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Surprising Facts About Carpets

We’re all looking for ways to entertain ourselves as we spend more time at home. Does your family play card games or board games together? How about trivia?

I can practically guarantee that you will not know these carpet trivia facts, and they’re all so surprising that they can entertain even the most doubtful participant. The next time you’re in a carpeted room with other members of your family, try some of these trivia factoids out to see just how stumped they are, too.

Buckle up for these surprising facts about carpet!

  1. A person sheds roughly 1.5 million skin flakes each hour and most of those flakes end up in your carpets. Maybe you’ve heard a similar statistic before, but did you know that the original Hoover vacuums were hard to sell because customers REFUSED to believe that they could have that much dirt in their carpets?
  2. And how is THIS fact for an unexpected bonus from getting a new carpet installation? Studies at Anderson Labs showed that mice sometimes drop dead after breathing in new carpet fumes.
  3. Bed bugs can live in both carpet fibers and hardwood floor boards. And though they’re small, they can crawl surprisingly fast, gaining more than 100 feet in pursuit of a blood meal.
  4. Your carpet warranty from your manufacturer is usually valid only if you have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 or 18 months. Be sure to check your manufacturer warranty to see what the requirements are.
  5. When cleaned regularly and maintained right, carpet can improve the air quality in your home by trapping dust and allergens. This is only true for those who know how to clean and care for their carpets, however.
  6. The original vacuum cleaners at the start of the 20th century were giant and coal-powered. Can you picture it? Three people were needed to operate one!
  7. Red carpets have been used in ceremonies and formal settings since Agamemnon in 458 B.C., if not earlier.
  8. The floral designs called “palmettes” that are seen on many oriental carpets are general lotus or peony flowers, used as symbols of paradise.

Let YOUR home be YOUR paradise, in a symbolic and a very real way. We’re still serving O’Fallon, Belleville, Shiloh, Edwardsville, Collinsville, Caseyville, Glen Carbon and surrounding areas for your comfort and safety. Schedule your carpet, flooring or handyman service with us right here on the website.