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Recycling plastic bottles into carpet rocks, but discarding this carpet is another story
This video is impressive and will show you how billions of discarded plastic bottles are recycled into carpeting each year. But the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is now grappling with the fact that polyester (PET) carpet accounts for 30 percent of discarded carpet headed to the landfills. Recycling nylon carpet has been a huge success because of all the products, including carpet, that nylon can be recycled into. But similar markets have not yet been developed for PET. Learn more at CARE’s website.
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January 25, 2014
Wintertime’s dry air means special precautions for hardwood floors
But now that winter is here, there are spaces between the boards. Is it possible that I was sold inferior wood?
A. Gaps between floor boards are common in the wintertime. Your installer should have told you that you have to control the humidity in your home to prevent inordinate gapping. In fact, most hardwood manufacturers recommend maintaining your indoor environment at 40 to 60 percent humidity year-round. (more…)
June 3, 2013
Properly done, seams should not be an issue in linoleum installation
I want to use it in the bathroom floors, but I am really hesitant since reading all these questions about repairing the seams.
Have you had questions on this and/or how do you feel about using Marmoleum in the bathrooms?
A. Dear LM:
If you are using Marmoleum sheet goods that are installed by a contractor who is properly trained, you should have no problems with seams that need repair. (more…)
April 3, 2013
What do ceramic nano beads mean for softness underfoot?
Q. I am puzzled about the ceramic bead layers advertised as being part of the finish on Wicanders Cork Flooring. Does this add considerable hardness to the cork surface? I’m seeing the comfort aspect of cork, and am actually replacing ceramic tile with the cork – so I don’t want to replace hard ceramic with hard ceramic!
A. The ceramic beads are crystals that are embedded in the layers of the UV- cured urethane finish that is topically applied at the plant during the final stages of the manufacturing process. These tiny microscopic particles do not add to the hardness of the cork, but rather to the long-term wear-ability of the finish. (more…)