Health Benefits of Carpet vs Flooring
Have you ever noticed that after a period of time spent standing or walking on hardwood, ceramic tiles or concrete, your body is sore and achy?
Hard surfaces are just that: hard. They offer no flexibility underfoot, so they lack the ability to act as shock absorbers for your footsteps and your body and joints.
So, what does this mean?
Basically, it means that as you walk across a hard surface floor, your body gets a bit of a jolt each time you take a step because your body rather than the floor absorbs the force of your impact.
In addition to feeling nice to walk, sit and lay on, carpet provides shock absorption thanks to its flexibility and cushioning. This effect is increased dramatically if there is underpadding beneath the carpet. Not only is carpet more comfortable to the touch, but it is also easier on the body when standing or walking on it over a long period of time.
There has been a long-running debate about whether carpet aggravates or alleviates health problems such as asthma and allergies. For years, people with such respiratory concerns were advised to rip up all of the carpets in their homes and replace it with hard surface flooring. However, numerous studies over recent years have consistently shown that carpet is actually more beneficial than hard surface floors for those with breathing difficulty. Toxicologist Mitchell W. Sauerhoff published a study titled Carpet, Asthma, and Allergies — Myth or Reality.
It goes without saying that hard surfaces can be slippery, and they are not much fun to land on when slips and falls do happen. Carpet provides a soft-landing surface which can be especially helpful in baby’s rooms to ensure a healthy start for your baby. Look for carpeting made from natural, VOC-free materials such a wool, cotton, sisal, or jute, which will prevent your child from exposure to most if not all of the chemicals found in cheaper, synthetic carpeting.
Hardwood stairs present a safety concern, especially when there are young or elderly residents in the home or occupants with mobility issues on both floors and stairs. Carefully selected carpet will increase safety by preventing many slips and falls. Carpet for stairs should ideally be in the 50- to 60-ounce range to provide durability without being too thick.
So, go ahead feel comfortable and safe for your family and carpet those special areas in your home. It could be wall to wall or perhaps an area rug for the baby’s room or dining area.
Keep your carpets feeling soft, smelling fresh and looking brand new by calling Lakeshore Cleaning & Restoration today at (905) 465-2337
Serving Oakville, Burlington & Surrounding Areas, Lakeshore also offers Commercial Carpet Cleaning for businesses and home offices.