Health Benefits of Regular Carpet Cleaning
When we think about air pollution, we tend to think of occurrences outside the house like car emissions, smoke from domestic fires, and pollution from industrial factories.
We are all well aware of the link between breathing polluted air and increased respiratory symptoms, Including:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Decreased lung function
- Aggravated asthma
What most people are not aware of is that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside.
Indoor air pollutants are the leading causes of asthma and breathing problems. Understanding and controlling common indoor pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
The air in our homes is heavily contaminated with pollen, food particles, dust mites, bacteria and dead skin cells.
All these pollutants get trapped in fabrics around the home and can cause serious health problems, especially to children and elderly people.
All these tiny particles float around the air in your home and aggravate allergies, irritate your throat, eyes, and nose, as well as weaken your immune system leading to more cold and flues while leaving you feeling lethargic.
Inadequate ventilation is an issue. Most of our time is spent trying to heat our homes. (and shouting at our kids telling them to close the door because it’s letting the heat out)
Although leaving a window open is not always a viable option. The truth is, if maintained and cleaned properly, your home-based carpet can actually improve your family’s health.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom, or you work in an office chances are you spend more than 90% of your time indoors.
A clean and well-maintained carpet can trap allergens and particles to prevent them from escaping into the air and being inhaled.
There are significant health benefits to maintaining clean carpets especially in homes with young children this is because children are usually harmed the most at risk. That is partly because young children spend a lot of time close to the floor, and because their immune system is not as robust as that of an adult.
Respiratory complications, like asthma, can be triggered by poor indoor air quality, which is why most homeowners notice improved health following a thorough cleaning of their carpet.
What Are the Real Benefits of Having A Clean Carpet in Your Home?
Carpets are the most popular kind of house flooring that most homes prefer due of their softness & warmth, it also makes your whole family feel welcome and feel at home.
Carpet literally acts as an air filter to trap dust, pollen, and potentially dangerous particles to improve indoor air quality and overall breathing.
Carpet can also act as a placemat for food crumbs and spilled drinks. It collects dirt, debris, and bacteria from daily life.
A clean carpet is the foundation of a cozy, comfortable and stylish home decoration. However, a badly kept carpet can ruin the mood of the whole room, no matter how nice the rest of the room design looks.
A clean carpet can have an instant impact on the visitors of a home and the inhabitants alike.
Aside from improving the appearance of a home and extending the life of carpets & rugs, professional carpet cleaning has numerous health benefits, which include:
(1) Prevent Unhealthy Mold Growths
The risk of mold and other unhealthy growths developing in dirty carpets is high in areas of high humidity where the carpet is exposed to moisture.
When it’s raining outside (Unfortunately all too often) moisture is tracked indoors, this moisture sinks into carpeting which promotes mildew and mold growth.
Studies have shown that mold is actually more harmful than smoking cigarettes as it produces spores on the lungs leading to serious health and respiratory diseases
(2) Prevents Dust Mites
Dust mites are microscopic and as such, many people are not aware of an infestation when it occurs. To put it into perspective about half a teaspoon of dust may contain up to 20,000 dust mites.
It is the feces of dust mites left behind which cause allergic reactions. The microscopic particles are easily inhaled when an infested area is disturbed.
(3) Good Air Quality
Cleaning your carpet removes dirty elements from the carpet surface. Breathing becomes difficult when these contaminants penetrate deep into the carpet. Asthma patients and those who have allergies find breathing easier after carpets have been cleaned.
Although we might not normally associate cleaning of carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Dust accumulated by not cleaning the carpet, circulate in the air and can affect the health of asthma patients and anybody actually.
(4) Elimination of Harmful Pollutants
Dirty carpets retain sources of indoor pollutants to the air. Apart from everyday dust and dirt, they contain pollutants, lead, allergens, and pet dander.
Toxic airborne gasses adhere to the particulate matter and become trapped in the carpet.
When people vacuum or walk over the carpet, toxic gasses are released into the air that is now contaminated.
Cleaning a carpet with high-powered vacuuming helps to remove deeply trapped pollutants.
Benefits of keeping our carpets clean
Keeping our carpets clean will invariably improve indoor air quality which can be beneficial to the home in the following ways:
(a) Reduced odors
Whether you cook a lot or carry out other activities that dirty the home, odors are always a potential problem. Bad smells do have a very unpleasant effect on your mood, thoughts, and behaviors. Bad odors can leave you uncharacteristically grumpy and irritable.
On the other hand, good smells—like chamomile, flowers, and citrus—improve your mood, reduce stress, and lower your heart rate.
(b) Balanced humidity
Good indoor air quality also brings about a good balance of humidity. Humidity, which is the amount of water in the air, affects all aspects of your environment. Too much makes breathing feel heavy and also makes your home feel stuffy and moist. The extra moisture causes mold growth and increased dust mite populations while also attracting pests.
(c) Better sleep
Our respiratory rate changes when we’re asleep such that our breathing rate decreases and becomes much steadier. So as important as air is when you’re awake, it’s just as important when you’re asleep.
With clean indoor air, you won’t have to worry about breathing problems, so you can wake up feeling refreshed.
(d) Easy breathing
Breathing is naturally an unconscious action. You do it without thinking much about it, but if your home’s air quality is low, breathing can feel terrible. Surviving on shallow breaths puts a lot of stress on your body, especially your heart and lungs, making even climbing a flight of stairs a physically tiring task.
With clean air, you can take big, easy breaths and give your body the oxygen it needs.
What to do:
Normal vacuuming is rarely enough as it only removes loose dirt from the carpet, to obtain the health benefits from having a carpet you should both vacuum and have your carpet deep cleaned and treated by a professional cleaner.
Professional cleaning uses high-pressure cleaning solutions to disintegrate oily and greasy matters, remove stains and any unwanted allergens.
Before hiring a carpet cleaning it’s important to note that the type of chemicals used will also have an impact on your health. All chemicals used should be eco-friendly – be sure to look for the CRI logo before hiring a professional cleaning company.
For more information visit our Carpet Cleaning Service Page or call us for a quote on (01) 877 0432