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. Continue reading…
Climate, terrain and tradition all go into making the finest, renewable wool carpets
This video from the Just Shorn sheep farmers of New Zealand explains some of the superior traits of New Zealand Wool. While wool carpeting is normally a pricey product, Carpetland Carpet One is making Just Shorn available at prices that compete with synthetic carpets, thanks to a special partnership they have reached with the sheep farmers.
At first glance, this floor looks like hardwood. It does on second glance, too, which often is not the case with vinyl wood-look products.
Even upon third inspection, most people don’t imagine that this floor is porcelain tile.
“This look is increasing interest in a product that already was popular because of its durability and ease of care and maintenance,” says Steve Contois, vice-president of Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home. Continue reading…
U.S. Contractors and homeowners start to understand the benefits of natural oil finishes
But in the wake of concerns about chemical emissions from interior finishes that can compromise indoor air quality, we are starting to follow our European brothers and sisters, who for some reason, are always ahead of the curve on such things as healthful home finishes and furnishings.
We have in the past resisted natural oil finishes. We have thought they are not as durable as polyurethane. We have bemoaned the fact that they periodically require recoating. But in using natural oil on small residential and large commercial jobs, we have learned that these finishes offer many advantages. Continue reading…
Gray or brown, this hardwood floor blends seamlessly with home’s bold natural colors
But no matter where you look in Brittany’s new Milford, OH, home, this floor from Mirage Hardwood is the perfect background for her sky blue and terracotta walls, and her kitchen backsplash tiles that look like they were painted with watercolors.
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Home makeover includes five bathrooms at once, and plenty of ideas for redesigning spaces
Friends are in awe when they walk into Renee’s new master bathroom, one of many rooms she is remodeling in her newly purchased Indian Hill home, just northeast of Cincinnati, OH.
This room used a perfect balance of both textured and smooth surfaces. Line patterns within the porcelain tile are the perfect upscale-spa backdrop for the sleek lines of the bathtub, shower enclosure and plumbing fixtures. Continue reading…
Long-term recycling solution for polyester carpet becomes pressing with increased sales, but national director says “The glass is half-full”
To clean up a mess, carpet manufacturers have been recycling billions of discarded plastic bottles into polyester (PET) carpet every year. But discarded PET carpet is not recyclable. And it now accounts for 30 percent of used carpet headed for landfills — up from 4 percent in 2007.
Because 35 percent of the residential carpet market is now PET, which is cheaper but not as durable as recyclable nylon carpet, carpet manufacturer Mohawk has announced Continuum – it new, proprietary PET carpet. The proprietary process results in a more durable, cleaner PET carpet, the company says. Continue reading…
Latest wool carpet line rounds out natural selection and comes at competitive prices
Carpetland Carpet One of greater Cincinnati has added Just Shorn — a special line of wool carpeting made possible by an agreement between Carpet One and a New Zealand sheep farmers organization.
This traditional line of wool carpet promises to come at prices that are more competitive, and rounds out Carpetland Carpet One’s offerings. The store now offers everything from the finest — and most expensive – wool, to recycled nylon, to Triexta carpets made from plant-based fuel to seagrass and sisal to wool carpet made without synthetic backings or chemical treatments.
Cork flooring leaders stay true to sustainable cork, but some are cashing in on vinyl, too
New cork flooring introductions from Wicanders Cork are smoother. New planks from Qu-Cork are skinnier. And APC Cork has officially stepped into the people-friendly product market by getting indoor-air quality certification, like most of the competition.
In partial contradiction to the planet-friendly attributes of cork, cork leaders USFloors and Wicanders also are selling Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), though both lines also contain cork.
“Luxury LVT has been gaining traction in the US over the past few years,” says Tim Tompkins, national marketing manager for Wicanders manufacturer, Amorim North America. “This, however, has not come at the expense of our other cork lines. In fact, we are experiencing our third straight record year in just cork flooring sales in North America.” Continue reading…
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Switch to different factory underscores focus on verifying healthful indoor-air quality for consumers
APC’s flooring products now have GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification – a feature that has been noticeably missing.
