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How Safety Flooring Can Protect Your Employees from Accidents at Work

how safety flooring can protect your employees from accidents at workDid you know that slips and trips are the biggest cause of accidents in the workplace in the UK? According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) they cost UK businesses as much as £500 million each year and because of this they advise businesses to follow strict guidelines to prevent and cut down on the number of incidents.

Slips, trips and falls can cause a whole range of injuries to employees. From broken bones and whiplash to serious long-term injuries. In the short term your employees may have to take days off work for treatment and recovery, however more serious injuries could lead to them taking multiple-sick days or even having to leave their job entirely. Not to mention that if you are found to be at fault for the accident and to have failed in your duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) that you could also face legal and financial consequences.

While slips and trips can never be completely eradicated from the workplace there are practical steps that you can take to reduce the risk. Small actions like ensuring employees are fitted out with appropriate footwear, that any spills of liquid are quickly cleaned up, and that aisles or workways are clear of obstructions are a good place to start. However, one of the key ways that you can prevent slips and trips is to choose practical flooring.

How Safety Flooring Can Help
Sensible flooring should be at the core of any businesses Health and Safety plans. If you choose the wrong type of flooring, then you could make the problem of slips and trips even worse. One of the key choices that we recommend to many businesses in the commercial sector is safety flooring.

Safety flooring creates a strong connection between foot and floor which reduces the chances of slips. This is because the makeup of safety flooring is jagged and contoured which increases friction underfoot. There are strict regulations and standards in place when it comes to the term safety flooring and a floor cannot be recognised as safety flooring if it fails to meet specific measures of slip resistance. Safety flooring sometimes also has safety particles and other aggregates such as aluminium oxide, silicon carbide and quartz incorporated to improve wet slip performance by increasing the overall tread of the flooring. A good safety flooring will have these aggregates throughout the flooring as opposed to just the top layer, which will mean that even as heavy foot traffic wears the floor down with time, it will still retain its benefits helping to maintain foot/floor contact and reduce the chances of an accident.

The world of safety flooring can be complex but here at Lincolnshire Flooring we have the expertise and know-how to help you on your way. We have been installing commercial floor coverings for over 50 years, carrying out contracts of values up to £200,000. For a no-obligation quotation and to discuss your needs, please call us on 01522 524374 or visit our popular showroom at Outer Circle Road, Lincoln, LN2 4HU.

Why you should always choose a professional to install your flooring

Worker using putty knife for cleaning floorDIY doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Despite this fact, we often let our pride get the best of us and try to complete jobs that should in all honesty be left to the experts. While you might get away with fixing a leaky tap or adding a lick of paint to a wall, some jobs, like installing flooring, should always be left to professionals.

One of the first reasons that you should have a professional install your flooring is simply that it will look much better. Installation experts know how to measure up and install even the trickiest of floors, making sure that everything is tuned to precision. If the room you are working in has roadblocks like uneven subfloors, special patterns or difficult corners then you could end up not only pulling your hair out but also botching the job somewhat.

A key hope of homeowners browsing our showroom is to find what we call a “forever floor” - in other words a floor that will last you a very long time. Quality flooring does come at a price and so often the purchasing decision is agonised over, advice is sought, minds are changed and changed again until the dream floor is chosen. Once you make an investment in flooring, it makes no sense to then try and install it yourself if you have no experience. Wouldn’t you rather have the peace of mind that the flooring beneath your feet has been expertly fitted?

What’s more, while you think you may be saving money by carrying out the flooring installation yourself, you might well not be. You may well have to fork out for not only the flooring itself but also equipment to help you remove the old carpet and any underlying debris, tools such as screws, nail guns and stain and if you do make any mistakes and have to buy replacement materials then that will have to come out of your pocket.

