Sustainable Carpet: An Easy Way to Go Green

For companies today, going green has become more than a trend, it is a preferred and profitableway of doing business. And for any good business, green efforts should give good returns on sustainability, performance, and value.

A variety of green options abound; using solar energy, implementing a new recycling program, using nontoxic materials, and switching to CFL light bulbs are just a few.

Could there be options that your business has overlooked? Maybe the answer is just below your feet!

We know that regular professional carpet cleaning and maintenance goes a long way to extending the life of your carpet. But a more practical carpet solution may be able to do even more.

If you manage properties or commercial buildings, one option that you may not have considered yet is installing sustainable carpet. Let’s explore why installing sustainable carpet at your property or place of business is an easy way to go green.

What Exactly is Sustainable Carpet?

According to The Carpet and Rug Institute, what makes carpet sustainable by most carpet manufacturers is the use of natural resources like water when making the carpet, the types of materials used, and their impact on the environment. More simply put, sustainable carpets are made from natural fibers or materials with little or no chemical treatment.

Bonus Tip: Because many carpets and their padding contain plastic—a nonrenewable resource—be sure to buy carpet that needs little to no padding or padding that was made from recycled materials. We like this!

Is Sustainable Carpeting More Expensive?

Sustainable manufacturing has become the norm in the carpet industry. There are now many eco-friendly carpets to choose from that are often less expensive than conventional carpets.

Are Sustainable Carpets Harder to Clean and Maintain?

On the contrary! Modular tile carpeting, for example, is perfect for easy cleaning, maintenance, and repair while minimizing your environmental impact. Modular tile carpets can be lifted and removed as needed for cleaning; and makes replacing smaller parts of damaged carpet a breeze.
This modular tile carpet looks great!

Carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months according to industry standards and most carpet warranties. Contact Woodard today and schedule a personalized carpet cleaning consultation.

What are the real benefits to sustainable carpets?

Safer for Senior Care Facilities

  • Modular tile carpet reduces slip-and-fall accidents that can occur on vinyl, tile, wood or other hard surfaces by providing a soft landing.
  • Thinner carpets creates better balance for individuals using braces, walkers, or canes.

Better Learning for Schools

  • Often, sustainable carpet or modular tile flooring will result in improved acoustics, creating a better learning environment for students and teachers.

Improved Patient Outcomes for Healthcare Facilities

  • Reduced noise levels from carpeted floors may improve patient outcomes by improving the likelihood that a patient may rest undisturbed.

Less Occupant Disruption for Property Managers & Other Commercial Venues

  • Modular tile installation allows easier lifting, removing and replacing of dirty or damaged carpet tiles, minimizing disruption to the occupants of the space.

Improved Health for Everyone

  • Indoor air quality is improved, mitigating health problems caused by toxic carpets.

Other Green Tips

  • Tacking down carpet is a safe and easy alternative to gluing, eliminating many potentially hazardous pollutants.
  • If you must glue your carpets, using a water-based, low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) glue rather than conventional glues. We like this one!
  • Buy carpet from companies that will recycle or donate your old carpet.
  • Sustainable or eco-friendly carpets are durable and often less expensive than conventional carpets and flooring.

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Services was founded in 1946 as St. Louis’ first in-home rug and carpet cleaning company, and is now the area’s largest commercial and residential cleaning company for carpet, rugs, furniture, and hard surfaces. With nearly 70 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit our website, or call 800.466.9308.

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