Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh new carpet. A carpet past its prime, on the other hand, is a sad sight to behold. How do you know when it’s time to for your carpet to go? The life of your carpet varies depending on its quality, ranging between 5 to 25 years, but there are some signs you can look for that indicate your carpet may be due for replacement.

Stains

A stained carpet is unsightly and can be embarrassing if you have guests over. If no amount of cleaning can remove the staining, hire a professional carpet cleaner. If even the pros can’t restore your carpet, and there’s no option to replace the affected section, it may be time to bid your carpet adieu.

Aged underlay

The underlay or padding installed underneath your carpet is designed to make your flooring more comfortable to walk and lay on. If your carpet underlay has deteriorated over time, it can cause unevenness and wrinkles on your carpet surface. Not only does this age your home, it doesn’t feel great underfoot either.

Fading

Over time, light from the sun can strip your carpet of colour. Although re-dyeing your carpet can be an option, results can be mixed, and might not be worth the cost or effort compared to replacing it entirely. If your once vibrant flooring is now only a washed-out shade of its former self, it could be time to replace it.

Smells

Regular cleaning of your carpet should be able to keep smells at bay. If you notice lingering odours coming from your carpet even after a cleaning, the smells may have seeped deeper into your flooring. In more extreme cases, this could even be a sign of mold or mildew, which can pose a health risk to your family. It’s a surefire sign that your carpet needs to go.

Wear

Is your carpet matted, frayed, or ripped? Matted or crushed carpet fibres can sometimes be returned to their former fullness with cleaning. If your carpet has lost its form for good, though, it will no longer be very comfortable to walk on. Frays and tears can be difficult to repair, and depending on the size of the tearing, also dangerous for your home’s inhabitants. In this case, it’s best to look at updating your carpet.

Ready to pick out your new carpet? Visit your nearest Andersens showroom or call us on 1800 016 016 for an obligation-free FREE measure and quote.

Carpet Buying Guide

Looking for the best carpet? Because of factors like budget and taste, the best carpet for your neighbour might not be the best carpet for you. So, how can you decide which carpet will suit you? Start by considering these points.

FIBRES

Many home renovators dream of a bottomless bank account. The reality is most home renovators do have to consider their budget. Carpet is a more affordable flooring option but the price can still vary. The cost of your carpet will depend on which carpet fibre you choose. Check out the features of each carpet below.

Polypropylene

  • Synthetic
  • Most affordable
  • Colour-fast
  • Resists most stains
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited colour range

Polyester

  • Synthetic
  • Affordable
  • Soft
  • Lustrous appearance
  • Rich colour
  • Water and stain-resistant

Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Wide colour range

Solution Dyed Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Increased stain-resistance
  • Increased colour-fastness
  • Long-term durability

Triexta

  • Synthetic
  • Soft
  • Matte appearance
  • Highly stain-resistant
  • Partially made from corn

Wool

  • Natural
  • Luxurious
  • Soft
  • Insulating
  • Biodegradable

STYLES

The look of your carpet will differ based on the construction method used. 

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are created by cutting the yarn loops to create a  soft, upright pile. You can vary the pile length and twist level create a variety of styles, including:

Plush

  • Lightly-twisted yarn
  • Smooth surface
  • Formal look
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Low-traffic areas
  • Suits formal spaces (living and dining rooms, guest rooms)

Twist

  • Pile twists in different directions
  • Random texture
  • Casual style
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits the whole home

Frieze

  • Longer pile
  • Textured finish
  • “Shaggy” look 
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits high traffic areas
  • Suits informal spaces (bedrooms, family rooms)

Loop Pile

This style is constructed by threading the fibres through the carpet backing to form a series of loops. The following are some styles of loop pile carpets:

Level loop pile

  • Tightly-threaded loops
  • Uniform surface
  • Durable
  • Suits high traffic areas (hallways)

Multi-level loop pile

  • Varying lengths of loops
  • Textured surface
  • Durable 
  • Distinct shapes and patterns
  • Hides dirt

