Indoor Air Quality in your home or office can be affected by many different things. Did you know that clean carpet can actually help to filter out many airborne particulates and keep them away from your breathing zone? Since some experts say that indoor air quality can be up to 100 times worse than outside, how do you improve the indoor condition? Over the last few years there have been many studies by organizations such as the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), Professional Testing Labs, and other scientific studies and they all confirm that carpet that is kept clean will trap allergens better than a hard surface floor and keep them out of your breathing zone. Once the allergens, particles, and other dust have been trapped by the carpet fibers they will remain there until routine maintenance or cleaning can remove them.
Allergy sufferers everywhere are commonly misled to believe that carpet in their homes aggravates their problems. To solve this a lot of times people remove the carpet in their homes. But does this really help? The fact is that having clean carpet in your home can not only help with sound, slip and fall issues, and help the space feel warmer, it can also help filter out any airborne particulates from the air thus helping to improve the indoor air quality of the space. It’s not the carpet that triggers the allergies or asthma but the particulates and dust in the air that are the problem. However, this can only be accomplished with clean carpet. Carpet that is not cleaned regularly and maintained properly will not function as well. Clean carpet will help trap and hold the particulates and keep them out of your breathing zone and this helps improve the indoor air quality of the entire space.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC or simply the Institute) conducted a survey called, “You’d be floored”. In that survey 81 percent of the people felt that their health was directly related to the cleanliness of their floor coverings. To combat this and help improve the indoor air quality of your home many experts advise to have your floor coverings professionally cleaned every 1-2 years depending on traffic and type of floor covering. The Institute is the leading industry organization for certifying cleaning and restoration companies and has over 65,000 registrants in 22 countries.
Allergy sufferers everywhere have thought for years that many of their problems came from the carpet in their homes. While this may have been the case, if they would have had clean carpet then maybe they wouldn’t have had the problems in the first place. So if you are remodeling your home to help reduce allergies or asthma consider carpet as part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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