Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

Two Andersens installers roll out a new carpet in a home

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 replace your carpet? 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.

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.

A Guide to: Best Flooring for your Children’s Playroom

A playroom is undoubtedly one of the happiest places in your homes for your children – and it can be one of the worst places for your cleaning endeavours if you’ve chosen a poor option for the flooring! With that in mind, we’ve put together a few little options for flooring in your children’s playroom:

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A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your bathroom

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can be extremely fun and extremely stressful all at the same time! Unlike your kitchen flooring, bathrooms can be totally different from the rest of the house, or they can keep the same theme. Either way, your bathrooms are often the most judged room in your house so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few of our favourite choices:

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2014 Home Fashion Trends: Global Fusion

We’re all guilty of it – trawling the impeccably decorated show houses for ideas on how to get your own home looking like it’s just stepped off the pages of House & Garden! We set off to find 2014’s style trends and boy were we rewarded! Full of a plethora of gorgeous themes and styles, we’ve picked our 5 favourite which we’ll cover in our Home Fashion Trends series:

Whether it’s the clean cut lines of a Japanese garden, the heady atmosphere of Morocco, a sunset over the savannah or the explosion of colours in India, Global Fusion ties them all together with style and is one of the hottest trends in interior fashion this year.

Focusing on creating an earthy ambience and culture, this look is for you if you like the glamour of travel and exotic destinations.

Get the look

Global Fusion takes the best of traditional cultures and artfully mixes them together, which means natural material is the name of the game.

Aged timbers grace the floors inside with Oak being a hot favourite. Timber floors are no longer restrained to living areas – we’re seeing bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens all adorned in wood!

Windows are dressed in either natural bamboo & timber verticals or sheer gauzy curtains over tucked away block-out blinds – this look is popular with a number of different looks and really serves to soften blinds without reverting to traditional curtains.

Décor for the Global Fusion look includes colourful cushions casually strewn over neutrally toned fabric or leather lounges with wood furniture tying it all together.

Get the look with Andersens

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Call us on 1800 016 016 to book a free consultation with one of our home style experts or visit our website for more information

How to re-grout tiles

Have you started to discover the grout around your tiles is crumbling away or is just not there due to wear and tear? Not only does it look horrible is will be allowing moisture into your walls and floor which over time will loosen and lift the tiles. If this is the case then it’s time to re-grout. Here are some tips on how to do it yourself, however if you would prefer a professional to assist or perhaps its time to renovate and replace with a more modern tile, Andersens can help.

 

Preparing the Tile

  1. Choose a grout colour. If you are re-grouting an entire bathroom, choose a colour that matches the tile. For small jobs, match the grout colour with the existing grout.
  2. Scrub the tiles and grout with a household cleaning solution
  3. Saw along the grout lines with a grout saw or small knife that cuts into narrow spaces.
  4.  Remove the remaining grout with a chisel or utility knife.
  5. Vacuum out the leftover chunks or debris from the spaces around the tile. If any of the tiles need to be replaced, replace them now.
  6. Clean the tile. Remove soap scum and dirt. Any household cleaner designed to remove soap scum is perfect for the job.

Apply the Grout

  1. Mix the grout. Grout is sold pre-mixed or dry. If you need to mix the grout, read the directions on the package and follow the instructions. Latex-modified grout is more water resistant and does not crack over time.
  2. Spread the grout over the tile and smooth it out with a grout float. Angle the top of the float to 30 degrees.
  3. Use the float to press the grout into the empty spaces between the tiles. When the grout becomes hard to push down, the spaces are full.
  4. Run the float across the top of the tiles to remove excess grout.
  5. Wait five to ten minutes. Wet a sponge with water and wipe over the top of the tiles to clean any leftover grout.
  6. Cure the grout for at least three days.
  7. Seal the grout with a grout sealer. This keeps water and mildew out of the grout. If using ceramic tiles, use a silicone or water-based grout sealer. Brush it along the joints between the tiles. Wipe excess sealant off the surface of the tiles. If you have porous tiles, use an acrylic top-coat and seal the entire surface of the tile.

