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Tips and Tricks for Cleaning a Carpet

One tiresome chore for Perth homeowners is keeping the interior carpets free from dirt, stains and allergens. Generally, most spills are difficult to remove without the right techniques. Here are some helpful tricks to keep your household carpets in their original condition.

Getting Rid of Stains
If you accidentally spill something on your carpet, never grab a cloth and wipe it up. Rubbing the material can push the liquid further into the fibres making it impossible to remove afterwards. Instead, the right method is to:

1.    Buy three or four ultra-absorbent cloths
2.    Place one on the stain, letting it absorb as much as possible
3.    Repeat the process with a second cloth
4.    Add water and blot with a third cloth until dry
5.    If the stain remains, repeat Step 4 until removed

While water generally eliminates stains, certain substances can be easily removed with other solutions. These can be found in supermarkets and hardware stores Perth-wide. For instance:

•    1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water with a tablespoon of carpet detergent helps with coffee, tea, beer and human waste
•    Mixing 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 1 tablespoon of carpet detergent into a cup of water helps with egg, milk, blood and chocolate
•    Gum, grease, butter, ink and glue require a non-flammable solvent used for dry cleaning

Whether you live in a freestanding home in Mullaloo or an apartment in Joondalup, these techniques will get rid of errant spills before they create permanent stains.

Eliminating Mildew
Due to Perth’s humid weather, your carpets might get a build-up of mildew especially for those in seaside suburbs such as Burns Beach or Sorrento. There are two ways to clean these stubborn stains:

•    Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and apply it to the mildewed areas. Leave to dry, remove, and repeat the process if necessary.
•    Gently brush with a solution of 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide and 5 parts water. Check on a hidden area to ensure solution doesn’t damage the carpet.

You can also use some non-chlorine bleach. Just make sure the solution is made for coloured fabric before applying. These cleaning products can be found at Coles and Woolworths throughout Perth.

How to Vacuum a Carpet
Lastly, you need to know how to vacuum your carpet to remove as much loose dirt as possible. Follow these tricks to ensure a more effective clean:

•    Vacuum horizontally and vertically as this sucks up more dirt.
•    Use the vacuum cleaner’s attachments in tight corners
•    Every six months, lift up furniture to vacuum the carpet
•    For maximum power, empty bags when 2/3rds full

To cut down the amount of dirt brought in, place an entrance mat outside the front of your Edgewater or Ellenbrook house. This will eliminate the majority of dirt from your shoes before you enter your residence.

These tips will help keep your carpets spotless for longer ensuring you can maintain a beautiful home without having to frequently hire a professional cleaner. Saving money and protecting your flooring is not so difficult after all.
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The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is of course a type of grass rather than a type of wood. However, when prepared in a certain way it can be turned into a beautiful flooring surface that has much in common with the various hardwoods that are used for the same purpose. Below are some of the reasons that people are choosing bamboo over traditional hardwood flooring nowadays.

1.    It’s eco-friendly – because bamboo grows much faster than hardwood trees and it can be harvested without pulling it out by the roots, sustainable sources are easy to find. Bamboo can be ready to harvest in around 3-5 years, compared to 20 years or more for the hardwoods that are commonly used for flooring. By sourcing it from bamboo plantations that continue to produce healthy growth after each harvest, manufacturers can make sure that the flooring they sell is not having a negative impact on the environment. This is much harder to achieve with timber such as mahogany, oak, maple, birch and walnut.

2.    It’s easy to maintain – regular sweeping will normally be enough to keep your bamboo floors clear of dirt and debris. However, if you often have people tramping through your home with muddy boots or perhaps young children who spill sticky drinks on the floor with alarming regularity, giving it the once over with a damp mop every now and then might be necessary. There are also specially formulated bamboo cleaners on the market for particularly problematic areas.

3.    It’s hardwearing – despite the fact that it is made from what is essentially a type of grass, bamboo flooring can be just as durable as oak and other hardwoods when harvested and manufactured in accordance with best industry practices. Some types of bamboo flooring can actually be even more hardwearing than their hardwood counterparts. In common with hardwood surfaces, it can also be refinished when it eventually starts to show signs of wear and tear.

4.    It’s stylish and modern – when bamboo flooring first started to become widely available it was often carbonized to produce a darker tone, giving it a similar appearance to the type of hardwoods commonly used. However, many people are now discovering the beauty of naturally coloured bamboo floors and the wonderful contemporary feel that they lend to any room in which they are installed. As an added bonus, bamboo that does not go through the carbonization process is harder and therefore more durable.

5.    It’s relatively inexpensive – the cost of good quality bamboo is generally at the lower end of the hardwood flooring price range, making it an attractive option for homeowners who do not wish to spend an absolute fortune on replacing all the flooring in their property.

