Is Your Rug Making You Sick?
Some floor coverings trap allergens and give off harmful fumes. Make sure yours are healthy with this quick guide to rugs and carpet.
Be a Neat Freak
Thorough cleaning helps control allergen levels, so vacuum at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. (Flip area rugs over and vacuum on the back, as well as the front.)
Professionally clean wall-to-wall and area carpeting once a year. The cleaning agents are now nontoxic, says Gene Cole, PhD, professor of environmental health science at Brigham Young University. Find a certified cleaner near you.
• Argonne design rug from Home Decorators.
By Elizabeth Roehrig, Health