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  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving To a New Apartment

    Setting foot in your dream home sounds like a thrilling adventure, but practical challenges can easily turn it into a grim nightmare. The renovation process is time, energy, and money-consuming: It involves multiple stages and various key choices you have to make. On the opposite ends of the spectrum, there are major, foundation-to-roof overhauls and redecorating projects. Count in everything in between as well, and you got yourself a minefield of decisions. Well, here is how to navigate it without fuss or pouring money down the drain.

    Do I have a plan in place?

    Right off the bat, evaluate the design and financial potential of the property in the light of renovating projects. Come up with a remolding plan as sound as a dollar. Schedule the work and take your time to find the right contractors. Make sure to conduct a thorough inspection to bring potential problems to light. Pay special attention to red flags like structural flaws and issues related electrical and plumbing installations. Gauge how much you would have to invest in order to set things right and whether it makes sense to do so in the long run.

    What needs to be changed?

    In all likelihood, you do not have to update everything. First of all, strive to preserve charming original features of the home (vintage pieces of furniture, exposed brick walls, etc.). One thing you do need to improve if it is lacking is storage, one of the most undervalued aspects of the home. It helps you deal with annoying clutter and free up your space visually. Built-in and custom-made organisational tools like cabinets and floor-to-ceiling shelves always do the trick and enable you to make the most of the available space.

    Is the layout optimal?

    Take a good look at a layout of the home and how optimal it is. Structural changes make a big impact, but they can also cost an arm and a leg. So, provided that you can afford it, you could add square footage and convert a basement, loft, or garage. Knocking down walls and carrying out internal remodeling requires in-depth knowledge, though, and is best handled with a help of a professional designer or a structural engineer. Likewise, extensions require you to keep an eye on the costs, building regulations, permissions, and design requirements.

    Do I really have to go big?

    Of course, one does not have to spend a fortune on large-scale projects. One of the main goals of newfound homeowners is to put their personal stamp on the space. You can pull this off with a bit of sprucing up, weekend renovating, and decorating. New lighting fixtures and a fresh coat of paint instantly change the mood and feel of the home without you having to break the bank. Moreover, identify the design elements that hold meaning to you and help in “tying up” the space. Think in terms of family photos, heirloom, antique pieces, DIY wall décor, etc.

    Can I preserve my health and safety?

    Estimate how the environment performs in terms of promoting health and safety. Are there any security systems or do you have to spend money on them? In case you have kids, ponder on ways to childproof the home. Note that elements like flooring and wall paint are not just some aesthetical details as they also impact the health and well-being. Turn your attention to indoor menaces that inhibit them, such as mold and mildew as well as toxic chemicals and VOCs. Deal with the air pollution by bringing the plants inside and investing in quality air purifier for allergies.

    Is the home energy-efficient?

    One of the prime goals should be to increase the energy efficiency of the home. Insulation has a higher role to play, so figure out ways of enhancing it. Check out the areas like doors, windows, and attics, where most of the heat tends to escape through. Consider splurging on a few energy-efficient appliances that will pay for themselves after a couple of years. Upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems is another essential project, especially in old and outdated homes. Finally, see if you can tap into renewable energy options.

    In the clear

    Moving to a new apartment may seem like a tempting notion, but take a moment to reconsider things. There is a stream of projects you might have to take on. Thus, try to put the structural work behind you first and then add finishing touches by beautifying the space. Make it reflect your personality, fit your style, and meet your specific daily needs. Carefully select design elements, materials, systems, features, and appliances you want to incorporate. Boost the comfort and efficiency to steer away from financial turmoil and headaches down the road.

     

    *this blog was in collaboration with Lana from Smooth Decorator

  • Keeping your floor healthy

    Your floor is probably the area of the house that takes the most stress, and is hardest to keep healthy. Different flooring types have different cleaning techniques and require different levels of attention. In this weeks blog we'll take you through the best ways to keep them nice and clean.

    Laminate

    Laminate is easy to maintain, and cleaning is a simple process. All it needs is a weekly vacuum or wipe with a damp mop. Pet hair can be an issue, therefore it's important that you use a damp mop every so often if you own pets. Vacuuming isn't the best idea for pet hair, as it mostly just ends up blowing the hair around the room!

    Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

    The best way to ensure that LVT remains in top condition is a simple regular sweep or vacuum. It's important to make sure you don't use any harsh clean chemicals as they can damage the flooring, so vacuums will be your floors best friend. Soft bristle brooms will also remove any loose bits of dirt, and make sure that spillages are cleaned as quickly as possible.

    Solid and Engineered Wood

    It is best to avoid vacuuming with wood flooring as it can cause permanent damage and scratching. The best method is a damp mop, and a soft bristled broom similarly to LVT. The great thing with hardwood is it can be refinished, it can also be resanded. So if you do damage your floor, you can quite easily get it back to looking brand new.

     

    It is important you ensure a regular cleaning process for all types of flooring. Cleaning is 100% the most important part of ensuring your floor is kept healthy, and although some floors can be refinished and resanded, it is important that they are kept in a clean condition and are maintained regularly. We hope our guide has helped you. For any more flooring tips, make sure you visit our advice centre!

  • Keeping your house warm this winter

    As the famous House Stark motto goes, winter is coming. As the cold months roll in, it's imperative to ensure we keep our homes warm. There are a number of ways we can maintain warmth, and some may surprise you. Our guide will take you through the best ways to avoid getting the chills.

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    Your Flooring

    It may surprise you to hear that having warm colours, actually gives off the impression of warmth. Our minds work in weird ways, and if we see colours that we associate with warmth, we immediately feel a sense of natural heat. If this sounds like something you'd be happy to invest in then Walnut flooring which comes in naturally darker colours is perfect.

    Underfloor heating and insulation is also a great way of making sure you stay warm this winter. Insulation will ensure that no cold air can enter through your floorboards, and also makes sure that no hot air leaves your house! Underfloor heating is also worth considering, but only if your wood flooring is an engineered board. We would not recommend underfloor heating with solid flooring. Solid wood does not react well to heat, and would expand. Engineered is mostly made up of a number of layers, with only the top layer being wood, so won't react to the heat.

    Keeping warm around the house

    It's imperative you have other measures in place around the house. Draft excluders on doors will ensure that the heat stays in the room and doesn't escape. DIY draft excluders are also an option, almost any material can be used to wedge the space. Thick curtains can also help maintain heat in your bedroom and living areas. You can also buy curtains with a thermal lining, which is one of the cheaper options. Double glazing is also a good option, but is also rather costly.

    There are a number of "if all else fails options" as well! A jumper, or maybe two if you are really cold blooded will do the trick! Buy yourself a fireplace and light the fire, or even better get yourself a pet. Pets not only keep your warm, but they are also your new best friend. It's important to remember however, a pet is not just for Christmas.

    We hope our guide has helped you a little to stay warm this winter. Avoid the cold, and make sure that your house is ready for the harsh winter to come!

  • Lacquered vs Oiled: The Showdown

    You can forget your McGregor vs Mayweather, Microsoft vs Sony or Katie Hopkins vs everyone else on Twitter, in the flooring world, Lacquered vs Oiled is the big battle that everyone's talking about! In the first of our new weekly blogs, we’ll delve into the debate and attempt to decipher the difference between the two! So first and foremost..

    What is lacquered?

     

    Lacquered comes in high gloss, gloss and matt finishes. Lacquer is a varnish that is applied to the wood as a protection of sorts. It is ideal for a room where there  is a high chance of heavy footfall, or if you simply want a high gloss finish!

    Trade Choice Engineered Flooring

    (Trade Choice Engineered Wood Flooring, with a lacquered finish)

     

    Pro’s:

    We would NEVER claim that it is waterproof but it is certainly water resistant! Liquid can be very easily wiped off the floor and won’t seep into the wood! Try and avoid using too much water, as it can still leave a stain behind. Excessive exposure to moisture can make your floor curl. 

    In most cases with lacquered flooring, you can choose the finish. It most cases it can be semi matte, or a high gloss finish. All depending on the customers needs!

    Con’s

    It is quite easily scuffed or scratched! Because of glossed nature of the wood, if a heavy item is dropped it can be easily damaged. So it would be advised to invest in a door mat or if it’s regularly cleaned. Over time it can become to look worn, so a re-sand would be advised!