Berber

  • Short loops
  • Rugged surface
  • Flecked appearance
  • Durable
  • Hides dirt and marks
  • Suits high-traffic areas

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining cutting and looping methods creates interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet adds a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile

  • Lineal patterns
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Stylish
  • Hides dirt and footprints
  • Suits kids’ bedrooms or playrooms

Textured cut and loop pile

  • Uneven surface
  • Artistic patterns
  • Illusion of depth
  • Hides marks and dirt

GRADES

Carpets are often graded against their best form of application, so if you have a really specific need for acoustic, fire or traffic rating ask one of our experienced flooring consultants to advise which type of carpet is suitable. Often, the best result for your requirements, is not most expensive option. Listed below is a brief description of the various strengths of carpet available.

Not all carpet is manufactured for the same purpose and there is a lot to consider when choosing; Andersens can advise you on the right choice for your living space. Depending on your lifestyle or need, there exists a range of grades:

Medium Duty:
Medium to Low traffic flow, best for bedrooms and spare rooms

Heavy Duty:
Heavy traffic flow, best for hallways and busy living areas. Also, good for families 2/3 kids or more

Extra Heavy Duty:
A lot of traffic flow, great for hallways and busy living areas. Also, suitable for commercial offices/shops.

CARPETS BY ROOM

Bedroom: Carpet is an amazing choice for bedrooms. Soft underfoot and warm during the colder months, carpet will not only look amazing but will also make your bedroom feel cosier. 

Bathroom: Carpets might not be the best choice for your bathroom. Please speak with our sales consultant for advice on the best products for this area. 

Kitchen: Much like Bathrooms, kitchens aren’t the best place for carpet. With spillage, high amounts of water, chemicals etc. it might be a better option to look into tiles or vinyl.

Living:  Carpet is a great choice for living areas however, a durable and easy to clean fibre should be chosen to help make sure your brand-new carpet doesn’t soil or stain.

Hallway: Very similar to the Living room, the hallway or entry way is a great place to get resilient and easy to clean carpeting. Not only does it look great but it also provides comfort and can be easier to maintain then hardwoods.

Commercial Spaces: Carpet is a great choice for a commercial space.With a durable fibre and natural colour’s you can do amazing things for your commercial space.

Still need more help with choosing? Our friendly flooring experts at Andersens will be happy to help. Visit a showroom near you.

Mixing Interior Design Styles

Mixing Interior Design Styles

You love mid-century modern. Your partner loves industrial. Or maybe it’s you who likes bohemian AND Hollywood glam? Either way, you might be wondering if it’s possible to use more than one interior design style in a space. The answer is ‘yes’, but of course, there are guides to follow for mixing styles seamlessly.

Let one style shine

Splitting the styling down the middle may seem like the fairest solution when decorating with a partner who has different taste to you. However, a 50/50 split risks creating a space without a focal point. Let one style be the star and the second an accent. An 80/20 split will be more conducive to creating a space with visual harmony. Bigger furniture and decor objects like sofas and area rugs will dictate your main design style. Add smaller elements like lamps and cushions in a secondary style.

Restrain your colour palette

When combining interior styles, it’s easy to overwhelm the eye with information due to too much variation. Using a limited colour palette can help elements of even wildly different styles look unified. Stick to a handful of colours at most for the best effect.

Put it on repeat

The same rule of restraint and repetition goes for textures, finishes, shapes, and patterns. For example, if you have a Memphis-style sofa with brass legs, decorating with a Moroccan brass serving tray will continue the look with a difference. If you have a globe-shaped pendant light, mimic the shape elsewhere with a spherical glass vase. This builds the relationship between elements so that they all belong.

Keep it even

Grouping too much of one style together will make the space feel unbalanced. Once you’ve defined your palette of colours, textures, shapes, and patterns, spread these elements evenly throughout your interior. Pull colours from your wall art to use on window coverings on an adjacent wall. Echo the tone of your hardwood flooring in timber photo frames. Help draw the eye around the space and take it in as a cohesive whole.

