The common belief that carpets aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies may turn out to be only a myth. There is an increasing body of evidence that suggests that a carpet itself does not cause allergic reactions: a carpet may even help in reducing the amount of airborne pollutants and allergens in your home – the true cause of your allergies.
What is the connection between your carpets and your asthma and allergy attacks? And – is there any? Only a few decades ago, the Swiss government granted orders to remove all carpets from government buildings and national institutions, for public health reasons. Many doctors advised their patients suffering from allergies to remove the carpeting from their homes.
If authorities like the government bodies and medical doctors think that your carpets may be contributing to the allergy and asthma attacks then you must be true? The truth is – it depends! Your carpet is like a giant air filter that acts like a trap for all airborne particles in your home, including allergens. Particles like dust and other allergens float in the air and settle on hard surfaces, where they're easily stirred up in the air again. Any time that you walk across your carpet, these particles become airborne again.
When you vacuum and other work to maintain your carpets, you remove all those allergens trapped in the carpeting. A well-maintained carpet can actually improve your allergy and asthma symptoms by keeping the number of airborne allergens in check, and then before your indoor air cleaner. However, if you let the allergens build up in your carpeting, the indoor air quality will degrade, and the allergy and asthma sufferers will have a flare-up of their problems.
It is unfortunate that carpets got to be associated with allergies and similar health problems, because it can be argued convincingly that the exact opposite is true. The airborne dust that accumulates in unkempt carpeting is the culprit! Get rid of the allergens lurking in your carpets by increasing the vacuum frequency and performing a “deep clean” from time to time.
It is recommended to get your carpets cleaned by a professional cleaning service at least once a year, especially if you have allergy sufferers in your household. Your carpets will not only look good and last longer, but the indoor air quality in your home will improve. All carpet owners can now breathe a sigh of relief!