Choosing a Non-Toxic Carpet
Recently, I’ve had a few private consulting clients ask about non-toxic carpeting. As a result, I’ve spent some time more deeply looking into this. I hope this post helps answer the big question: Is there such thing as truly safe, non-toxic carpeting?
What Makes Carpeting Toxic?
As my dad wrote in the flooring post about our non-toxic renovation undertaking, Project One-Eleven, carpeting is problematic for a variety of reasons, including:
The chemicals and materials used to make the carpets and pads beneath them, including plastics, wool that’s laden with fungicides, synthetic rubber that may contain endocrine-disrupting phthalates, toxic dyes, and chemicals that are meant to repel flame, water, and stains.
The materials used in the carpet installation process, including glues and other adhesives that contain formaldehyde and a range of VOCs that off-gas into the home environment.
Carpet’s tendency that to accumulate dust mites, dirt, pesticides, and other toxins brought into our homes on our feet (and our pets’ feet!).
So Are All Carpet Bad News?
The older the carpets, the more likely they are to contain bad chemicals and pounds of accumulated junk. So I’d say that yes, old carpets are categorically bad news. But because we have some really safe options available these days, newer carpets can be a good choice for your home.
And this is important: In addition to choosing safe carpets, you should clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves frequent vacuuming
Earth Weave is the gold standard among non-toxic carpeting. They simply make the very best stuff. Earth Weave’s natural, non-toxic carpeting is made in the United States from carefully selected European wool, hemp, cotton, natural latex, and jute.
Why are Vinyl Floors Becoming So Popular?
Selecting new flooring can be a difficult task. You probably know exactly what you want, but sometimes your budget just won’t allow it. Carpet Flooring Centre we know how difficult it can be to find new flooring that fits in with your budget. This is why we recommend vinyl floors. Vinyl floors are increasing in popularity, and for very good reasons.
Vinyl floors are very cost-effective. They will fit with almost any budget. That means you can get a beautiful new floor without breaking the bank!
Vinyl floors come in an endless variety of colours and styles. You can choose flooring that looks like tile or wood, or that has a pattern. You can also find almost any colour or design, so you can find something that matches your current décor.
Compared to other types of flooring, vinyl floors provide a much more cushioned surface. This is especially good for people with back, foot, or joint problems.
This type of flooring is so easy to clean and maintain. It is water-resistant, so spills wipe up very easily.
Vinyl floors can be installed right over most subfloors. This makes installation inexpensive. You also do not have to worry about spending a lot of time on demolition.
Vinyl floors are beautiful and look great in any home.
Vinyl flooring comes in a few different styles like vinyl click plank, vinyl click tile, and vinyl plank flooring. These different options ensure that you can find the perfect style and look, so you will be completely satisfied with your new flooring.
This Design Mistake Could Lower The Resale Value Of Your Home
Whether you’re buying a new home or renovating your current one, if resale value is a concern, there’s absolutely one design mistake that turns off a large segment of potential buyers: wall-to-wall carpeting, especially throughout a home
While many designs come back in style (hello mid-century modern), carpeting an entire home isn’t likely to make a resurrection any time soon. “Even when it looks in good shape and the home is furnished, it almost never looks good and clean once that furniture is removed,”
While the hardwood flooring of previous generations didn’t come cheap, today’s hardwood alternatives are available in a range of prices and many are practically indistinguishable from solid wood. So, carpet has almost completely lost its cache. “I think flooring has become a big design feature and so the idea of covering up the floors is less popular as it’s such a selling feature,” the agent says. “There is a lack of flexibility in a wall-to-wall carpet, which doesn’t appeal to the modern buyer.”
that some buyers still prefer soft flooring for bedrooms. However, they usually avoid carpeting the entire room. “It’s far easier to redo or change the feeling in a room by purchasing a new rug! There’s a freedom to wood flooring,” she explains. “The vast majority of buyers plan to use a rug that stops a few inches shy of the wall.”
This is because many co-ops required a certain percentage of flooring in every unit to be carpeted. While these rules haven’t exactly been lifted, most of the time, unless there are noise complaints, they aren’t strictly enforced today.
Thinking of Buying A Carpet – Where do I Start?
These days there are many different types of carpets available which can often be overwhelming. With each different type having their own benefits, it’s hard to know where to begin. Carpets bring warmth and a touch of luxury to your home but can also be a very practical choice when choosing flooring.
Polypropylene carpets are becoming increasingly popular with their sales overtaking the more traditional style 80/20 wool twist carpets. Manmade carpets have improved greatly in quality over the years. Gone are the days where you risked getting a shock off the static from your manmade carpet! Polypropylene carpets are ideal in any area of your home as they are stain resistant and bleach cleanable and can deal with most things that everyday living can throw at them. They are great for busy households with children, pets and the occasional glass of wine!
They come in all different qualities and price ranges so you will always be able to find one suitable for your needs and budget – ranging from tough berber styles through to luxurious thick saxony styles which feel gorgeous in the bedroom.
Wool carpets still remain a popular choice, ranging from your 100% wool berbers to 80/20 wool twists. In recent years 50% wool and 50% manmade carpets have become increasingly popular, offering you the benefits of both types. Wool has traditionally always been a popular choice when choosing carpets. Wool is very hard wearing and stays looking good for a long time. Due to its natural oils in wool, wool carpets can clean up well too and is a luxurious choice for flooring in your home.
CARPET THINGS TO CONSIDER
WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A SMART PURCHASE.
Choosing the best carpet is about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance, and budget to best meets the needs of your lifestyle. We want you to know all the important facts about carpet specifics and characteristics. The more you know, the better able you will be to make a smarter purchase decision.
UNDERSTANDING SEAMS AND BACKING WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR DECISION.
Carpet is available in 12’, 13’ and 15’ widths. Unless the room to be carpeted is narrower than these widths, the carpet will be seamed. With looped or low-profile patterned carpets, you may have visible seams. The degree of their visibility depends on texture, color, lighting, and furniture placement.
DURABILITY IS A FUNCTION OF QUALITY.
Higher quality carpet will typically have greater pile density and tighter twist construction. This will result in better durability. Another consideration is that it is easier to replace or update a home decor with carpet compared to other hard surface products.
COLOR HAS A BIG IMPACT ON ANY ROOM.
Carpet covers a large area of any room, so it is important to keep some basic rules in mind when selecting your carpet. Once a carpet is installed it will often look lighter than the sample. Lighter color carpet will visually expand the size of the room, while darker carpet will create a more intimate feeling. Neutral colors are the best choice for frequent change of decorating scheme or if you are trying to incorporate a large amount of existing furniture. A neutral color is also a good idea if the home will be resold at any time.
CHECK YOUR WARRANTY FOR STAIN PROTECTION.
Stain protection is an important consideration in any carpet purchase. Carpet products come with different stain protection levels and warranties that help guard against stains. As you increase the quality of carpet, stain protection also typically increases, as does manufacturers’ warranty coverage.