re-flooring entire flat, advice needed

Discussion in 'General Flooring Chat' started by Chunky50, Dec 2, 2023.

  1. Chunky50

    Chunky50 New Member

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    Hi

    I am a single person that lives in a first floor flat, I have developed an OCD, and my carpets are black and need completely replaced, now, after vaxxing it, it went all rippled, so I wanted to replace and avoid carpets, I've had laminated flooring a few times before in the past without an issue, now my sister advised Vinyl and gave all her 'personal' reasons as to why it's better than laminate (warmer to her feet was her main concern, I won't be bare-footed!).

    However, I have just had a Lino installed in a new kitchen install just 6 months ago (laminate look), and it is got 3 big yellow marks on it, even though I've spilled nothing, and always clean it with a proper wiper and water spraying tool, I've read asphalt & moisture off your trainers can cause it, and the heat from the cooker (which is where most of its near), but there is a bit far from the cooker, they won't shift, and cleaning it does nothing. The highest traffic area has none (the sink)

    So, I'm thinking Laminate, as I have never had any bad experiences with laminate in the past, and dirt can be spotted and cleaned instantly, with carpets you just dunno what's in/on it, and bad VAX experiences, and I'd have to buy a new VAX too.

    It would help my OCD over carpets and having to VAX every 6 months and ruin the carpet.

    What would you all advise?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. crazydaze

    crazydaze Active Member

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    Laminate will be fine.

    The issues with the vinyl maybe from underneath and subfloor contamination or a water leak, assuming the floor was not screeded prior to the fitting of the vinyl?

    A Luxury Vinyl Tile floor would be warm and a lot more resilient than sheet vinyl, however how you get that on the floor properly will depend what condition the subfloor is in.

    'Click' LVT can cause all kinds of issues, I'd much rather have a laminate floor instead of click LVT.
     
  3. Chunky50

    Chunky50 New Member

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    thank you for the quick reply

    a new under floor was installed as it was in poor condition, so might be incorrect adhesive or less/too much in those areas? one appeared months ago - two seemed to appear overnigh last night??t! snow related (salt)? - I will have to get someone in to check it and get it replaced if needs be, I have laminated loads of houses so can do that myself

    Laminate it is then, I've personally never had any issues - my sister was saying if you get spills between the gaps you're knackered, but we had a bitch dog bleeding, and bringing in mess and all sorts, i fitted it!, we never had a problem with 'bloat' or anything like that, we could see the dirt, wiped it up! -job done! - carpets hide mess!

    I'd rather do a daily wipe, than 6 monthly vaxxing, and stressing what's on the item I've just dropped on the floor, and end I up wiping it and washing my hands up to 20 times a day! - all because of a leak in the bathroom, illness from it (since been fixed - but the damage is done, but I cant prove it)
     
  4. Chunky50

    Chunky50 New Member

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    Any ideas on getting rid of the yellowing on the vinyl in the kitchen?

    thanks in advance
     
  5. crazydaze

    crazydaze Active Member

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    If it's not a spill on the top surface - seems unlikely - then a replacement is about the only option.
     
  6. Chunky50

    Chunky50 New Member

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    I have read others getting yellowing off rubber backed matts n other reasons, they say use Bicarb on it for 10 minutes then wipe off with a microfibre cloth after 10 minutes, repeat if needed, it can be a lot of things when you research it, YT vids show a women with a tub of bicarb n lemon juice mixed together that she uses, so im gunna test that on a section first, if it doesnt stain then i will try it o the yellowing, its in a few bits all over, i think it may have been a poor install, or. me spraying house spray into the kitchen, and it just sitting on the floor reacting with it.... hard to say, but if it gets worse i will report it too the landlord as they fitted a new kitchen including that just 6 months ago... should i inform them first?

    thanks
     

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