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Vinyl tile installation: How it's done
About Floors, How-to

Vinyl tile installation: A comprehensive guide

Vinyl tile is the perfect flooring option for those of us who prefer to do things on their own.
Even though it’s floor installation we are talking here, the simplicity of it all twined with the ready-to-use adhesive backing of vinyl makes it seem more like a game of Tetris or Lego, something DIY buffs can definitely get behind. In addition to upgrading your home, these tiles guarantee that you will have a lot of fun doing it.
Vinyl tile floor has all the same qualities sheet vinyl is praised for. It’s water and dirt resistant, doesn’t stain and offers a pleasantly soft support for your feet.
If vinyl tile is a floor you want in your home, here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get it there.

Do the calculating

First thing on the list is to determine how much vinyl you’ll be needing. To do so, you’ll have to measure your floor. Don’t worry if the room has a complex shape, you can always measure individual areas and add them up.

Once the measuring is over there are two ways to find out how much vinyl you’ll need to cover the entire surface. Either divide the area of your floor by the area of a single vinyl tile to get the needed number of tiles or by the square footage contained in a carton for the number of cartons. Since it’s highly unlikely you’ll be buying the tiles one by one, the second method is more effective and time-saving.

Before you place your order, don’t forget to get some extra. Slip-ups do happen, you might cut some of the tiles too small to fit the borders or lay them down at a wrong angle. It’s always preferable to have some extra vinyl at hand. 10-15% of your estimated amount is usually enough to cover all possible accidents.

Figure out the layout

For a better visual appearance floor tiles are usually centered at a doorway.
When making a layout you want to cover as to fit them in the areas where the tiles meet the walls but try to maximize their size and minimize the number. The goal is to end up with at least half a tile width at those edges. Try to place badly sized tiles as far out of the sight as possible, the trick is to hide them under trims or furniture later. To avoid any surprises and miscalculation on the way, draw a scale plan of your floor on a piece of paper and a scaled grid on tracing paper to correspond the tiles. This way you can place the grid on the plan and move it around to choose the best layout for your room. While you are at it, you might also want to experiment with different patterns by using coloured pencils to color into the boxes.

Arm yourself

It’s always smarter to have all the tools you may require at hand. Vinyl installation is a pretty simple process so chances you already own all the needed tools. To be sure, here’s a list:

  • Carpenter’s square
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Safety glasses
  • Respirator
  • Chalk line
  • vinyl roller
  • trowel

Prepare your floor

Before you go ahead with actually laying down your vinyl tiles there are certain things to take into account.
Vinyl expands and contracts depending on the environment it’s in. Before you install it, let the open boxes sit in the room for at least 48 hours for the tiles to get acclimated. Also, make sure you follow any product-specific instructions your vinyl manufacturer might have provided.

Clear your floor from all the trim on the edges. If you plan to reinstall them later, make sure to be extra careful with removing nails so there is as little splitting as possible. The safest bet is to pull the nails out through the trim from the back side.

The surface you are lying down the vinyl tiles on should be as flat and smooth as possible. Any unevenness or bumps will cause it to develop blemishes over time. Clean your floor properly, get rid of any debris, grease or wax beforehand.

Subfloor

Vinyl tiles can be installed on pretty much any floor but there are some differences in the process you should be aware of in advance.

Installing vinyl tiles on concrete or ceramic tile

To install vinyl tiles on concrete or ceramic tiles, the surface should be clean, flat and dry. If there are any cracks or imperfections they should be fixed using a sealer.
High spots can be flattened out using a coarse-grit abrasive on a belt or disc sander.
Cold chisel and a baby hammer can be used to remove any minor bumps from the surface.

Installing vinyl on vinyl subfloor

It is possible to install vinyl tiles over an old vinyl flooring as long as the old floor isn’t in too bad of a shape. Any minor imperfections like small dents and dings can be fixed by applying a coat of embossing leveler. This will smooth the surface and prevent the new vinyl from following the shape of the floor underneath.
However, if there is more damage to your old vinyl floor than just some rough patches you should get rid of it altogether.

