect, recess the blind into your architrave.

Bedroom with sheer white curtains

Bedrooms

In an Australian climate, leaving a window open at night is ideal to let the air in during the warmer months. Lighter-weight blinds like romans and rollers can hit the window frame when blown in by the breeze, waking you up. Lauren likes using shutters and curtains that enable you to let in the breeze without any unexpected bumps in the night.

Bathroom shower with high-set window

Bathrooms

The most important consideration you need to keep in mind when choosing window coverings for the bathroom is resistance to water and mildew. Lauren personally prefers to install shutters or blinds in the bathroom, but your choice should really come down to your window placement. Bathroom windows are usually made from opaque glass. If opaque windows are set high up in your shower, then you don’t need to install any coverings. For windows situated above the bathtub, try installing a decorative roman blind using an outdoor fabric for improved durability or opt for classic shutters instead.

Fitting out an entire house with window treatments is a big investment, both time and money-wise, so start planning early. Can’t decide? The experts at Andersens can help you make the best choice for your home. Visit your nearest showroom to get some professional advice.

Visit an Andersens store near you for more ideas and help with your interiors.