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How to care for Amtico flooring

How to care for amtico flooringOne of the most well-known brands of LVT flooring (luxury vinyl tiles) is Amtico. If you’re new to the world of LVT flooring, you’ll be pleased to know that they have a great many benefits. Across all the many different variations of flooring, LVT is one of the most ‘high-end’, boasting a real wow-factor with its designer style that can be customized to the buyers exact specifications. However, what also makes LVT a popular choice for homes across the country is that it hard wearing and very easy to maintain. Here we will run you through the simple steps that are needed to take care of LVT flooring like Amtico.

Unlike many other forms of flooring, Amtico LVT requires very little maintenance. You don’t need to spend hours polishing, buffing and refurbishing parts – if you practice some easy to follow steps.

Like many types of flooring, one potential risk factor with LVT is the chance of scratches and scrapes. So, to stop this from happening you need to reduce that risk. One way you can do that is to provide entrance matts at any exit and entry points to your home. This gives both you and any visitors the chance to wipe their feet before entering the home stopping grit, stones and dirt from making its way on to the floor and causing scrapes when dragged across the floor underfoot. Another way to help avoid this is to have a shoe rack placed close to entry and exit points so that visitors are encouraged to take their shoes off when they arrive, again reducing the chances of scrapes.

Another way that the flooring can be damaged through scrapes is by furniture. Some furniture can pose a risk to flooring causing indentations through heavy weight or causing scratches on the floor when moved around – think heavy bookcases, or dining chairs with metal legs. One way to protect against this is to add coverings to legs, such as protective felt feet, glides or castors which can soften the weight and prevent any problems with indentation or marking. When purchasing furniture try and opt for items with wide or broad surfaces, rather than thin legs. This is because the weight is less likely to cause marks and dents if the weight is distributed over a larger contact area.

Finally, the third way to protect surfaces is simply to engage a regular cleaning routine, this means incorporating flooring maintenance into your usual pattern of chores. Sweeping your floor frequently and occasionally mopping it will help to not only remove any dust and dirt but can also help your floor sparkle again by removing any light markings.

Amtico flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to look after, and really only needs a deep clean once in a blue moon provided that you follow the easy steps we have mentioned. As a final tip, when vacuuming your floor be careful to use an appropriate head such as one with soft bristles which are less likely to scratch your floor.

Do you have more questions about LVT flooring? Read our guide here which explains everything you need to know about several different types of flooring: http://www.lincolnshireflooring.co.uk/articles/guide-to-different-types-of-flooring.html.

If you’re still stuck 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.

Tips for matching up carpets and furniture

tips for matching carpets and furnitureWhen it comes to decorating a room, the choices are endless. From the paint you choose for the walls to the colour of your blinds and the shape of your cushions, there are a great many elements to play around with. However, one of the most confusing aspects of interior design can be choosing complementary colours. Here we offer up some helpful tips on how to find a carpet and piece of furniture that work well together.

You should begin by choosing your carpet, and then work other elements such as fabrics, paint and wallpaper around it. While your own personal taste and preferences should play a major part in what colour carpet you go for, there are some ground rules that you need to observe.

When it comes to choosing colours, you need to think carefully about the room you are carpeting. If it’s a room that experiences heavy traffic, for instance, then you might want to avoid a carpet colour that is too light and might start to look dirty and worn over time. Instead you can help mask the heavy use by choosing a warmer, darker colour. Equally, you will need to think about how the room will be used. A dining room for example might not be the best fit for a cream coloured carpet, as food and drink could easily be spilled on it and it could become stained.

You should also think about the psychology of certain colours. Different shades and tones can drastically alter the way that we feel when we are in them. Cool colours like blues, greens and purples can have a calming effect on a room, so if you are decorating a bedroom they can be a good option to help you unwind and fall asleep. Equally, warmer colours such as reds, yellows and oranges are great options for making a room feel cosy. The way you use those colours is entirely your choice. You might find that you want to use a ruby red carpet, or equally you might want to have a neutral carpet and introduce a ‘pop’ of colour through a red sofa instead.

