Vinyl is one of the easiest floorings to care for. A simple brush, vacuum and damp mop with a recommended cleaner is all that is required. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your vinyl flooring looking new:
Put a doormat at your entrances to trap dirt and git. This is vital if you have an asphalt driveway as the chemicals in asphalt can cause vinyl flooring to turn yellow. However avoid putting rubber backed rugs or mats (or other rubber based products) on your floor as the rubber can stain the vinyl.
Remove spills as soon as possible with an appropriate floor cleaner recommended by the vinyl manufacturer.
The most common form of damage to a vinyl floor is the indentation markings from the likes of stiletto heels or the legs from furniture. Use protective felt pads on furniture legs to avoid scratching the vinyl.
Do not use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
Clean periodically with a floor cleaner recommended by the vinyl floor manufacturer.
Laminate is low maintenance and very easy to keep looking great. Simply vacuum or brush your floor (with a soft bristle brush) before using the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning product. Vacuuming is particularly important on laminates with bevelled edging to avoid a build up of trapped dirt. Here are some more tips for keeping your floor looking great.
Never wet mop your laminate floor. Clean up spills immediately – especially wet spills. It is recommended to remove any standing water as soon as possible.
The surface of a laminate floor is made of melamine. Melamine is scratch-resistant but not scratch-proof. Sharp objects can scratch the floor. For this reason, you should take the necessary precautions. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar, put a doormat at your entrances to trap dirt / grit and use protective felt pads on furniture legs to avoid scratching the laminate.
Carpet Care & Maintainance
We want your new carpet to look great for as long as possible, but the reality is dirt and grit are a fact of life and spills and accidents are inevitable. By following a few basic measures your can extend the life and make your carpet perform better and look good for longer.
After Your New Carpet is Fitted
When a carpet is first laid there may be some fluffing or shedding of loose fibres but this is perfectly normal. A new carpet should always be vacuumed to remove these loose fibres. If you notice a piece of the carpet fibre standing above the surface, simply snip it off to the level of the other tufts. Do not pull it out.
The new underlay and adhesives used during fitting may give a slight odour. Open windows and doors to ventilate the room and the smell will normally disappear within a few days.
Regular vacuuming will prevent a build up of dirt from matting the carpet fibres. We recommend an upright vacuum cleaner fitted with a beater bar and/or brushes for cut pile carpets. A vacuum cleaner without a beater bar is best for loop pile carpets as it will prevent pilling and pulling of the loops.
Using a doormat at all the entrances to your home will significantly reduce the rate at which your carpet will soil. Doormats are available at Banner Carpets but we would also like to recommend getting a remnant or off cut from your new carpet cut down and whipped round the edges. This creates a perfectly co-ordinated mat and streamlined look. Just ask and we can organise this for you. Don’t forget to regularly clean your doormat!
Periodically moving heavy furniture will help to avoid indentations in your carpet. The use of floor protectors such as castor cups will also help.
CLEANING YOUR CARPET - HAD AN ACCIDENT? DON’T PANIC!
Spills are inevitable so we have put together some advice on how to best spot clean your carpet and remove stains.
Firstly, using a spoon scoop or scrape up as much of the solid spills as possible being careful not to spread the spill further.
Soak up all the excess liquid using white kitchen roll or a clean cloth. Blot, do not rub as this can cause pile to fuzz or distort the carpet.
Now you are ready to remove the stain. Refer to our charts below to see which method to try. Remember to always spot test the treatment first in an inconspicuous area to make certain it will not damage the fibre or the dye of the carpet. Always work from the edge of the stain inwards.
Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth; allow it to soak in for about 10 minutes then work in gently. Keep using the cleaning solution until you can see that the spill is no longer transferring to the cloth. Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating this step several times.
Rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold clean water and a sponge, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Continue to use a dry cloth or paper towels until the area is completely dry.
Finally, blot by placing layers of white paper towels over the area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Leave until perfectly dry, preferably overnight.
Some Helpful Hints
Types of spills and reccommended removal procedures
|Spill / Stain||Removal Procedure||Spill / Stain||Removal Procedure|
|Ice Cream||B||Nail Varnish||E|
|Candle Wax||F||Shoe Polish||A|
|Chewing Gum||D||Soft Drinks|
Reccommended removal procedures
|Procedure A||Procedure D|
|APPLY a dry cleaning solvent with a cloth||SCRAPE off excess|
|BLOT||FREEZE with chewing gum remover/ice cubes|
|REPEAT solvent application||SHATTER with blunt object-back of spoon|
|BLOT||VACUUM chips away before they melt
|FINAL BLOT||Procedure E|
|APPLY nail polish remover with a cloth|
|SCRAPE off excess||REPEAT nail polish remover application|
|APPLY detergent solution||BLOT
|APPLY ammonia solution with damp cloth||Procedure F|
|APPLY white vinegar solution||SCRAPE off excess|
|BLOT||COVER with brown paper, apply warm iron|
|RINSE||CHANGE paper and repeat
|Procedure C||Call a Carpet Cleaning Professional|
|APPLY baking soda|
|SCRAPE and vacuum|
|APPLY detergent solution|
|APPLY ammonia solution with damp cloth|
|APPLY white vinegar solution|
Detergent Solution – use approximately 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent to 500ml of water. Please note you should not use cloudy or creamy detergents.
White Vinegar Solution - mix 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar.
Ammonia Solution – to neutralise odours mix one tablespoon of household ammonia to 100ml of water. (Do not use on wool or wool-blend carpets).
Non-Oily Nail Polish Remover or Acetone chewing gum remover (freeze or solid type).
Dry Cleaning Solvent - Use a proprietary dry cleaning solvent. Alternatively use Turpentine or Methylated Spirits.
Spot Remover - Use spot removers designed specifically for the spill i.e. grease, oil, or tar, such as Dirt Devil.