The first question you need to address is why are you currently opting for a kitchen reno? The most common reasons for this are a lack of space, reduced functionality or an outdated look.  The type of flooring you choose is the one of the most important parts of remodeling your kitchen because… let’s face it… the floor is visible pretty much everywhere!

The first step you should take to ensure that you select the right flooring is to think of “durability”. Do you have young children or large dogs that spend time inside? Do you prefer a natural look or does an all white house appeal to you?

The next aspect you should consider is the price. Hardwood floors – while timeless and beautiful – can be a rather expensive option while vinyl flooring for instance, can be a relatively inexpensive option.

Let’s take a look at some durable and affordable flooring options to help make your decision easier (more…)

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Kitchen Flooring 101: Durability and Affordability

The first question you need to address is why are you currently opting for a kitchen reno? The most common reasons for this are a lack of space, reduced functionality or an outdated look.  The type of flooring you choose is the one of the most important parts of remodeling your kitchen because… let’s face it… the floor is visible pretty much everywhere!

The first step you should take to ensure that you select the right flooring is to think of “durability”. Do you have young children or large dogs that spend time inside? Do you prefer a natural look or does an all white house appeal to you?

The next aspect you should consider is the price. Hardwood floors – while timeless and beautiful – can be a rather expensive option while vinyl flooring for instance, can be a relatively inexpensive option.

Let’s take a look at some durable and affordable flooring options to help make your decision easier Continue reading “Kitchen Flooring 101: Durability and Affordability”

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

Home flooring trends for 2013

If you are looking for the latest trends in flooring than this is a must read. Here are the most popular flooring options for 2013 along with their features and benefits. These options will ensure you have the most recent styling for your home.

Large Square Tiles

We are seeing more and more people turn towards the large floor tiles, sizing that comes in 12″ x 24″ and even 36″ x 36″ — as opposed to the standard 12″ x 12″ tiles. Not only do they add an entirely different look, they are easier to clean as there is less grout and they make your room appear larger than it actually is. They are however much heavier than your standard tile so it’s recommended they are placed by a professional tiler.

Cork

Cork has not only become popular for its amazing insulating properties, it is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Most people when they think of cork, think they have to stick to the champagne colour but these days you have a much larger colour palette available. Another positive sell point is that cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. Downside, it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight so be selective as to which room you use cork.

Bamboo

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colours and styles. They say Bamboo is harder than most hardwood when dried can be highly engineered to suit every day wear and tear. Bamboo is offered in many styles that mimic the look of classic hardwood. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood can look stunning in the right home match with the right décor. The new factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. One positive factor of Reclaimed Wood is that is can stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished onsite.

Carpet

Carpet these days we are seeing far fewer shag piles and friezes and more patterned carpets.— Softer fibres are being used for more comfort and luxury and huge improvements have been made to improve the quality, colour choices and warranty to not only the carpets but the underlay itself. Not to mention they non stain properties and allergy/Asthma free variations.

Vinyl

People don’t put the term luxury with the word Vinyl, they think about that peel-and-stick stuff people used to install for a quick and cheap flooring option. The truth is that some versions are now on par with the high end flooring when it comes to look. Not only can you now het the hardwood look, you can get the look of stone, or tiles. Some are so realistic that until you touch it, you would not know. Vinyl can be a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Concrete

Concrete, very popular for offices, showrooms and modern homes. It is trendy, sleek and durable and with a polished finish can look a million dollars. A multitude of colours are available, not to mention the textures and finishes, and can be very affordable if you already have existing concrete in place. On the downside, comfort does not come into play, it is the flooring for fashion and can be quite hard to walk on.

For more information contact Andersens Flooring.

Top Tips for Waxing Floors

Some people say that a floor is clean only when it is properly waxed. You may agree or disagree but you can’t deny the fact that you tend to be more attracted to floors that are waxed and shiny. When you keep your floors shiny, you give people an impression that your home or office is well-maintained.

If you are looking for top tips for waxing floors, here is a short list that you can keep in mind.

  1. First up, make sure that your floor is clean. Remember that you can only wax a floor effectively if the dust and dirt on it are removed entirely. Use a broom to sweep the floor or for quicker cleaning, use a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Before putting on new wax, make sure that you have stripped off the old wax completely. For a more effective and comprehensive treatment, remove the old wax coating which has already trapped dirt and dust particles over the last weeks. To do this, you can either buy a wax stripper or prepare a mixture of bleach and detergent. Continuously mop the floor until the old coat leaves the surface of the floor.
  3. When the floor has dried up, it’s now time to apply the new wax. There are many types of wax available in your local hardware store, and each can be applied only to a particular type of flooring. Before you buy a wax, make sure to check the label to ensure that the wax is good for your type of flooring.
  4. Apply a thin coating of wax to a clean rug and begin from the far corner to the centre of the room. Do this two to three times, with 30 minutes to an hour interval in between applications.
  5. When your wax has dried up, carefully move the furniture back to their position in the room.
  6. Find time to wax your floor every week or two to keep it clean, shiny, and attractive at all times.

When you have a waxed and shiny floor, you’ll realise just how fun it is to stay indoors and enjoy the comfort of your clean home.

For all your flooring needs, call Andersens on 1800 016 016  or visit our website at www.andersens.com.au.