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Caring for Carpets and Floors When it’s Wet and Windy

When the great outdoors decides to follow you indoors, courtesy of muddy boots, playful pets, and the occasional splash from bath time escapades, it’s your floors that bear the brunt of these adventures.

But not to worry; with a sprinkle of savvy and a dash of diligence, maintaining spotless carpets and floors can be as breezy as a spring day in the park. Here’s a fun and easy guide to keeping your home cosy and clean, no matter the weather.

Stylish boots in contemporary home, resting on welcome mat.

Step 1: The Welcome Mat: Your Floor’s Best Friend

Imagine your dog, fresh from a puddle-splashing adventure, or your kids, leaving a breadcrumb trail of mud and raindrops across the floor. The first hero in our story? A trusty doormat.

We’re big fans of good quality doormats that catch any potential messes before they become a memory etched into your carpets and floors. In fact, we supply and fit Coir matting for entrances which looks particularly good in hallways, and are especially effective at protecting your floors.

Top Tip: Make a game of who can wipe their feet the most thoroughly, winner takes all, and the family pooch can even join in.

Owner cleaning muddy dog paws on carpet

Step 2: The Quick Clean-Up

Life’s little spills and thrills don’t have to spell disaster. Whether it’s a toppled plant pot or a set of soggy socks, quick action with a towel or mop can save the day.

As soon as a spill happens, spring into action. The faster you address the spill, the less likely it will turn into a stubborn stain.

  1. Start by Blotting: Grab a clean, white cloth or some paper towels. Press down on the spill, starting from the outer edges and moving towards the centre. This method helps prevent the spill from spreading. Continuously rotate to a clean section of your cloth, or grab fresh towels as needed, to ensure you’re always absorbing with a clean surface.
  2. Gently Remove Solids: If there’s any solid matter, carefully lift it off the carpet with the edge of a spoon. This helps to clear the area without pushing the substance deeper into the fibres.
  3. Watch the Transfer: Keep an eye on your towels as you blot. Seeing the colour of the spill transfer to the towel means you’re successfully lifting it from the carpet. Continue until no more colours come off onto your towels. Remember, rubbing is off-limits as it can damage the carpet fibres and spread the stain.
  4. Avoid Certain Cleaners: Steer clear of all-purpose spray cleaners or alkaline detergents. These can harm your carpet, causing more issues than the spill itself. However, when it comes to bleach, some carpets are now “bleach cleanable” so always make sure you speak to a flooring expert at Fludes Carpets or consult the manufacturers cleaning guide for full cleaning instructions.
  5. Apply a Weight: Once you’ve blotted up as much of the spill as possible, lay down a fresh set of clean towels over the area. Place a weight on top, like a glass or ceramic dish, to help draw out any remaining moisture from the carpet.

 

For more top carpet care tips, read our previous blog.

 

Family cleaning living room floors together.

Step 3: Fun with the Vacuum and Mop

Who says cleaning can’t be fun? Take it in turns for each family member to choose a tune and have them blasting out whilst you challenge everyone to one job. We’ve even heard success stories of having a dance-off with the vacuum cleaner, dust cloth, or mop in hand.

It’s a great way to keep the floors looking their best and turn a routine task into a laughter-filled session of family bonding.

Goally offers this great guide on how to get your kids to help with vacuuming, and we’re confident it will work on your other half too.

 

Carpet cleaning rug

Step 4: The Great Deep Clean

Every now and then, your floors deserve a little extra TLC. A deep clean can work wonders, refreshing and reviving every fibre and tile. Why not make it a family activity? Assign tasks to each family member and reward yourselves with a movie night afterwards to celebrate.

You can rent carpet cleaners from most supermarkets in the UK. We believe it’s well worth doing at least once a year, though ideally every 6 months would be even better.

 

Carpet Cleaning spray and protector

Step 5: Invisible Shields and Magic Sprays

There are some fantastic products out there that can make your floors more resistant to spills, stains, and splashes. Investing in a good carpet protector or a sealant for hard floors can be like casting a protective spell, making clean-ups a breeze, and keeping your floors safe from the chaos of daily life.

 

Step 6: Expert Advice – Your Secret Weapon

Sometimes, a little expert advice goes a long way. Whether it’s choosing the best protective products or finding the most effective cleaning techniques, don’t hesitate to ask a flooring expert.

We help all our customers choose flooring and carpets that best fit their daily life. Whether that means a high-pile carpet for a luxuriously soft living room, or an easy-to-clean quick-step laminate for easy care in the kitchen. If you’re a bit stuck or just need a helping hand, come in-store, and talk to a member of our team today.

 

Eastbourne Fludes store Rug display

Step 7: Roll Out the Fun with Seasonal Rugs

Rugs and runners aren’t just practical; they’re a chance to refresh your home’s look anytime you fancy. They’re like fancy-dress for your floor, protecting it from dirt and wear while adding a splash of colour and fun. Plus, they’re easy to clean and switch out, making them perfect for families always on the go.

 

Muddy boots on carpet floor UK 

From muddy misadventures to indoor rainstorms courtesy of bath time, your home is the backdrop to a myriad of family memories. With these simple steps, keeping your carpets and floors clean can be part of the fun, not a chore. So, embrace the mess of daily life, knowing you’ve got the tricks up your sleeve to keep your home looking and feeling its best, come rain or shine.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can I quickly dry a wet carpet to prevent mould?

A: Blot the area with towels to absorb as much water as possible, use a wet/dry vacuum if available, and then apply fans or a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.

 

Q: What’s the best way to protect carpets from mud and water?

A: Place high-quality doormats at all entrances and consider using carpet protectors or runners in high-traffic areas to catch dirt and moisture before they reach your carpets.

 

Q: Can regular vacuuming extend the life of my flooring?

A: Yes, regular vacuuming removes dirt and grit that can wear down carpet fibres and scratch hard floors, helping to extend the life and beauty of your flooring.

 

Q: How often should I deep clean my carpets and floors?

A: It’s recommended to deep clean your carpets every 6 to 12 months and hard floors as needed, depending on foot traffic, carpet type, and exposure to dirt and spills.

 

Q: Are there any DIY solutions for waterproofing carpets and floors?

A: While professional products are generally more effective, DIY solutions like applying a mixture of water and fabric protector spray can offer temporary resistance to spills on carpets. For hard floors, regular sealing with appropriate sealants can provide a waterproof barrier.

10 Interior Design Trends We Expect to See in 2024

The landscape of interior design is ever-evolving, and as we embrace 2024, it’s clear that this year is about creating spaces that resonate with warmth, comfort, and personal expression.

From the resurgence of nostalgic elements to the bold use of colours, these trends are set to redefine our homes. Let’s explore the top 10 interior design trends for 2024.

 

An internal photograph of a living room with a warm and earthy aesthetic.

