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Cleaning Tips for Resin Floors

As beautiful as a resin floor is, you may need specific cleaning tips for resin floors to ensure they stay as beautiful as they are when you first put them down.  There are a few things in particular that you have to think about.

After Installation

As soon as your resin floor is installed, you have to leave it to cure.  Depending on where the floor is placed, you will need to set the temperature and the time during which it can cure.  During this period, which lasts seven days, no water should come into contact with the floor.

Cleaning

In order to make sure the floor continues to look good, it must be cleaned regularly.  It is generally best to use a specifically created cleaner designed for resin floors.  It is usually recommended to use a washer scrubber dryer machine.  Do not use an abrasive cleaner or an acid based cleaner.  Strong alkali cleaners can be used if needs must, but only if they are not concentrated.  There are some solvent activated cleansers that can be used, but the majority is not suitable.  Never scrape the surface of your floor.  Instead, use a squeegee to clean it.

Polishing

Once the floor has been washed, you can apply a wax polish or polymer glaze.  These are designed to protect the floor from abrasions and scratches.  The best cleaners are wax modified, as these give more resistance to scratches.  There are also a number of metallic polishes.  These will give instant protection and are recommended by most manufacturers, who will suggest applying at least three coats.  This should take no more than one day and has to be repeated quarterly.

Accidential Damage

There are two main ways for your floor to get damaged.  The first is through accidental impact, where it is generally best to contact the supplier of your flooring to ask for advice on how to fix it.  The problem is that once an area is damaged, chemicals and water can get into it, destroying the full floor.

The other possibility is that the floor has been scratched or scored.  If this happens, you must immediately clean the area and apply a glaze or polish.  This way, the floor will immediately be protected again.  Hopefully, the scratch is only on the previously applied polish, rather than on the floor itself.

If there are any spillages, you should clean these up straight away, as they can cause abrasion to your floor.

Carpet & Carpet Tiles

Awesome Carpet Patterns

It can be hard work to come up with a carpet that matches your interior.  There are so many different models out there, as well as sizes and textures that you may struggle to see the wood for the trees.  However, choosing the right one, whether that be wall to wall carpets or a carpet rug, is vital to make sure your entire house design comes together the way you want it to.  Let’s take a look at some of the most awesome carpet patterns that are out there.

Tapistongs

Tapistongs is a design by Lise El Sayed.  It is a very modern rug that will fit in most interiors.  The rug has four footprint cut out of it, and you can fit slippers in these.  This design is funny because you can actually wear the slippers.  However, some people worry that the slippers will wear off, which will leave you with an ugly looking carpet.

The Flying Carpet

The Flying Carpet is a design by Seyed Alavi.  The original version is created from an aerial view of the Sacramento River.  At the start of the rug lies a photograph of Sacramento International Airport, from where people can walk over the river.  It is a brilliant design that leaves you with things to discover at every step.  It doesn’t, however, fit with much furniture and is therefore perhaps better for a hallway.

The Confusion Rug

The Confusion Rug lives up to its name and is designed simply to confuse people.  Rather than a full carpet or rug, there are simply pieces that have to be placed against a wall or around a column.  It will make your room look as if carpets are coming out from underneath your wall, as if you just placed the walls on top of an existing interior design.

All of these ideas are very playful and may not suit every home.  The patterns on more classical designs for carpets tend to be somewhat more subdued, trying to provide either a line through the house, or a feeling of comfort due to their thick pile.  What matters most, however, is that you pick a pattern or design that fits with your interior and that you can enjoy at all times.  Sometimes, the most outrageous designs are fun when you first get them, but they can become quite annoying after a while.  Hence, make sure that you pick something that you know you will enjoy.

The Most Impressive Floors in the World

If you are looking for a floor design that will really inspire you, why not take a look at the most impressive floors in the world? Emulating this exactly will perhaps not be possible, but it should be sufficient to give you an idea of what can be done with a little bit of imagination.

