tropical home tile flooring OahuAfter a beautiful day at the beach, it’s never fun to discover that you’ve brought the outdoors home with you. And by the time you notice that your pant-cuffs, bags, or shoes were secretly transporting sand into your Oahu home, it’s everywhere!

While it may not seem like a big deal to have a little sand here and there, the experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu are here to remind you that the stuff you track in can lead to eventual discolorations and indoor air pollution in your home. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to dealing with sand. Read on for some practical tips!

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Use Rugs and Carpets at Entryways

While having wall to wall carpet might not be practical for a beachside home, making strategic use of area rugs and mats is a smart way to keep sand from migrating into the nooks and crannies of your home. And natural fibers like sisal (made from agave) and coir (made from coconuts) make perfect mats, because they’re durable, sustainable, and fit in with your natural island design aesthetic.

Maintain A Regular Cleaning Routine

While some sand and dirt is inevitable, it’s only big buildups that pose a real threat to your floors. Serious deposits of sand in carpet may damage the backing or subfloor, and excess sand on hardwood flooring will degrade the finish. That’s why it’s important to sweep and vacuum at least a couple times each week if you live in a tropical area. And don’t forget to do a deeper clean at least once a month!

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This one might seem obvious, but a lot of people insist on carpet flooring because they want the comfort. Of course, you can get the same benefits from carpet with a few tactfully placed rugs – and more durable flooring options will save you time and money when it comes to cleaning. Hardwoods with a higher Janka rating, or hardwood alternatives like engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl, wood-look laminate, or tile and stone should all be serious considerations if you live around sand.

Start Your Next Flooring Project Today

If you want to transform your space into a sand-resistant tropical paradise, contact Floor Coverings International Oahu to schedule a free, in-home consultation! Our team proudly serves Honolulu, Oahu and surrounding areas, and we’ll bring our mobile showroom straight to your front door to help you find the perfect floor for your design goals and budget. Get in touch with us today!

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