 

  1. Warm Tones and Earthy Hues

Gone are the days of stark, cold palettes. 2024 is welcoming a spectrum of warm, earthy hues that bring a sense of calm and comfort to any space. Colours like beige, taupe, tan, ochre, and light pinks are not just trendy; they’re timeless.

As the year progresses, expect to see these hues deepen into richer shades of brown, complemented by subtle, nude pink tones. These colours work wonderfully to create a serene, inviting atmosphere, perfect for spaces where relaxation and tranquillity are key.

 

 

Caress carpet in bedroom. Pink pastel colour.

 

  1. Cosy, Tactile Bouclé Fabrics

The tactile experience in interior design is taking a front seat this year, with bouclé fabrics leading the charge. This trend is all about engaging the senses – the softness and warmth of these fabrics invite touch and create an immediate sense of comfort and luxury.

Bouclé fabrics are not just for carpets and upholstery; they’re becoming a staple for throws, cushions, and even curtains, adding depth and interest to any room. Their versatility and timeless appeal make them a perfect choice for creating a cosy, welcoming home that is soft on the eyes and the hands.

 

White Art Deco style rug with curved fingerprint pattern.

 

  1. Art Deco Curves

Love it or hate it, Art Deco seems to keep coming back. This year, interior design pays homage to the elegant, flowing lines of Art Deco, but with a modern twist. Furniture, flooring, and accessories featuring curvy, organic shapes are in vogue, offering a softer, more approachable take on the classic Art Deco style.

These pieces, when combined with the warm, earthy tones and tactile fabrics of 2024’s trends, create spaces that are both sophisticated and inviting. Expect to see these curves in everything from rugs and armchairs to mirrors and light fixtures, adding a touch of elegance to any room.

 

Karndean Heritage collection luxury vinyl tiles. Orange and Black vintage nostalgia pattern flooring.

 

  1. Playful Nostalgia

Very recent interior design trends seem to be embracing a strong sense of whimsy and nostalgia. We are seeing a lot of playful elements like scalloped edges, soft ruffles, candy cane stripes, and gingham play centre-stage.

These features add a touch of charm and character to spaces, evoking memories of simpler times. This trend is particularly effective in soft furnishings and accessories, where these playful details can add a light-hearted touch without overwhelming the space. It’s all about balancing modernity with a nod to the past, creating spaces that feel both fresh and familiar.

 

 

Modern living room with contemporary Scandinavian theming.

  1. The New Scandi

Scandinavian design has been a staple in homes for years, known for its clean lines, minimalism, and functionality. In 2024, this trend will evolve, embracing warmer tones and richer textures.

The New Scandi is about creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also warm and inviting. This trend sees the incorporation of warmer woods, softer lines, and tactile fabrics, maintaining the simplicity and functionality of traditional Scandinavian design while making it cosier and more approachable.

 

Red, earthy Ceramic vase with autumn flowers.

 

  1. Red Earth Ceramics

As a nod to the natural world, red earth ceramics are making a significant impact in 2024, we’re sure you’ll notice them start to crop up everywhere in the coming months. These pieces, with their rich, warm tones and organic shapes, add an element of artisanal charm to any space.

They’re perfect for adding a touch of earthiness and texture, whether in the form of vases, bowls, or decorative items. This trend complements the move towards natural, earthy tones, bringing a sense of the outdoors into our homes in a subtle, sophisticated way.

Top tip: We recently came across this very interesting article on the differences between red and white clay, used for ceramics. It’s well worth a read.

 

Folklore inspired carpeting with vines, leaves, and butterflies.

 

  1. Folklore Trend

The folklore trend is a celebration of nature and heritage. It’s about bringing the charm of the countryside into our homes through decorative fabrics, intricate embroidery, and woodland scenes.

This 2024 trend is perfect for those looking to add a touch of rustic elegance to their space. It works beautifully with natural colour palettes and materials, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Expect to see this trend in textiles, wallpaper, and accessories, each telling a story and adding a layer of depth and interest to the home.

 

Pop Art inspired living room with floral decor.

 

  1. Pop Art Inspired Florals

Bold, vibrant, and unapologetically expressive, pop art-inspired florals are a standout trend we’re expecting to see this year. This trend is all about making a statement, whether through large-scale wall art, vibrant upholstery, or striking accessories.

These florals are a modern twist on traditional patterns, offering a fresh, contemporary take on a classic design element. They work particularly well when paired with the 70s revival trend (spoilers…), creating spaces that are dynamic, colourful, and full of personality.

 

Art Deco, 70's revival style interior of living room. Featuring mustard, grey and navy furniture.

 

  1. 70’s Revival

The 70s are back in a big way in 2024, with a focus on rich, earthy tones and luxurious textures. This trend brings a sense of nostalgia but with a modern twist.

Think rattan furniture, velvet armchairs, and retro drinks trolleys, all in a palette of earthy browns, light mustard, terracotta, and oranges. This trend is about embracing the bold, eclectic style of the 70s while keeping it fresh and contemporary. It’s perfect for those looking to add a touch of retro glamour and opulence to their homes.

 

Collage of bold, bright, colourful living room themes.

 

  1. Say ‘No’ to Monochrome

2024 marks a significant shift away from the all-white or black-and-white aesthetics. This year is all about accessorizing with colour. From sultry navies to lively hues of blues, greens, and pinks, the colour trends of 2024 advocate for a daring approach.

We’re seeing a refreshing pushback against the ubiquitous all-white aesthetic, with monochromatic paints and deep, saturated colour schemes reclaiming the spotlight. This trend manifests in painted alcoves, striking wallpapers, deep wood tones, and evocative upholstery, encouraging everyone to unleash their colour perspective.

 

Female Interior Designer choosing flooring tiles in Fludes Carpets.

 

In conclusion, the interior design trends of 2024 are all about creating spaces that reflect our personalities, offer comfort, and connect us to the natural world. These trends encourage us to embrace colour, texture, and form in new and exciting ways, transforming our homes into unique, personal sanctuaries. Embrace these trends to make your home a true reflection of your style and a haven for the year ahead.

 

 

Ready to Embrace the 2024 Interior Design Trends?

As you explore the exciting interior design trends in 2024, remember that your home is a canvas for your creativity and style. If you’re feeling inspired to bring these trends to life in your own space, we’re here to help.

At Fludes Carpets, our flooring experts are ready to guide you through every step of the process, from choosing the perfect colours to selecting the ideal fabrics and finishes.

Contact us today and let’s start creating the home of your dreams.

 

Festive Season Store Opening Hours 2023

To all our valued customers,

As the festive season approaches, all of us here at Fludes Carpets would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May this Christmas bring you joy, happiness, and all the warmth this season has to offer.

During this magical time of year, we understand that home becomes an even more important place for many of you – a cosy haven for family gatherings, festive celebrations, and creating wonderful memories. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of making your homes comfortable and beautiful throughout the year.

As we all prepare to enjoy the festive period, we would like to inform you of our Christmas opening hours. Whether you’re looking to make a last-minute purchase to spruce up your home for the holidays or planning ahead for the New Year, we’re here to help at times that are most convenient for you.

 

Below are the festive opening times for all our Fludes Carpets stores between December 17th and January 6th:

Date Eastbourne Newhaven Haywards Heath Boscombe
Sunday 17th 10.00-4.00pm 10.00-4.00pm Closed 8:00-5:00pm
Monday 18th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 19th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 20th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 21st 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Friday 22nd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Saturday 23rd 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed
Sunday 24th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 25th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 26th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Wednesday 27th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Thursday 28th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Friday 29th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Saturday 30th 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed
Sunday 31st Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 1st Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 2nd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 3rd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 4th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Friday 5th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Saturday 6th 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed

 

Please note that these times are subject to change, so we recommend always keeping an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and for choosing Fludes Carpets. It’s been a pleasure serving you throughout the year, and we look forward to welcoming you into our stores during the festive season and beyond.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Warmest regards,

The Fludes Carpets Team

Naughty Elves Sale: Featured Products

Unwrap amazing deals on carpets and more!

This December, Fludes Carpets is bringing a twist of festive mischief with our “Naughty Elves Sale”!

While our cheeky elves are causing a bit of havoc around the stores, they’re also leaving behind some incredible deals for you. Get ready to enjoy 20% off most carpets, 20% off all underlays & accessories, and up to 50% off rugs. Let’s explore some of the fantastic ranges included in this whimsical winter sale.

Find out more about the sale here.

Take a look at some of the incredible products discounted as a gift to our customers this winter…

  1. Invictus Carpets – Copenhagen (20% off)

Step into the realm of unparalleled comfort and style with the Copenhagen carpet range from Invictus Carpets. This exquisite carpet collection is a true embodiment of luxury and sophistication. Crafted using the latest generations of solution-dyed yarns, including iVinci® (Polypropylene) and iVerse® (Polyester), Copenhagen offers a stunningly rich texture and an opulent body that you can’t help but admire.

Key Features:

  • Luxurious Texture: The carpets boast a frisé texture, giving them a uniquely soft and velvety feel underfoot.
  • Durable and Stain Resistant: Made with 100% iVinci Solution Dyed Olefin, these carpets are not only visually appealing but also remarkably stain-resistant and durable, making them perfect for everyday life.
  • Eco-Friendly Backing: Featuring FusionBac backing, Copenhagen carpets are an eco-friendly choice, combining comfort with environmental responsibility.

The Copenhagen range is an ideal choice for those who seek to infuse their homes with a touch of elegance and comfort. With 20% off during our Naughty Elves Sale, it’s the perfect time to elevate your home with a carpet from the Copenhagen range.

  1. Hugh Mackay Carpets – The Durham Collection (20% off)

Experience the elegance of modern design fused with classic style in The Durham Edition by Hugh Mackay Carpets. This collection reimagines the timeless herringbone pattern with a contemporary twist, using contrasting colours to create a unique and understated look. Perfectly suited for busy homes, The Durham Edition combines practicality with style in a way that elevates any space.

Key Features:

  • Contemporary Herringbone Style: The Durham Edition takes the classic herringbone pattern and revitalises it with modern colour contrasts, offering a fresh take on a traditional design.
  • Quality Wool Blend: Made from an 80% wool blend, these carpets promise both comfort and durability, ensuring a long-lasting, luxurious feel underfoot.
  • Colour Variety: With a choice of 12 specially selected colours, ranging from the deep tones of Marine and Dark Red to the subtle elegance of French Grey and Ivory, there’s a shade to match any decor.

 

  1. Associated Weavers – Stainaway Harvest Heathers (20% off)

Embrace the natural beauty and exceptional durability of the Stainaway Harvest Heathers Deluxe Carpet from Associated Weavers. This range is celebrated for its hardwearing qualities and elegant, flecked appearance, making it a perfect choice for any area of your home, from the living room to the bedroom.

Key Features:

  • Dense Twist Pile: The carpet features a dense 7.5mm twist pile, providing a comfortable yet durable surface underfoot.
  • Stain Resistance: Made from 100% Polypropylene fibres, the Harvest Heathers Deluxe is designed to resist stains, ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance.
  • Heavy Domestic Rating: This carpet is rated for heavy domestic use, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways.

  1. Abingdon Flooring – Royal Windsor Carpets (20% off)

Discover the renewed charm and enduring quality of the Royal Windsor Carpets from Abingdon Flooring. This classic wool range has been revitalised with new features while retaining all its original qualities, making it a timeless choice for any home.

Key Features:

  • All-Natural Wool: Royal Windsor is an all-natural, 100% wool carpet, offering the unique benefits of this versatile natural fibre. Wool is renowned for its sound absorption qualities, moisture control, and ability to absorb volatile organic compounds from the atmosphere.
  • Berber Loop Style: The carpet features a Berber loop style, which not only adds a touch of elegance but also provides toughness and comfort underfoot.
  • Durability and Warranty: Paired with a substantial warranty and moth-resistant technology, this flooring is built to last and remain stylish for years to come.

With a 20% discount during our Naughty Elves Sale, the Royal Windsor Carpets present an excellent opportunity to invest in flooring that combines practicality, comfort, and timeless style.

 

Don’t let the naughty elves have all the fun! Join us at Fludes Carpets for the Naughty Elves Sale and unwrap some incredible deals on carpets, underlays, accessories, and rugs.

Visit your local store or contact us to explore these amazing offers. Let’s make your home merry and bright this festive season!

 

Why choose an approved retailer for your Karndean Designflooring?

While Karndean Designflooring offers an unparalleled range of luxurious and durable vinyl flooring options, the place you choose to make your purchase is equally important.

Fludes Carpets, as an approved retailer of Karndean Designflooring, provides a comprehensive and personalised service that goes beyond the point of sale. In this article, we’ll explore the multiple advantages of purchasing your Karndean flooring from Fludes Carpets.

 

 

Start With a Free Design Consultation

Choosing the right flooring is a significant decision that impacts both the aesthetics and functionality of your home. To make this process easier, Fludes Carpets offer a free design consultation to get your started.

During these sessions, our experts will guide you through Karndean’s extensive range of designs, laying patterns, finishes, and formats. This personalised service ensures that you can create a bespoke look that aligns perfectly with your home’s interior design, budget, and your personal style preferences.

 

Expert Product and Industry Knowledge

We’d be the first to admit that the range of flooring available to shoppers is an ever increasing one. At Fludes Carpets, our team has amassed decades of experience, equipping them with invaluable product knowledge. This expertise allows us to guide you through the nuances of each Karndean product, from classic oak effects to modern concrete finishes. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

If you would like to know more about why we pride ourselves on our in-store experience, take a look at our what to expect page.

