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What can be done to eliminate mold?


Wet carpeting can grow mold. The first thing to address is the source of the water. Leaks should be repaired immediately. For best results, call a professional who specializes in water damaged carpets to extract the moisture, dry the carpet, and repair the damage.

Are non-molding fibers available?


Unfortunately not. Mold can grow on any fiber if there is a source of food or water for it to feed on. Wool fibers are the most mold resistant, but all carpets should always be kept clean and dry to avoid mold.

What options are available for carpet soaked due to flooding?


Within 12 to 24 hours after the incident that soaked the carpet, you should call a professional to help you extract the water and get dryers in place. Using a professional will help ensure the carpet and padding are completely dry. If the carpet remains soaked for more than 24 hours, mold can start to set in. If the flooding involves sewage, it is better to replace the damaged carpet and padding.

If my carpet has been soaked, does the pad need to be replaced?


Most of the time, yes. The cushion is difficult to dry quickly and, if left too wet for too long, can grow mold. There are some restoration techniques that may save the cushion. Contact a professional as soon as possible to help save it.

If sewage soaks my carpet, can I save it?


It is not a good idea to save carpet that has been saturated with sewage. There is no method to effectively sanitize carpet. Contact a carpet restoration specialist to help you properly dispose of sewage soaked carpet.

Why are my carpet seams unraveling?


Loop-pile carpet unravels for a number of reasons. When the installer put the carpet in, he may have cut a few of the loops. If the seams are not sealed with a latex binder during installation, the carpet can begin to unravel. If pets are in the home, their toenails could easily get caught in the loops and make them unravel.

What is causing my carpet to buckle?


Carpet can buckle for a number of reasons. If it was not stretched correctly during the installation, you will likely see buckling. If too much water was used during cleaning, it may lead to buckling. Those who live in high humidity areas may see more buckling. If you slide large furniture across the carpet, it can lead to buckling.

What’s the difference between shading and fading?


Shading refers to color changes due to normal wear and tear and the carpet. Fading refers to carpet becoming lighter in color as a result of exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Why is my new carpet shredding?


Shredding is a common, normal, occurrence for new carpets. If the carpet is made with staple carpet fibers, pieces from the factory will fall onto the pile of the carpet and become lose after it is installed. The shredding will not last long if regularly vacuumed, but certain types of carpet will continue to shred longer than most, because it depends on how the carpeting is made.

Cushion / Underpadding

Can I get a carpet padding that will not smell?


Many carpet manufacturers take part in an emissions test handled by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet Cushion Counsel. Look for a green and white label on the sample to indicate that the cushion has the lowest possible emissions. Keeping the area ventilated for 48 to 72 hours after installation will help get rid of the odors associated with carpet padding.

What carpet padding produces the least odor?


If you see the CRI’s label on the sample, this means it has low level emissions. When the carpet is first installed, ventilate the room well for up to 72 hours to eliminate odors resulting from the installation.

What kind of carpet padding should I use for my installation?


If you are using a cut pile carpet, choose a cushion that is firm and not thicker than 7/16’’. If you are using Berber or commercial carpet, the cushion should be very firm and no thicker than 3/8’’.

Asthma & Allergies

What does IAQ mean? Why does it matter?


IAQ is the abbreviation for Indoor Air Quality. IAQ testing programs are in place to estimate the indoor air quality of a home. The programs measure volatile organic chemical (VOC) emissions from carpeting as well.

Is formaldehyde used to make new carpet?


Formaldehyde is not used to manufacture modern day carpet.

Can VOCs from carpet impact health?


Generally not. Today’s carpet does not emit high levels of VOCs and is produced with strict IAQ requirements in mind, making it safe for all. Those with bad allergies or sensitivities to latex should consider keeping the installation area well ventilated for up to 72 hours after the installation is complete. Do not allow pets in this area for up to 72 hours. Look for the CRI’s Green or Green Label Plus on the carpet and padding to signify low emissions.

Is carpet a good flooring choice for a person with allergies?


Dust and allergens are trapped in carpet fibers until the carpet is vacuumed. With other floor surfaces that must be swept, dust and allergens can easily be stirred up in the air and inhaled or ingested. Considering this, carpet is generally better for someone with allergies. Looking at the other side of things though, if the carpet is left exposed to moisture or kept excessively dirty, the carpet can mold and mildew, which can aggravate allergies. Steam cleaning the carpet on a regular basis will also greatly reduce allergens. If you’re having old carpet removed from your home before installing new material, you should leave the area before the removal begins. Taking out old carpet can throw a lot of allergens into the air. The used carpet should be stored safely outside the home. As an added precaution, the floor should be thoroughly swept and vacuumed before installing the new carpet.

