Decorex SA's take on our beautiful GerFlor Texline rangeGreat blog by Thebe Reed Exhibitions and Decorex SA on the DIY flooring available from Floors Direct. Their main focus is on our fabulous GerFlor Texline range. Because it's not just durable, it's also aesthetically pleasing. Therefore it's a true investment to better your home. It's almost too good to be true! Texline is manufactured in France and exclusively available from Floors Direct. Take a look at the different colours and options on our Vinyl Products page. Also as they say in their post, "It offers more choice, better quality, in half the time and at half the price!".
Housekeeping Hints to Abate Allergies
Keeping your house clean can help eradicate allergy triggers and help alleviate your allergic symptoms.
Here are some ways to keep your house clean while keeping your allergies under control:
- Vacuum weekly.
Ensure that your vacuum has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter as some allergens are too small to be caught by a regular vacuum filter. HEPA-equipped vacuums shoot less particles back into the room as you vacuum.
- Don't use scented detergents.
Heavily fragranced cleaners and detergents can trigger symptoms. Instead, look for fragrance-free products.
- Don't shampoo carpets.
The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.
- Rugs can trap allergens.
Having vinyl, laminate, or hardwood floors reduces your exposure to triggers. If rugs are a must, get smaller rugs that you can toss into the laundry.
- Use a damp mop and cloth.
They'll trap allergens instead of knocking them back into the air.
- Sweep outside entryways.
The cleaner your path or patio is, the less likely someone is to track dust or pollen into your house.
- Take shoes off before you go in the house.
This prevents pollens and other triggers from getting tracked in.
- Cut the clutter.
Piles of boxes or clothing can trap dust and allergens like dust mites. This shouldn’t be something that you are cleaning around. If you don’t need the boxes on-hand then pack them in storage.
- Wear a mask while cleaning.
When you're done with your housework it is best to leave the house for a few hours. It will limit your exposure to allergens you kicked up into the air.
In addition to maintenance, the choice of flooring products that you install can also increase or reduce the amount of allergens in your house. Chat to one of our expert teams today for assistance with this!
The Floors Direct Mission
Our floors stick around - and for good reason! With Floors Direct, you are able to select and purchase the correct flooring options for your lifestyle choices and we have our own trained teams to ensure proper and professional installation, which is vital to the longevity, safety and aesthetics of your new floor.
Floors Direct is an end-to-end lifestyle flooring solution company
There is no long line of excuses from the supplier to the installer; we are a turnkey solution company for your lifestyle flooring needs! End-to-end, you can rely on us.
Our in-house installation teams offer you the best service
Part of our commitment to you is to constantly train and upskill our teams, expand our expertise and deepen fitting and installation knowledge. Floors Direct is the approved fitter and installer for the top selling flooring solutions in South Africa.
Ensuring that you receive a seamless experience from the moment you walk into our showrooms, to the day you sign off your new floor with our flooring installation team leader.
World class, handpicked products exclusive to Floors Direct
Our customers are floored by our expert knowledge and creative solutions because we are continually researching overseas markets through our direct manufacturing partners' supply chain. We receive exclusive, direct imports from overseas to ensure that we bring you the latest trends and products that will offer you affordable and long-lasting flooring solutions that will stand up to your lifestyle!
Five-year installation warranty
It's helpful to note that certain flooring suppliers may not fulfill the product warranty if the product was not installed by a recommended or certified installer, more often than not most floor failures come from incorrect installation. With Floors Direct you know this is taken care of, and in most instances you’ll never have to deal with anyone outside of our organisation. We offer an above market 5-year warranty on our installations!
So what are you waiting for? Pop into one of our showrooms today or send us an enquiry through our website!
Fight the mud - Keeping Carpets Clean
The rains are coming to Gauteng… and that means… muddy floors.
In many cultures around the world it is customary to remove your shoes and don a pair of slippers before stepping inside someone’s home so as to not track mud and dirt through the house. The hosts will have a basket at the front door filled with slippers to slip on when you come in.
While this makes practical sense, if it isn’t the cultural norm people tend to feel unnerved by it.
Although most modern carpets include stain-proofing factory treatments, this does not mean that the carpet fibres will resist all stains. Any spills and marks should be removed as soon as they happen. Prompt action will prevent the spillage from penetrating the fibres and becoming fixed.
Regular vacuuming is probably the most important part of caring for carpet, but this cannot remove all of the dirt that has been tracked in. The gradual buildup of dirt dulls the carpet’s colours and patterns. Investing in a high-quality vacuum cleaner will increase the lifespan of your carpets and keep them looking fresh and clean.
Dry-extraction systems are popular because of their very rapid drying time. Dry-cleaning is often faster and less labour-intensive than wet-extraction systems. The fact that dry-cleaning uses biodegradable and environment-friendly materials means that this system produces no health complications, and the antibacterial properties remain for a while after cleaning.
Wet-extraction carpet cleaning is often recommended for high-traffic areas in offices every three to six months, in addition to a regular dry-powder carpet cleaning service. The cleaning of large areas such as open plan offices, will invariably require the services of a competent contract cleaning company with the right equipment. Balancing the need for rapid drying and the need to remove the most soil is a key technique that should be inherent in any reputable contract cleaning company.
Finally, an often overlooked ways of keeping carpets in good condition is to use dirt-trap matting to prevent as much dirt as possible from being walked onto the carpet. There is no doubt that the reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements and the extended life of the carpet is worth it.
FLOORS DIRECT CHARACTERISTICS – EXPRESSION AND PERFECTION
THE UNIQUENESS OF EXPRESSION
With quality finishes and a world-class collection of flooring solutions, Floors Direct has a match for every mood. From bamboo and cork to laminate and vinyl, Floors Direct will create a space that will enrich any décor design.
We believe that style and functionality begin from the floors up and we are passionate about creating lifestyle-matched solutions to your flooring needs. Some of South Africa's most exquisite homes and largest boutique outlets have chosen Floors Direct as their flooring partner.
THE PASSION OF PERFECTION
Our floors stick around - and for good reason. Proper, professional installation is vital to the longevity, safety and aesthetics of your new floor. Floors Direct is the approved fitter and installer for the top selling flooring solutions in South Africa, giving you that added peace of mind. Floors Direct offers warranties on our installations, and we are able to fulfill the product warranties offered by the manufacturers, too!
Part of our commitment to you, our customer, is to constantly train and upskill our teams, expand our expertise and deepen fitting knowledge, ensuring that you receive a seamless experience from the moment you walk into our showrooms, to the day you sign off your new floor with our flooring installation team leader.
FLOORS DIRECT CHARACTERISTICS – QUALITY AND TRUST
THE COMFORT OF TRUST
Established in 2007, Floors Direct provides quality lifestyle solutions that enhance everyday living. From quotes to final installation, we cover all aspects of flooring and offer exclusive products at affordable prices to suit every customer's needs. Across our stores we hold a massive stock of over 60 000 sqm and have been trusted to install over 1 500 000 sqm of flooring.
With professional services backed up by world-class products, Floors Direct offer flooring solutions that will change the way you live, work and play. Floors Direct is also a subsidiary of a top 50 JSE company, Invicta Holdings, and has unrivalled stock holdings, top-notch products, and the ability to uphold its long term warranties.
THE SATISFACTION OF SUPREME QUALITY
At Floors Direct we offer a selection of supreme brands that are tried, tested and trusted worldwide. Delivering international flooring solutions to local shores ensures that our customers receive the latest in innovative products and developments from across the globe.
Floors Direct is also the largest retailer and installer of Kronotex, Falquon and Nature’s Floor laminate wooden flooring in South Africa and we have recently included the Belgotex and GerFlor brands. Our broad range ensures that every customer, contractor and agency receive continuity and value on decors and prices.
Most environmentally conscious buyers hesitate when thinking about adding wooden flooring to their homes. We have all seen pictures of vastly devastated forests, but there are many wood choices that are sustainable and don’t add to the despoiling of the environment. One of these environmentally-friendly sources comes from bamboo.
Bamboo flooring has been around for quite some time, it initially faced slower market penetration due to underdeveloped manufacturing processes but has come a long way since and is now a viable, aesthetically appealing and extremely durable flooring solution. Due to these employed modern technologies bamboo is fast becoming a favoured flooring option for the eco-conscious.
The eco-friendly properties of bamboo are mainly due to the fact that it is a grass rather than a tree and is extremely fast-growing compared to hardwoods. On average, bamboo is capable of reaching maturity and is ready to harvest in five years. Additionally it can be harvested again and again from the same plant since it is a grass. Compare that to an individual hardwood tree, which takes anywhere from three decades to more than a hundred years to mature.
Bamboo is exceedingly resilient and can take a greater impact than most hardwoods without denting. Other outstanding properties include its dimensional stability from both heat and moisture. Due to being a reconstituted product, the manufacturing processes limit the likelihood of gapping, cupping, or warping. It is also less expensive than many hardwoods and can be purchased for nailed- down, stapled-down, glued-down, or floated installations.
With so many positive attributes, it’s no wonder that bamboo is becoming the hottest trend in flooring. Not only for its excellent eco-friendliness, but also due to the declining availability of natural hardwood.
NATURES FLOOR LUXURY RANGE
Our Floors Direct team is excited to announce the arrival of our new and exclusive flooring collection that will change the way you live, work and play. With impressive specifications of 2400mm (2.4m) x 300mm (30cm), and 12.3mm thick, our new range is South Africa’s longest and widest plank, bringing back the original solid wood feel of yesteryear with a modern twist.
Natures Floor, a brand synonymous with quality flooring across South Africa, has exceeded all expectations with their new LUXURY range that will bring that extra touch of class to any room; giving you a perfect blend of style and functionality to your floor. The new Natures Floor LUXURY laminate planks are unrivalled in the luxury flooring class; making this range the ideal choice for various applications including commercial spaces, offices, restaurants, hotels and domestic residences.
Each plank in the LUXURY range covers an area of 0.7sqm, making installation easy and speedy, ensuring downtimes are kept to a minimum. With the licensed UNILIN click system, as well as waxed edges, the plank fits and provides a seamless water resistant flooring solution, making this the undisputed board of choice.
At approximately R300 (VAT included) and available in four beautiful colours, Natures Floor LUXURY Range allows you to express your individual style and personality; and with Floors Direct behind the brand, you will have added peace of mind that our skilled team of in-house installers will give you the best possible service, advice and warranties within the industry; so you can add a little feeling to your flooring without the fuss.
Dean Gurney, CEO of Floors Direct, added “Our team is so excited about this new LUXURY Range from Natures Floor. Not only is it durable and water-resistant, it will also enhance any room or fittings; giving you a stylish yet solid foundation for any application. It is definitely Africa’s grandest plank and the specifications allow for simple installation with minimal hassle. If you’re looking for a great flooring solution, this range should definitely be on top of your list.”