Most carpets are made with chemicals like flame retardants, glues and dyes that aren't meant to be in your body. Carpet breaks down over time and the particles that break off can find their way into the air you breathe. PLUS: Carpet harbors dust mites. Lots of them. They won't kill you, but they can provoke existing allergies in the form of itchy eyes and runny noses.
So what are the best alternatives?
What about a nice hard floor? Bamboo for example is a no-brainer choice from the environmental point of view. It grows like a weed, taking 3 years to mature vs. 120 years for oak. However, it's much softer than other hardwoods and dents easily. FSC-certified hardwoods are another option (Forest Stewardship Council). This certification is like the green version of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for all woods. The certficate makes sure timber is harvested in a land and habitat-friendly way.
You probably heard about cork? Cork, like bamboo is one of the darlings of the eco-friendly flooring wood. It's renewable resource harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark is ground up and mixed with a non-toxic resin. It retains warmth even in colder environments and looks very cool in a retro-chic way.
Tiles have quickly become one of the most popular types of materials used in a home. When choosing the type of flooring to have installed in your home, it is important to consider whether it will be durable or not, especially if you have a family or pets. Tiles have a much longer life in comparison to other materials that are used to cover floors and walls. Another benefit is that they are resistant to moisture and easy to clean.
So, how are we going to clean these different floor surfaces in an environmentally-friendly way?
1. PRE-CLEAN WITH THE DRY YELLOW DUSTER
2. SCRUB & ABSORB DIRT WITH THE HEDGHOG SOFT
The Ha-Ra® Floor Cleaning Technolgy is the pioneer and world leader and works as a system on all different floor surfaces. Using water only, the Floor Pad will remove old detergent build up to reveal cleaner, fresher floors with no chemical residue, keeping your floors cleaner for longer. All the Floor Pads are specially designed and manufactured in Germany to suit particular surfaces. The fibres itself produce 95% of the cleaning power themselves, you are not only in an cleaning environmentally-friendly way but also using fewer chemicals. PLUS: You can wash the Ha-Ra® Floor Pads like a towel and reuse over and over again for many years.
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