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  • Which Is The Best Kitchen Flooring?

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by iFLOOR

    This might be one of the most asked questions we receive. Kitchen flooring receives more foot traffic, more spills, and is generally cleaned more often. It used to be a foregone conclusion to install linoleum, vinyl, laminate, or ceramic tile, but that's no longer the case.

    The world has changed its thinking and you'll see a more diverse selection of kitchen floors than has ever been the case. Green floors like bamboo and cork are becoming extremely popular and the design possibilities are now limitless.

    Can I install hardwood in the kitchen?

    You certainly can, just be careful about leaving spills for long periods of time. Engineered wood flooring absorbs less moisture and can be an ideal choice for kitchens. Those worried about dishwashers overflowing or pipes bursting shouldn't be too concerned about the damage to the floor. When events like these happen, a homeowner's claim is the best course of action and it's likely there will be more damage than just the floor.

    Can I install bamboo in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. In fact, bamboo is less absorbent than wood and harder than Red Oak. An ideal choice for kitchens is strand woven bamboo, a floor that's made from shredded bamboo and re-bonded using intense heat and resins. Many of these floors are even commercially rated and very, very tough.

    Solid strand woven bamboo that's been carbonized to this beautiful range of caramels.

    Can I Install cork in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. The nice thing about cork is how it feels, especially after hours spent slaving over a hot meal and standing over a seemingly endless pile of dishes. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, only requires light sweeping and is very comfortable. It feels warmer than other hard surface floors while also compressing slightly under your weight. It absorbs shock and springs back into place when you move on. This is great for when heavy objects like dishes (which are less likely to break) slip out of our hands.

    Like computers, phones, and televisions, flooring is evolving and making tremendous strides in both quality and value. Manufacturers are becoming more efficient and more scientific about how flooring is engineered. More thought than ever before goes into long term durability, ease of maintenance and ease to install.

    If you're looking for a new kitchen floor, don't settle for what used to be considered the norm. There's a new norm, and there are a lot more options than the old one.


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  • Tips On Cleaning And Caring For Your Bamboo Flooring | iFLOOR

    Posted on September 6, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Bamboo flooring is highly popular due to its beauty and environmentally-friendly production process. Regular maintenance and cleaning can prevent these floors from losing their beauty and quality. Here are a few of our bamboo maintenance and care tips that will keep the flooring looking great and prevent unnecessary damage.

    Bamboo floors cannot handle excessive amounts of moisture. We suggest the use of a microfiber or dust mop for daily cleaning of the floors. Vacuums designed for use on wood floors or have soft brush attachments are also good for cleaning the floors. If floor cleaners are used, use a one that is recommended for us on this type of flooring. Do not use oil soap or wood polishes on the floor. The use of the substances causes the floor to become sticky, attracting dirt to the bamboo.

    Protect the floor to reduce the chances of scratching and denting. Dragging furniture across the floor can damage the wood. If the furniture needs to be moved, lift it off the floor. Add pads to the bottom of furniture legs to reduce scratching. Clean the bottoms of the pads regularly and replace when necessary.

    Pay extra attention to the flooring that is located in high-traffic areas. While bamboo is a durable material, it can sustain some damage. Using rugs will help to prolong the appearance of the floor. The rug should be cleaned regularly to prevent and dirt from wondering onto the floor.

    Shoes and pets can also have an adverse effect on wood floors by leaving scuff marks and scratches. We suggest removing shoes and keeping pet


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring

  • Take Care If Using Bamboo Flooring In High Water Areas | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 28, 2012 by iFLOOR

    A grass that can renew itself in a single growing season, bamboo is an eco-friendly choice for flooring. Available as a solid bamboo product or as engineered flooring, when processed properly, bamboo can be as strong as oak. Installing wood or bamboo flooring in a kitchen or in other high water usage rooms requires taking a few extra precautions to ensure that moisture doesn


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring

  • Eco-Friendly Tips When Installing Your Floor | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Bamboo flooring is a great alternative to other options such as hardwood. Unlike hardwood trees, bamboo grows quickly and can be sustainably harvested. It rarely needs pesticides for growth, and relatively small areas can have high yields. However, if you install your bamboo floor with conventional adhesives, you could be introducing unwanted toxins into your home and the environment.

    Conventional adhesives often contain chlorinated solvents and urea-formaldehyde based formulas. Although these are considered safe by many, they produce up to ten times the amount of fumes as green alternatives. Urea-formaldehyde formulations contain what is considered to be a 'safe' amount of the chemical, but are known to cause cancer after higher exposure. This is not something you want in your home, no matter how limited the off-gassing may be.

    Modern sustainable adhesives are easy to find and not expensive, so there's no reason to contaminate your green discount laminate flooring with toxic chemicals. There are a variety of green adhesive options available, containing polyurethane or other relatively inert substances. These adhesives do not off-gas like conventional options, and provide improved indoor air quality.

    Originally, there was some concern that green adhesives would lack the quality of modern conventional options. However, modern green adhesives are freeze-thaw stable, non-flammable and elastic enough to expand and contract with your flooring. Especially for wood and bamboo flooring, green adhesives are just as good at their job as conventional ones.

    It is important that you specify to your installation professionals that you want to use sustainable adhesives. In many cases, homeowners choose a sustainable flooring choice such as bamboo, but the contractor installs it with conventional adhesive because they were not told otherwise. We provide full-service green flooring that does not diminish the health and environmental benefits of your new flooring with conventional and potentially toxic adhesives.


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring, Do It Yourself, Sustainable Flooring

  • Sustainable Flooring Is Better For The Environment | iFLOOR

    Posted on July 5, 2012 by iFLOOR

    When it comes to sustainable flooring, it


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring, Cork Flooring, Sustainable Flooring

  • Bamboo Floors Are Great For Warmer Climates | iFLOOR

    Posted on June 29, 2012 by iFLOOR

    When choosing a new flooring for your home, there are a number of factors that you have to take into consideration. Besides the style and functionality, you also have to think about how it will work in your particular climate. If you live in a hotter climate, the type of flooring that you need for your home may not necessarily be the same kind that you want for a home in a cool climate.

    Hard Surface Flooring

    As a general rule, getting a hard surface flooring for your home in a hotter climate makes sense. For example, going with some kind of tile flooring is a good option. Installing bamboo floors is another good option to consider. When you go with a hard surface flooring, the floor will stay a bit cooler than if you get carpet and pad on the floor. Carpet acts as an insulator and will keep the room warmer.

    Humidity

    Another factor that you have to consider is humid the climate is. If you live in a tropical climate, there is probably a lot of humidity in the air. In humid climates, it may not be a good idea to install cheap laminate flooring, because the humidity could warp it. Some types of hardwood and laminate will warp in humid climates. Getting something with more density like bamboo can still work even in a humid climate. In a humid climate, porcelain or ceramic tile would be good options to consider.

    If you live in a hot and dry climate, like in Arizona, you probably don't have to worry about the humidity at all. Any kind of hard surface flooring would work well in this type of environment.

    At that point, you can look at the other factors that are important to you when choosing flooring. Check out what the flooring looks like, how it feels underfoot, and of course, how much it costs. You should then be able to make a better decision when choosing the flooring for your home.


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring, Sustainable Flooring

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