Importance of underlay foam while installing Laminate Wooden Floor.

Laminate Wooden Flooring or Engineer Wood Flooring is a very good, exclusive and wonderful floor in any office of home.  Laminate Wooden Floor looks excellent and is very comfortable and cozy.  This floor immediately lifts the status of any place this floor is installed

A rarely noticed item while laying Laminate Wooden Floor is the “Underlay Foam 2 mm” layed under the wooden flooring, be it Laminate Wood or Engineer Wood.

The benefits and advantages of PE Underlay Foam.
  1. The underlay foam under the Laminate/Wooden Floor should of PE (Polyethylene).
  2. As polyethylene sheet is slightly hard as well as soft.  It helps in giving the wood floor a semi soft underlay support.
  3. The PE underlay acts as a balancing item to cover the minor undulation of the main floor.
  4. The thickness of the PE underlay foam should be of 2 mm. 
  5. Thicker foam can cause damage to the locks of the wood floor while using.
  6. The less than 2 mm thickness can get damaged installing. 
  7.  Do not get tempted to use thicker of thinner foam.
  8. The foam to be used should be poly laminated.
  9. If poly laminated foam is not available than use a sheet of polythene before laying the PE foam.

This small precaution can protect your precious laminate floor for minor moisture coming from the floor, moths, insects, borers and to some extent from the termite. 

However, it is impossible to protect wood from termite.   There are separate set of precautions for protecting your wood floor from termite.

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Wall to Wall Carpets - Facts, Merits & Demerits.

Wall to wall Carpets are the most common type of soft floors.  The wall to wall carpet does justice to the word "soft floor".  They are the real soft floors.  If you want a cozy, royal and elegant look in your room then wall to wall carpet is the best product.  

The wall to wall carpets comes in roll form.  For installing wall to wall carpets they are cut to sizes of the room.  The carpet may have joints in one room as they come in the standard width of 6 ft, 10 ft, 12 ft and 13 ft etc.  To cover the entire room the installer will have to cut the carpet to your sizes.  Please note that there may be joints in your room carpet if the size of your room is bigger than the width of the carpet.  If your room is within the width of the carpet your will have a joint less wall to wall carpet.

Types of Wall to Wall Carpets available:

a.    The most economical Non Woven Carpet.  (Now widely being used in Tent Houses, Wedding Halls and Public Gathering Functions like conferences, Trade shows etc.)
b.    The luxury looking cut pile thick carpets.  These carpets have luxury look, are thick generally and the pile of the carpet is cut from the top.  The look of the carpet is of animal fur or hair.
c.    The loop pile carpets.  These carpets are made having multiple loops all over the carpet.  In other words the pile of the carpet are uncut.  In the luxury carpets the pile is in cut form, the pile of loop pile carpet is in uncut form.  The density of the fiber in the carpet will tell you the quality of the carpet.
d.   Loop Pile Carpet  - Tiles are the latest entrant in the field.  These are the loop pile carpets made in the form of tiles having a very strong backing underneath to give the firmness to the carpet.  These carpet tiles are mainly installed in office areas, home theaters etc.  The Carpet Tiles gives a very royal, elegant and corporate look to any office with the added advantage of sound insulation.  In big offices where the number of people working in one particular are is too high, the noise and sound created may become a trouble, the carpet tiles works as an acoustic element and is a  wonderful sound insulator for floor alongwith the false ceiling and other sound managers installed in any area.

Merits of Wall to Wall Carpet

1.   Carpet is a very good insulator.  It can save on your AC Bill and the room gets cooler faster.
2.   It will not be wrong to write that it is easier to maintain.  If you can do regular vacum cleaning, carpet is a very good product.  You have to protect the carpet from stains, moisture and dirt.  If taken care of all the above points you cannot explain the merits of a carpet.  You will enjoy having a wall to wall carpet.
3.   Carpet is a very good sound insulator.  You will experience the advantages of sound insulation while watching TV in a carpeted room or Children playing in a carpeted room.  There will be very little eco or noise if wall to wall carpet is installed.
4.   You can enjoy walking bare footed on a wall to wall carpet.  It is a wonderful experience altogether.
5.   In offices also loop pile carpet and carpet tiles are a boon.  The loop pile carpets are very rough and rugged for wear and tear.  The carpet tiles are another benefit for the office areas.  You can just replace the damaged carpet tile if you need to repair the floor.
6.   The wall to wall carpets are 100% anti slippery and protection from accidents due to falling on the floors for whatever reason.  These are the safest form of floor specially for the senior citizens and small children