To view Andersens range of floor tiles visit our website www.andersens.com.au

How to get scratches out of wooden floors

Well there are two ways to deal with a scratch on a wooden floor. You can try to DIY it or you can call a professional. Depending how bad the scratches are, the second version may be the better of the two.

There are two ways to DIY fix a scratch on wood or other hard surfaces: Either sand the surrounding area down to the level of the scratch so that the surface is smooth once again, or colour in the damage, which means that you can still feel the scratch indent but you can’t see it.

The first method needs fine sandpaper and loads of patience. The sanding itself isn’t a big job; you simply rub with care over the length of the scratch, moving in line with the wood grain. The time-consuming part is that you need to re-varnish, paint, or wax the area to get back to a uniform colour.

So, for everyday wood and wood-effect furniture, you may want to take a short cut and simply cover up the scratch. Ideally, use wood stain or a coloured polish that matches your furniture. Apply the solution to a soft cloth, and then work it into the wood.

If you can’t get a colour match, use a wax crayon. Most children’s ranges have a tremendous variety of browns – and these duller shades always kick about in pencil cases after the snazzy reds have long gone.

 

Calling a professional to quote on your fixing your floor may save you having to replace the floor all together. They will assess the scratched, usually sand the floors back, clean them, and apply a new coat of sealant to make them look like new. In the case where your floors are beyond repair, in some cases you can lay new flooring directly over the top of the existing floor and in other cases, it may need to be pulled up to allow new floor to be placed.

For any of your flooring questions and needs, contact an Andersens store today. They can come to you in your home to assess and quote on your flooring needs.

Cleaning Timber Floors – The Do’s and Don’ts

Quality timber flooring products can last a lifetime if some basic maintenance steps are met to keep your timber floors looking better for longer. Here are some of Andersens home care tips for Timber floors;

Timber flooring is a very stylish flooring choice for your home or office. If possible, prevent dirt, sand and grit from accumulating on the surface of your floor – they will act like sandpaper and abrade the finish. Mats should be placed at all exterior exits, and the floor should be swept or vacuumed frequently.

Wet Mopping

You should try to avoid wet-mopping a hardwood floor, and always clean up spills as soon as possible. With water or any other cleaning agent, make sure that you thoroughly wring out your mop prior to applying it to the floor. Excess moisture that is allowed to seep into the seams between the planks may cause damage to your flooring. We would suggest a bucket less mop, ultra minimal amount of water on a mop similar to image on the right.

Steam Cleaning

We recommend DO NOT polish or steam clean timber floors. Additionally, in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and spaces where food service occurs, top-coating the floor will help prevent against moisture damage

Scratched flooring

All timber floors mark, dent and scratch from time to time. The use of felt floor protectors under furniture and dirt trapping mats at external entrances helps to keep scratching and premature wear to a minimum. Sweep or vacuum your timber floor regularly to remove grit and small stones. These can scratch and abrade your timber floors.

Indentations and deep scratches in timber floors can often be filled using a matching coloured timber putty or special filling wax.

Re- Coating

Re-coating is usually required every 5 – 10 years in most homes, depending on the level of traffic and wear and tear your floors are exposed to. In commercial areas, floors may need re-coating more regularly. Call Andersens Carpet Cleaning Services on 1300 664 843 to obtain a quote.

Lastly here are some general flooring maintenance tips

  1. Only use maintenance products recommended by the manufacturers of the flooring you have selected and installed.
  2. Save any guarantees, warranties and preventative maintenance tips that come with your new fl ooring. Always refer to these when attempting stain removal, to avoid unnecessary long-term damage.
  3. Any spills should be cleaned immediately, especially on carpet. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
  4. Pre-test any treatment on a small inconspicuous area of the floor to ensure against damage and possible colour/texture changes.
  5. Read the labels on all household products before using, since many contain chemicals which can damage carpet and other fabrics.
  6. Use mats at entrances to reduce dirt from outside being tracked inside, and don’t forget to regularly clean your mats.

If you have further questions on floor maintenance, contact Andersens today

Last Minute Flooring Options for Christmas

It is time for Christmas and the relatives are coming over.  Everything is culminating to a magical day of family, fun and festivities then you look at your flooring and you know that it is well beyond time that it should be upgraded.  So what can you do with so little time before Christmas?