If you have been wondering whether to try bamboo in your home, you now have five good reasons that should ensure your decision is that much easier to make. Take a look at samples and pictures of properties in which it has been installed to get a better idea of what it will look like in your home.
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Pros and Cons of Home Flooring Options

The type of flooring that you choose for your home will have a huge effect on the appearance of each room, as well as how easy or difficult it is for you to maintain your property in the future. It is, therefore, a choice that should not be rushed. To help you select the best materials, I have prepared a list of the most popular home flooring options available today. I briefly discuss the pros and cons of each option in the list, which will hopefully make your choice a little easier to make.

1.    Ceramic tiles – tiled floors are popular in parts of the country with a very warm climate. This is mainly due to the fact that they are cool underfoot and relatively maintenance free when compared to the other flooring options that are widely available. The main drawback associated with certain types of tiles is that they may need to be sealed in order to prevent problems caused by moisture.

2.    Laminate – laminate flooring consists of layers of fibreboard and resin that are joined together by the lamination process. The decorative layer at the top is printed with a photographic representation of the type of wood or stone that the home owner wishes it to resemble and this layer is covered with another, clear, protective layer. I would say the biggest advantages of laminate flooring are ease of installation, looks and price. The biggest disadvantage is that unlike solid timber, it cannot be refinished. This means that once it is worn, it will need to be replaced. However, with care, it should last for many years so this is not a huge drawback as far as most people are concerned.

3.    Engineered wood – this is produced by fusing layers of cheaper softwood and hardwood products together, with a quality layer of hardwood as the topmost layer. This type of flooring can be used in below grade areas such as basements if a decent moisture layer is installed at the same time but is not suitable for areas such as bathrooms where it will be exposed to high moisture levels on a regular basis. It is cheaper than solid timber and can last for a long time when well maintained.

4.   Carpet – for underfoot comfort, especially during the colder months of the year, carpeting is hard to beat. It is also easy to install and relatively inexpensive when compared to the alternatives. One possible drawback is the ease with which it can be stained but it can be treated before installation with a stain resistant coating.

5.   Bamboo - compressed bamboo flooring is eco-friendly, stylish, durable and slightly more resistant to moisture than solid timber floors. On the downside, excessive moisture may cause problems with bamboo so it is not suitable for bathrooms.

Another type of flooring that I have not mentioned in the above list is solid timber. Although it is a great option for some homes, moisture can be a big problem and costs can be high.
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Keep Your Carpet Looking Like New!

A good quality carpet looks fantastic when it is first laid but if it is not properly cared for, it can deteriorate over time to a point where it starts to look distinctly shabby. If you would like to make sure that your carpet looks as good in a few years’ time as it does today, the following maintenance tips are sure to come in handy.

1.  Vacuum regularly. It sounds boring and it is boring but it is also essential if you are to stand any chance of keeping your carpet looking like new for many years to come. The sooner you remove dirt and debris that is brought in from outside, the less chance there is that it will be trod into the pile of your carpet and end up damaging the fibres. As a general rule of thumb, I would suggest that you vacuum every carpeted area of your home at least once a week and more often if you notice any dirty patches.

2.  Place rugs in heavy traffic areas. To avoid wear and tear in areas where people are walking up and down all the time, such as your hallways, purchase decorative rugs and place them over the carpet. When the rugs eventually wear out, it will be far cheaper to replace them with new ones than it would be to lay new carpet over the entire area.

3.  Have your carpet cleaned professionally once or twice a year. Rather than waiting until it looks like it needs replacing, by which stage it probably does, arrange to have all carpeted surfaces cleaned and treated with a stain resistant product on a regular basis. It is far easier to prevent a carpet from deteriorating in the first place than it is to repair the damage once it has been done.

4.  Remove stains with shaving cream – instead of spending a lot of money on expensive stain removers that either don’t work or end up causing more problems than they solve, try ordinary shaving gel that can be found in any good pharmacy or department store. Simply apply to the stained area and leave it to set for around half an hour. After 30 minutes, use a clean, dry cloth to soak up the cream and spray the area with a mixture or water and vinegar, in equal measures. Wipe this solution off with a clean cloth and you are done.

5.  Remove dents caused by the feet of armchairs, sofas, tables and other heavy pieces of furniture by using a damp rag to wet them and then combing the now damp, dented fibres with your fingers while drying them with a hairdryer.

If you follow the above maintenance and cleaning tips, you should enjoy many years of service from your new carpet and avoid the unnecessary expense of having to replace it on a regular basis. One of the easiest ways to avoid bringing dirt from outside onto your carpets is of course to remove your shoes at the front door.
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Care and Maintenance Tips for Timber Flooring

If you’ve laid down some quality timber floor in your Perth home, you will need to think about how you can take care of it so it maintains its original condition for longer. To properly look after your wooden flooring, you will need to make the following simple yet effective interior adjustments and lifestyle changes.

