Believe it or not believe it, carpeting is one of the largest contributors to indoor air pollution.
One of the commonest health problems in a house is allergies, and carpets are almost a perfect environment for dust mites, molds and mildew.
Also, but the modern wall-to wall carpeting in the modern houses are made of synthetic fibers treated and dyed with chemicals (fungicides, soil repellents and pesticides, anyone?) bonded with chemical glues and. All these substances release countless Volatile Organic Compounds as they age, in a process called out gassing. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be carcinogens, irritants and mutagens. Not the ideal thing to have in your home, to say the least.
Carpet also attracts and keeps all that your loved ones members and also you track in to the home from the ground outside- soil, lead dust uncovered in flaking house exterior paint, insects, bacteria, yard and yard chemicals as well as other debris that is unhealthy. Not to mention food crumbs, dead skin particles and hair.
Obtaining a wall-to-wall carpet 100% clean is not almost possible (cleaned the same area over and over and ever let one of those steam cleaners to clean your carpet, whenever seeing more soil come out?) and trying to clean causes its own difficulties. Vacuuming stirs up airborne dust and mold spores. Shampooing can leave a moist carpet encouraging more mold development and yet the shampoo may have even toxic or irritating chemicals added.
In the opposite end health spectrum is ceramic tile. It’s produced from natural clay materials fired in a kiln. A tile varnished with non-leaded glaze is impervious to bacteria and mold and is well taken by sensitive people.
Ceramic tile is bonded to the foundation flooring using low-toxicity thin set mortar, and can be grouted with homemade, additive-free grout. 2 components dry, clean sand added and mixed with 1 part Portland cement can be prepared to water to form a slow, moist treating grout.
Although a ceramic tile floor could be expensive up front, because of the labor intensive installment, they are long lasting and very durable if properly kept, and can be regarded as relatively affordable in the long run.