Need extra advice on decorating your interiors? Talk to the team at Andersens.

How to Care for Your Area Rug

Area rugs make beautiful additions to the home and the huge variety of styles means you can use it not only to define your space but to flaunt your excellent taste as well. Help your area rug retain its good looks for longer with our rug care tips.

Clean regularly

Regularly vacuuming your rug, at least once a week, will remove dirt before it becomes too deeply embedded in the rug pile. If your rug has delicate fringe or tassels, take care not to get these caught in your vacuum brush head when cleaning to avoid damage.

Shoes off

Rugs, as intricate as some can be, are made to walked on. However, you can extend the life of your rug by keeping dirty shoes off it. Have everyone in your home remove their shoes at the door, or at least provide a decent doormat they can scrape their shoes clean on so dirt isn’t tracked onto your rug. This will also reduce how frequently you will need to clean your rug – win/win!

Treat it

Rug protection treatments are commercially available and can help you extend the life of your area rug. Once applied, these products coat your rug surface in a protective barrier. This helps to repel liquids, dirt, and stains, and makes your rug easier to clean. These treatments are naturally best applied when your rug is still brand new, although they do generally require reapplication after a few years. Talk to a team member at your local Andersens store to get product suggestions for your rug.

Act quickly after accidents

As helpful as a stain treatment can be, it is not going to protect your rug 100%, so in case of spills, you’ll still want to act quickly to avoid soiling. In large enough quantities, even water can damage your rug and breed mould if left unattended. In the case of smaller water spills, blot up up as much of the water as possible with a clean towel and dry the affected area with a hair dryer. It’s important to make sure your rug is completely dry before laying it back down on your floor to prevent mould growth. Learn more tips for cleaning your rug here.

Turn it around

Over time, heavy furniture can leave pressure marks on your rugs and flatten the pile. By rotating your rug 180 degrees intermittently, you relieve the pressure on these spots and more evenly distribute wear and tear from foot traffic. Try every few months or once a year depending on the rug style. This will also prevent colour fading in one spot from prolonged sun exposure.

Use a rug pad

A rug pad or mat sits underneath your rug. It should be slightly smaller than your rug. Rug pads make your rug safer by stopping your rug from slipping. They also muffle noise, have insulating properties, and reduce compression of the rug pile by offering additional cushioning underfoot to absorb impact, helping your rug to keep its shape. Visit Andersens for advice on a suitable rug pad for your flooring.

A Guide to Clearing your Clutter

Do you constantly find yourself wishing for more storage space at home? Perhaps the problem is not a lack of room but an excess of stuff. It’s amazing how much clutter you can accumulate over time. By assessing which possessions you can farewell, you can make cleaning easier, become more organised, and reflect on your spending habits. Go forth and declutter with our guide to simplify your surroundings.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Begin your task by targeting one area at a time. Focusing on a single space will stop you from being overwhelmed and will keep your floors clear so your home is still liveable if you don’t declutter the whole place in a day.

Use it or lose it

When assessing your possessions, think back to the last time you used them. A general guideline is to discard items you haven’t used in the last year.

Understand why

Ask yourself why you’ve kept each item. Although you might feel guilty parting with an ill-suited gift from family or friends, wouldn’t it be better to give it to someone who will appreciate it? For poorly thought-out impulse buys, find them another home and be more mindful of your future shopping decisions.

All the fixin’s

For broken items, weigh up the time and cost required to fix them versus the cost of replacing them. If it’s an easy fix, then don’t procrastinate! Fix it up to get it back in action.

Go paperless

For paperwork like bills and receipts, keep a digital copy instead of a hard copy. There are plenty of apps that help you store digital versions of receipts. To reduce paper clutter in future, opt for digital communication with your service providers.

Toss old tech

Tech moves on quickly so old tech rarely becomes useful again. However, don’t chuck mobile phones out with the rest of your waste. Find your nearest drop-off point to dispose of phones and accessories safely. Find disposal services for other technology here.

