We’re all looking for ways to keep our homes cleaner right now, but did you know that your floors can play an important role? Your flooring can play a direct role with air quality, bacterial growth, and even the presence of mold. Fortunately, there is one flooring option that can do it all and still offer exceptional style: porcelain tile. We’ll quickly discuss what sets it apart here.
Porcelain tile floors are naturally hygienic. This means that the surface provides a hostile environment for pathogens, bacteria, and mold. While porcelain floors still need to be cleaned weekly, they will stay fresher between cleanings.
Speaking of cleaning porcelain floors, maintenance is a breeze. Sweep every few days, mop once per week, and that’s it! Porcelain tile is smooth, so mopping even larger floors can be done in a matter of minutes. Just remember to choose a cleaner specifically approved for porcelain tile floors. Don’t worry, they’re cheap!
Unlike ceramic tile, porcelain has no absorption rate. The tiles themselves are waterproof, and with the right grout, the flooring is completely waterproof.
How does this help fight microbes? One of the most prolific (and best hidden) sources of mold and mildew is moist subfloors. With most floors, if spills aren’t cleaned right away, they can seep or soak into the subfloor. Over time, this can help promote mold growth. Porcelain tile (when installed with waterproof grout) prevents this completely, even if spills aren’t cleaned right away.
Volatile Organic Compounds
In recent years, emissions from new floors have been identified as a contributing factor to poor indoor air quality. It was found that many hard surface floors released volatile organic compunds, or VOCs. These compounds are harmful to our health and can be found in many older floors and flooring materials.
All forms of ceramic tile (including porcelain) are mineral-based. They do not have an organic chemistry. Porcelain tile flooring will never degrade your home’s air quality after installation or through the life of the floor.
For expert advice on your next flooring decision, call Steamboat’s leading flooring professionals at Carpets Plus today!