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Carpet Q & A

Q: Are there health risks associated with carpet?
A: An extensive toxicological assessment of components of carpet concluded that the chemicals in carpet pose no health risks ofpublic concern.
Q: Do mold and mildew grow in carpet?
A: Mold and mildew can exist anywhere there is excess moisture and dirt coupled with poor cleaning and maintenance habits. Mold growth can occur on any surface that is not properly maintained and when moisture is extreme.
Q: Do carpets cause increased asthma and allergy problems?
A: Comparison data from Sweden supports that there is no link between carpet usage and the incidence of asthma or allergies.
Q: Is carpet more expensive and harder to maintain than hard-floor surfaces?
A: Properly maintained carpet only needs vacuuming once or twice weekly and periodic extraction cleaning. The sweeping, mopping, stripping, waxing, and buffing that hard surface floors demand are more laborious and costly.
Q: Are carpets environmentally sustainable?
A: Over 90 percent of the industry has an excellent track record of decreasing wastes produced and energy consumed.
Q: Does carpet emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?
A: Emissions from new carpet are among the lowest of any household’s indoor furnishings, and most new carpet VOCs dissipate within 24 hours.
Energy Saving Surprise!
Carpets can contribute substantially to retaining heat in a room and therefore saving energy. Carpets are natural thermal insulators that in effect create a heat barrier. In fact, as much as 10% of the heat in a room which would be dissipated with smooth floor covering is retained in the room by the carpet. Some estimates suggest that up to 30 days heating annually can be saved, resulting in an energy saving of between 4-6% and a consequent reduction in heating bills as well.
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