DeMerits of Wall to Wall Carpet

1.   If not cleaned properly may accumulate lot of dust.  The dust may lead to allergies, moth, dust mites and other foreign particles not good for health.  If you are sensitive to dust allergies please avoid wall to wall carpet.
2.   If some hard material like tea, coffee, cooked vegetables, soups etc.  is spilled on the carpet it will be very difficult or almost impossible to remove.
3.   If a portion of carpet gets damaged you may need to remove the entire carpet.  Doing patchwork will look very ugly.

4.   You may need professionals to clean the carpet atleast once in a year. 

How to buy Chairs - Myths and Facts.

Chair in any office is the most important product which highly impacts following 5 major issues in any office establishment:

  • ·         Efficiency of the staff.
  • ·         Health of the staff.
  • ·         Man hour loss due to defects in the chair.
  • ·         Overall ambience of office.
  • ·         Effect and impression of the organization on the visitors to the office.

There are some myths related to Office Chairs.

Myth No. 1

What is there in a Chair?  It is just for seating and any Chair will do.

As per studies conducted by various organizations, companies lose a lot of money due to improper ergonomics of the chair.  The user of the chair faces following problems which affects the overall performance of the user:

  • ·         Low Back Pain.
  • ·         Uncomfortable Seating due to improper support in seat.
  • ·         Shoulder Pain.
  • ·         Wrist Pain.
  • ·         Arm Pain.
  • ·         Irritation due to non smooth movement of chair castors (wheels).
  • ·         Irritation due to bad push back or tilting of chair.
  • ·         Irritation due to hardness/softness of the chair.
  • ·         Body Pain due to disturbed alignment of the chair.
  • ·         Irritation due to difficult chair adjustment mechanism.
  • ·         Improper seating posture due to very large or very small seating space.

All the above and many more issues effects the efficiency of the chair user.  An uncomfortable employee will move frequently from the chair to give relief to his body, thus leading to less concentration, focus and lost working hours.

The chair should be cautiously selected as per the nature of work of the user.  A Chair good for a call center executive may not be good for an accounts clerk.  So any chair will not do.  Be extra careful in selecting your chair.  You will be spending major time of your life on the chair – invest in it.

Myth no.2

When I need a chair, I will just go the market and pick from the available chairs in the market.

It is observed that when people are in need of the Chairs, they think that it is as simple as just going to the market and just pick the chair available in the market place.  Customers go the market in the last minutes of their requirement and end up buying chairs which are readily available.

Following points must be remembered & considered when you need chairs.

1.   Any chair will not be good for all purpose.  As you know Dining Chairs are not good for Office Chair, similarly Fixed Visitor Chairs are not good for a office executive or a clerk.

2.   Identify the person who will be using the chair.  A chair which is good for a young sporty person may not be good for an elderly person.

3.   Identify the nature of work of the person who will be suing the chair.  A student of 1970 would have been comfortable in a fixed non revolving chair and a desk.  But, the student of 2014 will find those fixed chairs extremely uncomfortable.  This is because the present day student have many different activities to do while studying then it was in 1970s.  A revolving chair is more convenient for the present day student.

4.   How the chair is expected to be handled by the user is also very important.  A mildly and carefully used chair by single user will be different from the heavily, roughly used chair used by different people over time.

5.   Do not pre decide and be rigid the amount you want to spend on the Chair.  Decide the type of chair and the facilities and life you are expecting from the chair.

6.   Do not go just by the looks.   Do not buy the chairs just by the looks of the chair.  Comfort while seating, usability and sustainability of the chair should be given priority over the looks.  Looks are important but secondary.

