This post is sponsored by Carpet and Rug Institute. All opinions are my own.
When Alea actually asks me to take her photo, there’s no way I can say now. As a blogger and a mom, I’m always snapping photos of her and asking her to model this, that and the other thing. Sometimes she’s okay with it and sometimes she’s not. If she’s not, we move on. No big deal. It’s her choice, after all if she wants to be on my blog and/or have her photo taken. So like I said, when she requests a little mini photo shoot I’m all about it!
On this particular day, we were in our master bedroom that has the most windows of any room in our house. Big, tall, bring-in-all-the-light kinda windows. It’s honestly my favorite room in the entire house for this reason. The lighting was perfect at this particular time and I just started snapping away. Alea, being the silly little goose that she is, started posing like crazy and we had the best time!
And seriously? The white carpeting in our master makes a pretty good photo backdrop, wouldn’t you say?
Aside from just feeling better on your feet when you’re walking across the floor, carpet and rugs have many other purposes when it comes to indoor air quality and even allergies! I know the common belief is that removing carpet and switching to hardwood floors can be better for those with seasonal allergies and also those with allergies to dust and pet dander. However, did you know it’s quite the opposite? The Carpet and Rug Institute is working hard to educate home owners on this and I’d love to share it with you as well!
Did you know that hardwood floors and other flooring options actually reduce air quality? Carpet is the lowest emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hardwood floors typically contain a high formaldehyde and VOCs. Of course, with carpeting in order to maintain adequate air quality and ensure it’s filtering ability, you will need to vacuum as needed. I, personally, find vacuuming carpeting to be more effective than vacuuming laminate/hardwood floors and sweeping them leaves so much crud behind.
Did you know: Studies show that people with asthma and allergies have actually seen symptoms improve with carpet? Who would’ve thought!
Carpet essentially acts as a filter for your air by trapping allergens that we would otherwise breathe in. Allergens such as dust and pet dander sit on the surface of hard flooring and can easily be disturbed every time you, your pet or your child walk across the floor or with ceiling fans and can be thrown back into the air that you breathe constantly throughout the day.
When we purchased our home, I was surprised to see how much carpeting our home had. Our entire master is carpet and both living rooms, play room, and office are carpeted. That’s a heck of a lot more carpet than we’re used to in a home! However, after doing more research with the Carpet and Rug Institute, I’m pleasantly surprised and almost relieved at the amount of carpet we have in our home!
And let’s face it. Judging by all the bumps and scrapes and bruises my little 6-year-old Alea accumulates on the playground and on our laminate wood floors, I’m a little more thankful that her entire play room is carpeted and that when she decides to do her gymnastics routines off the couch in the living room that she has a soft landing. If our entire house was hardwood or laminate flooring, I think I’d have to take out stock in a band-aid company!
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How do you feel about carpeting in your home?
Do you find that it helps with air quality and seasonal allergies?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carpet and Rug Institute.