Thinking About Installing Carpet?

They say that prehistoric man used animal skins for their cave floors, but, I wonder if they read reviews of the best canister vacuums, probably not! Man soon domesticated animals, like sheep and goats, and sheared their fur to be spun and woven. From there, we go from hand-woven carpets to machine-made. I think you get the idea.

The wall-to-wall carpet one finds in homes today is made out of man-made, synthetic fibers exclusively, probably because the animals ended up forming a union and going on strike. We have polyester carpet, acrylic carpet, olefin carpet, nylon carpet, and carpets that are made up of blends of these man-made fibers. Recently, a fiber known as PET has been introduced. PET is made from recycled plastic, making it environmentally-friendly as well as stain-resistant. It also turns out that PET is one of the strongest fibers known to man.

Types of Carpeting


The material you pick depends on how the carpet is to be used. If you need carpet for “high traffic” areas, pick nylon and olefin carpeting, nylon carpeting being the most popular. Otherwise, the other fibers work as well. Some of their properties vary, depending on manufacturer, color, and pile. The salesperson at the carpet store knows what types of carpeting they carry, and, can usually make a recommendation if you tell them what you need.

The next important thing to consider is the carpet pile. The carpet pile is the density of the carpet fibers that are used to create the carpeting itself. The higher the number of fibers per square inch of carpet, the higher the quality of the carpeting. There are several types of pile: cut pile, cut and loop pile, level loop pile, and multi-level loop pile. The carpet fibers have certain properties that can be somewhat influenced, if not changed, by the type of pile in the carpet.

Cut pile carpeting is named “cut pile” because the looped fibers are cut. Cut pile is the most popular pile used on carpeting today, and, is the most crush resistant.

Cut and loop pile carpeting is named “cut and loop pile” because looped fibers are combined with cut fibers, which is good for providing various types of textures, and can give the carpet a “sculpted” look.

Level loop pile carpeting is named “level loop” because the fiber is looped evenly through the backing of the carpet, resulting in a “level loop”. This results in a very durable, easy-to-clean carpet.

The last type of pile carpeting is multi-level loop pile carpeting. Multi-level loop pile carpeting is so named because the loops of yarn are at different lengths, unlike level-loop carpeting. Multi-level loop pile carpeting is excellent for high traffic areas. Multi-level loop carpeting tends to hold onto dirt, however.

So, which type of carpet is the best for you? Well, you have to go to a carpet store and find out. You may think that “high traffic” carpet is the best for “high traffic” areas, but this isn’t always the case. If you like the look of a less durable carpet, you’ll forget about the “high traffic” carpet. The final factor in deciding which carpet to buy is your own personal taste. Now, you have enough information to weigh the pros and cons of various carpet materials and piles. You are now on the way of finding the carpet of your dreams.

Green Living Guide: Five Green Kitchen Products

We all want to be greener. To make our carbon footprint smaller is not always thought of as easy. There are plenty of ways to start living green so let’s start in the kitchen.

1.) Perf GoGreen Bio-Degradable Trash Bags

A lot of trash bag manufacturers are making their trash bags more eco-friendly. Perf GoGreen bags take it the extra mile, or ten. These bags will almost completely biodegrade within 12-24 months, but are as strong as any other bag while in use! There is also a sticky strip on the bottom of the box so it can stick to the bottom of your trash bucket! They are 100% bio degradable!

2.) Lotus Sanitizing System

We all worry about what is in our food. What could be in your fruits and vegetables? Pesticides and other toxins. With the Lotus Sanitizing System, these worries will melt away, right with the toxins! You fill the system with regular tap water, then add your fruits or vegetables. The Lotus generates ozone, molecule made up of three oxygen atoms, which is a natural sanitizer and infuses it into the water. This will kill 99.9% of any bacteria and eliminates pesticides. You can either sanitize whats in the bowl, or make yourself a bottle of ozonated water to spray around the house as a sanitizer!

3.) GreenWorks Cleaners

Green products, no sacrifice in performance. Made up mostly of coconuts and lemon oils, Clorox GreenWorks products are made to be 100% bio-degradable, are non-allergenic, and are even bottled into fully recyclable plastic! You may think these products are pricey, but really, they are only about $.50 more than the regular competitors, on average.


4.)LittleGreen Cleaner (by Bissell)

The thorough, effective and convenient deep cleaner for tasks large and small.

  • strong spray and suction clean and help dry in one step
  • long power cord and compact design make cleaning hard-to-reach areas easy
  • now with PVC free tanks and hose and the carton contains a minimum of 75% recycled material

There it is! Straight from the metaphorical horse’s mouth! Bissell boasts it’s LittleGreen as a compact, efficient, and extremely effective little machine. It is everything the big ones are, but better and more efficient. It saves space, energy, and it’s made of at least 75% recycled material!

5.) GreenBulbs

Not many folks have known about LED bulbs in the past. However, they are starting to replace more and more traditional light bulbs. They are far superior to traditional in all aspects. Durability, high efficiency, and their impressive life-span are all what make them ‘green’.

LED’s by definition are light-emitting-diodes. Clusters of very small light emitting diodes make LED’s shine brighter and more powerfully than traditional bulbs. They are also used in most stoplights and even in building floodlights because of their penetrating power.

Not only are they efficient and durable, but they are also very easy to recycle. They are mercury and halogen free, therefore, Eco-friendly. No need to worry about recycling them yet, because they can last up to a few years at a time!