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5 Types of Eco-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

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Eco-Friendly Flooring

Now more than ever, it is extremely important to be environmentally conscious. Gone are the days where it was acceptable to put harmful chemicals into the environment and into our home without anyone thinking twice. We have the knowledge now, and the power to actually do something that makes a difference. We now have more options that enable us to grow into a new era where we can make a difference to our world. Now, we can be proactive in lowering our carbon footprint.

There are so many aspects of our lives that we can adapt to be more eco-conscious, and home interior flooring can play a big role in going green. We have the technology to make smarter flooring decisions, and we can develop more sustainable flooring products for our homes that use non-toxic solutions. The eco-friendly flooring options of today are more beautiful and sustainable than ever.

Linoleum

Linoleum is made from natural materials such as linseed oil, resins, recycled wood flour, cork dust, limestone, and is mounted on jute backing. It is naturally biodegradable and antibacterial. It’s also naturally fire retardant and water resistant. Sadly, it fell out of style because vinyl climbed in popularity. But, because of it’s incredible durability, it has gained popularity again. It will last a long time and is easy to maintain and clean.

Tile

Tile is a fantastic eco-friendly flooring option because it’s manufactured using natural materials. Many manufacturers create their tiles with a certain percentage of recycled materials. It’s a great option because of its inability to trap dust mites, mold, and bacteria. It’s also easy to clean. Simple soap and warm water are enough which means the use of toxic chemicals is not necessary. When well maintained, tiles can last a very long time.

Cork

Cork is a lovely, warm, and soft alternative to carpet flooring. For the most part, this option is eco-friendly. The bark is stripped off of a cork oak tree, which grows back and is stripped again every 9 years. These trees live for about 200 years and the forest is well maintained. Even the scraps leftover from the cork processing are reused.

The best thing about cork is that it’s completely recyclable, the sad thing is that it often ends up in the landfill anyway. That’s why it’s especially important to dispose of it properly. But, with all of this in mind, cork flooring is a great eco-friendly choice because of it’s durability, natural water resistance, flexibility, and the warmth it can provide thanks to its natural ability to insulate a home.

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Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for eco-friendly flooring today. It is a type of environmentally friendly grass that is durable and easy to install. In addition to this, bamboo is sustainable, lightweight and easy to maintain.

Bamboo is grown naturally until it is mature. This process normally takes 3 to 5 years which is a lot quicker than others which can take 20 years plus to grow fully. In the same way that selective timber harvesting can promote forest growth, bamboo clearing offers the same benefits as it grows extremely quickly. This kind of flooring can last over 30 years, saving you a lot of money and having a more positive impact on the environment.

Hardwood

Deforestation makes hardwood flooring a less eco-friendly option. This said, with reclaimed wood or FSC certified hardwood, this can be a viable choice that can make your home more sustainable. Reclaimed wood is a great option as it uses wood from trees that were cut down a long time ago.

There are also a lot of beautiful ways to use salvaged wood in your home beyond the flooring. FSC certified hardwood is designated by the Forest Stewardship Council. They have high environmental standards and promote the responsible management of forests. If you get this kind of hardwood, you can be sure that you will be using resources that promote longevity and sustainability.

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If you’re interested in eco-friendly flooring and carpeting options in Seattle, contact Carpet To Go. Our team of experts will give you a free consultation and quote today!

5 Eco-Friendly Carpeting Solutions for Your Home

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Eco-Friendly Carpeting

It’s becoming more important than ever to be conscious of our carbon footprint. Going green isn’t just a tagline anymore, it’s a way of life. It’s moved beyond a trendy idea into an important message being spread worldwide. There is both an environmental and health cost associated with being eco-friendly.

Now, you can choose carpeting options that are good for your health and for the world around you. There are green carpeting options and techniques that you can start implementing today to make your home more sustainable.

1. Carpet Finish

Some people experience health issues related to carpets. But, there is a fairly inexpensive solution that you can try before pulling it out altogether. This is a non-toxic, green carpet finish called SafeChoice Carpet Seal. This type of carpet finish:

  • Is long lasting
  • Fights air pollution by preventing the carpet backing from giving
  • off any toxic chemicals
  • Is odorless
  • Resists water-borne stains
  • Is non-toxic

2. Keep Your Carpet Up-To-Date

There are so many sustainable carpet and rug manufacturers available today.It has become easy to find a carpet that suits your lifestyle while being environmentally conscious. Choose a carpet that is made from natural fibers and uses non-toxic or no chemical treatments. Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

3. Be Aware of the Padding

Carpets with a lightweight backing are key because they won’t require additional padding which often contain plastic. There are also padding options made from recycled materials. Avoid carpet pads that use styrene butadiene rubber and use felt padding instead. You could even have the choice of quality carpets that require no padding at all.

