With a name like Carpet One, we are experts in carpeting. Here are 5 all too common carpet myths we try to correct on almost a daily basis.
All Too Common Carpet Myths
Carpet has been the most popular floor covering in America for decades for good reason - carpets feel soft, reduces noise and insulates rooms, keeping them cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. But there are some common carpet myths and misconceptions out there.
I should not have carpet when suffering from Asthma/Allergies
There is a reason this is number one on the list of common carpet myths because the exact opposite is true. Carpeting helps you breath easier.
This myth has been disproved in study after study. Independent studies conducted by the EPA have shown that carpet traps and immobilizes allergens, keeping them from circulating in the air stream. Carpeting acts as a trap for allergens and is capable of holding significant quantities of soil, dust and other substances including toxic lawn chemicals, VOCs, and allergens tracked in from outside.. The carpet holds on to the particles until you are ready to remove them.
However, sweeping or vacuuming can stir up those allergens. The EPA recommends that people with asthma or allergies use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA air filter. This type of air filter will trap very small particles and allergens that other vacuum cleaners allow to pass through.
Carpet helps people with allergies by keeping allergens out of the air.
Carpeting is bad for the environment
With all the talk about "renewable flooring" such as hardwood, bamboo and the like, it's easy to see how carpeting can get a bad rap. Look for the Green Select Logo on wool carpeting for instance.
And no, with the formaldehyde scare at a liquidator store hardwood selection in the news recently, there has been no formaldehyde in carpeting since 1978. The reason this myth is so persistent is there are companies that sell home test kits. Some of these companies are less than honest, and claim that their test kits will test your home for all sorts of nightmares including "formaldehyde from carpet". Even if your carpeting is 40 years old, the formaldehyde has dissipated long ago.
Carpet is hard to maintain
Carpet is made from fiber. Like yarn. So is a sweater. If you were to put a sweater on the floor and walk on it for a year, would it get dirty? Of course it would. We can expect the same from carpet. We launder our clothes. We need to clean carpets as well.
Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile, where they are far more difficult to remove. Carpet in a typical household should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Hot water extraction systems provide the most effective cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners generally get the best results.
Have you ever seen a shirt or blouse and thought "I won't buy that because I have to clean it?"
Carpeting is outdated and boring
Carpets come in patterns ranging from traditional to modern and in stylish colors like all the new grays and other top trends. Many consumers use a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile in their homes to incredible, beautiful effect.
Do you sell carpet made by Berber?
The term "berber" is not a brand name, nor is it the name of a company. "Berber" actually comes from the Berber people, who are the indigenous people of North Africa prior to the Arab people expanding to North Africa.
The Berber people are known for their particular style of rough, coarse woolen products. When carpets were first made with big bulky loops, it reminded some people of the coarse woolen products made by the Berber people. And so, berber carpet was born. Berber carpets are a modern style of carpet, distinguished by a loop pile construction type that gives a similar appearance to the distinct knot of traditionally woven Berber carpets.
Today, we use a capitalized Berber to refer to the people, and the lowercase berber to refer to a style of carpet.