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Old Carpets Can Become a Health Hazard

Carpets are one of the oldest and most popular flooring types for the right reasons. They are warm, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and have a very comfortable vibe.

One disadvantage of having carpets is that they need extra care. You have to clean and vacuum them regularly. They often need professional cleaning and replacement as well.

Over time carpets can collect dust, allergens, and mold and become a health hazard. The lifespan of a carpet is between 5 to 15 years and depends on how well you take care of it. It would help if you were vigilant about replacing your carpet when needed, or else it can cause many health problems for you and your family.


Carpets are made of thick woven threads that can trap allergens. Even if you vacuum regularly, a few allergens are left behind. Over time, these allergens increase, and they cause many allergic reactions. Old carpets have a huge number of allergens.

1. Molds

Even if your carpet doesn’t have visible mold, it is highly likely to carry mold spores. Mold spores easily float around and collect in your carpets. Old carpets carry a lot of mold spores which aggravate allergies.

2. Pollen

Pollen allergy is one of the most common seasonal allergies that causes hay fever. Pollen grains can fly and enter your home with wind. They easily settle in the fibers of your carpet and are very hard to clean by vacuuming.

Over time, many pollen grains can be collected in the carpet, leading to allergies.

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3. Asthma

Old carpets can affect the air quality of the house, which is worse for asthma patients. If anyone in your family has asthma, allergens in the air can trigger the immune system and restrict airways, causing an asthma attack.

Regularly vacuuming your carpet helps, but if your carpets are very old, you need to replace them.

4. Fungi

Old and dirty carpets are the ideal breeding ground for fungi which can cause many fungal infections such as jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infection. One of the most common fungal infections is the athlete’s foot.

Carpets are comfortable, and people love to walk on them barefoot. So, athlete’s foot is more common than other infections. It’s highly contagious and can quickly spread to become painful.

If you have old carpets at home, it’s better to change them for your and your family’s safety.

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