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Posted on: Tue, 03/28/2006 - 9:40pm
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As a side note...we are currently in the process of building a new house and I was told that new carpets have very high levels of arsenic (sp?) which is very bad for growing children (obviously [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]).
We were set to put carpet in my pa/asthma's room because right now he has carpet (but no stuffed animals or curtains) and he seems to be o.k. I vaccum the carpet every week and the dog is not allowed in the bedrooms.
However, I think we will switch it to a laminate or something at least in his room.
Does anyone know if it matters if the child is allergic to dust or is it just purely an asthma trigger?
Donna

Posted on: Tue, 03/28/2006 - 11:14pm
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We, too, got rid of the carpet. My 5 yo PA was diagnosed with dog allergy at age 2 (hives). We got rid of living room carpet then, kept the dog out of the bedroom but still had carpet in her bedroom (didn't know better, obviously).
A couple of years later she got retested and dog allergy was gone but she was positive for tree pollens. We now got rid of all carpet, started using air purifier, change air filter in the furnace often (with allergy-friendly kind), and use HEPA filter in the vacuum. We also cover all our beds and pillows (protect against dust mites). We also make sure our basement stay dry (use dehumidifier) to prevent mold growth.
My understanding is that indoor allergens-like dust mites,mold, pets- are associated with asthma, and outdoor with rhinitis (although there are certainly overlapping). My daughter doesn't yet have asthma lthough she does have some hyperreactivity of the airways.
Good luck,
Sirimon

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2006 - 10:05pm
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Thank you so much for all the thoughtful responses! I have been pricing around and now have a much lower estimate than Home Depot's 20k.
I do have a few more questions:
1) Can you put laminate on the steps or is this a safety hazard (not strong enough)? I have received conflicting answers from contractors.
2) If we do put carpet just on the steps and wood/laminate elsewhere, is berber carpet better than a plush type bc it is more dense and in theory, easier to keep clean?
3) Any other ideas on what people did on their staircases?
Thanks for all the good thoughts!!

Posted on: Wed, 03/29/2006 - 11:30pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Ethan Mom:
[b]Thank you so much for all the thoughtful responses! I have been pricing around and now have a much lower estimate than Home Depot's 20k. [/b]
say it isn't so. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Quote:[b]I do have a few more questions:
1) Can you put laminate on the steps or is this a safety hazard (not strong enough)? I have received conflicting answers from contractors.
2) If we do put carpet just on the steps and wood/laminate elsewhere, is berber carpet better than a plush type bc it is more dense and in theory, easier to keep clean?
3) Any other ideas on what people did on their staircases?
Thanks for all the good thoughts!!
[/b]
1: Our three stairs from the bedrooms to the kitchen are oaked in just like our other floors. [i]I love it.[/i] Those three stairs take a beating. You wouldn't know it tho. Our home is basically floored in kitchen ceramic, (wish I would have done oak), and 3/4 inch tongue in groove solid oak. Just a medium grade, that's all. Natural stain with polyurethane coating.
We have *one* room of berber (hate it) It's been there under 5 years. It was a "better" grade. It cost around 600-700 installed. On sale. [i]It's time for it to go.....[/i] Can't wait till we replace it with hard wood. It's a room closed off, and I'd like to have a multi shade border built into the oak pattern around the room. KWIM? I find the berber difficult to keep clean, vacuum, and it stains oddly. We have no pets. But hey, maybe that's just my bad luck. We replaced *all* the builders carpet in our last home around 5 years. It was pricey, considering the life of the product.
When we finish our basement? I'm looking forward to oaking in the kitchen, and contracting a staricase company to oak the stairs. I'd like a curled rail on each side at the base. Something grander. Something worthy of Christmas pictures. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'm saving. (But still going to Disney. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )
I'll add: We purchased our home new. We took "builder's credit" for the carpeting, and applied it to the oak floors. Considering the price of other options, it was comparible (in our case--Individual Mileage May Vary) to the cost of the "third car garage" or another half of basement. Or the study. I might have even given up the "third" part of the garage, now retrospectively. At the time, I wasn't too sure. But maybe that's just me.
~no advice intended, just speaking personally. *I* wouldn't dream of doing any other floor covering besides oak in my home. But individual mileage may vary. It could just be me.