Cover Furniture Legs
To prevent the finish of your floors from being scratched or dented, place some protective covers over your furniture legs. This means you can move your furniture across the floor or leave heavy items in the same place without damaging the wood underneath. Spend a little on these pads and save a lot by avoiding expensive restoration work in the future.

Lay Down Some Doormats
If you track too much dirt into the house, this can act as sandpaper and wear away at the timber finish. Fortunately, department stores in suburbs such as Clarkson and Morley stock doormats for home entrances. To fully protect your floors, choose a design which traps dirt and is long enough to fully remove everything from the bottom of your shoes.

Install Curtains or Blinds
The colouring on timber floors can also fade if exposed to sunlight for too long. To avoid this, place some curtains and blinds in your home and only open them when the Sun isn’t directly shining into the room interiors. You can also protect your floors by rotating which curtains and blinds are open at certain times during the day.

Use Adequate Climate Control
The conditions inside your Iluka or Cottesloe home will also affect the state of your wooden floors. For instance:

• High temperatures can dry the air and cause cupping
• Too much humidity can warp your floorboards

This means you should keep your indoor climate at a good temperature, between 18 and 24°C, and open the windows to let out excess moisture.

Remove High Heel Shoes
Certain footwear can also be damaging to timber floorboards. The worst offender is the high heel shoe as these put a tremendous amount of pressure on a small area. The best thing is to take off your shoes when you enter as this avoids the problem of scratched finishing altogether. You can always change into some indoor slippers if that’s preferable.

Trim Your Pet’s Nails
Lastly, if you own a dog or cat, as is common with the residents in Northern Perth, you will need to trim their nails on a regular basis. If you let them grow too long, your wooden flooring is at an increased chance of being scratched and damaged. This is especially true if your pet likes to run throughout the house.

In this way, you can take care of your timber floors and ensure they look absolutely fantastic for a much longer period of time. Even though there are a wide range of experts in floor restoration from Carabooda to Nedlands, there is no reason why you need to call them around at all if you follow these simple maintenance tips.
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5 Tips for Cleaning Timber Flooring

Timber floors are a popular choice for Perth homeowners mainly because they are seen as low maintenance and durable. This doesn’t mean that you can simply ignore them though. Without the proper care, your floors will degrade over time, leaving them scratched, stained or discoloured. To stop this from happening, follow these five easy techniques.

Vacuum Once a Week
This simple task is one that is often forgotten. The problem is that loose dirt acts as sandpaper on your timber floors, grinding away and removing the outer coating. Use a brush or felt attachment and vacuum along the grain each week. A dust-mop or micro-fibre sweeper can also work if unpacking the vacuum cleaner is too much effort. These can be purchased in supermarkets in Karrinyup, Joondalup and other northern suburbs.

Wipe Up Spills Immediately
Liquids are another danger for wooden floor surfaces. To protect your timber, follow these simple maintenance tips:

•  Immediately wipe up hair-spray and furniture polish
•  Close the windows if it looks like rain outside
•  Place trays underneath your potted plants

Leaving water on your timber floors for too long can cause stains and warping. It’s important to wipe up any spills as soon as you possibly can so the external look is preserved.

Remove Residue Properly
This tip follows on from the last and expands liquids to general mess and grime. If you get anything on your floor, clean it up as soon as you can. Go out and purchase a no-wax wood floor cleaner from your local Morley or Kinross shopping centre. Wipe up any dirt or liquids as these can stain or damage the finish. Afterwards, use the cleaner to make sure all substances are completely eliminated.

Know Your Waxes and Restorers
If your timber floors are looking tired, you can rejuvenate them. Just make sure you follow these rules so you don’t make matters worse:

•  Wax can be used on a wax finish and not on a surface finish
•  Polyurethane requires a restorer made specifically for it
•  Shellac or varnish requires a general-purpose cleaner

Stick to the right waxes, cleaners and restorers and you can keep your floors looking as good as new.

Use Mats for Protection
Finally, you can take care of your timber floor by using the following additional mats in the right places within your household:

• A 1 to 1.5 metre walk-on doormat can keep dirt out of the house
• Area rugs with no backing should be used in high traffic zones

These items will look great and protect your floors whether you own a contemporary home in Osborne Park or a classic apartment in Clarkson.

By following this advice, you will then ensure that your timber floors are kept in excellent condition despite heavy use. You’ve paid good money for this high quality wood and have spent a great deal of time selecting the right timber so it makes sense to look after your floors properly. With these five tips, maintenance and care is a simple and achievable goal.
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What Is Engineered Wood Flooring?

