Static Electricity in Carpet
Controlling static electricity in your carpet can be a challenge. There are many factors that can contribute to this problem. While typically a mild issue, it can still be a nuisance. Here’s a look at what you can do to reduce the static electricity in your carpet.
How is Static Electricity Generated?
Static charges are generated through one of two ways: friction or induction. Static electricity is best described as an electrical charge that is at rest. It is most frequently generated by friction, when two masses rub together and then separate. This leaves one of the masses negatively charged, and the other positively charged.
What Does It Have To Do With Carpet?
Friction is generated when you walk across your carpet. The charge builds up in your body because of the friction between your shoes and the flooring. The difference in the size of the shock will be determined by a number of variable factors. There are physiological differences that determine how you hold a charge; everyone holds charges differently. You can know if you are holding a charge if your hair is standing on end. If you are holding a charge, it will be released once you touch an object that has lower electric potential.
There are differences in the way that some carpets create this friction. The fiber, construction, and carpet padding will make a difference on whether or not the carpet will generate static electricity. One of the biggest factors is also humidity. Carpet fibers that are able to hold moisture are better able to reduce the shock.
Treating Your Carpet
There are ways you can reduce the amount of static electricity that is generated by your carpet. One homemade solution involves a household product you may already have on your shelves. You can reduce the charge by treating your carpet with a solution of one part liquid fabric softener to five parts water. Simply spray the treatment on the carpet and allow it to dry. There are also many commercially available treatments that are designed to reduce static shock. Some carpet manufacturers also treat their carpets at the time of production.
There are some things to consider when using any kind of anti-static spray. First, the treatment will have to be repeated every few months. This is because it will wear off with foot traffic. The other potential issue is that some treatments may attract soil. If that is the case, you may need to have your carpets professionally cleaned more frequently.