Here at Lincolnshire Flooring, we are proud to employ all of our own carpet and floor fitters. This means that we can be sure that our carpets are fitted to a high standard and if any problems are encountered the customer knows who to contact. Our fitters are trained to exceptional standards with internal and external training. We provide a full site survey, measuring service and aftercare, acting as a one-stop shop for your flooring needs. If you’re looking for new flooring for your home, then call us on 01522 524 374 or visit our showroom on Outer Circle Road in Lincoln.

How to give your home a facelift in 2018

The new year brings with it a fresh perspective and the chance to set new goals. For many people, one of the key things that they set out to do is to update or renovate their home. While the Christmas period isn’t exactly the best time to start carrying out changes, it is a good time to start thinking about what you might want to do and start jotting down some ideas. Here are a few ways that you can hit the refresh button on your home if it’s looking tired and dull.

1 - Create a focal point in each roomHow to give your home a refresh in 2018 - Image 1Whether through furniture, a stunning feature like a bay window or fireplace, or through a piece of art – an interesting focal point can really improve a room. Drawing the eye naturally, it creates a feeling of cohesion in a room. It can help tell a story, add colour, create texture and define a room if it isn’t obvious what it’s function is.

2 – Accessorise, accessorise! How to give your home a refresh in 2018 - Image 2Another great way to banish the bland is to make use of interesting ornaments, plants, and trinkets which can all successfully bring a room to life. Even subtle additions like house plants and vintage lamps can make a room look far more sophisticated than before.

3 – Fixtures and fittingsHow to give your home a refresh in 2018 - Image 3Another popular and inexpensive way to make subtle but impactful changes on a room is to consider changing small fixtures and fittings such as light shades or new pulls on drawers. A recent trend in kitchens and bathrooms has been to install rustic, metallic features like the one above.

4 – Switch things upHow to give your home a refresh in 2018 - Image 4Sometimes what a room needs to bring it back to life is simply to move things around. Often pieces of furniture can end up in a certain part of the room through convenience and practicality rather than for design purposes. However, sometimes taking the sofa for instance and moving it from one wall to another can open up a huge amount of space in a room and reinvigorate your love for it all over again.

5 – Update your flooringHow to give your home a refresh in 2018 - Image 5Of course, if you’re really wanting to make an impact on a room then by far the most effective way is to do it in one great swoop. There are lots of reasons for investing in a new type of flooring. It could be that it’s become tired and worn, there might be stains and tears, it might be holding bad smells, or you may simply find that you’ve become tired of looking at it. Along with the paint or wall paper, the flooring takes up the largest surface space in any room, so no number of accessories or pieces of art hanging on the wall is going to improve the way you feel about it.

Switching from carpet to wooden flooring or vice versa, or even going for something entirely different like laminate, LVT or vinyl flooring will have a huge transformative effect on any room in your home and allow you to once again enjoy your home.

If you’re interested in finding out more about some of the types of flooring we provide, including the pros and cons, then click here to read our free guide:

The secrets of choosing carpet colours

the secrets of choosing carpet coloursSoft, comfortable and warm under the foot - carpet is one of the most popular options when it comes to domestic flooring. While hardwood flooring gets a fair amount of attention too, carpet retains its reputation for comfort, style and durability. It’s also available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures and can match varying budgets so there are lots of options available to you to choose from.

In terms of the way your carpet looks, rather than the way it feels, one of the key decisions that you will need to make is about the colour, provided that you have chosen a plain colour carpet over a striped carpet or a patterned carpet that is. Here we will offer some words of advice when it comes to making a decision.

Many people are surprised just how much of an impact the colour of a carpet can have on a room. For small, pokey rooms, choosing a dark coloured carpet will make your room appear even smaller, while choosing a light-coloured carpet will make the most of any natural light and allow the room to feel more spacious. However, if a room is quite large and feels cold and clinical then you may want a dark, rich coloured carpet which can help it to feel more snug. This can be particularly effective if you tie in this selection with the colour of the walls in your chosen room.

