In today’s blog post, we’ve gone for a slightly different topic than we’re used to writing on. While we typically provide tips on picking out or choosing between carpets, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring and rugs – here we’ve looked to provide advice for those around West Drayton, one of our principal service areas, who already have their desired flooring in place and are looking to ensure it lasts a long time. Proper flooring use and maintenance is essential in protecting your investment, and ensuring your home or place of work looks fantastic from floor to ceiling!
One of the most common and frustrating of “everyday” issues? Scuffs and scratches. And while the high quality carpets, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring and rugs we stock at our showroom close by West Drayton often feature anti-scuff or scratch finishes, it’s still a subject well worth considering. So read on to find out how to best minimise scratches and scuffing, and to protect your floors through responsible use. Alternatively, to find out more about the carpets and flooring we install throughout the West London area, call the Santak Carpets team on 0208 561 9191 or 0795 650 9015.
1. Shoes Off – While some West Drayton residents are die-hard acolytes of “shoes on”, the downside is a drastically higher risk of scuffing or scratching carpets, rugs, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring. It’s not just the impact a sole placed down with gusto can have, but issues like small stones that catch between your shoes’ tread which you don’t necessarily pick up on right away. If you really want to care for your flooring, it’s simple: shoes off at the door! Getting a shoe rack to encourage this behaviour is also not a bad idea.
2. Furniture Protectors – One of the most common reasons flooring is scuffed is the impact of furniture being moved; edges, feet and similar parts can cause serious damage if something is dragged about and catches. We’d recommend all West Drayton clients investing in brand new vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, carpets or rugs to also purchase furniture protectors like leg caps and pads. Considering the cost of repair, it’s definitely worthwhile.
3. Mats & Rugs – Not all rugs should be used to protect flooring surfaces; some are expensive and lush under foot, and need to be protected themselves! But getting some hardwearing rugs and mats for high foot traffic areas, or to position in certain areas like children’s playrooms, can really help with avoiding scratches and scuffs to laminate flooring, vinyl flooring and carpets.
4. “Peticures” – Cats, dogs and other furry friends are a joy to have around the house. But when their nails grow long, they can catch in carpets and on looped rugs, causing damage and more importantly, harm or discomfort to your pet. Likewise, the impact of constant trotting on vinyl flooring and laminate flooring can cause discernable scratches. So, if possible and in line with your vet’s advice, we’d urge West Drayton pet owners to keep their companion’s nails nice and trim to extend lifespan of carpets and flooring.