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Carpeting in bathrooms was very popular maybe 40 years ago. The clear advantage is it feels warmer on bare feet when you get up on cold mornings.
They are however difficult to clean (as compared to a solid surface) and hold moisture. Two reasons why I feel carpet in bathrooms is a bad choice.
There are some.
- The material provides natural padding.
- As stated above it’s warming on bare feet during cold weather.
- Some people like the aesthetics of carpet.
Having said that, the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, especially if you’re a member of the “low maintenance club” as I am.
The chief issue with carpet is it absorbs moisture. For that reason alone, installing it in the wettest room of your house is an almost guarantee of future moisture issues and future repairs.
I’m not sure how to prioritize the possible issues: mold, mildew, wood rot. All three are bad, yet all three are the result of your flooring staying moist. The moisture gives mold and mildew a home in which to grow and thrive, and gives wood rot the ability to take hold.
Don’t do it. Don’t go there.
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