    The re-sanding can also be an issue, with a small scratch leading to the whole floor needing a re-sand! They can also be more demanding when it comes to cleaning, with the smallest patch of dirt being exposed on the floor.

    Kingsford Engineered Acacia Black Walnut Flooring

    (Our Kingsford Engineered Acacia Black Walnut with a lacquered finish)

    What is oiled?

     

    Oiled is more of a vintage finish, and more old fashioned than lacquered. Oiled is for the traditionalists who want a more classic look to their home and wanting something a little more hard wearing.

    Pro’s

    The great thing with oiled is the protection doesn’t just come on the surface, but runs deep to the core. Like any wood flooring it needs protection, but it is certainly more sustainable than lacquered. Oiled floors are also antistatic, which means dust won't accumulate easily. 

    Oiled flooring is also very durable, and due to the nature of the finish the wood is allowed to breath. It's perfect for areas of high traffic and high humidity levels.

    Con’s

    Although it has great protection, it does take a lot of maintenance on an ongoing basis. It also has very little (if any) water resistance, any small amount of water spillage can cause damage to the flooring, and leave marks behind.

    The antistatic nature of oiled can be problematic with pets. So if you have pets, it may not be the best finish for you, as it may send your pets skidding around the room!

    Richmond Solid Oak Flooring

    (Richmond Solid Oak Flooring, with a brushed & white oiled finish)

    So, which is more suitable for you?

     

    They both have many pro’s, and have benefits depending on what you’re looking for.

    Lacquered is more sustainable than oiled, and would be far better suited in areas that may be exposed to wet conditions. Oiled on the other hand, has great protective features and is has far more of a traditional look to it.

    We've included a useful little graphic below to help break it down for you:

    We hope this blog helped! If you need any more advice, feel free to give our sales team a call on 0333 002 1062.

  • How to Choose Wooden Flooring for an Open-Plan House

    Whether you’re looking to create the illusion of space or to promote the feeling of feng shui in your home, one of the best ways to create a seamless flow throughout the house is to get smart with your flooring. It’s fundamental that homeowners find flooring that suits each area.

    With different colours, grains, textures and sizes, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to choosing wooden flooring. While each type of wooden floor will bring its own aesthetic, ensuring that your floors flow seamlessly throughout the house can be a challenge in open-plan environments. That’s why today, we’re bringing you a handy guide to finding the wooden floor that best suits your open-plan home.

    Solid or engineered wood flooring?

    From open-plan basements to kitchen-diners, the type of flooring you choose will vary according to the different sections of the house. You can still achieve the high-quality wood floor aesthetic that you’ve been dreaming of in your interior design.

    While solid wood flooring is best avoided in cooler areas of the house like the cellar, the structure of engineered wood flooring makes these floors less likely to react to shifts in temperature and humidity. On the other hand, for high traffic areas like the kitchen, opting for long-lasting solid wood floors means that any scratches or stains can be refinished to restore that sought-after shine time and again.

    Fashion or function: which comes first?

    From wood-effect laminate and solid wood flooring to engineered wooden floors, the visually pleasing aesthetic of these floors will flow seamlessly through every section of the house in an open-plan home. And while these high-quality floors can instantly add value to any home, its the durability and the protective finish that comes with genuine wooden floors that makes them a first-class choice when it comes to functionality.

    So, whether you treat your home to solid hardwood or engineered wood flooring, by prioritising the practical requirements of your home, the long lifetime of these stunning floors means that your investment is guaranteed to pay off.

    Choosing your materials: stick or switch?

    In comparison to traditional floor plans, the lack of distinction between different rooms can make an open-plan space seem larger than it is, but this can often mean that homeowners feel obligated to ensure that the same interior design runs through the space. While sticking to a similar theme will avoid abrupt transitions. Incorporating variety throughout the house means that your eye will be drawn to the unique aspects of each area.

    So, whether you choose to clad the kitchen floors with a darker wooden floor or opt for a more intricate grain in your dining area, by making subtle changes, your interior design will stand out for all the right reasons.

