The carpet in your home traps everything – dirt, dust mites, dead skin, pollen. Even with regular cleaning, and the recommended changing of air filters, contaminants are left behind, and as these microscopic flecks fall to the floor, the carpet catches them like a web.
While this fact has prompted some experts to declare that a carpet-free home is ideal, carpet actually serves as the largest air filter in most homes, trapping pollutants that would otherwise be floating around in the air you breathe, according to Professor Alan Hedge of Cornell University.
While this filtering is beneficial to health on a temporary basis, like any filter, your carpets need regular cleaning. Unlike the filters in a ventilation system or air purifier, though, carpeting can’t be pulled up and changed as it fills with pollutants.
Nor does it need to be.
There are a few simple ways to keep pollutant levels in your home in check. These include:
- Keeping humidity levels at 50%. Dust mites thrive in 70% humidity or above, while too much moisture leads to mold and mildew.
- Dusting hard surfaces with a damp cloth to prevent the redistribution of dust.
- Washing bed clothes, tablecloths, fabric seat cushions, and stuffed animals in hot water to kill dust mites.
- Replacing mattress pads and pillows every few years.
- Regularly vacuuming all fabric surfaces, including curtains and furniture, as well as carpeted floors.
Vacuuming keeps the contaminants in carpets under control. It doesn’t, however, reach the base level of carpets, where pollutants go to hide.
A deep steam cleaning of your home’s carpet and upholstered furnishings with commercial-strength equipment lifts out contaminants in carpet and furniture that have a negative impact on your family’s respiratory health. Let’s set up a yearly appointment to keep the allergens in your home at minimal levels to ensure your carpets are the cleanest they can be.