Installing vinyl on damaged floor

f the floor is far too damaged for any embossing leveler or sealer to do the trick and getting rid of it is too difficult or expensive you can cover it with a layer of plywood.
Needless to say that the plywood itself should be smooth and cleared of any imperfections before the vinyl tile is laid down.

Underlayment

Underlayment can also be used for extra thickness or better grip. Plywood surface as well as glass, hardboard, lacquer, painted enamel, steel, aluminium, and many kinds of plastic offer the best adhesion. When laying down the underlayment make sure to leave a 32-inch gap between the panels and a 1/8-inch gap along the walls to allow the sheets to expand. It can be stapled onto the old floor with 7/8-in. narrow crown staples. For the best stability place staples 4 inches apart in the center of the sheet and 2 inches apart along the seams. Try to use as many full sheets as possible and trim the edges only when necessary.

Fit the doors openings

To ensure smooth functionality of your doors you’ll need to trim down the door opening so the tiles will fit underneath. To do so place a tile upside down in front of the door frame to serve as a height guide. You can use a saw or utility knife and sharp chisel for cuts that are tight.

Divide your floor

Next step is to transfer your desired layout from paper to the underlayment. Chalk lines are the easiest way to do so. The rule is to starts laying down tiles from the centre. To find the center of the room you’ll have to find the centers of both sets of opposite walls. Use these points to snap a chalk line across the floor in both directions. You’ll end up with two lines crossing in the centre creating four rectangles. Use a carpenter’s square to make sure the lines square.
Trial-fit a row of tiles down both lines following the width and length of the room without removing the peel and exposing the adhesive backing. It will give you a sense of what you are aiming for and show if there are any changes that should be made to your original layout. Use a pencil to darken the lines before you sweep the surface one last time.

Install the tiles

Finally, it is so far. Full tiles are installed first. Start at the intersection, peel off the protective backing and lay down the vinyl tiles along the layout lines. Continue to work in a stair-step fashion to keep the tiles aligned. Use a floor roller every couple of rows to apply pressure and attach them securely to the underlayment.
Once you have covered the area with as many full tiles as you can you’ll need to cut vinyl to fit the borders. Use a heat gun for about a minute to warm the tile and make it flexible, then cut it with a utility knife. Then cut the tile using a utility knife.
Vinyl tiles that require to simply be trimmed to length, can be cut easily using his method
You can cut vinyl tiles that simply need to be trimmed along the length by placing the tile atop the last full tile close to the wall, then situate another one to overlap the loose tile. Use a knife to cut the overlapping section off the top tile. Use the trimmed section to cut tiles for the same row. Irregularly shaped tiles can be easily trimmed using a cardboard template.

Let it sit

Once the entire floor is covered, do a couple more rounds with a vinyl floor roller and then let it sit undisturbed for the recommended period of time. This means no walking for at least a few hours, no moving furniture for 2 days and certainly no cleaning at least for a week. This way the adhesive will have time to settle and develop a stronger bond.

why install carpet floor in the bedroom
About Floors, Interior Design

Why install carpet flooring in the bedroom

How you sleep can make you or break you. The quality of sleep affects your energy levels and sets the mood for the day. A good night’s sleep can add to your productivity and decrease stress levels. However, not many people realise that there is a direct correlation between the sleep you’re getting and the environment you are in. Having the right floor in your bedroom can help you relax just as much as a soft pair of night wear or silky sheets.

Carpet has a long history of being an integral part of sleeping arrangements in different cultures.
Today wall to wall carpets is one of the most popular flooring choices for bedrooms all over the world. It has many benefits other flooring choices lack. Here are the most prominent ones.

