You’ve taken the plunge and you’ve invested in some new, quality flooring for your home. Whether you opt for carpet, hardwood or luxury vinyl, you need to know how to maintain and protect this new installation in your home.

Here you’ll find some of our top tips on protecting your home’s floors to make sure your investment stands the test of time.

Hardwood flooring

Fitting hardwood flooring in your home presents a significant upgrade. A good quality wood floor can increase the value of your home and bring warmth, charm and sophistication to any room. However, they do require regular maintenance.  If a hardwood floor is the choice for you remember to:

  • Maintain the humidity level in rooms with hardwood flooring. Dry, winter air can cause hardwood planks to shrink and pull apart. Moisture spills also have a damaging effect and must be cleaned up as soon as possible.

  • Protect your hardwood floor’s shine by cleaning regularly. There are specialist products that won’t damage the finish of your floor, or you can use natural products recommended for wood floor maintenance, such as olive oil or water and white vinegar.

  • Protect your floor from scuffs and scratches by investing in cloth furniture protectors for the feet of your tables, chairs and heavier items.

Carpet

Carpet helps to create a warm and cosy atmosphere in your home, especially in lived-in rooms, such as lounges and bedrooms. A critical consideration for protecting carpet is wear caused by heavy traffic. Consider these protective measures:

  • You should ensure that you have mats at each entrance to reduce any chance of dirt being tracked into your home and across your carpets. We sell tough and hardwearing Coir Matting that is perfect for use in doorways and in heavy traffic areas.

  • Ensure that you vacuum your carpet at least once a week, as this will remove debris and soil that can cause wear on the fibre of a carpet. Much of this debris is not visible at first, so make sure that you’re vacuuming before it starts to look messy.

  • A great way to protect carpet in heavy traffic areas of your home is to lay down vinyl carpet protector. QA’s Carpet Protector, made from premium quality vinyl with studded base grips, is suitable for most carpet types.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is long-lasting and durable, making it perfect for heavy traffic areas. However, vinyl is now even more versatile and comes in a range of stylish designs. Why not browse the extensive range of hardwood and stone styles available in our Luvanto Luxury Vinyl Flooring range? If you want to maximise the chic style and wearable longevity vinyl offers your home, try these steps:

  • If you want to keep the designs of your vinyl looking fresh, limit exposure to direct sunlight, as this can cause fading. During the brightest hours of the day, lower your blinds or draw your curtains.

  • Make sure you regularly vacuum and mop your luxury vinyl flooring to prevent scuffing caused by dust, dirt and particles that get left behind when people and pets walk through the house.

  • If you want to make sure your vinyl flooring is perfectly maintained, our Luvanto Flooring Care Kit comes complete with specialist cleaning and polishing solution as well as a Clean & Strip solution for periodic maintenance.

Whatever flooring you choose for your home, protecting it from the typical wear and tear of everyday life is a must.

Regardless of your flooring choice, QA has a solution to help you protect and maintain it. We stock an extensive range of underlays perfect for carpet or wood floors.  Or if you’re interested in the wearable chic that vinyl flooring can bring to your home, find out more about our Luvanto Luxury Vinyl Flooring options here.

We are always available to answer any questions your may have, so give our expert team a call on 0151 495 3434 or send your questions to us online using our contact form.

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