Much of our lives are now spent in buildings which have been designed to be better insulated and therefore reduce the exchange between stale and fresh air, so the air we breathe might contain a greater concentration of pollutants than when we are outdoors, added to that, generally more people are spending more of their time indoors.
See how carpet contributes to a safe and healthy indoor environment.

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.
In fact, carpet can help to reduce the effects of Allergies and Asthma as they harbour significantly fewer dust mites than bedding and upholstery.

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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.

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Indoor Comfort

Carpets add warmth, sound and colour comfort to the indoor environment. Carpets create a new mood, and a different atmosphere and they perfectly support you expressing your creativity and personal style.

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