What kind of carpet should I use in a home with an asthmatic?


There is no published scientific research linking carpet to asthma or allergies. To minimize the risk, purchase carpet and padding that comes with the Green label for low emissions. Keep the area well ventilated during and up to 72 hours after the installation. Use a green label vacuum to clean the carpet on a regular basis.

How can I remove my old carpet without setting off allergies or an asthma attack?


Before removing the old carpet, vacuum it. Once the carpet and pad have been removed, the floor should be vacuumed again before the new carpet and padding are installed. It may be a good idea for you to be out of the home for the first 24 hours. Keep the installation areas well ventilated for the first 72 hours after installation is complete.

How will carpet affect me if I have allergies to dust and pollen?


Those with allergies should vacuum their carpet on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week. Have the carpet professionally cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendations once every year to year and a half to reduce allergens and extend the life of the carpet. When the carpet is properly cleaned and maintained it can serve as an effective trap for allergens. Using a green label vacuum will also help reduce allergens.

Is allergy free carpet available?


Unfortunately, there is no allergy free carpet or other floor covering. For those concerned about allergens, check the back of all the samples for the CRI Green Label, which signifies low emissions. Vacuum the carpet on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week, and have it professionally cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendations every 12 to 18 months for best allergen control.

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The latex used in carpet productions is a synthetic. The synthetic does not contain the protein enzymes that people with latex allergies are allergic to.

Does carpet produce emissions?


Brand new carpets have low emissions. Choosing a carpet with low emissions, keeping it clean, and keeping the area ventilated for a while after installation are ways to make sure you have good indoor air quality.

How long will my new carpet have gas emissions?


The O³ emission level of new carpet will fall drastically during the first 24 hours after installation. If the area is well ventilated, the emissions will reach an undetectable level within 72 hours.

Where is the new carpet odor coming from?


The odor likely comes from the synthetic latex used to bind the carpet fibers to the backing. The odor is not harmful and will go away in a few days.

Which has better indoor air quality: natural or synthetic fibers?


All types of carpet will release low emission. The emissions generally come from the binder, not the fibers themselves. Fibers may absorb environmental odor, such as smoke, and release them gradually.

If I get rid of my carpet, will it get rid of my allergy symptoms?


Chances are it will not. Hard floor surfaces requiring sweeping which will stir up dust and dirt into the air. If you remove carpet, the dust and dirt can no longer get trapped in the fiber and will be in the air.

Why does my doctor recommend I get rid of carpet if it won’t help my symptoms?


Due to the lack of an allergy vaccine, doctors generally practice avoidance measures. By believing trapped allergens in carpet are bad, they recommend the removal of carpet. Once the carpet is removed, the allergens will be in the air.

If I remove the carpet in my home or the carpet is removed in my child’s school, will it create more allergy symptoms?


It may. School systems that have removed carpet at the advice of medical professionals have reported an increase in allergy symptoms. Many school systems have gone back to carpet to reduce allergy symptoms, to lower maintenance expenses, and to provide a better learning environment.


I’m allergic to odors produced by adhesives, and my carpet is being installed with the glue down method. What can I do?


You should ask for the adhesive to be tested and comply with the CRI IAQ testing program. If the adhesive meets program requirements, it means it has low emissions that shouldn’t bother your allergies for long. To help alleviate the problem, keep the area well ventilated for up to 72 hours after installation is complete.

How can I determine my carpet adhesive is eco-friendly?


Check for a Green Label on the bucket of adhesive. Let your installer know you want to use an adhesive that complies with CRI’s IAQ.

General Carpet Questions

Will the emission from my new carpet installation harm my exotic birds?


Do not keep the birds in the newly carpeted room for the first 48 to 72 hours after installation. Keep the room well ventilated during this time to help remove the odor.

Will the emission from my new carpet installation cause any long-term health issues?


Lingering emissions will not last long, and the emissions themselves will be low. The key is to keep the room well ventilated with good airflow for up to 72 hours after installation. If there is a person in your home sensitive to the odor, make sure they stay in another area of the home for the first 72 hours.

How can I choose a durable carpet?


All fibers have their own characteristics, but no single fiber is perfect for every environment. When choosing a durable carpet, it is important to remember that the carpet construction impacts the durability. If you’re looking for a carpet ideal for a heavy traffic area, look for a dense carpet with a short pile less than ½ of an inch for increased durability. If you opt for cut pile, use a tight twist carpet. If you want Berber, choose something with small, tight loops for increased durability.

Two weeks after my carpet installation, I still smell emission odors. What do you suggest?


If airing out the room and vacuuming does not work, try having the carpet professionally steam cleaned.