Black Paint Splatters

Imagine having a beautiful, pristine, white floor. It is so white that it reflects and you could even use it as a mirror. Now imagine grabbing a bucket of black paint and simply splattering it all over that stunning white floor. The effect is amazing, particularly if you have a retro or minimalistic house.

Turquoise Power

If you really want to be daring, you could go for the turquoise power design that is getting increasingly popular. Here, you need a wooden floor and a whole lot of high gloss turquoise floor paints in various shades. What some people do is get several buckets of the same floor paint and then add some whites to some of the tins and some purple or black to add to others. Then simply paint each of the wood lines in your floor in a different colour of turquoise. This stripy design is really bright and in your face, which means that you do have to think hard about the rest of your furniture. Pure whites, stainless steels and glass work very well with this.

See Through Floor

In one apartment block, the penthouse apartment has been totally transformed. Above the disused lift shaft now sits the high tech bathroom of the most expensive apartment. The floor, however, is a piece of strong Perspex, which allows users to look down into the shaft as they use the toilet, bath or shower. It is a surreal experience that allows you to look down hundreds of feet, as if walking on air.

Hemmendorf Floor Design

The Hemmendorf floor design is increasing in popularity. Essentially, it requires a wood floor, white floor paint, black floor paint, a really steady hand and a good artistic flair. Simple paint all the floorboards white and trace patterns of wood, flowers, crocodiles, leaves, cooking utensils and many other designs on them. It is a gorgeous design that really stands out. What is most interesting about this design is that it goes with almost any home furnishing, from classical to retro and from vintage to modern.

How to Keep Your Flooring Looking as Good as Ever

The best way to keep your flooring looking as good as when it was first fitted is to perform regular maintenance. Rather than making the flooring part of an arduous monthly cleaning session, small and regular treatments are much more effective and save time as well as effort. Attractive, quality floor coverings lift the standards of the whole business, presenting the best possible appearance to customers and partners. When you’ve had a quality product installed by C&C Flooring, you will certainly want to make it last.

Carpets in high traffic areas should be vacuumed daily to keep dirt out of the fibres, where particles can collect and cause long term damage. In quieter areas vacuuming might be acceptable on alternate days, but certainly needs to be performed at least once per week. Every 12 months, it is recommended to perform a full professional carpet clean, to remove stains and dirt amassed during the year and provide a floor surface which looks as good as new once more. Should there be any spills onto the carpet, deal with them immediately. Stains are much harder to remove once they have dried, often requiring more specialist attention. In the first instance, draw moisture from the affected area with dry towels. Should a cleaning product be used, test a small inconspicuous area before approaching the stain – just in case the chemicals in the cleaner remove the colour from the carpet, leaving a more serious difficulty. Rub the stain in small movements from the outside edge inwards, as this prevents spreading the problem further.

With vinyl flooring, regular sweeping with a soft brush removes the majority of debris, leaving a quick session with a vacuum cleaner sufficient to remove smaller particles. Again, this is best performed daily, before sharp particles of dirt or detritus can damage the floor surface. On a less frequent basis, gently clean the floor with a damp mop and a neutral cleaning solution, removing the layer of discolouration which inevitably develops over time. This can be weekly, depending on the volume of traffic through the area. Do not use an overly wet cloth or mop, as you do not want water seeping into the joins or edges where it can affect the adhesive. It is in the business’ interests to keep floor surfaces looking as new as possible, to promote the best image of their standards. Choose a cleaning schedule which will do this to best effect, and your floorings will retain their high quality for several years.

The Top 5 Flooring Solutions for the Office

The choice of flooring in the office is very important, and it’s easy to be guided by personal taste over practical considerations. Certain factors are important in making floorings suitable for the workplace and should be given due reflection.

Tiled floors have grown in popularity for their visual appeal and hardwearing strength. They are ideal for areas with heavy furniture, providing strong support that will not weaken over time. They are also easy to clean, though grout can discolour. Unfortunately their main disadvantage is their noise. Walking across a tiled floor in an office or reception creates that unique pattern of footfalls which can become incredibly distracting and irritate staff when they are trying to work.

