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The Ultimate Best Carpets for New Parents, Pet Owners and Allergies Quiz
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To install carpeting or not to install carpeting -- that is the question. This question is especially pertinent if you are expecting a baby, are a pet owner or have allergies. What kind of flooring will best repel dust, allergens, toxins and animal hairs? Take our quiz to find out.
Why do some say that carpeting is the best option for eliminating allergens?
Some say that carpets are better than hardwood floors, because the carpet fibers trap the allergens, preventing them from circulating in the air. Critics counteract this by saying that every step on the carpet dislodges allergens and sends them back up into the air.
What type of carpet is best if you have allergies?
Synthetic carpets, such as nylon, are best if you have allergies because they are inhospitable to allergens -- mold has nothing to eat. Mold and other allergens thrive in wool carpets.
What type of carpet strands are best for allergy sufferers?
The shorter the strands, the fewer places allergens can hide. For the same reason, tightly woven strands are also a better option.
What does VOC stand for in the world of carpeting?
People with allergies or young children should choose carpet that has low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Use of unhealthy chemicals such formaldehyde and benzene are limited in these products.
What is the most important thing you can do to prevent carpets from exacerbating your allergies?
Vacuum, shampoo or steam clean your carpet regularly to get rid of allergens trapped inside the carpet strands. An high efficiency air particulate filter (HEPA) is also a good idea.
What is a disadvantage of a hardwood floor in terms of allergies?
Hardwood floors don't trap allergens the way carpets do, but they need to be cleaned very frequently to keep them dust free.
Why is carpet a good choice if you have young children or pets?
Carpeting is a good choice if you have young children or pets, because it is warm and comfortable -- and both babies and pets spend a lot of time on the floor. It is also non-slip, making it safer for unsteady little legs.
What is an example of a synthetic material?
Olefin, nylon and polyester are also synthetic fibers. They are a cheaper and more stain resistant alternative to expensive, but natural, wool carpet.
What is the most durable synthetic fiber?
Nylon is the most durable and stain resistant of the synthetic fibers, making it the best choice of carpet if you have children.
What is a good choice of carpet construction if you have children or pets?
Carpet tiles are an excellent choice if you have children or pets, because individual tiles can be replaced if they get too stained, rather than having to replace the whole carpet.
How are carpets made for pets designed?
They are designed to prevent pet accidents from soaking through to the carpet padding, where the moisture will foster mold and bacteria growth.
By how much can a vacuum cleaner approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label program reduce dust?
If you have a pet, it is a good idea to invest in a vacuum cleaner that has been approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label program. It reduces dust by 94 percent.
How long can carpet be expected to last?
With regular maintenance, carpet can be expected to last 15 years.
How has carpet manufacturing changed over the years?
Carpet manufacturing has become more environmentally friendly in the last few years. Some synthetic carpets are made from recycled plastic bottles, others are made from old carpets.
What is an advantage of carpet over hardwood when you are expecting a new baby?
A very big advantage of carpet over hardwood is that carpet is more soundproof. This will save your sanity during crying spells and later on, during rambunctious play dates.
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