Carpet’s Clean Bill of Health !

In any healthcare setting, patient care comes first. That’s why maintaining indoor air quality is paramount. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet is not only a viable choice for the healthcare industry, it’s the best choice.
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What You Should Know

– New carpet emits the lowest levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of common flooring choices. Not only is it the lowest-emitting floor covering, it is also one of the lowest-emitting construction and renovation products overall – much lower than products such as paint.

– What low emissions in new carpet there are drop significantly after 24 hours – even sooner with fresh air ventilation.

– Carpet manufacturers were the first in the flooring industry to thoroughly study their products for indoor air quality effects.

– In 1992, CRI became the first organization to set limits on how many VOCs from carpet, adhesives and cushion may be released into the air. Since then, the Green Label Plus program has voluntarily raised IAQ standards by requiring even lower emission levels and increasing the number of compounds evaluated.

– CRI also worked with California’s Sustainable Building Task Force and Department of Health to certify carpet and adhesives. Green Label Plus exceeds the low-emitting product testing protocols used by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).

– The Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), a best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building, design, construction and operations for healthcare facilities, specifies the use of CRI-approved carpet.

Reference : http://www.carpet-rug.org/blog/category/carpet-benefits

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Persian Rugs !!

A Persian carpet or Iranian carpet (Persian: فرش ايرانى‎‎ farsh, meaning “to spread”) also known as Iranian rugs (قالی ايرانى qālī)[1] is a heavy textile, made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purpose, produced in Iran, for home use, local sale, and export. Carpet weaving is an essential part of Persian culture and Iranian art. Within the group of Oriental rugs or Islamic carpets produced by the countries of the so-called “rug belt”, the Persian carpet stands out by the variety and elaborateness of its manifold designs.

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Persian carpets and rugs of various types were woven in parallel by nomadic tribes, in village and town workshops, and by royal court manufactories alike. As such, they represent different, simultaneous lines of tradition, and reflect the history of Iran and its various peoples. The carpets woven in the Safavid court manufactories of Isfahan during the sixteenth century are famous for their elaborate colours and artistical design, and are treasured in museums and private collections all over the world today. Their patterns and designs have set an artistic tradition for court manufactories which was kept alive during the entire duration of the Persian Empire up to the last royal dynasty of Iran.

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Carpets woven in towns and regional centers like Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain and Qom are characterized by their specific weaving techniques and use of high-quality materials, colours and patterns. Town manufactories like those of Tabriz have played an important historical role in reviving the tradition of carpet weaving after periods of decline. Rugs woven by the villages and various tribes of Iran are distinguished by their fine wool, bright and elaborate colours, and specific, traditional patterns. Nomadic and small village weavers often produce rugs with bolder and sometimes more coarse designs, which are considered as the most authentic and traditional rugs of Persia, as opposed to the artistic, pre-planned designs of the larger workplaces. Gabbeh rugs are the best-known type of carpet from this line of tradition.

The art and craft of carpet weaving has gone through periods of decline during times of political unrest, or under the influence of commercial demands. It particularly suffered from the introduction of synthetic dyes during the second half of the nineteenth century. Carpet weaving still plays a major part in the economy of modern Iran. Modern production is characterized by the revival of traditional dyeing with natural dyes, the reintroduction of traditional tribal patterns, but also by the invention of modern and innovative designs, woven in the centuries-old technique. Hand-woven Persian carpets and rugs were regarded as objects of high artistic and utilitarian value and prestige from the first time they were mentioned by ancient Greek writers, until today.

How To Prevent Your Carpet From Making You Sick !!

Your carpet is an important part of your home. Clean carpet not only looks great, but it can also keep you healthy. If your carpet is dirty, then you are more likely to develop health problems, such as allergies, skin problems and asthma. Dirty can also worsen existing health problems and skin problems. There are many things that you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick from your carpet.Look out for Unusual Smells

Your home should not have an unpleasant and musty odor. This smell may be coming from your carpet. Mold can cause carpet to develop an unpleasant smell. Mold can cause health problems. That is why if you suspect that you have mold in your home, then you will need to call a professional as soon as possible.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner With a HEPA Filter

Carpet cleaning experts do not always agree on how often the carpet should be cleaned. However, many agree that your carpet should be vacuumed at least twice a week. If you have pets, then you will probably have to vacuum your carpet a lot more often. The best vacuum cleaners to use are the ones that have a HEPA filter. They are more effective for removing dirt and debris than traditional vacuum cleaners.

Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned

Even if you are meticulous about vacuuming your carpet, you will still need to have it cleaned by a professional at least once a year. A professional carpet cleaning will deliver much better results. Many carpet cleaning companies use the hot water extraction method, which can clean the carpet without any chemicals. It also uses less water, which allows the carpet to dry faster.

Replace Your Carpet if Needed

Irritants have a tendency to build up in your carpet over the years. That is why you will eventually need to have old carpet replaced. You will also need to have your carpet replaced if it is worn out. Additionally, it is a good idea to replace your carpet if you live in a home that was built before 1978.

Use a Doormat

You can reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets tracked into your home by using a doormat. One of the many great things about a doormat is that it is inexpensive. Spending a few dollars on a doormat will help you protect your carpet for many years.

Clean up Spots Immediately

If something spills on your carpet, then you will need to make sure that it is cleaned up immediately. The sooner you clean up the stain, the less likely it will be to sink in your carpet. It will also reduce the amount of bacteria that accumulates in your carpet.

Make sure that you blot stains instead of rubbing them. The only things that you will need to remove the stains are paper towels and a cleaning solution. Blotting involves putting a little bit of pressure on the stain, which makes it easier for you to soak up it up.

Reference: http://www.progreencarpetnc.com/how-to-prevent-your-carpet-from-making-you-sick/

How to Maintain a Clean Carpet !!

Carpet is a popular flooring choice for many households. It is soft, comfortable to stand on, and it adds a certain kind of warmth to your home. It does require some maintenance though, and keeping your carpet clean is the primary way to prolong its quality and ensure it is a long lasting part of your home. Here are some tips will help you keep your carpet clean.

Regular Vacuuming
Frequent vacuuming is a task you should be doing at least once or twice a week. If you have a busy household with pets or children, you may need to vacuum more frequently to keep your carpet looking nice. Vacuuming will rid the carpet of dusk, dirt, pet hair, and other unwanted particles. Doing this regularly with ensure there is less grime building up in the carpet, making your job easier in the long run.
Another great way to keep carpets clean is using a carpet cleaning powder. This can be sprinkled all over the floor, left overnight to soak up smells and dirt, and then vacuumed up in the morning. This is not a replacement for carpet washing, but is a good way to maintain cleanliness in between washings. It also keeps your floor smelling fresh.

How often should you wash your carpet?
Carpet washing really gets down to the root of the floor and washes away all the dirt that your vacuum couldn’t pick up. The carpet will need to be thoroughly washed at least once every year. If your carpets are light colored or prone to collecting dirt, you can have them professionally washed two to three times a year.
Professional cleaning versus home systems
One question many people struggle with is whether they should purchase their own carpet cleaning system or hire a professional to get a clean carpet. The cost of hiring a professional every year adds up quickly, and it isn’t cheap. However, nothing will get your carpets as clean as a professional team can so it is well worth the money.
If you have pets or your carpet is receives high traffic, you might consider purchasing your own carpet cleaner for touch ups throughout the year. They can be used once or twice a month, if needed. It is still recommended to have a professional come out once a year just to get everything clean.

How to remove stains
In between carpet washings, you’ll need to know how to deal with spills, stains and other unfortunate accidents. The first trick to follow is never rub at a stain. This just pushes it further into the grain and makes it impossible to fully clean. The best way to get rid of a stain is to gently blot it, from the outside toward the center.
Vinegar and club soda are a popular mixture that works on beer and wine stains. Simply spray the mixture onto the spill and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then use the blotting technique to remove as much as you can. You will need to blot with warm warm to remove the vinegar and soda afterward.
The best general stain remover is regular old shaving cream. Apply the cream to the spot and allow it to rest for upwards of thirty minutes. Remove the cream, spray with vinegar, and blot away. This tip is great for all types of stains.

