Watch Your Step: 4 Signs It’s Time To Update Your Hospitality Flooring

June 20, 2017 2:40 pm Published by

hospitality bell on a bar Regardless of how much effort you put into keeping your flooring in good condition, the time will eventually come when a replacement is due. There a number of problems that come with old, outdated flooring that make your premises less desirable for guests and could lead to them choosing another premises to eat or stay at.

Luckily, there are plenty of options available for replacement flooring that are cost effective and durable whilst still looking fantastic. If you’re not sure about the types of flooring that are suited to your hospitality venue or don’t know if your flooring needs replacing, have a read below and let us help.

Signs That Your Flooring Needs Replacing

Generally, a good clean and a few remedial repairs can have your flooring looking good as new again. However, in some cases where the flooring has been neglected for too long or is way past its best – a replacement will be in order.

Whilst a replacement may be a large initial investment, winning extra guests as a result can mean the new flooring pays for itself in the long run.

  1. Wear and Tear In High Volume Areas

High-volume areas such as the bar, kitchen and entrance ways are the first areas that may start to show signs of wear. Typically its carpets that will show these signs of wear and when they do start to rip and tear, they can become a tripping hazard as well as look unsightly.

If you’re looking for a carpet that is more resilient – manmade fibres such as nylon polyester and polypropylene are the way to go. These options are stain-resistant, insulating, cost effective and durable enough to be used in high volume areas.

Alternatively, for a more traditional and warm finish – wood and laminate flooring are a popular option. Hard wearing, easy to clean and available in a range of styles to enhance any part of your restaurant, pub or bar. When it comes to entrance and hallways, we recommend installing specialist entrance matting or carpet tiles to avoid the risk of any premature replacements.

carpets in a cafe with a coffee

  1. Unwanted Odours

Smelly carpets are an absolute no in any hospitality venue, be it a hotel, café, bar, restaurant or pub. When the carpets give off odour, it indicates to guests that the place is unhygienic – nobody wants to eat or drink somewhere that smells unclean.

Take a look at the trip advisor review headline below – is this what you would want to be the first thing guests read about your premises?

bad trip advisor review from guest of a hotel

So what can you do about it? First things first, give your flooring a deep clean – it could be a piece of food hiding under the floorboard that is causing the smell, so leave no stone unturned. If the smell is still present after a good clean, it’s time to replace your flooring.

For kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl flooring is an ideal option; it’s water resistant, hygienic and easy to clean. Alternatively, safety flooring offers all of these benefits with the additional advantage of being anti-slip.

In dining rooms and bedrooms – a solid wood or laminate floor will ensure no odours reoccur with less thorough cleaning needed in comparison to traditional carpets.

  1. Water Damaged Flooring

Wooden flooring is the most susceptible to water damage compared with other types of flooring because of its absorption properties – whether from pipe bursts, leaks or just regular spills and mopping.  

Water damaged wooden flooring will often swell and disfigure, leaving cracks in your floor that can cause drafts, in serious cases, the wood can start to rot – making it unstable and giving off an unpleasant smell. Whilst water damaged flooring can sometimes be repaired but you should have it assessed by an expert to determine whether a replacement is required.

The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives now available – whilst many opt for wooden floors for its stunning visual qualities, engineered woods and laminates can replicate this look and feel – without being as susceptible to water damage.

laminate flooring options for hotels pubs and restaurants

  1. Out Of Date Styles

One thing that you always compromise on when holding onto old flooring is style. Traditional carpets and old wood flooring can look outdated when they no longer compliment the rest of the premises. Fortunately, there are countless colours and styles to choose from these days, allowing you to find a solution that offers the style to suit your premises whilst being durable enough to last.

entranceway flooring in a large hotel

Beautiful Hospitality Flooring From Rivendell

If any of these 4 signs are hitting close to home, then it could be time for a flooring replacement. Our complete service for commercial premises involves an initial design, fast quote and hassle free installation; as well as aftercare tips from our expert team – we’ll even dispose of your old flooring for you.

For more information, or to arrange a visit in your commercial premises, give us a call on 0117 963 7979 or fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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