Let Rivendell Help You Care For Your Flooring

At Rivendell we want to help you keep your flooring looking as good as the day it was laid for as long as possible, so we’ve pulled together some tips to help you maintain your flooring and cope with the stresses placed on it by everyday life.

Carpet Maintenance & Care

Vacuum regularly

Vacuum regularly to remove dirt that dulls appearance

  • Choose a vacuum with good suction and strong beater bars that can brush the carpet and loosen dirt
  • Change vacuum bags and filters regularly
  • Be aware that upright vacuum cleaners can damage loop or berber type carpets
  • Pile shading or flattening of a carpet is a natural occurrence and is not covered by any manufacturer’s guarantee
  • We recommend the use of keyhole mats under caster chairs to prolong the life of any flooring

Spot treatment

  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Take aim at stains with our comprehensive Stain Removal Guide

Professional cleaning

  • We recommend getting your carpets professionally cleaned at least every 12 months, even if you clean them yourself in between
  • Lighter shade carpet may require cleaning more often
  • Professional cleaning methods include steam cleaning (known as hot water extraction), absorbent pad or bonnet cleaning, rotary shampoo, and dry foam powder

Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVT) Maintenance & Care

Vinyl floors have a strong protective finish which makes cleaning and maintenance easy.

Regular cleaning

Clear up spills immediately

  • Remove spills with a damp cloth before rinsing and allowing to dry.
  • Only use a suitable pH neutral LVT floor cleaning product. Don’t use bleach.
  • Don’t soak your floor.

Regularly remove loose dirt & debris

  • Gently sweep with a soft brush and mop.
  • Only use a suitable pH neutral LVT floor cleaning product. Don’t use bleach.
  • Don’t use a steam mop or soak your floor.
  • Don’t use a a vaccum cleaner unless it is suitable for hard floors and will not scratch.

General care

The following will help you keep your LVT floor in tip-top condition:

  • Use mats at entrances to help keep dirt and moisture out
  • Avoid placing rubber-backed products on your floor (e.g. pet bowls) as they may stain
  • Add protective feet or glides to furniture to help prevent scratches
  • Don’t drag furniture across your floor

Further information

For further information on how to care for your LVT floor please refer to your manufacturer’s website:

Hardwood Floor Maintenance & Care

Your hardwood floor is a natural product and will give many years of service. However, as with any product, it must be properly cared for and its appearance will mellow and improve with age. Here are some tips for looking after your floor.

Like any form of flooring, a wooden floor must be regularly cleaned and maintained. It is a natural product and therefore can be vulnerable to misuse, but will always reward regular care and attention. The most important thing to remember is to avoid excessive moisture.

Gravel, dirt and grit and sharp objects are the enemy of a hardwood floor. All manufacturers recommend doormats both outside and inside your front door to stop you bringing in dirt and grit. Customers habits alter on purchasing a wooden floor, people tend not to walk on their new floor in “outside” shoes for the above reasons. Although the floor finish is tough and durable, to minimise scratches it is recommended that shoes that may have grit and dirt embedded in the soles are exchanged for indoor shoes or slippers, and boisterous behavior by dogs with uncut claws is discouraged. Stiletto heels will damage wood if rubber heel pads are worn or missing.

Seasonal variations in room temperature and humidity may cause natural wooden flooring to shrink or move slightly during the course of its long life. Most of such movement will occur within the first few months after installation as the pre-conditioned timber adjusts to your own room’s temperatures and humidity. This helps create the traditional appearance characteristic of hard wood flooring.

Need Help?

If your flooring is tired and in need of some care and attention, give the team at Rivendell a call on 01179 637979. We can help you give it a new lease of life!