Sunday, October 1

Allergies and Your Carpet: Debunking the Myths

Allergy sufferers may be reluctant to install carpeting in their home due to the many warnings and cautionary recommendations that continue to be spread and disseminated without much merit.

Here’s the truth, carpeting has plenty of great benefits and advantages to beautify the home and make it more comfortable and inviting. These claims that carpets can have an adverse effect on your health and trigger allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to asthma and other respiratory illness are simply untrue.

What is true, however, is that any component of your home can become unhealthy for you when it isn’t properly cleaned or maintained. A sink or shower that is left unwashed for any length of time could develop mold. You’re certainly not going to avoid having those things in your house. The same goes for your carpet.

Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular myths about allergies and carpet and consider the realities that exist instead.

Allergy Sufferers Should Avoid Carpeting

Untrue. In fact, carpets could actually be beneficial to the highly allergic as the fibers are very effective in catching and containing the allergens, particles, and other respiratory nuisances that can float around in the air.

When those elements are stuck in the carpet, they can’t be inhaled and trigger a reaction. But, of course, with all of those potentially harmful mites and molecules trapped in the carpets you’re going to want to eliminate them before too many get stuck and simply walking across those fibers releases them again.

That’s why ChemDry suggests that you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year or more. Routine vacuuming can also reduce the possibility of allergens causing a reaction.

Carpets are Difficult to Clean

Anything left uncleaned for an extended period of time is going to be tougher to restore to its original condition. This goes for any part of the home, your carpet included. Stains can set and dirt can be ground into the pile making it very tough to extract.

But that’s not the case with routine maintenance and an occasional deep-cleaning every year or so. ChemDry offers highly effective hot-water extraction and steam cleaning services that can get all of the hard to reach dirt and grime located below the surface of the fibers.

These carpet cleaning procedures won’t just improve the look and feel of the carpet but give it a fresh scent as well.

Carpets Contain Dangerous Chemicals

Carpets Contain Dangerous Chemicals

This myth is likely based on the fact that small amounts of formaldehyde were part of the carpet manufacturing process at one time. But that hasn’t been the case since the late 1970’s. Formaldehyde is no longer used in the making of carpet.

All you have now are materials such as wool, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and synthetic latex. Each of these elements of a carpet has been tested and determined as safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. They won’t harm you or your family and won’t wreak havoc on your allergies either.

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