Did you know that today carpet is actually associated with improved air quality? —Yes, it’s true. Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it actually does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes dust, pollen, pet and insect dander to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap them, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.
A common misconception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home—it’s actually the opposite. Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with allergies and asthma. (For more tips on reducing allergens, click here.)
It’s a fact that carpet is one of the lowest emitters of chemical compounds of all flooring. It’s recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes. The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard identifies carpet, adhesive and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are the lowest emitting products on the market.
Make sure to look for Green Label and Green Label Plus, for confirmation that you are purchasing the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive and cushion products on the market.