When you think of your home, what comes to mind? Chances are it’s not the latest high-end appliances or designer furniture. You think of your family and the memories you’ve made there over time. The space you call home is so much more than a house; it’s home. Carpet is an important part of any home, as it provides support for your floors and keeps them looking their best. A carpeted home is healthier for both you and the environment than one without carpeting. That’s because carpet helps trap indoor air pollutants and moisture in a healthy way, whereas bare floors allow these things to escape and cause problems out in the open. You may have heard that carpet is bad for indoor air quality (IAQ), and while that can be true to some extent, carpets aren’t nearly as bad as their detractors claim they are. In fact, having a well-carpeted home can actually benefit your health by helping filter out harmful particulates (such as household dust) from the air in your home. In this blog post we discuss why having carpet in your home is beneficial for health and the environment, where you can find low-cost flooring alternatives if you choose to remove your old carpets and how to get rid of pet odors naturally using natural DIY solutions instead of chemicals that may harm pets or people later on down the road.
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Many people know that the air in their home is important for their health, but why? It’s because the air inside your home can be contaminated with harmful toxins, such as household dust, pet dander and other allergens. The quality of indoor air is often referred to as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Indoor Air Quality is the quality of air in buildings or structures that allows individuals to breathe healthy, avoid potential health hazards and maintain a comfortable environment. Healthier environments lead to healthier lifestyles. Many people have taken this into account when purchasing new homes or remodeling old ones. For example, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditoning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends having at least 50% of your heating energy come from renewable sources like wood pellets or natural gas. This means less reliance on fossil fuels which contribute to global warming.
Benefits of Carpet in a Healthy Home
Carpets are a great way to trap indoor air pollutants, such as dust and other particulates that can be harmful to the health of you and your family. Just think of how much you bring in: shoes, toys, dirty laundry, furniture, and anything else that comes into contact with your home’s floors. These things can collect on your floors and create a layer of grime over time. While this isn’t too big of an issue for most people who live in carpeted homes, it becomes a problem for those who live in bare-floored homes. In bare-floored homes, particles that come from these sources have nowhere to go but up onto shelves or out into the open space. This leads to more exposure to household dust mites as well as asthma triggers like pollen and spores. Carpet helps trap all these particles safely inside where they belong. To get caught up on what types of carpets are best for the home (and which ones may not be), read through our blog post about choosing a healthy carpet here>> https://www.technicallynatural.com/blog/choosing-a-healthy-carpet/
How to Keep Your Home Healthy and Dry with Carpet
Carpets can help keep your home healthy and dry by trapping moisture and pollutants in a safe, healthy way. Carpeting traps: -Moisture that would otherwise make its way into your air ducts and other areas of your home where it could cause damage. -Off-gassing chemicals from furniture, clothing, and other materials that you might be putting near the carpet. So what do you do when you want to remove carpet? Just because you don’t want to carpet anymore doesn’t mean you can’t use carpets in other parts of your home. You may not need carpeting in all rooms of the house, but rather just in select areas such as bathrooms or bedrooms. If this is the case for you, then be sure to consider a good quality under pad or lay down some floor matting for these rooms instead of going with no padding at all. You may also want to consider replacing hardwood floors with something like laminate flooring or tile if budget allows for it; both are easier on the feet and can stand up better against stains than hardwood does.
Choosing Flooring for Your Home
Carpet is an important part of any home. It provides support for your floors and helps them look their best. When you think about the different types of flooring options for your home, you may feel overwhelmed by the selection and variety. There are many choices, which isn’t always a bad thing. But when it comes to selecting the right flooring in your home, there are also considerations that must be made before choosing. The first consideration is whether or not carpet will work in your space. Carpet can work well in many different spaces, but if it doesn’t match the aesthetics of your space or isn’t compatible with other features in a room, it won’t provide adequate support for your floors. It’s important not to overlook this essential step when selecting carpet as an option for your home decor. The second consideration is whether or not the type of carpet you choose will suit the needs of a particular room or need. For example, if you want to add a certain type of carpet to a guest bedroom that sleeping children typically visit, then you should choose something that is child-friendly and easy to clean (such as synthetic fibers). If you want to put down carpet in an area where people spend a lot of time using electronics such as at a kitchen table, consider going with something that will resist wear and tear from heavy foot traffic on top of providing some padding from spills and scratches from cutting materials near food prep areas
Natural Ways to Remove Pet Odors from Carpet
If you’re looking to remove pet odors from your carpet, it’s easier than you think. There are a number of natural solutions for removing pet odors that don’t require any harsh chemicals or high-cost tools. You can use baking soda and warm water to neutralize the odor, or add a half-cup of hydrogen peroxide to the water in your shampooer and then mix it with water. You can also sprinkle some activated charcoal on the spot where the odor is coming from, then put your vacuum cleaner over the charcoal and wait 15 minutes before vacuuming up the debris. Another way you can remove pet odors from carpets is to place dryer sheets in spots where there is an odor problem. If this doesn’t work for you, get a box of baking soda and keep it near your pets’ food dishes to help combat bad smells.
Carpet is a much-loved staple in most households, but not all flooring is created equal. Indoor air quality is important to maintain and carpet can help with this.