Check expiry dates

Rid your pantry and freezer of expired food. Check the packaging on cosmetics for the symbol indicating their shelf life post-opening – old cosmetics harbour heaps of bacteria! Throw out expired medicine. For expired first aid kit supplies, donate them to charitable organizations like local animal shelters or organisations delivering medical aid to countries in need.

Minimise waste

  • Look for ways to extend the life of old or broken items to reduce environmental impact.
  • Sell it: One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Make a buck from your unwanted stuff by selling it in a garage sale, flea market, or online through eBay, Gumtree, or Facebook.
  • Donate it: Donate items in good condition to charities.
  • Pass it on: Check if friends and family have use for your unwanted items.
  • Upcycle: Breathe new life into old items by repurposing them into something new.
  • Recycle: Recycle the items you can to keep the materials out of landfill.

Love Your Little Laundry

Unless you own a bottomless wardrobe, the laundry is one room you’ll frequently use. Laundries tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the home, if you have one at all. Anyone with a small laundry can understand the frustration that comes with doing the washing in a cramped space. Give some thought to your laundry’s design to make the most of the limited room.

Tiles

If you can’t build a bigger laundry, you can at least create the illusion of one. Tiles are often used in laundries because of their waterproof quality. Choosing the right tile can make your small space seem bigger. A good rule to follow is to use no more than two or three types of tile. You want to prevent the room from looking too busy. Laying tiles diagonally will draw the eye out, and using larger format tiles will minimise grout lines for a more spacious feel.

Function

Assess how you use your laundry. Do you need a sink for hand-washing? If you fold your laundry in another part of the house, you can minimise the need for bench space. Will your laundry be air-dried or will you use a dryer? Your laundry requirements will define how to organise your space.

The washing machine

The workhorse of the laundry, there are pros and cons to both top loaders and front loaders. A top loader might be more suitable if you have a large family as they can generally handle bigger loads. Front loaders can be installed underneath a bench to save space. Combination washer dryers can be a godsend for apartment living if you have limited space for air-drying outside.

The sink

Not everything can be machine-washed, and for that, it’s useful to have a laundry sink. Install a sink with a cabinet underneath to increase your storage. When not in use, a sink cover can transform your sink area into more bench space.

Laundry baskets

Free-standing laundry baskets can eat up valuable floor space. If you are designing your laundry anew, look for ways to integrate laundry baskets into your cabinetry with designs like built-in pull-out baskets. Collapsible laundry baskets can also be conveniently folded away when your washing is done.

Shelving

Utilise vertical space to install shelves or cabinets to keep your bench clear. Sliding doors on cabinets will eat up less room. Alternatively, opt for open shelving that doesn’t need space for doors to open out.

Need more help with planning your interiors? Visit an Andersens store near you to talk to our friendly team members.

Back-to-school Ready at Home

Whether your children are starting school or they’re going back for another year, you might be feeling a little stressed at the prospect. Making sure they have everything they need on time, at the right time, every weekday can frazzle the nerves. Establishing an efficient routine during the school term can help to keep your house in order and you sane.

Create a drop-off zone

Keep your floor tidy by designating a drop zone. Cubbies and baskets are perfect for storing shoes and backpacks when they’re not in use. Put up some wall hooks to hang up jackets and hats. With the essentials in one place, you can get your kids out the door with minimum fuss. Whether you create your drop zone in your entryway or garage, you’ll never have to trip over a misplaced school bag ever again.

Set up a homework station

Create a dedicated homework ‘station’ for your kids’ stationery supplies. Find the combination of storage solutions to meet your child’s needs, be it pen cups, desktop drawers, magazine holders, or trays. If your child does homework on the kitchen table, make their homework station mobile. Give your child more deskspace by storing stationery in a trolley that can fit under a desk. Don’t need that much storage? Pop their supplies in a tray for easy transportation.

