The Benefits of Hardwood Floors Vs. Carpeted Floors

Hardwood vs Carpeted

When properly taken care of, the advantages a hardwood floor can offer as compared to carpeted floors are quite many and pay off in the long run.

Carpeting or Hardwood floors? Both options have very distinct benefits and disadvantages. While different working and living environments call for the use of specific materials, some features of hardwood floors and carpeting are normally consistent in almost all environments.


Comfortable and Quiet

One outstanding attribute of carpeting is that it is soft, buffering and insulating in nature. Carpeting not only absorbs sounds naturally but also retains heat, an aspect that can be quite beneficial in colder environments. Considering that carpeting is comfortable, it can be a great option for people who are regularly on their feet for long periods of time, and has proven priceless in the case of slides, trips, slips and for dropped items.

The 70’s Shag

The sad thing is that it is difficult to catch floor carpeting at its most ideal “peak”. Carpets tend to get out of style meaning that you probably will be forced to replace yours a couple of times as the trends come and go, and as the look and feel of the environment, you live in changes.

New Carpet Smell is Equal to Chemical Cartel

Did you know that new carpeting can be hazardous to health? Most modern manufacturers use synthetic materials – that smell you smell in your newly carpeted shop or living room – which can be harmful to you. New carpets usually leak for years while installations often use chemicals that emit harmful fumes that could cause breathing or sinus problems in people who have been exposed to them for long periods of time. The great thing is that there are carpets that are made using all-natural and eco-friendly materials, however, they usually are quite costly.

Advancement in technology today has even made it possible to install some more permanence in carpeting – today’s carpets are being made almost fireproof, with anti-fade color fastness, and almost-perfect stain protection.

High Maintenance

Sadly, all forms of carpeting will deteriorate with time, and the more traffic a carpet experiences, the worse the effect. Most carpets normally end up looking ragged within five years.

Most types of carpets have loops that can easily be pulled loose. Considering that carpets are of a woven nature, once they start unraveling, then things move from bad to worse very fast. And when this happens, then you have a problem at hand as it is very hard to repair a damaged carpet. Replacing it is usually the only option available.

Extensive Cleaning, Very Minimal Results

The sad thing about carpets is that they require intensive yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily cleaning using expensive, extensive aids, equipment and chemicals. And the worst thing is that they are mostly a one-way street. Given enough traffic and time, carpets will always matte and will become increasingly hard to care for.

Even with regular cleaning, particles like grit, grime, dust, and dirt find a way through the fabrics and sink through the weaves and pads, eventually settling near the floor. Moisture brought about by spills, accidents, traffic, and even carpet shampoo can increase dampness, increasing the likelihood of carpet rot and creating a conducive environment for mildew to grow. People who’ve ever removed old carpets can relate to this and can share some really horrifying stories about this.

Good thing I’ve found a great rug cleaning service called Silver Rug Cleaning. They saved a lot of my rugs and I don’t know what will I do with my carpet if I hadn’t found them.

Allergy Nightmare

Carpets can be a living nightmare, especially for people who suffer allergies as they are a constant source of irritating dust, fur, dander, fluff, pollen, mildew, mold and dust mites which thrive in carpets.


Clean and Safe

Unlike carpeting, hardwood does not hide any harmful particulate matter, making it a healthier and safer flooring option for living environment, more so, for people who suffer allergies.

While hardwood floors generally cost more than carpeted ones, they require lesser maintenance, can be repaired (they often require no replacement), and last much longer.

In older homes, a hardwood floor can be colder and draftier. But this can be remedied by putting well-selected area rugs in areas people use a lot.

Low Maintenance

Compared to carpeted floors, hardwood floors normally require very little maintenance – in terms of equipment and effort. Just consider the price difference between a vacuum cleaner and a mop. At the same time, hardwood floors are more resistant to stains and spills.

However, hardwood floors can get dented, scuffed, scratched, damaged and scraped – especially if they experience a lot of traffic. Nonetheless, wooden flooring can often be smoothed and refinished. In most cases, there is never a need to replace a wooden floor


Consider that wood’s a naturally occurring resource that can be reforested, wooden floors are normally a more ecological option to go for. Fast growing wood type materials like bamboo, which is a grass, make this option an even more reasonable reality.

Unsurpassed Value and Beauty

Perhaps the main reason to consider going for a hardwood floor is because of the aesthetic benefits it has to offer.

Hardwood floors have been around for the longest time, and this type of flooring is probably one of the oldest forms flooring materials available. Wood never gets out of style; and since woods and trees are available in many forms, types, designs, patterns, grains, consistencies, and colors, you have plenty of options to work with.

While most new homeowners will opt to remove the existing carpeting once they purchase a house as they consider it an extra expense, that is not the case with hardwood floors as they increase the house’s value.

While a wooden floor may cost you more to install, with proper maintenance, it can be a sound investment that pays off over time.

A Quick and Healthy Meal for Less Than 15 Minutes

I’m gonna show you how to put together a quick and easy meal that you can prepare and have a bunch in advanced. This is some of my top secrets putting together a clean-eating, healthy-eating meal really quick.

Chicken breast.

A lot of people are having a hard time cooking chicken breast. They always come out dry. Now, I’m gonna show you my secret. What I usually do is I butterfly cut the chicken. Hold a sharp knife and cut it down the center. You will have two pieces. One half is usually one good portion. This technique will allow you to cook your chicken super fast while keeping it moist and delicious.

You have a few piece of chicken breast, butterfly them. Then stack them up in a bowl and seasoned them. I use a seasoning called Goya Adoba. You can use any seasoning of your choice just make sure there’s no MSG. Then squeeze some lemon or lime, up to you. I normally use half of lemon for every 4 chicken breast. Then mix the chicken and make sure they are evenly coated. Adjust the seasoning and spices to your liking.

I cook my chicken breast on the grill. Because the slices are thinner, they will cook much faster. And they’re going to be moist, too. But you can also cook your chicken breast on a stovetop.

Next thing on the plate are sweet potatoes. Some sweet potatoes are too large. You can cut them in half, or choose smaller sizes. Place them in a paper towel or use a microwave bag that allows you to steam sweet potatoes in a microwave for just 5 minutes.

While the potatoes are steam, get some spinach and gently heat a saucepan with water until steam comes out, but not boiling. You can cook as much spinach as you want. Add a bit of olive oil for flavor, season with sea salt and pepper and any other spice that you want. Cover the saucepan and cook the spinach for just under a minute.

That’s it. Easy, quick and healthy. Go get your grilled chicken, sweet potatoes and spinach and you have a great clean-eating meal for less than 15 minutes.

5 Road Trip Essentials for a Busy Mom

Here’s a fun article for you today where I share my top 5 road trip essentials.

1. Clean out the car – I know this might be a no-brainer for some and for a long time I was like “Why would I clean the car when I know it’s gonna get messy after the road trip?” But it’s a good thing to start with a clean car to be more organized and for some reason, it helps to get it cleaner longer. It’s also easier to travel when you know where every single thing is. It feels better and and everything is more enjoyable. So before any road trip, I do clean out the car. I vacuum it. I make sure that everything is wiped clean. The cupholders are empty, seats are clean, there’s space everywhere because you’re gonna be packing stuff and you don’t want last week’s trash mix with the next weeks clothes. So clean the car, give it a good vacuum and call it a day.

2. Car is ready. Make sure that all the fluids are top up, oils are changed and you have a full tank of gas before you set out. This one is really important at least for me because I had experiences of having my car not ready for the trip. It’s gonna help your trip to be a little smoother.

3. Entertainment for the kids. Let the kids pack their own bags and bring their own entertainment for a road trip. This is really important because it gives them a sense of independence. They are responsible for what they can bring. I don’t know what entertains them as well as they do – what they love changes weekly. When they were younger, I did that for them. I would pack them several different things. I would even get them a new toy or something they can play with. But now that they’re 4 and 7, I tell them to pack their own bags and choose exactly what they like to bring. They’re likely to be better entertained than if I pack their bags for them. Of course, there are always ipads and iphones but if want to step out from sitting them with electronics, you can tell them to bring their own entertainment.

4. Snack packs. I’ve had some bad experience with snacks in the car in the past. Everytime I clean the car, I always say “no more food in the car”. But let’s be honest, that’s not practical. A lot of the time, you’re just trying to get somewhere in a hurry and you’re like “just eat this so you’re not hungry”. It kinda makes a little hard. So I just try to stay away from things that can make a big mess. I try to pack things that are easier to pick up like string cheese and carrots. Granola bars are great because you have one piece of everything versus small pieces that can spill everywhere.

5. Emergency supplies. You have to be prepared and even if you think you’ll never use it, you can never tell. A few of emergency items that I keep in my car are water to keep them hydrated, extra sweatshirts, umbrella, plastic bags for trash, bandages and essential oils, alcohol, pads, flashlight and a very basic tool kit. Everything you might need for emergencies, pack them in the car.

Those are my 5 road trip essentials. I hope this help you have a better road trip. Please do share if you have road trip essentials of your own.