Carpet and Area Rugs can be a beautiful addition to your home. You may decide against carpet, however, because you believe that the experience is likely to be a difficult one. If this is you, it’s possible that what you believe is only a myth. Check out these common myths about carpets.
You shouldn’t get carpets because they get dirty
It’s a given that anything you walk on every day will catch a certain amount of dirt. It doesn’t matter whether it’s wool, nylon or polyester – soil is a given when you have carpeting. It’s important, then, to think about the soil problem when you choose a carpet color. White and light colors usually show up soil. The answer is simply to choose a color that isn’t likely to show up dirt.
Carpet is not good because it has formaldehyde
Formaldehyde was a part of the carpet manufacturing process prior to the year 1978. It was a resin hardener used in some carpet products. Modern carpeting, however, does not contain the substance. There’s a reason why the formaldehyde myth is persistent, however. It’s because home test kits are available even today, that claim to be able to test for formaldehyde in carpet. In truth, such a test kit makes no sense today.
Carpet is bad because it contains dangerous chemicals
Carpet is not a complicated product — there is fabric backing made of jute, and there is the wool, polyester and nylon yarn that is glued to the backing. These are all materials commonly used around the house in clothing and furniture. Even the glue used in carpet is made of synthetic latex, material that is even less likely to cause allergies than natural latex.
Carpet promotes mold growth
Carpet does not promote mold growth per se. It is capable of growing mold, however, when it is damp. If it tends to be humid where you live, you could have mold on your carpet, but it could grow on other surfaces, as well, including your sofas and beds. Carpet is no more prone to mold growth than any other material exposed to moisture.
Carpet is bad when you have allergies
Studies have shown that carpet traps allergens, rather than have it float about in the air. This makes carpet good for you when you have allergies. Dust and other allergens can be a problem when you vacuum carpet, however. All you need to do is to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter so that the act of vacuuming doesn’t release allergens in the air.
The thicker the carpet, the more durable it is
Thickness has very little to do with quality or durability. Some of the hardest wearing carpets are the commercial kind, and can be very thin. Rather than thickness, you need to be looking at density. The more yarn a carpet uses per square inch, the more durable it is likely to be. If you want a hard-wearing carpet, you should compare different products by density.
The longer the warranty, the better the quality
It’s incorrect to think that the carpet brand that offers the longest warranty must come with the best quality, as well. Carpet warranties often include clever language excluding all kinds of common situations. It’s important to determine the quality of the carpet you buy in other ways. Carpet can add a great deal of luxury and beauty to any home. If you love carpet, but always decided against it because you believed in a myth or two, you could now begin to reconsider.
So moving on…
Which of These Rug Materials Will Best Suit Your Home Decor?
A carefully chosen and placed rug can make a huge difference to a room’s decor. But a rug isn’t just a rug; they come in many different materials, each with their plus and minus points. What should you think about before buying?
Wool is perhaps the most traditional and popular rug material, largely because of its flexibility in color and design. With the right color and pattern, it hides dirt and daily wear and tear. Wools also blends with the rest of the room. As another plus point, it’s easy to keep looking great with ordinary household cleaning products. In the long term, wool rugs make a durable and lasting investment. However, a brand-new rug will usually shed some fibers for the first few months before settling down.
2) Cotton Weave
Cotton represents a step up in durability compared to wool and also offers an appealing softness, which makes it ideal for bathrooms, bedrooms, and other places where bare feet tread. It’s also easy to care for and clean and doesn’t have the allergy issues which some people come across with wool.
Jute is a plant-based alternative to wool. It’s long-lasting, sustainable, and biodegradable so that it’s kind to the environment as well as your home. It’s also often handwoven to increase its eco-friendly standing even more. However, it’s not particularly flexible in terms of looks and color and is most widely available in rustic shades of straw, beige, or cream.
As another natural fiber, sisal offers many of the environmental benefits of jute. It’s a little more durable, and so an ideal choice for busy areas where it can take the punishment. The price you pay for this toughness is a certain amount of scratchiness which can irritate tender skin. Also, sisal not as easily cleaned as most other materials.
With it’s elegant, lustrous looks and smooth, gentle feel, silk makes a luxury rug for bathrooms and bedrooms. Unfortunately, a pure silk rug isn’t very resistant to wear and tear. For busier areas of your home, a rug made from silk mixed with a tougher material like wool is a better choice.
As a synthetic, polyester can sometimes feel a little less warm and welcoming than other rug materials. On the plus side, it makes some of the toughest rugs available, yet is still kind to soft skin. This makes it ideal for playrooms, and anywhere else young people are often around.
Extremely durable and also water repellent, polypropylene is a great choice for outdoor rugs, or for high-traffic areas such as entryways. It’s also a cost-effective option, perfect for heavy-duty use rather than fancy decoration.
Lastly, nylon is highly durable, cost-effective, and available in a huge range of colors and designs. This makes it a great all-rounder, but as it tends to fade and lose its pattern over time, it won’t produce rugs destined to become family heirlooms. All of these materials have their good and bad sides, depending on how you plan to use them. But take a little time to plan before buying, and you’ll have a rug that both looks great and lasts the distance.
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