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. [...]
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There is a common misconception that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that when properly cleaned, carpet may actually be the best flooring for allergies and asthma, as it can help reduce symptoms. One study in particular specifically demonstrated that different floor coverings have a significant impact on airborne particle concentration, and that airborne particle concentrations were often lower with carpet as opposed to hard floors. That’s because carpeting effectively traps airborne particles and allows regular vacuuming to effectively eliminate any particles so that they are not left to float in the air. Also, when carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers.
HOW TO REMOVE ALLERGENS FROM YOUR CARPET
The best carpet for those with allergies is a clean one. To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet [...]
Carpet padding is an often overlooked, but very important part of any wall-to-wall carpeting project. They both go hand-in-hand and while it’s generally unseen, it’s a vital part of your floors. Carpet padding is also called underlay as it serves as the foundation where the carpets are installed.
The main purpose of carpet padding is to protect your carpeting. The pad keeps the underside of your carpet from wearing against the bare floor. It also helps the impact of heavy furniture and foot traffic. Carpet pad serves a variety of other helpful purposes:
It creates a softer walk or feel to the carpet. Many homeowners think this is the whole point of the carpet pad, but it’s not. In fact, the best pad for a particular carpet may provide less foot comfort than an inferior one.
A carpet pad makes cleaning your carpet more efficient. When you have padding, your vacuum can raise the [...]
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Vancouver, Washington gets approximately 45 inches of rain every year. This is significantly more than the US average of 39 inches of rain a year. When in an area with more rain than usual, you want to protect your home. And the floors in your home. Water damage can be devastating to floors, so be prepared before disaster strikes and use flooring options known to withstand rainy situations. However, if you choose an option traditionally subject to water damage, prepare yourself before you pay a lot of money in replacements.
General Rules for Flooring in Wet Areas
Living in a rainy area, your home should be ready for unexpected flooding. The bathrooms and basement require the most attention because these areas have the greatest potential for water damage.
In general, there are rules about what materials can withstand rain and which ones can’t. Organic materials and carpet usually have a little more difficulty in this [...]
Not every flooring material is suitable for the demands of the kitchen where traffic is consistent, spills are common and the floor requires regular cleaning.
What’s the best flooring for a kitchen?
Let’s get right to it.
The Best Kitchen Floor Materials
Here are the top options with the reasons they are worth considering for your Vancouver, WA area home. Each of these flooring types are available in an attractive range of colors and styles to fit your home’s design and décor.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tile are Durable and Diverse
These materials are very durable, impervious to moisture and resistant to staining. Pet owners love tile! Cleanup is very easy too, and that makes it a popular selection for those who cook and entertain frequently. [...]