Benefits of Eco-Friendly Flooring, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Flooring, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Flooring, Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Posted: June 04, 2013

Eco-friendly flooring, and sustainable flooring, is gaining momentum in todays flooring industry. Sustainable flooring, specifically, focuses on using flooring that has the least amount of negative impact on the ecosystem. This includes factoring in:

  • Harvesting
  • Production
  • Use
  • Disposal
  • Adhesives used

Not only does eco-friendly, sustainable flooring provide a better future for renewable resources, but it also is believed to create safer and healthier buildings and spaces.

When looking for eco-friendly flooring, how do you know which products actually live up to the claim? Many types of flooring can be eco-friendly, depending on how they are manufactured. Below are some examples:

Bamboo: Bamboo is actually a grass thats fast growing (it can be harvested in five years). This increases its role as a renewable resource. Its oftentimes cheaper than traditional hardwood, yet just as durable (if not more). Just be sure that your manufacturer uses natural-base adhesives.

Cork: Cork comes from cork oak. The beauty is the tree is not harmed in order to obtain the cork (the bark is removed). Thus, its the very definition of a renewable resource. Its known for its soundproofing qualities and has a spring back quality that prevents imprints.

Wood: Thats right. Wood. When you consider carbon dioxide emissions, wood flooring ranks higher (better) than linoleum or vinyl flooring. It also scored better in air pollution emissions and waste generation. Reclaimed wood, in particular, adds to hardwoods capabilities of being a renewable resource. Of course, one complaint about wood as an eco-friendly product is how long it takes to be able to harvest (for example) oak, or maple (decades). There are tree farms across the country (and Canada), however, that are trying to help increase woods role as a renewable resource.

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Rubber: Rubber comes from a rubber tree, which is a 100% renewable resource. Beware, however, because some rubber flooring is made from synthetic rubber, which is far from sustainable or eco-friendly.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

What good is eco-friendly flooring if youre forced to use toxic cleaners in order to maintain your floors health and shine?

Floors like wood are revered for their low toxic emissions, meaning the air quality of your home is safe. However, that means very little if youre forced to apply toxic chemicals onto your floor to clean it.

Luckily, there are eco-friendly cleaning products that actually work. A number of manufacturers have eco-friendly cleaners that are tailor-made for wood, cork, linoleum, and more. So, what should you look for in an eco-friendly cleaning product?

You want to look for all-natural cleaners that are plant-derived solutions that do NOT contain the following:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Ammonia
  • VOCs
  • Phosphates

Making sure your cleaner does not include any of these ingredients ensures its safe to use around pets and animals.

The DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Product

Sometimes were a little skeptical of brand-name products. Wed prefer to make our own solutions, if possible. Below is a recipe for creating your own eco-friendly floor-cleaning product. Notice, its just ONE step. Thats how easy it is.

Mix 1 gallon of warm water, 1/8 cup of liquid soap, and 1/8 cup of vinegar MOP!

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