Similar in many ways to tiled floors, hardwood options are a fantastic style statement having beautiful aesthetic qualities and an ease of cleaning, but are only slightly less noisy. Footfalls will still echo across the floor, and hardwood floors are very susceptible to scratching and dents as well as damage from furniture. Though hardwood floorings can look classic and elegant in management suites which have a lower traffic through them, in heavy use areas they may not be as suitable. Hardwood and tiled floorings are best suited to office entrance areas, where appearance is everything, but not perhaps used through the rest of the building.

Laminate wooden floor coverings are a better option if the aesthetic of a wooden floor is desirable in the office. Made of a layer of wood attached to supporting materials, they behave more like a vinyl floor covering than a wood and are easy to install, much more cost effective than real hardwood flooring. Their extra properties on top of traditional wooden floors mean they are much more scratch resistant and easy to clean, though again can be a little noisy. However, their sleek modern appearance makes them an attractive choice in the office.

Laminate wooden floor coverings are a better option if the aesthetic of a wooden floor is desirable in the office. Made of a layer of wood attached to supporting materials, they behave more like a vinyl floor covering than a wood and are easy to install, much more cost effective than real hardwood flooring. Their extra properties on top of traditional wooden floors mean they are much more scratch resistant and easy to clean, though again can be a little noisy. However, their sleek modern appearance makes them an attractive choice in the office.

Why Good Looking Flooring is More Important Than You Think

The floor is the foundation to the whole interior design concept. Top quality floorings look good in their own right, and complement the furniture choices made in the rest of the home or office. The flooring is often the first element put into place and is generally a semi-permanent feature. The walls and furniture will typically be restyled more often than the floor, which means it is important to keep the floor looking its best no matter how long it has been there.

Well chosen flooring makes the entire room feel grounded and stable. At a glance, visitors feel like they are in an environment which is cared about – nice for social guests but crucial for potential customers. There is such a wide expanse of flooring in any average room that if it is neglected or doesn’t look well maintained, it can’t easily be hidden and these things don’t go unnoticed. Good looking flooring enhances the whole effect of the room, both consciously and subconsciously.

Think about the desired presentation of the room. Is it to be sleek, modern and minimalist, or is it more comfortable, warm and accommodating? These choices inform the type of floor which is most suitable, whereas a bad choice looks incongruous and upsets the balance of style. In most cases one key consideration is how it feels under the feet. Particularly at home, comfort is essential. Taking off ones’ shoes after a long day and sinking into a soft carpet is a luxury which cannot be underestimated.

A good looking floor is also welcoming and inviting, encouraging visitors into the space. For businesses this is important. It shows the company takes pride in itself, something customers tend to value when choosing companies to support their present needs.

Beyond choosing good quality flooring in the first place, a regular system of cleaning and maintenance is crucial to maintain the standards. With carpets, these need vacuum cleaning at least every other day and an annual deep clean with shampoo to remove all traces of the year’s dirt and wear. Vinyl floors can be swept for obvious detritus and then mopped weekly, being careful not to trail excess water across the surface as it can seep into joins and upset the adhesive. Similarly, laminate, hardwood floors and tiled surfaces can be swept and then mopped to keep them at their best. The condition and care taken over the floor will reflect on you directly, so take the time to make it look its best.

The Need for Safety Flooring in Playgrounds & Schools

Playground surfaces need to offer maximum protection to children in the event of a fall. Children’s games can often involve harmless tumbles which do not need to cause any damage as long as there is the correct landing surface. Concrete offers little by way of cushioning. Safety flooring is specifically engineered to create the safest possible environment for children to play and enjoy themselves. Designed with a special wide cone foot, the ‘bounce’ factor is integral to the product and helps guarantee children are as safe as possible. Safety flooring is also often designed with rounded corners and ramped edges to further remove trip hazards and increase wheelchair accessibility.

