How Do You Install Flooring Perfectly?
One of the components of your home that greatly enhance its overall aesthetic is the flooring that you choose. Most homeowners tend to be biased toward timber flooring due to its classic look and numerous design options. However, improper maintenance of timber flooring will lead it to succumb to wear and tear before its time and affect its overall attractiveness. Unlike other types of flooring, this type of flooring requires some specific maintenance measures to be adhered to so as to ensure that it remains in its best condition. Here are some maintenance tips to ensure that your flooring not only remains aesthetically appealing, but also minimizes the times you would need to engage in repairs. Use water sparingly on your timber flooring Since wood is an organic material, it is absorbent. A common mistake homeowners make is mopping their timber flooring with excessive water with the aim of eliminating dirt as quick as they can. You should actually only use water sparingly; the more exposure the wood has to moisture, the higher the chances of the boards expanding, which could eventually lead to warping and buckling. Additionally, you should take note to clean away stains as soon as they occur. As aforementioned, timber is absorbent; thus, leaving stains to sit will eventually discolour your flooring. Keep debris away from your timber flooring If you have timber flooring, it is pertinent to reduce the instances that it is exposed to debris and other particles from the outdoors. Even the smallest particles can pose a risk of scratching your floors hence affecting their appearance. There are a number of ways that you can do this. For one, install coir mats at your entryways to ensure that guests do not track in particles with their shoes. Alternatively, you can have a no-shoes rule in your house so as to decrease the risk of shoes and heels damaging your timber flooring. A good alternative would be to keep house shoes at all entryways in the event that your guests may not be comfortable walking around barefoot. Regularly seal and polish your timber flooring Having a sealant applied to your timber flooring goes a long way in keeping its appearance new. These sealants work toward protecting your flooring against moisture penetration; hence, you do not have to worry about humidity and other factors affecting your floorboards. Additionally, you should ensure that you polish your floors on a regular basis. Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays may start making your floors look dull. Polishing and buffing the floors will restore them to their initial...read more
Buying a high-quality rug for your home or office is always great for providing a welcoming feel. There are dozens of different types of rug materials, ranging from a soft linen, cotton, or a classic wool rug. However, one of the most common frustrations of having an indoor rug is lint buildup. Lint itself is a combination of fibers, which have separated from the material. If your rug has lint, it is quite easy to notice. This is because lint can merge together, and it can appear to discolor the actual carpet material. This is something you do not want because it can make your rug look dull, old and dirty. Another issue with lint is the fact that it can detach itself from your rug and end up getting stuck to different objects in your home. Along with this, it can even clog up your vacuum cleaner if not dealt with correctly. If you have an issue with lint on your rugs, follow these easy tips to remove it: 1. Low-Suction Vacuum Cleaning One of the most common mistakes when cleaning a dirty rug is using a high-powered setting on a vacuum cleaner. This is not ideal because the heavy suction can actually damage the rug material before it cleans up any of the lint. If you decide to use a vacuum cleaner, make sure you use it on the lowest suction. This will help you in removing the surface lint while avoiding damage to the actual rug itself. 2. Soap And Water If your rug still appears dirty or there are remaining particles of lint; cleaning with a combination of soap and water should be next. To do this, it is ideal that you use a soft brush. Wet the brush with a small amount of cold water and soap and clean the surface of the rug in a circular motion. 3. Deep Cleaning If your rug is still dirty or has left-over particles, it may need to be thoroughly rinsed and cleaned. This can be done by soaking the rug in a combination of cold water and a mild form of soap. Once this is done, you should scrub the surface of the rug with a brush. Tip: Once you have finished a deep clean, make sure to not leave your rug folded when drying. This can leave unnecessary creases. Instead, cover the rug with a towel and leave it to dry on its back. By following these steps, you will be able to remove all the stubborn dirt and lint from your rug while avoiding any...read more