Foot traffic is another consideration you need to make when choosing your carpet. Some rooms naturally get more people (and animals) passing through them than others. This movement can over time erode the fabric of a carpet and can also make the carpet become discoloured with muck and grime. With this in mind, it makes very little sense to opt for a lightly coloured carpet in a heavy traffic room if you have a busy home. Instead, you should opt for a darker hue which can mask some of the dirt that has made its way on to the carpet.

The traffic level that the room will receive should be an important consideration. For a room that has a lot of traffic, a darker colour may be best because it will hide the build-up of dirt. This is especially important if you have young children or pets.

Another important consideration to make is the furniture and furnishings of the room. You will need to think about how your carpet will work with your sofa, your curtains, the colour of your walls and other items in the room. If you’re planning on starting from scratch then your carpet can be a foundation on which you choose everything else, but if you’ve already got furniture and furnishings then you might want to tailor your choice towards the overall colour scheme.

There are also practical considerations to make regarding the colour of your carpet. For instance, if you are choosing flooring for a family room, where children play, the dogs spend a lot of time and there is often food or drink about then choosing a cream carpet might be a bad idea. Instead you might want to opt for a darker carpet which is less likely to show blackcurrant stains for years to come.

If you’re unsure as to which type of flooring would be most suited to your needs, then you should seek the advice from flooring professionals. Our team at Lincolnshire Flooring can help you to find exactly the right product, talking you through the pros and cons and allowing you to get an idea of how it might look and feel inside your home. If you would like advice on picking out a suitable flooring, then please visit us at our showroom or call us now on 01522 524374.

Laminate flooring and water damage – what to do!

laminate flooring and water damageHere at Lincolnshire Flooring we proudly offer laminate flooring to our customers as one of the very best options for many of the rooms in the home. If you’re looking for flooring that looks and acts like wood but is more resistance to scratches and requires less maintenance than wood flooring, then laminate is a great option for you.

Laminate flooring is quite versatile and often is chosen for bathrooms and kitchens – particularly open plan kitchen areas where a modern but rustic feel is required. However, in bathrooms and kitchens there is always the potential for spillage, and water is laminate’s Achilles Heel.

Whether it’s a glass of red wine, a pot of coffee or a bucket of water, even small spills of water can cause damage if they aren’t dealt with appropriately. In practice, what we mean is that as soon as any liquid is spilled on your floor, it needs to be cleaned up. Surface spills and drips aren’t likely to ruin your entire flooring but if it seeps into the planks then it can cause bad damage.

Of course, small drips aren’t likely to be the end of the world for your flooring and it’s the big water leaks that we need to be wary of with laminate flooring. For instance, if you have a washing machine that regularly springs a leak, or a dodgy fridge freezer then you should consider purchasing a new one, moving it out of the same room as your laminate, or purchasing a different type of flooring that offers better water resistance.

If disaster strikes and flooding does occur in the room where you have laminate flooring, then don’t panic but do act quickly. The first thing to do is to find out where the leak is coming from and shut it off – usually by turning off the water. Next, you’ll need to begin mopping up.

If the water was left long enough it may have seeped into the planks which with time will cause warping and make your floor become uneven. Laminate typically has MDF on the back which when damaged by water can turn into a cotton wool like substance.

You may be able to replace some planks, but it is important to seek help from a professional to determine just how much of your flooring needs to be replaced.

Final thoughts
It’s important to remember that while water can cause serious damage to laminate flooring, it shouldn’t put you off installing it in your kitchen. Most types of flooring will struggle to hold up under the strain of a big leak and many will struggle far worse than laminate flooring. Laminate is hard wearing, easy to clean, looks good and is affordable.

For more tips on choosing flooring for each room in the home read our free guide here:

5 home decoration apps that you need to try

5 home decoration apps that you need to trySmart phones come in handy in almost every aspect of our lives these days and home decoration is no exception. Here we list five of our favourite apps that can help you to spruce up your home.

Pinterest is used by millions of people to find inspiration. From fashion and food to clever interior design ideas, it’s a great source of unique and interesting ideas. If you struggle to visualise what colours and textures may work well together, Pinterest is a good place to start.

