Safety at home is always paramount as we aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our families. As well protecting our loved ones from any potential health issues, we also want our homes to be safe from danger and any accident which might occur.

Fine Dust

Fine dust can provoke an allergic reaction and has been found to be much more common in houses with hard flooring than in those with carpet. When carpet is used, there are fewer dust particles in the air and those their are can easily be removed by thorough vacuuming and ensuring there is good ventilation. Carpets will prevent any dust or other particles becoming airborne and therefore improve the quality of any allergy sufferers.

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Dust mites

House dust mites and their pellets have been held responsible for many years for causing certain allergies and asthma. Research has found that much of this is myth, and dust mites are often only one part of the cause of certain allergies. It has been found that to thrive, dust mites need a narrow temperature and humidity range and that by providing well ventilated areas which are cleaned properly, they will simply not survive.

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Allergies

An allergy is the over reaction of the immune system to some substances. Generally the belief is that it is caused by synthetic chemicals, however it is more usually due to natural substances, specifically proteins from pollen, food stuffs or bee stings and often the hair of cats, dogs and horses. In the EU roughly 1 in 4 people are affected by an allergy, and carpet is often blamed as the cause.

In fact, carpet can help to reduce the effects of Allergies and Asthma as they harbour significantly fewer dust mites than bedding and upholstery; comparative studies show that carpets in offices harbour significantly fewer dust mite allergens than in bedrooms; increased insulation in homes lowers air renewal and concentrates indoor allergens; carpets trap dust which can be removed by effective vacuuming.

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moulds and Fungi

Moulds are known as sources of aero-allergens which can cause a range of rhinitis and asthma related conditions. In order to remove the possibility of carpets harbouring any growth of mould or fungi, its is important to ensure that areas are properly cleaned. It has been found that with regular vacuuming and cleaning, carpets cannot harbour fungi and mould and therefore cannot create airborne spores.

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VOC Volatile Organic Compunds

Carpet generally covers a large area within any room in the home, and as with all other flooring, chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) can therefore sometimes be released and affect Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). However, any carpet meeting the stringent GUT test criteria will not adversely contribute to IAQ issues through VOC emissions, carpets are a perfectly safe flooring to choose and will not pose any health risk even when they are brand new. It has been found that any effect will quickly reduce over time

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Rugs add warmth and colour

Rugs add warmth, comfort and colour to other floor coverings whether wood, stone or carpet. Each time, they create a new mood, a different atmosphere. You can change them as often as you like to express your creativity of the moment.

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ECRA
European Carpet and Rug Association

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Belgium

phone: +32 2 358 16 74

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