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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.

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

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
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.

SnapShop
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.

MagicPlan
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.

4 ways to spruce up your office

space-desk-office-hero-7065What does your office say about your business? Whether you like it or not the appearance of your business headquarters has a profound effect. Not only does it make an impression for better or worse on customers and clients but it also deeply affects the morale of your employees. Precisely why forward thinking companies like Google put such an emphasis on creating inspiring work environments. However, mini-golf, rooftop gardens and sleeping pods don’t suit everyone and your business may benefit from some rather more subtle touches. Here are four ways to make a positive impact on your office space.

1 – Bring the outdoors in

Studies show that making room for plants and flowers in your office can have an impact on their stress levels, helping them to relax. A study conducted by NGI Australia showed that staff who had plants placed in their office showed reductions in levels of stress and negative feelings of a magnitude of 30 to 60% in a period over three months – quite a significant finding. They claimed reductions in tension, anxiety, depression, dejection, anger, hostility and fatigue – all emotions that most businesses would agree are harmful to productivity!

2 – Ditch traditional office furniture

It’s fairly common knowledge now that remaining sedentary at a desk is no good for our employees. A recent Loughborough University study found that when compared with people who work away from office environments, those of us hunched over desks have a 112 per cent increase in risk of diabetes and we are twice as likely to have a heart attack. No one wants their employee’s health to suffer from their job, which is why many businesses are finding ways to keep their employees healthy from height adjustable desks, to treadmill desks and active chairs shaped differently to promote good posture.

3 – Light it up

Good lighting is another key to raising the productivity of your employees. A work space that is dingy and dim, or equally is too bright and artificial will be off putting to your employees. Try to make the most of the natural light in your office and consider light colour schemes which create a sense of spaciousness in your office.

4 – From the ground up

Finally, one of the best ways to spruce up a tired looking office is to have new flooring installed. Whether replacing that old threadbare carpet, or installing a timeless hardwood flooring, changing what’s beneath your feet can have a big impact on both employees and clients visiting your office. However, it’s important to not only consider the visual aspect of your flooring choices but also to think about how easy it is to clean, how resistant it is to scratches, how well it dampens sound, how long it lasts and of course how much it costs.

If your offices are looking tired and in need of a refresh then you should seek advice from flooring professionals. Here at Lincolnshire Flooring we have been installing commercial floor coverings for over 50 years. For a no obligation quotation please call us on 01522 524374 or take a further look around our website for more information: http://www.lincolnshireflooring.co.uk/commercial/.

Tips for tackling carpet mould

Adobe Spark (9)Carpet mould is a real nuisance, ruining fabric and posing health risks in our homes. What’s more, by the time we identify carpet mould it’s already spread far and wide. Here we will look at some of the ways we can spot carpet mould, deal with it and mitigate further outbreaks in the future.

Mould is a dangerous fungus which breeds in moist conditions and clings to the fine fabrics of carpets. Once mould has attached itself to fabrics it is difficult to remove, however that is not the only problem. Mould is dangerous for our health and inhalation of fungus spores can be damaging, particularly for those with underlying respiratory conditions such as asthma, or those with weak immune systems such as the young or elderly.

In dark or moist areas mould can begin to multiply very quickly and before you know it can destroy your furnishings, ruining your carpet but also working its way across furniture, clothes, walls and other areas of your home given the chance. This is why it’s important to not only deal with mould as soon as you spot it but also find ways to prevent it from every occurring.

Mould develops in moist and humid environments so you need to try and prevent both those things. A common cause of mould in carpets is when a carpet comes into contact with liquid and it is not properly dried. Left to its own devices wet carpet fibres become a perfect breeding ground for mould fungus. So, if your carpet becomes wet then you need to dry it quickly and keep the area well ventilated. Try to avoid drying clothes in carpeted areas as the condensation can also encourage mould growth if the room is not properly ventilated.

Prevention is the best cure but if you’ve failed to stop mould from occurring then you need to know how to deal with it. The process of removing mould from your carpet can be quite complex and you might want to first consider either replacing the carpet or hiring a professional cleaning company to take care of it for you. However if you want to tackle the job yourself then these are some steps that you can follow which require little training.

