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Old Yesterday, 08:52 PM
 
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Several years ago we had a cat who had asthma. She was suffering a great deal and the doctor advised us if we had carpet to pull it up.

We decided to do it for the cat. The carpet was at the end of it’s guarantee. We had taken excellent care of the carpet, it looked really nice, we got it professionally cleaned at regular intervals, we spot cleaned whenever something happened.

But I have to tell you when we pulled it up we were absolutely disgusted — you truly cannot clean the carpet. The base of the carpet is not solid so the dirt actually falls through the carpet and into the padding, so that eventually the padding starts also to disintegrate so when you pull it up, there’s a lot of dust and dirt. I am so happy we got rid of that carpet and within a month the cat was off her medications and she was fine for the rest of her life.
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Old Yesterday, 09:51 PM
 
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Because carpets are pretty disgusting.. besides everything else that has probably already been said.. my own personal preference is hardwood, AKA: Fake flooring Throughout, and large area rugs (maybe) in the bedroom near the bed only. Honestly.. Gross. Carpets are magnets for all sorts of unsavory ****e...
Why do you call hardwood flooring "Fake flooring?" It has been used for hundreds of years because it is a natural product, readily available. I suppose a wool or cotton carpet would be natural, as would stone but virtually anything else used as flooring is truly "fake."
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Old Yesterday, 10:07 PM
 
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I doubt carpet would be a deal breaker for every one. I have it only in the bedrooms; hardwood every other room. I think the price could have been more of an issue. There are many things that affect the sale of a house.
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Old Yesterday, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I doubt carpet would be a deal breaker for every one. I have it only in the bedrooms; hardwood every other room. I think the price could have been more of an issue. There are many things that affect the sale of a house.
They started and then sold for the same price. They were, after all, identical builds. The owner was only willing to go down a certain amount, so he had to wait a while to find the buyer who would pay the same price for the non-updated one. I suppose he could have dropped the price and sold it sooner.
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Old Yesterday, 11:38 PM
 
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I’m a millennial and I don’t like carpet because it’s unhealthy. Carpet retains odors and dust, it’s disgusting especially if the same carpet has been used by previous owners over the years.

Ripping out carpet has been a trend since the late 90s, it’s not a millennial thing, nobody likes carpet anymore.
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Old Today, 05:47 AM
 
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No, ripping out carpet has been a trend since the 1980s if not before.


I have taken up numerous carpets installed over hardwood floors (the myriad of little staples to secure the padding are a real pain to pull out, one by one). First one was in about 1985.


Pull up one carpet that's been in place a few years and you'll never want carpet in your house again.


And let's not even talk about the issue of having a puppy in the house, who will eventually become a senile incontinent dog.
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Old Today, 07:09 AM
 
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It doesnít make sense to me either other than hardwood is trendy. But they wonít admit itís just because itís trendy. Carpet is softer, it absorbs sound, itís warmer. I much prefer it and wonít buy a house thatís all hardwood. I need carpeting at a minimum in my bedrooms and living room. They say hardwood is easier to clean, but thatís what vacuum cleaners are for. Iíve never heard of not being able to keep carpeting clean.
Where I live hardwood floors are no longer a trend; it's been normal in new construction since the 90s. Many millennials grew up with wood floors. It's what they like and know.
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Old Today, 07:20 AM
 
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No, ripping out carpet has been a trend since the 1980s if not before.


I have taken up numerous carpets installed over hardwood floors (the myriad of little staples to secure the padding are a real pain to pull out, one by one). First one was in about 1985.


Pull up one carpet that's been in place a few years and you'll never want carpet in your house again.


And let's not even talk about the issue of having a puppy in the house, who will eventually become a senile incontinent dog.
Sounds familiar. The house I grew up in(built in the early 50s) had hardwood floors in the entire house except for the kitchen. In the 70s my mother had wall-to-wall carpet installed throughout without telling my father. Well... it was the only argument, that I can recall them having in front of family members.

Move forward to 2006 when I put the house up for sale. The biggest selling point was informing realtors of the hardwood flooring. The house sold in a week's time for way more than the asking price.
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Old Today, 07:32 AM
 
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As the lone carpet supporter on the board, just a few points.

I've lived in homes with carpet for 61 years. None have smelled. No one has allergies or asthma. No one has slipped and fallen. All our babies played and crawled on the carpet without harm. There's no stains. Spots are cleaned easily with Folex.

I'd rather vacuum than mop.

As for pet damage, my son had trouble with his hardwood floors warping, the urine can also seep into those floors. I'd rather use our carpet shampooer for those rare accidents than have to replace flooring.

I think it's more of a personal preference.
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Old Today, 08:48 AM
 
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I'm in the anti-carpet camp.


You can never get a carpet adequately clean. Once you get your carpets clean, water gets down in the padding, and that's it. You will never have 'clean' carpets again. I hate carpeting. HATE IT.
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