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  • July 19, 2016

5 Eco-Friendly Carpeting Solutions for Your Home

Eco-Friendly Carpeting

It’s becoming more important than ever to be conscious of our carbon footprint. Going green isn’t just a tagline anymore, it’s a way of life. It’s moved beyond a trendy idea into an important message being spread worldwide. There is both an environmental and health cost associated with being eco-friendly.

Now, you can choose carpeting options that are good for your health and for the world around you. There are green carpeting options and techniques that you can start implementing today to make your home more sustainable.

1. Carpet Finish

Some people experience health issues related to carpets. But, there is a fairly inexpensive solution that you can try before pulling it out altogether. This is a non-toxic, green carpet finish called SafeChoice Carpet Seal. This type of carpet finish:

  • Is long lasting
  • Fights air pollution by preventing the carpet backing from giving
  • off any toxic chemicals
  • Is odorless
  • Resists water-borne stains
  • Is non-toxic

2. Keep Your Carpet Up-To-Date

There are so many sustainable carpet and rug manufacturers available today.It has become easy to find a carpet that suits your lifestyle while being environmentally conscious. Choose a carpet that is made from natural fibers and uses non-toxic or no chemical treatments. Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives. It’s important to ask about the backing of the carpet as there are plenty of choices that use less-toxic adhesives. Lastly, be sure to air out the carpet before installing it.

3. Be Aware of the Padding

Carpets with a lightweight backing are key because they won’t require additional padding which often contain plastic. There are also padding options made from recycled materials. Avoid carpet pads that use styrene butadiene rubber and use felt padding instead. You could even have the choice of quality carpets that require no padding at all.

Eco-Friendly Carpeting

4. Installation Process

If you’ve decided to update your entire carpet, be aware of the installation process. Most processes involve chemical-based glues. However, this is not the only way to fit a carpet. There are more sustainable options, such as: tacking down the carpet without any glue or using water-based, low-VOC glues instead. If installation requires gluing, use low-emitting, non-solvent adhesives.

5. Carpet Disposal

If you are looking to update your carpet, you will most likely have to throw out the old one. It is extremely important not to throw it into a landfill! Now, if you purchase your new carpet from a flooring company, many of them will recycle your old one for you. Shaw is one of our carpet manufacturers, and they do just that!

At Carpet To Go, we have all sorts of flooring and carpeting options available. Because sustainability is important to us, we would be more than happy to discuss the various options in order for you to make your home more eco-friendly. Contact us today at (206) 382-1253 to find out more about how Carpet To Go Seattle can help you with all your carpet needs.

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