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Carpet Myths Debunked

Carpet Facts: 4 Common Myths Debunked
Carpet has been a popular flooring choice for decades for good reason - its soft, reduces noise and insulates rooms. But some common misconceptions deter people from buying carpet. Know the facts before purchasing flooring.

MYTH 1: Asthma and allergy-sufferers should not have carpet in the home.

FACT: Scientific studies have concluded that carpet fibers can actually help people with allergies by trapping potential allergens. If allergens are in the carpet, they're not circulating in your indoor air stream. Shaw Floors recommends using a high efficiency particulate air filter (or HEPA filter) vacuum for your home.

Carpet can help you breathe easier.

Carpet acts as a trap for allergens and is capable of holding significant quantities of soil, dust and other substances. The carpet holds on to the particles until you are ready to remove them. Regular vacuuming, using a high-efficiency filter and periodic hot-water extractions, removes the majority of allergens. For more information on allergens and vacuum cleaner recommendations, visit the

MYTH 2: Carpet stains and wears out very easily.

FACT: Simple steps can extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking new. Frequent vacuuming removes soil particles before they get below the surface, where they are far more difficult to remove. Carpet in a typical household should be thoroughly cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Hot water extraction systems provide the most effective cleaning. Professional carpet cleaners generally get the best results.

MYTH 3: Carpet emits harmful chemicals that cause health problems.

FACT: Carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among household furnishings and building materials. All Shaw Floors carpet are Green Label Plus certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute, the industry's highest VOC standard.

MYTH 4: Carpet is bad for the environment

FACT: Shaw manufacturers carpet using a sustainable, circular design methodology, carefully selecting material that can be reused again and again. Shaw has recycled nearly a billion pounds of carpet since 2006, keeping waste out of landfills. To learn more about sustainability at Shaw, visit