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We are continually discovering innovated ways to create better products. As technology advances, we are looking for ways to create more efficient, healthier, and valuable products in our lives. However, some of these materials do not need to be heavily engineered and are naturally occurring. Bamboo is an extremely versatile product we have been using for centuries in our homes. This grass can grow in almost any climate in the world except extremely frigid atmosphere. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it revolutionary green products. We have adapted this plant into many useful products we use in homes today. To truly understand how versatile this plant can be, we looked at three completely different and unique ways this plant can benefit your home. Let’s take a look!


While commonly classified as hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass. This exotic flooring option is extremely durable and resilient to scratching. This clean, modern flooring option can be easily cleaned and is low maintenance. Similar to hardwood flooring, you can also refinish your planks, allowing you to get even more longevity out of the product.


When you think of bamboo, you probably envision a very hard stalk of grass. However, bamboo can be weaved into a material used for pillows and sheets. This eco-friendly solution is exceptionally soft and comfortable. Bamboo sheets are commonly desired because they are breathable and stay cool. Most people refer to bamboo sheets as feeling silky enjoy that they stay cool all night. Bamboo sheets have other added benefits like being hypoallergenic and extremely durable as well.


Bamboo is incredibly strong. If you are looking for a green solution to furnishing your home, consider bamboo. Bamboo furniture can be bent into intricate designs or weaved together for extreme durability. This natural look can give a raw, authentic feel to your furniture inside and outside your home.

If you are looking for cleaner and greener solutions to add to your home, consider bamboo. With unique products and solutions for all over your house, bamboo is a very versatile solution. Take advantage of this abundant plant and get some of its amazing benefits today! For more eco-friendly home solutions, make sure to subscribe!

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Mannington Floors for Allergies

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Nasal allergies affect up to 30% of adults and nearly 40% of all children in the United States. While carpet can hold some of these particles like pollen and dust, hard surfaces can be a better route to go for people with allergies. Over the last decade, many Americans have exponentially switched to hard surface flooring for its low maintenance and exceedingly easy-to-manage flooring option. Mannington has even created eco-friendly hardwood that meets and exceeds CARB Phase I and II’s formaldehyde levels. CARB Phase I and II is known to be the strictest emission laws in the world.
Mannington’s independently tested hardwood floors have been manufactured primarily from recycling industrial contents and water bases. To further help you alleviate your allergens in your home, Mannington has infused SpillShield technology which can prevent moisture from seeping into the floor for up to three days after being spilled. With an easy to clean structure, accidents, spills, and mishaps that encounter your floor and are aided with SpillShield by Mannington.  Their hardwood is a great multipurpose solution for pet owners.
Mannington has prided itself in the “Do the Right Thing” philosophy and took the communities safety and health into consideration. Mannington has taken a step beyond to become an environmentally, eco-friendly company. Being a member of the Hardwood Forestry Fund, Mannington has taken the responsibility to educate the public about forest management. While enhancing wildlife habitat, they have made a partnership with the community and public natural resource agencies to promote quality hardwood timber growth and education. 
Mannington mill’s waste has been repurposed for energy, and they have converted to producing only engineered hardwood floors which can be made with half the trees as solid hardwood floors.
With over 200 allergens today, it is time you invest in an eco-friendly hardwood that can protect your immune system. This household concern can be fought from the ground up with ease. Do not find yourself bedbound again from pollen and dust in your old carpet; revolutionize your home with Mannington hardwood floors today. Not only is Mannington hardwood a fantastic innovation to your home, but the stylish options also look great! Check out our Mannington hardwood selection. 

Items to Reuse, Instead of Tossing

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We all know how important it is to recycle items and keep them out of landfills. There are other items we can at least re-use once or many times over before tossing them in the trash. Read on to get nifty tips for re-using, re-purposing and up-cycling things that we typically throw away. This will help the planet and yourself!

Clothing that is not worthy to donate, because they have holes or stains, are great for turning into cleaning rags. Do not buy cleaning rags, simply cut up old clothing and add them to your laundry room. This works especially well for clothing made from all cotton.

