Debunking Five Myths about Carpet Flooring
Jun 22, 2022
When you’re looking to purchase something that will be a permanent fixture in your household for the next five to 15 years, such as a carpet, you’ll probably want to consider all the factors. You might think about what pattern best complements the couch in the living room, how soft the pile is, what kind of warranty it comes with, and what your next-door neighbor has to say about the carpet she has in her bedroom. Don’t let false rumors negatively influence your thoughts about installing carpets in your home. We’ve compiled and debunked the top five prevailing myths about carpet flooring.
Myth 1: Carpets are hard to clean
Let’s face it—cleaning is never the most exciting thing to do. Just like couches, sheets, dishes, pools, front yards, and more, you have to put in the time, energy, and sometimes even money to keep a carpet in mint condition. However, unlike carpets of the past, modern carpet products are relatively easy to maintain—you will just need to vacuum weekly and do an annual deep clean. If you choose to get a different flooring option other than carpeting, your chores will entail sweeping and mopping regularly and budgeting for the inevitable costs of extra maintenance like waxing, polishing, buffing, and stripping, to name a few. No matter what flooring decision you make, you must put in a little elbow grease to take care of it. But if you’re looking for something that is low-maintenance and already love the look, commit to carpets!
Myth 2: If I have asthma or allergies, I should not even look at carpets
People think carpets are worse for individuals with asthma or allergies, yet modern research has proven otherwise:
- A recent study from Airmid Healthgroup reports that as long as homeowners clean carpets regularly, they do not threaten those affected by allergies or asthma.
- Carpets can trap allergen-causing particles and stop them from becoming airborne, so they’re less likely to be inhaled.
So don’t be swayed by this common misconception about carpets. Conduct your own research or consult with your doctor, but don’t let unfounded fears impact your flooring decision.
Myth 3: There’s formaldehyde in carpets
This is an outdated truth; carpet manufacturers used very low chemical levels way back when but have not since 1987. Any carpet that you buy today will have zero traces of formaldehyde.
Myth 4: Carpets are not environmentally friendly
Across the entire carpet industry, there have been great strides in sustainability and being environmentally conscientious.
- Our Green Select products fit into the strict criteria of being ecofriendly and reflect our commitment to being a part of the solution. Learn more about this here.
- The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), which comprises over 90% of the industry’s manufacturers, has kept over 5 billion pounds of carpet from ending up in landfills.
- Carpet manufacturers have also decreased the amount of water and energy they use to create carpets and use recycled materials to help reach their goal of zero waste.
- Additionally, you will not have to use as much heat during the winter due to carpet flooring’s inherent insulating properties.
Myth 5: Installing carpet is inconvenient
Truth be told, installing any kind of flooring plan can be inconvenient if, and only if, you don’t properly research and prepare for it. We have compiled resources such as:
- How to choose a brand that will work best for your space
- Best practices for prepping your floors before installation
- A do-it-yourself guide
- How to find quality and affordable experts to help you
Better yet, if anything does go wrong, we have a lifetime warranty on carpet installations, so installing your dream carpet will be a stress-free process.
Now that we have disproven all those myths about carpets, let’s focus on some truths. Carpet flooring can be a great fit for your home as it is the safest flooring option due to its soft nature, sound-deadening qualities, and non-slip surface. Interested in learning more? Contact one of our experts to find a carpet that fits your style and complements your flooring needs.
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