If you think carpeting is a leader among floor covering ideas, you’re not wrong. But did you know that it accounts for about 70% of all the flooring in the United States?
No one likes stepping out of bed onto a cold floor. That may help to explain why 44% of people prefer carpeting in their master bedrooms. Carpeting a room gives it a warmth that other options just don’t provide. And carpeting stairs both increases their attractiveness and improves their safety by decreasing the likelihood of falls.
What kind of carpet should you choose? For durability and the ease with which it can be dyed, experts recommend either wool or a wool-blend, which is usually 80% wool and 20% acrylic. With the right care, the average carpet can be expected to last about ten years. After that, the fibers begin to lose their texture and areas with the most foot traffic will start showing signs of wear. A quality woven carpet – made on a loom – has a longer useful lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
Of course, you do have to vacuum regularly in order to avoid dirt and other substances from being ground into the pile. Any stains on modern carpet can usually be removed without much difficulty. The key is to begin the job within the first day or two. There’s a variety of cleaning agents available that can do the job well.
The flooring industry in the United States experienced growth of about 1.1% between 2009 and 2014. A fact about the industry that many people don’t know is the degree to which carpet recycling impacts the environment. It’s estimated that recycling efforts have prevented over 1.5 billion pounds of waste from being dumped in U. S. landfills.
For information on the various carpeting types, creative home carpeting ideas and expert carpet installation and repair, visit your local floor covering showroom.