    Whether you adorn the entirety of your open-plan house in the same style of solid hardwood flooring, or create contrast in different spaces by opting for a variety of finishes of wood, treating your home to a versatile wooden floor means that you can inject a touch of class into any style of interior design.

    Ready to get the look? Browse our range of first-class wood flooring options online today, or call our team of experts on 0333 002 1062 to see how we can help you!

  • 5 Reasons to Stop Wearing Shoes in the House

    Whether you’re a homeowner or renting a property, the cost that comes from marking your flooring makes it well worth the effort to try and reduce the risk of stains and spills - and removing your shoes as you enter the house is one easy way to reduce damage. With research showing that wearing shoes indoors can also negatively impact on our health, it seems that there’s more than one reason why you should choose to lose your shoes.

    From protecting pale-toned carpets and polished wooden floors to ensuring that your loved ones are living in a healthy and safe environment, in today’s post, we’ll be bringing you a handful of reasons why you should begin removing your shoes when entering the house.

    1. Reduce the risk of damage

    Regular and thorough maintenance is the best way to clean hardwood floors, and while there are a number of ways to restore the sparkle of your solid hardwood flooring, preventing scratches and stains by protecting your floors from outdoor dirt will save you time, effort and money in the long term. While an inside and outside door mat will help to reduce the amount of debris on visitors’ shoes, it’s important to remember that residue may still enter the house - so whether you’re self-admittedly house-proud or just looking to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning, employing a ‘no shoes indoors’ policy will be well worthwhile.

    (Krono Original Kronofix 7mm Honey Oak Laminate Flooring)

    2. Minimise the amount of bacteria

    With experts finding that the outside of shoes harbor an average of 421,000 bacteria, which includes 9 different strains, going barefoot around the house could mean that you reduce the risk of introducing nasty infections into your home. And from picking up the bacteria itself to walking on the debris that allows the bacteria to thrive for days and weeks, reducing the risk of contaminating your home means that you can keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

    3. Avoid cluttering up your home

    With studies showing that women own an average of 24 pairs of shoes, removing your shoes in different places around the house can soon lead to the appearance of a cluttered interior. By positioning a bin or rack for shoes in your entrance hall, you and your family will be more inclined to immediately take off your shoes as you enter the house - and this feature will mean that, not only does your home appear more organised, but you can free up some much-needed floor space.

    4. Protect yourself from pollution

    From weed killer to the coal tar on asphalt roads that’s linked to cancer, wearing outdoor shoes in your home means that toxic chemicals can easily end up being tracked into your floors and settle as dust particles. By wearing shoes in the house, you could bring in more of these toxins, and subsequently increase the risk of exposure to you and your family - which is why opting to go barefoot indoors means that you’ll be helping to protect your health in the long term.

    (Luvanto Click Country Oak Luxury Vinyl Flooring)

    5. Keep your feet strong

    A good pair of shoes that support the arches of your feet will give you all the comfort that you need throughout the day, but you shouldn’t depend on this support at all times. In actual fact, by taking off your shoes when walking around the house, you can strengthen your feet and arches - and with research suggesting that going barefoot can prevent bone deformities, bunions and heel spurs, kicking off your shoes could benefit your body in the long run.

    From protecting your wooden floor to preventing foot problems, there’s every reason to go barefoot indoors.

    The long-lasting properties and easy-to-clean nature of hardwood flooring makes it a solid choice for any busy domestic home, so if you’re looking for a floor that can withstand high levels of footfall - with or without shoes - make sure that you browse our range of solid wood flooring online.

  • Wood Flooring for the Office: Finding Your Perfect Fit

    From entertaining clients in a stylish office space with beautiful wood flooring to trimming back on overheads, there’s no shortage of things to consider when planning the interior of a professional office. ‘Starting from the bottom’ is a phrase that most business owners will be familiar with, and the same principles will apply when it comes to office design. With a floor holding the power to set the tone of an interior, choosing between flooring options will require some research, so explore your options before you decide.

    Finding a fashionable yet functional floor that fits in with your business can be a challenge, and that’s why today, we’ll be giving you the breakdown on why wood flooring will always work in an office. From highlighting the benefits of solid oak flooring to looking at ways in which you can create the optimum aesthetic, our guide is guaranteed to give you the inspiration you need for finding the floor that suits you.

