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FAQ

Can you put carpet over wood flooring?

It is difficult, though not impossible, to install a carpet over the top of wooden flooring. For a felt-back carpet, you can ensure it stays in place by holding it down with glue, although alternatives such as double sided tape or adhesive spray often cause less damage, and the marks from these shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. Hessian back carpets require tack strips which can damage the wooden floor. In any case, installing a carpet over wood flooring is not an advisable long-term substitute to having a carpet properly fitted, as it will wear down fairly quickly and is likely to move around a little. If you have a wooden floor but want the warmth and softness of a carpet, why not consider using a rug?

Walnut or Parquet flooring?

Walnut and parquet flooring are not mutually exclusive, since parquet is not a type of wood, but rather refers to a design or pattern into which flooring is arranged. Parquet is usually laid in geometric, angular shapes using small blocks or strips of wood to create a decorative effect.

Whether used for parquet flooring or not, walnut flooring is a great option due to its strength, stability and durability. Walnut flooring offers a unique warmth, thanks to its distinct rich and dark nature, which is adaptable to any style of interior, whether traditional or contemporary.

Pros and cons of wooden flooring?

Wooden flooring is a popular choice in many homes today, which is no surprise considering its many advantages. Many wooden floors are long lasting, easy to maintain and will suit many different interior design styles. The disadvantages are that a high quality wood floor is often expensive, and their hardness is not ideal for young children who fall or crawl a lot, and they can also be fairly noisy when walking over them.

How to clean parquet floor?

As with most wooden floors, parquet flooring is fairly easy to maintain, providing you keep it clean by vacuuming or sweeping regularly in order to prevent the accumulation of excess dust and dirt. When you wash your parquet floor, do so by wiping with a cloth and warm water. Before doing this, check if the floor is sealed; if it is not, make sure you only use a very small amount of water to ensure no water damage will occur. If water alone does not clean your floor sufficiently, add a little white vinegar to warm, clean water which should help to remove stains. You could also use a special parquet flooring cleaner; whether you use this or vinegar, be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure no damage will occur. After cleaning, use a dry cloth to remove any moisture from the flooring.

Why use parquet flooring for houses?

Many people find parquet flooring an ideal solution for their home since it can be laid in various patterns, colours, types of wood and size of blocks. Parquet is made of hardwood which is known for being durable and lasting many years. Since there is such a wide range of different woods and qualities available for parquet flooring, it can be adapted to fit almost any budget.

How to fix water damage on my carpet?

First, you need to determine whether or not the damage needs to be disinfected, which you can normally do by identifying the source of the water. If it does need disinfecting, depending on the type of fibre mix hot water with a little bleach and scrub the affected area. You will also need to check if the water damage is present beneath the carpet; in this case you will need to get underneath and address this area too. Once you have disinfected, dry the carpet thoroughly using fans to help, and a dehumidifier if you have one.

What is the most durable wood flooring?

Hardwood flooring is known for being notably durable, so woods such as walnut, mahogany or oak are a good choice when looking for a new wood floor. The Hardest species in wood flooring are some of the tropical timbers such as Ipe, Camaru and Curapay. Additionally, adding a tough finish to your flooring can increase its lifespan even further. An alternative could be to lay laminate flooring, which is durable thanks to its resistance to sunlight, indentations such as those from high heels, animal paws and moisture.

How to clean a large area rug?

Large area rugs can require a lot of effort to clean, so it is advisable to vacuum regularly to remove dirt, as this will minimise how often you need to carry out a thorough clean of your rug. For anything that doesn’t come out with vacuuming, for example pet hair, use a brush to remove this. If you need to clean a specific area of the rug, for example to remove a stain, wash with soapy water and a soft brush, and then rinse with clean water. Blot dry with a clean towel to remove excess water and then dry thoroughly- speed this up by using a hairdryer or a fan.

If you need to clean the whole rug, place it on a large, empty service that will not be easily damaged, such as vinyl or concrete, then apply carpet-cleaning product. Follow the instructions to remove this product; usually by rinsing or vacuuming. Allow the rug to dry throughout before returning it to its usual position.

Which is the best method of rug cleaning?

If you have several large area rugs to clean, you could consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning machine. Generally though, the best (and cheapest) way is to use a carpet-cleaning product and do it yourself. This does require some effort but is the cheapest way of going about it and will produce satisfying results.

What is a runner rug?

A runner is a rug in a narrow, rectangular shape to fit long, narrow spaces such as hallways and corridors.

How to get red wine stains out of a rug and carpet?

Quickly remove any wine which hasn’t already been absorbed by blotting paper towel or a clean cloth onto the spill. Pour a little water onto the area; this will dilute the stain and allow for more blotting. Be careful not to rub the stain further into the carpet. Mix one part baking soda with three parts water and apply to the stain. Leave this to dry and then vacuum up the powder. Similar methods can be carried out with salt or a vinegar solution. Always test a small area first.

How to get coffee grounds out of a carpet?

To get a coffee stain out of a carpet, follow the same process as for a wine stain; blot up as much as you can before applying a cleaning solution. For coffee stains, we recommend using white vinegar and water.

Can I repair scrapes in a hardwood floor?

Depending on the severity of the damage, you may not be able to completely fix your hardwood floor, but you may be able to improve the appearance. If the scrape is minor, apply some paste wax and leave it to dry. Once it has fully dried, use a cloth to remove any excess. If the scrape is deeper and has become a gouge, find a wax filler stick that matches the colour of your floor and rub across the gouge until it is filled. Again, remove any excess wax with a cloth. If the damage is considerably deep, fill with wood putty and leave to dry. You should then sand over this to smooth the surface, and apply a wood finish to match that of the rest of the flooring.

How to oil a wooden floor and maintenance after?

Before applying natural oil to a wooden floor, carry out a general clean by vacuuming or sweeping and washing with warm, soapy water. Allow the floor to dry before applying oil to the surface using a lint-free cloth, roller or soft brush. Leave for around 30 mins and then repeat. Leave for a further 30 minutes and then buff the remaining oil into the floor. If there is any excess, remove this to prevent stick residue formulating. Leave for 4-6 hours before giving the floor a final buff, and then avoid walking across the floor for 24 hours whilst the newly oiled surface settles.

What is the best hardwood flooring material for pet owners?

Hardwood flooring is ideal for homes with pets since it is resistant to scratches, can endure heavy traffic and is relatively easy to clean. Generally, the harder the wood, the more resistant it is to scratches and damage, so options such as oak and walnut are good choices to consider. These are easy to vacuum and sweep, which is especially important with animals around the house.