Why You Should Choose Tile Over Carpet Floors for Your Home
Do you know what is buried in your carpets? Dirt, mold, bacteria, and insects are just a few of the things trapped in the fibers of your carpet. If you have environmental allergies, you probably experience health issues when your carpet gets dirty or when pollen is tracked in from outside and gets stuck in your carpet.
So what is the solution? Are you going to vacuum every day? What about getting your carpets professionally cleaned regularly? Chances are the answer is no. An easier way to have a cleaner, healthier home is to install tile flooring.
Tile floors have the following benefits:
- Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Free
- Formaldehyde Free
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PCV) Free
Best of all, tile floors are easy to clean. All it takes is a few swipes of a cloth mop. You won’t have to haul out the vacuum and carpet shampooer anymore.
Reasons Your Carpets Are Dirty
Just because you clean up the dirt you tracked in doesn’t mean you got it all. Even if you clean every day, chances are your carpets are still going to trap dirt and dust in the fibers. You may be surprised to find some of the other reasons your carpets are dirty.
Your Carpet is Hiding Bugs
Did you know the average house has over 100 types of bugs in their home? Yuck. Guess where most of them live? In your carpet. The most common ones are:
- Drain Flies
- Dust Mites
- Carpet Beetles
- Fruit Flies
- Stink Bugs
To get rid of bugs, vacuum at least once a week. If you currently have a bug problem, then you will need to vacuum more to start with and then lower frequency as your bug problem goes away.
Next, stop the bugs from getting in. Look for holes around your windows, doors, or other access points. Patch those up to help keep the bugs at bay.
Kitty Litter Tracks
If you have a cat, you know how much of a pain cleaning the litter box is. However, did you think about the litter tracked around the house by the cat’s paws? Not only is your cat tracking litter around the house, but also odor, bacteria, and urine as well.
To help keep your floors clean, put a mat next to the litter box to help trap litter as soon as your cat steps out of the litter box. Make sure to clean the mat regularly.
Dog Poop? Possibly
You may have dog poop in your carpets even if you don’t have a dog. Wherever you go outside, such as for a walk or take your kids to the park, you walk in areas where people let their dogs poop. Many people regularly walk in dog poop residue without realizing it and then track it home where it is transferred into the carpet.
How do you prevent this? Don’t skip your walks. Instead, take your shoes off as soon as you get home and leave them outside. If you need to wear shoes inside, then use house slippers or a pair of shoes that are strictly for indoor use.
Pollen Trapped in the Fibers
Pollen gets trapped in your carpet all year round, not just at springtime. Pollen gets trapped on your clothes, comes in through open doors, and in through your windows. It is uncomfortable if you are allergic to pollen or if you have asthma.
If you keep your windows open, have allergies, or asthma then vacuum your carpets at least once a week. Another option is to install tile floors. Pollen is less likely to attach to the wood floors so you or your family members will suffer less during allergy seasons.
Carpets Have Skin Flakes
Did you know the average person sheds 1.5 million skin flakes every day? If you have a few people living in your home that is a few million skin flakes that are getting trapped in your carpet. Skin flakes are food for dust mites, which cause allergies. So if you don’t vacuum the carpet regularly then dust mites will infiltrate your home and your family could experience indoor allergies.
To stop this from happening, vacuum regularly and keep your carpet dry. Dust mites like high humidity, so keep the humidity in your home lower to discourage dust mites.
Now that you know the downfalls of having carpet in your home, let’s talk about why tile is a healthier option.
Tile is hypoallergenic, so if you have asthma or allergies then tile is the way to go. This is especially true if you stay inside a lot. Carpets play a part in indoor air quality, so if you have respiratory problems, then installing tile in your home can help keep the allergens away so you can breathe clean and healthy air.
For example, install bath tiles in your bathroom to keep mold and mildew away. Bathrooms are a prime place for mold and mildew growth. If you have carpets in your bathroom, then this growth is worse.
Safe for the Environment
Tile is eco-friendly. Many of today’s tiles are recycled products and last for many years, which means less waste in the landfill. For example, a subway tile backsplash in your kitchen may last until you are ready to sell your home or until your kids grow up.
Furthermore, many tiles are regionally produced, which reduces their carbon footprint. Tile is the best choice if you are concerned about the environment.
Cleaning is Easy
If you’re like most people, cleaning is the last thing on your mind. Cleaning tile is easy as it can be wiped off with a mop or a sponge. Tile doesn’t absorb stains, so if you spill a drink on your tile floor, it won’t stain. Just wipe it up and pour yourself another glass. This is perfect if you have kids, pets, or just are not a huge fan of cleaning.
Choose Tile for a Healthier Option
Tile is a healthier option than carpet because it doesn’t trap dust mites, allergens, or other unsightly things. To clean the tile, simply wipe it up with a soft cloth or mop. It is low maintenance, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic.