Solution to My Carpet Problem

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Five years ago while getting settled in our one-bedroom condo unit, we were thinking of ways to dress up our home to make it look presentable and homey. One of the things we decided on doing was to buy a medium-sized carpet to accentuate our living room. The design, color and size were just perfect. Our son, who was only 2 years old then, would always crawl on this carpet and sit on it while he was busy playing. Everything was good, except that my son developed a rash on his arms and legs a few days after we made him play on our living room carpet.

His pediatrician asked if there are new things inside our house that might have caused the appearance of tiny red spots on our child’s upper and lower limbs, and we said we bought a carpet for our living room. The doctor prescribed medications for our son’s skin problem and asked for the immediate removal of our lovely carpet from our house. She said while carpets are lovely home accessories, they also pose a threat to children’s health. Carpets harbor a number of pollutants that are harmful to kids with asthma or allergies. Dust mites, for instance, thrive in carpets and upholstery, and that could have been the culprit for my son’s skin dilemma.

The doctor said should we decide to use the carpet again, we should make sure that it is always clean and free from dirt to prevent the recurrence of our son’s skin rash. We decided to keep the carpet out of sight for years. My son turned 7 years old two weeks ago, and I’m now contemplating on taking the carpet out of its hiding place to bring back the warmth and coziness of our living room, but before I do that, I need to seek carpet cleaning help from the experts first.

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