Why New Mexican residents are staying away from carpeting

It is not the hottest or the most humid state in the Union, but it has its “moments”.  Now, we do have a respected weather that can easily help to the growth of mold and other nasty stuff in carpets.  This is only one of the reasons why people here are staying away from carpeting.

So, the purpose of this post is to explain why carpeting stopped being an option for people in New Mexico.  I beg to clear out that, for a big part, this has more to do with people’s taste and way of living.  There is no doubt that carpeting has its advantages like it helps the floor feel warm during winter, or it is soft to your feet, etc.  But this time, we will focus on the disadvantages of carpeting.

I tried to narrow down the main reasons why we prefer hardwood or any other floor beside carpet.

Financial reasons

Financially speaking, a carpet does not sound like a good option.  Since it is made with fibers such as polyester and nylon, it has a life expectancy of only 5-10 years.  This is way too little time for the active life of people here in NM.  We really are not into changing carpets every ten years.

Besides this, the maintenance costs of carpeting can actually be elevated.  Not only does it require constant vacuuming, but periodic special maintenance is also necessary.  You know, to get rid of those tiny bugs you cannot see right away.

Health Reasons

Speaking of unseen little critters from the twilight zone, there are some health issues associated with carpets.  Your carpet is home to all kinds of nasty bugs, including mold, viruses, and bacteria.  If you have a pet living with you, these also carry agents that stick to your carpet.  This includes ticks and fleas.

Some people can also be allergic to the very fibers that make carpets.  Or, in some cases, since carpets very easily trap dust, you will very likely have a sneezing session from those who are allergic to dust or pollen.  We are not really much willing to risk the health of little babies either, exposing them to allergenic agents at such an early age.

However, it is also important to note here that you can keep your carpet clean and free of harmful agents.  A good Area Rug Cleaning service can take care of those for you.

Ornamental Reasons

Yes, carpets can make a home look cozier, granted. But that is if you are extremely careful at not spilling a drop of anything.  But if you have kids at home and they are a bit clumsy, you will wind up with these horrible stains on your carpet.  So, you will go from gorgeous to hideous when you open the door and see the “map” of stains that your carpet has turned into.

Once again, going with carpet or not is a personal decision.  Of course, the other options have their disadvantages as well.  It’s just that we are not willing to cope with the downfalls of carpet flooring.

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