Carpet is comfortable

No one wants to feel a cold floor under their feet on their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night or even worse, the first thing in the morning. With carpet, you won’t have to. Predominantly made of fibre, natural or synthetic, carpet is the perfect choice for those who enjoy parading around barefoot or only in socks. Its soft surface will make your feet feel loved even after a long and tiring day at work. Available in every color and pattern, it will add warmth and character to your bedroom. And if you like your floors even softer than usual, that can be arranged too: the softness of carpet flooring can be easily boosted by choosing a high-quality cushion underpad.

Carpet is quiet

A quiet room is the best setting for uninterrupted sleep.
The soft surface of carpet flooring is good for more than spontaneous bladder calls.
While it keeps your toes warm and happy, it also allows you to move around the room without making much noise (and could potentially save your relationship).
Wall to wall carpet absorbs sounds up to ten times better than hardwood or any other hard surfaced floor. It’s sound-dampening qualities come in especially handy if you and your family members keep different hours and the noise source is located just below the bedroom territory.
By contributing to a more quiet environment, carpet floors considerably enhance the quality of sleep.

Carpet is healthier

Another factor that affects the quality of sleep greatly is the condition of air in the bedroom.
Studies have shown that carpet floors are indeed a fitting choice for people with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems. Unlike hard surfaced floors which let the dust and allergens flow freely, carpets trap them in the fibre and prevent them from becoming airborne and being inhaled.

Carper is safer

Slips are a big part of being human and floors.
But not with this floor. Carpet being mounted to all four sides leaves little room for accidents of this nature. So feel safe while you search for the trousers half asleep in the morning haze.

Carpet brings out the best

Carpet’s main competitor on the bedroom flooring market is hardwood. While it’s also a great flooring option for your bedroom it can make shopping for furniture a bit tricky. See, every wood type comes with a natural pattern that’s hard to match. And even if you do, you don’t really want to go over the top with wood everywhere. So, if you are thinking about having wooden or wood patterned furniture in your bedroom in the first place, maybe relinquish the idea of hardwood and opt for carpet flooring instead. Wall to wall carpet will create a pleasant contrast with the furniture and enrich the interior. The endless choice in the carpet department will give you the freedom to experiment with all sorts of colors and patterns to make your bedroom even cozier.

ceramic tile floors versus natural stone floors
About Floors

Natural Stone Floor vs. Ceramic Tile Floor: Which one to install?

Natural stone and ceramic tile floors are quite similar. They are both hard surface floors with comparable characteristics and durability range. Made from natural materials both are installed in form of tiles and demand the same level of care. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on the area of installation. But which one should you choose?

Types of Natural Stone Flooring

The strength and durability of any stone are determined by the formation process it undergoes. The stones used in flooring can be either metamorphic, sedimentary or igneous and each come with a set of unique properties and characteristics.

Granite floors
Granite is the hardest and densest natural stone. It’s so strong that it’s even used for construction purposes. Because of its high density, stains and water aren’t a common problem for granite floors. However, it’s still advised to seal the existing pores as well as the grout lines between the tiles for better protection.
Granite flooring can have different surfaces depending on the treatment process the stone went through. It can be polished smooth, honed flat, or left in a naturally gauged state.
Slate floors
After granite, slate is the second hardest natural stone used in the flooring industry. It’s a combined material and consists of layers of flat, hard packed stone that naturally over time has been pressed into solid pieces under the weight of the earth. This makes slate a strong enough flooring material to resist cracks and breaks when in use. However, there is still a significant danger of chipping. Fortunately, it can easily be avoided with a proper chemical sealing. For the best and safest flooring experience, the sealer should be applied at least once every year.
Limestone floors
Limestone floors are less dense and strong than slate or granite floor. The reason for this is to be found in its formation process. Limestone is shaped through the natural long-term compression process of different fossils. It’s also more porous than all the already mentioned natural stone types and requires a more frequent application of chemical sealer. Over time limestone flooring starts to develop a beautiful aged look that closely resembles the image of classical antiquity.

