A Quick and Easy Guide to Removing Stains from Floors

From food and drink spillages to children unleashing their inner artistic skills, your floor can be subject to a variety of stains and scrapes. Whatever the case may be, we want to make sure you are armed with the right tools to get your floor looking as good as new after an accidental hiccup. To prevent a stubborn stain from ruining your signature floor, follow these tips on how to remove stains for different flooring types:

 

Carpet

Although removing a carpet stain might seem like an impossible task, fear not. The important thing to remember with carpet is to blot rather than scrub to avoid rubbing the stain further into the fibres. Water mixed with mild detergent or white vinegar should remove the majority of food stains plus ink and paint. Rinse the area with water afterwards and repeat if necessary. Finish by using a paper towel to blot dry. Avoid using bleach especially on wool carpets as this can harm and discolour them.

Laminate

Renowned for it’s easy maintenance, laminate spills are quick to clean if you tend to them straight away. A paper towel or well-wrung cloth is usually enough to remove a liquid spill. If the stain is stubborn, try dampening a cloth with a few drops of vinegar mixed with water and rub the affected area. For scuff marks, an eraser can be used to rub away most of the marks followed by the water/vinegar solution.

Water damage is the main thing to avoid with laminate so ensure the area is thoroughly dry after cleaning.

Vinyl

For general stains on vinyl floors, start with a splash of dish-washing liquid mixed with water and use a sponge to rub the affected area. If the stain remains, try swapping the washing-up liquid for ammonia and diluting with water. It is important to rinse with clean water afterwards and dry thoroughly. Avoid harsh cleaners and scrubbers as this will likely cause more damage.  

Hardwood

With liquid spills on wood flooring it is important to act quickly to prevent the spill seeping into the planks. For food stains, try the dish-washing liquid and water solution and rub the area with a soft, damp cloth. Another common stain remover is a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide and placed on the affected area for several hours to draw the stain out. Check with your flooring manufacturer before tackling wood floor stains as species and finishes can react differently to products.

If you are using chemicals to remove stains, it’s a good idea to test it in a hidden space such as underneath furniture to make sure there is no discolouration left by the cleaner. You should always check the products are recommended for your floor and finish as this will vary between households. If in doubt, call our professionals at Floormania for further guidance on stain removal.

 

The Pros and Cons of Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring

Favoured by many homeowners, hardwood has been a traditional choice of flooring for decades thanks to its timeless look and outstanding durability. Hardwood planks are often laid in narrow strips, however some contemporary homeowners are opting for the wide plank trend creating a more open space with a rustic feel. Though the definition of wide plank varies, it is generally board width between 130mm and 260mm.

 

If you are contemplating wide plank hardwood for your new floor, we have listed some pros and cons to help with your decision.

 

Pro’s:

Visually appealing

One of the main features drawing people to wide planks is the natural beauty and grain detail found within the boards. Unlike narrow planks, the larger width shows more of the patterns, knots and swirls found within the timber, adding character and style to any home. Wide planks also create space within smaller rooms as there are less joins visible compared to narrow planks that can leave a space feeling cramped and busy. Less joins also creates a smoother surface and is considered a more comfortable option by many people.

 

Quick installation

With wide planks covering more surface area, the installation process is generally faster and easier than for narrow planks. If you are in a hurry to get your floor finished, wide planks are an ideal option.

 

Plenty of choice

Due to increased popularity with wide plank hardwood, homeowners are not limited when it comes to choosing colour, wood species and finish. There is also a variation in wide plank size, allowing you to choose the width best suited to the size of your room.  

 

Cons:

Prone to moisture

Compared to narrow hardwood planks, wide planks are generally more susceptible to moisture damage which can lead to a warped floor if not managed correctly. To prevent floors from shrinking or expanding, you need to control the indoor temperature and humidity. You can check out our recent blog post on expansion and contraction for tips and advice.

 

Call in the experts

Wide planks can be difficult to install without hiring a professional. Unlike many other flooring types which are much more installation-friendly for DIYers, wide planks are generally not on that list.

Wide planks are a focal point that can create a bold statement in any home. Available in varying widths, it is important to choose a size that suits the shape of your room. Talk to our flooring experts here at Floormania for more advice on wide planks for your personal renovation project.