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The Ultimate Best Carpets for New Parents, Pet Owners and Allergies Quiz
by Staff
To install carpeting or not to install carpeting -- that is the question. This question is especially pertinent if you are expecting a baby, are a pet owner or have allergies. What kind of flooring will best repel dust, allergens, toxins and animal hairs? Take our quiz to find out.

Why do some say that carpeting is the best option for eliminating allergens?

  • The chemicals in carpets kills the allergens.
  • The carpet fibers trap the allergens, preventing them from circulating in the air.
  • People are more likely to clean carpets than hardwood floors, so allergens are removed far quicker.

What type of carpet is best if you have allergies?

  • wool
  • shag
  • synthetic

What type of carpet strands are best for allergy sufferers?

  • shag strands
  • short strands
  • long strands

What does VOC stand for in the world of carpeting?

  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Volunteers Outdoor Colorado
  • Voice of the Customer

What is the most important thing you can do to prevent carpets from exacerbating your allergies?

  • Take off your shoes when walking on carpet, to prevent bringing in allergens from outside.
  • Air out your carpeted rooms regularly.
  • Clean it regularly.

What is a disadvantage of a hardwood floor in terms of allergies?

  • The glossy coatings on them can irritate allergies.
  • It is colder than carpet, which leads to more sneezing.
  • It needs to cleaned more often than carpet.

Why is carpet a good choice if you have young children or pets?

  • It is comfortable and non-slip.
  • It is easier to clean than hardwood.
  • It shows up less stains and spills than hardwood.

What is an example of a synthetic material?

  • wool
  • olefin
  • cotton

What is the most durable synthetic fiber?

  • olefin
  • nylon
  • polyester

What is a good choice of carpet construction if you have children or pets?

  • rolled carpeting
  • carpet tiles
  • extra dense carpet fibers

How are carpets made for pets designed?

  • They are designed to prevent pet 'accidents' from soaking through to the carpet padding.
  • The strands are woven close together to prevent pet hair from getting trapped.
  • They have very busy, animal print designs to comfort pets and hide stains.

By how much can a vacuum cleaner approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label program reduce dust?

  • 26 percent
  • 68 percent
  • 94 percent

How long can carpet be expected to last?

  • 10 years
  • 15 years
  • 20 years

How has carpet manufacturing changed over the years?

  • It has become cheaper.
  • It has become more environmentally friendly.
  • It has been outsourced to the Far East.

What is an advantage of carpet over hardwood when you are expecting a new baby?

  • It is soundproof.
  • Playing with the carpet strands will keep your baby occupied.
  • It is easier to get carpet to match the color scheme of the nursery.