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Pets? You Need Pet Friendly Flooring

Considering adding a furry four-legged friend to your family?  Or are you looking to make changes to make your home more pet-friendly?  Consider the areas of your home your pet will have access to. One of your consideration should be the floors, as your pet will spend most of his/ her time on them.  Pet paws, bodily fluids, and weight can have an impact on your floor. Choosing pet friendly flooring that is durable and easy to maintain will have positive impacts on your pet owning experience. Having a surface that is comfortable and safe for your pet will ensure your pet is happy.

Pet Friendly Flooring – Hard Surfaces

These are attractive because they are easier to clean and give a clean sleek look to rooms.  Hardwood specifically is a popular choice in homes, but pets and hardwoods are not always the best mix.  Paws especially can cause dents and will show more wear over time. Even if you are trimming nails frequently, pets can still cause damage to floors.

If you are set on hardwood you explore species of woods that are harder, such as Maple or Bamboo. Alternatives to wood would be vinyl, laminate, tile or stone.  These will have more durability than hardwood. If you want the wood look, you can still get that using an alternative. Today several materials can be made to look like wood! You can find all these options at our showrooms in Fairfax and Gainesville, Virginia.

Pet Friendly Flooring – Soft Surfaces

Carpeting may not be your first thought when you consider having a pet. Carpeting can be a very comfortable option for pets.  Even if you decide to go with hardwood, you may find that your furry friend will find a rug or other soft surface to lay on anyways.

Besides being comfortable, carpeting may be safer for your pets. Pets running around to the window or the door can do so safely on a soft surface, rather than slipping around. Another big benefit, especially with larger pets, is they can roam around the home quietly.  With hard surfaces, you will hear every click-clack of your pet, and that may not be something you want to hear in the middle of the night!

Maintenance of a carpet can be tricky, you’ll want to clean it often. You’ll have to be more cautious of any moisture on the carpet, as you don’t want that to soak to the padding underneath. Any extra moisture can cause bacteria and mold growth so scheduling a carpet cleaning once or twice a year can definitely extend the life and look of your carpets.

There are a few different materials carpets are made from wool, synthetic fibers, olefin and polyester.

Wool carpets are the softest of the material, but they are more expensive and not as stain resistant – so it may not be the best choice for you and your pet. Polyester and Olefin are cheaper and less durable. So your best option is going to be something that is made of a synthetic fiber like nylon fibers which is a very popular choice because it’s priced well, stain-resistant and durable.

Another option would be carpet squares.  This is great especially when you are dealing with stains. With squares, you can easily replace a spot that has been stained.

Another benefit with carpet, is there are plenty of designs to choose from, some will even hide the pet hair!

Choosing and Maintaining Carpet When You Have Allergies

Choosing and Maintaining Carpet When You Have Allergies

Do you enjoy the feeling of carpet under your feet every morning when you step out of bed? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Most people recognize that carpet is more difficult to maintain than hardwood, vinyl or laminate, but that doesn’t stop them from having it in their homes. Unfortunately, carpet can be an allergen trap, and for some people, that’s a game changer.

Can I Still Have Carpet If I Have Allergies?

The answer to that question is yes, assuming you do three very important things:

  • Choose the right carpet
  • Clean your carpet regularly
  • Deep clean your carpet yearly

Many carpets trap allergens and then release them into the air as you walk. As a result, all three of these steps are necessary when deciding to install carpet in your home.

Choosing the Right Carpet

We are happy to help you choose the right carpet for your situation. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to keep in mind if you’re looking specifically for hypoallergenic carpets:

  • Hypoallergenic carpet won’t completely eliminate allergens, but it does reduce them.
  • Nylon and other synthetics resist dirt, moisture, and mildew, making them good choices for those with allergies.
  • Natural fibers such as wool also exhibit hypoallergenic qualities and are equally good choices for those with allergies.
  • We suggest choosing a carpet with short, tightly woven strands to eliminate those extra spaces where allergens tend to hide.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOSs)which are frequently found in carpeting, pads and installation materials, can trigger allergic reactions. Look for “Green Labels” to ensure you are purchasing a carpet with low VOC content.

Clean Your Carpet Regularly

Regardless of the type of carpet you choose for your home, if you have allergies, you’ll need to be prepared to clean your new carpet regularly to prevent allergen build-up. Although wool carpets are long-lasting, they do require more attention than nylon carpeting to maintain proper cleanliness. We recommend frequent vacuuming (make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter) and use of a dry foam (rather than a liquid spray) as wool carpets are naturally porous and tend to hold moisture. On the plus side, wool carpet fibers are coated in lanolin, a naturally stain resistant oil.

Nylon carpeting is easier to keep clean, with regular vacuuming being the primary method. Nylon is nonporous, so it resists spills and stains. Nylon carpeting is typically installed in commercial businesses, but is also a good choice for residential homes, especially if you or a family member experience allergies.

Weekly vacuuming isn’t enough if you want to reduce the allergens in your home. Have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once yearly to remove stubborn stains and deeply embedded allergens. We also suggest investing in an entrance mat at each door so guests and family members can wipe their feet before entering your home. Remove shoes as well to avoid tracking in dirt, pollen, and other allergens.

