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Ceramic Tile: Environmentally Friendly

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Green, green, green! Ever since the collective social conscience has begun to fully concur on the importance of environmentally friendly design, the word ‘green’ has been the ultimate buzzword in exterior and interior home design. Builders now show a strong preference for environmentally conscience materials, and tile is no exception. A favorite among these is ceramic tile. Not only does is it aesthetically pleasing, it can absolutely be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom design in a way that also helps ensure that our natural environment will remain beautiful for generations to come.

Ceramic tile boasts the fact that it is an excellent choice because it is ‘green’ from the beginning of its life all the way through completion of an interior design. Meaning, it is environmentally friendly from the mining process through final installation. This is due in part to the fact that the materials used are plentiful, and they are easy to mine and manufacture. In turn, this reduces fuel consumption and ensures that more precious resources aren’t consumed during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, many ceramic tiles feature recycled content which, as they say, ‘pays it forward’ when it comes to environmental impact.

Now, take into consideration that it can be expected to last at least 50 years! You want sustainability? Ceramic tile delivers to an impressive extent because it is a timeless design material that can be installed in arrangement that is classic and won’t ever look out of style. What about cleaning it, you ask? This is accomplished with ease using basic soap water. No need for caustic and toxic chemical cleaners to keep the tiles looking fabulous. 

If you’re initially shopping on your own, it’s easy to find environmentally-friendly ceramic tile because it will have a Green Squared label. Once you’re ready to get down to business, consult one of our experts and we’ll help you turn your vision into a reality!

The Green Characteristic Of Wool

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There are many factors that can affect the quality of your indoor air, including your carpet. There are many low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission carpets, but it is wool carpets that will work harder than other materials to remove contaminants from the air and improving the health of the indoor environment.

Wools of New Zealand has given noticed to this “green” characteristic of wool through a new Wool: Clean Air Certification program. Carpets that carry a Wool: Clean Air Certified label have been tested by a certified independent laboratory and must pass stringent VOC emission testing for 13 contaminants. In addition, the products are required to meet scientifically established testing standards that verify reductions of VOCs in the indoors

“Wool is proven to significantly reduce indoor air contaminants within seven hours of installation and to keep contaminants out of the air for 30 years,” says Elise Demboski, executive director of North America for Wools of New Zealand. “Unfortunately, this unique attribute is overlooked since wool only represents 2% of the market. Through the Wool: Clean Air Certified program, we are bringing wool to the forefront where it will be noticed.”

Wool: Clean Air Certified is an Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) program managed by Wools of New Zealand. In addition to meeting the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED point requirements, the certification also meets the standards for California Section 01350 and Collaborative for High Performance Schools CHPS.

Carpets and rugs containing a minimum of 50% wool are eligible for Wool: Clean Air certification, with Wools of New Zealand partners benefiting from reduced testing fees. Product samples are submitted by platform, which is dependent upon backing and latex type. Every platform is fully retested on an annual basis to maintain the integrity of the Wool: Clean Air certification.

Karastan Carpets were one of the first companies to carry the Wool: Clean Air Certified label, according to Floor Biz Karastan had actually surpassed the testing standards and prove to significantly reduce indoor air contaminants.

Ambassador Floor Company in St. Louis is proud to carry Karastan Carpets.

Green Label Vacuums

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Earlier we discussed that the “Green” carpets certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) are marked with a Green Label, this is also true for vacuums. CRI certified vacuum machines improve the cleanliness of your carpet and the quality of your indoor air. The CRI vacuums remove allergens and dust that become trapped in the carpet fibers.

The CRI combines the indoor air quality of its Green Label and cleaning standards of its Seal of Approval program to identify even better performing vacuum cleaners. Under the enhanced Seal of Approval vacuum program, manufactures are held to a higher standard of performance and are rewarded with Gold, Silver, or Bronze ratings.

CRI employs an independent testing laboratory to measure:

  • Soil removal — A machine’s performance in soil removal is measured precisely through NASA-enhanced X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology. The entry level of Bronze requires a 10 percent improvement of soil removal over the Green Label program and the standards are even higher for Silver and Gold levels.
  • Dust containment — A residential vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air. You want all that dirt, dust and pet dander locked tight in the vacuum, not escaping back into the air where it can be inhaled. Additionally, Gold level vacuums must meet ambient air quality standards.
  • Carpet fiber protection — The vacuum must not affect the appearance of the carpet more than a one-step change (shop speak for “not very much”) based on one year of normal vacuum use.

Before being considered for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Seal of Approval ratings, a vacuum cleaner must comply with the carpet fiber protection standard as well as meet both the corresponding soil removal standard and dust containment The CRI Seal of Approval program makes vacuum cleaner selection easier for you. So look for the Seal of Approval logo or label on packaging, displays and on the machine itself.

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How To Remove Grease From Your Carpet

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Grease can be a bit tricky to remove from carpets and just like any other spill the sooner you can treat it the more likely you are to remove the stain.  The method below is a Green, chemical free way to remove food grease from your carpet from TLC Home.

Sprinkle it with a li­ttle cornmeal and allow it to sit for five minutes. Next, sponge the area with vinegar and water.

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3 Reasons To Love Mohawk Ceramic Tile

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  1. Variety: Mohawk has a large selection of floor tiles such as; Natural, Rustic, Slate, and Classic.  There are also tiles for mosaics, backsplashes and countertops.
  2. Mohawk tiles are eco-friendly: Mohawk manufacturers are energy efficient and last year Mohawk reused nearly 35 million pounds of internally generated waste fired tile to make new wall tile products.  Some ceramic tiles can be as high as 47 percent recycled materials.
  3. Durability: Mohawk ceramic tiles are suitable for all residential interiors and most commercial applications subject to high footwear traffic and scratching dirt. If properly maintained the ceramic tiles can last for years to come.

Mohawk ceramic tile in bathroom

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