Born in Edina and raised in Burnsville, I have lived my whole life in Minnesota. With all the salt and sand, the sloppy slush, the muddy springs, why install carpet in our homes? Before becoming a carpet cleaner I didn’t give it much thought, but I might have chosen hardwood or laminate flooring. Hard floors don’t stain as easily and are easier to dry when moisture is introduced. Still, the truth is carpet insulates in multiple ways. I learned this cleaning for television studios. In the control room they actually carpet their walls. This reduces echo, and absorbs sound to help soundproof the room and keep those sounds from being picked up by the microphones in the studio. Everyone who lives in Minnesota knows how cold it gets here in the winter. Carpet creates a comfortable barrier between the frozen floor and our sensitive feet. Personally, I like lying on the carpet in front of the fire with hot chocolate in the winter.
It’s my personal and professional opinion that as long as you clean and protect your carpet once a year and take your shoes off at the door, you will be happier with the cozy feel of carpet than chilly hardwood floors.