5 Best Flooring Options for Allergy Sufferers

Best Flooring for People with Allergies

If you’re one of 50 million Americans who has allergies, you’re probably well-aware of the struggles involved in day to day life in managing symptoms. Depending on the type of allergy and the sensitivity, you might have to double check the ingredients of even the most innocent foods, or avoid certain types of clothes due to the materials it’s made of. However, the one thing you might not have thought to check is your flooring. In fact, flooring can make the difference between a fresh breath of air in the morning or seemingly unexplained chronic congestion. In this article, we go over the five best types of floorings for those of us who’d like to avoid the symptoms of allergies in the safety of our home.

Hardwood Flooring

When choosing the best flooring for you, there’s a wide variety of criteria to keep in mind. When keeping in mind your allergy, however, there are few choices better than hardwood flooring. On top of being easy to maintain, aesthetically pleasing, and durable, hardwood floors lack the fibers to trap allergens like carpets. Besides, the addition of hardwood flooring increases the value of one’s home. Who wouldn’t like that?

Cork

If the idea of hardwood flooring just isn’t appealing to you, we’ve got you covered. Cork flooring is an adaptable alternative for those who’d like the benefits of a hardwood flooring but are looking for something a little different. Due to the antimicrobial presence of Suberin, cork tends to be extremely resistant to a host of allergens, like mold, mildew, and fungi. Cork is also extremely easy to mop, adding to its overall value. Especially for those of us concerned with the environment, cork is an excellent flooring option.

Tile

Like hardwood, tile flooring is a hard, flat, easy to clean option for those with allergies. Common allergens, such as dust mites and pollen, are a problem of the past with tile since these allergens can’t penetrate the outer surface. Additionally, tile is extremely water resistant, perfect for people allergic to allergens that thrive in damp environments, like mold or mildew. When picking the material of the tile flooring, there are some considerations to keep in mind, however. While ceramic tiles are flat and smooth, more uneven materials, like natural stone, might even exacerbate allergies by snagging and trapping allergens, creating an even bigger headache.

Linoleum

While many people confuse linoleum with vinyl, for people with allergies, there can be as different as night and day. Unlike vinyl, which is based on petroleum, linoleum is made from linseed oil. This means not only is linoleum more durable than vinyl, but it is also eco-friendly. Furthermore, linoleum has the added benefit of being a long lasting flooring –in many cases, linoleum can go as long as 30 to 40 years without major renovations.

Carpets with Natural Fibers

Even though we’ve already mentioned carpets aren’t favorable for those with allergies, if you must have it, there are options. Carpets made from natural fibers, unlike those of synthetic materials, are much less likely to aggravate your allergies. Sources of natural fibers include wool, jute, and cotton. However, carpet, due to its very nature, will trap some allergens like dust. That’s why we recommend frequent vacuuming and deep cleaning once or twice a year to minimize the number of allergens kept.

And there you have it. From hardwood to ceramic tiling to natural fiber carpeting, we’ve run through five options for flooring that are friendly to those with allergies. With these flooring options, you should finally be able to take a deep breath and relax.

5 Tips To Remove Pet Stains And Bad Smell From Your Carpet

If you have some pets running around the house, as well as sitting, sleeping, and playing on your carpet, you have to be extra careful. Your pets might dirty your carpet from time to time. The bad news is that cleaning a carpet is much more difficult than cleaning dirty clothes. The good news, however, is that it is still doable, and it is quite simple to do.

If your carpet got dirty because of your pets, you just need to be prepared to clean it up regularly. Here are 5 tips to remove pet stains and bad smell from your carpet:

1. Remove The New Stains Immediately With Fresh Water

If you know that your pet is dirtying your carpet, such as urinating on your carpet, then you should remove the new stains immediately with fresh water. First, take a towel and soak the fresh water to it. Ensure to remove your pet urine from the carpet first.

Then, after the urine is properly removed, continue soaking your carpet with fresh water over and over until the urine stains and the odor are gradually removed. Then, apply a cleaning property to the dirty area on the carpet.

2. Extract The Stains Thoroughly

If the stains on your carpet have been there for quite a long time, you should extract the stains thoroughly. Clean the stains from the carpet by using something rough and brush it on your carpet over and over.

After the remains of the stains are removed, you should start cleaning your carpet with fresh water or by using a carpet cleaner machine if it is too difficult to remove.

3. Use A Carpet Cleaner Machine To Remove Persistent Stains

Using a carpet cleaner machine is recommended to remove the stains on your carpet, especially if it is very difficult to remove. You can hire a cleaning professional to do it, or you can simply rent or buy a good cleaner machine that works for your carpet.

It should come with the instruction manual on how to clean your carpet thoroughly with the machine. You can follow the manual to get the cleaning job done.

4. Clean The Carpet With A Steam Cleaner To Remove Odor

Sometimes, removing the stains alone won’t help you to remove the odor or bad smell that is caused by such stains. The trick to remove the odor is to use a carpet cleaner machine that utilizes steam as the main cleaning property.

You can usually mix it with some cleaning properties that can help you to remove the odor from the carpet. This is the fastest way that you can follow to remove any bad smells that are left after cleaning the stains.

5. Use Cleaner Properties That Are Natural And Odorless

Some cleaner properties exhibit very strong smell that might not make you feel comfortable with. So, be sure to choose the cleaning properties that use natural ingredients. It also needs to be odorless or uses some good natural perfumes.

While cleaning the stains and bad smell from your carpet, you want to ensure that the carpet is free from any traces of stains and smell later. So, by using this type of cleaner properties, you can effectively eliminate any bad smell on your carpet. Moreover, it prevents your pets from dirtying the same carpet again later.

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