Carpet often makes the rooms in our home look nice, it feels good under our feet, and it is fairly easy to care for. However, carpet is the ideal home for dust mites, dirt, mold, and even pesticide residue that are brought indoors from our shoes.
Volatile organic chemicals (sometimes called VOCs) that get into the carpet can evaporate into the air we breathe. VOCs can also be found in common household cleaners, pesticides, paints, pressed woods, and sealants. Although they might evaporate into the air, they will eventually settle back into the carpet, creating a vicious cycle.
While a regular routine of vacuuming carpet does rid it of most dust and surface dirt, but there are still problems below the surface. Steaming or shampooing the carpet is a solution that will get a deeper clean, but it won’t solve the problem forever.
The best solution is to get rid of the carpet altogether. This is the only surefire way to remove your home of the dust mites, mold, and dirt. A hard flooring, such as tile or wood, would be much easier to clean.
Getting rid of all the carpet in your home might seem dramatic, but other flooring options can look just as nice, and you can even decorate them with throw rugs, which can be thoroughly washed.
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Home is Where the Health Is is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling