Carpet Cleaning - Tips To Provide Relief From Allergies

by Jim Thornton - Date: 2008-09-29 - Word Count: 744 Share This!

Carpet is the most popular choice of homeowners across the country. It is the most versatile choice that offers a high degree of fashion and at the same time is very practical. Choosing carpet for your home can provide many benefits that you don't get with other flooring choices.

Carpet offers a slip resistant surface that will prevent accidents along with a natural cushion if someone falls. Both carpet and carpet padding will provide an extra layer of much needed insulation between the floors of your home. Depending on the density and weight of the carpet, it adds to the energy efficiency. It is the best choice you can make to provide warmth underfoot and it reduces noise and the clatter, more than any other floor surface. The carpets of today are more stain resistant than they have ever been in the past, which makes cleaning even the worst possible spills easier than ever.

Many people think that carpets and allergies are a bad combination. Even some allergists will encourage their patients to remove carpeting in favor of hardwood or tile floors. However, carpets can actually help to reduce the allergens in your home by trapping them, as long as they are properly cleaned on a regular schedule. Neglecting your carpet will show or may create health concerns you are not aware of.

Indoor air quality is a growing concern today because homes are being built tighter to be more energy efficient. Indoor air quality is important to your health because we spend over 80% of our time indoors. It is one of the top five environmental health risks of our time but you can improve your indoor air and provide dramatic relief from allergies by following a few simple tips.

Most of the problems that are associated with carpet come from a lack of attention to maintenance. If you consistently vacuum your carpet 3 or 4 times a week and set up a regular deep cleaning schedule your carpeting will be free from alot of the allergens that will aggravate your allergies. Vacuuming with a vacuum that has a hepa filter will prevent the circulation of allergens back into the air.

With your upholstered furniture you should also vacuum quite frequently to remove the allergens that trigger an allergy attack. Making sure there is no buildup of dust and other allergens in your upholstered furniture will prevent a burst of these particles into your breathing zone when people plop down on the furniture or when little kids jump on it.

Using doormats at each entrance, to diminish the amount of pesticide, dirt, and other outdoor items tracked onto the carpet can greatly improve your indoor air quality and prevent these allergens from moving into your breathable air. Avoid decorating with soft upholstery, tapestries, thick drapes or long, heavy curtains that are difficult to wash and attract dust. Instead, use shutters, blinds, or light, washable curtains on your windows. Try to use furniture with canvas, leather, or some other dense, easily cleaned fabric.

Remove spots on the carpet as quickly as you see them. Spills and stains often include food, drinks, pet stains like urine or other unsanitary problems that cause the growth of bacteria. Odors are a sure sign of bacteria but even if the area doesn't show a stain bacteria can still grow. By removing these marks from the carpet you prevent any reaction to your allergies.

Indoor molds spread in areas of your home that are warm, dark and humid or are poorly ventilated such as showers or basements. Moisture and warmth cause molds to spread more quickly. Controlling humidity and taking steps around the home to control mold growth in your carpets can help to avoid triggering allergy symptoms.

Dust mites, mold, mildew, fungus, and allergens are easily and effectively removed with proper carpet cleaning. Experts say that one of the best ways to keep these minute dangers from thriving and getting a strong foothold in your upholstery, rugs and carpets is to have carpet and upholstery cleaning done at least two times each year. There are various types of carpet cleaning methods available to homeowners and a low moisture method is best to prevent any of these minute creatures from growing and multiplying in your carpets or furniture.

Following these simple tips will greatly improve your indoor air quality in your home and help to prevent any development of allergies, asthma or any other breathing problems as a result of the carpets or furniture in your home.

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Jim Thornton has been carpet cleaning for over 30 years. In that time many methods of cleaning have been used but the best results have been achieved with dry foam extraction and a cleaning solution using encapsulation technology. For more information go to

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