Debunking Carpeting Myths for Kansas City Homeowners
Many carpeting myths exist. Let us help separate fact from fiction.
Myth: Carpet for the home is more expensive and harder to maintain than hard-floor surfaces.
Truth: Properly maintained carpet only needs vacuuming once or twice a week and an annual cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning company. For a hard floor, the daily sweeping and weekly mopping, followed by stripping, waxing, and buffing is much more laborious and costly.
Myth: Carpet is bad for the environment.
Truth: Carpeting manufacturers provide numerous eco-friendly carpet options for today’s environmentally-conscious flooring consumers. There’s no reason to believe that old carpeting is filling up our landfills. Nylon carpeting, for example, is a wholly-renewable product that can be easily recycled, broken down and made into new carpet fiber.
Myth: Carpet is difficult to maintain. Carpet will stain easily and eventually wear out.
Truth: With carpeting, frequent vacuuming will remove the soil particles before they get below the surface of the pile. In a typical household, carpet should be thoroughly cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner once a year.
Myth: Allergy sufferers should not install carpeting in their home.
Truth: According to the EPA, carpeting is a good thing for allergy sufferers. Since gravity causes common household air particles (such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander) to fall to the floor, carpet fibers will naturally trap these offending particles and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper (and regular) carpet cleaning with a CRI-approved vacuum will effectively remove these dust and allergen particles from the carpet, lock them in the machine and help keep them out of the air we breathe.
Myth: Carpet is old-fashioned and uninteresting.
Truth: Windows Floors & Decor in Kansas City has an amazing selection of stylish new colors, rich textures and bold patterns that will change the way you think about carpet for the home. Stainmaster carpet alone has 19,000 carpet style and color combinations to choose from.
Myth: The kitchen is no place for a genuine hardwood floor.
Truth: Kitchens have always been a popular room for hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring is built to withstand heavy traffic. A hardwood floor in your kitchen will give you long-lasting beauty with minimal maintenance.
Myth: Pergo and Laminate flooring are the same thing.
Truth: Pergo is just one brand name. Pergo laminate flooring was first introduced in the United States in 1994 by a Swedish company. In no way does Pergo encompass or surpass other laminate flooring products on the market (of which there are many).
Myth: Genuine hardwood floors are 10x more expensive than wall-to-wall carpeting.
Truth: If you think about it, a properly-maintained hardwood floor can last hundreds of years, bringing the cost per year to mere pennies per square foot.