How so? After cork is harvested and solid wine stoppers are punched out of it, the remains are ground up and mixed with adhesive to make flooring and other products. Adhesives can emit formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can comprise indoor-air-quality and human health. Continue reading…
Texture, sound control and insulation Cork is a great option for accent walls in addition to multi-story spaces that tend to be hard to control acoustically. Dekwall from Wicanders is a product specifically designed for wall covering, while floor tiles are used by some. Wicanders has GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification, and zero-VOC adhesives also are [...]
Porcelain and mosaic tile installation sets inspirational stage for church sanctuary The challenges of designing and installing this floor would send some flooring companies running. Water-jetting porcelain, other porcelains and Rookwood mosaic tiles – in Peacock and Raspberry – had to be positioned just so. The commercial division of Carpetland Carpet One was up for [...]
Carpetland Carpet One commercial division offers zero-VOC technology for indoor-air friendly flooring installations The Patriot Ridge Retirement Community in Fairborn, OH, needed more than 30,000 square feet of flooring glued down throughout the facility. Here’s the hard part: They needed it done without disrupting business or exposing residents and staff to noxious chemical fumes. Not [...]
What wood would you choose? Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification sets forth rigorous and complicated standards to protect forests, waterways and people. This video offers a simple explanation to help you when you select wood products. In Greater Cincinnati, you can also ask Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors for help. They are the only [...]
Medical problems caused by negligent hardwood flooring manufacturer put focus on compliance with California Air Resource Board (CARB) standards Consumer complaints of severe allergic reactions to flooring — followed by news that one of the nation’s largest flooring retailers was importing floors that exceeded limits for formaldehyde – should call our attention to the term, CARB [...]
From one of our favorite regional and reclaimed hardwood suppliers Authentic and beautiful, Tennessee Flooring’s video shows us a range of products, from reclaimed barn wood to folk art. Tennessee Flooring’s products are available at Carpetland Carpet One, Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors and their Natural Interiors Design Centers.
There is no excuse for throwing away your old gym shoes For more than a decade, Nike has been recycling old athletic shoes to make products that include rubber sports surfaces. Several companies also use recycled shoe material, in addition to recycled tires, to make residential and commercial rubber flooring. Watch this video to see [...]
Carpet recycling industry sees dramatic rise in this non-recyclable carpet fiber We like to tout our diligence in carpet recycling, particularly when Natural Interiors® Design Center affiliates divert 2 million pounds of carpet from landfills annually in Greater Cincinnati alone. But it’s possible that we are painting a somewhat rosier picture than reality allows. Yes, [...]
Properly done, seams should not be an issue in linoleum installation Q. We are remodeling an older home and I was “sold” on Marmoleum, until I kept coming across questions about repairing seams which have buckled. I want to use it in the bathroom floors, but I am really hesitant since reading all these questions [...]
New Zealand wool growers explain how wool is natural, better for people and the planet This video takes you straight to the sheep farm for a perspective you won’t get at your local carpet store. Remember, though, standard chemicals and dyes are added to most wool carpet, except the Dark Green line from Nature’s Carpet.
Latest designs encourage movement and discourage assigned work stations and offices There is a counter-height desk on wheels for the worker who is more productive walking through the office while working on his computer. There are areas for groups of employees to collaborate. And private spaces for when workers need to take important or private [...]
Why flooring from torn down barns is all the rage Superior dimensional stability and a rich patina are just a few reasons more people are seeking reclaimed flooring. This video offers a first-hand look at why this is a great flooring choice, and one of the most sound building practices on the planet.
Demand for plant-based oil finish grows, along with regional and reclaimed hardwood flooring options Not too long ago, customer inquiries in Greater Cincinnati about natural oil hardwood finishes were few and far between. But today, Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors seems to be using its zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) plant- based oil finish every [...]
Specifiers and consumers increasingly look for people- and planet-friendly verification Traditionally, tile has been considered nontoxic and indoor-air friendly. Tile is fired at very high temperatures, which should burn off any organics that might be present in clays or binders. But architects, designers and an increasing number of homeowners clearly want verification that these products [...]
Meet IceStone, one of five people- and planet-friendly counter tops coming to our Milford, OH showroom IceStone, made of recycled glass and cement, is a pioneer in recycled counter tops. It offers colors that are unique among the brands that will be available in June at Carpetland Carpet One’s Natural Interiors Design Center at 920 [...]