Follow these steps and your carpet will stay fresh and clean for many years to come. Simply adding these cleaning tips to your routine will result in a carpet that can withstand even the toughest wear and tear!

Reference : http://www.progreencarpetnc.com/how-to-maintain-a-clean-carpet/

Why Carpet Is Your Best Friend !!

Wall-to-wall carpeting adds warmth to a room that otherwise would feel very… well cold. When in a complementary and neutral color to the walls, can be a great backdrop to showcase the furniture. I honestly prefer carpeting in a bedroom. It is so nice to climb out of bed and have your feet sink into plush carpeting!

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​Carpet also adds style and personality to a room.

Friends, your personality should resonate in every room of your house and there is no better way to make a statement than with a area rug. If you have been following me for awhile then you know my favorite color is blue since I grew up all my life near a ocean. It truly speaks to me, so of course this gorgeous ikat rug was the perfect piece for me. Use area rugs to pop your favorite color in a room. Trust me, you will love it!

How to Design a Shared Family Room and Playroom !!!

Choosing furniture and flooring that will keep kids safe and comfortable is obviously of primary concern. Since kids spend lots of time on the floor on the floor, carpeting and rugs provide a soft surface for playtime. 

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I used to worry, however, that the carpeting in our basement might not be the best choice for our family because our older son has Reactive Airways Disease {similar to asthma} as well as some seasonal allergies. I had heard the rumor that hard floors were better for those with allergies, but I recently learned that this is false. Research actually shows that carpet and rugs support healthier living spaces for everyone, including those with asthma and allergies.

Allergens such as ragweed and mold can easily be carried indoors on shoes, clothes, and pets, and those allergens then rest on top of hard surfaces flooring where they can be easily disturbed and kicked up every time someone walks through the room, scoots a chair, or drives a toy car across the floor. Research shows that carpet, on the other hand, acts as a filter that traps allergens until they can be vacuumed up, resulting in fewer particles in the air. Of course, regular vacuuming and cleaning of carpets is a must, and we avoid wearing shoes in our basement family room and play area in an effort to bring fewer allergens into the space.

Reference : http://www.carpet-rug.org/blog

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family !

Carpet is the lowest emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hardwood floors typically contain a high amount of formaldehyde and VOCs. Of course, with carpeting in order to maintain adequate air quality and ensure it’s filtering ability, you will need to vacuum as needed. I, personally, find vacuuming carpeting to be more effective than vacuuming laminate/hardwood floors and sweeping them leaves so much crud behind.

Did you know: Studies show that people with asthma and allergies have actually seen symptoms improve with carpet? Who would’ve thought!

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Carpet essentially acts as a filter for your air by trapping allergens that we would otherwise breathe in. Allergens such as dust and pet dander sit on the surface of hard flooring and can easily be disturbed every time you, your pet or your child walk across the floor or with ceiling fans and can be thrown back into the air that you breathe constantly throughout the day.

When we purchased our home, I was surprised to see how much carpeting our home had. Our entire master is carpet and both living rooms, play room, and office are carpeted. That’s a heck of a lot more carpet than we’re used to in a home! However, after doing more research with the Carpet and Rug Institute, I’m pleasantly surprised and almost relieved at the amount of carpet we have in our home.

Reference: Carpet and Rug Institute 

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids !

Carpet adds a number of great benefits and is great place for family gatherings, especially during the holidays. Misty Nelson highlights a few reasons great things to do around the holidays with your family.

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Holiday traditions are part of the magic of this time of year, those moments you remember as a child and look forward to celebrating with your children. Baking cookies, going to see Christmas light displays, decorating our tree, those timeless traditions lots of kids enjoy. All of these bring back sweet memories and are a big part of why I LOVE the holidays so much, but I wanted to create new, special ways to celebrate too!

Holiday traditions are a way of creating special memories with the one’s we love. Like they say, there’s no place like home for the holidays! We want our home to be a warm and welcoming place for friends and family to gather, season after season.

Reference: Carpet and Rug Institute