Carpet is one of the most popular flooring options because it is soft, safe, easy to maintain, versatile, and actually helps to insulate your home. With hundreds of colors, patterns and cuts to choose from, it can match the style of decor. Some people think that carpet is the perfect choice for any room in the house. However, there are certain places that carpet should not be used.
In the bathroom, and other high moisture areas
Carpet and moisture do not get along. Carpets are the most absorbent type of flooring, and the more water they absorb, the more damage is done. If water gets trapped it can create an ideal environment for germs and bacteria. If it is not cleaned consistently this can lead to mold. A wet carpet is a health risk.
High traffic areas
As we said above, carpets are very absorbent. Not only moisture gets caught in the pores of the carpet. Dust, dirt, grime, food and other harmful debris/allergens can get trapped in the fibers. Without regular vacuuming and steam cleaning, these harmful substances will remain in your home. We should also mention that carpet is less durable than other types of flooring, such as hardwood. If your carpet gets a lot of traffic every day, and you do not keep up with cleaning, you’ll need to replace your carpet every few years.
If you have pets
If you have pets, you know the struggle of trying to keep your home clean and in order. While you might think it’s a good idea to get a carpet, because it is soft and comfortable, it could actually be a nightmare. If your pet sheds, it’s very difficult to get all the hair out of the carpet, even with regular cleaning. Also, the number of allergens in your home increases significantly when an animal tracks mud, dirt, and grime over a carpet.
While there are certain times you should not use a carpet, there are plenty of instances where carpet is the best choice for your home or room. If you have any questions about carpet, or any other type of flooring give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into any one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay Area.