If you currently have carpets in your home, you might want to consider pulling them up and replacing them with timber floors. Read on to find out why.
Timber floors are far easier to keep clean
If you want to keep your home clean and sanitary but don't have a lot of free time to devote to household chores, then it's definitely worth replacing your carpets with timber flooring, as the latter is far easier to keep clean than the former.
There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, things such as pet dander, soil, dust and food crumbs can often get trapped within the bottom layers of a carpet or become entangled in its fibres. When this happens, it can be extremely difficult to remove all of them, even when you run a powerful hoover over the carpeting several times.
Conversely, any dirt, dust or other debris that lands on a timber floor can be easily removed in a matter of seconds with either a sweeping brush or a hoover, as the floor surface is smooth and non-porous. As such, there is no way for these particles to get trapped.
Secondly, carpeting can get stained very easily. Things like mud from your family members' shoes or your pet's paws, as well as food and drink spillages, can leave behind dark stains that can not only make your carpets look dirty and discoloured but may also leave them with a permanent odour. Removing these stains can be incredibly difficult and often requires the use of very potent (and potentially toxic) cleaning chemicals, as well as a lot of elbow grease.
However, if you replace your carpets with timber floors, you won't have to waste your time tackling stains or worrying about odours, as this type of flooring is covered in a protective varnish, which acts as a barrier that prevents any spilled liquids or mud from staining the timber. As long as you clean up spills and the like quickly and re-apply the coating as needed, you won't have any problems.
Timber floors will keep your home comfortably cool
Carpets can be a good choice for homes that are located in areas that have extremely cold climates, as they can help to retain heat and thus keep these properties warm when the temperatures get very low. However, if you reside in an area that has a mild or very warm climate, it is not a good idea to keep carpets in your home, as their ability to retain heat will only serve to make your property feel uncomfortably hot.
This, in turn, could lead to you having to keep your home's air conditioning system switched on all day, every day, which could then result in your energy bills being incredibly expensive.
As such, if you want to keep your home cool and comfortable, it's worth getting rid of your carpets and installing some timber flooring.