First of all it’s important to remember that mould spores can be dangerous to our health so always wear protective clothing including facemasks, particularly if you have repertory problems. Before you get to work be sure to close all the doors of the affected room but open windows, as this allows proper ventilation but stops the mould fungus from travelling around your house extending the problem further.

If the weather is bright and sunny then you can take up your carpet and leave it outside to dry out. Alternatively pull the carpet up in affected areas and try and dry or remove any areas which are damaged. Now brush as much debris from surface of the carpet as you can and consider using a steam cleaner. Now scrub both sides of the carpet thoroughly before leaving it to dry out. A few hours later come back and apply an anti-fungal solution which will help to destroy the fungus in your carpet. Now once this has dried apply an anti-mould spray on both sides of the carpet and allow it to dry out once again. This deep cleaning should help to eliminate the mould but if you notice your mould is continuing to come back then you may need to take further action. It could be that there is a leak causing the carpet to become too wet, or it might be that the mould spores are simply too settled in to be removed and a new carpet is required.

For more tips and advice on carpet maintenance, cleaning and suitability please visit our blog. Alternatively visit us at our showroom on Outer Circle Road, Lincoln or call us now on 01522 524374 to speak to one of our team.

HELP! my wooden floor is squeaking!

clip_image002Are squeaky floorboards keeping you awake at night? Here we look at a few fast fixes to put your mind at ease.

Wooden flooring is porous in nature which means that it absorbs moisture. With time this added moisture can cause the flooring to expand by swelling. Then, when the moisture leaves, it causes the flooring to shrink. This in turn can cause gaps between floorboards which pockets of air can travel through, causing a ‘squeak’ when weight is pressed on them. But how do you put a stop to it?

WD-40
WD-40 is the traditional go-to product for squeaky hinges but it works for floorboards too. To get started you must find the offending floorboard that’s making the noise. What you’ll notice is that there is a slight gap between the joining of the offending floor board and one of the floor boards either side. If you think you might have more than one squeaky floorboard then walk around your entire room and mark down with chalk or pencil the floorboards which are causing you problems. Now simply spray your WD-40 into the gap and begin pressing down on the floorboards to allow it to seep into the crack. Then just wipe it down to get rid of any excess fluid and repeat the whole process as necessary as you walk around your room.

Baking Soda & Baby Powder
You shouldn’t have to replace your flooring just because it’s beginning to squeak at you. Solid wood flooring isn’t the cheapest of flooring but it is long lasting and robust provided you care for it properly. If you don’t have any WD-40 to hand then you can also use powdered substances like baking soda, talcum powder and baby powder to fill the crack. Simply follow the instructions above, being sure to wipe away any excess powder afterwards. Be careful not to use a vacuum on it too soon afterwards because you’ll likely undo all your hard work.

More permanent fixes
If you find that simply lubricating the gaps between your floorboards isn’t doing the track then there are some longer lasting repairs that you can undertake that fall short of replacing your flooring. Look for a gap between the joist and the subfloor and insert a wooden shim until it feels nice and tight. You can also try inserting wood screws from below which are fixed through the sub floor and just below the surface of the finished flooring.

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

The dos and don’ts of choosing flooring for a conservatory

For many people, the modern conservatory is the perfect way to create more space in your home without the need for relocation, providing you with a perfect place to soak up the sun in the warmer months of the year. What’s more, in 60% of cases you don’t require planning permission to have one built and they can add a great deal of value to your property if executed properly.

When it comes to the flooring in your conservatory, it’s important that you think carefully about which option you choose. Wooden flooring is one of the most attractive and timeless types of flooring out there but sadly it’s not always the best option for a conservatory setting. This is because the heat in a conservatory can fluctuate from hot to cold which spells bad news for wooden floors.  Under the stress of temperature fluctuations wood will naturally expand and contract which can eventually lead to cracking and warping, ruining your wonderful flooring. If you have your heart set on the rustic beauty of a wooden floor then your best bet is to opt for an engineered wooden floor instead which closely mimics the look and feel of a wooden floor but has less of the vulnerabilities that make wooden flooring unsuitable for a conservatory.

Carpet is a popular option throughout our homes and is suited to almost every room in the home and the conservatory is no different. Carpets might be tougher to clean but they are comfortable and warm which might make it more likely for your conservatory to get usage in the colder months of the year as it will hold the heat much better than some other types of flooring. The only downside for choosing carpet in a conservatory is that carpet fibres can show up dirt quite easily. Because of this you might want to have a doormat to catch any debris on the way in and out.

Vinyl flooring is another popular option for home owners – due in part to its low maintenance properties. Vinyl flooring just needs a good sweep or dry mop, so you don’t have to worry about treading in soil and dirt from the garden as you can just wipe it away. However, that said vinyl flooring can be susceptible to strong sunshine so think carefully before you place it in a south facing conservatory.

Another type of flooring which you might consider for a conservatory is that of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, available in a wide range of different styles and is a cost effective choice. While laminate flooring is a good option for conservatories, particularly if you are trying to save money, it is important not to skimp too much on the cost. Quality laminate flooring is less likely to fade in the abundance of sunlight that your conservatory receives and should come with a long warrantee.
  
Our team at Lincolnshire Flooring can help you to find the perfect type of flooring for your conservatory. For help and advice please call us on 01522 524374 or visit us at our show room on Outer Circle Road, Lincoln.

Why good quality flooring is important for buy-to-let properties

Buying property in order to let it out has grown in popularity in recent years, spurred on by a healthy rental market with increasing demand for homes and only a limited supply of them available. Many people are now turning to letting property as a way of investing for their futures, ensuring that they can live comfortably in their later years. Those who have found success with buy-to-let properties have even begun purchasing more property and turning their secondary earner into a full-time career.

However, the process of buying property to let it is not always simple and it is rare for a landlord to make it through the experience without a few headaches along the way. From troublesome tenants to confusing health and safety regulations and expensive agency fees, there are lots of things to get your head around.

A key part of preparing your buy-to-let property is deciding how you will furnish and decorate it. It’s important to narrow down who exactly your target market is. If you make your property too neutral then you run the risk of appealing to nobody, so it’s important to have an idea of the type of tenant you would like.

Flooring options
When it comes to choosing flooring for a buy-to-let property you need to think carefully. A light carpet may well make a room seem large and sterile, but it is likely to cost you a lot of money in the long run. Carpeted flooring is not necessarily a bad choice for a rental property but those with a light colour palette are more likely to need replacing. The fibres of the carpet will show dirt more easily and are tougher to remove stains from so overtime may begin to look very dirty. While as a homeowner you might take extra caution to look after a light coloured carpet, a tenant might not always be so cautious. So, instead of choosing light colours like white or magnolia, you should opt for shades of brown and grey which might be a little bit more forgiving to spillages of food or drink.

Another aspect that is important to consider is the cost of your flooring. While it is important not to overspend on your property, you should know that choosing flooring that is cheap may come back to bite you in the behind. You may end up forking out for new flooring on a regular basis, something that will become tiresome particularly if you own a property where there is a high turnover of tenants such as in student accommodation. Instead, it might be better to opt for mid-range flooring which will last longer, require little maintenance and be highly durable.

Here at Lincolnshire Flooring we regularly source flooring for landlords of buy-to-let properties and can advise you on the best types of flooring available to you within your budget. For more advice call us on 01522 524 374 or visit us at our showroom on Outer Circle Road, Lincoln, LN2 4HU.

8 rookie errors that ruin your solid wood flooring

A hardwood floor is one of the most sought after features among homeowners. While more affordable types of flooring can mimic solid wood, the unique shapes, textures and tones of natural solid wood is something that can never be 100% matched. However, while solid wood flooring is luxurious and versatile it is not indestructible. In fact there are more than a few different ways that you can cause damage to your wonderful wooden floor if you don’t take special care in looking after it. Here are 8 mistakes that you need to avoid making.

#1 - Forgetting to place mats at entrance and exit points
One of the biggest dangers to hardwood flooring is that of dirt and grit. Every pair of shoes that makes its way through your home is likely to bring with it dirt and debris from outdoors. Besides making a mess, particularly hard particles can cause nasty scratches across the surface of your wooden flooring. The easiest way to prevent this is to have a welcome mat at your door for visitors to wipe their feet. Even a simple rug or mat with a felt back (to prevent discolouration) at entry or exit points to a room which has hardwood floors will offer some protection.

#2 - Neglecting to sweep your floor
Even if you have mats at your entry and exit points you’re still bound to end up with some debris on your floors, whether from outdoors, the dinner plate or other means. By regularly sweeping your wonderful wooden floor you can lock in shine and prevent grit from being caught underfoot causing scratches and scrapes. 

#3 - Using too much water when cleaning
While hardwood floors often have a barrier to safeguard against moisture they are still porous and will soak up water given half the chance. Because of this you should never drench it in any kind of liquid, including cleaning products. Instead, you should give your wooden floor a light damp mop which will avoid excessive soaking and subsequent swelling.

#4 - Using harsh chemicals when cleaning your floor
In general you should avoid any cleaning products which are not specifically designed for wooden floors. Many supermarket cleaning products will contain chemicals which are too harsh and abrasive for your wooden floor, upsetting its PH balance, dulling its shine and causing cracks. Always read the instructions on your floor cleaner and only use the amount advised otherwise you once again risk the floor swelling.

#5 - Leaving spills and stains for too long
Whether it’s red wine, milk or a mess made by your pet – you should never let a spill or potential stain sit for too long. This goes for any type of flooring really, but it’s worth remembering that wooden flooring is porous and so will soak up liquids. So be sure to clean and dry it up pronto before it sets in.

#6 - Wearing shoes indoors
Wearing shoes indoors can spell bad news for most types of flooring. Even if you give your shoes a wipe on a mat, there is still the chance that you could bring through small pieces of grit which could mark your wooden flooring. The best option is to have a shoe rack by your front and back doors so that both you and your visitors can simply take them off as they enter your home.

#7 - Don’t cut your pets nails
Another easy way to do damage to your wooden flooring is to forget to trim the nails of your beloved pets. Not only is the noise likely to make the hairs on your neck stand up, it can also leave scratches and scrapes behind. Make sure that you give your pets regular nail trims and consider placing rugs or carpet in areas where your dog frequents. Alternatively you could install small pet gates to keep your dog away from rooms with wooden flooring.

#8 - Dragging heavy furniture around your floor
One last tip for keeping your hardwood floors free of scratches and scuffs is to add felt pads to the bottoms of heavy furniture or appliances. This will help them to glide along when you move them and reduce the chances of scuffing or scratching the floor. 

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

Why flooring transitions are essential in open plan spaces

With more and more people opting for open-plan layouts in their homes, the importance of well-crafted flooring transitions is becoming more and more evident.  Traditionally homes have been built with separate rooms that have their own self-contained identities with their own wallpapers, carpets and unique individual styles. However in present times one of the most sought-after features of a home is an open plan kitchen, dining room or living space.

Open plan spaces allow for a spacious, free moving style of living. However, even with open plan spaces it is still important to have variation between spaces, not only to offer some texture but also for practical reasons. Having a luxury cream carpet may well be comfortable underfoot and be a great choice for the area that serves as your living room around your TV and sofa, but it would be a disastrous choice to have the same carpet in the areas where you cook and eat.  Equally, a stone or tile flooring may be well suited to your kitchen area where it can be easily cleaned but may be far too cold and uncomfortable underfoot in the area where you relax and watch TV.

The use of different types of flooring also helps you to create guidelines for your open plan living space and properly define different zones. For example by using laminate or hardwood flooring to mark out your kitchen or dining area and using carpet to identify where you relax. Another way that you can differentiate between areas is to switch patterns, colours or directions with hardwood, laminate or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring. 

When deciding on patterns and colours it’s important to be imaginative. You may find that two different kinds of flooring or colours are far too different to work together or similarly that they are too alike. Here at Lincolnshire Flooring we have a range of different styles, tones and textures and can help you create an open plan living space that looks stylish, modern and flows continuously.  To learn more give us a call on 01522 524374 or pop in to our showroom in Lincoln on Outer Circle Road.