Is a label other than green and white valid for low emissions certification?


Carpet manufacturers do not have to use the CRI’s green and white label and may choose to use their own. The label should specify low emissions.

After touching the carpet, my child broke out in hives. What should I do?


The reaction is less likely to be related to the carpet itself and more likely to be related to a cleaning or finishing product on the carpet. Have the carpet professionally steam cleaned.

Tell me more about the styles of carpet and their benefits.


Carpet is available in cut pile, loop pile, and cut loop styles. Cut pile is versatile and elegant. Loop pile is good for high traffic areas. Cut and loop has a variety of textures and designs, and hides dirt well. Carpet comes in many different styles or textures.

What is corn based carpet fiber?


A new carpet manufacturing process is being utilized by some manufacturers that allows them to make carpet fibers from corn kernel sugars. Making carpet this way is eco-friendly because it is not only a rapidly renewable resource, but it also reduces dependence on oil. Some carpet manufacturers are now using innovative manufacturing processes to make carpet from the sugar derived from corn kernels.

What’s wrong with my new carpet in my new house? I’ve got a stuffy nose. What can I do?


With a new construction, odors irritating your nose could be coming from several different sources. If you suspect it is the carpet, keep the area well ventilated for up to 72 hours after the installation.

Does carpet really emit gas for two years?


New carpet will emit odors for up to 72 hours after installation. Keep the area well ventilated during this time and you should have no problems. It will not emit gas for two years.

What does the CRI label on the back of the carpet mean?


If this label is on the back of carpet or padding, it means it has been tested and meets requirements for low emissions.


How long does the new carpet odor last and where does it come from?


The odors are a result of low levels of VOCs present in the carpet fibers. The odor will go away within 72 hours after installation is complete as long as the room is kept well ventilated.

Why can I see seams? My installer told me I wouldn’t be able to see them.


All seams will be visible to a certain degree. To reduce visibility, the seam should run along the length of the room to avoid natural light hitting them.

Why are the seams raveling in my new Berber carpet?


It is most likely that the seams weren’t sealed. Seal the edges of the seams to prevent his from happening again.

I’m installing carpet on my stairs. Which direction should the pile go in?


To help prevent slips and falls, the carpet pile should go up the stairs.

I’m confused. Some carpet is measured in square feet, and other carpet is measured by square yard. What’s the deal?


The change in measurement from square yard to square foot was recently made to help reduce confusion for homeowners, since most rooms are measured in square footage.

I have radiant heat. Can I install carpet?


Most carpet can be installed over radiant heat systems. Be sure to use a synthetic or rubber padding with a thickness no greater than 3/8’’. Check with your carpet manufacturer and your radiant heating manufacturer for recommendations.

I’m installing carpet over radiant heat. What padding can I use?


It is a good idea to use either a flat rubber or synthetic padding that is no thicker than 3/8’’.

Cleaning & Maintenance

What kind of vacuum should I purchase?


The vacuum you use should be approved through the CRI’s IQA program. These vacuums have been tested for their ability to remove dirt and dust from the carpet fibers.

Is it safe to use a beater bar or brush on my wool carpet?


Do not use a beater bar or brush on wool carpet; use suction only.

When I purchase a vacuum, does it need to have a HEPA filter?


They do not have to. If the vacuum displays the CRI testing program label, it is certified to effectively remove and contain dust, dirt, and debris. The HEPA filter will increase dust containment, but may add a considerable cost to the vacuum and make it more costly to operate.

If I steam clean my carpet, will it mold?


If your wet carpet is dried within 12 hours, it should not mold. Make sure it is thoroughly dry within 12 to 24 hours. When cleaned with steam, the carpet should not be wet enough to mold.

Why did my carpet retailer tell me not to have my carpet cleaned on a regular basis?


Cleaning your carpet according to the manufacturer’s directions at least once every 12 to 18 months will extend the overall life of the carpet.

How frequently should I vacuum my floor?


For the life of your carpet, it is best to vacuum at least once or twice a week. If it is not possible to vacuum all the carpet in the home this often, you should at least hit the high traffic areas.

How should my carpet be cleaned?


To extend the overall life of your carpet, vacuum the carpet on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week. Schedule a professional steam cleaning once every 12 to 18 months. To remove stains, use water and blot rather than rub to avoid damaging the fibers. Place a dry cloth on the stain to help pull out the moisture after the stain has been removed.

What is steam cleaning?


Steam cleaning is the name for “hot water extraction.” It does not produce any steam, but removes dust, dirt, and debris from deep within the fibers. Carpet manufacturers suggest that you hire a professional carpet cleaner certified by the IICRC.

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