Avoiding flooring damage

A third of new flooring is damaged within the first two months of use, reveals new survey by UK Flooring Direct.

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A third of new flooring is damaged within the first two months of use, reveals new survey by UK Flooring Direct.

The survey, focussing on British adults who had new flooring fitted in the last three years, explains that ‘damage’ can be considered as anything from a small scratch to a permanent stain. 31 per cent of respondents said they had damaged their flooring, occurring an average of two months after it was laid.

Pets and children were the most common causes, showing that lifestyle should be a main consideration when choosing your flooring. For example, if your pet is known to scratch or foul, expensive carpet should be avoided in favour of a more durable surface.

Top 5 sources of damage:

1. Pets

2. Children

3. Painting and decorating disasters

4. Moving furniture

5. General spillages

Avoiding flooring damage:

Jason Ashby, Chairman at UK Flooring Direct, shares his tips for avoiding flooring that is likely to damage:

  • ‘Always shop for something that suits your lifestyle and environment – oak flooring may not be the best choice for those with boisterous pets and children.’
  • ‘Hard flooring or vinyl can be easily cleaned and won’t be ruined by spillages.’
  • ‘Damage to flooring is easily avoided through the right floor choice and appropriate maintenance.’

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Featured image: Florence Rustic Oak 125 mm brushed and oiled solid flooring, from £27.37m2, UK Flooring Direct