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Carpeting Your Floors – The Pros and Cons

On the con side, carpets can have maintenance and health concerns. It’s more difficult to keep a carpet clean than a floor, vacuuming takes longer than sweeping and spills and stains can cause problems. Improper maintenance can destroy or shorten the life of carpet and proper maintenance will demand periodic professional cleaning.

If the homeowner has pets or young children, maintenance can be even more of an issue. One of the big concerns with carpeting is the fact that carpets can harbor lots of undesirable and unhealthy substances. Aside from dust and dirt, which alone can trigger allergies or exacerbate health problems such as asthma, there are the potential problems caused by moulds, dust mites and bacteria – all of which carpets may contain. Carpet should not be installed in bathrooms or anywhere moisture may be an issue, and if a family member has any respiratory problems, carpet should not be installed in the bedroom.

However, carpet has many obvious advantages over floors. Carpeting makes for excellent insulation and can actually help keep energy costs down in the summer or the winter. It’s nice to have carpet under your feet in the cold months and even in the summer it can help keep heat from coming up through the floor. Carpet absorbs sound as well, and can make a room more pleasant by reducing echoes and reverberations from noise sources. And, of course, carpet can add beauty and comfort to a room and many styles, textures and colors available. Carpeting can be a big part of the decor and can add value to the home.

By and large, the decision comes down to the individual’s needs and taste. Carpeting can be a beautiful and valuable asset, but it’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for each room in the home. If you do own or plan to install carpeting, make sure you schedule regular maintenance from a professional carpet cleaning service. You’ll find that for carpet cleaning London has reputable, affordable firms in every neighbourhood. Take good care of your carpet and it will retain it’s beauty and functionality for years to come.