Carpet: Warm, Soft & Cozy : It’s not surprising that carpet is still the top selling floor covering choice of Canadians. For certain rooms in the home, there is really no other flooring surface that surpasses the warmth and under foot comfort of carpet. And yet carpet has taken a beating in recent years with perceived concerns over indoor air quality. But where do the rumours end and the facts begin? Well, we bet you’ll be surprised.
Improved Air Quality : Scientists actually credit carpet with maintaining or even improving indoor air quality in many ways. How? The characteristics of carpet fibre hold onto dust particles and prevent them from being circulated by foot traffic or air currents. Dust and other allergens are held safely at bay until your next vacuuming or deep clean. Hard surface flooring on the other hand completely exposes dust in between cleanings allowing it to readily waft through your home at the slightest movement of air.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds? (VOC)
What about “VOCs” that you hear so much about today? For anyone not familiar with this buzz word, VOCs are “volatile organic compounds”. VOCs are found in all building materials. Health studies have shown that the lower the VOCs in your home, the better for your respiratory health. Perhaps surprisingly, VOC levels in today’s carpet products are as low as that of any other flooring type. Carpet manufacturers were the first to voluntarily test their products for indoor air quality and have been doing so for decades. As newer technology becomes available, carpet manufacturers have moved toward continually better VOC performing products. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is the governing body that has been responsible for guiding these advances. They are also assisting in the continued development of carpet recycling techniques.