     

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    Prioritise the practical aspects

    Whether you’re finding the perfect place to launch your startup or you’re expanding into a larger office space, when it comes to designing the interior, choosing a floor that will stand the test of time means that you’ll be able to reduce office expenditure in the long term. Long-lasting solid hardwood flooring is both strong and durable, and the protective sheen that comes with this type of wooden floor means that you won’t need to worry about wear and tear from rolling office chairs and high levels of foot traffic. The ease of refinishing solid wood flooring means that, should your floors begin to appear scratched, by simply sanding and recoating the area, you can restore that sought-after shine time and time again.

    Get the right look

    The most effective workplaces are those that reflect the values of a business in their office design, which is why so many modern businesses will opt for a cool and contemporary theme in the interior. The impressive visual aesthetic of solid wood flooring will instantly add a touch of class to any space, but the range of colours, textures and materials means that whatever look you’re aiming for, you can make the right impression on employees and clients with your office design. Light-toned parquet flooring, for instance, is perfect for modern businesses looking to create a light and airy Scandi-inspired interior, whereas for more traditional, luxury homeware companies, rustic solid oak flooring will contribute to an authentic representation of the business’s brand.

    Take time into account

    Office renovations can often lead to the temporary closure of a business, and with the potential loss of profit and the possible need for employees to take the time off as annual leave, efficiency will be fundamental when it comes to installing a new floor. Once acclimatised, wood flooring is relatively quick to install - which means that depending on the size of your floor plan, updating your office design over the weekend could mean that it’s business as usual by the time Monday comes around. The protective layer on a wood floor means that it’s fairly easy to clean too - and while regular sweeping, mopping and buffing will be required to leave your floors dirt, debris and smear free, by opting for this type of flooring, you could end up improving the efficiency of your cleaning team too.

    Whether you’re expanding your office or looking to update the current interior, treating your workplace to low-maintenance wooden flooring means that you can enjoy the high-quality look, safe in the knowledge that your floors will withstand the high levels of footfall that are inevitable in a busy workplace.

    Ready to get started? Head online to browse our range of high quality solid oak wood flooring and transform your office today.

  • 6 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep This Summer

    With longer days and lighter nights, our busy summertime schedules can often mean that, during summer, we miss out on getting the rest we need. And with science showing that the warmer weather conditions leave our bodies unable to produce the right amount of the melatonin hormone for regulating our sleep cycle, it’s no surprise that our sleep quality can be compromised at this time of year.

    For many of us, summer is one of the busiest times of our year, and that means that getting the rest you need to function at the best of your ability is a must. Today, we’re bringing you 6 simple steps to follow to ensure you get a better night’s sleep this summer.

    1. Tidy away heavy fabrics

    Thick fabrics will add much-needed insulation to a room during the wintertime, but with the summer season in full swing, anyone in pursuit of a good night’s sleep should adapt the interior design to let the room breathe. To transform the space into a cool summertime space, pack up your fleecy throws and draw back heavy curtains to allow as much ventilation as possible. If you have wood flooring in your home, it may be worth stowing away thick rugs too, as exposing your wooden floors will mean that you can enjoy cooler conditions underfoot too.

    2. Swap thick duvets for lighter bedding The secret to a good night’s sleep is a cool and regulated body temperature, and with the humid conditions of the summertime, we should be adapting our bedding to suit the season. A 10.5 to 16.5 tog will be welcomed during the winter time, but as the weather warms up, thinner 1.5 to 4.5 tog duvets will give you all the comfort that you need at bedtime.

    3. Invest in a standing fan

    In countries with typically cooler climates like the UK, air conditioning installation can often seem like an unnecessary luxury for your home, but when summer hits, investing in cooling systems for your home could be worthwhile. Standing fans and air purifiers are available from most household appliance stores - and by positioning them in the bedroom, you can improve the quality of air, as well as lowering the temperature of the room, without needing to open the window when night falls.

