Are hardwood floors or carpets better for allergies?

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is ranked among the top 5 environmental risks to public health. The reality is that most people spend 90% of their time indoors. Children are most at risk. This leads you to ask, “How can I make my home healthier?” to keep my family safe.

In 1973, a study was conducted by the Swedish government to analyze the cause and effects of wall to wall carpet on allergies. The results were fascinating:

  • Carpet was banned in public facilities from 1973 to 1990.
  • Carpet’s market share dropped from 40% to 2%.
  • Allergy cases went up 600% during the same time period.

It is now understood that carpets do not contribute to allergies. Furthermore, removal of carpetting does not improve allergies. The key to keeping your family healthy is regular cleaning of all home furnishings.

When you think about it, carpets are actually a great filtering device. If you are allergic to pollen, dust, or pet dander – carpet traps those harmful pollutants acting as an environmental filter.

If not for the carpets, these indoor allergens would remain airborne. Normal foot traffic in a room would allow indoor allergens to be “kicked up” into your breathing zones. A carpet is actually your friend. Only when the environmental filter is not emptied through professional low moisture, quick dry cleaning does it become a problem.

Inadequate carpet cleaning accelerates the accumulation of soils faster if residues are not properly rinsed. Did you save money with a discount cleaning coupon? Hot water extraction by a competent trained technician has been proven by the carpet mills. This process effectively removes dirt, germs and soil and leaves the home or business healthier!

Carpet is the easiest floor to maintain, simply vacuum your carpet often with a HEPPA vacuum or other clean air system and have your carpet professionally serviced by a safe, experienced low moisture, quick dry carpet cleaning company, like AAA Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning.