Hints & Tips

"Your home is your castle, your escape, where you bring up your family and a space to work, so it's important to create an environment that melds all aspects of your life and I love to help my customers explore flooring options within a budget to give years of practical pleasure."

Choosing the right flooring

Flooring is your fifth wall and it's often laid down before furniture goes in or is adapted to what's already in a room and Nick loves advising on design options.

  • Colour and tone is a must and makes a huge difference to overall effect. If a room is bright and your furniture bold, then flooring neutrals enhances the style.
  • If furniture is dark and the room cool, more adventurous floor colour and designs add warmth and vibrancy.
  • To create a luxurious, cosy feel to a room, decide on a focal point - if it's a piece of bright art or furniture, then experiment with darker colours to pull the look together.
  • If a room lacks natural light then inject your own sunshine with warm reds, oranges and yellows.
  • For a more serene feel try blues, greens and pastels to bring instant calm, while dramatic hues can add a touch of sophisticated class to any candle-lit dining room.

Natural & Engineered wood flooring tips

Natural wood-based products expand and contract with moisture and temperature, so gaps may occur between planks and this is where Nick's installation expertise is important to ensure acclimatisation of real wooden floors.

If your wooden floor squeaks it may be related to an uneven subfloor or again, expansion and contraction of flooring, so expert installation can avoid this problem but for a quick fix sprinkle smoothing talcum powder around the noisy board before tackling underlying problems.

Natural and engineered wood will mark, dent and scratch no matter how strong but it is an accepted part of the beauty of a wooden floor that marks won't detract from the overall effect.

However, high heels, gravel and grit brought in by shoes along with shifting heavy furniture around won't help, so if you treasure your wood, go barefoot in the home and use protectors under furniture.

For small individual dents where wood fibres are not broken, cover with a damp cloth and press with an iron to draw fibres up. For more serious damage sand down the floor and refinish but professional care must be taken with engineered wood.

Use doormats at all entrances and brush, vacuum frequently and ensure you blot up spills immediately as well as following Nick's instructions on after-care.

Tackling Carpet Stains

Carpets will look their best and last longer if you put the right underlay down, vacuum daily to bring back the bounce in the pile and ensure a rapid response to any stain.

Nick can give advice on professional carpet protectors which will mean a longer life for your carpet and peace of mind when the inevitable accident happens.

First, get the right kit - dry stain-fighting powder, plain absorbent paper towels, white vinegar, baking soda, basic dish washing detergent (half-a-teaspoon mixed with a small cup of water and pre-soak laundry detergent).

There are three stain-stopping stages.

  • Blot up excess liquid (never rub)
  • Scrape stains from the outside in, dab with a wet towel, apply the necessary treatment
  • Keep paper towels on hand to weigh down on the stain overnight for ultra-absorption.

For red and white wines, beer, mud (vacuum when dry before anything else), butter, ice-cream, chocolate, grease and tea, apply a damp paper towel with cleaning material (basic dish wash detergent in warm water).

Blot off the excess liquid, apply undiluted white wine vinegar, blot again and leave a number of towels weighted down over the stain overnight.

Candle wax - gently scrape off the excess, then cover with brown paper and apply a warm iron to this until the remaining wax is absorbed. Never let the iron touch the carpet. Alternatively, scrape the wax, then apply ice cubes and break wax into shards with a spoon before vacuuming.

Perhaps one of the worst to tackle is vomit. You need to act fast to scrape or blot up the excess, then apply baking soda, scrape again and vacuum. Follow this by applying detergent solution with damp sponge to rinse away the remaining baking soda and blot overnight with weighed-down paper towels.

The Complete Flooring Company has lots more helpful hints and tips to ensure your choice of flooring is right for you, please send them a question on the contact page.