Freshen up your flooring with these useful tips.
Flooring is probably the thing that takes a beating most in our home. It has to cope with dirt, dust, food, and people walking over it all the time.
Is it time to fix up your home’s flooring? Here are a few instances in which you may need to make repairs or reconsider your flooring choice.
Getting Cold Feet
Wooden and ceramic floors may be easy to clean, but they can get cold in the winter. Stepping on those things in the winter can be a bit of a shock.
These sorts of floors are particularly likely to get cold if they haven’t been sealed. This is common with old floorboards. On top of sealing, make sure any cracks are filled. Underfloor insulation or underfloor heating are two costly but effective ways of heating up cold flooring.
Freshen up your flooring by replacing these with carpets from a company such as Walter Wall Carpets could be an obvious way of bringing more warmth to the floor. Alternatively, you could place a rug down in areas where you’re most likely to put your feet down such as by the bed, in front of the sofa and in the kitchen.
Floorboards can squeak for a variety of reasons. It may be a case of loose nails or poorly fitted joists, which then result in movement in the floorboards causing creaking.
There are lots of ways to fix a squeaky floorboard. If it is a gap between the floorboards and joist causing a noise, you may be able to wedge something underneath to fill the gap and stop the squeaking. If it is an issue with the nails, you may have to insert new nails or lubricate these nails to prevent the squeaking. Sometimes the nails simply need tightening. Over time they can become loose.
Tough stains that can’t be scrubbed may require professional cleaning equipment. You may have to hire a carpet cleaning machine or a floor scrubber (or a company that has these tools).
Alternatively, you could replace your flooring with more stain resistant materials. Wood should always be laminated whilst ceramic should always be sealed. Carpets are more likely to stain, although there are tough polypropylene carpets on the market that are easier to clean.
Warped or buckled wooden flooring is often the result of the wood being exposed to too much moisture. There could be dampness rising from the sub-floor concrete – this may require a concrete sealant such as Ardex Damp Proof Membrane. Alternatively, the warping could be due to too much water on the surface. If you have a laminated floor and constantly mop it with water, this could be the reason for warping.
Gapping and peaking
Wooden floorboards naturally expand and contract with temperature. When laid down, there should be just enough space between these wooden floorboards to allow for this movement. Too much space could result in gapping – large gaps in between the floorboards. No space at all could result in peaking – causing the wood to peak up in a tent shape as the wood has no room to expand.
You may need to relay the flooring to prevent this from happening. Temperature control (not letting your home get too hot or cold) may also be able to limit gapping and peaking, but is unlikely to be as effective a method.
If you’re getting new wooden floors put down, make sure the fitter knows to keep a reasonable gap for expansion and shrinking.
These tips should freshen up your flooring and make a big difference to your home!