2013 National Kitchen and Bath Association finalists have this in common Creative use in glass in everything from mosaic tiles to light fixtures and sinks underscore a trend in 2013. Recycled counter tops, contain glass, quartz and corn-based polymers are also hot. You can see all the finalists’ designs here. Like the looks, but not [...]
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 – [...]
Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors achieves Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors in Milford, OH, has become the only flooring retailer in southwestern Ohio to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) to supply hardwood flooring that qualifies as certified wood under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED [...]
Water-based stains offer better indoor-air quality and a different aesthetic, but applying them requires an experienced professional There is a critical question you should put to your hardwood flooring contractor if you are planning to finish your floor with a water-based stain: Does he know how to apply it? The question is easily overlooked. Most [...]
Natural Interiors® hardwood floor finishing program puts water- and oil-based stains through testing Lorna and Roy at Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors are reviewing our first round of testing the newest water-based hardwood floor stains on the market. The testing platform also is being used to train the company’s finishers. Why go to all [...]
Product information and room scenes now available by snapping the barcode on Wicander’s Cork Flooring display If you are shopping for cork flooring, you might want to check out the new Wicanders mobile app from Amorim Cork flooring. “It lets you snap the barcode on our display and get instant access to product collections, room [...]
Natural oil finishes gain popularity as consumers get more familiar with product benefits Some would say that using plant-based oils to finish a hardwood floor is unique. Not the norm, the road less-traveled and, possibly not suited for standing up to high traffic. But with the number of customers who are beginning to ask about [...]
Luxury Vinyl Tile’s realistic patterning and glue-less installation boost demand despite uncertain “green” product attributes A floor does not have to be natural to look natural. And the new natural looks of a number of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) brands – coupled with glue-less installation options — are noticeably boosting LVT sales. Newer, self-locking installation [...]
Are you relying on retailers who are “being green,” or screaming green? Each time a regional publication distributes its annual “Green Issue,” loaded with “green” business advertising, I am naturally reminded that some retailers still don’t get it. Particularly when it comes to environmental flooring and interior products. Their advertising messages scream that they are [...]
Coming soon to the Natural Interiors Design Center Its way stylish appearance is just part of it. EcoDomo leather wall and floor tiles have long been recognized as the environmental leader. From recycled content to no toxic ingredients, this is a high-end product with extreme durability and unique fashion sense. Look for it soon in [...]
Demand will mean more product selection, but can your retailer tell you what standards a product meets? Even if you are not consciously seeking people- or planet- friendly products, it’s more likely in 2013 that the product you buy will have some environmental advantage — particularly if it’s a building or interior finishing product. The [...]
Our top posts focused on reducing indoor chemicals, sustainable renovation, lighting and health, controversy over Forest Steward Council (FSC) certification, and consumer demand for health and environmental product information Distinct trends were evident this year toward natural and less-toxic hardwood floor finishes, a reduction of toxins in traditional products like vinyl, and increased demand for [...]
Painstaking remake of historic Rauh home in Cincinnati means authentic replication, along with new, environmental features The squares within the new parquet floor had to be just so. They were the design foundation in restoring the former home of Frederick and Harriet Rauh in Wyoming, Ohio – one of the oldest Modernist residences in the [...]
Repurposed wood, certified dimensional tile and natural, zero-VOC finishes position new Cincinnati bar for lasting attention Architects and designers know that designing the perfect bar means creating a unique atmosphere for respite and escape. It must invite, perhaps with warm, dimly lit nooks perfectly suited for comfortable conversation. It must have an attention-getting focal point, [...]
New cork products from Wicanders look like ceramic, stone and wood Why make cork flooring that looks like ceramic tile or wood? “Obviously to expand the uses for cork, which unlike tile, is warm and comfortable to walk on,” says Ben Lanich, manager of Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home in Cincinnati, OH. “And the [...]
Part Two: What’s the best way to clean hardwood flooring and what does moisture do? Ben Lanich, manager of Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home in Cincinnati, OH, puts some common hardwood flooring questions to hardwood expert Dan Fergusen. Carpetland also offers low-VOC and natural hardwood finishes, both prefinished and site-finished. Lanich’s store is located [...]
Exclusive online prices now available on products with Natural Interiors® Scorecards Have you been considering a cork floor that has a third-party indoor-air quality certification, but the price is just a little higher than you want to go? Or maybe you’re more inclined toward chemical-free carpet, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified hardwood finished with natural oil, [...]
