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What’s healthier: carpet or wood flooring?

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Contrary to popular belief, well-maintained carpet is associated with healthier children and healthier families. Carpet acts as a huge filter for your home, preventing dust and allergens from floating freely in the air.(1) Instead, it traps these particles, allowing for easy removal through regular vacuuming (be sure to use a HEPA filter equipped vacuum!) and periodic steam-cleaning. In fact, one study found that having carpet in a child’s room reduced the number of sick days taken from school.(1)

 

 Carpet acts as a huge filter for your home, preventing dust and allergens from floating freely in the air.(2) Instead, it traps these particles, allowing for easy removal through regular vacuuming (be sure to use a HEPA filter equipped vacuum!) and periodic steam-cleaning. Just the opposite occurs with wood flooring. On wood or tile floors, dust accumulates in the corners and edges and is disturbed with every footfall, causing it to spread through the air where it can be breathed in and cause health problems.(2)

 

The best way to ensure that your carpet is helping keep your family healthy is to vacuum weekly using slow back-and-forth motions (and a vacuum with a HEPA filter). Don’t forget to use the vacuum attachments to get the edges and corners, especially near the air vents in your home. The higher air flow near vents contributes to additional carpet soiling in these areas. Also be sure to have your carpets professionally steam-cleaned yearly. We’re biased, but we recommend Big Green Steam Clean.

  1. http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/v13/n3/full/7500266a.html

  2. http://www.carpet-health.org/pdf/AllergenPaper.pdf