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An often-overlooked advantage of carpet is its ability to improve a home’s environment, a benefit to people suffering with asthma or allergies. It is simply a myth that carpet contributes to poor indoor air quality. Carpet fibers can be beneficial in trapping and immobilizing potential allergy-causing particulates, preventing them from reentering the indoor air stream. In fact, studies have demonstrated that dust-borne allergens in carpeted areas are always far below levels in the air above hard surface floors.

The majority of allergens may be removed from carpet by regular vacuuming (using a high-efficiency filter) and by periodic cleaning with the hot-water extraction or steam-cleaning method.

Carpets and allergens—answers to some common misconceptions

Some bio-pollutants, such as animal dander, dust mites, and mold, have been linked to allergies and asthma—and many of these substances are commonly found in the home. It’s important to understand that the mere presence of allergens does not pose a hazard. For an allergen to have an impact on human systems, it must be inhaled; and for inhalation to occur, it must be airborne.

Carpet acts as a trap for allergens

Carpet is capable of holding significant quantities of soil, dust, etc., without appearing dirty. Carpet is quite efficient at keeping allergens and other small particles, such as pollen, out of the air. In fact, data from a Swedish government study indicates that when use of carpet declined, the number of people reporting allergy problems increased.

Two key steps
  1. Regular cleaning using a vacuum with a high-efficiency filter
  2. Periodic cleaning using hot-water extraction (or “steam cleaning”)
    1. Removes the majority of allergens from carpet and significantly reduce mite populations.

Carpet Case Studies

STUDY: AIRBORNE CONTAMINANTS HIGHER OVER TILED FLOORS THAN OVER CARPET

In 2002, two schools in North Carolina were the subject of a study conducted by Research Triangle Institute and University of North Carolina investigators. One school had mostly resilient tile floors, while the other was 70-75% carpeted. The study found that airborne contaminants, which are possible sources of allergens, were higher over the tiled floors than over carpet.

STUDY: PARTICULATE CONCENTRATION FROM FOOT TRAFFIC MEASURED FOUR TIMES HIGHER OVER VINYL THAN CARPET

Also in 2002, Professional Testing Laboratory studied the effect of foot traffic on air quality, using commercial carpet and commercial vinyl flooring. Following 16 minutes of foot traffic over both surfaces, the particulate concentration over the vinyl floor was found to be four times that of carpet.

STUDY: CARPET REDUCES EXPOSURE TO PARTICULATES

Other studies, including one using Computational Fluid Dynamics, have reinforced these findings and concluded that carpets actually reduce exposure to particulates and potential adverse health effects.

SCIENTIFIC PAPER: CONCLUSIONS DISPEL CARPET MYTHS

In a recent paper, “Carpet, Asthma and Allergies—Myth or Reality,” Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph.D., DABT, examined numerous scientific studies and other research contradicting some long-held beliefs on carpet’s alleged negative characteristics.

Sauerhoff concluded, “…based on the available science, carpet does not cause asthma or allergies and does not increase the incidence or severity of asthma or allergies symptoms. In fact, with respect to asthma and allergies, multiple studies have reported fewer allergy and asthma symptoms associated with carpet.”

Carpet Resources & Articles

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 20 Oct, 2017

Fall is upon us here in Rhode Island. With it comes brilliant colors, cooler temperatures, and the harsh reality that cold winter air is on its way. With the onset of cold weather comes cold floors and cold feet. Keeping your floors toasty warm this winter is not difficult with a bit of planning.

  • Underlayment – Flooring products such as wood, linoleum, and vinyl are great options for high traffic areas of the home. The downside of these versatile products is that they often will take on the temperature of whatever surface they are installed over. An underlayment placed between the subfloor and the flooring is an excellent way to improve the warmth of the area by blocking out the cold and increasing the air circulation.
  • Radiant heat –  Radiant heat is a special type of underlayment installed on top of the subfloor and beneath the flooring. The purpose of the radiant heat is to warm the area under the floor. This warmth moves upward into the flooring as well as the rest of the room, warming your feet as well as the entire space. It is a great option under tile but also works well under plank vinyl and even wood floors.
  • Area rugs – Rugs are an inexpensive and easy solution for floors, and can also add personality to your space. They make the entire room feel more inviting while giving you a warm spot to land your feet. In addition, rugs define different areas of your room such as reading nooks and conversation areas.
  • Carpet – Like area rugs, carpet is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to your space. It is among the most popular flooring solutions for bedrooms and living areas. In addition, it helps to insulate the space, keeping drafts out and warm air in.
  • Cork – This unique flooring option is unexpectedly warm. Because it is constructed with tiny air pockets that make up the flooring’s structure, it creates a cushion of insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. In addition, it is not complicated to install and can placed directly over most subflooring.
  • Vinyl – When combined with an underlayment, vinyl is a warm, inexpensive, and easy to maintain flooring solution.