If you’re in the market for new furniture then this app is a must-have. SnapShop takes the guess work out of measurement. To get started you simply take a photo of each room in your home. Then when you find a piece of furniture that you like you simply snap it and the app works out whether or not it will fit in your room, and around your current furniture by overlaying it.

Available on both iPhone and Android operating systems, MagicPlan is a one stop shop for floor plans. Using your camera you can measure the dimensions of each room in your home and create an accurate floor plan that can be kept in your pocket and brought out when you need to make a purchase of say new furniture or flooring for a room.

Color Capture
Ever seen a shade of paint somewhere that you’ve fallen in love with but not had any idea what the name of the colour is? This app can help. Color Capture matches colour from your chosen photograph and then suggests paint options to match. It will also suggest other colours which it thinks may nicely complement the one you have chosen.

iHandy Carpenter
If you come up short when it comes to a tool box then this app could be your best new friend. Instead of spending money on tools that you might never use again this app gives you some of the most commonly used measuring tools you might need such as surface levels, steel rulers and plumb bobs.

While all of these apps are useful they can only take you so far. If you’re looking for new flooring in your home then look no further than Lincolnshire Flooring. Our team can guide you through the entire process of carpet or floor fitting from site surveys and measuring services to selecting and installing a wonderful new floor. To find out more please call us on 01522 524374 or call in at our showroom on Outer Circle Road, Lincoln – Monday to Saturday.

Keep your carpet in mind when choosing a vacuum cleaner

Lincolnshire Flooring_Pillar 11_Blog_3When it comes to carpets, you get what you pay for. While carpets are available to match most budgets, a good quality and long lasting carpet will cost you more money than a poorer quality one that isn’t likely to last as long. With this in mind, it’s important that you find ways to preserve it so that you don’t have to fork out for either repairs, professional cleaning or even worse – replacing the carpet entirely before you’ve had plenty of use out of it.

While enforcing a ‘no shoes’ policy and having welcome mats and rugs are all good ways to prevent your carpet becoming dirty, you will still need to give it a regular clean - and that’s where a vacuum cleaner becomes your best friend. Invented in 1901 by David T. Kennedy, vacuum cleaners are one of the key home cleaning appliances in any home and are continually changing with new and exciting features.

Choosing a vacuum cleaner
When it comes to choosing a vacuum cleaner you usually have two key options – upright vacuums or cylinder vacuums. Upright vacuum cleaners are operated by pushing them in front of you; they have a wide brush bar that scrapes through the fibres of your carpet lifting up any dirt and debris which it sucks straight up into a bag or canister (which need to be regularly changed). A cylinder vacuum is a small cleaner which has the hose and cylinder as two separate parts joined by a pipe; it drags behind you as you move along. A cylinder vacuum operates in a similar way to the upright vacuum but is more mobile and generally smaller – they also tend to be slightly more affordable than an upright vacuum cleaner.

In terms of what is best for your carpet it does depend to some extent on the scenario and there are certain features in vacuums that you should look out for depending on your circumstances. For example if you have carpet in a room that has lots of furniture then you should opt for a cleaner which has a swivelling head, as this will help you get around chair legs and tables. Or if you have pets then you might want to look for a vacuum that has a powerful suction with rotating brushes which will help drag up pet hair that is very light, or deeply lodged. However, if your carpet is particularly delicate then you should avoid a powerful suction as you may be at risk of pulling at the threads. If this happens then you can neatly cut the thread with scissors. However, you can only do this so many times before the carpet becomes damaged.

Key takeaways:

1 – Regular cleaning can extend the life of your carpet

2 – Brush bars are effective in dislodging dirt from your carpet

3 – Pet hair can be dislodged with high suction

4 – Be wary of using high suction on delicate carpets and rugs

For more tips on cleaning your floors, please read our guide on how to maintain and clean your floors and carpets.