Five common carpet myths debunked
Carpets are loved for many reasons, including their comfort, appearance, and luxury; however, various myths persist about this type of floor covering that make some customers think twice about investing in a beautiful carpet for their home.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions:
1. Myth: carpets are tough to maintain
Reality: Absolutely not. Today’s modern carpets last beautifully, and you can extend their natural lifespan by vacuuming areas of high traffic in your home. If you do this regularly, it will stop dirt and soil from embedding themselves under the surface pile. Additionally, get your carpet cleaned by a professional every year to keep it looking its best.
2. Myth: you can ruin your carpet by over-cleaning it
Reality: Again, this simply isn’t true. The more you clean your carpet, the better it will look for longer.
3. Myth: carpets emit dangerous chemicals
Reality: there is growing awareness about the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in various interior decor materials. There have been news stories in the past that talk about the chemical dangers of that famous ‘new carpet smell’; however, there is nothing to worry about with today’s carpets. These are one of the lowest materials for VOCs in the home, ranking below wall paint; furthermore, extensive research has been carried out into carpets, but no evidence has linked VOC emissions from carpets with ill-health effects. You can enjoy your carpet without health fears.
4. Myth: thicker carpets are best
Reality: thicker carpets indeed provide a cushiony feel, but thinner carpets are often denser and last longer. If you are looking for resilience, choose a dense carpet. The ‘best’ carpet is the one that meets your unique needs. We can help you to identify the right carpet or alternative floor covering for every room in your home.
5. Myth: carpets will ‘bring out’ your allergies
Reality: Again, studies have shown that this is simply untrue; in fact, a carpet can help if you experience airborne allergies, as the fibres help to trap allergens and immobilise them. Rather than going into your lungs, you can simply vacuum them away. Again, we can advise on the best possible carpet materials for your circumstances and your family lifestyle.