Choosing Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile keeps your home cool, is easy to clean and maintain, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. That is why ceramic tile is such a popular choice in many households. In addition, ceramic tile can go anywhere in the house, from a dining room, to the living room, bathrooms and anywhere else. However, before you choose what type of flooring you want in your home or a particular room, you should know the pros and cons of having ceramic tile.

First off, if you’re looking to resell your home sometime in the future, changing your flooring to ceramic tile may possibly boost the resale value. This is because tile is one of the most cost-effective flooring in the market today because of its low maintenance, and because it’s very easy to clean. Every now and then, you do need to get down and dirty and clean the grout lines to prevent them from getting clogged with dirt. Most of the time, ceramic tile only requires a good sweeping or wiping to clean up the dirt.

Ceramic tile is very durable and resilient, so much so that it was used by the Romans. It is resistant to many curve balls, such as fires, moisture and scratches, so it has a long life-span. Not only that, but ceramic tile is very easy to install, and you can even install it yourself. Go to your local home improvement shop and you will find all the necessary tools for this DIY procedure that includes gauging, installation of ceramic tile, and grouting.

With ceramic tile, there are numerous amounts of styles to choose from with a vast array of colors, as well as different finishes and textures. Any design you want on the ceramic tile is most likely possible, so it can be used for any type of household or even a work area.

Picking the Right Carpet Type

Style vs. substance is applicable to many things in life, including your choice of carpet. The type of carpet you choose will determine how easy it is to clean and maintain your home. The fiber type and construction of your carpet will give you an idea of how hard or how easy it will be to clean the carpet.

So, how much time and maintenance are you willing to spend on cleaning your carpets? The carpet you choose will determine all of that, so choose wisely. In choosing carpet types, Nylon is probably the most popular and best selling carpet fiber. It’s a bit more expensive than Polyester, but it does well with mildew and high traffic areas. Additionally, it’s wear-resistant and reacts well to movement of the furniture, as well as the weight. If you’re looking for the best all-around carpet type, Nylon may be where your search stops. Here are the other types of carpet you can get:

Olefin: This type resists staining, moisture, and color fading pretty well; it just doesn’t do very well with oily soils. This type of carpet would work best in a playroom, since it’s water resistant.

Polyester: This type is resistant to most water-soluble stains and can be easily cleaned; however, it doesn’t do very well against wear and tear. This may work for green-minded folks, as some polyester carpet is made from recycled soda bottles.

Wool Fiber: This type of carpet is luxurious, and is pretty expensive. It is resilient to traffic and wear, and is very soft. On the other hand, it doesn’t resist stains well and may turn yellow in long periods under the sun.

Another option is to use blends and combine characteristics of different fibers.

Anyways, choose your carpets wisely and make sure it’s appropriate for the type of room your putting it in. Do your research!

Keeping Your Carpets Smelling Fresh

If you have pets in your household running a muck around your furniture and carpet, then your carpet will eventually absorb their foul smells. It’s not just your pets though, it’s also your shoes, what you spill and anything else that constantly hits your carpet. Here are some friendly tips on how to make your carpet smell fresh and clean.

  • Vacuum and clean your carpets on a weekly basis. The less bacteria there is, the less your carpets will smell.

  • This one is easy: remember to place a mat (that works) on your front porch and a sign that says “wipe shoes first.” This will reduce the amount of crud being brought into the house.

  • Buy some carpet deodorizer or you can use something that already may be in your kitchen: baking soda. It’s simple, non-toxic and cheap!

Deodorizing with Baking Soda:

Pour the package of baking soda abundantly on the musty or smelly areas of your carpet. You should then even the coat on the carpet. Let the baking soda sit on the carpet overnight or longer; the longer it soaks in the better it works.

When the baking soda is all soaked in, it’s time to vacuum. Vacuum the excess baking soda until it’s all picked up. If you still smell the odor, then you can repeat the process.

This is the best way to clean your carpets and have them smell fresh. Baking soda is cheap, very efficient, and can be used for many different things around the home, so always keep some handy.