Allergens & Carpet Care
Many people think that carpets and allergies are a bad combination. Even some allergists will encourage their patients to remove carpeting in favour of hardwood or tile floors. However, carpets can actually help to reduce the allergens in your home by trapping them, and ensuring they are properly cleaned on a regular schedule.
Dust mites are one of the single largest allergy problems within home dwellings. Mites are too small to see but live in particles of dust and eat both the dust and human skin that has been shed. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide, but there are significant ways to reduce their numbers and their effect on you with a consistent cleaning schedule.
Allergenic pollen is usually generated by plants that are pollinated by the wind carrying pollen from one plant to another. Because pollen is carried in the air, it is generally a part of your home's atmosphere, although it will be worse during certain times of year. There are ways to significantly reduce the amount of pollen to which you are exposed by having your carpets cleaned annually.
Cigarette smoke contains a number of toxic chemicals and irritants. People with a cigarette smoke allergy may be more sensitive to cigarette smoke than others, and research studies indicate that smoking may aggravate allergies. Smoking does not just harm smokers but also those around them. Research has shown that children and spouses of smokers tend to have more respiratory infections and asthma than those of non-smokers.
Pet dander are the little flakes of skin and hair that your pet sheds during the normal course of his lifetime. Pet dander, like dust mites, are very small particles that are attracted to the fibers of your carpet. If you have no carpet, pet dander could pose a more significant allergy problem as walking on the wood or tile will kick the dander up into the air to be breathed.