Sandstone floors
Sandstone probably belongs to the lowest class of natural stone floors. Being extremely porous it’s generally not recommended for humid environments like bathrooms. For the best result, sandstone floors should undergo routine checks and sealing procedures.

Types of Tile Flooring

The main difference between the types of ceramic tile has to do with the manufacturing method.
Glazed tiles go through a more complex making process with an additional firing procedure. This gives the finished tile certain advantages over its unglazed competitor. However, both options have their benefits and should be measured only against the requirements of the environment the floor is going to be installed in.

Unglazed ceramic tile flooring
Ceramic tile is a natural flooring product made from clay and sediments that are mixed and baked in a kiln at a high temperature. This combination is usually referred to as unglazed tile.
Because of porous nature, this ceramic tile is highly prone to staining and can absorb liquids easily. To avoid any of the related risks it’s highly recommended to properly seal the tile floor right after the installation process is complete. For the best protection, frequent re-seals are advised. Unglazed tiles’ characteristics might be nowhere as impressive as its competitors’ but often it’s their natural and robust look they get picked for. Ceramic tiles don’t only make a beautiful floor, but also serve as an impressive decorative option for your walls.

Glazed Ceramic Tile Flooring
Glazed ceramic tiles are made exactly the same way as unglazed, except a layer of liquid glass is added to the top of the tile giving it a more sparkling look and better resistance against spills and stains. The glaze layer already acts like a sealer so there is no need to steal your ceramic tile floor after installation. In addition, the protective layer can be printed to resemble any desired material, including even natural flooring options like hardwood and stone.

Stone floor vs Tile floor: The Differences

Care
It’s fair to say that if you want to get the most out of your floor, stone or unglazed ceramic tile, it’s the smartest choice to apply a sealer on a regular basis. In the case of mid-range natural stones the extra protection will not only successfully fight off the water but it will also save your floor from deep permanent stains if you accidentally happen to use a wrong cleaning agent containing harsh chemicals. However, if you choose granite or slate, you can easily get away with just the initial application. And if that’s too much work for you, go with glazed tile flooring. With its protective top layer, you don’t have to worry about water penetration at all, so there is no need to apply a chemical sealer, except for along the grout lines. Glazed ceramic tile floors are also the easiest to clean. Since there is no danger of spotting, you can use any cleaner to remove the buildup of dirt and bacteria from your floor. Still, try to keep away from grout lines when working with harsh chemicals so you dințt wear them thin. go easy with grout lines The only thing you should look out for when using harsh chemicals are the grout lines and

Durability
The durability of ceramic tile corresponds the temperature it was baked in. Hotter klin makes stronger tile. A rougher surface makes unglazed tile better at dealing with scratches and a safer bet for moist environments where there is a danger of slipping, but the glazed option with its protective layer keeps the water out more efficiently.

Natural stone also differs in strength. Because of their higher density, granite and slate floors are generally better at dealing with different irritants than marble or limestone floors. All stone floors are indeed durable but some of them can chip more than others, mostly because stones are still composite products and can have invisible faults in individual pieces.

Variety
Variety is definitely an advantage when it comes to choosing a new floor for your home. While unglazed tile flooring comes mostly in rich earthy browns, glazed option offers a truly wide range of styles and colors. Even though it can mimic the look of natural flooring materials including stone, it is not fully comparable with the real thing. This lack of authenticity is why some people choose the less reliable natural option over the hassle free glazed flooring.

Advice on choosing the right floor for your child's bedroom
How-to, Interior Design

Choosing the right floor for your child’s bedroom

We all want only the best things for our children. Remodelling a room for your kid is a lot of work, especially if you want to get every detail just right for your little one, from choosing the perfect color for the walls to carefully selecting the toys to decorate the space. However, floor is often neglected and chosen without much consideration – a misstep both parents and children could end up paying for.

