Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about carpets.

One of the most common misconceptions is that carpets are detrimental to individuals with allergies or asthma. However, studies have shown that properly cleaned and maintained carpets do not worsen allergy or asthma symptoms. In fact, they actually help improve indoor air quality. The carpet fibres act as a filter, trapping airborne dust, allergens, and other particles, preventing them from circulating in the air and being inhaled. Regular vacuuming and professional cleaning can effectively remove these particles, promoting a cleaner and healthier environment.

Some carpets can potentially emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to indoor air pollution and pose health risks, particularly for individuals with sensitivities or respiratory conditions. However, it is worth noting that modern carpet manufacturers have made significant advancements in reducing or eliminating VOC emissions. At Belysse, we prioritise the well-being of our end users by ensuring that all our carpets undergo rigorous testing and certification by GUT, guaranteeing low VOC emissions.

Carpets can potentially contain phthalates, but at Belysse we guarantee phthalate-free carpets. Phthalates are a group of chemicals commonly used as plasticizers to improve the flexibility and durability of materials.

Some people avoid carpets thinking they are high-maintenance flooring options. While carpets do require regular care, including vacuuming, occasional spot cleaning and periodic deep cleaning, they are not necessarily more difficult to maintain than other flooring types. With proper care, carpets can remain in good condition and provide years of comfort and beauty.

The lifespan of a carpet can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the carpet, the amount of foot traffic it receives, and how well it is maintained. On average, a well-maintained carpet can last between 5 to 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, some high-quality carpets can last even longer, up to 20 years or more.

Carpets can contribute to energy efficiency in several ways:

  • Insulation: Carpets provide an additional layer of insulation on the floor, which helps to retain heat and reduce heat loss through the floor, potentially lowering energy consumption required for heating.
  • Thermal comfort: Carpets provide a warmer and more comfortable surface to walk on compared to hard flooring materials. This can lead to a perception of warmth and comfort, allowing occupants to reduce the use of heating systems and conserve energy.
  • Heat retention: Carpets have a higher thermal mass compared to hard flooring materials. They can absorb and retain heat, thus potentially reducing temperature fluctuations within a room and contributing to energy efficiency.

Yes, carpets can help reduce noise. They have sound-absorbing properties that can help dampen the impact of footsteps, voices, and other sounds within a room. The fibres of the carpet and the cushioning underneath can absorb sound waves, preventing them from bouncing off hard surfaces and causing echoes or reverberations.

Carpets with thicker and denser piles generally provide better noise reduction compared to thinner carpets. Additionally, the use of carpet padding or underlay beneath the carpet can further enhance its noise-reducing properties.

The choice of the best carpet material depends on various factors such as your specific needs, preferences, and budget. Here are some common carpet materials and their characteristics:

  • Polyamide: Polyamide, or nylon, carpets are durable, resilient, and highly resistant to stains and abrasion. They are suitable for high-traffic areas and households with children or pets. Polyamide carpets also offer a wide range of colours and styles.
  • Polyester: Polyester carpets are known for their softness, vibrant colours, and stain resistance. They are a more budget-friendly option compared to nylon. However, polyester carpets may not be as durable as nylon and may show signs of wear in high-traffic areas.
  • Polypropylene (Olefin): Polypropylene carpets are resistant to moisture, stains, and fading. They are often used in indoor and outdoor settings. Polypropylene carpets are less expensive compared to nylon or wool, but they may not be as durable or soft.
  • Wool: Wool is a natural fibre that offers excellent durability, insulation, and a luxurious feel. Wool carpets are resistant to stains and soil, and they have natural flame-retardant properties. However, wool carpets tend to be more expensive than synthetic options.

Yes, carpets can be recycled, although the availability and methods of recycling may vary depending on the location and the type of carpet. Here are some common methods of carpet recycling:

  • Carpet yarn recycling: Carpets are typically made from synthetic yarns such as polyamide, polyester, or polypropylene. These yarns can be recycled by separating them from the backing material and processing them into new yarns. The recycled yarns can then be used to manufacture new carpet or other products such as insulation, automotive parts, or clothing.
  • Carpet backing recycling: The backing material of carpets, which is often made of synthetic materials or latex, can also be recycled. It is usually separated from the carpet fibres and processed separately. The recycled backing material can be used in the production of new carpet backing or other applications.
  • Energy recovery: In cases where recycling is not feasible or cost-effective, carpets can be incinerated for energy recovery. The heat generated during incineration can be used to produce electricity or heat.

Yes, carpet can be installed on stairs. It's important to choose a carpet with good durability and a low pile height to ensure it can withstand the wear and tear of foot traffic on stairs. Carpets on stairs also provide traction, so that you’re less likely to slip. Professional installation is often recommended for stair carpets.