08 Nov A Better Way To Install Carpet?
Retailer claims to clear air of dust, irritants and mold with its industry-first Healthier Living™ Carpet Installation system
“We’re not going to get done in time,” the carpet installer yelled to his boss on his cell phone after his crew removed the old carpet from my house 13 years ago. “This guy wants to vacuum everything, and he won’t let us get in there.”
The carpet installation crew was behind schedule because my husband insisted on vacuuming the subfloor. The old carpet had been there since the house was built. Dust, dirt, wood shavings, construction debris and tell-tale signs of the former owner’s dog were hidden beneath it.
The way carpet is installed and maintained has a big impact on indoor-air quality. Even if there is no construction debris under the old carpet, an army of irritants and allergens can become airborne when old carpet is removed, and new carpet is brought in. And if any spills have made their way through the carpet, mildew and mold also might be taking hold of the subfloor.
Now there’s a solution that doesn’t involve homeowner intervention. Carpet One Floor & Home has introduced the Healthier Living™ Installation (HLI) system. It follows these key steps to clean the air and floor of allergens and irritants:
— The work area is cleaned with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum before and after the new carpet is installed, and plastic barriers keep any airborne particles from making their way into vents and other rooms.
— The company’s exclusive antimicrobial agent, HealthinEx™ is applied to the subfloor, where it traps particles and kills bacteria, mildew and mold. NOTE: Most healthy home pioneers do not recommend antimicrobial treatments.
— A premium carpet pad that blocks spills from seeping through is installed under the new carpet.
Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter ensures maximum containment of dust and irritants that can trigger allergies and allergy-like reactions. You can require this step from most retailers.
While Natural Interiors® and “green” practices always favor the solution that doesn’t bring unneeded chemicals into the home or business, the dangers posed by mold also are undeniable. If you’ve ever seen it under flooring you’ve torn out, under a door frame that leaks or in a wall behind a shower that was installed without cement board, you know how this threat can linger unseen.
the Healthier Environment Living Program – a group that certifies peopleHealthinEx™ is EPA-approved and emits no chemicals after it is dry. And unlike many other antimicrobial agents, it leaves a barrier that keeps working for a while.