File it away

Permission slips, newsletters… as the papers accumulate, it’s easy to lose what you’re looking for in the pile. File your paper clutter as you would your email inbox as soon as you get it to minimise mess and confusion. Have an in-tray and a “to do” tray for things that you need follow-up. You can use labelled document drawers or file holders mounted to the wall to keep everything in reach.

Save the date

Everyone has calendars on their phones these days, but having a wall calendar or planner at home where you can see important dates at a glance can help you keep on top of everyone’s schedules. You can even have your children write all their upcoming events on the calendar themselves. If you find a monthly calendar too overwhelming, try using a weekly calendar instead to help break the school year down into more manageable chunks.

Need more help with making your home suitable for life with kids? Visit an Andersens store near you to talk to our friendly team members.

Saving Your Floor from Spills

If you’re hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party this month, make sure you’re ready for flooring emergencies. With the holiday cheer in full swing, accidents tend to happen, and a glass full of red wine may not stay entirely in the glass. Follow our handy guide to prevent permanent damage to your floors caused by spilled drinks this party season.

Carpet

  • Do not scrub! That might be your first instinct, but all this will do is spread the spill around and work the matter harder into the fibres.
  • Blot up as much of the spill as much as possible with paper towels or a clean cloth or towel.
  • Apply spot cleaner and rub from the outside in to contain to the spill to the smallest area.
  • Blot dry once clean.
  • Vacuum your carpet once dry to return the carpet pile to its usual direction.

Hardwood

  • Soak up the bulk of the spill immediately with paper towels or a clean cloth or towel.
  • Apply a wood floor cleaner to the affected area and gently rub with a soft damp cloth in a circular motion to remove any staining, cleaning from outside in.
  • If that doesn’t work, try applying denatured alcohol.
  • Once any staining is removed, wipe your floors over with a soft damp cloth to remove any residue left over from cleaning products.
  • Remember that hardwood does not take to moisture well so try use as little liquid as possible when cleaning.

Vinyl Flooring

  • Soak up the bulk of the spill immediately with a cloth or paper towel with paper towels or a clean cloth or towel.
  • If a stain is left, use a manufacturer-approved flooring cleaner to spot clean the area, rubbing inwards from the edge of the spill with a soft cloth.
  • Once the stain is gone, remove product residue using a soft clean cloth dampened with warm water.
  • If you have vinyl planks installed, do not flood your floor with water in an attempt to clean a stain. Although vinyl is waterproof, standing water for extended periods of time can seep into the gaps between the planks.

Tiles

  • Tiles are super resistant to stains so just wipe up the stain and you should be good to go.
  • If the spill has spread into the grout, however, and your grout is a light colour, leaving the spill unattended for too long can result in staining.
  • For stained grout, apply a cleaning solution such as vinegar and water or a commercial cleaner and scrub with a small brush.
  • Avoid using steel wool or scrubbers as they are too abrasive.
  • For stubborn stains, apply a paste of baking soda and water and let sit overnight before scrubbing clean. Wipe off the excess paste.

A few last general tips for cleaning any floor – always use the gentlest formulation of any floor cleaners and work your way up in strength if it doesn’t work to avoid inadvertently damaging your floor. Also, make sure to test any cleaning solutions you intend to use in inconspicuous spot first. This way, you can keep your floors looking their best.

Need more tips for cleaning your floors? Talk to the experts at an Andersens near you.

Blending Indoor & Outdoor Living

Having an outdoor living area opens up the possibilities for entertaining and how you enjoy your home. To encourage people to make the most of their outdoor living spaces, contemporary architects are looking for ways to blur the boundaries between inside and out, bringing elements of the outdoors in and vice versa to facilitate an everyday connection with nature. Get a primer on how to blend indoor and outdoor living so you too can enjoy nature to the max this summer.

