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Grey is the new Black! (And other flooring trends for 2018.)
A new year often means a fresh makeover for a room or two in your home. As your plans take shape, take a look at the flooring styles that will be trending in 2018.

1.Shades of Grey
Grey comes in lots of shades, and the best part? It’s completely neutral, so it goes with every colour – literally. So when it comes to redecorating, you can relax knowing that your flooring will partner your new look perfectly. Grey floors offer a unique, clean look that fits well in modern houses that need to brighten up. 

Are you feeling a bit braver with colours? Amethyst and Denim/Petrol blues give strong accent looks. Why not try the colour of the year for 2018? Ultra Violet is warm and striking colour, (Pantone 18-3838). All these shades go perfectly with grey!

2. Get the Look
The Scandinavian look proved popular during 2017 and this is set to continue, bringing wooden floors and pastel colours to even more homes this year. This style complements the popular natural and earthy looks. If wooden flooring will stretch your budget too far, there are some fantastic laminates that we can show you.
3. Remember Your Greens!
Green is set to be an extremely popular colour in 2018. Fresh greens complete a sought-after earthy look, bringing leafy colours indoors. Combine with oranges and yellows for a natural, calm atmosphere with flair.
4. Re-Vamping the Vintage Look
The Vintage look has been popular for a while and the trend is set to continue. Hard wood flooring and vinyls are perfect for achieving a stylish, vintage look. Whether you like the ‘loved and rustic’ look or a bold style, there’s a vinyl to suit your taste and your budget.

5. Carpet Tiles
Combining traditional carpet and tiling together allows for many great designs or geometric patterns. Watch out for modular carpet options!
“The trends for 2018 work for almost every type of space,” explains Mark Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets & Flooring. “So whether you want a luxurious carpet that feels soft, a durable wooden floor for a busy space or a practical flooring to cope with spills… you can embrace the great looks that will be in demand this year.”
Pop in and look at the range of carpets, wood flooringvinyls and rugs that create and complement these popular looks – and ask for samples to see how the colours and styles work in your space. Remember – the friendly team at Charles Wilson Carpets & Flooring is happy to help with advice and ideas.
The Problem With Carpet Moths
Nearly every week we are asked about moth damage and how to prevent it, so we seem to be in a hot spot or “moth” spot you might say! You can spot moth damage in your carpets – look for threadbare patches where the pile has been eaten through to the backing.
Why do we get moths in our homes & carpets?
The warm, dark conditions that are available in our homes are ideal for moths. They particularly like:
  • Mild conditions, a lovely centrally heated house is perfect
  • Dark spot – under your furniture or furniture legs is a good spot
  • Undisturbed areas – again behind or under furniture
  • Natural fibres – carpet wool is something the larvae like to munch 
carpet mothsWhat do carpet moths look like?
  • The larvae casings are tiny and woolly white like grains of rice
  • The larvae themselves are an opaque creamy colour with a black head
  • The adult can be a light brown to a silvery grey with hazy dark spots and wingspan of about 15mm 

6 tips to prevent carpet moths in your home
A recent survey of carpet shops showed that the issue of carpet moth damage is not as wide spread as we think. Despite this reassuring outcome, we are regularly asked how to prevent it. Here are our top tips for preventing moth damage:
  1. Number one is to do a regular full clean behind and under sofas, units and in undisturbed corners – yes “spring-cleaning” is the answer in a lot of cases
  2. However, once there are larvae this might not solve the problem as they are sometimes difficult to see. The eggs can lay dormant for 4-10 days and just a few can still have a pretty healthy appetite and of course they can re-breed with 30-300 eggs at a time!
  3. Treat areas that have been infested, there are moth papers and sprays available but for repeated or larger infestations do contact a reputable pest controller
  4. Buy moth resistant treated wool carpets but be aware this treatment can only last anything from 2 – 5 years, the chemicals today must be less toxic than they used to be for health reasons
  5. Buy synthetic fibred carpets, so far there is little evidence to say carpet moth will attack man-made fibres
  6. Remember they are an airborne insect and can re-appear just by flying in and finding the right conditions at any time so be vigilant if you’ve had a problem before 

