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Myth Buster: Carpet Truth

Shaw Carpet real achievementIf you are considering a carpet installation and all of a sudden people are giving you advice, read more to break down the real truths about carpet and separate fact from myth.  Carpet is a popular choice of floor covering in many homes, providing warmth, comfort and valuable home improvements.  Just like any other floor covering, knowing what to consider and what to look out for when shopping for carpet will help you make the best decision for your home and clear up any misconceptions.

Myth #1:  The thicker the carpet, the better. 

Fact: Thicker carpet does provide a soft and cushiony feel, although it’s the density of the carpet that provides long lasting durability.  Quality carpet with a higher density will last longer than less dense carpet.  Compare the yarn per square inch of carpet samples to know which carries more density and will provide longer lasting resilience, regardless of the carpet thickness.

Myth #2: Carpet gives off harmful VOCs.

Fact: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are a hot topic in flooring manufacturing with new flooring products containing very low to no VOCs.  Harmful contaminants such as formaldehyde have not been used in carpet manufacturing since 1978.  Carpet is actually one of the lowest contributors of VOCs compared to other household environmental products, scoring lower than typical household wall paint.  The EPA has researched the topic and no evidence of adverse health effects from carpet is found. 

Myth #3:  Carpet makes allergies worse.

Fact:  Carpet can actually improve air quality by trapping dust and allergens until vacuuming.  Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will reduce stirring allergens up while vacuuming.  Frequent vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum can improve air quality for those who suffer with allergies.

Myth #4:  Carpet is difficult to maintain. 

Fact: There are many things you can do to extend the longevity of your carpet.  Frequent vacuuming, especially in high traffic areas, is important to prevent dirt and debris from settling low in the pile of the carpet.  Professionally cleaning your carpets every 12 to 18 months in addition to frequent vacuuming will help to preserve your carpet’s appearance and feel.


When considering all your options for flooring and wanting the truth about carpet, contact Great Western Flooring for answer to all your questions and concerns.  We offer experienced, complimentary design consultations from experienced flooring and tile experts.  Stop by one of our convenient locations for a wide selection of quality flooring and carpet products that improve the comfort and value of your home.



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