Allergies and Carpet
October 17, 2013
When it comes to allergies, carpet has gotten a bad rap. The theory went like this: Carpets hold onto allergens such as pet dander, dust, and pollen. If these allergens are being held in the carpet, then you can never make your home truly allergen free and therefore you will continue to suffer from allergies at home.
This idea seems like very valid reasoning on the surface and has been accepted as fact over the years. New studies have been conducted, however, that contradict this concept. It is true that carpets tend to hold onto allergens. No matter how well or how often you vacuum, you just can’t remove them all without a professional, deep steam clean.
Although this fact appears as a weakness in the argument for carpet, it is actually a hidden strength. Recent studies show that foot traffic on hard surfaces such as tile and vinyl cause four times the amount of particulate concentration in the air. Basically, when allergens fall on the carpet, then they stay in the carpet. When allergens fall on hard floors, then they re-circulate in the air and get breathed in by the people who live there.
The up side is that allergens on hard surfaces are easier to remove and clean. The downside, is that you would need to clean very thoroughly and very frequently in order to outweigh the benefit of carpeting. Using a HEPA filter while vacuuming your carpet is the best way to remove allergens as it traps them to ensure they don’t get released back into the air.
And, of course, when it comes time to give those carpets a deep, healthy clean then give a shout-out to the best carpet cleaner in Fresno! Aaron’s Quality Cleaners uses the highest quality equipment to make your clean the best carpet cleaning available!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.