Friday, August 19, 2011

How to Choose Commercial Flooring?

There are many things to consider when choosing commercial flooring: what the use is going to be, the color, type of floor, etc.
Gathered below are some of the most helpful tips gathered from around the web to help make this choice much easier for everyone involved.
The look and feel of your place of business – whether a retail shop, corporate office or even leisure center – can have a significant impact on the mood of your customers and clients and therefore the profitability and success of your business as well. Research has shown that how a retail outlet looks and the ambiance it creates can affect the length of time a customer spends in the shop and even their inclination to make purchases. It is also essential in helping to attract a customer into the store in the first place. Similarly, the aesthetic environment of an office can have a big influence on the productivity of staff.
The right flooring speaks volumes and this can depend both on type, such as carpet, tile,
laminate or vinyl, and also on styles and colors. Some popular choices for office flooring include:
  • Broadloom Carpet
  • Carpet Tiles
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Wood-effect vinyl
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Marble

Creating Ambiance
With shops, in particular, it is important to create an inviting atmosphere and even corporate environments need to balance the professional look with a welcoming ambiance. The use of more luxurious flooring materials, such as carpet, can go some way towards creating a warm and relaxing ambiance or conveying a sense of prestige in a professional environment. Even the presence of a good-quality rug over harder flooring can give the illusion of class and quality. Similarly, using laminate can give your premises a stylish and sophisticated look for a fraction of the cost of real hardwood.

Choosing Color
While it is tempting to stick to a neutral palette and bland furnishings, a complete lack of color and design can make a workplace or retail unit feel cold, clinical or even just plain boring. Conversely, the correct use of colour can boost creativity and output as well as reduce levels of stress – in fact, the creation of “mood enhancement environments” is very popular now in the commercial sector. Since the flooring covers a proportionately large area of the workplace, its colour can have a major effect. Avoid bright, jarring colours which do not exist in nature, such as fluorescent pinks and greens. Similarly, avoid saturating the area with a strong colour – instead, choose shades which are soothing to the eyes and perhaps save the more dramatic colours, like red, for occasional accents – e.g. a patterned carpet in muted shades of browns and oranges, with occasional flecks of red, is better than a wall-to-wall expanse of bright crimson. Pastels are often chosen to create a cool, refreshing appearance and natural, earthy shades are generally considered more comfortable.
Having said that, use of color does not mean that a work environment should be bombarded with brilliant hues at every turn, with flooring in multi-colored tiles or psychedelic carpet patterns. In many cases, particularly with corporate environments, simple, clean lines work best and flooring styles which tend toward the minimalist approach are ideal. This means colors in contrasting tones of black, grey, cream, white, stone, beige and taupe and not too much variation in texture. Avoid “busy” patterns in the design, especially with carpets and vinyl.
Another thing to consider is the incorporation of logos, creative borders and other graphics into the flooring, particularly in client focus areas such as meeting rooms and the reception. Done well, this can give the premises a unique look and improve professional impact.

This article was taken directly from www.floorideas.co.uk. Americarpet sellsall the flooring mentioned in this article with many different colors and styles to choose from. You can see some of our ccommercial carpet at www.americarpetcommercial.com. For more information visit our main site at www.americarpetfloors.com.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is beautiful, but it can be tricky to keep clean. Use the wrong cleaner and it can leave your floor looking blotchy and even cause some damage. Here is some advice on cleaning laminate flooring.

Some people say that using a solution of vinegar and water does a great job at cleaning their laminate flooring. One suggested use is to add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water and spray on the floor. Wipe off the vinegar- water solution with a mop that has a terrycloth head. This will leave your floor looking clean and shiny.

If the thought of cleaning laminate flooring with a solution that is water based leaves you a little squeamish, consider purchasing a mop made of microfiber. These are designed to pick up dirt and grime and create a shine without the use of added products. You can also purchase a special laminate floor cleaner to use when the laminate flooring needs extra cleaning.

If you want a method that is a little simpler, you can actually use a cloth dampened with a little warm water to clean the laminate flooring, or dampen a terry cloth mop slightly. However, this method requires that you go back over the floor with a dry cloth to get rid of the excess moisture. Water shouldn’t be left to evaporate because it can leave splotches on the floor and cause damage.

Another method to clean laminate flooring that works well is to purchase a cleaning kit. These sometimes come with a cloth to fit over the mop, a floor cleaner, and a polisher. Kits vary so you may want to do a little research to make sure you are finding the best one.

Cleaning laminate flooring can be challenging. There are a few different methods. You can clean the floor with water and a little vinegar or you can use a microfiber mop. You an also clean laminate flooring with warm water, and a purchased floor cleaning kit also works well. Choose the method that works best for you. Everyone’s cleaning style is different. 3a

Article taken directly from www.onlinetips.org
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