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Floors not damp? Do not bet on that. All cement floors have moisture issues, unless you are
You have radon? Then the vapor barrier has failed. As the plastic will keep the radon gas from getting into the living area.
Ideally tile floors or simply painted or stained floors is best. Does not harbor mold and is easy to clean. Carpet runners and large throw rugs can be used for comfort. Carpet tiles also can be used as long as you remove them and clean both sides.
Forget about using steam or chemical cleaners from the guys in the white vans that clean carpets, Mold loves steam. So does the dust mites that thrive in moisture.
Have children? Earaches? Can be caused by dust mites. Remember children breath in a different air zones then adults. They spend their time laying on floor and rolling around. Adults, well most adults sit up and are not exposed to the same air that their kids are.
So if your able to remove and properly clean. You will be better off. But if the carpet squares are fastened down with any sort of cement. I would suggest against this practice.