If you are looking more cold weather flooring options, contact the experts at  Valley Floor Covering.

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
Transitional design is a great option for a homeowner who wants to build a room around comfort and a few well-loved, carefully chosen items. By not limiting yourself to contemporary or traditional design, you have a chance to infuse the room with your personality, without ending up with a hodge-podge look.

Jamie Gibbs, a designer with offices in New York and Indianapolis and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, has worked with many clients who want a transitional style, even if they don’t quite know what it is.

“Transitional is conservative and safe with an edge,” Jamie says. “You can have a little bit of an imagination with it.”
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By thinking about how you plan to use the space and what you would truly love to see in the space, you can create a beautiful, inspired transitional room.

Here are Jamie’s tips on achieving a transitional look:

Plot out a room. Ask yourself: Where do I prefer to read? Where do I like to prop my feet up? Consider all these elements, so your room will be livable as well as beautiful.

Choose a neutral wall color. “Create a calm background,” Jamie says. “Neutrals bring out what you really want to showcase.”

Go comfortable with upholstered pieces. You can use a fun, functional fabric or leather to re-upholster a high-quality couch picked up at a thrift store or consignment sale.

Go contemporary with tables: Look for metal, mirrors, glass, and other contemporary details.

Every element should have a function and be nice. If it doesn’t have a function, give it up. And if it’s tired, worn, or outdated, let it go.

Go for pop: Make sure you have something eye-catching, such as a unique wall hanging or unusual piece of furniture. But you don’t need several wow pieces competing for attention.

Layer a colorful area rug on a neutral floor. An oriental rug is an unexpected choice, giving you a color palate as well as a wow factor.

Invest in good lighting. Most rooms need three different lighting sources to give you the flexibility you need for the room’s many roles.

Go for a done, not unfinished, look. A transitional room should look put-together and finished, with attention to detail, function, and beauty.
Don’t fill in your décor with cheap, random things: No cheap frames, cheap matting, cheap lamps or cheap accessories. Bare walls are better than walls cluttered with bad art or poorly framed photos.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
You’re about to enter into an exciting, creative and yes, somewhat stressful phase: you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and proceed with your home renovation! In the coming months, you will be faced with countless design decisions that, while they may seem overwhelming at the time, will ultimately give you the home of your dreams.

One of the biggest and earliest decisions you will have to make regarding your home renovation is choosing the proper flooring. And it should come as a surprise to no one that hardwood floors and carpeting are hands down the most popular choices for floor surface coverings. But many homeowners in the midst of a renovation struggle with which floor type works best for their home and its unique needs.

Here is a simple way to get started in deciphering on which type of floor covering is perfect for your home:

Hardwood Floor
Let’s face it—hardwood floor certainly has a reputation for being the most desired floor covering surface. And why not—it is timeless and gives you limitless versatility from a design perspective.

But hardwood floor is more than just a pretty face! Not only do you get the prestige of having a high end surface covering for your home, it is also incredibly easy to clean and maintain! With a hardwood floor, it is also the flooring option for your home that has a lengthy life.

Is being “green” a top priority for you? Then hardwood floor is the way to go! Many types of hardwoods are composed of natural materials, and it is easy to find a flooring manufacturer whose products are environmentally friendly.

Carpeting
If you like the words soft, comfortable, and warm, and want them to be incorporated into your home’s remodel, then carpeting is the flooring choice for you! It also may be the friendlier choice for your wallet as well—carpet is considerably less expensive than most hardwood materials on the market today.

Not only is carpeting soft and inviting for your home, it is also the preferred flooring choice when safety and quiet are essential to a homeowner. Accident damage is less likely when carpeting is covering the floor instead of hardwood (if you have active children running around the house, for example!), and of course, carpeting absorbs sound beautifully, making your home a peaceful and silent retreat.


By Jennifer 25 Jul, 2017

First … you might not know that all tufted carpet begins with a loop pile. If cut pile or cut-and-loop pile is desired, loops are cut during manufacturing.

  • In loop styles, loops are left uncut.
  • In cut pile styles, all loops are cut.
  • In cut-and-loop styles, some loops are cut. Pattern and texture are provided by the contrast between the uncut and cut loops—sometimes uncut loops are dominant; sometimes cut loops are.
  • In twist styles, loops are cut and yarns are tightly twisted.

Now … on to the advantages of loop and twist carpet styles. (Again, we’re talking about tufted, not woven, carpet.)

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