Misconceptions about Carpet and Health

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The most popular misconception when it comes to carpet is that it’s not good for people with allergies and asthma. It is actually just the opposite, well maintained carpet can reduce airborne allergens. Studies prove that carpet traps allergens and other contaminants and locks them into the core, reducing their ability to circulate in the air even when the carpet is walked on. Wool carpet, in particular, improves indoor air quality and creates healthier working and living environments for the life of carpet, up to 30 years. A person has a better chance of being affected by allergens from their sofa, bed or drapes than their carpet.

According to a recent study, nearly 20,000 people found a relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma and allergy symptoms and improved breathing. Another study on over 4,000 children found that having carpet in their bedrooms was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication.


Another misconception about carpet involves mold. In most cases, the mold which people associate with carpet is actually from the sub floor. Mold only grows in moist environments with dirt and dust. If carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow in it.

Many advances over the last decade have made carpet greener and healthier than ever before. The Carpet and Rug Institutute, CRI, is a great resource for learning about carpet cleaning and maintenance. As long as your carpet is cleaned and maintained properly, it is a healthy and practical part of any home.

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