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Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate flooring also called Floating Wood Tile in the U.S is a multi layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic layer under a protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fibre board materials. 

Laminate flooring has grown very popular due to it being cheaper and easier to install than hard wood flooring. It usually comes in packs with a tongue and groove slot system for easy install. Providing the sub floor is flat it can be installed straight on top, but adding a foam underlay first will help with sound proofing.

When laying the planks it is important to leave an "expansion gap" around the edges, usually 5-7mm. This will stop creeks and the floor bowing when the wood expands throughout the year. Skirting boards can be removed first and reinstalled after for a neater finish or with leaving skirting boards on, beading can be used as trim to hide the gap.

There are so many types of laminate wood flooring out there so picking a colour and type is down to personal preference. 

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Tips For Cleaning Your Home

Try using natural cleaning alternatives for your home, they cost far less than chemical based products and much better for the environment.

1. Use Lemon. Lemons are natural and clean with great power. They contain antiseptic and antibacterial properties and have a high acidic content for cutting through grime.

Has your copper pans lost there shine? Dip half a lemon in salt water and leave to soak for an hour.

Need to clean your chopping board? Rub a slice across the board and it will also disinfect the surface.

2. Baking Soda. Baking soda, like lemon is another great cleaner. This alkaline substance acts as a gentle abrasive, can be used for removing surface rust and can be used as a grease cleaner.

Apply baking powder to the inside of any oven, leave over night and scrap away.

3. White Vinegar. Acidic substance great for cleaning, combined with lemons can deodorise and absorb odours. Can be used to get rid of smells such as fish, onions and garlic. If your kettle needs descaling mix a 50/50 of lemon juice and white vinegar, boil the kettle and rinse out thoroughly.

4. Cleaning Your Windows. Mix a 50/50 spray bottle of vinegar and water and apply to glass, wipe off with a micro fibre cloth or use some old newspaper to leave it streak free.

Mattress Cleaning

No matter how many times you change your bed sheets and swap the duvet set for a fresh clean one you can never completely get rid of debris that stays behind through regular use. Dead skin, dust and other matter build up and over time can cause health issues or allergies.

Avocado Services offers mattress cleaning to single, double, king or queen size beds. We clean both sides leaving it clean and fresh and giving peace of mind no dust mites or organic materials stay sleeping with you.

All mattresses are spot cleaned first, machine extracted and de-odourised. Typically mattresses dry within 3-4 hours.

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Ink Marks

Ink marks can be very difficult to remove from carpet if the ink has had time to fully dry. Using hot water extraction and pre treating the marks first will help.

We did an example of ink removal in a school last week and managed to remove all the spots. Luckily the ink had not dried completely and made it easier to remove.