Old toothbrushes make great brushes to use when cleaning jewelry that contains diamonds or gem stones. They also work well when cleaning small, narrow areas like grout.

Wine bottles can be transformed into cool table top torches, perfect for any patio or garden. Look online to find tutorials on this easy DIY project. Decorative glass bottles can also be used to store hand soap and other liquids you use around the house. Simply buy the tops used for liquor and keep salad dressing or dish soap in them. These glass bottles make wonderful single stem vases for cut flowers. Use them in groups by placing them around a room or line them down the center of a dining table.

Save old newspapers to wrap and store breakable items in. Paper keeps delicate Christmas decorations and delicate china safe, when not being used. There are loads of other items that this material can protect. You can also cut up or shred newspaper and add it to a compost pile.

Transform old books into nifty little hideaway containers to keep valuables in. This is another activity that can be easily explained online. Basically use a utility knife to cut a square out of the pages, where jewelry and other small items can be stored away. Place them on accent tables or hide them amongst other books in a bookshelf.

Being responsible for the environment is very important to us at Carpets N More.  Click here to learn more about the specialty floor options we offer and ask us how we are committed to doing what is best for our world.


Floor Options – Natural Choices

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Educating yourself about the various options available for floors in your home might seem like a daunting task. There are so many awesome ways to create the perfect floor to coordinate with the overall design of a room or entire home. A smart way to go about it is to first learn the basic considerations of each type. Natural floor options have some excellent and unique qualities that might make them more appealing than synthetic possibilities. Use this guide to begin your research process. When you’ve narrowed it down to a few favorites, visit with Carpets N More to learn more about each of them.


Bamboo is a natural floor option that is created by overlaying bamboo reeds atop subflooring. It is highly durable and easy to install. It also happens to be hypoallergenic, which is a huge bonus if this is an important consideration in your home. It’s also easy to clean.


Hardwood is milled from a single piece of timber, making it especially durable. It is also a great long term investment because being able to sand and refinish it ensures that it will have a lengthy term of use in a home. While this is a great benefit, it won’t be necessary often because it’s wear resistant. It also happens to be rather easy to clean.


Stone flooring is comprised of natural rock (in various types) that has been quarried and cut for home use. It could be argued that stone is perhaps the most durable of all floor options so it is ideal in areas that will experience very high traffic and utility.  One of its unique benefits is that it tends to actually look better with the passing of time, which makes it a great material for homes that want a design that’s timeless.


Cork is made from bark of cork oak. It’s exceptionally sustainable and durable. It actually “springs back” from wear and tear, and it’s very eco-friendly. It’s resistant to mildew as well as stains. If it’s important for it to be durable and water resistant, there are finishing options that will help protect it.


Cork Floors

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These days it seems as if everyone is trying to do their part to be more environmentally conscious. There are things you can do when considering flooring for your own home that help not only the environment but can also make your home more energy efficient. With cork flooring you won’t have to give up style to achieve these results and below we will go through all of the benefits cork flooring would provide you.


One of the eco-friendlier options for flooring is cork. It is actually what is known as a harvested resource and therefore doesn’t necessitate the cutting down of trees. Instead it is harvested from the bark of the tree and there are strict laws around how this process is handled so that the trees are protected. Throughout this process the tree is not destroyed or damaged meaning that the environmental impact is very minimal.


In addition to being helpful to the environment, there are other benefits to cork flooring that might surprise you. Cork has sound control properties – it absorbs noise produced by footfalls and noise. It is also fire-resistant, meaning it requires a very high temperature before ignition and emits less toxins and smoke once ignited. Cork is a healthier option for you and your family—it is mold and mildew resistant and even works well against termites and microbes.


You might also be interested to learn that cork flooring is incredibly durable. It is resistant to cracking and surface damage because of its ability to bounce back from pressure. This also means that when properly maintained cork flooring can be incredibly durable and last up to 40 years.


There are many reasons to choose cork flooring and you might think that style isn’t one of them. But when you look closer you will find that cork flooring is incredibly versatile and you can achieve almost any look with it. You can have a natural look or you can have the cork colored for a tiled or patterned look. But you don’t have to give up style for economy.


