As you may know by following my blog, we are remodeling our home top to bottom. We have decided to put hard surfaces through the majority of our home for many reasons. We wanted to reduce the allergens in our home, hard floors are easier to keep clean, and we like the look and feel of the solid surfaces. Our flooring sponsor for 85% of our home is from Tarkett. We are using a variety of their products including laminate, vinyl tile, vinyl, fiberfloor, and floor in a flash.
There are 3 rooms that we have decided to carpet in our home remodel. Family Room, Master Bedroom, and Kids Play Room. I don’t want to get back into the same position of not knowing what allergens are stuck in my carpet, let alone how much dirt and who knows what from the woods.
HGTV’s Holmes on Homes on how to choose the best carpet for Kids with Allergies
I was pleased to read about what Mike Holmes’ from Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection from HGTV thinks about carpet. Mike Holmes has great ideas on how to shop for new carpeting, allergen reducing techniques, the best vacuums, and how to be green this Spring. The following tips and more can be found at http://holmesmagazine.com.
- Select Synthetic fiber: Manmade fibers like nylon and polypropylene wear well and are easier to clean than many other fibers.
- Go the natural route: If you find yourselves sneezing, organic options derived from cotton, grass and even coconut husks could be a wonderful solution to your allergies. I had no idea there was even an option for Organic Carpet!
- Choose a shorter pile: Shorter fiber carpets are filled with less debris. At about ½ inch, it also takes less time and energy to clean then a shag.
- Try carpet tiles: When the kids, guests, or even yourself have that clumsy moment and spill on your carpet, this will allow you to simply pull up the one or more squares and replace them if a deep cleaning fails to get rid of the stain. What a clever idea for families with messy kids and pets!
- Air it out: When purchasing a new carpet make sure to have the installer unfurl it either in the warehouse or your garage, this way the quantity of carcinogens is greatly reduced. I hate the smell of new carpet, this is an excellent idea!
- Vacuum weekly: Weekly vacuuming, especially with a HEPA filtered, rotating brush attachment, and beater bar vacuum, keeps pollutants from sinking into your carpet. Weekly? I vacuum way more often than that, mostly because of my hair ball dog that sheds 10 lbs of fur a week! ArghI would love to have an iRobot or the Mint automatic floor cleaner for my home for use with both my solid floor surfaces and carpet. Just think of the time that would be saved and how much cleaner your floors would be if all you had to do it tell the automatic floor cleaner to do it!
- Avoid antiques: Most antique carpets were made when dyes and chemicals were less scrutinized. For added assurance, look for the Green Carpet label on your next showroom trip.
Do you have any tips on how to choose the right carpet? Tell us below!