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Carpet and Allergies: Debunking the Myth

carpet allergies apopkaCarpet has gained quite the reputation in the past decade, fueled by a multitude of baseless assumptions. But is there truth behind the rumors about this very popular flooring option? With a little investigation you’ll find many assumptions are myths – making carpet a viable flooring option that can benefit everyone, including allergy sufferers.

Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions about carpet is that it’s bad for people with allergies. But the 60 million Americans that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that live with respiratory ailments might be surprised to learn that the opposite appears to be true, according to multiple studies.

A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet and allergy and asthma attacks. [source] In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergic reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent.

In 2003, a study of school children in New Jersey 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 two of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.

Think of your carpet like you would a sweater. If you wear a sweater, it eventually gets dirty and needs to be washed. Your carpet is walked on by people and pets frequently, and much like a sweater, needs to get cleaned regularly to look its best and last a long time.

To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI):

  1. Vacuum regularly
    How often do you really need to vacuum? 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. Use a CRI-certified vacuum for optimum soil removal, dust containment and to avoid damage to your carpet.
  2. Limit dirt intrusion
    Keeping as much dirt and grime off the carpet as possible is ideal. Be proactive and put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home.
  3. Deep clean
    At least once a year your carpet should be cleaned by hot water extraction by a professional. 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. Drapes and blinds can build up microscopic allergens quickly from open windows. Vacuum and wash regularly and consider hiring the professionals at Gator Clean at least once a year or as needed.

Call Gator Clean today at (352) 508-4556 or fill out our handy Free Quote Request Form for an estimate on Allergen Removals!

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