Part One: Site-finished vs. prefinished, and solid vs. engineered Ben Lanich, manager of Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home in Cincinnati, OH, puts some common hardwood flooring questions to hardwood expert Dan Fergusen. Carpetland also offers low-VOC and natural hardwood finishes, both prefinished and site-finished. Lanich’s store is located at 10101 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, (513) [...]
Do nanotechnology and antimicrobial agents pose risks for my children? Q. I am trying to select a cork or hardwood floor that is safe for my children to sit, crawl and play on. Some that I have looked at are finished with nanotechnology, and some contain antimicrobial agents. Are you aware of any dangers posed [...]
Flooring retailers and distributors see roadblock in FSC certification requirement Flooring retailers and distributors — who have learned they must have Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in order to sell FSC-certified products that count as certified wood under the U.S. Green Building Council’s rules — are questioning whether FSC rules have gone too far. FSC [...]
New Natural Interiors® scorecards are more credible with third-party certifications, but when do you make exceptions? Q. I was excited to learn about the Natural Interiors health and environmental scorecards that are now available at Carpetland Carpet One, Buddy’s Flooring America in Beavercreek and ProSource in Cincinnati. What I like most is that most Better [...]
Made from all natural ingredients, this vinyl alternative now offers everything from traditional to trendy colors and patterns Whether you ultimately choose Forbo Marmoleum, Armstrong Marmorette or another brand, this video gives you a good look at the ingredients used to make linoleum. While this video is from Forbo, all manufacturers use linseed oil, pine [...]
Why didn’t you mention reclaimed trees in your reclaimed wood article? Q. Your article, The Truth about Reclaimed Wood, did a good job demonstrating that a number of mainstream companies make reclaimed flooring from deconstructed barns and other buildings. But you didn’t mention flooring made from trees that are removed to make way for development. [...]
Demand is growing, and it’s readily available at a flooring store near you It’s a fact: Reclaimed hardwood is now mainstream. You don’t have to search it out through a specialty retailer. Just ask Ben Cochran, whose northwest Virginia company has been making floors from deconstructed buildings since 1978. “Everything we use in our reclaimed [...]
Southwest Ohio Natural Interiors® Design Centers celebrate kick-off with Nature’s Carpet discount Today through Labor Day, you can get a 10 percent discount on Nature’s Carpet — the leading brand of chemical-free New Zealand Wool carpet. Contact Natural Interiors at 513-984-9472 or email@example.com to receive the discount and have a representative bring samples to your [...]
Top southwest Ohio flooring retailers end confusion over conflicting “green” claims with Natural Interiors® Scorecards Forty-nine percent of the hardwood flooring lines sold at Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home in Milford, OH, have been tested and independently certified to meet healthy indoor-air quality standards. Seventy-four percent are from companies that have Forest Stewardship Council [...]
Natural flooring leaders add Natural Interiors® Four of southwest Ohio’s top flooring retailers now are Natural Interiors® Design Centers. Starting today, product certifications and traits that show whether a product is Better for People or Better for the Planet will be readily available to customers at Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home in Milford, Schumacher [...]
Flooring industry takes steps that recognize green consumers want products that are Better for People “I don’t really think most flooring customers really care about green,” a rep for a large hardwood manufacturer tells me. “The planet just isn’t a priority to them, particularly if an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) -certified label on the product [...]
Indoor Air Quality Certifications offer some, but not complete, assurance about vinyl flooring Q. While I am intrigued by natural, linoleum products, my budget is more inclined toward the Naturcor vinyl flooring I am looking at buying from my local Buddy’s Flooring America store. I also am concerned about buying a product that does not [...]
As Green Squared joins a long list of “green” certifications in the marketplace, some flooring companies are planning to make product certifications readily available We once said what could be more natural and less toxic than a tile floor? It is baked dirt, after all, fired at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Surely, this heat [...]
Most contestants only answered one question Were the questions too hard? We hope not. The whole point of this year’s contest was to learn how to easily spot products that are proven to be Better for People, Better for the Planet, or both. The winners, who will be announced tomorrow, were the first three people [...]
