The Consumer’s Guide to Cork Flooring

When doing home improvements in your household it’s always a good idea to review the products you plan on using and installing. This gives you, the consumer, a better understanding of what you’re buying and if it’s right for your household. This consumer guide is designed to help educate consumers on cork flooring, an eco-friendly flooring solution that is virtually useable in every room of your household.

If you’re looking for a hardwood floor appearance without actual hardwood than cork is an excellent solution. It rivals all other flooring products in appearance and beauty; however the price tends to be more expensive than vinyl and laminate flooring. Generally the extra cost is worth it due to the fact they will last much longer than other flooring materials; a great example is the Library of Congress, which has had the same cork flooring since the 1800s.

Every room in your household can benefit from this flooring solution. The kitchen and the bathroom are no expectation. The moisture, mold and mildew resistant properties of cork material make installation in the bathroom and kitchen an excellent idea. The general comfort also makes it ideal for bedrooms and the family room. The durability of cork floors can rival hardwood floors due to its natural properties.

You’ll be glad to know that this is a green, eco-friendly product. It’s naturally renewable and doesn’t require deforestation to obtain and commercial produce the product. So, if you’re one of those homeowners trying to go green then this product is perfect for you. Don’t be fooled by other flooring materials like bamboo that claim to be green, but still use harsh chemicals during manufacturing that are horrible for the environment.

From the consumers point of view cork flooring is a viable solution to your flooring needs. The right research and education can help any consumer learn everything they need to know about a specific product. If you’d like to learn more about this flooring solution we suggest you follow the links at the end of this article. Remember, when it comes to a green, durable and comfortable flooring solution nothing can compare to cork. So what are you waiting for, go out and look at some samples today!

Kitchen Counter Tops – Some Interesting Info to Know

Kitchens are an important part of a household of any size and the kitchen countertop is an integral part. Many people like having beautiful countertops that are strong, but still look sleek and beautiful. While I was renovating my home recently, I learned about trend stone. Trend stone is a beautiful material that is also environmentally friendly. Not only that, but the material itself is unbelievably sturdy. It’s an amazing substance which lasts for a very long time and will make your kitchen countertops look modern and stylish.

Trend stone looks just like a granite slab countertop. It will give any countertop a beautiful luster similar to that of the igneous material. Not only that, but it is made of 70% recycled material and because it is so easy to install, it uses a lot fewer resources than traditional granite would. The installation is simple and only requires about a day to complete. The result is a beautiful kitchen countertop. You save time, resources and money.

Trend stone counter tops are also extremely strong – even more so than granite. So when you use trend stone, your countertops will be nearly indestructible. Trend stone has an approximate hardness of 8 on Mohs scale. This means very few objects are going to be able to do any harm to your countertop. It’s a great combination of strength and power: perfect for the kitchen and the bathroom.

So when you are redoing your kitchen counter tops, this may be a great alternative to doing a full tear down of the kitchen. It will give your kitchen a beautiful look and you won’t need to go through the hassle of hiring several different contractors. It is also great to know that your counter will be almost indestructible as well and very low maintenance.

Your Kitchen Sponge is Not Green

Sponges are very handy for work around the kitchen and the bathrooms, but they can be a serious problem. They have been found to collect and nurture more bacteria than you would find anywhere else in your home.   As a result of this research, people began to purchase more sponges and then simply threw them away when they began to smell.
 
No consideration was paid to the environment at all. If you replace your kitchen sponge once a week, and multiply that by the number of households in this country alone, you are creating a serious addition to the landfill and are depleting our natural resources. Most sponges are made from plastic, which is derived from oil.

 
But there is more to it than that. To help eliminate the bacterial problem, they have now added Triclosan (a chemical pesticide that fights fungi and bacteria) to many sponges. This chemical has been linked to health problems, and is believed to destroy fragile aquatic eco systems. Since water treatment plants cannot remove it, it is now being found in our streams. Don’t buy antibacterial sponges!
 
Cellulose sponges are your best bet, since they are recyclable. Make sure they do not contain polyester. Wash them, with bleach, regularly, by hand, in with your whites, or even in your dishwasher. Or boil them for a few minutes in plain water.
 
You can even grow your own sponge. Plant a Luffa plant in the garden, the fruit, when ripened and dried, becomes the loofah sponge you’d buy for your bubble bath!