Three Myths About Carpet

Three Myths About Carpet

Carpet is often a victim of misinformation. However, it is not only one of the most popular flooring options available but also one of the best. Properly installed carpeting can give your home a unique look, make it more comfortable, and help insulate rooms. At The Floor Store, we want to dispel some of the myths surrounding carpets by addressing three of the most common ones.

Myth #1: Carpet Contains Chemicals Harmful to Humans

If you own a home, you’ve probably experienced that ‘new carpet smell’ and wondered what it was. The smell comes from VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which manufacturers use in “the synthetic latex in the carpet’s backing, as well as from the padding and adhesives [our installation team] uses to secure the carpet during installation.” There is no need to worry, though, as not only are they not harmful, but carpet has some of the lowest number of VOCs of any household emitter, often testing lower than house paint. The EPA has done extensive testing on carpets in the past and has never found any link between carpets and adverse health effects. When we install a new carpet, we find our customers usually stop smelling the VOCs after only a few weeks. If you’re still concerned about this as a buyer, choosing carpet from The Floor Store made from natural materials and dyes, such as wool in natural or plant-dyed colors, also helps.

Myth #2: Carpet Is Outdated and Unstylish

Wrong, wrong, wrong! It’s always hard to say it’s outdated and prove it, as carpets come in an array of colors, materials, and styles. With vibrant colors and unique patterns, there is something for everyone. Also, manufacturers are constantly modernizing and redesigning carpets to keep up with current styles and trends, making finding a carpet that will suit your taste easy. At The Floor Store Albuquerque, we take pride in creating innovative designs and layouts. You can browse our website (Carpet Catalog or Gallery) for calming room scenes featuring top-quality carpets. Please take note of your preferred styles and bring your ideas to our flooring showroom. Our team of experts is always available to assist you in getting your carpet vision to life!

Myth #3: Carpet is Hard to Upkeep

With proper maintenance, carpet can last a decade and is not difficult. A yearly professional cleaning will help, but weekly upkeep will do wonders. Here are some suggestions to help keep your house clean and tidy:
1. Consider using high-quality indoor-outdoor mats at each entranceway to scrape footwear before entering the home.
2. Keep shoe racks near the door to encourage guests to remove their footwear.
3. Make sure to trim your pets’ nails to reduce snagging on the carpet and brush your pets regularly to minimize the amount of pet dander on the carpet surface.

So we advise you not to believe the naysayers. Carpet can be a fantastic addition to any home! Along with the expertise, we have many options available at The Floor Store. From carpeting with attributes like extreme durability and waterproof protection to fashion-forward visuals and versatile installation methods, we have options to complete the entire household. Contact us today for a free estimate for your project!