Can Carpet Improve Air Quality in Your Home?

Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recently explored whether carpet is bad for your health. It’s true that carpet that is unattended to and left dirty, damp or wet can possibly contain several allergens and toxins, whereas maintained, clean carpet offers no evident health risks.

In fact, not only does clean carpet last longer, look better and limit the likelihood of allergens, it can actually improve the air quality in your home.

When allergens, dust, dirt or pollutants fall from the air onto carpet, that’s where they stay, out of harm’s way, until they’re removed through regular vacuuming or professional carpet cleaning. That’s not the case for tile, hardwood and other smooth floor surfaces.

Smooth surfaces allow the dust and allergens to re-circulate throughout the air in your home, meaning there is an increased likelihood of you or your family eventually breathing in the allergens.

How to Remove Allergens in Carpet

First and foremost, you will want to use a vacuum with the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval. Consult the CRI website for a full list of products that meet their standards to ensure you are using the best tools possible to maintain and clean carpet.

You will then want to vacuum your carpet on a routine basis. Regular vacuuming sucks up all the allergens into the vacuum bag or unit and out of the airflow of your home. Proper vacuuming includes checking corners and behind furniture, cleaning from the “top down” as well as using a zigzag motion multiple times over the same area to ensure the carpet is completely clear of dirt, dust and other toxins.

It is recommended that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once every 6 to 18 months to ensure that not only dirt on the surface is removed, but embedded dirt within the carpet fibers as well.

For the best carpet cleaning in Waukesha, and the healthiest, you will want to call Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield at (414) 545-7900. Champion Chem-Dry is a breath of fresh air in the industry and provides a drier cleaning method than traditional steam cleaners thanks to the power of carbonation and their green-certified cleaning solution, The Natural. Their Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) has received the CRI Platinum Seal of Approval.

Because their methods are drier, carpets are damp for only one to two hours after your appointment, as opposed to 24 hours or more. Drier carpets limit the chance of mold, bacteria or mildew growth that can result from carpet being left wet for too long.

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