If you are thinking about installing some new flooring in your home, you may have noticed that engineered wood is now being offered by many of Perth’s best quality floor specialists. This timber flooring is becoming more popular, especially in Northern Suburbs like Cottesloe and Ocean Reef where homeowners, landlords and property investors enjoy its many positive properties.

Structure and Properties
Each plank of engineered flooring is made up of three layers, typically found in the following order:

•    A top layer of hardwood up to 6 mm thick
•    Two middle layers joined in a criss-cross pattern
•    A lower sound-dampening acoustic underlay

The size of the middle layers varies between different types of engineered timber planks although the standard overall thickness is around 15 mm. This is a good size for houses and apartments from the shores of Lake Joondalup to the outskirts of Bold Park.

Benefits and Strengths
Because of the internal structure of engineered wood, it exhibits several beneficial physical properties not found in more natural timber flooring. In particular, the individual pieces in the middle layers expand and contract in opposite directions. This means that this style of flooring is:

•    More stable than traditional timber alternatives
•    Less prone to gaps between floorboards

Typically the individual pieces are bonded together using superior joining technology meaning that engineered wood flooring will never spilt or warp even in seaside areas such as Mindarie and Watermans Bay where the air can be full of humidity and salt. Additionally, the superior moisture resistance of these timber planks means they can be used in rooms like basements and bathrooms where wood isn’t generally found.

A Convenient Option
The benefits of engineered wood flooring begin even before it reaches your home. In most cases, these timber planks will be varnished at the factory before shipment meaning they can be quickly laid down on arrival at your property. If you want minimal disruption when renovating your Tapping or Churchlands home, engineered timber is definitely a smart option. Simply install your chosen flooring without the need for sanding or polishing, both of which can make living conditions difficult for a week or more.

Variety for Your Home
Because residents in Perth’s Northern Suburbs are known for their sense of style and home decor, they have also gravitated towards engineered wood because of the wide range available. The key here is that top layer which can be made out of almost any type of hardwood. Whether you are looking for some beautiful blackbutt timber or the darker tones of jarrah, engineered wooden flooring can come in precisely the right type of style for your property.

All of these qualities mean that engineered wood is in much higher demand from Carabooda to Nedlands. Whether you live in your home, rent out your apartment or are investing in a villa, this modern style of flooring comes highly recommended. Not only is it physically more durable but it is also a convenient way to refurbish your floors regardless of your domestic setting.
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Five Benefits of Our Shop at Home Service

One of At Home Flooring’s unique aspects is our Shop at Home Service vehicle which comes equipped with a wide range of flooring samples including laminate, timber, carpet and vinyl. By presenting these materials in your home setting, whether you are in Burns Beach, Edgewater or elsewhere in Perth’s Northern Suburbs, we provide a better way to choose the perfect floor for your household. There are, in fact, five distinct benefits our home service has over shopping at our Mullaloo store or through our site.

Handling Our Samples
First, you will be able to touch and feel the different possible materials for your floor and thus gain a better idea of which ones will be most suitable. This is especially important with regards to flooring such as carpet which should feel comfortable and soft under your feet in addition to complementing your interior design. The good news is that homeowners, landlords and investors living from Swan River to Gnangara-Moore River State Forest can get hands-on experience with our samples by booking a private consultation.  

Matching Your Interiors
By examining our different flooring options at home, you’ll also have the chance to compare each to your decor and determine which colours and patterns fit in with and maintain the harmony of your interiors. By requesting our Shop at Home Service, you will have a better idea of which timber, laminate, vinyl or carpet flooring matches your Pinjar, Malaga or Swanbourne house or apartment.

Ask the Experts Directly
By arranging a private consultation, you’ll also get the chance to talk with a specialist with over 25 years of experience in the flooring industry. Without leaving the house, you can find out:

•  Which floors are now in trend
•  What materials are more durable
•  Which options are easier to install

Our advisors know our products inside and out, and can give you better advice about whether carpet or vinyl is more suitable and what the benefits of engineered wood or laminate flooring can bring to your Northern Perth home.

Better Price Estimates
With our experts visiting your home, we will also be able to gauge exactly how large your floor space is. Shopping at the factory can lead to incorrect guesses which may end up costing more than you have initially budgeted. Instead, we can come to your home and give you an accurate price estimate on the spot. We will help manage your finances whether you are renovating the floor of your Sorrento beachside condo or buying a freestanding family home in Balcatta.

A Pressure Free Decision
With our Home Service, choosing from the many types of flooring is suddenly a decision without stress. No longer will you have to try and picture which carpets will match your lounge room or remember the precise dimensions of your bedroom. Instead, you can sit back in the comfort of your home and invite our experts over. We will present everything you need to install brand new flooring that perfectly matches your budget and your household interiors.
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