Debunking The Top 5 Myths About Carpet

“Why on Earth would you buy carpeting for your house? Haven’t you heard that it causes health problems and it’s bad for the environment?”

Yes, you probably have heard a lot of things about carpeting and most of the talk wasn’t good. Rumors from friends, family members and flooring companies that don’t sell carpet have given you the basic hype about this flooring material — from talk about how people with allergies shouldn’t buy it or that carpet is hard to keep clean.

The time has come to finally debunk some of the long-lasting myths about carpeting and let people see it for what it is: a great flooring material that is soft and comfortably for the feet as it comes in many unique styles. Below are the top 5 myths about carpeting.

Myth #1: Carpet is made with formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is not used in any carpet-making process. It is also not emitted by carpet fibers.

Myth #2: Carpet emits large amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to the environment and to a person’s health.

Carpeting has the lowest emissions of VOCs compared to other furnishings and building materials inside your home. Most of the VOCs in carpeting dissipate after the first day of becoming installed.

Myth #3: Latex in carpeting can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Proteins in natural latex cause allergic reactions. Carpet uses synthetic latex in the backing and to hold the fibers in place. Synthetic latex does not cause allergic reactions.

Myth #4: Allergy and asthma suffers should avoid having carpet in their home because it traps allergen particles in the fibers.

While carpeting does trap allergens in the fibers, this is actually a good thing for allergy and asthma suffers. With the allergens trapped in the carpet fibers, they cannot become airborne or breathed in as the amount of exposure to these substances is reduced. By vacuuming the carpet, you can allow it to trap more allergens circulating in the air.

Myth #5: Mold and mildew grow in carpeting.

Carpet does not grow mold and mildew spontaneously. Outside factors of dirt, moisture and humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow in the carpet if the flooring material is not properly cared for and maintained. Reducing the source of the moisture and humidity, while cleaning your carpets regularly, will greatly prevent the possibility of mold or mildew growth.

Arnold Norton has experience in home repair, renovations, and improvement. Mr. Norton has published several informative blogs and articles focused on helpful tips for new and current homeowners.