Choosing the right floor for your kid’s bedroom will not only benefit your child’s development throughout the years but also leave you with more free time and give you peace of mind when leaving your child alone in the room. Striking a balance between your child’s needs and the floor’s maintenance requirements is easily doable as long as you know what elements to take into consideration and where to compromise.


Before even approaching the topic of appearance, here are the main demands to be met by any floor that’s to be installed in a child’s bedroom:

 

Easy Maintenance

You kids may be the one making a mess of their room but it will definitely be you who has to clean it all up (at least for the first couple of years). Food crumbs and occasional paint on the floor is a common occurrence in a household with a child. Choosing a floor that is easy to clean is the best thing you can do for your future self. But refrain yourself from going straight for the most expensive kind. Children are a force of nature. As charming as it might seems to get the very best quality product for your child, it might be smarter to go for something cheaper, so if it’s ruined for once and all you wouldn’t have wasted all that money. Besides, you can always replace it with something fancier when they are older.

 

High Comfort Level

Comfort is a topic with split opinions. Parents care about a lot when children couldn’t care about it any less. Even if kids are ready to roll naked and run barefoot on a cold tile flooring, it doesn’t mean you should let them. And admit it, playing with your kids on the hard floor would be a lot less nice than a warm cushioned surface.

 

Adequate Safety

For children, the whole world is a playground. They learn by doing and they do it all: crawling, walking, running. They also fall a lot. This is why having a soft surface to break a fall is a recommended feature to have in a kid’s bedroom. The perfect floor would be strong enough to endure scratches from scattered toys and spills of drinks while at the same time being cushioned enough to make tumbles less painful. If you don’t want to risk your child being affected by an allergy, choose flooring with anti-bacterial properties.

 

Multi-Functionality

Being a parent is a lot like being a superhero. You have to plan ahead a lot and come up with solutions for problems that don’t even exist yet. Too bad you can’t time travel. But fortunately, you can consider flooring options that are durable and can endure different age groups.

 

Once you have an idea what the requirements are, you can move to selecting the floor itself.

Here’s an overview of different flooring materials that fit the bill.

 

Hardwood floors

Wood is a natural material. Harvested straight from the forest and having undergone only the very minimal amount of treatment before ending up as flooring boards makes it a highly unlike culprit for any kind of allergies.
Both, solid and engineered wood floors have a hard surface and aren’t as bouncy as other flooring materials. Fortunately, it’s not something that can’t be fixed with a carpet.
Using designated area rugs is also a great solution for common spills. Because of their smaller size, it’s easier to wash or completely replace them. The hardwood floor, however, will keep its reach look well into your toddler’s teenage years.

Highlight: A natural durable material that can be well combined with other flooring options

 

Laminate

If you want your kid’s room to have the rich look of a wood floor but a softer touch laminate is a great choice. High-quality laminate floors can realistically mimic any wood texture while it’s foam underlayment ensures a certain softness or bounce that other hard floors don’t have.

Extra protective surface makes your laminate flooring 10 times more resistant to scratches and up to 100% water resistant. The look isn’t the only thing laminate flooring shares with hardwood floors – it’s also pleasantly warm to touch.

Highlight: Looks like real hardwood floor but feels softer.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl has it all. It’s often referred to as resilient flooring and rightfully so. The main material being rubber it’s  softer and makes walking on them more comfortable (and quieter!). Most luxury vinyl floors are 100% waterproof and very resistant to scratches and stains.

Needing no more care than tile floor, they deliver a much more pleasant flooring experience. There is a great variety of patterns and textures available, some of them as good as indistinguishable from the natural materials they mimic.

Some vinyl floors even offer a special coating that hinders the growth of bacteria and fungi by 99.9% making the maintenance process even easier and guaranteeing a healthier and fresher environment for your little one.