Replacing your current flooring with tile can provide a unique and stylish appearance in any room, but it takes careful preparation if doing it on your own. The following tiling tips can help give a beginner a good start to installing their own floor. Use High-Quality Tiling Tools While you may be installing your own tile floor to save money, don’t skimp on the tiling tools. All tools and materials should be high-quality to ensure a flawless finished result. Some of the tools to make sure you have on hand are cutters and nippers to trim the tiles, self-levelling compound and a carpenter’s level for the floor’s surface, and tile spacers for laying the tile. Start With a Flat Surface After removing your current flooring materials, use your level to make sure the floor is flat and smooth. If you were carpeting the floor, you might be able to get away with a floor that isn’t completely smooth, but it is essential with tile. Self-levelling compound is a great material to use when levelling out the floor. Prepare the floor first by sweeping and vacuuming it. Then add a latex primer, which lets the compound stick more easily to the floor. Mix the compound according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then lay on an even coat. Smooth it out and let it dry before laying the tiles. Use Proper Symmetry When you start working on the layout for the tiles, make sure you look for good symmetry. If ordering tiles of all the same colour, open all the boxes and ensure that they are indeed the same shade. If you are using a combination of different colours, take your time creating a pattern so that it looks attractive but also symmetrical. When using cut tiles around the edge of the floor, be sure all these cut tiles are the same size. Consider the Placement of Full and Cut Tiles You won’t be able to avoid cutting the tiles in order to accommodate the room, especially around corners and edges of the room. The trick here is to save the full tiles for the most visible areas, and keep the cut tiles in less conspicuous areas. For example, if you are tiling a kitchen, use cut tiles near the edge of the kitchen against the lower cabinets. This area is hardly visible, so it won’t look off when using smaller tiles in this area. Try to use full tiles in the major or centre part of the room. Protect the Tiles With Sealant When you are done laying the tiles, take the extra time required to seal them. This helps protect the floor from scratches and stains. If you fail to seal your tiles, something as simple as water spots could soak into the material and cause spots you can’t get rid...read more
Artificial turf can be a great solution for areas with poor soil composition that will not support natural grass or for areas around a swimming pool. The chlorine and other chemicals in the pool water that splash onto a lawn can easily kill the grass and, in turn, you may wind up with brown, patchy areas on your property. Artificial turf can provide you with a lawn that is durable and long-lasting and which means no weeds to pull, fertilizer to put down, and so on. Note a few tips for how to choose synthetic grass for your home’s lawn so you know the best option. 1. High-traffic areas If you have dogs or need to put artificial turf over a driveway area if the space is not covered in concrete, look for what is called short-pile or monotone turf. This turf is mean to be durable and strong but isn’t necessarily soft under your feet. The short pile keeps it from being matted down in areas of very high traffic, so parking your car over it or having the dogs run on it and try to dig it up won’t affect the appearance. 2. Moderate traffic areas If you want artificial turf that looks more like real grass and which is a bit softer under your feet than short-pile turf, look for what is called two-tone ranges. These are made with artificial grasses that will have more color variation than a monotone lawn so they will look more real from a distance. Two-tone grasses are also higher than short-pile turfs and are usually coated with a type of silicone, so they’re softer under your feet. 3. Superior lawns Superior lawns are made from longer blades of artificial grass and will also have artificial moss around the blades. The longer blades will be softer under your feet, but note that they may not always hold up well under heavy traffic. Most will come in a four-tone variety for maximum color differences, which will then make your lawn look very real even when up close. 4. Padding For added comfort, look for what is called landscape flooring. This is padding that goes under your artificial turf and which gives it even more cushioning. This can be a good choice for lawns where children play or when you want to use outdoor furniture and feel soft grass under your feet. Safety flooring is another type of padding that is meant to keep artificial grass from slipping around, which can be good for turf around a pool area where the water might cause...read more
A palm finishing sander is a great piece of kit that can save you a lot of time and pretty much guarantees a professional-looking finish to any sanding job. However, changing the paper on a palm sander can be a little fiddly until you become more practised, especially if you’re a DIY beginner. Here’s how to do it. What you’ll need sandpaper sharp utility scissors a pencil How to do it All makes of sander vary slightly in their construction, but the same basic method of removing and attaching the sandpaper is the same. First of all, inspect your sander to locate the retaining clamps. These are usually sited at either side of the rectangular base of the sander. Have a look to see how the mechanism works; it should be a simple push-down, pull-up clip. If you’re not sure how it works, check the manufacturer’s guide for more information. Lay out a sheet of sandpaper face down on a flat surface and place the sander on top of it. Move the sander into a position whereby you cover as much of the sandpaper as possible. This trick helps you to cut down on waste. Make sure that you have enough sandpaper to cover the whole base of the sander with a small overlap at either end. Trace around the edge of the piece of sandpaper with a pencil. Remove the sander and cut the sandpaper to size using your utility scissors and following your pencil guide. Put the sander onto the sandpaper with the smooth side of the paper facing the base of the sander. Trim away any excess paper from the sides of the sander’s base so that the paper lies flush with it. Undo the clamping mechanism on one end of the sander as indicated on the machine and attach one end of the sandpaper piece to it. Wrap the remainder of the paper around the sander base, lifting the loose end of the paper up to the clamp at the opposite end of the sander. Open the second clamp and attach the end of the sandpaper to it. Make sure that you pull the paper tight as you fasten it; you don’t want any slack left over. If the sandpaper isn’t fitted tightly enough, the sanding surface won’t be as effective. Plug the sander in to a power outlet and switch it on to test it. In conclusion Using a palm sander is a simple and very effective means of saving you time and elbow grease on floor sanding jobs. Changing the sandpaper is a quick and easy task if you follow the guidelines...read more
