The surprising news is that the carpeting in your home likely poses more potential health concerns than many homeowners realize. This includes toxins and allergens such as pet dander and dust mites that can hide deep in the carpet and trigger allergy and asthma issues for residents and visitors. The good news is that an ongoing cleaning program that includes vacuuming and occasional professional treatments can ensure your carpeting remains clean – and healthy.
Mold and Fungus
The risk of mold and fungus in home carpeting is so great that it is part of a database of potential home health hazards created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The greatest risk is for carpeting located in or outside kitchens and bathrooms, typically the wettest rooms in the home. Mold spores can trigger allergy and asthma attacks and create headaches as well as eye, nose and throat irritation. Mold also can spread beyond the carpeting and become an issue throughout the home, if not handled properly.
Allergy and Asthma
The Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air quality is one of the most serious problems in the country, and among of the greatest health risks from dirt, toxins and allergens in the carpeting are asthma and allergies. Some of the most common triggers for allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, includes dust mites, cockroaches, mold spores and animal dander – all of which can become buried in your carpeting. This is a greater potential threat than many homeowners realize as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has estimated that 1 out of 5 people in the country are affected in some way by allergies or asthma, making a clean carpet a top priority.
Welcome Mats Are a Healthy Choice.
You probably have noticed that most commercial buildings rely on scraper mats both inside and outside the building. The idea is to reduce the amount of dirt, dust and toxins that are tracked into the building since these can affect the health of the people working inside the building. The same principle works in your home. Put out a mat both outside and inside your home. The outside mat will remove the bulk of dirt and grime from the yard and elsewhere, but the addition of the indoor mat will further reduce the dirt that makes it to your carpeting. That means your vacuuming will be more efficient and your family is less likely to be affected by molds, fungus or toxins that trigger allergy and asthma attacks.
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