If you’re looking for eco-friendly carpet in Santa Clarita, the friendly staff at SVC Floorsmith can help guide you through the wide variety of eco-friendly carpeting options. Selecting healthier options when it comes to flooring choices can be overwhelming. That “new” smell that comes with new carpeting can bring to mind the feeling of fresh, clean, and even healthy. However, that odor could be the smell of trouble when it comes to new carpet.
Certain varieties of carpeting contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released in to your home as gases and can have a harmful effect if inhaled. Exposure to VOCs may cause a variety of symptoms that can include nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea (uncomfortable breathing), nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. The new carpet odor that people usually smell is utilized to fasten the “tufted” fibers to the carpet backing. It can linger after installation for up to a week, exposing the homeowner to the noxious fumes.
Most homeowners aren’t informed of these potential hazards, so it is in the hands of the builder to give the homeowner facts about choosing healthy options for their home. Choosing low-VOC or “eco-friendly” carpets can help the homeowner create a healthier living environment, and still enjoy the comfort of quality carpet.
Here are some tips on choosing and installing eco-friendly carpets:
Look for a label on the carpet to make sure it has been tested by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Indoor Air Quality testing program. An image with “CRI” inside a small green house will confirm that it has been tested, and passed the CRI’s standards for low emissions.
Air out the carpet before installation. Your carpet provider can do this for you before it’s delivered.
Stay away from carpet pads that use styrene butadiene rubber and use felt padding instead.
If putting it in place entails gluing down the carpet, use low-emitting, non-solvent adhesives.
Providers should walk the homeowner through correct carpet cleaning techniques and remind them that carpet can trap VOCs, allergens, and dust mites.
SCV Floorsmith in Santa Clarita offers a wide variety of carpet options so you can find the right style for your needs. Eco-friendly carpeting is offered from several manufacturers, in any color and type that you can imagine. Stop by our showroom to see these samples for yourself, or let one of our design professionals come to your home for a free estimate. Improve the look of your home without having to sacrifice the health of your family.