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Carpet: Answers To Some Of The Most Common Questions
Like so many things, there is a lot of trivia associated with carpeting. For instance, where did the word carpet come from? The term derives from the Latin work carpere, "to pluck," probably because at that time carpets were made from unraveled, or "plucked," fabric. And how about the expression to sweep something "under the rug"? Exactly who said it first and why is unknown, but it was recorded as a commonly used phrase in 1963.
U.S. Products offers the following carpet trivia that just might tickle your fancy (and don't get us started on the origins of that expression):
• In the early 1900s, it was difficult to convince consumers to purchase vacuum cleaners because homeowners were insulted when they were told how much soil could be in their carpets.
• What's the difference between a rug and a carpet? Many in the floor covering industry say it's all about size: smaller than 40 square feet and it's a rug, larger and it's a carpet.
• Although it is not known when the first carpets were produced, they were likely being made more than 2,000 years ago by nomads in Central Asia, who used them to insulate their tents.
• When properly cleaned and maintained, carpeting improves indoor air quality by trapping dust and allergens.
• Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and have been known to crawl more than 100 feet in carpeting to obtain a meal…of blood.
• The Norwalk virus (or norovirus) can survive in carpeting for a month or more, but usually can be eliminated with effective, hot-water carpet extraction.
• All carpets should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 6 to 18 months.
• We shed about 1.5 million skin flakes per hour, much of which ends up in carpeting.