Highlight: Top resilient flooring with a natural look and antibacterial coating.

how to choose best floors for your basement
House Renovation, How-to

How to choose the right floor for your basement

Choosing floors is hard. Choosing some floors is harder than choosing others.
Basement floors are famous for being the problematic of the lot. Being well below the ground moisture poses a real problem/danger for them, as do concrete slabs that make it hard for wood floors to be set up properly. In the past, all of the above had a hefty influence and used to narrow down the basement flooring choices to mostly manmade synthetic materials. However, thanks to modern inventions and technological progress today it’s possible to install pretty much every kind of floor in your basement. So how do you pick one? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

Before moving on to the actual to the actual floor selection process, it’s important to determine the purpose of your basement. A simple storage room has a very different aesthetical need than a basement cinema. Deciding early on the function of your basement will make it easier to narrow down and will save you some money.

 

Concrete

Use it, it’s already there! There is a very high chance that the subfloor in your basement is made out of concrete. Concrete, once considered ugly and cold, has been gaining popularity as a mean of decor. The plain concrete surfaces in the room make the more warm materials present in the house stand out beautifully. So instead of paying extra for a new floor, consider turning your concrete subfloor into one. A good cleaning and maybe grinding down some rough spots will do it. If you are looking for a better look, try acid staining. Unlike paint, acid-staining is permanent and just looks better. For an even more sophisticated look, you can have a concrete slab polished and sealed.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl is probably the fittest material to be installed in a basement. It’s water resistant and even though it’s synthetic, it can realistically mimic most natural flooring materials including wood and tile. Most vinyl floors are designed to go right over concrete, they come either in sheets or in tiles for easier installation. Vinyl floors can be laid out in one of the two ways, glued down or “floated”. Floating is a flooring installation method used in especially humid environments.

When using the floating method there is enough space for a moisture barrier to be installed over the concrete slab of the basement for a better protection against any moisture. However, vinyl isn’t the only “floating floor”. The same approach can be used with most engineered floors.

 

Tile

Tile has been the go to floor for kitchen and bathroom forever, so it’s water resistant abilities are no secret. It can endure floods and all kinds of abuse, does not require a subfloor and is easier to clean. You can choose from numerous designs, patterns and makes (glazed for a more budget oriented basement transformation and porcelain for a richer look).
The only setback? It will most likely add to the lack of heat that is common to a basement. So you might want to consider some heating options  if you are planning to spend a lot of time in your basement.

 

Engineered Wood

We know what you are thinking, wood and humidity don’t seem like the best of combinations.
But it’s not just wood we are talking about, it’s engineered wood. Engineered wood is a stronger and bolder take on the traditional solid hardwood floors that is just as beautiful as the original. Thanks to its cross-ply structure an engineered hardwood board is 80% less likely to get affected by moisture, meaning that the chance of warping is an all time low among wooden floors.

Typically, hardwood isn’t seen as a suitable flooring option not only because of its bad water resistance but also because of installation related difficulties. However, this is only true for solid hardwood floors that require a wooden subfloor to be stapled down onto. The backing layer of engineered hardwood board can be glued straight to your concrete subfloor without much difficulty.

 

Laminate

Laminate is probably the material most people wouldn’t even consider when they are thinking about remodelling their basement. And they would be right. Regular laminate flooring wouldn’t have a long life 8 feet under the ground. But we aren’t talking regular laminate, we are talking waterproof laminate. The trick is to fully eradicate any moisture related dangers before the laminate flooring is installed. This is achieved by the same ‘floating’ method we have discussed earlier and involves a waterproof barrier between the concrete subfloor and the laminate floor. For really humid basements we would still advise using melamine infused laminate flooring.

Melamine is a moisture-resistant chemical that is mixed into the high-density fiberboard, making the laminate extra waterproof. If you want to go for a warmer feeling floor that is better at keeping out moisture than a carpet and less pricey than engineered hardwood, this and vinyl are your two best options.

 

Whatever floor you decide for for your basement, please keep in mind that right maintenance is half of the deal. Keep your basement as dry as possible and regularly inspect the premises of your house to avoid any accidental leakages.  

