Carpet tiles offer many advantages over traditional broadloom and make designing your own floor scheme easy.
Why Carpet Tiles?
Carpet tiles have been around for over 50 years and were originally developed for homes as a hardwearing alternative to traditional broadloom carpet. Carpet tiles offer many advantages over traditional broadloom and make designing your own floor scheme easy. Recently there have been some great new designs introduced. Interior designers, makeover programs and interior magazines are increasingly presenting carpet tiles as a new design trend.
Advantages of Carpet Tiles
- Easy to install.
- Easy to transport – boxes to fit in the back of your car.
- Easy to lay on top of laminate/vinyl/concrete with no need for underlay.
- Easy to fit in awkward shaped rooms.
- Easy to clean and if a tile is damaged, you can simply replace the tile rather than the whole floor.
- Easy to lift and take with you if you move home, particularly if you are renting. I
- nstallations can be done in small areas or temporarily – you can even work around the furniture rather than empty the whole room.
Carpet tiles include a strong backing so they require no underlay or adhesives and produce less waste than other flooring types, particularly in awkward shaped rooms. This saves time and money and because carpet tiles are fairly easy to install, you can lay them yourself and save the cost of professional fitting. Any damage or spills can be resolved by replacing one tile rather than the entire floor, which is reassuring and overall means carpet tiles are definitely a cost effective flooring option.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpet tiles
Regular vacuuming is the best way to deal with everyday dust and dirt. For inevitable spills and accidents it’s best to treat the area as promptly as possible. Scrape up any solids as soon as possible, working from the edges of the spill towards the centre so it doesn’t spread. Excess liquid can be soaked up by placing a thick wad of absorbent paper over the area and pressing firmly. Sponge clean if required or the tiles can even be lifted and rinsed under the tap. Normally you can use a mild detergent solution and scrub gently with a brush where necessary, but it is important to remove all traces of the detergent by rinsing. Use absorbent paper to mop up as much excess moisture as possible, and allow to dry. If you lift a tile to clean it, you should make sure it is dry before you put it back, but let it dry naturally – don’t put it on a radiator or other artificially hot surface as this may damage the tile.