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Have you ever spent an entire Saturday cleaning your home, only to find an odor STILL lingering from…somewhere? Often, the most difficult odors to find are actually coming from your floors. However, this doesn’t always mean that cleaning the surface will eliminate the problem; sometimes, you have to go a little deeper.

Fortunately, many modern flooring selections are designed to resist odors. From floors designed to repel moisture to those that create a hostile environment for bacteria, we’ll look at a few of the most odor resistant selections here. We’ll also briefly discuss common features to look for in odor-resistant flooring.

Carpet: Top Choices and Proper Cleaning

Arguably, carpet tends to be the worst offender for mystery odors. It’s no surprise, since odors could be stemming from spills embedded in the fibers, substances stuck along the surface or even mold growing under the backing. Truly waterproof carpet prevents absorption at both the fiber and backing levels. This means that foul odors won’t become lodged in your carpet’s fibers. Even better, spills will never seep through to the subfloor, where it can potentially lead to mold and mildew. Not only will these cause odors, they also present a health risk to your family.

Of course, it’s still important to clean carpet regularly to prevent odors. Otherwise, dust, pet dander and allergens can accumulate over time, allowing them to both release odors and degrade your home’s air quality. We recommend vacuuming at least once per week. We also recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter as these remove even the smallest particles from your home’s air.

Porcelain Tile & Stone

There is a reason that porcelain flooring is so common in kitchens and bathrooms: it creates a hostile environment for germs and bacteria. This makes it especially adept at preventing odors, as it not only removes the smell itself, but also the source. It’s also one of the easiest flooring options to clean. Additionally, porcelain absorbs significantly less water than ceramic tile, allowing it (and your subfloor) to further resist the growth of mold and mildew.

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl flooring has made waves in recent years for its versatility. Among its many benefits, LVF is less absorbent than many other hard surface options, making it less prone to stubborn odors. LVT and LVP flooring also tend to use waterproof installation methods, thereby preventing spills and moisture from reaching the subfloor. Less mildew and mold also means fewer odors now and less headache later.

Features of Odor Resistant Flooring

Within each flooring type, you’ll find different options that offer their own level of performance. Here, we’ll take a quick look at some of the features that help reduce odors from your floors:

  • FloorScore® Certification – This industry-leading standard ensures minimal emissions from floors. In addition to reducing odors, this can also lead to cleaner air inside your home.
  • Pet Protect™ – Pets are often the top cause of indoor odors. Stainmaster’s Pet Protect™ treatment protects carpet from odors caused by accidents, spills and leftovers from a day spent enjoying the outdoors.
  • Nanoloc™ – Another permanent treatment that protects carpet fibers from absorption of all types of spells and accidents.
  • REPEL water resist technology – A popular feature for laminate flooring, REPEL prevents spills and moisture from reaching the subfloor, preventing odors and damage.

Learn More

To learn more about the benefits of modern flooring, or to browse the many stylish selections available, visit Arnquist Home Center today! You’ll find Alexandria’s premier flooring experts ready to help you make an informed choice.