Cork flooring offers real environmental and practical benefits along with versatility when it comes to design opportunities. When considering your options, cork is not one to be overlooked!


To learn more head to our site to see the benefits cork flooring may have for your home.


Bamboo Flooring

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The trends for flooring in 2015 are exciting and fresh, boasting surprising materials and new takes on old ones. It can be hard to determine if a new trend is right for your house when you don’t know much about the material like one of this years biggest trends—bamboo. Here we will go over the pros and potential cons of this exciting flooring material.


As we mentioned before, bamboo is a trend that is quickly on the rise. It might surprise you to learn that bamboo is very hard, even harder than most other hardwood floors. Bamboo gives your room a look similar to traditional hardwood flooring, however it does have a distinct appearance that can add a modern look to any room. Generally it comes in wider planks, and you can find it in various shades.


One strong argument for bamboo flooring is that it is a natural and renewable material. While it can take the trees used for hardwood floors 20 years or more until they can be harvested, bamboo is mature enough to be harvested in only 5 years. This faster growth means that the harvesting and use of bamboo as flooring does not deplete the bamboo population with the same effect that it has with hardwood. Don’t worry about pandas going hungry, either!  Bamboo grown for floors is not edible by our fuzzy friends.


There are some considerations when deciding if bamboo floors are right for your space. Bamboo is best installed in areas that tend to be dry rather than humid. Avoid bathrooms and kitchens and instead use bamboo in areas such as your bedroom or living room where there is no threat of humidity. This will ensure that the planks do not expand. 


Finally, cleaning bamboo flooring is convenient and incredibly easy. Make sure that you keep it well swept with a dry mop or broom. No harsh or special cleaning treatments are necessary. If you really need to clean more deeply, you only need to use warm water and a mild soap to mop the floor. Wring the mop thoroughly so no excess moisture is left behind.


Bamboo is a great option when considering what type of floor you want for your home. There are many pros and with an informed decision you will be able to find the floor that is right for you. If you have any questions, check out our bamboo information page or stop by one of our stores!


Help Your Home Become Eco-Friendly

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How eco-friendly is your home? Read on…Did you know that the materials that make up your home might be the cause of your health problems?
Common health hazards in the home:
1. Is Painting fun? Many paints contain VOCs or Volatile Organic compounds, which have severe health effects. Some may even be carcinogenic. Try and go for a non-VOC paint the next time you repaint your walls. *Milk Paint is considered a green product and doesn’t emit harmful fumes. Most major paint companies are coming out with new eco-friendly brands, with little or no VOC off gasing.
2. Synthetic fabrics: Synthetic fabrics used for curtains and upholstery are made using chemicals, some of which are allergy inducing. Select organic fabrics; they are produced from natural fibers (ex. Cotton Linen); which are processed without chemicals.
3. Cleaning your home: Heavy draperies collect dust. Remove the dust by vacuuming with a clean (brushless) attachment. This will remove the majority of dust from the fabric. Most popular cleaning products have a long list of toxic chemicals and high alkalinity. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products.
4. HEPA filters: Many people who’ve opted for whole house HEPA filters have noticed a significant decrease in allergies and other health related issues. This product filters out pollen, dust and chemicals that are tracked inside from shoes each day.
5. Flooring and Furniture: Bamboo is a renewable resource because it grows at a rapid pace. It is a durable alternative to hardwood floors. Bamboo can be stained any color, it also looks great natural with a clear natural stain. Bamboo is an excellent product used to make furniture. It is pliable and lightweight; yet very durable.
Cork is another renewable resource. It has a distinctive look, and feels warm and inviting. It can be used as flooring and even upholstery. Underfoot, cork feels soft and comfortable. Cork is produced in tiles and planks. Ordering extra tiles is a good idea in case an area is damaged; replace a couple tiles instead of replacing the whole floor. Installed bamboo and cork produce very small amounts of VOCs.

Do our planet and families a favor and opt for eco-friendly products and materials!


