Expert Contributor Daniel Meadows of Michael’s Flooring & Cabinets Has the Answers

As the leading provider of flooring solutions in the Upstate at a discounted price, Michael’s Flooring & Cabinets knows a thing or two about carpet. Which is why they are the perfect expert to talk about the relationship between your carpet and your health. 

One of the most important things to keep in mind when installing carpet in your home is a maintenance plan that is health-focused. That might sound odd when we traditionally think of cleaning to keep our homes tidy and comfortable. But, when it comes to the properties of carpeting, health is actually a chief concern.

Families who choose a carpet solution over a hardwood or laminate often do so because of the soft feel and warmth it provides. However, it is those exact qualities that also attract oily residue, dirt, and dust mites. Once the fibers have been compromised by the weight of these items, they can no longer filter air pollutants as they did before. The result? Your carpet can become a haven for triggering asthma and allergic reactions. 

The solution? Regular DIY cleaning and occasional professional cleaning are a necessity. It is important to vacuum carpet twice a week and to have it professionally cleaned every six months. Not only will this prevent health-related effects from a dirty carpet, but it will extend the life of your floors by reducing wear to the pile. Your carpet may be hiding as much as one pound of dirt per square yard! 

Another solution to keep in mind is setting the “no shoes in the house” rule to keep dirt and grime from the outside world off of your carpets. This rule has the added benefit of reducing your clean up time from tracking in outside filth to other areas of your home.

Often, customers of Michael’s with carpet that has been installed for more than five years, or has carried a heavy load with young children or pets, are interested in replacing it with wood or laminate. “Ultimately, wood and laminate are easier to keep clean so if you don’t want to keep up with the maintenance program for carpet, that might be a better solution from the beginning,” Daniel Meadows said. “Whatever you want to do for your home, we are here to help you walk through the process and make the best decision for you and your family,” he added. 

No matter what kind of flooring you have in your home, make sure you are thinking of cleanliness through the lens of your health and not just for the sake of looking tidy. Now more than ever, good health begins at home. 

For expert advice on the best, most affordable flooring solutions for your home, visit Michael’s Flooring & Cabinets at 41 Old Country Road in Greenville or online at