Carpet has been one of the most popular flooring choices for years and it’s clear to see why. It is comfortable underfoot, reduces noise, and helps insulate rooms. But of course, amongst its advantages come many myths about this type of flooring too.

At Frank’s, it’s obvious we’re a big fan of carpet so we’re here to clear up any hearsay and let you know just how functional they are for transforming homes and creating beautiful design aesthetics.

Carpet is difficult to maintain

Carpet isn’t any more difficult to maintain than other flooring choices. To effectively maintain your carpet we recommend regular weekly vacuuming. 

How often you need to vacuum will depend on how much foot traffic your carpet receives. However regular vacuuming will ensure dirt and other particles don’t get stuck in the fibres and matt the carpet down.

Unfortunately, sometimes carpet is susceptible to staining but there are ways to avoid it. The best way to prevent stains is to clean any spill or mark thoroughly and straight away. After all, the less time liquid sits on the carpet, the less likely it will be to stain.

Choosing carpet that is practical for your lifestyle is another preventative measure. For example, if you have a dog with black hair we wouldn’t advise a white or cream carpet for your home.

Carpet aggravates allergies

This is possibly the biggest myth when it comes to carpet. Carpet actually helps you breathe easier instead of aggravating your allergies.

It acts as an allergen trap and holds significant quantities of dust, dirt and other substances so they don’t float around. Until you are ready to vacuum, carpet holds onto all of the debris. 

Carpet is dated

With a wide range of colours, patterns and styles available, from traditional designs exotic animal prints, we can promise you that carpet is not dated. 

However a good mix of carpet, hardwood, and tiles in a home is the perfect combination to create a beautiful aesthetic.

Carpet emits harmful chemicals

Many people claim that the smell of new carpet is actually harmful chemicals leaking into the air, such as formaldehyde. Formaldehyde hasn’t been used in the carpet manufacturing industry since 1978. 

Carpet is actually one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the household environment and ranks lower than wall paint. 

Carpet is bad for the environment

In the last few years, there has been a significant push towards flooring options that are more environmentally friendly. Synthetic carpet dominates the industry and is often reused and recycled into new carpet at the end of its life. 

There are also other options made from natural materials, like wool.

So, pop down to your local Frank’s and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect carpet for your home.

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