7.   Understand the after sale service, guarantee & warantee and repair cost of the chair is another important point which should be kept in mind while buying the chair.  A very good looking chair with excellent features with no repair and after sale back up may prove a headache when you have some problem in a chair.  Spending one day on a defective chair is much more difficult to spend time with an unhappy wife.  If you have many chairs, having an “Annual Maintenance Contract”  is always a better option.

8.   Never use a defective chair for even one day.  It can cause damage which can never be repaired to you spine and back.

9.   The chair vendor may need some time to procure or manufacture the chair of your choice with the colour combination you want in the chair.  So keep sufficient time margin which you may have to give the Chair Vendor.  Keep the padding of delays and unexpected problem as well.

Myth no 3

I can work on any Chair.  It is not a big issue.

Let us make a small study about how much time we spend on our Chair.  Let us assume that you are a person who have a mixed working style.  You have following activities in your work life (Let us forget your personal life).

1.       Office work on the desk – 4 to 6 hours a day.
2.       Meetings  (in office) – 1 to 2 hours a day.
3.       Client Meetings & travelling – 3 to 4 hours a day.

Now say you use your chair for 5 hours a day.  Here is a calculation based on Indian context.

5 Hours x 6 days x 12 months = 360 hours a year.  (We are not considering your holidays as you may work long hours some time).
Total hours in a year excluding sleeping of 8 hours per day = 5840 hours.

This means you spend almost 6% of your life and 56% of your work life on your Chair.  So never underestimate the importance of your Chair.  Always use a chair that is comfortable and good for your body posture and health of your spine.

Again never use a defective chair under any condition.

These are the few of the many, but they are the most important ones.  You may be having few more.  Your comments will be of great help to the readers.  Do leave your comments.

9 Tips on Wooden Flooring Maintenance in Monsoon

Monsoons are not friendly with the Wooden Flooring.  Be it the low maintenance Laminate Floor or the costly Engineered Wood or even the real hard wood.

All these wooden floorings – Laminate, Engineered or Hardwood may get damaged in monsoon if proper care is not taken.

Here are few tips to protect your wood floor in the monsoons.

1.       Always have at least two door mats at the entrance of the room where wooden floor is installed.

2.       When it is raining please make sure that all the windows are closed.

3.       Check all water drainage pipes and holes to be clear.  Specially those which are near the room where wooden flooring has been installed.  If the holes and pipes are chocked the entire water may enter the room causing serious damage to the floor.

4.       While entering the room please clean your shoes thoroughly.  Make sure they are fully dry.  Better will be if you leave the wet shoes and use separate shoes/sleepers for indoors.

5.       Do not put the door mat on the wooden floor; they should be off the wooden floor, especially in monsoon.  The moisture may get trapped between the mat and the floor which may cause damage to the floor.

6.       Regularly check the door mat.  It should not be wet.  A wet mat instead of protecting the floor will be more harmful for the wooden floor. 

7.       If you are in heavy rain area, you can put some silicon paste under the wood floor at the entrance.  This will work as an effective barrier for water to enter under the floor.  This should be done professionally.

8.       Unfortunately if water enters the room.  Follow following steps:
a)      First identify the area from where the water is entering.  Stop the water from entering the room.
b)      Now take a water absorbing cloth and soak the water from the floor.
c)       Keep soaking the water from the floor.
d)      Be gentle while removing the water.  Do not rub the cloth harshly; this may cause damage to the floor.
e)      Switch on the fan and let the floor dry.   If you have AC with dehumidifier it will also help.  Open the windows (if it is not raining) and let the floor dry.  Our effort should be to remove as much moisture as possible.  If you have some better option for removing the moisture, please do try that also and also let us know.

9.       In case the water gets logged into the room for long, please follow the steps in point no. 8 and take professional help.  If you have a good quality laminate floor the flooring contractor/installer will recommend you to remove the floor, dry it fully in indoor (do not put the floor in sunlight) and reinstall using some additional flooring material.