Designate a space

A patch of grass might do for a picnic lunch in your backyard but to really make the most of outdoor living, define the area by building a deck or patio. Make the transition between your indoor and your outdoor living spaces seamless by attaching your deck or patio to the house. If possible, try to keep the floor of your outdoor living space level with your indoor floor so you can effortlessly move between the areas. Keep your outdoor area useable year round with protective shade like a roof, pergola, or awning.

Down with the wall

To make your outdoor living space ‘flow’ into the rest of your home, completely or partially replace a solid wall with hinged, folding, or sliding glass doors to blend the two areas. Even when closed, glass doors let in plenty of natural light and provide a great view of your backyard. When opened, they allow you to connect to nature without even leaving your home.

Repetition, repetition

Unify your two living spaces by carrying a single design scheme through both. Pave a patio with tiles in the same hue as your interior flooring, or build a deck with the same colour timber as one you have used inside. Match metal finishes on your indoor and outdoor furniture or look for outdoor furniture made from weather-friendly fabric to echo the upholstery of your interior pieces. Designing both spaces together will make your outdoor living space feel like a natural extension of the rest of your home.

Let’s get botanical

Outdoor living areas wouldn’t be quite so welcoming and relaxing without some greenery. A well-landscaped yard will feel like a lush oasis. Introducing plants inside your home will bridge your interiors to nature and up your indoor air quality.

All the trimmings

Up the ante of how you use your outdoor space by introducing features traditionally found indoors. Ambient lighting will set the mood for any outdoor entertaining you do and let you enjoy your space well into the light. If like most Australians, you like a good barbeque, then you can try taking your al fresco cooking to the next level with a fully equipped kitchen outside. Add features to suit your lifestyle.

Talk to a friendly team member at an Andersens showroom near you for more help with marrying your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Parlour Tricks: An Impressive Lounge Room

With Christmas on the way, you might be thinking of revamping your lounge room in anticipation of holiday guests, as it is usually the first place you show visitors. Back when homes were less open-plan, you would have had a separate formal lounge, sitting, or drawing room where you would receive guests and the family would gather in a second, more casual living room to do things like watch TV or play games. Nowadays, though, many homes only have one living area so it has to serve both purposes.

Even if you only have one living space, you can still make it guest-ready for the festive season. You can borrow elements from more formal room designs without turning your lounge room into a stuffy nightmare. Just follow our advice for a space that strikes a balance between impressive and welcoming.

Sitting pretty

It’s in the name – your lounge room should have furniture for people to lounge on. When choosing seating, be mindful of space. Give your furniture room to breathe so the room looks planned rather than haphazardly crammed with whatever you could get your hands on. Seating in traditional sitting rooms is more formal – think wingbacks and luxe materials – so capture that elegant air by including pieces like daybeds, lounge chairs, or a sofa with clean lines.

Be bold

Don’t be afraid to be brave with your furniture choices. When entertaining, the coffee table will get a fair amount of use and attention. Make a statement with your coffee table by choosing one with a striking silhouette or in an eye-catching finish to heighten the wow factor of your lounge room. Impress your guests with some old-fashioned flair by adding a bar cart. It’s a little bit of luxury that elevates your lounge room from being just a place to watch TV. Speaking of TV…

Picture perfect

In homes with one living area, the space often has to house the television, causing it to become the focal point of the room – but it doesn’t have to be. If your lounge room must include the TV, there are ways you can deflect attention from what can often be an eyesore amongst your beautiful decor. Tuck your TV away in a cabinet, blend it in amongst a gallery wall, or install sliding doors over it for when it’s not in use. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even DIY doors that incorporate art prints or canvases so you can have your wall art and your TV, too.

Only the best

One of the reasons why formal lounge rooms look so sleek is they aren’t littered with the mess that accumulates with everyday living. Everything has its place and the items on show are the best you have. The effect is refined and peaceful. Achieve the polished look of a formal living area by only displaying your favourite decor objects and give things like TV remotes and tissue boxes a home out of sight when they’re not being used. You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.

Get more advice on designing a lounge room with wow factor by talking to a friendly team member at an Andersens showroom near you.