Hypoallergenic Carpet

Saturday December 20, 2008
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Who doesn’t love the cozy feeling of soft carpet underfoot? Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to enjoy carpet’s benefits in the past. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) says that over half of all Americans are suffering from allergies. Animal dander, pollen, dust, and other allergens can become trapped in carpet. In some cases, carpet can be a perfect breeding ground for mold, fungi, and dust mites. There are also concerns about VOCs emitted during carpet installation and for weeks or even months afterwards.

Fortunately, there are several solutions to these dilemmas. Mohawk has been one of the leaders in implementing allergy friendly carpet solutions. They offer "green" carpet solutions such as everSTRAND™ which is polyethylene terephthalate (PET) carpet made from recycled plastic bottles. Another hypoallergenic solution that Mohawk offers is called SmartStrand® with DuPont™ which is made from corn sugar, another green choice. More hypoallergenic carpet choices include carpet made from synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, olefin, acrylic, or nylon. These fibers are more resistant to mold growth than natural fibers such as wool and cotton.

In addition to selecting the right carpet, be sure to ask your retailer for allergy friendly and moisture resistant carpet padding. If you purchase Mohawk’s carpet cushions, you can rest assured that they are hypoallergenic and also meets the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label for Air Quality Assurance. These carpet cushions contain a safe level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are considered kid friendly. If using a glue-down carpet installation method, choose adhesives that emit low VOC’s. As a last note, I don’t recommend installing carpet directly on a concrete subfloor as the moisture that concrete emits can cause mold to grow between the subfloor and the carpet. These tips, topped off with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter will put you well on your way to improving the air quality in your home.

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Carpet Pinetop
This is excellent information you are providing! Its very well detailed and appealing to keep to eye to read more.Many thanks.
November 30 2012
I have cork flooring and I LOVE IT! I've heard termites and other types of insects, HATE IT! It does not get cold like tile. The only thing is it can "cut" like those old time linoleums we used to have back in the day. Easy to clean and there are a gazillion patterns you can buy. If you've got the bucks go for doing the whole house!
February 18 2012
Just an FYI, replacing carpet with hard surface flooring for allergies such as dust and dander is the wrong move. Yes, carpet fibers trap these allergens until you can vacuum them out. Compare hard flooring to a coffee table that accumulates dust over a week. Swipe your hand across the table, particles fly into the air where you breathe them in. Same happens when you shuffle your feet across hard flooring. The problem is people do not vacuum enough. If you have allergies, you should probably vacuum several times per week.
December 2 2010
Milliken Carpet
Milliken & Company is a one in a million brand that is committed to design paramount quality of carpet and tiles for both domestic and commercial uses. I sing the praise of the Company because I have been using the Company’s product for consistently five years so far and I am highly impressed to see the matchless durability, wider range of styles and colors that are far greater than any interface. The only thing that sulks me is the higher prices than other brands yet the blend of comprehensive features is enough to downplay the pricing aspect
June 26 2010
Had to remove current carpet due to carbon monoxide and formaldehyde poisoning in the home. What can I install that would be safe. I WANT MY CARPET BACK. Between the dust and the dog hair Im sick of dusting. Also, what is a safe sealant to put down on cement before the install. Thanks Linda.
April 22 2010
What about cork floors?
I have read that they are warm to the feet, eco-friendly, have anti-microbial properties, don't allow mold to grow, etc, the benefits seem endless. They have affordable and easy DIY floor tiles and planks. I'm seriously considering installing cork all over the house, even in the kitchen, maybe not the bathrooms, seeing that I hate carpet. But my husband is not convinced... It's such a new product and we don't know people who have it in their homes. Does anyone have them that can recommend them? Thanks
April 15 2010
Wow, I also tore out my carpet for the same reasons but this hardwood flooring i installed really hurts to walk around on. Ill be checking into this.
September 19 2009
Hypoallergenic carpet....really?
I'm going to check out that Mohawk EverStrand or Mohawk SmartStrand because I'm getting ready to rip out all my carpeting due to terrible allergies. My doctor told me to put in hardwood flooring but it's so expensive and I much prefer carpet! I always thought carpet could never be hypoallergenic. I am definitely going to do some research on this....thanks for letting me know!
September 5 2009
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