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Carpet Benefits

Carpet has a lot of myths too it, so let’s talk Regina! Along with addressing these myths, we’re going to tell you why carpet is for you. Firstly, its slip resistant, and if you’re anything like me, slip resistance is definitely something to keep in mind! Children and animals alike will definitely be appreciative of carpet to give them a full grip for athletic optimization. Secondly, anyone who has lived in Regina for the winter months knows it gets cold here, and any extra warmth is welcomed. Well, carpet can provide that extra-warm foot comfort. Additionally, carpet helps to reduce clatter and noise, so you can continue napping, not disturb the neighbours, and/or not worry about waking up others in the house! Instead of the loud clanging as you accidentally drop something, there’s some extra cushioning to dampen the noise.

Regina’s Carpet Rumours

Regina, you have probably heard the rumours surrounding carpet. Things like “there are health risks associated with carpet”, “it’s a sink for allergy causing substances”, “mould and mildew can grow in carpet”, “It’s a cause for asthma and allergy increase”, “it’s a source of indoor air quality problems”, “it’s harder to maintain”, “it’s not environmentally unsustainable” and much, much more, but here is why most of those rumours and myths, if not all aren’t true. Due to all these old wives tales, we figured we would do the research for you and set the facts straight.

 

Get your Carpet Facts Here

Firstly, there are no known health risks associated with carpet. An extensive toxicology 

report was done and it concluded that chemicals in carpet pose no health risks of public concern, according to CRI. Secondly, mould and mildew does not grow in your carpet. Mould grows only where there is excess moisture, and poor cleaning and maintenance. Also, mould can grow anywhere, underneath your sink, in window pains, etcetera. However, given you clean your floor– which we assume most people do fairly regularly, there is not mould or mildew in your carpet. Thirdly, carpet does not cause asthma and allergies to increase. This was proven wrong by comparison of Swedish data that proves there is no link between carpet and asthma or allergies. Fourthly, the statement that “it’s a sink for allergy causing substances” although this is not inherently untrue, the main point is often missed. Carpet hold allergy-causing substances in, and, as a result, prevents them from becoming airborne, which means that the odds of being exposed to them is actually less. That being said, it is the important to vacuum at least twice a week to get rid of the allergines all together. Fifthly, carpet is not a source of poor air quality. As previously stated, carpet actually prevents allergens from being in your air, and no health concerns come from carpet, so therefore we can say this myth is busted. Sixthly, carpet is not harder to maintain than hard-floor surfaces. Carpet only needs to be vacuumed once or twice a week with a periodic deep clean, hard-floor on the other hand required regular sweeping, mopping, waxing and buffing. Lastly, the statement is environmentally unsustainable. While not entirely untrue, companies that are members of the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) have an excellent track record of attempting to reduce their environmental footprint, and improving their sustainability.

Making the Right Choice

With these facts, we hope you can use it to make the right decision for you, without worrying about all the myths. No one can tell you what flooring is best for you and your family, and the best advice we can give you is to do your research and look at all the benefits to make a decision. Both carpet and hard-floors have their advantages and disadvantages, but with all the false information about carpet, we hope you can make an informed decision.