Organic comforters have been claimed, but there’s still time to win some low-VOC paint There are two days left to answer questions in the Natural Housewife 2012 Contest. The top three winners – those who will receive organic comforters from Vivetique Sleep Systems – have been selected and will be announced next week in a [...]
FSC is the top indicator of sustainable harvesting, but it’s hard to find on a finished flooring product Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification. It is synonymous with wood that meets the most rigorous standards of sustainable harvesting. It remains the only certification the U.S. Green Building Council will use for certified wood in the latest [...]
Why is Vivetique Better for People? Mattresses and bedding from Vivetique Sleep Systems and The Natural Bedroom are Better for People because: a.) They are made from natural, chemical-free materials like natural latex and PureGrow™ Wool and organic cotton instead of petroleum-based products that release chemicals that humans breathe and absorb. b.) PureGrow™ Wool controls [...]
What Is Green? This is possibly the easiest question yet in The Natural Housewife 2012 contest, in which three people will win $600 organic comforter from Vivetique Sleep Systems. A “green” interior decorating, finishing or building product is: a.) Better for people b.) Better for the planet c.) One that is made only of organic [...]
Editor’s Note: Some slight changes have been made to this program. Click here to see the final line-up. Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors launches first Natural Interiors® Floor Finishing Program Today’s emphasis on measuring indoor-air quality relies heavily on the terms Low- and Zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). But the EPA’s regulation of VOCs – [...]
One answer is not enough to win Only one of more than 50 contestants in The Natural Housewife Contest 2012 has answered all four of the weekly questions posted to date. There are three top prizes — a $600 organic comforter from Vivetique Sleep Systems. This means that two new or existing contestants who submit [...]
Natural oil that bonds gets thumbs up The oil hardwood flooring finish we are testing in this blog works differently than those we’ve already shown you. It does not soak into the wood like the others. Instead, it forms a molecular bond with the first microns of the wood surface. It is spot-repairable like the [...]
What does the “green” label on your paint can mean? A quick reminder: Many of you have sent in answers, but not to all of the questions. You can still catch up. The more you answer, the better your chances of winning a $600 organic comforter from Vivetique Sleep Systems or a room’s worth of [...]
Experience and training of flooring installation crew should never be a question mark for consumers We talk about product quality. We talk about price, which in today’s economy means we bypass some higher-quality products. But except in the instance of installing Marmoleum from Forbo, we have not talked much about installer training. States like Oregon [...]
Cork, sustainable hardwood, oil and low-VOC finishes top list in homeowner’s meticulous selections Cork flooring upstairs. Hardwood with an oil finish downstairs. Stained Red Oak, from Indiana forests considered sustainable by Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, reaches from the spacious foyer and into the dining room. It changes to a basket weave pattern in the family [...]
Keep the answers coming Keep racking up your points, or jump into The Natural Housewife contest now for a chance to win a $600 organic comforter or a room’s worth of Earthpaint. Get full contest and prize details here, and help from the Facebook pages of our hint-droppers – Greener Stock and Brothers Floor Covering. [...]
You don’t have to be a housewife to enter Some of you have asked. No, you don’t have to be a housewife, and yes, if you are in the top three, you will choose the size and style of your Vivetique Sleep Systems comforter. It also is possible to skip a question and still be [...]
Better for people? Better for the planet? Let the contest begin! If you have read the rules and contest details, you know that three winners will receive luxurious organic comforters from Vivetique Sleep Systems and two more will each get a room’s worth of Earthpaint. And you know you will get the weekly, multiple-choice questions [...]
Why do you harp on Indoor Air Quality Certifications? Q. If cork flooring is a natural material, why do you put so much emphasis on whether the manufacturer has gotten the flooring certified through chemical emissions testing? A. There are many natural flooring products on the market. But very few of them are made without [...]
New looks, including stone, wood and textiles, expand uses for cork flooring What is that? Just when we thought we had seen every style and color of cork flooring available today, Wicanders has thrown us a curve. Some of it looks like stone. Some of it looks like marble, granite, wood and textiles. But it [...]
Anderson Township, OH, family completes new home with natural oil hardwood finish and cork When the original plan for putting strand bamboo flooring in the new home they were building in Anderson Township, OH, went awry, Jennifer and Carlton Monroe reviewed their priorities. “I wanted something natural,” Jennifer recalls. “But it also occurred to me [...]
