What is the most environmentally friendly carpet available? How about the one you already own. The reality is such that if your carpet has some ripples, it likely does not need to be replaced but rather simply repaired. Why send it to the landfill when you can get the use out of the carpet you’ve already paid for. Wearing out something you already own will always be the green choice. Plus however this whole carbon tax works out, they can’t re-tax you. (Well let’s hope not! :P)
It is true, that like many things today, carpet isn’t being made quite like it used to. In the past, people changed their carpets because they had become dated, not because they had been worn out. But unfortunately now people are changing carpets because the wear is showing earlier. It’s not saying that all carpets are bad, it’s simply stating that there has been a large change in the density and weights of most carpets. They are simply being made thinner and lighter than in the past. (Of course the price of carpets has decreased as well in this time period.) But don’t despair, carpet will still last a long time if you take care of it.
The three keys to extending the life of your carpet are:
1. Vacuum regularly, try and get the spinning cleaning brush (aka. beater bar) on your vacuum to touch the carpet. This will not only help clean the carpet better, but it will also prevent carpet from laying down in the main traffic area.
2.Steam clean, not too much, but when necessary. Don’t clean it simply as a yearly or an annual thing. Clean it when it looks like a clean will make a difference, when the main traffic areas are starting to show wear. Please don’t go with the cheapest deal you find. Get a better cleaner, less often.
3.Wear socks or slippers. The oil from bare feet will prematurely wear carpet. Listen, if you love bare feet than by all means live the lifestyle you want, but just be aware, your carpet will probably not like it.