    4. Hang up blackout blinds

    A disruptive sleeping routine can wreak havoc on your productivity levels during the day, and with the late night and early morning natural light that comes with the summertime, getting the rest that you need can prove to be a challenge. Shutting out natural light means that you’ll be more likely to sleep through the night, so opting for blackout blinds that serve as a barrier to the sunlight can be a great investment for the summer months.

    5. Choose lightweight cotton linen 

    Silk and satin sheets can trap heat during the night, so it might be worth thinking about switching up your bedding materials. In contrast, lightweight Egyptian cotton with a 300-400 thread count will give you the layer of warmth that you’ll need to stay comfortable during the night, but compared to other types of bed sheets, this breathable fabric will increase the amount of ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. When choosing your summer bedding, it may be worth paying some attention to the style too, as paler toned designs will reflect natural light around the room.

    6. Use windows to cool off during the day

    With moths and flies flocking indoors as dusk falls, it’s unlikely you’ll want to keep your windows open at night time. The ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is between 16°C and 18°C, so consider opening windows slightly throughout the day. This way, when it comes to settling down for the night, you can enjoy cooler temperatures in the bedroom.

    Stuffy climates and rising temperatures will make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep during the summertime - but by following our 6 simple rules for creating a cooler bedroom, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the sleep that you need.

    Ready to get started? Transform your interior today by browsing our range of wooden flooring options online and create a summer-inspired retreat in your bedroom.

  • 7 Top Tips for Getting Your Home Guest-Ready This Summer

    There’s nothing better than relaxing in the sun with the company of good friends and family - and that means come the summertime, many of us will open up our home to our loved ones who may visit from far and wide. Whether it’s an afternoon filled with fresh strawberries and glasses of Pimms or a week-long visit from friends across the country, hosting guests during the sunnier season is one of the most quintessentially British summertime activities.

    From close family to work colleagues, when it comes to inviting guests over, homeowners will unsurprisingly want to prepare their house for their arrival - to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible. In today’s blog post, we’re bringing you a handy guide for getting your property prepared for visitors this season - so whether it’s the in-laws visiting or family friends and their young children, with our 7 tips, you can rest assured that your home will be guest-ready in no time at all.

    7 Top Tips for Getting Your Home Guest-Ready This Summer-2

     

    1. Exposing your easy-to-clean laminate flooring

    Whether you have guests visiting almost every weekend or you’re looking for ways to protect your property with young children around, stowing away decorative rugs and exposing your easy-to-clean laminate wood flooring will save valuable time when it comes to tidying up - so you can focus on enjoying quality time with your guests. With laminate flooring prices offering homeowners the chance to enjoy the aesthetic of solid wood flooring at a lower cost, investing in low-maintenance wood effect laminate flooring can be worthwhile for busy domestic homes. Hiding away expensive floor rugs also means you won’t need to worry about any spills staining them either - and the protective finish that comes with high quality laminate flooring means that your floors will be able to withstand the dirt and debris that they’re likely to see during periods of increased footfall.

    2. Get your greenery in order

    As foliage springs into full bloom, it can be easy for gardens to become overgrown during the summertime - and with the garden likely to see more activity than usual, showing your greenery some love is a must. From regularly mowing the lawn and digging up any weeds to pruning any shrubbery to ensure it grows back next summer, getting out in the garden means that you and your guests can make the most of sun when it arrives.

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    3. Encourage al fresco entertaining

    Whether you’re firing up the barbecue or embracing the good weather with a chilled glass of prosecco in hand, encouraging guests to come straight through to the garden means that you can significantly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that’s brought into the house. If you have a smaller-sized property, spending time outdoors in the sunshine could solve any issues of space too - so why not deck your patio with scented candles and fairy lights and as the sun sets, entertain your guests outdoors?

    4. Add extra hangers in the closet

    The majority of guest bedrooms will often end up doubling as storage space, but when visitors come from out of town, it’s important to remember that they’ll need somewhere to hang their clothes for the duration of their stay. Clearing out all of your spare clothes from the closet won’t always be the easiest of tasks, but by setting aside a section of the wardrobe for guests and adding several extra hangers, your visitors will soon be able to make themselves feel at home. If guests are just visiting for the evening, you can also use this as a coat closet to free up space in the main area of your home.