Help is at hand…
If you have carpet moths or are keen to prevent them coming into your home, pop in and have a chat with our team. We can chat through the advice given above, plus show you our range of treated wool carpets. We also have a wide range of man-made fibres that moth don’t like. Let’s banish your carpet moths!
The Proof is in the Pudding!
When flooring shop owners need a new kitchen floor, what do they choose? Helen and Adam Wilson saw this as a perfect opportunity to try out an underlay for vinyl tiles. The results were amazing!
“I never like to sell a new innovative product without seeing first-hand what it’s like,” said Helen. “So this week we tried out a new type of fixing underlay for vinyl tiles on my new kitchen floor.
fitting LVT underlay“We had a dilemma the old kitchen floor was a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) but we had just redecorated and decided a change would be nice. But like most people the idea of taking up the old and re-screeding over the glue etc. filled me with dismay as it was so nearly finished. I really didn’t want all that upheaval.
“Then along came our Moduleo rep Mat with the perfect solution “Xtrafloor Flex Pro” – a sticky mat like underlay that rolls out over the old flooring and you simply stick the new LVT flooring onto it.
“Must be a catch I thought, maybe it moves around a bit, how good was the glue – would it hold, is it hard to use?
“Well I can safely say I haven’t found a catch yet but there are an awful lot of positives!”
7 big benefits of Xtrafloor Flex Pro:
  • finished LVT flooring No re-screeding necessary or uplift of the old tiles (please note this is not always the case it depends on the type of flooring you have down)
  • Only 1.8 mm deep so no huge height difference involved in laying it
  • No messy adhesive
  • Improved sound insulating
  • Ok in higher temperature environments such as conservatories
  • You can walk on it straight away
  • You could if you needed to just pull the flooring back up – it just peels away from the sub-floor without any damage 
Helen adds: “And although it’s not proven it certainly feels warmer under foot to me!”
Take a look a look at the pictures of our fitting team installing Helen’s new kitchen floor. (The tiles are “Xtrafloor Flex Pro” - Moduleo’s Impress range in “Castle Oak 55236”.)
We hope you agree that it looks fantastic!
Are you thinking of replacing your flooring? Pop in and take a look at our range of vinyl tiles – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and styles available. We know from first-hand experience! 
Know Your Nylon!
Are you choosing a new carpet soon? Deciding between a wool carpet or one with man-made fibres is your first step.  (You’ll find plenty of tips in our blog: Choosing Your Carpets: Wool vs. Man-Made.)

If man-made is the option for you, how about a nylon carpet?

It’s a little-known option which is becoming more and more popular. This trend has resulted in several new ranges, (please ask us for details). So, what’s the fuss about nylon?

4 Big Benefits of Nylon Carpets

The main advantage offered by nylon is durability… perfect for a busy area of your home, especially if you have children or pets. You can expect your nylon carpet to last 10-15 years.
When dirt gets into carpet, the sharp edges of the particles cut into the carpet fibres, eventually destroying them. The strength of nylon slows this process remarkably.

Nylon also has better bounce-back than polyester. Walk on it, and you might even feel its resistance. The fibres more readily return to an upright position. When you move or replace your furniture, nylon has good ‘bounce back’ so the inevitable marks are easier to get rid of.

Nylon also has great colour flexibility and many nylon yarn systems are exceptionally soft. Nylon can be treated for protection against household spills and stains. Some of the new ranges use a tighter and smoother fibre structure. This enables the carpet to be more resistant to staining and dirt and comes with a bleach cleanable guarantee.
Nylon is a tough and durable man-made fibre. It's cost-effective and can look just as good as wool carpets.

“Many of our customers are asking us about nylon carpets,” says Mark Wilson of Charles Wilson Carpets and Flooring. “Our regular suppliers have launched new ranges of nylon carpets in some great colours and patterns.”

If you’d like to see the choices available or ask about nylon carpets, please pop into our store in Hermitage Road, Hitchin or call us on 01462 450 780. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!