In addition, specific safety flooring is a non slip surface. This provides grip which reduces the probability of slips or trips, especially in wet weather. Safety flooring is usually porous and has good drainage, meaning they retain their non slip capabilities even when it is raining and there are no puddles created in the area.

Within the school, safety flooring can also incorporate floor coverings like Altro, a patented non slip vinyl with preventative anti-slip grain pattern discreetly worked into the high grade vinyl to ensure a durable surface on which children are unlikely to fall. Moreover, it has Altrosan bacteriostat integrated into the surface to help combat bacterial growth, particularly relevant in school environments, and the options of having either Maxis Easyclean PUR or Easyclean Technology incorporated into the vinyl to help the surface be very easy to maintain to a high standard. The product also comes with a significant warranty, guaranteeing its non slip surface and safety ratings.

Children are undoubtedly hardy, but trips, slips and falls can cause nasty injuries and upset their developing confidence. There is a collective responsibility to ensure that the utmost is done to protect children from unnecessary harm. Under current Health and Safety legislation there is a legal duty to ensure the safety of users to a facility under your care or ownership, as well as the moral obligation in helping keep other people safe. When concerned with children’s play areas and school corridors, the importance is in making sure all staff and visitors are safe and that your legal responsibilities are fully met, as well as in providing a pleasant and welcoming environment. Unfortunately in the modern compensation culture there are risks associated with inadequate prevention of accidents, which can be minimised with proper safety flooring.

The Best Types of Flooring for Busy Offices

If you are thinking of changing the flooring in your busy office then there are a few flooring options that you can consider. Certain floorings are not going to be suitable of you have an incredibly busy office with certain areas receiving more traffic than others because the flooring will begin to wear and it will begin to look tired and uneven. When you’re investing in flooring for your office, you want something that is stylish and fresh but also durable and long lasting. At C & C Flooring we are specialists in industrial and commercial flooring and have all the flooring solutions you could possibly need for your busy office.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles and carpet can be a great flooring solution for your office space. Carpet tiles are relatively inexpensive and are an affordable solution for most offices. One of the great benefits of carpet tiles is that if one is damaged then you can easily replace that one tile rather than having to replace the entire floor. Our selection of carpet tiles are durable and hardwearing, making them ideal flooring solutions for busy offices.

As well as being the sensible and affordable option, carpet tiles can also be stylish and contemporary. With a variety of colours and designs, you can choose carpet tiles in your corporate colours or you can let our specialists design something completely unique and bespoke for your busy office. Either way at C & C Flooring we can help you make your office space stand out from the crowd!

Bolefloor Hardwood Flooring

Bolefloor is the newest addition to the C & C Flooring product range. Bolefloor is the world’s first mass produced hardwood flooring that features the natural curvature of the trees natural growth. Bolefloor is a sleek and stylish product that can offer a real depth and elegance to your flooring. Its durability makes it an ideal flooring solution for your office space. The surface makes it easy to clean and less likely to wear as fast as other types of flooring.

Carpet

Our carpets are an ideal flooring solution for offices. Available in a variety of colours and styles, our team can install your office carpet with almost no disruption to your team. We can even add stylish tweaks to your carpet making it unique such as a different colour edging to bring the carpet to life and create just the right atmosphere for your office. The types of materials used within our carpets are different to those you might find in a domestic carpet making them more hard-wearing and long lasting.

So if you are looking for the perfect flooring solution for your office then contact us now at C & C Flooring and let us help you choose flooring that will suit your office down to the ground!

Top Tips to Keep Your Flooring Looking New for Longer

If you have invested in a new and expensive floor then you’ll want to keep it looking new and fresh for as long as you can. Whether it is carpet, tiles or hardwood flooring you will want to ensure that your new floor lasts the test of time. There are various tips for keeping your new floors looking newer for longer depending what floor surface you have.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can be an expensive investment so you will want to ensure it is looked after.

