Category: Benefits of Carpet and Rugs

Cushion

The Importance of Carpet Cushion You are getting new carpet installed and you've done your research online, talked to your friends who have recently bought carpet, shopped and selected. Your new carpet is going to look great and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the installers, right? Actually, there’s something else we at the Carpet and Rug Institute would like you to consider; the cushion. Carpet cushion – also called padding or underlayment. The stuff you see on the day of installation [...]

Selling This Summer: 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale If you are selling this summer, our newest downloadable/printable feature story, Selling This Summer? 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale, offers some great advice on upgrading your home to ensure a quick sale. When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the US. If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, simple [...]

Study Shows Carpet is a Viable Choice for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers Dust happens everywhere, no matter what kind of flooring you have. The difference is, when dust and allergens settle in a carpet, they stay there until you vacuum them away. That’s what we’ve always said here at the Carpet and Rug Institute, and this week, a powerful new set of studies was made public that adds tremendous weight to that argument. The study performed by Airmid Healthgroup, an independent biomedical research gr [...]

Preparing for Winter’s Wrath We all know that winter can take a toll on our health and our spirits, and it can also wreak havoc on our homes, our cars, and our places of business. One of the most frequently asked questions posed to us at CRI is how we can best protect carpet when the weather turns wet, slick, and messy. Specifically, business owners and retailers are concerned about this issue, as most of them have very heavy traffic flow through their public entryways. The most important thing [...]

Keep Carpet Beautiful Through the Holidays From digging out ground-in candy corn to sopping up soda spills, there is a right and a wrong way to remove carpet stains. Because we always want to be ready with the best carpet-cleaning info, the Carpet and Rug Institute is releasing its sixth feature story, Caramel to Cranberries: Holiday Stain-Busting Tips Keep Carpets Bright. Following these tips will keep your carpet looking great through the holidays and beyond. When it comes to spots and stains: [...]

Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom We are excited to publish our fifth feature story of 2013 on how to design a great master bedroom."Simple Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom” has been picked up by media outlets across the US and is available to you for a free download on the CRI website. When it comes to crafting a master bedroom, making it your own is the most important aspect of the project. “When designing a space in your home, it’s always a good idea [...]

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Modern Carpet Trends The vast number of carpet types and styles can make it hard for a consumer to decide on the best option for them. CRI’s CEU 201-203 on Carpet "Basics" provides a detailed overview of how carpet is made, but what about color, texture, and style? What are the hot carpet trends now? Home decorating network HGTV published an informative article on the HGTV website to help folks who either are or might be redesigning their homes and are looking for some carpet suggestions. The li [...]

The Benefits of Carpet for Seniors A story I read recently in a building trade magazine that said hardwood was the best flooring choice for senior living facilities. The authors reasoned that hardwood was easier to clean and had fewer “allergenic effects”, but even if these two points were true, their supposed benefits would still be outstripped by the benefits carpet offers seniors. There’s plenty of information on the benefits of carpet for seniors (and everyone else) here on the CRI website, [...]

Why Carpet is the Superior Choice for Indoor Air Quality It seems that certain urban legends never go away. The one about hard surface floors being more hypoallergenic than carpeted flooring is a case in point. There have been dozens of studies performed over the past decade that debunk this myth and that show that carpeted flooring is a better option in terms of hypoallergenic – i.e. not likely to produce an allergic reaction – qualities than hard surface floors. Of particular note is a compreh [...]

Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Application We all know the importance of getting the right product into the right place. That’s true for almost every purchase we make, including carpets. It’s interesting to note that the biggest complaint from consumers about our product is not that the installation turned out to be faulty or even that the carpet contained manufacturing defects. The biggest complaint seems to be one that “didn’t have to be”: that of not putting the right carpet in the r [...]