An emerging trend these days is healthy living. More and more people are making smarter decisions about the food they eat, they exercise and the decisions they make results in a healthy lifestyle. What many people donâ€™t realize is that the cleanliness of your home can have a tremendous impact on health and well being. One step many homeowners can take to improve their homeâ€™s cleanliness and thus their health is installing hard wood floors in their home as opposed to carpet.
Hardwood floors have a great deal of advantages over carpet that make them a smarter and healthier choice. There are many disadvantages to installing a carpet over a hardwood floor. The first deals with cleanliness. As anyone who has ever had a carpet knows, they are hard to keep clean. Having a carpet in house forces you to constantly be vacuuming. Carpets not only attract dirt and dust they absorb them. Even if you vacuum once a week you will still not be able to fully clean the dirt that is trapped in the fibres of the carpet. On top of that if you ever spill a drink, or track mud or dirt on a carpet it is incredibly difficult to clean the stain. In some instances a liquid can soak underneath the carpet and damage the floor. The only way to fully clean a carpet is by washing it by either hiring a company or renting a carpet cleaning machine. However, this may prove to be a timely and costly decision so most carpet owners rarely choose to do this.
Hardwood floors on the other hand are durable and easy to clean. A regular routine of sweeping or vacuuming a hardwood floor is more than sufficient to successfully clean the floor of any dust or germs that may appear. In addition after sweeping or vacuuming going over the floor with a wet swiffer or similar product will leave the floor sparkling clean. Unlike with carpet when you clean a hardwood floor you can be 100% confident that there are no germs or bacteria lingering. On top of that if anything is ever spilt on a hardwood floor such as food or drinks, it is very easy to clean. Unlike carpet with soaks in and absorbs spills a hardwood floor repels it and allows for a quick and easy clean up. Of course you can always add polish to a hardwood floor to keep it looking shiny and new.