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How wall-to-wall carpet became a décor outlaw

If you’re of a certain age, then you probably remember a time when wall-to-wall carpet was a home décor must-have. It could be found not only in every home, but in nearly every room of the house –including the bathroom! However, over the last several years, carpeting in the home has fallen quite sharply out of fashion. Now, what once was a home décor darling is now a much-maligned design outlaw.

Of course, the argument could be made that everything takes its turn going out of style where décor trends are concerned. Black appliances have come and gone, wood credenzas are certainly enjoying a renaissance (along with everything else mid-century modern), and gold accents are the gold standard once again. However, when it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting in the home, there are more than just the whims of fashion afoot.

Some detractors cite health issues as a reason to kick carpeting out of the home, while other see it as more of a maintenance issue. However, just how much credence can be placed in these reasons for banning broadloom? Let’s take a look.

Respiratory Concerns

Many believe that carpeting (particularly of the high pile variety) can be bad for people who suffer with allergies and asthma. This is because the carpet fibers can trap allergens such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander.

Incidentally,  some scientific studies that have suggested an opposing view on the subject. These studies have found that carpeting’s propensity to trap allergens is actually a positive for those with allergies and asthma. The belief is that if these allergens are in the carpet rather than floating in the air, that the carpeting makes it easier to breathe in the home. Then, it’s simply a matter of using a HELP-filter vacuum regularly and steam cleaning the carpets occasionally to remove the dirt and allergens.

Of course, if you or someone in your household suffers with any respiratory troubles, it’s best to follow your doctor’s advice.

VOCs in Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Concern over VOCs (volatile organic compounds) has been at the forefront of home décor for the last 10 – 15 years. As homeowners began taking steps to minimize the presence of VOCs in the home, wall-to-wall carpeting began to receive some negative press. The primary culprit here is 4-PCH, which is a byproduct of the binding agent used on the back of some types of carpeting.

If fear of toxins is the primary reason you are keeping carpeting out of your home, you should know that, much like paint, which is another home décor product plagued by the fear of VOCs, carpeting is available in low-VOC and eco-friendly formats. Simply look for a flooring provider that carries low-VOC products. It’s also worth mentioning that many other flooring options contain VOCs as well, including certain types of hardwood and laminate.

High Maintenance

Fear of staining and crushing are common reasons why some people choose not to have carpeting at home. However, for the most part, maintaining your carpet isn’t any more time consuming than maintaining a wood floor. Frequent vacuuming ensures that carpeting stays clean, and doesn’t require any more effort than sweeping your hard surface flooring. As for deep cleaning, simply make carpet cleaning part of your spring cleaning and pre-holiday deep cleaning routine.

How to Make Wall-to-Wall Carpet Work in Your Home

Do you love the feeling of carpeting underfoot, but would like to minimize the amount of time and effort you need to spend maintaining it? Reserve it for the bedrooms and stairs, rather than installing it throughout.

Installing wall-to-wall carpet on your stairs can reduce slipping accidents and provides a softer landing if a slip happens to occur. Carpeting in the bedroom has always been cozy and comfortable. It’s also great in children’s bedrooms, where the little ones often sit on the floor to play, and babies learn to crawl and walk.

While carpeting is not currently as popular as it once was in Canadian households, there are still numerous homeowners who believe it has a place in their homes. If you enjoy the thought of having carpeting in your home, and would like to learn more about carpet installation, please browse the flooring specialists here on

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