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4. Installation Process

If you’ve decided to update your entire carpet, be aware of the installation process. Most processes involve chemical-based glues. However, this is not the only way to fit a carpet. There are more sustainable options, such as: tacking down the carpet without any glue or using water-based, low-VOC glues instead. If installation requires gluing, use low-emitting, non-solvent adhesives.

5. Carpet Disposal

If you are looking to update your carpet, you will most likely have to throw out the old one. It is extremely important not to throw it into a landfill! Now, if you purchase your new carpet from a flooring company, many of them will recycle your old one for you. Shaw is one of our carpet manufacturers, and they do just that!

At Carpet To Go, we have all sorts of flooring and carpeting options available. Because sustainability is important to us, we would be more than happy to discuss the various options in order for you to make your home more eco-friendly. Contact us today at (206) 382-1253 to find out more about how Carpet To Go Seattle can help you with all your carpet needs.

The Best Type of Carpet and Flooring for Families with Kids

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There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the best flooring to place in your home when you have a family with kids. While aesthetics is very important to most people, lifestyle is truly the bigger factor.

So, how can you meld both practicality and beauty together when it comes to the flooring of your home? If you have children, this can be an especially difficult decision and you may feel as though you have only a few options to choose from.

Well, that has never been further from the truth with today’s innovative options in flooring technology. To find out where Consumer Reports stand on various types of flooring, take a look at their rankings here.

Carpet and Kids

Carpet in your home is an obvious choice for many people because of its comfort and affordability, but, what about when you add children to the mix? Often the fear of stains from dropped foods or art projects gone awry can deter us from this type of flooring. That doesn’t have to be the case as there are a few carpet options that are still great and kid friendly, especially to add a cozy factor to a child’s bedroom.

There are 2 types of carpets that we would recommend you consider during this process. These are based on durability, maintenance, and cost effectiveness.

Nylon Fiber:

Nylon fiber outperforms other fibers when it comes to resilience and maintenance. This carpet is known for lasting a decade or longer and is a good choice for high traffic areas and, depending on whether you choose a higher quality “branded” or lower quality “unbranded” nylon fiber, you are looking at spending anywhere from 10 to $45 per square yard. It is important to note that you will need to treat this type of carpet with stain protectors throughout its lifespan.

Triexta Fiber:

Triexta Fiber is slightly more expensive than nylon, coming in at 20 to $45 per square yard. However, it has excellent, permanent, anti-stain properties because it is derived partly from corn sugar. This fiber is well known for its resilience but since it’s fairly new to the market it is unclear how it compares to nylon in respect to durability.

Carpet cleaning after a big accident is important but thankfully, a quality vacuum and quick stain maintenance are all that’s recommended, along with yearly cleaning by a professional.

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Laminate Flooring and Kids

Laminate flooring is an incredible choice for homes with kids because of its characteristics, aesthetics, and performance ability. While laminate flooring may not be the best choice for flooring your entire home, it is certainly a great choice in high-traffic areas where messes are made the most, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Laminate flooring is constructed of dense fiberboard and a core board for moisture resistance. On top of that lies a decorative layer that can essentially be anything of your choosing! From simple to extravagant, the possibilities are endless. In addition to this, there is a clear plastic protective layer giving it the durability you’re looking for.

When it comes to laminate flooring, you really get what you pay for. Laminate is easy to care for because you can just sweep up dirt, mop over it once and it’s clean. However, if the top layer is damaged due to scratches or discoloration, you will need to replace it after the outer layer has worn through. A good brand of laminate will resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight.

Relatively speaking, laminate is affordable and costs anywhere between $3 and $7 per square foot, making it a great option.

Vinyl Flooring and Kids

Vinyl flooring is one of the best options if affordability, aesthetics, and durability are the most important factors to you. There are 2 types of vinyl flooring; standard and luxury tile. Incredibly, many people can’t tell at first glance (or second or third!) that vinyl flooring isn’t real hardwood, stone, or ceramic (whichever it is mimicking).

This type of flooring is very good at standing up to wear and tear and being resilient towards scratches, dents, sunlight discoloration, and stains and is known for its easy installation.

Hardwood Flooring and Kids

You may think hardwood is not a practical choice if you have children but surprisingly, with today’s technology and considering the age and rambunctiousness of your child, this may still be a great choice for your home. A good hardwood floor requires little time and energy. With the appropriate precautions and maintenance measures, it is easy to protect your hardwood floor.

To protect your hardwood floor from the daily grind, be sure to sweep daily, clean up spills as soon as they occur, and use a hardwood floor cleaner when you do want to do a heavy duty clean. With those precautions, you should be able to make your hardwood floor last for years to come!

Thankfully, just because you have a family doesn’t mean you need to compromise the look and feel that makes your house a home. Flooring is important and it’s easily possible to balance between what you want and what you need. At Carpet To Go, we have all these types of flooring and more. Let us help you in your decision-making process and specific needs with a free consultation by filling out this form.