Have you ever thought about what might be on the bottom of your shoes that you're tracking into your house on a daily basis? How about your children or your dog? If you have carpet flooring it may have occurred to you that your carpet may not be the cleanest thing in your home. While carpet is the most popular flooring in the U.S., presumably because of its comfort and noise barrier, it may also assist in making you and your family sick.

Of course carpet itself may not be the culprit, although it is made with chemicals and plastics, there may be a labyrinth of dusts, molds and other allergens that are trapped deep into the fibers. It also provides an excellent breeding ground for fleas and dust mites. Unless you're vacuuming every time you open a window or door, chances are you've got something multiplying on your carpet. Steam cleaning can actually promote the growth of mold and mildew spores if not properly dried. If you have children that suffer from allergies you may want to consider the health benefits of hardwood flooring.

Hardwood flooring may be more expensive from the onset but consider that you may have to replace your carpet flooring every 10 years. After 5 years carpet start to look stained and worn. Hardwoods can last a lifetime with proper care and actually add value to your home. You are able to sweep up any dust particles and mop up any spills easily. It takes less time to care for your hardwood flooring and you aren't allowing any nasty little bugs to move in and take over your home.

If you're concerned about the comfort or noise of hardwood flooring, you can always add an area rug to hardwood floors that will give you a little more insulation and something soft to lie down on. Everything you need to improve your health and look of your home is available in San Diego flooring stores. They're easy to clean and can add a lovely accent to your home without creating a host of allergies that can get trapped into traditional carpet flooring.