It starts when you find the collector This video talks about what happens to your old carpet after it is taken by a collector to a recycler. There are now more than 100 carpet collection companies that prepare your old carpet and padding to be sent off to a recycler. Many flooring companies that replace [...]
The power of the people must come into play for carpet recycling effort to bump to the next level, outgoing director says Listen up people: The next time you tear out old carpet, think before you put it out for the trash collector and send it to a landfill where it will pollute the planet [...]
Today’s hardwood flooring finish choices should include low- and zero-VOC products “Why are you testing dye or beeswax or tree sap?” For a moment, Tom Helwig, field supervisor at Schumacher & Co. Custom Hardwood Floors, thinks we’ve gone over the edge. “Because,” we tell him, “a growing number of customers don’t want chemical emissions in [...]
Unique accent walls and backsplashes are a natural fit for some flooring stores I wasn’t looking for tile, mosaics or recycled glass when I went to the Buddy’s Flooring America store on Ridge Avenue in Cincinnati. But there was something magnetic about the eye-catching colors and textures on display. This is a flooring store, I [...]
Rising interest in less-toxic hardwood floor finishes has some installers testing and expanding the choices The site-finished hardwood floor has long been touted as virtually indestructible. It will show scratches and wear over time, but all you have to do then is have it recoated with finish. This sounds simple enough. But with today’s emphasis [...]
But a natural oil hardwood finish means that pretty soon you won’t There is something we like about natural hardwood floor finishes even more than the fact that they are low odor and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), says Roy Young, quality control manager for Schumacher & Co Custom Hardwood Floors in Cincinnati, OH. “It’s [...]
A style for every room As Designer Candace Olson shows us in this video, today’s cork floors don’t look like bulletin boards. Rather, the looks range from that of hardwood planks to mosiac tiles. And cork is suitable in almost any room environment.
Popularity of natural fiber rugs and wall coverings increases with availability and a quest for the natural aesthetic Natural wood, natural stone, accented with wool, sisal, jute or seagrass. Add a little leather, or maybe some cheena. While design trends have not turned back to thatched roofs and dirt floors, there is something distinctly desirable about a [...]
Where efficient energy abounds, along with trendy, sustainable floors The main purpose of this building is to let design and building professionals see the latest “green” technologies in action. But when you enter, the floors might be the first thing to catch your attention. The floors at greensource CINCINNATI, originally built in 1875, include linoleum, [...]
Requirements for damp basements might challenge use of all natural, chemical free carpet pads Q. I want to put carpet that has low chemical emissions in my basement. I also had planned on using a natural fiber carpet pad. I have not ever had water leak into the basement, but there is some moisture, due [...]
Competition in strand bamboo means quality products and competitive pricing from many manufacturers Not long ago, we would have told you that there were just a few reliable brands and several hard-and-fast rules to follow when choosing a strand bamboo floor. But as sales of strand, stained and hand-scraped styles have soared and now dominate in the [...]
Yellow cast on new linoleum is no cause for alarm Q. I wanted to install Marmoleum Click flooring in my daughter’s room because it is supposed to be very good for healthy indoor air quality, and my daughter has allergies. But when the installer from the flooring company started taking the flooring out of the [...]
Authentic reclaimed hardwood can have advantages over wood that is made to look old “Distressed or old?” A designer that I work with was going back and forth about reclaimed hardwood and hardwood flooring that is purposefully distressed to make it appear old. “I like the idea of reducing wastefulness and landfill mass by making [...]
Bargain hunting for flooring installation can cost more in the long run Q. I thought I was getting a great deal on the prefinished, FSC-certified hardwood floor I want to put in my family room and kitchen, until the salesperson figured in installation. This added about $3 per square foot to the total, and the [...]
Past and present green building trends mean 2012 will bring increased interest in healthy indoor air quality, reclaimed and recycled products, and smaller homes Residents on the West Coast have been walking the green building walk longer. But even in the Midwest, which often lags behind, people who build or remodel in the New Year [...]
Year in review shows Natural Interiors visitors focus first on style and indoor-air-quality, then concern for planet health We couldn’t head into a New Year without a baby. Fortunately, the winner of our Natural Housewife Contest – one of our Top 10 traffic generators for 2011 – now has one. 1. Sara Eickhoff reports that [...]
