Over the years, carpet has gotten a bad reputation. It's hard to maintain, spills accumulate, and professional carpet care is expensive. These are a few of the negative assumptions about carpet.
In addition, you might assume that because your carpet is trampled on by many and you don't have time to vacuum as often as you should, you're more apt to suffer from ALLERGIES.
But guess what — that negative assumption is actually a myth.
In fact, there are studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.
A study done in the late 90’s in Sweden yielded the oposite results one would expect! When carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. Recently, 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. (Source: United Allergy Service)
Just like the saying, "don’t kill the messenger," carpets are not at fault for environmental consequences of improper care and maintenance.
Treat Your Carpet Like Your Favorite Sweater
Think of your carpet like your favorite sweater. You love that sweater so you wear that sweater. After you wear it, eventually it gets dirty and needs to be washed. You're so careful with it, you might even wash it on the hand wash setting.
In like manner, your carpet is walked on by your family and maybe even pets frequently, and it needs to be cleaned regularly to look its best and last long.
This actually leads us to the truth about carpet and allergies.
Carpet Actually Helps With Allergies
Carpet acts much like a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air you and your family breathe. These trapped allergens, such as pollen, pet dander and dust are caught up in the carpet fibers.
Unless you're sticking your nose in the carpet for long periods of time and sniffing out the dust and pollen, carpet actually helps prevent allergies from flowing through the air in your home.
Then, the grime can easily be removed through proper and frequent cleaning techniques such as vacuuming, hot water extraction, or steam cleaning. Read more about why hot water extraction is the best way to clean your carpet.
Learn about three carpet cleaning basics or download this free ebook about how to prevent allergens in your home.