February 14, 2013 | Mum In The Madhouse

February 14, 2013

How Do I Care For My Laminate Flooring?

How Do I Care For My Laminate Flooring?

Any mum will tell you that keeping a tidy home is no easy feat. From tackling the bathroom and kitchen to reminding kids they need to make their beds and pack away their toys, cleaning the home is a full time job.

One area which can sometimes be overlooked in our quest to get everything spick and span is the floor. Laminates are a practical solution for the family home – but how should you care for them?

1. Sweep Daily

Sweeping your laminate floors daily will help to keep them clean and free of grit which could damage the floor. Some people choose to clean their floors by sweeping them, while other people use the hard floor attachment on the vacuum.

Whichever you use, the important thing is that the job is carried out regularly. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will mean that your floors need to be washed less often, saving you lots of time and effort.

2. Use A Damp, Flat Mop

When you do wash your laminate floors, you don’t want to use a dripping wet mop as this will leave stains on your flooring and could potentially seep through to the floorboards underneath, causing damage and possibly rot. Therefore, when you are washing your laminate floors, use a mop that is as dry as you can get it.

3. Pay Attention To Manufacturers Suggestions

Every laminate flooring is different and they all need to be looked after in a different way. Always follow the specific instructions you’re given carefully to ensure you don’t cause any unnecessary damage to the flooring.

4. Trial And Error

Often with laminate floors, people ask what they should clean them with. Very often, this is trial and error and varies depending on what people like and feels cleans their floor best. Some people prefer to make up their own floor cleaning solution, although this can be risky if you don’t know what you are doing. Opting for a dedicated laminate floor cleaner instead is a great option and guarantees your floor will be cared for properly.

Caring for laminate floors doesn’t have to be a hard or lengthy job, providing that proper precautions are taken. Your floors are expensive and you’ve worked hard to be able to afford them, so you might as well look after them to the best of your ability as they will be costly to replace in the future. Not caring for floors properly can lead to permanent damage, spoiling them forever.

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Thinking about the future

“Make the world a better place” – the reaction to hearing this sentence varies from rolling the eyes and sighing, claiming how expensive everything alternative is or just shrugging with complete disinterest. They are only few people who recognize the importance of leaving the world in a healthy state for following generations and who think about how they can contribute to this in effective ways. Truth is however, that this is pretty simple and can be done by everyone without huge financial investments.

Some ideas
It always starts with little things that almost seem inconspicuous but add to a healthier and more ecological lifestyle in the end. Commonsense habits like switching off the light or heater when leaving a room are things that everybody can do to make a change without much effort.

Especially when living in a house of one’s own, there are far more things which can be done to contribute to a better environment and save money.

Installing solar panels. Since there are plans (in the UK for example), to cut the governmental subsidies drastically until April this year, everyone should hurry up and make up their minds about putting some solar panels on their roofs. Due to the fact that so many people have already decided to take this step, it is unfortunately affecting the support of the government but also positively changing the prices of solar energy plants. Companies like Trina offer good products for a fair price and various guarantees, so there is no question whether doing that step is sustainable or not, because it surely is even when the sun is not shining as the panels only need daylight, and not sunshine.

Installing rainwater tanks. Another possibility to save a lot of money is the usage of rainwater for some procedures in the house. With a tank on the roof, it is possible to store some water which can be used for flushing the toilets, watering the garden or cleaning the house for example. Like this, nobody is forced to waste tap water. The idea of a tank is useful in regions where it rains often, because the tank will be steadily refilled. And although we all know it rains more than it should in England, it doesn’t mean that this idea should be thrown out the window completely.

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Going skiing with the family

Going skiing with the family
Going on a ski trip with the whole family can be a lot of fun. It is an extraordinary experience for parents and children. But planning these trips with the whole family is certainly not an easy task. You want to choose the right location. If you live in Europe then the slopes of Austria, Switzerland, northern Italy and France can be the best option. People living in the US will find exciting slopes in Colorado or in Canada. One of the challenges for the average family is certainly organizing a skiing holiday that is within a reasonable budget. Most of the good skiing locations are quite expensive, especially when planning a taking into consideration everything you will need to pay for.

Finding the right skiing holiday offer
Skiing is known to be a rather pricey sport, especially when going to some of the big skiing resorts. Apart from paying for the trip and hotel you might also need to buy or rent all the equipment. Nonetheless, there are some great deals to be found over the internet. Websites like snowtrex.co.uk can help with giving a comprehensive overview of the deals available and provides an estimation on how expensive the trip can be. It is certainly recommendable to use these websites to compare all the different options available and to then find the deal that best suits you and your family. It is certainly possible to enjoy a great skiing holiday without straining your budget too much, as long as you take a bit of time in finding and comparing holiday deals.
Once you have found your ideal holiday there are a few more things to take into consideration if you want to make it ‘picture-perfect’. The first thing to take into account is the right equipment. Everybody in your family will definitely need fitting skis, boots and a helmet. While ski helmets are still not mandatory everywhere they are highly recommended for both children and adults. If you and your family only go skiing sporadically, then it is usually a better option to rent all the necessary equipment at the skiing resort. This also puts aside the issue of having to transport everything. When choosing the right location you should also consider the skiing ability of all the family members. When finding slopes for young children it is usually a lot safer to stay on beginner or intermediate slopes. Most of the larger resorts offer slopes for all skill levels, but this is certainly worth checking before you go. Taking these few considerations into account the family holidays in winter will be an unforgettable experience.

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Valentines Wreath

No how to on this post, as it was very straight forward, although I do wish I had been able to get red bells, instead of painting them and spraying them with matt clear sealer.

This wreath was inspired by a Christmas decoration I had seen at Salisbury’s and took a photo of. I used two thicknesses of florists wire, a think one to form the hear and then a thinner one to connect all the bells. The ribbon is red gingham from my stash. I have popped in on the front door, but instead of just hooking over the hanger, I have wrapped it round it. MadDad was concerned that it would jingle in the wind and bother us, but the only time it makes a noise is when the door is opened and closed.

When I take this one down I will be replacing it with an Easter one.

If you have made a wreath I would love to see it.

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