How to Keep Your Carpet Looking Brand New

It is important to carry out regular carpet maintenance to ensure a clean living environment. It also reduces the build-up of dust and particles which can cause health problems to people living in your home, particularly if they suffer from allergies.

For regular cleaning, here are some useful vacuuming tips:

  • Clear the area – remove any items from the floor such as toys or small items rather than vacuuming around them. This ensures the whole carpet area is cleaned. Also, check for small objects that could damage the device such as coins or hairpins. Dust the interior first so than any loose particles can be vacuumed up afterwards.
  • Vacuum in both directions – as carpet fibres are often coiled, vacuuming horizontally and vertically means that all parts of the fibre can be cleaned.
  • Use different attachments – for the edges of carpet, use a thinner nozzle to make sure no dust is left clinging to the carpet border. Use other attachments for those hard to reach areas and nooks and crannies unreachable with the main attachment.
  • Vacuum regularly – this will depend on your household. Some carpets may need vacuuming more than others (for example if you have pets that shed hair, you may have to vacuum 3-4 times a week).

For more information on carpets, visit our Floormania website. You can also read our related blog posts ‘What Are The Benefits of Carpet’ and ‘Natural vs. Synthetic’.  

Top Flooring Trends for 2019

If a new floor is top of your 2019 to-do list, we’re here to help. Finding a new floor can be a daunting process with so many styles, materials and colours to choose from. To narrow it down, we’ve compiled a list of 5 trends that are set to flourish next year and we want to let you in on the secret:

  1. Wood-replicas

Though hardwood continues to be a popular flooring choice, other materials that resemble wooden floors are also a climbing trend. For years, many people have opted for wood-look floors thanks to advances in technology that can replicate the features and characteristics of timber. It is a hot trend that shows no signs of stopping.


  1. Artistic layouts

2019 is all about ditching the conventional and getting creative with planks. Rather than choosing regular sized boards, mix it up with varying widths to create a natural look. Or, try installing wide planks to really bring out the woody grains and knots. Another trend is to lay planks in patterns, such as Chevron, Herringbone or Diagonal.


  1. Eco-friendly

Again, this is not a new trend and has been increasing in popularity for a while now. With environmental concerns becoming a widespread topic, many homeowners are keen to install floors with a sustainable label. At Floormania, we stock bamboo and cork, both of which are environmentally friendly and renewable materials.


  1. Waterproof

In the past, most flooring materials were susceptible to water damage in some way but that is no longer the case. Take vinyl for example – in most cases, vinyl is 100% waterproof making it an excellent choice for wet areas. Plus, it now has the look of natural timber meaning it is also visually appealing to the eye.

Our Quick-Step Impressive Ultra laminate range is also able to repel water, due to the unique coating that seals the boards against surface water.  


  1. Textured

While smooth and shiny floors retain a traditional, classic feel, 2019 is all about adding new dimensions with textured floors. A hand scraped or distressed floor mirrors the texture of natural timber, adding character and personality to synthetic floors like laminate.

You can find our full range of flooring at For further advice, you can call our experts or visit us in store.