If you have your elderly parents living with you, then you’ll naturally want to make them feel as comfortable as possible in their senior years. Choosing the right type of flooring for their bedroom is vital because you don’t want them to end up slipping and hurting themselves. This guide is designed to help you with elderly-friendly flooring choices for bedrooms. Cork Flooring Cork is a soft underfoot material, which makes it a safe choice for senior citizens because it provides adequate cushioning during a fall. The thickness of cork helps to keep a room insulated against heat loss, heat gain and outdoor noise. Cork has a natural texture to provide good underfoot traction. This makes it less likely for people to slip on cork flooring. Cleaning is relatively easy through simple sweeping or vacuuming, since a surface sealant protects this material from any possible stains. Carpet Flooring Carpet flooring is an ideal material that feels soft and warm underfoot. This flooring choice provides an excellent cushion and prevents physical harm in case of falling or tripping. This makes it an ideal choice when you’re planning the flooring for your parent’s bedroom. Keep in mind that carpet fibres collect dust over time, so you’ll want to clean them regularly to protect your parents from any potential allergies. Vinyl Flooring Vinyl is one of the easiest flooring choices to maintain because it is impervious to water damage and stains. Vinyl is also versatile and is available in different styles and colours. It is also available in slip-resistant textures to make it safe for senior citizens to walk over without fear of slipping. While not as soft as carpet or cork underfoot, vinyl is softer than tiles. Cleaning this low maintenance flooring choice simply requires the use of a broom or vacuum cleaner. This makes it an ideal and hassle-free flooring solution for senior citizens. Linoleum Flooring Linoleum comes with anti-microbial and anti-static properties. This means that dust and microorganisms are repelled from it, making it a low maintenance and safe flooring solution for senior citizens. Linoleum is a relatively thin material, so it needs to be installed on a soft subfloor. You can also get the flooring contractor to place padding between the subfloor and linoleum material to create a soft underfoot surface for your elderly parents. Choosing the right flooring for your elderly parents requires careful thought because you’ll want them to be safe at all times. These smart bedroom flooring choices will ensure that your parents are safe from any...read more
Kids tend to spend a lot of time playing on floor surfaces, so you’ll naturally want to choose resilient flooring for their bedrooms to withstand all types of stains, scratches and splashes. Apart from tactile and aesthetical value, you’ll want to ensure that the floor is safe for little children to play on without the risk of slipping. Whether you choose to buy flooring online or from a store, here are some ideal choices for your kid’s bedrooms. Hardwood Floors Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for children’s bedrooms because it is both soft and warm underfoot. Hardwood floors are not slippery, which means that your kids will have a relatively safe surface to play on in their bedroom. Hardwood floors bring inherent natural beauty to a room and are easy to maintain, making them a good choice for children’s bedrooms. You can either find hardwood flooring online or you can find it at a local floor retailer. Standard hardwood floors start from $5 per linear metre and can go up to $9 per linear metre. Vinyl Floors Vinyl floors are available in plenty of colours, styles and designs to simulate the look of natural stone or wood without the same cost. These versatile floor tiles are resilient and strong, while giving a soft underfoot feel. This makes it comfortable for children to play on these types of floors without hurting themselves. Make sure you choose vinyl floors with slight texture to reduce the chances of children slipping on them. Standard quality vinyl floors range between $35 and $45 per square metre. Vinyl plank floors range from $55 to $90 per square metre. Porcelain Tiles Made from clay, porcelain tiles are generally hard and durable. They are available in plenty of styles, colours and patterns to offer you better design flexibility. Porcelain tiles are easy to clean and scratch resistant, making them an excellent choice for children’s bedrooms. Be sure to choose tiles that are resistant to slipping because children tend to run around a lot. You can buy porcelain flooring online or from a store, depending in your preference. Glazed porcelain tiles will range between $20 and $100 per square metre, while polished tiles start from $90 per square metre. While carpets may sound good because of their soft underfoot feel, they are highly susceptible to stains and blemishes, especially with kids playing on floors. Whether you choose to buy flooring online or in a store, keep these ideal flooring choices in mind for your kid’s...read more