 

 

Guaranteed Customer Care

Customer service truly matters to us and it’s become an ethos that permeates every interaction at Fludes Carpets. From the moment you make your initial enquiry, you’ll experience a level of customer care that sets us apart.

Our commitment to excellence extends to every stage of your flooring journey, ensuring a seamless and satisfying experience from selection to installation.

 

Lifetime Transferrable Purchase Guarantee

Investing in quality flooring is a long-term commitment, and Fludes Carpets makes that commitment even more secure with our Lifetime Transferrable Purchase Guarantee which applies to all Karndean products purchases in any of our stores.

This unique offering not only assures you of the quality and durability of your Karndean flooring but also adds value to your home by being transferrable should you decide to move.

 

 

Comprehensive Aftercare

Your relationship with Fludes Carpets doesn’t end once your new floor is installed. We offer robust aftercare that includes a wealth of Karndean specific FAQ’s, cleaning tips, and maintenance advice.

Our aim is to empower you with the knowledge and resources to keep your Karndean flooring in pristine condition for years to come.

 

See and Feel the Products in Person

While online images and descriptions can provide a general idea, there’s no substitute for experiencing the quality of Karndean flooring in person. At Fludes Carpets, we invite you to visit our showrooms where you can touch and feel the various flooring options. This tactile experience is invaluable in helping you make a properly informed decision.

 

 

Choosing Fludes Carpets as your Karndean Retailer is about making an investment in your home and lifestyle. You’re not just gaining a high-quality floor; you’re benefiting from a holistic service that covers everything from expert advice to comprehensive aftercare.

So, when it comes to making one of the most significant decisions for your home, choose Fludes Carpets as your trusted Karndean Retailer and contact the team today.

 

This year’s biggest flooring style trends featuring Karndean Designflooring

The essence of a home often starts from the ground up—literally. Flooring is more than just a surface to walk on; it’s a foundational element that sets the tone for your entire living space.

As we approach the end of this year, the focus is shifting towards flooring styles that are not just functional but also artistic, sustainable, and aligned with emerging interior design trends.

In this blog, we’ll delve into five flooring styles that have become increasingly popular throughout 2023. Each style is paired with a standout product from Karndean, ensuring that – should you purchase from Fludes Carpets – your floors are not just trendy but also of the highest quality. To view any of these styles in your own home try this Floorstyle virtual visualiser tool.

Click here to view our full Karndean gallery.

 

Floors Laid at an Angle: Knight Tile Rigid Core

Gone are the days when flooring was laid in a straightforward, parallel manner. This year, it’s all about angles. Laying your floor at a 45-degree angle to the walls can transform a room, making it appear larger and more dynamic. The Knight Tile Rigid Core Collection is perfect for this, offering a range of designs that can be laid at an angle for that extra touch of individuality.

 

Herringbone: Art Select Collection

Herringbone is a classic that seems to never go out of style. Herringbone adds texture and depth to any room and has always been an intricate pattern that captures the eye. With a variety of wood and stone designs available, you can create a herringbone pattern that truly reflects your personal style.

 

Bold Patterns: Heritage Collection

If you’re looking to make a simple yet bold statement, look no further than some of the more extravagant patterns that have had a huge surge in popularity over the last year. The Heritage Collection offers classic geometric tile patterns in a palette of 12 traditional and contemporary colours. Whether you opt for a Victorian-inspired design or something more modern, this collection allows you to create a floor that’s stylish but also uniquely you.

 

Large Wooden Texture Planks: Van Gogh Collection

Sometimes, bigger really is better. Large wooden texture planks, like the ones picture from the Van Gogh Collection, offer a rustic yet naturally refined look. These planks are not just aesthetically pleasing; they also have the practical advantage of making a room appear more spacious. The larger varieties of wooden texture planks make a flooring more tactile, whilst giving the entire room a modern yet distinguished appearance.

 

Monochrome: Opus Collection

Monochrome designs are timeless and versatile, fitting seamlessly into a variety of interior styles. Although the entire range includes a wide variety of colour tones and surface finishes; we’re featuring this large tile black and white pattern from Karndean’s Opus Collection. This stunning flooring offers a design that can add a touch of sophistication to any room, from kitchens to living rooms. The flexible nature of monochrome patterning means it can accompany modern and traditional rooms alike, adding contrast to plain spaces and a visually stunning foundation to build upon.

 

As we’ve explored, the flooring trends of this year are far from mundane. They invite homeowners to break away from traditional norms and embrace styles that are imaginative, bold, and deeply personal.

With Karndean Designflooring’s exceptional range of products, achieving this level of individuality is not just possible—it’s effortless. So, whether you’re renovating your home or simply looking to update a room, make your way to your local Fludes Carpets store. There, you’ll find a wide range of options to choose from and a friendly team to help you at every stage.

If you’d like to discuss what’s possible for the flooring in your space, contact us here or find your local store and showroom.

 

 

Ultimate Guide to Rugs: Your questions answered

Before we dive into the world of rugs, we have an exciting announcement. Enjoy a 20% discount on all Mastercraft rugs until 31st October. Just quote WEB23 to a member of our team.

A rug is more than just a piece of fabric; it’s a style statement. It’s a versatile floor covering made from either synthetic or natural fibres. Unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, rugs are portable and usually cover only a portion of your floor. They come in a myriad of designs and styles, so choosing the right one is crucial to complementing your room’s aesthetic.

For almost a century, Fludes Carpets has been dedicated to offering the finest selection of rugs in the South of England. Our collection includes classic rugs hand-picked from Europe, India, Persia, and Pakistan, as well as modern styles in both natural and vibrant colours.

Whether you’re looking for a rug to add warmth and comfort to your living room or a statement piece to complement your existing decor, our extensive selection is sure to meet your needs.

 

How to Position a Rug in Any Room:

  • Bedroom: For a spacious bedroom, your rug should be large enough to accommodate your bed and bedside tables. In a snug room, aim for the rug to cover the lower third of the bed. Either way, leave about a foot of rug on all sides for a cosy landing spot.
  • Dining Room: Your rug should echo the shape of your dining table. Ensure there’s about two feet of rug beyond the table so chairs don’t slip off.
  • Entryway: Opt for a durable, narrow runner. It’s the perfect welcoming touch.
  • Kitchen: Keep it simple. A small rug in front of the sink or a runner for narrow kitchens will do the trick.
  • Living Room: If your seating area is away from the wall, all furniture should sit within the rug’s boundaries. If your sofa is against the wall, just the front legs need to be on the rug.
  • Outdoor Space: Go for a rug that’s slightly smaller than your outdoor area for a balanced look.

Of course, these are only suggestions and the most important factor when choosing to position a rug, is ensuring it helps the space feel welcoming, comfortable, and uniquely yours.

