to 25. I know that there is more. So naturally we started looking for ways to
decrease the allergens in the home. Primarily his sleeping area. So I bought a
special pillowcase and he has a mattress cover. We bought a rainbow
vacuum and carpet cleaner which is also a air purifier. I try to clean the carpets in his
room 2 times a year. I have read recommendations that you should clean your carpets
every 12-16 months!! WHAT??!!! Do these people have children or even live in their houses?
have had a daughter as well. We had the option to have the majority of the house
tiled but we opted out because of course you worry about babies learning to walk on
hard floors. If we only knew then what we know now. This has been the most difficult
year we have had with our son as far as asthma goes. And so we are thinking about
putting laminate in the majority of the house. The tile that we do have has been difficult
to keep up and so I don't really want more of it.
laminate. The nurse part of me has looked at actual research articles and the mom
part has looked at blogs and forums. The two worlds have not been in agreement.
The research world says that carpet now days is made to hold more allergens. They
compared the USA which is a big carpet country to Europe which is not. They say they
found no difference in reports of difficulty of allergies. This was the same report that
said to only clean carpets every 12-18 months unless you had a stain, mud, etc. My
mom brought up an excellent point about this research and that is how often were
each types of flooring cleaned. This was not part of the study.
The mom, forum, blog world says that it can be a huge benefit to have the laminate or
hardwood because you can see the allergens sitting on your floor and you know that
you are getting them all up. Several post I read said that while the carpet does hold
allergens more as soon as some one stomps or children run around, the allergens get
stirred up. I have definitely seen this to be true.The down side of the laminate is really
you need to vacuum or wet mop pretty much every day. My friend who had laminate
said that yes it is a pain to clean everyday BUT she would absolutely have it over carpet
any day. Let's face it, carpet has it's moments of not being user friendly.
So what do you think? We are really leaning towards it. It is easy to install,
it looks great, and I just think I would feel good about being able to see the clean.