House Renovation

How to know what floor to choose for your bathroom

Self expression is important to us humans. We want out space to reflect who we are, be practical and make us feel at home. Today’s bathrooms are hardly just a place to attend to one’s body’s needs but more a relaxation area where you can treat yourself with a warm bath after a long day at work. Fortunately, thanks to innovations in bathroom flooring industry the balance between usability and looks is easily achievable. The most of the flooring products currently available on the market do a great job at enduring the harsh treatment we put out bathrooms through every day. They can tolerate constant water splashes, take on hard chemical spills and fight off spotting while not having to sacrifice the gorgeous look. To help you decide what floor to choose for your bathroom, we are offering an overview of the most popular options.

 

Stone

Stone is just as popular as it was centuries ago. The latest bathroom trends have it cover not only the floor but also the walls, giving the entire room a simple and timeless look.

Natural stone is famous for its durability and variety. Stone flooring generally comes in two forms, polished or unpolished.
Polished stone floor is a beautiful addition to any bathroom but it tends to be slippery and should be used with extra care in families with young children or elderly.As an alternative to polished stone flooring honed and textured stone floors offer a better grip, but because of their raw surface, they may require a sealant to prevent stains. Typically, stone floors come pre-cut in 12 inches square or larger tiles and require a strong subfloor for installation. Unlike soft floors, stone tends to be cold to touch. If you aren’t much for wearing slippers, you might want to consider alternative flooring options for your bathroom.

Vinyl

Vinyl is definitely this decade’s favourite flooring product. The days of cheap sheets with a laughable likeness to wood and stone are long gone. Luxury vinyl flooring offers all the advantages of a manmade product and is hardly distinguishable from any natural material.
Vinyl floors are hard wearing, water resistant and can be installed over underfloor heating. Because of their foamy feel, they are a lot nicer to walk on than stone type floors.

There are two kinds of vinyl floors, tiles and sheets. Sheet vinyl comes in rolls that are 6- or 12-feet wide, providing a seamless look. Vinyl tiles, on the other hand, are typically 12 to 18 inches square and are easier to install – a great advantage for those who would like to install the floor themselves.  Vinyl tiles as well as sheets are available in wood and stone effect, as well as a number or exciting, dynamic patterns.

 

Hardwood

Many people think that choosing a wooden floor for a potentially waterlogged space is far from reasonable. However, the contrary is true.  With engineered hardwood flooring and it’s improved properties over the solid wood floor, water splashes seem less than an inconvenience. The cross layered structure of engineered wood makes each plank 80% better at resisting water than a solid hardwood board.

Floors made out of engineered hardwood are stable and less likely to shift under humid conditions than plain wood floors. They also tend to be a more appropriate option than laminate since the later has a tendency to swell and cup if the water gets through the seams.
Even engineered hardwood with its enhanced water resistance needs right care to live up to its promise. Leaving wet bath mats and towels on the floor or not drying off water straight away can worsen your floor’s look and even shorten its life. Because of this It is not really recommended for families with younger children who may be less attentive when it comes to cleaning up spillages. If  wooden look is something you desperately want for your bathroom, there are plenty of alternatives that mimic wood texture and pattern perfectly.

 

Rubber

Rubber flooring is perfect for families with younger members who are looking for a floor that can take on any challenge. Rubber is durable, easy to clean and can endure constant water splashes. It’s soft and pleasant to walk on, even barefoot. The textured finish prevents slips. Although should those still happen, the fall will be softened by the rubber which also happens to be a great shock absorbent. Available in pretty much any colour, pattern or texture it’s a design-savvy choice for bathroom flooring.

How-to, Tips & Tricks

How to bring your old carpet flooring back to life

Carpet flooring is loved by kids and adults equally. It’s soft and comfortable and in addition to its flooring purposes, it gives you extra space where you can relax. Often it’s the one element of the interior that thighs the room together and makes space feel cozy.