 

 

How to Choose the Perfect Rug:

  1. Know Your Space: Measure the area and think about the furniture that will sit on or around the rug. Use painter’s tape to map it out if you’re unsure. Our team can always help you with measuring correctly.
  2. Style Matters: Whether you’re going for a casual jute rug or a bohemian shag, the rug should align with your room’s decor.
  3. Material World: Natural fibres like wool are durable but pricier. If you have kids or pets, synthetic might be the way to go.
  4. Traffic Talk: For high-traffic areas, low-pile rugs are your best bet. High-pile rugs are plush but not ideal for busy spaces as they lose their shape over time.
  5. Colour or Pattern: If your room is mostly neutral, a patterned rug can add a pop of interest. For patterned decor, a solid rug can balance things out.
  6. Layer Up: It can be controversial, but don’t shy away from experimenting with layering rugs for added texture and depth.
  7. Underneath It All: Invest in a quality rug pad for added comfort and to keep your rug in place.

For more information on choosing the perfect rug, we recommend this article by Homes and Gardens on 20 expert tips to choosing a rug.

 

Spotlight on Mastercraft Rugs: A Partnership for Quality and Style

Fludes Carpets is excited to have partnered up with Mastercraft to offer thousands of beautiful rugs at competitive prices. Mastercraft is renowned for its commitment to quality, design, and sustainability. Here’s a closer look at some of their standout ranges:

  1. Canyon

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Sizes: Available in 8 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles & circles
  2. Galleria

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Designs: Available in 45 designs
    • Sizes: Available in 15 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles, circles, squares, and runners
  3. Kashqai

    • Material: Environmentally friendly 100% worsted yarn wool
    • Safety: Fire retardant
    • Sizes: Available in 10 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles and circles
  4. Mehari

    • Sustainability: Woven using renewable energy
    • Designs: Available in 37 designs
    • Sizes: Available in 17 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles, circles, squares, and runners
  5. Pheonix

    • Material: Environmentally friendly 100% worsted yarn wool
    • Safety: Fire retardant
    • Sizes: Available in 6 sizes
    • Shapes: Rectangles

 

If you’re still not sure how to pick the perfect rug, take a look at this article on 7 steps to choosing a rug by Masterclass.

Exclusive Offer: 20% Off All Mastercraft Rugs

As part of our ongoing partnership, we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive 20% discount on all Mastercraft rugs. Simply quote WEB23 when talking to a member of our expert team. Hurry though, this offer ends on 31st October.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use rugs outdoors?
    Absolutely, just make sure they’re made from weather-resistant materials like polypropylene. We are proud to offer both indoor and outdoor rugs.
  2. How do I clean my rug?
    It depends on the material. Some can be machine washed, while others may require professional cleaning.
  3. Is a rug pet-friendly?
    If you have pets, opt for a rug with a low pile and darker colours to hide stains and potential damage.
  4. What sizes do Fludes Carpets offer?
    We offer a wide range of sizes, from 4’x2’ (1.20 x 0.60m) up to 15’x 12’ (4.57 x 3.66m), and many other sizes in between.
  5. Do you offer custom-sized rugs?
    Yes, we offer a selection of design and build your own rug with Crucial Trading rug builder program. We can also create a rug of any shape or size from any of our carpet ranges.
  6. Can I try the rug at home before buying?
    Absolutely, we offer a paid approval on all stock rugs, meaning you can try the rug at home for up to 24 hours before committing. Ask in-store for more details.
  7. Why don’t you sell rugs online?
    We believe that choosing a rug is a tactile experience. You need to see and feel the rug before making a decision, which is why we do not sell online. Please note that our Boscombe store currently doesn’t stock rugs.
  8. Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?
    We stand by the quality of our rugs and offer warranties on select products. Please inquire in-store for more details.
  9. What are the benefits of having a rug?
    Rugs not only enhance the look of any room but also offer benefits like softening the sound in areas with hard flooring.

 

 

Ready to Transform Your Space?

From colour theory to pattern mixing, Fludes Carpets has got you covered. Whether you’re shopping for a statement laminate flooring or choosing the perfect rug, we’re here to make your space uniquely yours.

If you’re still not sure whether a rug is the best option for your home, take a look at our blog on choosing the perfect flooring for every room in your house.

Caring for Your Carpet: Expert tips for a fresh and long-lasting look

Every carpet tells a story. From sitting around opening presents on Christmas morning to rolling around playing with your dog on a summer’s day, our carpets bear witness to an extraordinary amount of our day-to-day lives.

With that in mind, ensuring your carpet has a long lifespan whilst also maintaining its appearance is essential not just for the aesthetics of your home, but also for the health of its inhabitants. While our modern lives are busier than ever, a few expert tips can make carpet care a breeze, ensuring your carpet remains vibrant, plush, and ready for anything, for years to come.

 

Routine Revival: General care and routine maintenance

Every carpet, whether nestled in a cozy living room or a bustling office hallway, faces its share of daily challenges. From the innocent footfalls of daily life to the occasional mishap of a spilled drink, regular cleaning becomes the unsung hero of ensuring your carpet remains as vibrant and inviting as the day it was laid.

  1. Vacuum your carpet at least once a week. For high-traffic areas, consider vacuuming even more frequently. This not only removes dirt and dust but also helps in maintaining the carpet’s fluffiness. If you have members of the household (be they human or not) particularly prone to shedding, it is especially important you hoover regularly to avoid matted sections, tumbleweeds of hair and dust build-up.This article from The Spruce does a fantastic job of explaining the very best techniques to use when vacuuming your carpet.
  2. Utilise Furniture Cups and Felt Pads: These relatively small and inexpensive tools distribute the weight of heavy furniture, preventing undue stress on your carpet. Castor cups, such as these, tend to work best for furniture with legs whereas felts pads can be placed in a variety of ways for more versatile use.
  3. Rotate Furniture Every So Often: The simple act of turning furniture around on occasion can prevent undue wear and tear on specific areas of your carpet. This will particularly help with indentations and flattening caused by heavy furniture, by reducing the recovery time of your carpet and underlay.
  4. Groom Your Canine and Feline Companions: If you share your home with an animal companion, it’s always worth regularly trimming your pets’ nails to avoid snags and pulls. Also, consider using pet-friendly carpet cleaners for those unexpected accidents.
  5. Place Tactical Entrance Mats and Rugs: Using doormats and rugs cleverly by entrances will allow them to act as the first line of defence, trapping dirt before it reaches your carpet. They can also help with footfall dispersion, ensuring the place that sees the most traffic (the entrance) is protected, before dispersing your family and friends throughout the room.


Dealing with Soiling and Spillages:
Immediate spot cleaning action is the key. For liquid spills, blot (don’t rub) with a clean cloth. For solid messes, gently scrape off with a blunt knife. Avoid over-wetting the carpet when trying to remove stains. And remember, not all carpets react well to bleach, so always check the carpet’s material before using any harsh chemicals.

