Carpet for wet areas is different than regular pile carpet that comes on rolls. It is often a peel and stick type of low pile carpet, and many styles work in both indoor and outdoor applications, providing mold and mildew resistance at the same time. Tiles can be placed on the floor all aligned in the same direction or they can be alternated to create a pattern in the carpet. A lot of brands are made in America from recycled materials, so they are green-friendly, too, something more and more homeowners are considering.
The peel and stick types of carpet for wet areas are very easy to maintain. If one carpet tile gets damaged, it is simple to replace with a new one, something that cannot be done with rolled carpet. Cleaning is a breeze, done with either a vacuum cleaner for loose dirt or a good hosing for muddier messes.
Installation of carpet tiles is also very simple. To start with, installation should be done when the temperature is above 50 degrees. The base flooring should be clean before putting the carpet tiles down to be sure they will stick properly. Custom fits around permanent objects in the room can be achieved using a utility knife to trim the carpet squares. When ready to place the tile, simply peel off the paper backing, set the tile in place, and press down firmly. Then, set the next tile in place and repeat, making sure that all seams are close together to provide the best water resistance protection for the subflooring.
Another option for those who want carpet for wet areas is a low pile carpet made of olefin. Olefin is a synthetic fiber that is stain resistant, dries fast, and holds its color well. This type of carpet adheres to the base flooring with a water resistant carpet adhesive. Excess water that gets on the carpet can be sucked up and out with a shop vacuum. Because it is synthetic, it will be more mold and mildew resistant than natural fibers would be.
Both types of carpet for wet areas are ideal for kitchens, utility rooms, bathrooms, and entryways, all areas that have the potential to get more water on them than areas in the rest of the house would. Because tile carpet and olefin carpets are made in such a way that water will not get trapped easily, homeowners do not need to worry about subfloor damage, so long as the water is not allowed to just sit on the carpet. Having carpets designed for wet areas can help a home’s resale value also, since the under flooring will be protected from damage.
Many times people think they cannot install carpet for wet areas, but with at least two options available, homeowners now can have warm, soft carpet throughout their house and not just hard flooring, a perfect option for colder, wetter climates, especially in the wintertime. Being able to come into a home with carpet when the storms are raging outside is very inviting.