How you mix up the colours in your room is entirely your choice and there are no right or wrong options. It all depends on your preferences and the style that you want to go for. A good place to start if you are struggling to picture how your room might look is to take a look at home/living magazines or browse websites such as Pinterest which often display good examples of interior design. If there is a particular colour that you have your heart set on, then a colour wheel can help you find complementary colours to match up your furniture.

If you’re ready to hunt for a new carpet then 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.

6 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom into A Spa-Like Retreat

6 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa-Like RetreatFor many, bathrooms are a place of comfort. An oasis where you can soak out your troubles after a tough day, or simply a place to catch a moment of isolation away from the daily grind. Bathrooms can do wonders for the body and the mind.

However, for some people the bathroom ends up being the last room to be given care and attention in the home, serving as simply a functional room rather than somewhere to be relaxed in and enjoyed.

Difficult layouts, stale flooring, grime and grease are just a few of the reasons that our bathroom visits become shorter and shorter, but you shouldn’t be afraid as there are some simple ways to make them better.

If you’re in need of an oasis in your home but your bathroom is not quite up to task, then here are some helpful tips to get you on your way and create that dream bathroom you’ve always wanted.

1 – Look at storage solutions

A common reason that people reject a home when viewing properties is a lack of storage. If you don’t have enough places to store your belongings, then your home can very quickly become untidy and unpleasant. The same goes for a bathroom. If your bathroom lacks storage, then you’ll end up with a cluttered room that you want to spend as little time in as possible. Consider adding shelves, hooks, overhead storage or a cabinet to keep things neat.

2 – Set the mood

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax then the lighting needs to be right. Too bright and you’ll be too alert to unwind, too dark and you’ll probably cut yourself shaving. Consider having alternate forms of lighting in your bathroom for different purposes. Perhaps having brighter lights by mirrors for when you’re grooming and less light towards the bath, or a dimmer switch for powerful control. If you have windows, then don’t forget to utilize daylight. You can always install blinds if privacy becomes an issue.

3 – Engage your sense of smell

Another sure-fire way to relax is to light up some candles, not only for the visual serenity that they bring but also for the scent they provide. You can provoke all sorts of different moods and feelings using scented candles and can encourage your body to calm itself and unwind after a long day. Aromatherapists often recommend scents like cider, cinnamon and even papaya for optimum relaxation.

4 – Upgrade your showerhead

Not everyone is a “bath person” and some prefer a long hot shower over a soak in the tub. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your time in the bathroom luxurious. You can improve your shower time ten-fold by installing rainfall showerheads, pumps or new enclosures.

5 – Bring nature indoors

Another often forgotten aspect that can improve a bathroom and create an interesting and more unique feel is to add greenery. Bathrooms are naturally humid environments so allow plants to thrive. What’s more, there is plenty of evidence that house plants can drastically improve air quality too.

6 – Start at ground level

The number one way to create a luxury look in your bathroom is to upgrade the flooring. If you are going to spend money on your bathroom then this is where you should start, as it has the overall biggest impact on the room.

While the most important aspects of bathroom flooring are durability and water resistance, that doesn’t mean that you are limited in choices. There are some types of flooring like carpet that are best avoided in a bathroom, but options range from high-quality laminate to Luxury Vinyl Tiles. If you’re after a rustic, wooden look then you can go for an engineered wooden floor which has better protection against moisture build up than a solid wood floor.

Size shouldn’t restrict you either. Flooring can transform even the smallest bathrooms to give the illusion of more space. For example, by laying flooring at an angle you can trick the eyes into reading the room from a different perspective, or by laying flooring parallel to the longest wall you can make a narrow bathroom feel larger. You can also use neutral colours to create a clean, minimalist and ultimately larger looking room.

For more advice on what type of flooring is best for which room of the house, please take a look at our room by room flooring guide which covers all rooms of the house, give us a call on 01522 524374, or pop in to our company showroom where our experienced sales staff will be happy to guide and advise you further.

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: http://lincolnshireflooring.co.uk/articles/guide-to-different-types-of-flooring.html.

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.