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Old August 4 2012, 11:23 AM   #1
 
 
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The green consciousness in housing has now permeated the flooring industry and has changed the perspective on this essential element of a home.

Choosing a green floor can decrease your environmental footprint, as well as reduce levels of toxicity and increase energy efficiency.

Most people think of “green” as being made from a natural, renewable substance, but there is more to consider if you really want a floor that is environment friendly. There are several natural flooring materials available that require minimal industrial processing.

There are tiles manufactured using anti-bacterial technology, which kills germs and significantly cuts on some of the most polluting agents present in the air, reducing odour and giving a germ-free environment.

By laying anti-bacterial tiles, one does not need to rely completely upon anti-germ cleaners. These tiles possess properties that can reduce pollution and nitrogen oxide present in the atmosphere. The production process makes it possible to create ceramic floor and wall tiles that can carry out a specific anti-bacterial action and to reduce various pollutants.

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Durability: Ceramic tiles are a popular choice due to their aesthetic appeal, as well as their durability. Tiled floors are often very durable and have a very long life, often much longer than carpet, hardwood, and laminate flooring. Longer lifetimes mean fewer replacements, which results in less material use and energy use in producing new tiles.

Easy to Clean: Ceramic tiles provide better traction than most stone tiles and is resistant to water and stains in most cases. Moreover, these tiles are waterproof and not very porous, making them easy to clean thoroughly. In addition, tile floors are naturally low in toxic materials, which means they are usually a safe choice.

Low Maintenance: Tiles require low maintenance, which means lower spends on cleaning and restorative products. In the long run, this also saves on consumption of resources and energy.

Economical: Another advantage is that in the event of irreparable damage to part of the floor, you do not usually have to replace the whole floor, but just the damaged tiles. This means fewer replacement materials are needed, saving your money in the long run.

Flooring plays a vital role in home decor and tiles are available in various hues, finishes and formats so they are ideal for use in any home or environment. Be smart and do your part to build an eco-friendly home through eco-friendly flooring.








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Very informative and useful post for Eco friendly flooring .Please tell me something more about anti-bacterial tiles.

What are Antibacterial Tiles?
Antibacterial tiles are tiles that, by nature, resist germs. The tiles, usually made from ceramic, have mineral particles such as titanium dioxide embedded in them. The mineral particles are naturally antibacterial and they can practically eliminate the main types of bacteria such as E. coli, Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Psuedomonas. As well as the antibacterial option, the tiles are able to clean the air, reducing indoor air pollution. They can also help to reduce odours in the air. Some antibacterial tiles will keep working without the need for any light while some use light to facilitate a process called photo catalysis.

Antibacterial Tiles Mean Less Cleaning
Due to the antibacterial nature of the tiles, you’ll be interested to know that the tiles actually have a self cleaning action. You will still have to use water or similar to mop off physical spills or particles f dirt but you will not have to use harsh floor cleaners or bleaches to kill germs, meaning that you’ll be exposing yourself and your family to fewer chemicals, improving your entire family’s health.

Options in Antibacterial Tiles
Antibacterial tiles are available in different neutral colours as well as a full range of colours, finishes and formats so they are ideal for use in any home or environment. They are laid in the same way as normal tiles are and can be used inside or outside the home. They are ideal in areas that need to be kept clean such as bathrooms, kitchens, aged care facilities, hospitals and so forth but they are useful even if you just want a cleaner family room for your children to play in.



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The information display above is very informative and useful. I also want to install eco friendly floor in my house but i don't have proper guidance about it. Thanks for this information on eco friendly flooring materials.
 
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