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chocolatesnap

Rugs capture dirt and allergens too right? Is everyone taking their rugs out and having them cleaned weekly? Certainly not if they are oversized?

I do not have allergies myself, and I certainly believe that all of you that suffer from them know what works best for you.

Online, I have read references to studies from Germany, Sweden, and other parts of Europe, that suggest air quality is improved by carpet "trapping" allergens, until they are regularly removed through vacuuming with HEPA filters, and twice yearly water extraction. The results suggest that tile and hardwood surfaces actually allow the allergens to kick up into the air each time a door is opened or someone walks across the room.

This seemed to make sense to me; but as I said, I have never had allergies--maybe all of those studies were funded by Carpet Manufacturers? Here is a link to a blog that references a few studies. Could carpet improve asthma/allergy symptoms?

For myself, I love the look and longevity of wood/tile floors and have them in kitchen, baths, entry points, and laundry room. But, I love the warmth and softness of carpet even more. I chose a tight-weave, quality, loop carpet for the rest of our home, and follow all cleaning guidelines.

I also lucked out by moving to Utah where dust-mites have a hard time surviving because of the arid climate :) Best to you all, I do enjoy the opportunity to learn from your insights and experience.

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coray
Well, as with most things, it's a matter of preference. I do agree with the article: in most cases larger rugs are better, and smaller ones look like someone tried but couldn't quite get it right. The rest (tile vs. hardwood floors vs carpet) is up to style and personal taste, as well as health, esp. for allergy sufferers. When we bought our first "nice" house years ago, which had only wood floors on the first floor (with the exception of tiled bathrooms) my husband so loved them and wanted to show them that we had only a couple of area rugs. He insisted on having wtw carpet in the bedroom because "his toes needed to feel something warm" when he got up; I tried to convince him to use area rugs on hardwoods instead, but did not succeed. After a while in the house we realized that A. the house looked and felt a bit cold and not quite "permanent" without area rugs, and B. hardwood floors quickly show wear just from wearing shoes etc, let alone kids and their friends running through the house etc. Also: the wtw carpet in the master bedroom did not stay so nice and light for very long, and pets love messing up right in the middle of a nice carpet. (Our first cat hardly ever had "hair balls", but number 2 and 3 did all the time!) Lessons learned? A. Area rugs add much style and comfort to tile and hardwood floors (esp. tile because it looks and feels so cold), plus they protect nice wood floors while still allowing them to show all around. B. Area rugs, esp. patterned rugs, are easier to spot clean than wtw carpet, so if you have pets it's wise to choose something with a short pile....the same goes for bound pieces of wtw carpet, which is a great option if one doesn't want to spend a ton of money or can't quite decide on a nice, patterned area rug or likes to change looks every few years. This way we can sort of have the best of both worlds and enjoy a bit of everything, and it DOES work well, even if at first thought it may seem counterproductive to install nice wood or tile floors only to cover up sections of them.
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coray
Addendum: After maybe 5 years of nice, plush, light wtw carpet in the master bedroom we had it ripped out and installed hardwood floors, on which we laid a couple of nice (less large) area rugs so hubby's toes could feel something soft when he got up....this worked great and everyone was happy. (The only regret was that we didn't do this from the start....we would have saved quite a bit!)
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