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Making Our Home Work for Us with Karndean

Karndean OpusAlthough Husband and I rent our home, we’re lucky in the respect that our landlady is pretty easy-going about what we do to the place (providing we don’t tear down walls or paint the whole place black!). We’ve been thinking lately about what we could do to make the place work a bit better for us, and we think that starting with the floors would be a good idea (puppies and carpets are NOT a good mix!).

One of the options we considered was Karndean, as I’ve heard lots of people saying how much they love it, and to my surprise there are a whole load of varieties of Karndean to choose from. I thought I’d ask my friends who have it what they thought of Karndean flooring and how well it fits into their life. Here’s what a few of them said:

My friend Emily said “We had it at our old house and it was our selling point. It looked like real wood and was easy to sweep, and it was warmer under foot than other hard flooring”

Cat from Cat’s Yellow Days said “We have Karndean across nearly the whole ground floor. It looks great and cleans easily but the biggest selling point for me was that they had such a big range I could get exactly the shade I wanted.”

Tara from Sticky Fingers said “I had it throughout my new kitchen/living extension. Bloody love it. Easy to manage with the dog and muddy kids, warm underfoot looks fabulous. Had tiles before and it was cold and everything that came within sniffing distance of the floor broke!”

In terms of the different ranges, there are three to choose from:

Karndean Art Select

“Karndean Art Select is a range of vinyl flooring featuring exciting hardwood, stone and marble designs that will render a touch of elegance to any space. With an overall thickness of 3mm, and a wear layer of 0.70mm, the Karndean Art Select is super soft and warm under your feet. Completely washable and waterproof, the Art Select collection is perfectly suited for any room in your home.”

Karndean Van Gogh

“The Karndean Van Gogh range is manufactured from highly durable vinyl from the world’s number one producer of luxury vinyl flooring. Available in a variety of sizes and colours, the Van Gogh flooring range is available in a wide range of solid wood effects including walnut, oak and birch.”

Karndean Opus

“The Karndean Opus range of luxury vinyl tiles is a relatively new and a quite popular range of luxury vinyl tiles. It features wood finish as well as traditional stone tile finishes. With an overall thickness of 2.5mm that includes a 0.55 mm wear layer, the Karndean Opus range is available in an array of sizes.”

Do you have Karndean flooring in your home? I’d love to hear our opinion, so please leave me a comment below!

The Basics of Floor Mopping

moppingFloor mopping is a simple, sustaining, and satisfying process when done with the most effective cleaning tools. The industrial mop system is often perceived as a rigorous, tedious process. However, it provides immense satisfaction if the right methods are used. The following industrial mopping procedure overviews the important components of the process, and best practices for maintaining hygienic floorcare.

The Basics: Investing in a Mop Kit

Mop kits offer an efficient means of cleaning floors–as they include the complete system needed for good fast and effective. Most kits comprise of a mop tool, a dust mop, and damp mop pads. Floorcare systems such as microfiber cleaning kits are known to offer thorough coverage, as each component of the kit yields elimination of bacteria, don’t require chemicals, and require less water. Since mop kits include a comprehensive set of products for the floor mopping process, it is no doubt that investing in a kit for industrial mopping is worth it.

Mopping Methods

Before beginning the mopping process, one key action that should be taken is vacuuming the floor. By doing so, significant debris and surface dirt will be removed.

There are two primary methods for using an industrial mop: wet mopping, and dry dust mopping. It is best to choose a mop based on the floor surface; for example, a sponge mop will complement a smooth surfaced floor, and a rag mop will suffice for a floor with high level of texture.

Wet mopping follows a fairly direct process, as it starts with soaking the mop under a faucet to soak in hot water, or using a mop solution such as a non-bleach cleaner. After soaking the mop, it is important to remove excess water to avoid over-wetting the floor surface. After draining excess water in a bucket, the mop should be damp and ready to clean. After mopping floors, it is critical to rinse the mop pads or put them in the washing machine for a thorough clean.

Although wet mopping seems to be a messy activity, it is extremely beneficial in that it can remove sticky liquids, stains, and everyday kitchen messes.

Dry dust mopping is the optimal method for removing microparticles, crumbs, pet hair, and dust balls–to name a few. It is the perfect way to attain clean hardwood floors! Dry map pads automatically attract dust and small particles. It is important to remember to utilize the power of the swivel heads of a mop, which are able to clean areas that are harder to access.

Similar to the process of wet mopping, once finished, simply pull the dry pad from the head of the map, and rinse the pad or place in the washing machine. For dry and wet mopping, microfiber products serve as very effective cleaning systems. Microfiber mops require a little bit of water, and they are set to clean. To see the effectiveness, it is recommended to start with dry mops.

After using the mop, it is vital to allow the mop to dry thoroughly before storing. This eliminates any risk of bacterial growth. It is best to store the mop in a cool, dry location. The mop should be replaced once there are visible signs of wearing.

Wrapping Up

As seen in the two methods, industrial mopping utilizing the right tools and methods can yield a clean and thriving floor in the home. The main idea is that proper care for the mop, and using strong materials such as microfiber products are what ensure a safe and impactful cleaning system in the long run.

Moving House

rugs at carpetrightWe’ve known for a while that our landlord would be moving back to the UK and that we’d need to find somewhere new to live, but yesterday we received formal notice that we’ve got to vacate by the middle of July. When you live in a rented house, it can be really tricky to make a space your own, but one thing we’ve found can really make a difference is using brightly coloured rugs. Sausage may not be able to have the bright pink walls she so desires, but she’ll love a huge fluffy pink rug for her room, which is what I’m going to buy once we move.

Carpet in rented houses often leaves a lot to be desired, with landlords understandably wanting to keep costs down, so beige and brown are usually the popular choice, which can make a whole house feel drab when combined with the standard magnolia walls. I absolutely love this floral rug, which would really make our bedroom look like a grown-up space.

floral rug

 There are so many advantages to rugs, not least of all the fact that they’re so much easier to keep clean than fixed carpets. They’re also easier to change, which means that if you decide to decorate, you can change your colour scheme without having to do major work. If you’re really clever, you can choose an accent colour from your rug and match your curtains, lampshades and other touches around the room, which are all moveable if you live in a rented house and can be moved right along with you.

Rugs can also add real warmth to a room which has stone or wood flooring, helping you to avoid having to do that early morning ‘dance across the freezing floor’ that you’ll know all about if you don’t have a plush floor covering. Rugs can also save you money in the long run – you won’t need underlay like you would with a carpet and rugs can also help to prevent damage to laminate flooring, which could be expensive to replace in the long run.

Overall, rugs are an excellent choice for renters (and home-owners, too!) – when you’re at the mercy of someone elses’ decisions regarding your living situation, it’s comforting to know that wherever you move to, you’ll be taking a little slice of home along with you. And even though I’m not looking forward to the actual act of moving house, I am looking forward to an excuse to go rug shopping!