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 2:39am
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My family is currently having a home built. We put the wood like laminate in most of the home. We have linoleum in the 3 bathrooms and the laundry room. We put carpet in the master bedroom, and the 4th bedroom - which will always be known as Mom's office. And we have real oak treads on the stairs. The rest of the home has the laminate. We would have done the real wood floors but couldn't afford it, so we did what we could live with and afford at the same time. It looks wonderful, can't wait to get moved in!
It cost us $1000 to have the wood stairs put in minus what ever they were going to charge to cover them in carpet. Part of the added expense is the super nice real wood bannister & spindles that they had to use in order to match the nice stairs.
Our PA son has reactive airway issues, so I wanted to put the laminate in his room - once his twin found out, he demanded it too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] So both children have the laminate in their rooms - I think it is going to be SO much easier to keep things actually clean.
I know that it makes for more work some times because you can actually see the dirt instead of it just being hidden in the carpet. But once you have *hard* floors, I don't think you'll ever want to go back! The first home we bought - we had it build & had all hard flooring surfaces except for the bedrooms. Then we moved & bought a spec home that was 95% carpet - except for bathrooms, laundry room, entry way and kitchen. We hated it the entire 4.5 years we lived there. So now we are back to building our own with our own style of flooring - only wish we could afford the real wood.
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Sherlyn
Mom to 6 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 4:11am
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Ethan Mom,
This is timely for me as I just posted on OFF TOPIC board about whether or not I should carpet my stairs. My son also has asthma and we moved out of a rented house where we lived for 7 years which was wall to wall except kitchen, bathroom and downstairs hall which were tiled.
Now that I've moved in the new house I had laminate put in the living room. But here I have to relate a bad experience unlike others here. A friend of a friend put our laminate down and where most of the boards meet the laminate is chipped so 400 euro later I have to have the whole thing ripped up and done again. And this guy suppossedly knew what he was doing!
Anyway, there was lino in the kitchen and bathrooms put down by builders. That will stay until this summer when I have money to tile. But the reason I've been debating about the stairs is that my 3 year old runs around like a lunatic and he already fell down the stairs (carpeted) in the last house and I really worry that if I sand and varnish landings and stairs he will go right down and I think he would crack his head open on these stairs or on the bottom landing.
So, I think that I will carpet the stairs and landings for a couple of years and then rip up and sand and varnish floors. All the bedrooms are sanded and varnished pine (way too soft). So all in all we're way ahead of where we were and I don't have to worry about 3 year old killing himself.
Barb

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 8:22am
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We removed our carpets 10 years ago and after almost a lifetime, my husband stopped taking his "seasonal allergy meds."
Our guest room is the only carpeted room in the house.
I use a wonderful product called "QUICK SHINE by Holloway House" to take care of them. (our floors are 60+ years old). We sanded and polyurthaned them once. (10 yrs ago) For the older floors use the special cleaner that Holloway has then the Quick Shine. The stuff last a very long time.
Awesome!

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 8:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by perpetually perplexed:...I use a wonderful product called "QUICK SHINE by Holloway House" to take care of them. (our floors are 60+ years old). We sanded and polyurthaned them once. (10 yrs ago) For the older floors use the special cleaner that Holloway has then the Quick Shine. The stuff last a very long time.Awesome![/B]
We also use Quick Shine by Holloway House...love the stuff. It makes worn and tired floors shine and it is easy to use...a must have for hardwood floors!
Donna

Posted on: Mon, 03/27/2006 - 3:34am
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My Dr. told me that he did not care what it cost --- the carpets had to go.
We put down a laminate because we could not afford wood either. I think it is better -- just not optimal but we cannot all have perfect houses environmentally.
Going with a low-voc paint should not cost that much more.
As much chemical exposure you can save yourself, the better. You cannot take it all on at once ---- start by getting the carpests out.

Posted on: Mon, 03/27/2006 - 3:35am
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I am actually about to tear the carpet out of my house and lay a laminate floor. I'm no expert, but I think laminate is very safe. Plus, its a lot more cost efficient compared to real hard wood.
My daughter is PA and has Asthma and the carper in our house is awful. I can just imagine how many allergens live in my carpet. Especially with two dogs. My daughters allergist thinks it will make a big difference in the health of all my family.....fortunately we only have 600 square feet of carpet in the house, so it wont be too much money.

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