Carpet is known for its warmth and softness underfoot, but no one ever talks about how eco-friendly it is. That’s because the most popular types of carpet aren’t actually so kind on the environment. Here at Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh, we take pride in our selection of eco-friendly flooring, which includes a variety of all-natural carpets. Read below to learn about our favorite biodegradable, non-toxic carpet options for Pittsburgh homeowners!
Wool is, by far, homeowners’ favorite choice of natural carpet. Wool fibers repel dirt and grime, are incredibly durable and resistant against crushing, and provide superior insulation. Thanks to its incredible warmth and softness, wool is generally considered a luxury carpet. Wool does not do well in moisture-prone rooms, so be sure to keep it dry. With the proper care, a wool carpet can last decades.
Aside from the fact that it is all-natural and derived from a renewable resource, we recommend wool because it is the warmest carpet option you can find. Nothing will be more comfortable for your Pittsburgh home this coming winter.
Sisal carpet fibers are derived from the Agave plant, which is commonly harvested in Mexico. The fibers from this plant are incredibly strong, which is why it is not uncommon to see sisal used in areas with heavy foot traffic, like in hallways or in stair runners. Sisal is commonly used in area rugs, but more and more homeowners are turning to it as a wall-to-wall carpet solution.
Sisal does not require any chemical dyes or treatments, making it a great choice for chemical-sensitive homeowners. While sisal is incredibly durable against wear and tear, it is susceptible to moisture damage. As long as you are careful to avoid spills on your sisal carpet, you can be sure it will last for a long time.
Like sisal, seagrass is a plant-based carpet. Seagrass is commonly harvested in China and India, and it grows in flooded fields similar to rice paddies. Because of its water-based cultivation, seagrass carpet is very resistant against liquid damage. This is a better choice than sisal in accident-prone areas of the home. However, its water resistance makes seagrass difficult to dye. Fortunately, seagrass carpet comes in a beautiful, earthy tan color that many homeowners love.
This is another great option for chemical-sensitive individuals or homeowners with allergies. The non-toxic and chemical free nature of seagrass makes it a healthy choice for both the home and the earth.
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Wool, sisal, and seagrass are just a few of our favorite all-natural carpets. There are many more options to choose from, ranging from coir to cotton, so call Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We’ll help you find the perfect natural carpet for your Pittsburgh home. We proudly serve Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Wexford, Cranberry, Mars and surrounding areas.
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