In recent times with the great popularity of wooden flooring and incredibly lifelike, but durable wood substitute flooring being available to consumers, carpets have had some bad publicity.
Now the most astute flooring specialists and suppliers are including carpets in their offering to the public because carpets too have been revolutionised in recent years and the combination of this soft luxurious feel in certain rooms and beautiful wood flooring in others, as well as the combination of both in certain areas, has become all the rage!
We felt therefore it was time for exploding a few myths about carpets so that you can once again comfortably include carpets in your interior design and décor plans.
Carpets cause allergies and are harmful to Asthma sufferers
To the contrary, there are a number of scientific studies that have concluded that carpet fibres, by trapping and immobilising potential allergy-causing particulates, can actually help people with allergies! Because allergens are in the carpet, they’re not circulating in the indoor air stream. Manufacturers recommend a filter vacuum to fully remove such particles from the indoor environment.
Carpets stain easily and are hard to maintain
Carpet, especially if covered with certain stain guard applications, stains no more easily than many of its other flooring counterparts. Frankly the sweeping, mopping, stripping, waxing and buffing required for many hard surface floors demand as much labour as any carpet cleaning.
A Building Office Managers Association (BOMA) study found “hard-surface floors require two-and-a-half times more annual cleaning than carpets!” Whether this is true or not, we do know that frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile, so carpets should just be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
Carpets are bad for your health
Research shows that carpet is actually one of the lowest emitters of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) among household furnishings and building materials. In 1994, Environ Corporation of Arlington, Virginia, prepared a study on the ‘Safety Assessment of Components of and Emissions from Carpets.’ The conclusion was: “For the chemicals identified as being present in, but not emitted from carpet, there is no reason to believe that they present any health risk of public concern.”
Carpets are not Eco-friendly
Regarding the environmental factor, many floor manufacturers in recent times provide more eco-friendly options for the environmentally-conscious. Carpets made of nylon can be recycled and remade into new carpet fibre. This process helps turn carpets into a renewable product and keeps carpet waste out of landfills.
Carpets are outdated and boring
Nothing can be further from the truth. The latest carpets come in a huge range of patterns and styles and in stylish colours in line with top interior fashion trends. The great carpets offered by Libra Flooring through our association with Top Carpets, include all the very latest fashions, styles and colour combinations.
A beautiful combination
Carpets are great on the eye and of course there is nothing to beat the soft feel and warmth created by a luxurious carpet, or the aesthetic value of a well- positioned rug on a beautiful wooden floor. A mixture of carpet, hardwood and tile in the home can be used to an incredibly beautiful effect
We hope this article has for once and for all exploded a few myths about carpets and been helpful to you. Contact us to talk about the massive range and combination of flooring options that we have, or visit our website to view our extensive range of flooring options –including beautiful carpets!