Common misconceptions about carpet

Carpet provides a soft surface that can reduce slips which in turn can help to reduce the severity of injuries from falls. Carpeting absorbs noise and provides comfort. However, carpets also trap dirt, pet dander, pollen, food, moisture and can harbor pests associated with asthma such as dust mites. These contaminants can be re-released into the home environment, especially when vacuuming with a low-quality vacuum, when carpeting is removed or when it is otherwise disturbed.

Some types of hard flooring are easier to clean and are likely to accumulate less dust yet may also contain certain plasticizers (phthalates) which have been linked to asthma and disruption of endocrine function. Carpet is typically not recommended for individuals with asthma or allergies. However, careful cleaning has proven to reduce the risks from allergens, asthma triggers and other contaminants.

The impact of carpet in home environments on health and safety is an active area of scientific research. The current evidence shows that some aspects of carpets can benefit the health and safety of occupants.

Based on the currently available data we like invite you to discover through scientifically proven facts and figures that carpets really can contribute to a healthier indoor air quality and therefore to a better quality of life for everyone.