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Keeping Your Karndean Clean – A Helpful Guide

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If you’ve chosen Karndean flooring for your  home, first off, congratualtions1 It’s a fantastic product, and one of our favourite types of floor to install. And once you’ve had it installed and are enjoying it in your home, you will, of course, need to keep it clean. Because Karndean is a specialist type of flooring, you might think there are special instructions to keeping it clean – and you would be sort of right. But we promise, it’s not as complicated as it seems. In fact, we’ve put together this little guide to caring for your Karndean flooring once it’s installed in your home.

 

Home Floor Care For Karndean Floors

Keeping your Karndean floors clean is a wonderfully simple task. Unlike the materials Karndean replicates, this product has no grime or dirt traps, which means it doesn’t show dirt as easily, and won’t spoil over time like traditional floorings. It’s also wonderfully low effort and environmentally friendly – there is no need to polish it at all, and so the number of chemicals you’re using is minimal. Great for houses with pets or little children who are crawling around the floor!

We would recommend that to keep your Karndean looking like new, you avoid dragging or sliding heavy items across it, just as you would with any other floor. If you have particularly heavy furniture, putting some felt pads on the feet can help spread the weight and avoid any damage over time.

To clean Karndean floors, it’s recommended that you use Karndean’s own cleaning products, which have been specifically formulated to disinfect Karndean, remove stains and marks, and give it that new-look shine, all without nasty chemicals. Regular cleaning with this pH neutral cleaner will help keep your floor at its best, so this is what we recommend to all of our Karndean customers as well. And the good news is that we actually stock the Karndean cleaner in store, so you don’t need to go far to get it, or rely on online ordering. Just pop in to see us and top up any time you need to!

 

Regular Cleaning Instructions

To clean your Karndean flooring, all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

  • Sweep or vacuum it to get rid of any loose debris on the surface.

 

  • Add 50ml of Karndean Clean (up to 1 notch on the lid) to around 8-10 litres of clean, warm water.

 

  • Mop the solution on the whole floor, making sure to remove any excess when you are finished with one area.

 

  • Wait until the floor is dry before walking on it.

 

 

It really is that easy! Just like cleaning your normal floors, but using a different product. The Karndean Clean will also manage any stains or stubborn marks your floor might have picked up, so you don’t need to mess around with different products. And it’s so versatile that you could use it on all of your floors.

 

What NOT To Do

Karndean flooring is generally very hard-wearing and rugged – but there are still rules you need to follow to keep it looking it’s best. One of those rules is how not to clean it. If you have a Karndean floor, you should not, under any circumstances, use a steam mop on it. Using a steam mop might make your floor look clean, but it will also cause damage to the flooring, the laminate coatings and the materials beneath. Over time, you will get discolouration, peeling coating and ultimately the steam will emulsify the adhesive used to fit it, meaning your whole floor will start lifting up. So, this is our warning to you – if you have a Karndean floor, make sure you don’t put a steam mop anywhere near it. You should also avoid using bleach, or any cleaner containing bleach, on your Karndean floor, as this will cause a lot of damage.

 

At Floor24 we don’t just install floors, we help you care for them too. When you’re choosing your flooring our experts will go through the care instructions for it with you, making sure you know how to look after it and keep it looking brand new for as long as possible. If you have any questions about floor care, or Karndean products in particular, just get in touch with us today.

How To Get Wax Out Of Your Carpet

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When it comes to cleaning carpets, and we mean properly cleaning carpets, most people try to avoid it. The advisement is to steam clean your carpet every 2-3 months to keep it fresh and avoid discolouration from worked in dirt, but beyond that we try not to clean them at all. However sometimes you need to. We’ve all had that moment. We have tea lights or candles on the table for a nice romantic evening in. We knock the table with our foot, or a pet comes running past and the candle teeters in its holder before falling in slow motion. It goes out on the way down which is a relief, but as it hits your beautiful cream carpet it spills wax everywhere. Now you’re left with a dilemma – how do you get that wax stain out of your carpet without ruining it? Here are a few tried and tested methods you could try:

 

 

Iron and a Kitchen Towel Method

The oldest and most trusted of the wax removal methods, this is perfect for getting large or small amounts of wax out of any type of carpet. All you need is some kitchen roll and an iron. Heat the iron up the appropriate setting for the fibres of your carpet (cotton, wool etc.). If it’s a polyester carpet it is likely to have a lot of plastic in it, so just going for the highest setting is going to melt your carpet, and that we can’t fix! Now place a sheet of kitchen roll over the stain and press the hot iron onto the towel. Let it sit there for a few seconds and then check the kitchen roll. If it has a lot of wax marks on it already, reposition it or grab another sheet. Repeat these steps until all of the wax has been absorbed by the paper towel. If you’re finding the kitchen roll isn’t working, you can use a damp cloth instead. You might want to spray the area with carpet cleaner after you’re finished to avoid any discolouration as well.

 

 

Scrape, Dampen And Spray Method

For this wax removal technique, you will need a butter knife, a spoon, an iron, carpet stain remover and some white cotton towels. First off, heat up the iron to ‘high’. Step one is to scrape any big chunks or loose wax off with the butter knife. Be careful with Berber and loop fibre carpets, as these can fray easily. Once you have scraped off as much as you can, vacuum up the wax and make sure all loose bits are gone. If you end up with fuzz or fray, lightly trim it away with a pair of scissors. Now dampen a white cotton towel, fold in it half and place it over the wax stain. Press the heated iron over it for 10-15 seconds, then remove and check the stain. The heat should draw the wax out of the rug and into the towel. Keep repeating this process until the wax is gone. Make sure your towel stays wet and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one. Once the wax is all removed you might notice a discolouration of the area. That’s where your stain remover comes in. Spray the rug with the stain remover and work it deep into the spot with the spoon. Dab off the excess and let it air dry. Lighter coloured carpets may require a few rounds of this to completely remove the stain.

 

 

Both of these methods follow the same basic principle – heat the wax with an iron and soak it up with something else. However not everyone has an iron, or has one handy. Luckily there are a few ways around that. You can heat a thin layer of water in a large bottomed metal pan and use that, or you can heat the bottom of a metal spoon with a lighter to get the same effect. This might take you a little longer, but it will achieve the same results. For more tips on getting stubborn stains out of your carpet, or replace a carpet that’s seen a few too many stains in its life, get in touch with our experts for a free consultation – just not by candlelight!