Green Label Plus certification remains the most used, stringent standard for limits on chemical emissions from carpet The cynics among us have not always embraced the idea of a carpet trade organization – the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) — being in charge of testing and certifying carpet as having low chemical emissions. In our [...]
Styling, price and performance determine engineered hardwood flooring sales, though environmental attributes abound If you’re thinking about putting engineered hardwood flooring in your home, style, performance and price – rather than the product’s planet friendliness – are probably the points you are pondering. “More people in the Midwest are choosing engineered hardwood because of a [...]
Part I: Engineered hardwood flooring can be a greener option than solid, but there are many factors to consider before you buy We knew the day would come. Many of us in the green products industry pushed engineered wood floors because they require less premium wood to manufacturer than solid hardwood floors. Many customers resisted. [...]
More than a decade after its U.S. entry, Nature’s Carpet gets mainstream attention and could be part of a market that is “ready to explode” Some rolled their eyes and suppressed laughter at the idea that a chemical-free, biodegradable, un-dyed carpet could make it in mainstream America. But when Brian Cox saw Nature’s Carpet in [...]
Once available only in glue down tiles, floating floor construction widens the market for high-fashion, recycled leather flooring It wasn’t the kind of job that a flooring retailer sees every day. The customer was an accountant who worked from her home. She wanted a distinctive floor for her home office, where she meets with clients. [...]
Recycled leather offers a high-fashion look that can also be planet- and indoor-air friendly Unique. Trendy. Upscale. We’re not talking about a leather sectional. The customer who is building a home in Florida wants leather on the floor and walls. And Mike Smith, an account manager at ProSource Wholesale Flooring, says he will be delivering [...]
How do I choose the right cork floor? Q. I have decided to put cork flooring in my kitchen and throughout most of the first floor of my home. What I am not sure about is whether I should buy solid or engineered flooring. What is the difference, and is there a brand that stands [...]
USFloors Bamboo flooring installation by Carpetland Carpet One meets all of the owner’s expectations The new meeting-room floor installed more than a year ago at the Evergreen Holistic Learning Center had to promote health and stimulate positive, meaningful conversation. Brazilian Cherry simply would not do, Joan Barlage, Evergreen co-director, recalls thinking when she was looking at [...]
Cincinnati flooring expert says “green” can also mean affordable and durable It used to be hard to find a “green” carpet product that was reliable and durable – in addition to being affordable. If you told me you were concerned about chemical emissions and indoor-air quality, I would tell you about all-natural wool carpeting, and [...]
Allergens, dust mites, pet accidents and mold are defeated by new carpet installation methods It’s a mold inhibitor, not a cleaning product. But I wondered what it would do in the aftermath of a flood that left mold growing on my friend’s basement stairs. HealthinEx ™ is a component of an exclusive program from Carpet [...]
Proper equipment, settings and training are needed to keep water away from carpet pad and subfloors, where lingering moisture could fuel mold We gave the expert in this week’s Natural Interiors® TV episode an ultimate challenge. We asked him to demonstrate his steam-cleaning on a piece of Nature’s Carpet – an all-natural wool carpet that [...]
Proper steam cleaning means no water gets through the carpet – even Nature’s Carpet® that has no plastic backings
Oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane or natural oil? Q. We are building a new home, and our builder is insisting that our hardwood flooring should be finished with oil-based polyurethane. He says it is the best, but we want a low-VOC finish, either with a water-based or natural oil finish. Is there some reason our builder [...]
Recycled rubber underlayment and flooring lessen burden on landfills and curb illegal dumping If you’re working with a flooring company that has explained proper installation, you already know that you need a durable underlayment for your new floating floor. If that company happens to be focused on durable “green” products, you also know that one [...]
KW Flooring companies divert 2 million pounds of carpet from landfills annually, while some have never heard of the Carpet America Recovery Effort What is the flooring contractor who’s about to replace your carpet going to do with the old carpet he takes out of your home? Are you afraid to ask? Do [...]
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Play Ball! Matt Wallar of Milford, OH, is thrilled with the flooring he bought from Carpetland Carpet One Floor & Home. Prefinished maple flooring from Somerset — which has FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification — was installed throughout the first floor. And the basement is now home to a floor designed to look like a [...]