19 Nov Spotlight on coir
Made ethically from coconut husks, coir makes super flooring, especially in areas that receive high traffic as it is very resistant to wear and tear. It is a great alternative to traditional carpet and also to other natural plant coverings that are too fine to withstand heavy wear. Coir can be used as carpets but also as rugs and mats, which are very strong and tightly woven.
Coir carpet can be installed throughout the entire house, just like traditional carpet, but it is not advisable to install it in bathrooms and kitchens, as it is vulnerable to excessive moisture. Like all natural flooring, it is best not to attempt DIY but to find a professional floor layer who is experienced in laying this type of flooring. Coir can be installed directly to the floor but an adhesive underlay is highly recommended as it will help the coir carpet last longer and it will be easier to remove when the time comes to replace it. If it is good quality, coir will help to hide any unevenness in your floor and it will also provide both heat and sound insulation, thereby reducing energy bills and noise pollution.
Because coir is a “natural” product with an expected rustic look, it is very minimally processed – unlike synthetic floor coverings which often have many chemicals added to create particular colours and effects. Unfortunately, these chemicals also create the perfect conditions for rapid wear whereas coir, in its natural state, retains its inherent strength and durability. Coir is resistant to insects, in particular, carpet moth damage, as the natural oils inherent in the fibres repel insects. Coir is very low maintenance, although regular vacuuming is recommended.
Coir has a unique texture which produces a warm look that can’t be achieved with modern synthetic materials.