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An Alternative to Carpet
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 specifically for the home market in line with the most up to date trends in home interiors. Interior designers, makeover programmes and interior magazines are increasingly presenting carpet tiles as a new design trend looking towards manufacturers such as Heuga, Cavalier Carpets and Leigh Carpet Tiles for inspiration.
Carpet tiles (also known as ‘soft modular flooring’ or ‘carpet in a box’) are ideal for creating stylish schemes in homes:
- 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.
- Installations 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.
Carpet Tiles are ideal for:
- Designing your own floor - with a vast range of colours textures and patterns, you can create a unique floor design combining your favourites or create zones using different ranges.
- Kids’ bedrooms – it is easy to create colourful patterns on the floor to design a stimulating environment for children. Also spills and stains are much less of a problem with the ease of cleaning and replaceability of tiles.
- Quick replacement – if you need to replace a floor in a hurry it is easy to buy some carpet tiles, take them away in boxes and lay them yourself.
- Areas of hard wear – look out for those suitable for castor chairs if you have a home office or study.
- Apartments/Flats – the growing trend towards apartments/flats means that traditional broadloom carpets are not an option for many people due to the poor accessibility of these buildings. There’s no need to struggle getting a bulky roll of carpet up the stairs or into a lift. You can simply carry boxes of carpet tiles. Check the benefits of modular carpet tiles for residential use.