You have allergies, so you should avoid carpet- correct? Not exactly! There is a common misconception that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. But, actually, the opposite is true.
Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet may actually help reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies. Why? Carpeting effectively traps airborne particles and allows regular vacuuming to effectively eliminate any particles so that they are not left to float in the air. Also, when carpet is kept clean and dry, mold cannot grow on synthetic fibers.
Keeping your Carpet Clean
To keep your carpet clean and in great shape, reduce allergens, and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI):
- 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.
- 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. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.
- Deep Clean
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. To find a CRI Seal of Approval Service Provider visit www.carpet-rug.org.
Carpet provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. Call 703-298-8876 for your free in-home consultation or visit one of our showrooms.
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