A common myth surrounding carpet is the ‘allergy effect’ that it may cause in the home. We often hear customers saying they do not want carpet in the home because they are highly sensitive and allergic to them. But what are they actually allergic to?
Synthetic carpets, which outnumber sales of wool carpets significantly, do not provide a food source for biological growth, however, airborne biologicals can collect on these surfaces, as they can do on any flooring surface. The problem in the home is the inadequate cleaning techniques that are used:
- Contaminated cotton mops.
- Ineffective maintenance procedures.
- If mops are not dried and disinfected correctly after use then hard surfaces could contain higher levels of biological contaminates.
- Cleaning carpets only when they ‘look dirty’.
Allergens that settle on flooring are only released into the air with the movement and shuffling of feet. It is interesting to know that studies have revealed that dust, lint and other dirt are held down in a carpet until they are vacuumed whilst the same does not go for hard surfaces where they can be kicked up and become airborne.
In summary it is worthwhile to vacuum your carpet regularly and have them professionally cleaned every 12-18 months to keep them looking fantastic as well as extending their life.