    5. Treat your wooden floor to some TLC

    As any host will know, there’s nothing better than showing off a sparkling clean home to visitors, and that means restoring the gleam that comes with your wooden floors during the summertime. The natural summer light can often accentuate any dust and dirt, but by sweeping, mopping and buffing your wooden flooring on a regular basis, you can impress guests by highlighting the high-quality aesthetic that comes with your streak-free and shining hardwood floors.

    6. Set the table ahead of any arrivals

    Hosting guests is not without its stresses, so be sure to prepare your home in any way you can prior to their arrival. Whether you’re entertaining friends at a dinner party or inviting family over for a home-cooked meal, taking advantage of any spare time that your cooking schedule spares you means that you can get your home looking as inviting as possible. Set up your table decorations before your guests visit, and you’ll be able to focus on the important things like entertaining and checking on the food when they do arrive.

    7. Invest in new entertainment options

    Good food, wine and conversation might be all you need for an unforgettable summer evening, but for an unforgettable evening, it’s worth considering adding variety to your entertainment options. From purchasing child-friendly garden games like giant Jenga to downloading interactive apps like ‘Heads Up!’, you can ensure each guest enjoys an unforgettable evening.

    The school holidays are just around the corner, meaning there’s never been a better time to get ready for hosting your guests this summertime. So what are you waiting for? Get started today by following our 7 top tips for the season.

    Looking for ways to protect your property from the high-traffic of footfall that will come with having guests over during the summer months? Get started on protecting your property today by browsing our range of first-class wood-effect flooring options online today.

  • How to Make Your Hardwood Flooring Shine

    As the hotter season gets into full swing, many of us are transforming our homes into cool retreats from the summer sun. And from adorning the space with citrus fruits and seasonal flowers to stowing away thick rugs and revealing your beautiful hardwood flooring, there’s no shortage of ways to add a touch of summer to your interior design.

    There’s nothing better than being able to fully enjoy the aesthetic of your wood flooring during the summer months, but with the increased amount of natural light reflecting on the overall finish, the sunshine that comes with the season can often end up highlighting any dust and stain marks more easily. That’s why today, we’re bringing you a handy how-to guide on cleaning your wooden floors, so that you can restore that gleam all summer long.

    Make sure maintenance is little but often 

    The durability and protective finish that comes with these floors makes hardwood flooring a solid choice for busy domestic homes, but it’s worth remembering that debris brought in from outside could scratch the surface of your floors. It’s for this reason that having a regular cleaning routine for sweeping and mopping your wooden floors is so important - but for added shine, make sure you minimise streaks by buffing your floors dry with microfiber cloths or flat mop heads.

    Refinish and strip the wax

    While the long-lasting nature of hardwood floors can often mean that it’ll last a lifetime, eventually, this flooring will need to be refinished. If you notice water droplets are soaking into the floor and turning it white or grey, rather than beading up on your hardwood floor, sanding down and recoating the floor in a protective sheen will be necessary. You can use wax on your floor to restore the shine or consider stripping the wax buildup with either white spirit or a vinegar, water and cream of tartar solution. Waxing hardwood floors should be an activity that’s limited to just twice a year, as a regular wax application can often leave floors looking dull.

    Treat wood flooring with natural products 

    When it comes to cleaning a wooden floor, chemical floor cleaners can quickly bring back that sought after glossy sheen - but in busy domestic homes, these toxic cleaning products are often best avoided. Whether you have children or pets, opting for a natural alternative can create the same shining result - but with a much safer and environmentally-friendly method. The tough characteristics of natural polish solutions - such as ¼ cup lemon juice and 1 gallon of water, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup of vegetable oil or 2 cups water and 2 cups white vinegar - will break through layers of grime, so you can remove any hard-to-shift dirt and buff up your wooden floors until they shine.

     

    Thanks to its long-lasting and moisture-resistant nature, as well as its impressive visual aesthetic, wood flooring can add value to any home - and by showing your floors some TLC during the summer months, you can feel the full benefit of this high-quality flooring.

    Ready to make your interior design shine? Browse our range of solid wooden flooring options online, and treat your home to hardwood floors this summer.

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