Sorting Out Shedding and Pulled Loops: Shedding is a natural process for newer carpets, so don’t worry too much as all cut pile carpets will lose fibre. With time and regular vacuuming, this will start to reduce. For pulled loops which are usually caused when a sharp object has gotten caught, resist the urge to pull them out. Instead, trim them with scissors to align with the carpet’s surface. Try not to leave them for too long though as this could result in further loops being pulled and developing into what’s called a ladder.

Enduring Issues: Solutions for the Most Stubborn Carpet Problems

Carpets, like any other home investment, can face challenges as they age. Understanding these issues can help homeowners address them effectively and maintain the carpet’s long-term beauty and functionality.

Shading, Flattening, and Pile Reversal:

These issues often manifest as patches that look discoloured or areas where the carpet fibres lay in a different direction. They can be due to foot traffic, the natural settling of the carpet, or even the way light hits the threads.

Solution: Regular vacuuming in alternating directions can help, along with re-arranging furniture to vary traffic dispersion. For severe cases, professional stretching or grooming might be required.

Indentations:

These are depressions or marks left by heavy furniture or objects. Over time, these can become very difficult to deal with – especially if they affect the underlay – and affect the carpet’s appearance. The good news is most indentations will eventually recover, unfortunately this can take a very long time depending on the weight of the item and length of time it was left.

Solution: As a preventative measure, use furniture cups or pads to distribute weight. For existing indentations, start by vacuuming with a rotating brush. If this doesn’t work, dampen the area (ideally using a steam iron held 15-20cm above the carpet) and gently tease the fibres up using a soft brush, darning needle, or the edge of a coin. Be careful to not overly moisten the carpet as this can do more harm.

Static Storing:

Especially common in drier climates or seasons, static electricity can build up in carpets, leading to small shocks. Annoying to adults and pets, this small inconvenience can be much more of a problem if you have small children in the home.

Solution: Ideally use a humidifier to optimise the amount of moisture in the room. If this this isn’t possible or practical, anti-static sprays are also available for temporary relief, and as a top tip: you can use a diluted fabric softener to tackle this one. Just dilute a small amount in a spray bottle with mostly water, and lightly dust the carpets surface.

Fading:

Over time, carpets, especially those exposed to direct sunlight, can fade, losing their vibrant colour.

Solution: Unfortunately, this one is hard to sort once the damage is done. We strongly recommend using blinds, curtains, or UV window films to protect carpets from direct sunlight in the first instance. If fading has started to occur Periodic professional cleaning can also help in reviving the colour to some extent. It’s worth noting that all carpets in the UK must meet the British Standard EN ISO 105-G02, which is a test for colour quality in all textiles.

By being proactive and addressing these long-term problems early on, homeowners can ensure their carpets remain beautiful and functional for years to come.

Carpet care and cleaning FAQs:

 

Will regularly cleaning my carpet cause mould?

Proper carpet cleaning will actually prevent mould, but always ensure proper drying. Consider using fans or dehumidifiers after any wet cleaning.

 

How can I clean cat or dog urine out of my carpet?

Speed is key, so try and act as quickly as possible. Blot the area using a mild detergent, and rinse with water. For persistent odours, consider a specialised pet odour remover.

 

Will too much cleaning cause colour fading?

Over-cleaning or using harsh chemicals can lead to fading. Always follow manufacturer recommendations and check the products you intend to use are compatible with the material your carpet is made from. Try to avoid using bleach-based cleaning products to ensure colour fading does not occur.

 

What is carpet sprouting?

Sprouting (aka tufting) is when tufts emerge above the carpet’s surface. Do not pull these out as this could cause further damage. Simply trim them to the same height as the rest of your carpet.

 

Will carpet cleaner damage my vinyl, laminate, or hardwood floor?

Although some products can be versatile enough to use on various types of flooring, always check the cleaner’s label to ensure it is fit for purpose and ensure no excess solution seeps through to any base layers.

 

How to remove stubborn stains from carpet?

Ideally, you need to figure out if the stain is water-soluble (e.g. milk, mud and berries) or not (e.g. coffee, wine and chocolate). If it’s the latter, it will require a more specialised approach. In most circumstances you should follow these steps, only moving on to the next one when the previous one doesn’t work:

  1. Try a dish soap and water solution.
  2. Try a dish soap, water, and vinegar solution.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and attempt the solution from step 2.

With all of these solutions, we recommend trying the solution on a discreet area of the carpet first to ensure there are no adverse effects. For a further guide, take a look at this blog.

When to Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner

Even with regular care, there are moments when your carpet needs an expert touch. Whether it’s stubborn stains that won’t budge, lingering odours, or just the need for a deep refresh, professional carpet cleaners have the tools and expertise to restore your carpet’s vibrancy.

 

Recognising the Signs: When to Consider a New Carpet

Every carpet has its lifespan. If you notice persistent odours, areas of wear and tear, or if the comfort underfoot isn’t what it used to be, it might be time to think about a fresh start with a new carpet. A new installation can rejuvenate your space and adapt to your evolving needs.

Discover our range of carpets to fall in love with, or find your nearest store and visit us to see our wide selection of carpets in person.

 

Your carpet is more than just a floor covering; it’s a testament to your home’s character and warmth. With the right care, it can remain a cherished part of your home for years. For more expert advice or to explore our range of carpets, visit Fludes Carpets today or enquire with us to discuss the flooring you have in mind.

What flooring is right for every room of your house?

Choosing the flooring that is perfect for every room of your home is an important decision that requires you to consider style, functionality, and personal preference. The right carpet can make a standard living room the cosiest retreat on the street; likewise, a good standard of laminate can futureproof your busy open-plan kitchen-diner for years to come.

Every room has unique requirements that should be carefully considered when making these choices, and in this article, we’ll walk through each room and discuss the key factors you should bear in mind, as well as some top tips for the perfect functional flooring.

  1. Living Room
  2. Hallway
  3. Kitchen
  4. Bathroom
  5. Bedroom
  6. Office
  7. Conservatories, External Pods and Loft Conversions

 

Living Room

Comfort and style are key when picking a carpet or flooring for, what is traditionally, the room where families come together to relax. For most families that means achieving 2 things:

  1. Having a carpet that looks and feels comfy, but also stylish.
  2. Ensuring it’s got longevity and won’t show wear and tear in a short period of time.

For warmth, child-safety and comfort most people opt for carpet. So, let’s tick box one first. To ensure your lounge carpet has a premium feel underfoot (or under sock), start by considering the right fibre. There are a lot of fibre choices out there but you’re most likely to come across nylon, polyester, acrylic and wool. As a rule of thumb, high-quality wool, nylon and polypropylene tend to give you that cosy feel often sought-after in a living room. To find out more about a wider range of fabrics we recommend this article by The Spruce. Once you’ve chosen the fibre, it’s critical you get the pile right for your needs.

