How to freshen up your flooring

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.

 

Squeaky floorboards

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

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.

 

Warping

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!

 

The Day Our House Offer Was Accepted

Spoiler: Our house offer was accepted.

Buying a house wasn’t something either me or Jay had done before, so we were thrilled when our house offer was accepted. We’re only 22 and 23-years old, and the house we bought needs a lot of work.

Despite there being no chain on either side, the process of buying the house was a bit of a struggle, but we got by with the help of our mortgage advisor.

Our first house offer was rejected, obviously. We knew that would happen, and absolutely expected it. But our second house offer came through when Jay was having a nap! I remember it being a Friday, around 4pm, so neither of us was expecting to hear until after the weekend.

The phone rang, and it was the mortgage advisor who said he was phoning with good news. I immediately jumped up, and was practically screaming Thank You’s into the phone. Jay sleeps through the whole thing.

House offer accepted

Now I face a dilemma. Do I let him sleep or do I wake him up? Well, how often do you buy a house? Of course I jumped on him, told him that we had a house and that we were officially adulting our way through life.

What do I get back?

“Hmm, that’s good”. He sits up slowly and looks at me as if “You woke me up for this?”. He must have been having a very deep nap, but he quickly realised what was going on and was excited as I was.

Phew! No second thoughts on either side then.

Delays followed by more delays

Even though we had no chain, the buying process took 3 months. There was a delay with the mortgage offer. The bank we took our mortgage out with (I’m not naming names) apparently don’t live in the 21st Century, and things were only done by post….or fax?!?!

The mortgage offer needed to be sent to the estate agents, yet it took six weeks to reach them. In total, the mortgage offer was ‘sent’ three times, by post and fax each time. Yet, the first two times it never reached its destination. If it was sent via email, the offer could have been sent in under a minute, so we weren’t exactly thrilled about the holdup.

And then Christmas was looming, so everything was pushed back even further. On the 6th January, 2017, we exchanged and received the keys.

So, our first job? Demolishing the kitchen!