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Dispelling carpet myths about allergies

Carpet flooring vs hard floors

Carpet is an excellent flooring choice, because it provides insulation, feels comfortable and soft under your feet and helps reduce noise. But one ubiquitous message commonly accepted as truth is that people who have trouble with allergies should replace carpeting with hard flooring, such as wood, natural stone, or tile.

A selling point from hard flooring manufacturers is that it’s better to get rid of allergens than to keep them trapped in the flooring throughout your house. So what should you do, if you have allergies or asthma, but in certain rooms you really prefer soft and comfy carpeting to hard floors?

Breathe a sigh of relief.

Studies have shown that as long as carpet is properly cleaned and maintained, it provides better indoor air quality than hard floors. For more information about these studies, read The Facts About Carpet and Asthma and Allergies for Dealers and Consumers. Have carpet care questions? Read more tips and how-to’s in our free, downloadable Carpet and Interior Textiles Care Guide.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of Stone and Tile PRO Partners.