Did you know that, in addition to pollutants like dust mites, pet dander, mold, dust and dirt, toxic gases in the air can adhere to your carpet? Plus your carpet can hold eight times its weight in toxin-filled dirt! This is a health concern for all of us. But for those sensitive to allergens, it can be an even bigger problem.
What can you do?
A good doormat is an easy, affordable way to keep toxins from entering your home. Taking your shoes off is also a good idea. Washing your pet’s feet after he’s been outside is advised, too. Additionally, vacuum at least twice a week. Check to be sure your vacuum is well sealed to reduce the chance of dirty air blowing back into your home. Finally, professionally steam clean your carpet at least once a year to not only keep the air in your home cleaner, but extend the life of your carpet.
If you are installing new carpet, the fumes associated with installation, or “out-gassing,” can also be harmful to your health. Often this is associated with the carpet underlay, or “padding.” Sometimes foam is used, and if it is petroleum based, it can “outgas,” or emit odors. Directly following installation, it’s important to let your home ventilate for 48 to 72 hours. Also, if possible, request the carpet be unrolled at the warehouse for 72 hours prior to installation for additional airing. Make sure to install the carpet with staples, not glue. For those extra sensitive to odors, get an air purifier. Any dust or toxins dislodged into the air from the carpet during use and vacuuming will be removed.
Revive Carpet Cleaners has been revitalizing homes and refreshing the interior of businesses in the Puget Sound for more than a generation. Give us a call today to schedule a Spring cleaning for your carpets!