The pile refers to the length of fabric strands within the carpet. If you want your living room to feel comfy then aim for a higher pile with a heavier face weight. On the other hand, if your home has allergy sufferers or easy cleaning is more important, go for a lower face weight.

Thankfully wool and nylon fibres also tend to be the most durable, meaning they are great for ensuring wear and tear is held at bay for as long as possible. However, when considering durability, also pay attention to the face weight – which is the density of the material measured in ounces – as well as the warranties and guarantees provided by both the manufacturer and retailer. These both give an indication of the lifespan and quality of the carpet.

We recommend talking to our team about the Riviera Allure soft strand.

Of course, if having a soft floor in your living room isn’t your priority, you can always consider vinyl or hardwood flooring which are often selected for their stunning aesthetics and can be accentuated by statement rugs. Take a look at our wooden flooring gallery for an alternative living room style, including the gorgeous Furlong Emerald Multi-Layer 190.

 

Hallway

The hallway serves as the gateway to your home, setting the tone for what lies beyond. As a high-traffic area, it requires a flooring option that can withstand the constant coming and going while still making a stylish statement. Consider durable options such as hardwood, vinyl, or quick-step laminate, which are not only resilient but also add an elegant touch to your hall.

It is vital that if you opt for laminate or hardwood, the underlay you choose is of a high quality, as this will have a big impact on the durability of your hallway flooring over the coming years. Talk to one of our expert team to understand how to get the most out of your underlay and hallway flooring.

In a nutshell, here are the key differences to keep in mind when comparing vinyl, laminate and wooden flooring for your hallway:

Vinyl = More affordable, scratch and moisture resistant, easy to clean and maintain.

Wood = Naturally stylish, incredible first impression, can be sanded down and re-finished.

Laminate = Wide range of styles and price points, requires underlayment.

Vinyl flooring tends to be the most popular choice due to its stylistic variety and easiness to maintain however wood flooring and laminate also have their pros and cons. Take a look at our gallery to find the perfect inspiration for your hallway.

 

Kitchen

Now we come to the room where you’re most likely to see stains and spills, so you need to choose a flooring that can handle the cleaning demands whilst also being durable enough to accommodate the frantic movements of inspiring chefs.

These days laminate flooring and engineered wood are the go-to for a lot of households. Both offer a wide range of appealing styles, whilst also being easy to clean. We recommend looking at Furlong Flooring’s Next Step 189 if engineered wood is on your radar, as it offers a great combination of performance and style. However, if you’re heart (and wallet) are swaying towards laminate, the Quick-Step Creo is  great place to begin your search.

In recent years the use of plastic in LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) has seen its popularity decline for environmental reasons, but if you’re looking for a tried and tested, slip-resistant, water-resistant, and easy to clean kitchen flooring, start by taking a look at the Abingdon Flooring Mexico collection.

 

Bathroom

A lot of the same principles we discussed in the Kitchen section also apply to bathrooms and lavatories. You will want your flooring to be slip and water resistant, and easy to maintain, whilst also ensuring it makes your bathroom feel modern and spacious.

In the bathroom however it’s critical that hygiene is a priority. Whatever flooring you choose needs to be moisture resistant, convenient to clean, and in an ideal world not capture dirt, mould, bacteria or fungi.

We’d suggest staying away from wood (both natural and engineered) in this case, as even though visually it can be a real feast for the eyes, it’s also susceptible to moisture damage and can hold onto bacteria.

Instead, we’d recommend something from the Karndean Luxury Vinyl Flooring Tile range. These stunning designflooring solutions allow your bathroom floor to mimic natural materials and the most premium flooring options, whilst providing a more practical alternative. This range of versatile and durable vinyl comes with a simple to follow cleaning guide and industry leading lifetime guarantee.

Take a look at The Opus collection in our gallery to see an example of why we think so highly of Karndean.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom is your personal sanctuary, a space for rest and rejuvenation. Softness and warmth underfoot are essential for creating a cozy atmosphere. Carpet, luxury vinyl plank, or hardwood flooring with area rugs are popular choices for bedrooms, providing comfort and a touch of luxury. Consider colours and textures that promote relaxation and reflect your personal style.

Much like when we discussed the living room, it’s important to get the right material and pile length for a bedroom carpet. However, as it’s likely to see much less foot traffic you can sacrifice some of the durability for a more luxurious feel.

Ramp up the ounces in the face weight and increase the pile length for a much softer carpet that really has a premium texture. Literally letting you walk into comfort before bed.

If you’re feeling a little bolder, hard-wood flooring is another popular choice for the boudoir. It’s beautiful, hard-wearing and is environmentally friendly. It’s worth noting it’s also softer than tile and stone which are often considered alongside wood flooring.

To get a more in-depth guide to your options when finding the perfect flooring for your bedroom, read this article by The Spruce. Or if you want to see our bedroom carpets in situ, take a look at our carpet gallery.

If you’re considering wooden flooring in your bedroom, we recommend coming into one of our showrooms to discuss your options in depth with one of our expert team members. In the meantime take a look at Furlong Flooring’s Emerald Multi-Layer 150, which is a great inspiration for how wooden flooring can elevate a bedroom space.

 

Office

Whether you work from home or have a dedicated office space, the right flooring can enhance productivity and create a professional atmosphere. It is vital though that it works well with office furniture, absorbs the noise from phone calls and provides relative comfort whilst also being practical. Wood, vinyl, laminate, and carpet are all viable choices, each offering a range of design possibilities to suit your unique style and preferences.

Both Vinyl and laminate floors are a durable and low-maintenance option, ideal for heavy foot traffic and swivel chair use. They are scuff and stain-resistant, absorb noise, and offer excellent thermal properties.

On the other hand, hardwood flooring exudes a natural and long-lasting appeal, available in various colours and textures to complement your home office’s aesthetic.

Carpet is often considered, especially for home offices, as it can make your space feel more welcoming than the alternatives. That being said, to make carpet functional within an office space it needs to work with how you use your office. For example, if you adore your executive leather office swivel chair, there is no point choosing a high-pile dense fibre as you’ll end up spending a lot of your time furiously trying to push your chair across the room.

For a long-lasting office flooring, we highly recommend discussing your options with our team to ensure whatever type of flooring you choose suits your unique requirements for a long time to come.

 

Conservatories, External Pods and Loft Conversions

Finally, we wanted to touch on the more modern rooms we get enquiries about. Expanding your living space with conservatories, external pods, or loft conversions requires flooring options that can withstand temperature changes and provide insulation. Engineered wood, laminate, or luxury vinyl flooring are excellent choices for these areas, offering both style and practicality. Consider options with built-in thermal properties and durability to ensure year-round comfort.

