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Reasons To Get Rid of Carpeting
Wall to wall carpeting causes, or contributes to, at least one dozen major,
indoor environmental health problems that can be reduced by eliminating
carpeting and carpet padding in homes, offices, workplaces, retail stores,
and other commercial and public buildings, according to Phillip Fry and Hank
Taylor, Certified Environmental Hygienists.
1. Mold growth. The deadly Stachybotrys chartarum mold and other toxic molds
grow on and in wet carpeting. In addition, mold spores and mold food in the
form of organic particles (such as human skin flakes) are continually
landing and becoming embedded into carpet surfaces. Mold colonies can eat
and thrive in most carpet and carpet padding materials.
Certified Environmental Hygienists and Certified Mold Inspectors use special
carpet mold testing equipment to determine the severity and extent of mold
infestation of carpet during building maintenance and mold inspections. For
local carpet inspection and testing, visit
2. Dust and dirt accumulation. Even with frequent vacuuming,
organic and non-organic dust dirt steadily accumulates inside carpeting and
3. Cigarette smoke and residue. Carcinogens in cigarettes may accumulate in
household carpet. Because dogs, cats, young children, and infants, often
play or sleep on the floor, they may be at risk for developing lung cancer
in households with cigarette smokers.
4. Human skin flakes. A personís skin sheds about one million skin flakes
every day, many of which becomes embedded in carpeting to become food for
dust mites, plus bacterial and mold growth.
5. Bacteria and viruses. Bacteria such as e-coli can live for
more than four weeks on carpet. The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the
virus that causes serious stomach flu)
can also survive on dirty carpet for a month or more
6. Dust Mites. Carpet creates an ideal environment for dust mite
populations. About 2,000 dust mites can flourish
on just one ounce of carpet dust. Dust mite allergy symptoms include
sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, stuffy ears,
respiratory problems, eczema and asthma.
7. Bedbugs. Bedbugs frequently hide in carpeting
during the day, and then, at nightfall, they can crawl up to 100 feet to
climb into beds to feed on human blood. Eliminating carpeting is one of the
important steps to eliminate bedbugs.
8. Fleas. Pet fleas and flea eggs and larvae hide and multiply in carpeting.
Flea eggs do well in carpet that may be
damp because of improper carpet drying after carpet scrubbing, high
humidity, flooding, inadequate bathroom ventilation, or kitchen-generated
9. Carpet Beetles. Carpet beetle infestations can develop undetected
in a homeís carpeting, with the infestations then causing big damage to the
carpeting, carpet padding, upholstered furniture, bedding, clothing, and
other fabric items.
10. Naphthalene. Naphthalene is commonly found
in carpet cleaning compounds. In concentrated form, it can cause headaches,
nausea, vomiting, and urinary irritation. It is a suspected carcinogen and
can be toxic to children, infants, and pets. Naphthalene
is a colorless, crystalline, solid aromatic hydrocarbon with a pungent odor.
11. Vacuum cleaners. Vacuuming of carpeting spreads germs and mold spores
unless the vacuum is HEPA-filtered, with the HEPA filter being replaced at
12. Spills. Wall-to-wall carpeting is less
healthy than small area rugs because it is hard to clean up and remove
moisture, chemicals, liquids, crumbs, and other spills that provide mold,
bacteria, and insects with a rich and nearly continuous supply of nutrients.
As a healthy alternative to unhealthy carpeting, Phillip Fry recommends that
both new home and building construction and renovations and upgrades utilize
ceramic tile set into cement that contains a waterproofing compound and with
tile grout that also contains waterproofing. Other healthy carpet
alternatives are vinyl tile and genuine hardwood flooring that has been
pre-treated to be moisture and mold-resistant. Use washable area rugs for
both comfort and home decorating success.
Learn how to be trained and certified online or in class as a Certified
Environmental Hygienist and/or Certified Mold Inspector, visit
For help in mold and environmental inspection and remediation anywhere in
the United States or Ontario Province, phone mold expert Phillip Fry
toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or Phillipís cell phone 1-480-310-7970, or email
or visit the website