  • Cleaning – You need to ensure that you clean your wooden flooring on a regular basis to prevent stubborn dirt becoming trapped within the grooves. Make sure you vacuum the flooring to remove any gritty or sharp pieces of dirt as these may scratch the flooring or leave marks on the floor. Purchase yourself some cleaning solution that is designed for wooden flooring as normal tile and floor cleaners may be too strong and may damage the surface of your floor.
  • Movement – It is common for wooden flooring to swell and shrink. This is normally due to temperature change but it can cause gaps between panels which can be detrimental to your flooring. If you start to see any gaps appearing then it is important that you try to close the gaps as soon as possible. The problem with wooden flooring is moisture and the colder temperatures mixed with humidity from fires and heating will remove moisture from the floor.

Carpets

  • Vacuuming – By carrying out regular vacuuming you will prevent dirt, debris and smells becoming trapped in the fibres of your carpet. Regular vacuuming will also keep the fibres fluffed up in high traffic areas. It is easy for a carpet, especially a woollen one to begin to appear flatter in high traffic areas. If you have patches of flatness then extra vacuuming in that area may help.
  • Stains – If you spill something on your carpet then make sure you attend to the stain as soon as possible. The longer you leave the stain the harder it may be to remove. If you are going to use stain removers then it is best to do a test in an unseen area to check it does not damage the carpet. Do not rub the surface with an abrasive cloth as this may damage the fibres of the carpet. Always allow the area to dry naturally and do not be tempted to use a hair dryer or heater as this may burn the carpet and discolour it.
  • Smells – If you have pets then unfortunately you may find that your carpet begins to hold an animal odour. If this is the case there are various products on the market to remedy the smells. However, as with all chemicals you need to do a test spot first to check it does not react badly with your carpet. Used on a regular basis along with vacuuming you can combat that odour.

If you follow these handy tips for your flooring then you should prolong the new and fresh look from day one. Flooring needs extra care as it unfortunately encounters high traffic, spills and stains, dirt and scratches and much more. With a bit of care and maintenance you can keep your flooring looking newer for longer.

What is Safety Flooring?

Safety flooring is now the most popular type of flooring to have in various industries and this is mainly due to its easiness to clean and hygienic properties. With health and safety in the work place now being taken seriously, it is an employer’s responsibility to provide all of their employees and customers with a safe environment to be in.

Safety flooring is made up of high grade vinyl that is flexible and durable and is available in 4 different styles.

  • Resin flooring
  • Rubber flooring
  • Smooth flooring
  • Sports surfaces

There are various commercial sectors that benefit from using safety flooring including;

  • Healthcare including hospitals and nursing homes
  • Education facilities including schools
  • Leisure facilities including gyms and schools
  • Food and hospitality – including kitchens, cafes and schools
  • Retail environments

Unlike a standard vinyl floor, the technology used to create safety flooring is slightly different. In safety flooring the manufacturing process mixes the vinyl with silicone carbide, quartz and aluminium oxides. It is these added elements that give the floor its advanced technologies including its non-slip, impervious and sound resistant qualities which aren’t found in standard floors.

Safety flooring has an impervious surface making it ideal for the above sectors. Any spillages and germs will not be absorbed into the flooring which is what makes safety flooring so hygienic. With no joints or grout, safety flooring is ideally suited to hospitals where infection control is a key factor. Due to its unique surface, safety flooring is also easy to clean and maintain. With a fifteen year guarantee, it is simple and easy to clean away any spillages and because of its impervious surface you can be sure of cleanliness.

As well as being an incredibly hygienic flooring option, safety flooring is also ideal for its soft and cushioned feeling. It is safe and comfortable to walk on and meets all health and safety regulations as there is no risk of tripping or slipping. Safety flooring is designed with a non-slip surface even when wet making it great for areas that are open to the public.

Safety flooring is also available in a variety of styles and colours to suit your design or environment. It is advisable to have a professional safety flooring specialist install your safety flooring to ensure that it is completed to the highest standard. Safety flooring has enabled many commercial sectors to provide a far better quality of flooring as well as maintaining high levels of health and safety.