Hardwood floors vs. carpet for dust control

October 30th 2000

Question from: Clayton
Nanaimo, BC

Dear Shell,

My mother and I have been having a disagreement. She says that hardwood floors put less dust into the household environment than carpet. I say that dust becomes imbedded in the carpet, whereas with hardwood, every time you take a step it flies into the air. Could you tell us who is right?

Thanks, Clayton

Dear Clayton,

I hope you placed a little wager with your Mom as to who is right as Iím afraid you lose. Homes with hardwood floors have less dust than carpeted floors. Dust mites love carpets, soft furniture, drapes and other soft items including the dog or cat. If you are keeping the carpets I suggest you keep the vacuum handy.

Itís just that easy.

Shell Busey