A Guide to Getting the Most Benefit from Professionally Cleaned Carpets When You Have Asthma or Allergies

12 January 2017
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If you suffer from allergies or asthma, it may seem as if the only way you can be healthy and comfortable at home is if you rip out all of the carpet and replace it with a hard surface, such as tile, wood laminate, or hardwood. However, the expenses for doing so can be significant, and removing carpet would mean sacrificing the warmth and comfort of carpet on a cold day as well as the insulation against sound and cold that carpeting is known for. Therefore, when you want to keep your carpet and would like to not suffer from your allergies or worry about causing your own asthma exacerbation at home, it is a good idea to be aware of the following advice on making your carpet clean and safe.

Make Sure That All of the Cleaners and Other Chemicals Used on the Carpet Are Hypo-Allergenic and Fragrance-Free  

It is important to note that even if you have never noticed that the can of spray carpet or window cleaner causes a negative reaction for you, it is still possible that when a heavier, scented cleaner is used throughout most or all of your home, side effects can still occur. As a result, you should verify that that only cleaners that are safe for your use are used to clean your carpets. That means that the actual cleaning agents, speed-drying materials, and extra treatments that are applied after the carpet has been cleaned need to be free of any scents and be hypo-allergenic.

Examples of the extra treatments that could be problematic for your health include treatments for preventing new stains or animal fur from attaching to the carpet as well as carpet brighteners. Since asthma and allergies are responsible for making many people feel sick and lose time from work and school, it is crucial to avoid these issues.  

Avoid Wet Carpet Cleaning Whenever You Can

Another common problem for sensitive persons has often been that the wet cleaning methods for carpet, even when using the right cleaners as discussed above, are damp long enough to attract dust mites and mold spores. It is also possible that during the wet cleaning of your carpet, existing dust mites and mold spores were not completely removed. 

Since dust mites and mold spores are both common triggers for allergic reactions and asthma attacks, it is best to avoid the problem entirely by opting for a dry or very low-moisture method for improving the cleanliness of your carpets. One example of dry carpet cleaning is the use of tiny granules that are rubbed or pressed thoroughly into your carpet and then vacuumed out to remove stains, smells, and allergens. The process can be favorably compared to the process of dry-cleaning your clothing.  

In conclusion, cleaning carpet without taking other precautions to prevent allergic reactions or avoid causing an asthma flare-up is an all too common error that results in unnecessary pain, discomfort, and even missed time from work and school for sufferers. Therefore, you should be aware of the advice listed above prior to choosing a professional, perhaps Wells Rug Service Inc, to clean your carpet.