The answer is simple, you give Andersens a call.

With Andersens, you don’t even have to take the time to come to one of our showrooms.  Our showroom can come to you.  Our showroom on wheels can bring to your home a range of flooring options for you to view.

Just give us a call and book an appointment for a day that is convenient for you and a friendly professional sales representative can come to your house and show you product samples in various types and colours.  They will discuss with you the best options to meet your needs and match your existing decor and will be able to tell you what they have in stock and give you the fastest options.  Those options could range from carpet which you will be able to roll out immediately, cork tiles which are super fast to install, or perhaps vinyl flooring for wet areas.  No matter what your taste and no matter what your needs, Andersens’ can get to you, show you your options, and get the job done quickly.  Andersens massive warehouse ensures a readily available range of superior options so there is no need to wait.  After your showroom on wheels has come to your door, we will be able advise you what is in stock and what your options are.  We call this process Fast Track Flooring.  So to get what you need ASAP, give Andersens a call today on 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote.

5 easy flooring upgrades for your home

Over time, all of the rooms in your house can look a little tired, a little outdated and a little run down.  In order to refresh your home and give it a more modern look, one of the easiest things to do is to upgrade your flooring.  Not only will it make your home look and feel great, it will also boost the value of your home!

So our top five recommendations on easy floor upgrades for your home are:

CORK

Cork is one of the latest trends in flooring and although it has been around for a long time, it still remains one of the best ways to transform a cold uninviting floor to a more modern look.  Apart from looking great, it’s also durable, feels sensational under foot, is eco-friendly and easy to install.  It is manufactured with panels that easily snap together requiring no glue or nails.  Cork is easy to clean, easy to maintain and Andersens offer a 25 year residential wear warranty on all cork tiles.  If you’ve never tried cork before, why not try it now as an easy floor upgrade option?

VINYL

Vinyl is so versatile and easy to install, that you can have an entire room completely upgraded in around 7 hours.  They come in a range of colours and patterns to suit each part of your home.  You can have your vinyl tiles looking like wood, marble, slate, or parquetry.  At Andersens, we can even customise your tiles by having your business logo or personalised design printed on them.  Vinyl is highly resilient and provides great cushioning underfoot.  There are so many options for your flooring with Vinyl that it is a smart way to reinvigorate your home to give it the new, fresh look that you’re after, no matter where in the home you want it.

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles are recommended for all your water areas like the bathroom, but they’re getting more popular to have as large tiles in all living areas as well.  Often our water areas are not given much attention and you can easily increase the value and appeal of your home by making a couple of minor changes to update them.  Updating your tiling can match the wider theme of your home or can make a personal statement.  Just like vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles are all about customisation.  They can portrait your theme or even personality in ways that other options cannot.

RUGS

One of the simplest upgrades to your flooring is to place a rug down that with a pattern that can easily give your home a more modern look.  So if you are not quite ready to change up a whole flooring area but you still want something fresh, the range of rugs available at Andersens will surprise you.

Rugs can complement your furniture, provide a small space of luxury for children to play on, or can simply lift the mood of a room.  At Andersens we have three different ranges of rugs to suit your individual needs no matter where you would like it placed in your house.  Our Satin shag range gives a room warmth and sophistication, the Sunny shag range gives a room super soft comfort and the Galaxy shag range gives a fresh new metallic look to enhance a room to match the more modern furniture and accessories.

CARPET

Carpet is our fifth easy upgrade option, and is easier to install than you think.  If your carpet is looking tired, worn out or out dated, the whole process of redoing your carpet is another easy option for you.  Come and see Andersens today and we’ll be happy to take you through all the carpet options that are available to you and explain how easy the process of upgrading will be.

Don’t wait any longer, if you’d like to discuss your options and browse our range of floorings to find out which one will best suit your home and budget, then come and see us today.  Giving your home that new updated look will also give you a great feeling every time you enter your house.  It can even feel as good as moving into a new home, as well as increasing the value of it.