Many have dismissed carpet flooring as a viable option with the rising popularity of wood and resilient flooring. Many make the case that carpet is difficult to maintain, stains easily, and actually stores harmful particles that can cause allergies. Some of these arguments are indeed valid but some are more myth today then they are reality. Today we will make a case for carpet, showing you that taking care of your carpet is actually simple, as well as give you five reason why carpet isn’t out of style yet!

Tackling the first obstacle or opposition many have against carpet: maintenance and upkeep. We covered this topic a little over a month ago in our post: “How to keep your carpets looking new?” The key takeaway from the post was that if you pay attention and maintain your carpets you will have no problem keeping them looking fresh and beautiful. We recommended that you vacuum at least once a week, do a deep clean at least once a year (or as recommended by manufacturer), remove stains ASAP with proper stain removal tools (listed in post), monitor high use areas, and lastly simply pay attention to damaging factors and maintain. It isn’t rocket science, if your biggest case against carpet is the look of worn carpet; read our post from last month and reevaluate. 

Now for the five reason why carpet isn’t out the door yet!

Health

One of the biggest cases against carpet is that the fibers harbor dust mites and other particles in the air, thus being a main instigator for asthma or allergies. The counter argument is that carpet actually helps keep the particles and dust mites out of the air, acting as a filter. The result depends on how often you clean. The more often you vacuum your carpets the less dust and particles the carpet will contain. Hardwood, tile, and resilient flooring do not catch dust allowing them to continue free floating in the air. With frequent vacuuming carpet is the better material for maintaining purer and cleaner air. 

Ease of maintenance/cost effectiveness

Carpet is simple and cost effective to maintain.  All it requires is weekly vacuuming and routine deep cleaning (once a year). Each of which requires little effort and resources. Looking over the course of a decade, carpet can even beat out the maintenance costs of other materials. A hardwood refinishing is an expensive task that can creep up on you, carpet on the other hand has no such expensive maintenance. Not only is carpet cost effective in maintenance, carpet is much less expensive to purchase than hardwood, and especially tile. 

Comfort

In terms of comfortability, carpet is the best possible option. No other material comes into close comparison with carpet. The soft plush texture of carpet gives off the comfortable feeling of a warm family home. No doubt why most parents choose carpet when raising young children. It has the classic feeling of coziness and provides the support and soft qualities for children to grow up sitting and playing on. Not only do children find it comfortable, you won’t find yourself sitting on your hardwood floors on a cold winter evening curled up in a blanket reading a book. You will find yourself doing the same on carpet though. 

Safety

Safety is a primary concern for most homes with children or the elderly. The soft features of a carpeted floor help prevent injuries, and is much safer for children to run around and play on. Hard floor surfaces on the contrary do not cushion impacts and are more dangerous for both the elderly and children. Hard floor surfaces are also a major slip hazard, placing rug or mats doesn’t fix the problem but rather often make it worse. Mats and rugs can be just as much of a slip or trip hazard, which is why many people still opt for carpet. 

Customization

Last week we explored the new trend in vinyl flooring and how it is one of the most customizable options. Carpet is not far behind. In 2016 carpet is not the same as it was 30 years ago, monotone coloring and single pattern selections are long gone. Today you can purchase carpet in a multitude of colors, textures, and patterns. Carpet is no longer a neutral flooring choice as it once was used only as a filler, today it is an important design element that helps bring out the elegance and decor of any room. Many new looks have been created, high and low loops, layered textures, and patterns in certain shapes and sizes. All of which are picked out to compliment the wall colors, and furniture in a room. 

 

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