Carpet flooring has been one of the most popular residential and commercial flooring options available for decades, and these days it seems to be just as popular. But looking into carpeting options for your Maryland home, you may come across some common misconceptions about this flooring material. When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home, you’ve got enough to consider without myths floating around. Here are some of the most common myths about carpeting to help you make an educated decision about flooring for your Maryland home.
Carpets Are High Maintenance
Often, durability and maintenance are among the most important considerations for new flooring. Whether you’re looking for flooring for a high-traffic area or simply looking to update your home, you’re probably looking for flooring that will stand the test of time without frequent replacement or intensive refinishing. Truthfully, carpet requires about the same amount of maintenance as comparable flooring options, and maintenance is typically very simple. With weekly vacuuming and thorough, immediate spot cleaning as it’s needed, your carpet can stay looking new and fresh for years to come.
Carpets Are Bad for Allergies
Due to the fibrous material, one of the most common myths about carpeting is that it’s bad for allergies. In actuality, carpet fibers can act as a sort of allergen trap and filter. Have you ever noticed that dust bunnies and pet hair sort of float along with hardwood and get kicked up into the air? With carpeting, these irritants get stuck in the flooring so you can easily vacuum them up. If you have severe allergies, be sure to vacuum your carpet regularly and use a HEPA air filter to capture airborne irritants.
Carpet Is Not Stylish
When people share this myth, they may have the brown shag carpeting in mind that we associate with the 1970s. In reality, there are tons of updated varieties of carpets that can fit just about any home style. They’re available in a number of colors and styles so you can find the perfect carpet for any room in your home.
Carpet is Bad For Your Health
Lastly, there’s the unfortunate myth that carpet manufacturing chemicals produce that new carpet smell, and that it’s actually bad for your health. Many people even believe that formaldehyde is used in the manufacturing of carpets. Actually, that chemical has not been used in carpet manufacture since 1978, and carpeting is one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the household–that’s a lower reading than even wall paint.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to care for your hardwood floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.