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Carpet FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions About Carpets

Are carpets okay for people with allergies?

Scientific research has shown that carpet fibers can help people with allergies by trapping particles that would normally be airborne. For allergy and asthma sufferers, it’s recommended that carpets be cleaned using a high quality HEPA-filter vacuum to fully remove irritating particles.

My carpet seems to change color when I look at it from different directions. What’s causing this?

Light reflects differently as the pile is pushed in different directions, mostly from foot traffic. To correct this, sweep or vacuum the pile in a uniform direction.

What’s the best carpet material for typical home?

Generally speaking, nylon and wool carpets will perform well in most homes. Nylon has good elasticity, an important feature for heavy traffic areas. It’s also abrasion resistant, surpassing even wool. Nylon carpeting can withstand crushing for long periods and regain its original shape. Plus, it responds very well to most professional cleaning methods and treatments.

Wool carpeting is strong, elastic and resilient, making it perfect for heavy traffic areas. It hides soil and responds very well to cleaning, because moisture makes the fiber swell and release dirt. It’s naturally flame retardant and eco-friendly because the natural fibers neutralize air contaminants.

Can I do anything to prevent permanent indentations in my carpet?

Carpet pile may compress due to heavy foot traffic or furniture. Rotating furniture helps reduce indentations. If an indent occurs, work the pile back into place with the edge of a coin. You can also try passing a hot steam iron over the spot to help release the fibers, but keep the iron at least four inches above the carpet.

What can I do about static?

When the relative humidity drops in a room, static can build up in your carpet as you walk across it. To combat this, use a humidifier or other commercially available products.

How does carpeting reduce noise in a room?

Carpeting helps absorb sound vibrations within a room, especially with a good-quality pad beneath it. It also works as a barrier between floors by reducing sound transmission to rooms below.