  1. Conservatories: Conservatories are a delightful way to bring the outdoors inside, and the right flooring can enhance this experience. Engineered wood flooring is a popular choice for conservatories due to its durability and natural appeal. It offers the beauty of real wood while being more resistant to temperature fluctuations and moisture. Laminate flooring is another excellent option, providing a wide range of designs that mimic wood, stone, or tile at a more affordable price. To ensure comfort year-round, consider adding area rugs made from materials suitable for conservatory use, creating cosy spots to relax and enjoy the surrounding views.
  2. External Pods: External pods, like garden rooms or home offices, offer a tranquil escape from the main living spaces. These spaces require flooring that can handle outdoor exposure, potential moisture, and varying temperatures. Luxury vinyl flooring (LVT) is an exceptional choice for external pods. LVT comes in various styles, including wood and stone looks, and is designed to be water-resistant and highly durable. Its ability to replicate natural materials while offering easy maintenance and resilience makes it an ideal flooring solution for external buildings.
  3. Loft Conversions: Loft conversions are versatile spaces that can serve as bedrooms, home offices, or entertainment rooms. Choosing the right flooring is essential to make the most of these areas. Dependant on the way it’s going to be used, carpet tends to be the most popular option. However, engineered wood flooring can add warmth and elegance to the space. Its construction with multiple layers provides stability and reduces the risk of warping due to temperature changes. Laminate flooring is also suitable for loft conversions, providing a cost-effective alternative with a wide array of designs and textures. To enhance the comfort and soundproofing, consider adding quality underlayment beneath the flooring.

In all these additional rooms, the flooring’s thermal properties play a vital role in maintaining a comfortable atmosphere. Investing in flooring with built-in thermal resistance ensures that these spaces stay cosy during colder months and cooler during the summer, allowing you to enjoy them throughout the year.

 

Choosing the right flooring for each room of your home should be a creative and fun experience. By considering the specific needs of each space and exploring suitable options, you can create a harmonious environment that reflects your style and meets your lifestyle requirements.

Let Fludes Carpets be your guide in selecting the perfect flooring solutions for every room, providing exceptional quality, expert advice, and unparalleled customer service along the way. With a wide range of options and years of industry experience, we are here to help you transform your house into a dream home, one room at a time.

Unveiling the Eastbourne Store’s Spectacular Transformation

We’ve been hard at work since last winter and are now incredibly excited to announce the highly anticipated relaunch of our flagship Eastbourne store and showroom.

Prepare to embark on a journey of inspiration, innovation, and sheer elegance as the doors open to reveal a space that has undergone a remarkable transformation.

 

 

The story began with an unexpected twist just before Christmas; an unfortunate roof leak that led to extensive damage. But adversity often serves as a catalyst for greatness, and we embraced the challenge. With unwavering determination, the team set out to reimagine the Eastbourne store, turning it into a flooring haven of beauty, comfort, and style.

As you approach the store, you’ll be greeted by an inviting façade that showcases the meticulous attention to detail given to every aspect of the renovation. Step inside, and a world of possibilities unfolds before your eyes.

The newly installed front windows breathe fresh life into the space, creating an atmosphere of excitement that we share with all our customers. There is now an open seamless flow throughout the showroom, accented by new internal doors and walls, setting the stage for the true stars of the show – the exquisite flooring collections that lie within.

“I am excited with the outcome from the re-fit in the Eastbourne store. This re-fit has gone exceptionally well, and we now have an inviting and fabulous new store, making it easy for our customers to find their perfect flooring.” said Peter Hebditch, Managing Director of Fludes Carpets. “I would like to thank our amazing staff in Eastbourne for helping to pull this great new look together.”

 

 

Every step you take within the newly refurbished store is a testament to our commitment to offering the finest options for our customers. The selection process was meticulous, resulting in a showcase of flooring that embodies both style and substance.

Demonstrating the durability and longevity of the products first-hand, within the store you can now sink your shoes into the luxurious Furlong’s Tweed twist, a stain-resistant carpet renowned for its durability and sumptuous feel. And don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of Ulster Carpets’ most popular wool Wilton’s, a masterpiece of exceptional quality and outstanding wear resistance, perfectly suited to withstand the store’s heavy foot traffic.

 

 

Prepare to be amazed by the brand new captivating Karndean area, a visual feast of stunning aesthetics and unparalleled versatility. Lose yourself in the possibilities as you explore the remarkable Karndean flooring options, each one a work of art in its own right.

There is also a completely refreshed section of the store entirely dedicated to Quick Step Laminate. This laminate flooring is unparalleled in simplification to install, replace and update, whilst not sacrificing any style. Immerse yourself in the extensive range of wood and tile effects, designed to seamlessly complement any area within your home. Every plank tells a story, and you have the opportunity to create a narrative that reflects your unique taste and personality.

 

 

We know that every homeowner deserves a space that tells their own story, and that’s why we’ve expanded the range of rugs as part of the refurbishment. Step into a realm of possibilities, where timeless handmade Persian rugs coexist with contemporary saxony and patterned rugs, all carefully curated to cater to diverse tastes and budgets. Let your imagination run wild as you discover the perfect rug to add that final touch of elegance to your space.

But Fludes Carpets’ commitment to excellence goes beyond the physical. The store’s furniture has been thoughtfully upgraded, creating a comfortable and inviting space where you can discuss your flooring dreams with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. They understand that finding the perfect flooring isn’t just a transaction—it’s an experience, and they are ready to guide you every step of the way.

Graham Layzell, the Store Manager, beams with pride as he reflects on the journey that led to this remarkable relaunch:

“The whole team and I are delighted with the refit after a tumultuous time over the Christmas period” he explained. “I’m extremely proud that we managed to stay open and fulfil our fitting commitments, despite the damage caused by the leak and flooding. Since the recent renovations numerous customers have commented on how they love the look of the new store, making us all excited for future and existing customers in the area to come and see the vast improvements.”

 

 

This relaunch marks a significant milestone for Fludes Carpets—a reaffirmation of our unwavering commitment to providing exquisite flooring solutions and a testament to our ability to overcome challenges. The Eastbourne store stands as a beacon of inspiration, inviting you to embark on a journey of discovering your dream flooring.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Fludes Carpets is thrilled to offer an exclusive promotion. From now until Sunday July 30th, enjoy an extra 20% off any sundries, including underlay, grippers, door-bars, and more. Additionally, take advantage of a 20% discount on any non-sale rugs, allowing you to create a complete flooring ensemble that reflects your style and individuality.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the all-new Fludes Carpets in Eastbourne. Visit the store and immerse yourself in a world of flooring excellence, where innovation meets elegance, and dream spaces become a reality.

For more information about the Eastbourne store and showroom, or to embark on your flooring journey with Fludes Carpets, please visit our store page or contact 01323 500 537.

Step into a world of inspiration and rediscover the art of flooring at Fludes Carpets in Eastbourne.