A house fire could destroy everything you own, including cherished, irreplaceable memories. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of a fire consuming your entire home. As one of those things, should you worry about fireproofing your carpet?
Usually, carpet is fireproofed when it is installed. However, it is possible to fireproof your carpet later.
The most common chemicals used to fireproof carpet are boric acid and boric anhydride. These are the same chemicals used to treat mattresses. The only problem is that these chemicals may be toxic to humans.
Some carpet warranties may be voided by fireproofing your carpet, so check with the manufacturer first.
As you can see, fireproofing your carpet may not be the best option. Luckily, different types of carpet have different burn rates.
Since fireproofing your carpet may be risky, your best bet is to buy carpet that’s naturally resistant to fire. No carpet is entirely fireproof, but some carpet fibers burn slower than others. In order from most to least fire-resistant, the most common carpet fibers are:
Here are some other ways to help protect your home from a fire:
Regardless of what type of fiber you choose, your carpet will still need regular care. Most manufacturers recommend that you get your carpet cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
As you can see, fireproofing your carpet after it’s installed may not be the best choice. That’s because it may use toxic chemicals and could void your carpet warranty. Buying wool or nylon carpet is the best way to fireproof your carpet.
The thought of dealing with a fire in your home can be intimidating. Luckily, there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of losing your entire home. Just in case, though, it’s also a good idea to periodically review your homeowner’s insurance.