When buying natural flooring, consumers should be aware of certain characteristics. Here are a few of them:

• Natural flooring is by its very nature NATURAL. It contains slubs, tufts, irregularities and knots which are part of the inherent beauty of this particular type of flooring. However, if the customer is expecting pristine flooring, then natural flooring is not for them.

• Natural flooring is also rough underfoot although it can be therapeutic. It is important to note that naturals are inherently antistatic.

• Installation of natural flooring requires extra care in order for its natural beauty to be fully appreciated. Drooping on stairs and bagginess in seams and corners can really diminish its beauty.

• Natural flooring must not be washed using water. It must be vacuumed or cleaned with dry cleaning compound. Jute will stain, Seagrass will go mouldy and most naturals will shrink if they come in contact with liquid.

• In most circumstances, bleached Coir will not keep its bleached colour. Over time, bleached Coir can fade to its natural colour or take on a new hue depending on the sunlight and moisture content of the room.

• Jute is light domestic flooring and is only recommended for bedrooms. Jute is usually not recommended for stairs as it can become slippy when it wears.

• A stain inhibitor is recommended for use on all natural flooring and it is important to deal with spills quickly and effectively using a dry cleaning compound. Dyed sisals can fade over time, especially if laid in direct sunlight. It is recommended that underlay be used in all broadloom fittings as this will add to the life and performance of the product.

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