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Carpets & Your Health
Breath easy with clean carpet – a must read for Allergy sufferers
Carpeting has been a long time integral part of the indoor environment and there are long-held beliefs that carpets adversely impact allergy sufferers. In recent years carpets have been receiving some unfavorable publicity. The major Carpet Misconceptions relates to carpets being bad for people with asthma & breathing problems, however, according to multiple studies the opposite appears to be true!
Noted toxicologist Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph. D., DABT, looked at carpet and its purported link to asthma and allergies in his research paper, Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality. In the report, Dr. Sauerhoff reviewed more than 23 scientific studies representing research performed in the U.S. and around the world. After months of research, Dr. Sauerhoff concluded that the negative perceptions and persistent, long-held beliefs on carpet’s alleged negative characteristics are not consistent with current nonconclusive research.
A governed study that spanned over 15 years In Sweden concluded that no link existed between carpets and allergy or asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent.
Another study conducted in 2003, based on school children in New Jersey America, found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just three of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and asthma or allergies.
How Carpet Helps Asthma & Allergy Sufferers
Rather than contributing to allergy and asthma problems, carpet helps those with these conditions and well-maintained carpet is safe.
Carpet act like a large filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air you and your family breathe. These trapped allergens, such as pollen, pet dander and dust, can then easily be removed through professional cleaning techniques.
- Help improve indoor air quality
- Keep allergens out of the air
- Contain the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of common flooring choices
- Create a safe ground
Healthy Home Management System
To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet & Rug Institute:
- Vacuum regularly
High-traffic or pet areas should be vacuumed daily, medium-traffic areas need to be vacuumed about twice a week and light-traffic areas should be vacuumed weekly.
- Limit dirt intrusion.
The ideal situation is keep as much dirt and grime off the carpet as possible. Be proactive and put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home.
- Deep clean
Professional carpet cleaning by hot water extraction is recommended every six months – one year. This process extracts deeply embedded dirt that regular vacuuming can’t reach.
If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also. Like carpet, these also need regular cleaning. Drapes and blinds can build up microscopic allergens quickly from open windows. Vacuum and wash regularly and consider hiring a professional cleaner once a year or as needed.
Carpet Cleaning provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. So before you spend a lot of money taking out your home’s carpet, remember why you chose it in the first place. Then take the proper steps to clean it so it complements your home for many years to come.
Clean floors are healthy floors, and carpet is a good choice for any home, including those of personas with asthma and/or allergies.