Common Household Allergens in Dirty Carpet

Dirty carpets can store several common household allergens. After allergens and pollutants circulate throughout the air in your home, they then fall to the ground and are trapped in the carpet.

It might not sound like it, but carpet is the best flooring choice for a healthier home since the allergens and pollutants will not recirculate into the air again or be breathed in by you or your family members.

Once trapped in your carpet, allergens can be removed with routine vacuuming and scheduled professional carpet cleaning once every 6-18 months.

Here are some of the most common allergens in carpet:

Dust Mites

Dust mites strive in indoor climate and particularly in bedding, mattresses, carpet and areas around your home where moisture might be stored. The dust mites absorb the moisture created from those surfaces in order to survive.

Allergens produced by house dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma and other allergic symptoms. Typical symptoms of house dust mite allergies are itchiness, sneezing, inflamed or infected skin, watery and red eyes, sneezing repeatedly, runny noses and clogging in the lungs.

Properly maintaining and cleaning your carpet and keeping humidity levels below 50% can help reduce the chance of dust mites in your home.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is microscopic flecks of skin shed off from cats and dogs and other animals with fur or feathers. Typically older pets produce larger amounts of pet dander more often than younger pets.

Dander tends to circulate in the air much longer than most allergens, which means it can be transferred in and out of homes and business very easy, even if no animals live in a home.

Allergic reactions to dander typically involve respiratory issues, including prolonged coughing and trouble breathing.

In order to prevent pet allergens, it’s recommended to keep pets out of your home as much as possible. If you own a pet, don’t let pets rest on beds or furniture and perform regular carpet cleaning.

Pet urine in carpet can also have negative health consequences. You will want to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to thoroughly clean and remove pet urine stains and odor.


Mold is a common fungus often found in damp, poorly ventilated, dark areas of a home. It is a component of household dust or sometimes spoiled food or spilled liquids.

Allergies and respiratory issues can occur when large quantities of mold are breathed in. Some mold, known as “toxic mold”, contains mycotoxins which can potentially lead to neurological problems after extended periods of exposure.

Preventing mold requires maintaining relatively low moisture levels throughout your home, routinely removing all trash from your home and monitoring expiration dates on food kept in your kitchen.

If you are having your carpets professionally cleaned, and want all mold to be removed, be sure to hire a low-moisture company like Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. Call them at (414) 545-7900.

Excessive water used when steam cleaning carpet can potentially result in moisture being left behind and result in expedited mold growth. Champion Chem-Dry uses no harsh chemicals, green-certified methods and 1/5 the amount of moisture of steam cleaners use.

If you take care of your carpet with proper vacuuming and hiring carpet cleaners, your carpets will take care of you as they will trap in the pet dander, dust mites and mold and improve the air quality in your home.

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