But like any other flooring, it has to endure heavy everyday use including dirt, spills and even pet claws in some cases. All these can make your favourite carpet floor to lose its softness and become unattractive. Fortunately, there is a way to breathe new life into your worn out carpet. Here is how.

 

Trimming

Moving heavy furniture, velcros on your clothing or a curious four legged friend can lead to some threads becoming loose in your carpet making it look shabby. Unlike the popular belief, pulling the dislocated threads all the way won’t solve this problem, quite on the contrary it will only create a carpet run. To effectively get rid of snagging you will need to take a more direct approach … with a pair of sharp scissors. The simple solution to bringing your snagging carpet flooring back to life is to simply trim it.

 

Grooming

You’ll be amazed what a little grooming can do to your trampled carpet flooring.

Carpet rake – basically a rake with small plastic or metal teeth –  is a simple enough tool for everyone to use to make the flattened carpet in high frequented areas look like it was installed just yesterday. Just rake by applying slight pressure in the opposite direction of the pile and watch the magic happen. The results are usually quite impressive: a fluffier feel and fresher look.

 

Fluffing
A little fluffing goes a long way. Over the time, carpet fibres start to sag making your carpet flooring look unattractive and old. Not to worry though, just a sprinkling of warm water will improve your carpet’s beaten look. Spritz a little warm water onto the flattened area. Gently blow dry it while using your fingers or a hairpin to lightly comb the carpet fibres back into place. Don’t walk on the carpet before it’s fully dry.

 

Cleaning

Knowing how to clean your carpet right can save it years in the looks. The safest bet is to use the cleaning products your carpet manufacturer recommends. When dealing with stubborn spots and stains, don’t scrub the stain. For more effective removal lot from the outside of the stain toward the middle. Always use milder cleaners first and test it first on a part of the carpet that’s out of sight. You might think nothing can worsen your carpet’s look in the current state, but a bleached out spot is just as bad as any stain.

Alternatively, you can use baking soda powder to revive your carpet flooring. In addition to having great cleaning properties, baking soda will kill bacteria that nests deep in your carpet and get rid of any odours your soft floor might have. Completely cover your carpet with baking soda powder and use a brush to spread it in all directions. For the best result let it rest overnight. Simply vacuum the powder up the next morning.
Extra stubborn stains can be removed using shaving foam. Shaving foam is famous for being able to handle an array of stains, from grease to lipstick. Apply the shaving cream on the stained area. After 30 minutes wipe it up with a dry cloth. Enjoy your stainless carpet

Floor Care

Floor care tips for laminate flooring

Laminate floors have a reputation for being difficult to mop.
However, contrary to what many say, once you have all the right tools and knowledge, cleaning your laminate flooring is a walk in the park.
To save you time and help your sanity here’s a handy guide to the do’s and don’t of laminate maintenance.

 

Don’t sweep your laminate floor

Yes, you got dirt and dust on your pretty laminate floor. No, you shouldn’t use a broom. Turns out, traditional broom is by far not the best tool to clean your laminate floor. That would be a dry dust mop. Regular broom leaves particles behind that later get mixed with the wet mop and get tossed around leave streaks and residue all over the place. In worse case scenario they might even scratch the laminate’s surface. If you prefer using a vacuum cleaner instead, makes sure you have hard floor setting selected. Just like the leftover particles, the brush roll setting on your vacuum cleaner can scratch and damage the laminate flooring over time.

 

Use less cleaner

The most tips on laminate floor maintenance focus around what kind of cleaner you use. Yes, it’s important that the chemicals you tidy with are compatible with your floor type. What’s a lot less discussed is the amount of cleaner you ought to apply to your floor.

Using more cleaner doesn’t equal cleaner floor. Usually, it equals wasted money and ruined floor. Too much cleaner leaves a residue after that dulls the finish of your laminate. Our tip? Sometimes just a little water goes a long way.