Carpet Myths Debunked

July 16, 2010

Carpeting has been the flooring material of choice for many homeowners for decades but these days there are a few myths that seem to be rather prevalent that have some people wondering if carpet really is the right choice for them. Today we would like to have a look at a few of them and help you decipher the fact from the fiction:

Carpet Myth 1 – If you suffer from allergies or asthma you should not have carpet in the home.

This is a line we hear a lot. Where the idea came from is hardtop nail down but according to no lesser authority than the EPA says it is nonsense. According to them carpet fibers can actually help people with allergies, by trapping all the nasty allergens and irritants and keeping them out of the air and easy to get rid of altogether when you vacuum.

Carpet Myth 2Carpet is tough to maintain and it wears out quickly.

Maybe vacuuming isn’t everybody’s favorite chore but it is not exactly rocket science. To keep your carpets looking their best they should be vacuumed regularly and then treated to a good professional cleaning every 12 months or so.

As for wear if you choose the right carpet for the traffic levels in your room from the outset your carpets should have a long and healthy life.

Carpet Myth 3 – Carpet is boring and outdated

Since when? Modern carpet comes in more styles, colors and patterns than ever before and can be used to complement even the most modern of decors.

Carpet Myth 4 – Carpet emits harmful chemicals

Wrong again. According again to our friends at the EPA carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) amongst all common household furnishings and building materials.

The real fact is that what flooring material you choose should be dictated by your personal sense of style and what works in your home. Most homeowners these days actually have several different types of flooring in the various different rooms in their house. Carpet is still a great choice for most of them (carpeted bathrooms tend to be a little passé) as one visit to our showrooms will demonstrate.

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