Questions to consider
Carpets Questions to consider (Where to start)
Before purchasing carpet, you should answer the following questions:
• How is the room going to be used?
• Will it have heavy or light traffic?
• Will the room be the center of activity for family and entertaining?
• Is there direct access from outside?
• Will there be direct sunlight?
Today's carpet options can hold up even to the most challenging home requirements. Learn a little more about how carpet can be used in the following instances:
High Traffic Areas
Carpet guidelines for a busy home
Whether you have a large, active family or just love to entertain, high traffic through your home means that you need to make the right carpet choice to ensure that your carpet will look great and last for a long time. In areas of heavy traffic, such as in the family room, hallways and stairways, choose the best carpet you can afford. Also, look for performance rating guidelines on the labels of many residential carpet styles. These rating scales, from 1 to 5, help customers identify a carpet's ability to withstand extended wear.
You should also learn the best and easiest ways to clean and maintain your carpet. Proper vacuuming, for example, is the single most important step to maintaining the life and beauty of your carpet.
Households with Aging Individuals
Carpet is a superior choice
Well known for its ability to provide warmth and style to a room, absorb unwanted noise and provide firm traction, carpet has gained a reputation as the floor covering of choice for aging adults who live on their own or with their families.
Safety is a top consideration for older individuals, who seek a stable, slip resistant walking surface that protects them from "slip and fall" accidents. Carpeted surfaces are significantly more effective at preventing slips and falls than hard, smooth surfaces. And when accidents do happen, they tend to be less severe on carpet.
For those individuals who use braces, canes or walkers, maintaining balance can be less difficult with low pile carpet combined with an extra firm cushion. CRI also recommends securely fastening carpet and rugs to provide firmer footing.
Carpet also can reduce or eliminate reflected glare, which minimizes disorientation and can reduce leg fatigue associated with walking or standing on hard surfaces.
Studies have shown that color has psychological effects on moods. With this in mind, blues, greens, teal, mauve, coral, peach and warm neutrals are often chosen for their soothing effects. Avoid "hot" tones such as red, which may raise blood pressure for some, and yellow, which may cause nausea and anxiety to someone who already is not feeling well.
Color also plays a significant role with Alzheimer's patients. According to the Alzheimer's Association, patients remember colors better than numbers; therefore, color in carpet can provide a memory link and better help to orient a person to a specific room or area.
Lack of privacy and unwanted noise can sometimes challenge seniors, who appreciate their independence and may not be used to the noise levels created by visiting family members. Carpet with an attached or separate cushion is the most effective way to control noise and minimize sound indoors.
Comfort and warmth: Older adults, whose feet and ankles are susceptible to temperature changes, will stay warmer on carpet due to its natural insulating properties. The surface temperature of carpet is substantially higher than that of hard surfaces due to pile construction, which acts as an efficient thermal insulator.
Pets love carpet, too
Carpet is very forgiving. It not only helps disguise animal hair, it also helps minimize airborne pet dander and keeps those fuzzy hairballs from forming in a room's corners as they do with hard floors.
Think about the color of the carpet along with the color of your pet. Is he black, white or brown? Does he shed a lot? If you have a pet with dark hair, select a medium to dark carpet to help camouflage shedding. The same goes for lighter-haired pets. Of course, this strategy is for those times when you don't vacuum as often as you would like. Keep in mind that a dark carpet may not be the best option for your white-haired, four-legged friend.
Style choice: Your pet's activities may dictate a certain type of carpet. People, whose dogs are vigorous diggers, or whose cats enjoy "kneading" surfaces with their claws, should avoid carpet with large loops, as claws can become caught in the pile more easily.
Comfort also should be a consideration, as pets, like their owners, enjoy softness underfoot. In fact, a study by the American Pet Association found that more than seven million dogs spend their nights on the floor.
Care and Cleaning: The number one rule for homes with pets is vacuum often. You need to do this for the cleanliness of your home and for the sake of your carpet's appearance. Frequent and proper vacuuming is the single most important step to maintaining the life and beauty of your carpet. To identify superior carpet cleaning products and equipment, CRI developed the