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Wall-to-Wall Carpets


Q: What kind of carpeting do you have in your home?

25% 

Wall-to-wall.

44% 

Wall-to-wall and some area rugs.

19% 

Area rugs only.

12% 

We don't have carpeting.

52 Total votes cast.

Wall-to-wall carpets can trap tons of germs and allergens, and are often hard to clean. Pet dander, germs from dirty shoes, and mold all live deep inside the fibrous material. If you do have wall-to-wall carpeting in your house, the best way to clean it is to use a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. This prevents contaminates from recirculating.

Another alternative is to forgo wall-to-wall carpeting altogether and stick with area rugs. You can machine-wash area rugs using regular detergent, making it easier to keep germs that cause illnesses and diseases out of your home.

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