1. Sound Insulation
Noise pollution in houses can have a serious effect on the wellbeing of all its users and in this respect a fitted carpet plays an important role virtually eliminating impact noise through sound absorption. Therefore the use of carpet enhances sound absorption, and the conduction of impact noise can be reduced by up to 30dB, as opposed to comparative values for smooth floor coverings which lay between 5-15dB. Also, carpet will deaden the sound that travels between floors so what happens upstairs stays upstairs. (Those pesky kids, you know).

2.Energy Saving
Carpets can make a measurable contribution to retaining the warmth in a room and therefore saving energy. Carpets have low heat conduction and are natural thermal insulators creating a heat barrier. As a result, as much as 10% of the heat in a room which would be dissipated with smooth floorcovering is retained in the room by the carpet. This, combined with the outstanding underfoot comfort of a carpet, can result in a considerable reduction in the use of heating in the transition from a warm to a cold season. It has been estimated that up to 30 days heating can be saved, resulting in an energy saving of around 4-6% and a consequent reduction in heating bills.

3. Safety
Initially carpet feels safer and more secure. Safety covers two aspects – reduced slippage, especially when wet, and a decrease in stress on joints The soft resilient fibers of a carpet provide a cushioning effect and excellent orthopedic properties. The underfoot safety of carpets is an important feature, both in the home and the workplace. Infants and the elderly in particular benefit from the non-slip aspects of carpets and, in the event of a fall, the soft resilience of the carpet lowers the risk of injury.

4. Health
This one may surprise you. With their superb dust-trapping properties, carpets are conducive to a healthy living environment. Dust settles quickly and is then securely held by the pile fibers of the carpet until it is vacuumed again. The dust is not disturbed by incoming air drafts, and this means that the dust content of the indoor air is kept low. This is particularly important since dust particles also act as carriers for germs, allergens and other air contaminants. Allergies due to carpeting are unknown. The myth that carpets promote dust-mite allergies is untrue, because these are attributable to the feces of the house-dust mite – the actual allergen itself. Bedding and bed linen contain up to 70% more house-mites than carpets. Regular vacuuming and cleaning, together with adequately ventilated and dry rooms, means that it is virtually impossible for a carpet to contain, entrap or transmit allergens. Use a HEPA certified vacuum cleaner so that when you clean the allergens do not go back in the air.

5. Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance of carpet is quick, easy and low cost. Regular cleaning will extend the life of your carpet and maintain its good appearance. Vacuum clean regularly and thoroughly to remove gritty dirt that can damage the fibers. Deal with spillages as soon as possible, preferably the moment they occur. When your carpet or rug reaches a stage where it could do with a really good cleaning, you can either do the job yourself, or you can call in a professional carpet cleaning company. If you are considering cleaning the carpet or rug yourself make sure to use qualified products for the job.Never use detergents such as dish washing liquids, soaps or other cleaners recommended for general household use. Although they may clean your carpet satisfactorily they will almost certainly cause problems such as rapid re-soiling, color bleeding or other damage to the pile or backing of the carpet.

It is almost always best to engage the services of a professional carpet & upholstery cleaning company. This is also the recommendation from carpet manufacturers. Contact me for a list of RNB Flooring recommendations.

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