Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Best Laminate Flooring for a Bathroom

The best laminate flooring is the kind of floor that not only stands up to spills and splashes, but also continues to look great with a minimal amount of upkeep. Laminate is renowned for its durability and lasting style - making it one of the most popular choices of flooring for any room in the home. But you may not give much thought to the bathroom - arguably the "most popular" room in the house! Here's how laminate "stacks up".

Incredibly Resistant to Scratches, Dents and Fading

Laminate floors are highly resistant to things that would damage or degrade cheaper floors - like scratches, dents, scuffs and fading. The mimics the look of more expensive floors, such as hardwood, stone and tile - and comes in a variety of colors, patterns and designs so you can create the perfect look for your bathroom that fits in with your color scheme and style. Laminate lets you express your creativity like few other types of flooring can.

Easy to Maintain and Care For

Unlike traditional hardwood floors, the best laminate flooring never needs to be re-sanded or refinished. There's no need to wax or polish them either. Just regular floor care is all that's needed to maintain your floors and keep them looking clean and neat. Because laminate "floats" over your existing floor, it can be installed over nearly any type of sub-floor, including plywood, vinyl flooring and concrete to name a few. You do want to be certain that the area is level, however, to ensure your new laminate floors won't bend or bow.

Do it Yourself Installation

Depending on the type of laminate you buy, you may be able to install it yourself. The best laminate flooring features a simple tongue and groove installation feature that lets each piece lock together - sort of like a puzzle. There's no special glue or installation needed - just snap and click the pieces together. You can also buy trims and moldings to make your laminate floors look like authentic hardwood. Some of these trims are actually made with hardwood and are designed to accentuate your floors with a more realistic look.

Get a New floor in as Little as a Day!

Laminate floor makes for a great do it yourself project that requires no glue, staples or nails. It's a floor that not only looks good in your bathroom , but its beauty can also be the perfect fit for your living room, den, dining room, bedroom and more. Laminate floors feel right at home in nearly any space - giving you the freedom you want to create nearly any look imaginable while adding aesthetic space and easy care maintenance throughout your home.

To learn more about the benefits of laminate, ask a flooring retailer near you or browse their laminate selection to be inspired by different ideas and even bold, fresh new patterns. It can be an exciting time to imagine the possibilities with this versatile and remarkably sturdy type of flooring.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Flooring - Getting Scratches Out of Wood Floors

Hardwood flooring can be the most beautiful feature to your home, if it is taken care of and given some attention for its long life. If your hardwood flooring is neglected or not cared for it can get scratched or dented, and a scratched or dented floor is not a happy floor.

There are some simple ways to keep your floors scratch and dent free. One is not to wear any high-heeled shoes on the floors! High heels create a tremendous amount of weight in one tiny point. These can easily dent and damage floors. I know from experience! Every morning when I dress for work I walk in front of the full length mirror in my bedroom. One day I noticed hundreds of small dents and scratches from my shoes. Since that time I have not wore my high-heeled shoes inside the home.

Another factor that can damage floors is pets. Pets sometimes have sharp claws and walking or skidding across the floor can scratch and dent your hardwoods. A way to help prevent this is keep your dogs nails clipped. I often will clip them outside then let them run on the concrete before coming inside. This allows the nails to file down before entering the house. Children are also a factor in contributing to scratched floors. Between playing with toys and normal child mischief it is easy for the little ones to scratch the precious wood flooring.

There are some simple ways to keep floors looking new and free of scratches. If your floors do happen to get scratched many products and just a few simple steps can address this problem and provide a quick remedy.

The first tip for removing a light scratch is to take a steel wool to the scratch and rub along the grain. Make sure to rub with the grain, not against, or you'll have more scratches. Next is to take light sandpaper and rub along where you have you used the steel wool. After you have rubbed with light sandpaper, apply some mineral oil to the area. If there is still area that looks damaged you can use wood filler applied to scratched area. Make sure to let the filler dry completely! Once the filler has dried, use lightweight sandpaper again over the area to remove any excess filler. Finally, the last step is to use a varnish over the area to seal with moisture and beautiful shine!