Did you know that wall-to-wall carpeting can hold up to eight times its weight in trapped dirt, dust mites, chemicals and pesticides? While it may not be green to replace it with hardwood floors, you can be mindful what goes on in rooms with wall-to-wall carpet. First, make a habit to not wear shoes in carpeted rooms; chemicals and dirt from shoes can get trapped in the carpet. Second, if you get your home treated by an exterminator, ask them to not spray directly onto the carpet, or -- even better -- to avoid wall-to-wall carpet areas entirely. Insecticide chemicals can settle in carpets and remain there for many years, accumulating each time you have the home treated.
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