The carpet in your home is probably the last place you worry about when it comes to affecting your home’s indoor air quality. However, mold and bacteria find a great home in your carpet and area rugs.
Frighteningly, mold spores are transported in the air we breathe, and can also be absorbed through our eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Mold is also a huge aggravator of allergies.
The carpet in your home acts very similar to the air filter in your central heating and cooling unit; it traps the particles. Mold and bacteria can live in your carpets due to water damage, raw sewage damage, pet accidents, and spills.
Vacuuming on a regular basis will help remove dirt and soil, and will also help with allergens. But vacuuming isn’t much help for the bacteria, mold, or any other harmful agent.
Most harmful mold and bacteria can only be eliminated by steam at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Consider getting your carpet professionally cleaned to ensure these harmful particles don’t continue to grow in your home. Consider it especially if you have children that play on the carpet or a newborn in the home, if someone in the home is suffering from allergies, or to rid your home of dust mites and fleas. Getting a regular, professional carpet cleaning also decreases the potential threat of a biologically induced illness.
It’s a good idea to get in the habit of having the carpets in your home professionally cleaned every six months to a year for maximum cleanliness. If the carpet is properly maintained, it will actually improve the level of air quality in your home.
By maintaining clean carpets and rugs in your home, not only will you benefit from better indoor air quality and better health, you’re floors will look fresh and new.
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Home is Where the Health Is is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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