Bamboo Flooring

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Bamboo, traditionally used for roofing and walls has become a sustainable environmentally-friendly material for floors.

Bamboo is a grass that grows quickly and regenerates easily. With the impetus on green housing, bamboo has become a valuable flooring option. Bamboo grows to a height of 20 meters in 5 years. The root system of bamboo naturally regenerates the plant, making bamboo an ideal renewable resource for flooring.

Bamboo floors were not popular because there was a misconception that bamboo wasn’t sturdy and bamboo floors were uneven. Actually, bamboo floor manufacturers make their flooring in the form of flat planks like hardwood for easy installation. Bamboo floors come in a range of tones to suit all types of room décor.

These floors are low maintenance, durable and easy to install. Bamboo floors are strong and will not crack or splinter even if you place heavy furniture on the floor.  Bamboo floors are laminated and water resistant enough to be used in rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas that are exposed to moisture.

Be careful! Bamboo floors may dent or scratch if you walk on them with high heeled shoes. Bamboo floors fade when exposed to direct sunlight and are not compatible with all subfloors. You need to check with the manufacturer on their suitability to your home before choosing bamboo floors.

Bamboo floors are an environmentally friendly, emission free and durable option when choosing your flooring.


Cork Flooring

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Have you always wanted flooring that was durable but soft, beautiful but easy to maintain, which could reduce noise and resist temperature changes? Look no further than Cork flooring. This environmentally-friendly flooring option comes in colors ranging from brown to red to black. No matter how you plan to decorate the interior of your room, you can rest assured that cork will blend in and even improve its appearance.
Beauty and eco-friendliness are not the only things cork has going for itself, it is also water resistant, a highly desirable characteristic where floors are concerned and it is sturdy. Its sound absorbing capability helps provide quality acoustics. It is also resistant to abrasions such as high heels!
Due to its numerous positives, Cork flooring may be the perfect choice for practically any room you have in mind; a music room, bathroom, a child’s room, and even the kitchen. You might be wondering, “Where’s the catch?” This flooring is at its best when installed properly. Many of the problems with cork flooring can be traced back to improper installation. Issues such as sub-floor moisture and improper adhesives can contribute to unnecessary headaches where cork flooring is concerned. So ensure that the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual are properly understood before you begin installation or we can install it for you.
Also, know that the color of cork tends to fade over time. However, the appeal of the flooring still holds up. If you are on a budget, cork flooring can get a little expensive, but it is a cost-effective choice. Under normal conditions in the absence of excessive wear and tear, and if properly installed and maintained, cork floors can last for about 30 years.
Cork is no longer restricted to wine bottles; bring it down to your floors. It can provide the same warmth to your rooms as the aged wine it stoppers.

Environmental Flooring Choices

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Environmental flooring options are easily replaceable, sustainable, durable, and generally do not require a lot of maintenance. More importantly, they are healthy and do not give off toxic emissions that will adversely affect the health of your family.

Environmental flooring materials are natural without chemical processing or treatment. Flooring material that can be reused or recycled and flooring material made of recycled material also come under the definition of environmental flooring.

An example of environmental flooring is cork. You may not know this, but cork is natural and obtained from the bark of a tree. Cork flooring does not undergo a lot of chemical processing and can last for a very long time. Bamboo is another example of renewable flooring. Bamboo is a grass that can be replanted easily. Bamboo floors also require very little processing and are chemical free. Hardwood floors are examples of environmental flooring but you must make sure that the timber used is from trees that can be easily regenerated.

Easy to maintain and durable synthetic carpeting material made of recycled PET bottles or recycled nylon or rubber tires are another environmental flooring option. Linoleum is made of a combination of recycled components including linseed oil, wood shavings and cork shavings and makes an excellent non toxic environmental flooring option.

Stone and ceramic tiles are strong natural durable environmental flooring options that require very little maintenance and don’t give off toxic emissions.

The healthy wealthy and wise flooring choices for modern homes are environmental flooring options.  What’s your favorite choice for environmentally friendly floor choices?