Decorating from the Floor Up: Common Carpet Myths Debunked

Carpet mythsCarpet offers thousands of exciting design options to enhance the look and feel of your room. It adds value to your home and provides a safe and clean environment for your family. However, recent “rumors” that carpet is an unhealthy choice for your home have led to a decline in carpet popularity. I’d like to put carpet back into your good books by exposing these common myths.

Myth #1: Asthma and allergy sufferers should not have carpet in the home.

EPA scientists concluded that carpet fibers trap and immobilize allergy-causing particulates. If allergens are in the carpet, they’re not circulating in the indoor air stream. Use a HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove such these particles and your allergy concerns will be gone.

Myth #2: Carpet is hard to maintain – it stains and wears out very easily.

Simple steps can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking new. Vacuum often to remove soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile. Carpet in a typical household should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Professional carpet cleaners get the best results or do-it-yourself by renting a steam cleaner from the supermarket.

Myth #3: Mold grows in carpets.

FACT: Moisture, dirt and dust are needed to grow mold. Choose carpet made from synthetic fibers, keep it clean and you will have no mold—it’s that simple.

Carpet is the perfect way to update any room. You’ll also love the practical side of carpet. It doesn’t chip, scratch or crack and it looks great year after year. My clients with busy households always comment on how carpet reduces noise. They also like the savings to their energy bills (carpet insulates up to 17 times better than any other flooring).

With these carpet myths exposed, you can make your decorating choices with confidence. Making smart choices for any home improvement requires the expertise of a designer, contractor or local carpet expert. Ask them to recommend which types/styles of carpet (berber, shag, level-loop) and carpet fiber (wool, nylon or polyester) would best suit your living space, budget and family activities.

Flooring is something you use everyday. Treat your feet to luscious carpets—and love your space.