What are considered normal changes in carpet appearance?
All carpet will change in appearance over time to some degree due to foot traffic. Regular maintenance and a good quality cushion will limit these changes. Normal changes in appearance are characteristic of carpet. These changes are not considered manufacturing defects and are not covered under Beaulieu warranties: crushing, indentations, matting, shedding, shading, vacuum cleaner marks and footprints.
What is shedding?
Shedding is a normal characteristic of a cut pile carpet using a spun yarn system. Initial shedding will occur during the first year and will subside over time.
Can VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from carpet impact health?
Carpet is the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emitter of common flooring choices and one of the lowest emitting products used in new construction and renovation, much lower than products such as paint. The already low VOC emissions of new carpet are short-lived and largely dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. It falls to below detectable levels within a week. Fresh air ventilation helps speed the process.
Is carpet a good flooring choice for a person with allergies?
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), comparison data from Sweden supports that there is no link between carpet usage and the incidence of asthma and allergies. The CRI is not aware of any published scientific research demonstrating a link between carpet and asthma or allergies.
What are the benefits of carpet?
Vast array of design opportunities
Any look you want by choosing texture, pattern, colour and style
Improves indoor air quality by trapping dust and air-borne allergens
Keeps the potentially harmful air away from the breathing zone
Matchless warmth and softness
Non-slip surface for added safety
Energy efficient solution
Important sound insulation
Keeps living space warm in the winter and cool in the summer
Peace and quiet without echo
Easy to care for and maintain
How do I maintain my carpet?
There are four simple tips to keep your carpet beautiful.
Use entrance mats
Place walk-off mats inside and outside entrances to your home to trap soil before it can be tracked in. Be sure to clean mats weekly to ensure they don’t become soil sources. Avoid latex-backed runners which may yellow the carpet.
Regular, thorough vacuuming will remove dust and gritty dirt particles and reduce the abrasion that can dull and wear carpet fibres. A rotating brush power-head vacuum raises the carpet pile while it removes the soil. Change the vacuum bag often. To reduce matting, change the direction of vacuuming occasionally.
Attention: some vacuums have aggressive brushes that may damage the pile surface. Refer to the Carpet and Rug InstituteTM (www.carpet-rug.org) for approved vacuum cleaners and details.
Clean up spills immediately
Prompt attention to spots and spills will make removal easier. Always blot the area being cleaned, never rub, scrub or brush. If stain persists, use the cleaning method described in the Spot Removal Guide.
Schedule professional cleanings
Choose a qualified cleaning service, experienced in the latest techniques for advanced generation fibres and have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months (keep all receipts for proof of cleaning). High traffic areas and lighter carpet colours may require cleaning more often. Hot water extraction is the preferred method, using products which are non-cationic and have a pH level less than 10. Non-approved cleaning products or treatments will void your warranty.