Many are going out and replacing their carpeting with some kind of hard surface flooring because they assume their carpeting is making them sick. Carpeting creates a welcoming environment, it brings warmth to a room, it defines space (visually), but most importantly, it is our human filter!
Contaminated carpets contain dead human skin dust, outdoor soil, dead insects that have disintegrated in your carpeting, dust mite infestations and other harmful contaminants. Did you know that about 70-75% of the harmful contaminants in your carpet can be removed by simply vacuuming? Vacuuming your carpet is like changing the oil in a car in that it is an important part of regular maintenance and keeping it in tip-top shape for it to continue serving its purpose.
Only just a few weeks ago I personally invested in a professional vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter (see image attached) and I have already noticed the difference in the overall indoor air quality of my home. This kind of vacuum cleaner differs from older vacuum cleaners in that they are capable of trapping extremely small micron-sized particles without redistributing harmful particles back into the air. A HEPA vacuum cleaner can trap 99.97 perfect of all airborne particles!!! The price range of these vacuums is about $150-$200; totally worth your investment!
In a nutshell, your carpeting is making you sick because it is not properly maintained. Vacuuming 2-4 times per week and professionally cleaning your carpeting by a company that is IICRC certified (2-3 times per year) will allow you to enjoy your health and the amazing benefits of your carpeting!