Are Carpets Bad for People With Allergies?

Many substances trigger asthma and allergy attacks. Common allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust and dust mites lodge in the fibers of a carpet. Does that mean carpets are bad for those with asthma? Not necessarily.

There’s not a one-answer-fits-all when it comes to allergies and carpets. Some asthma sufferers may be better off without carpets, while others may be helped by them.

Carpets Can Hold Allergens in Place

Compared to a hard floor a carpet holds a lot of particles. Because allergens are held in the carpet fibers, some people believe that carpets protect against airborne asthma triggers. By contrast, specks of dust on a floor can easily become airborne and cause problems.

Carpet Cleaning Protects Against Asthma Attacks

The best way to reduce the irritants in a carpet is through frequent vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning. Clean with a high-quality vacuum equipped with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Vacuum at least once a week and keep the filter clear by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once a year, or more often if needed, hire a professional carpets cleaner. Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning uses a low-moisture, quick-drying process that can’t be replicated with DIY equipment. Why does this matter? A carpet that doesn’t dry quickly grows mold or mildew. Both of these unwelcome M-words exacerbate asthma.

Further reduce the presence of allergens in a carpet by keeping windows closed during times of high pollen count. It also helps to be diligent about changing filters in your HVAC system.

Are There Times When a Carpet Should Be Removed?

Some allergy-sufferers may benefit if wall-to-wall carpeting is removed. If there’s carpeting in damp areas of your home, removing it may improve air quality. For instance, a carpet in a bathroom or kitchen is seldom a good idea. The humidity and moisture in these rooms make carpet cleaning a headache.

Bedrooms with hard floors may be better for some. People spend many hours enclosed in a bedroom. This can aggravate asthma if allergens are present. It’s important to note that flooring made from synthetic materials can release VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These can trigger allergic reactions. The release of VOCs may last only a few days after installation. Low-VOC flooring is available.

Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning can help you breathe easier by treating your carpet to a deep cleaning that dries in about an hour. Give us a call at (360) 606-2707, or contact us to request a free estimate.

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