Question: "My 8 year old son suffers from allergies. Should we pull out all the carpets and buy hardwood or tile floors?

Answer: Clean carpets can actually help your son breathe more easily than hard surface floors. Studies have shown that particulate contaminants, bacteria and fungi are found to be in higher levels above hard surfaces. This is because every time you walk on the floor, you're kicking up particles into the air you breathe.

Carpeting, on the other hand, is actually your home's largest indoor air filter. Contaminants, bacteria and fungi are trapped in the carpet fibers, so you don't breathe them in. But just like any filter, your carpets need to be cleaned regularly to remove all those trapped contaminants, so your home's largest filter--your carpeting--can be effective again in helping your son breathe air with far less allergens.

So, no, you don't have to pull out all your carpeting. Just be sure to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis--every six to twelve months. Home shampooers and rental machines are all right for in-between surface cleaning. But to keep your carpets clean and healthy for your son, nothing will remove all those deep-down trapped allergens from your carpet fibers like a professional truck-mounted hot water extraction system, as recommended by leading carpet manufacturers.

If you have a question to ask our Victoria Carpet Care Specialists we would love to help you or offer some advice! You can call us directly at 250-474-7777 We value our clients and strive to provide the very best service in Victoria!