natural carpet flooring air quality CalgaryDid you know that choosing the right carpet for your Calgary home can actually have an effect on your health? Most people don’t realize that something as simple as their floor covering can have a huge impact on the well-being of their family, but the experts at Floor Coverings International Calgary are here to remind you that finding the right carpet is about more than just looks.

Read on to learn about some of the common myths that surround carpet flooring and air quality.

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Fact: Carpets Can Trap and Release Allergens

The fact is that all of those densely packed fibers that make carpet such a comfortable surface to lounge around on are also affecting your air quality. Dust, dander, mold, pollen, dirt, pesticides, and other allergens brought in from outside can all become trapped in a carpet. These allergens are later released into the air when you vacuum or walk around on the carpet. Essentially, if the carpet covers a large enough area, it can become a “sink” for nasty airborne pollutants.

Myth: Carpets Will Negatively Affect Air Quality No Matter How Much You Clean

If you’re starting to think that no one should ever have a carpet in their home, slow down! There’s a simple way to avoid the nasty buildup of pollutants that we’ve just described. Simply put, a regular routine of cleaning is the best way to ensure that your carpet isn’t affecting the air in your household. Vacuuming at least twice a week is the best thing to do, but it’s also important to do an annual deep clean. We recommend getting professional assistance with steaming your carpet since improper steaming can lead to mold or mildew.

Fact: Choosing the Right Carpet Fiber Will Improve Air Qualitynatural carpet flooring air quality Calgary

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) can be found in some carpets that are poorly constructed. Cheap carpets may emit harmful chemicals from coloring agents and glues, which is on of the reasons that people are increasingly turning towards natural carpet fibers like wool, sisal, coir, and jute. However, it’s perfectly fine to use synthetic materials like nylon and polyester as long as you know that the manufacturer is meeting the standards set by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).

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If you’re interested in starting a new carpet project in your Calgary home – and you want to be sure that your air quality will remain healthy – consult with the experts first! The team at Floor Coverings International Calgary is proud to serve the greater Calgary, Alberta area, and we can bring our mobile showroom straight to your front door. Schedule a free consultation with our mobile showroom today, and we’ll help you find the perfect carpet for your space and budget.

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