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Flooring & Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is self-explanatory, it is described as the quality of air in a space. Whether it’s a home or office, the importance of acceptable indoor air quality stays the same. Volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, are gases emitted from substances in and around the home. Both organic and man-made materials can give off VOC emissions. Exposure to high concentration of VOC’s can come with some adverse effects over time like allergy and asthma symptoms. 


Your Health

Sustaining good indoor air quality is critical to the health and comfort of those living in a home. The EPA estimates that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Since Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors*, you can see why it’s important to maintain good air quality. Maintained carpet is one of the best flooring options for air quality. It’s misguided information that carpets are dirty or detrimental to indoor air quality. Neglected carpet can become a health hazard. But maintained carpet can be a great option when it comes to cleanliness compared to other flooring choices.


Poor Air Quality Symptoms

Carpet is the best possible choice for those prone to accidents such as children and the elderly. It provides padding, comfort, and a non-slip texture for play rooms and bedrooms. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to the negative effects of poor indoor air quality. The health effects of pollutants inside of the home vary. The most common issues include eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, and general fatigue. If exposed to poor air quality over a long period of time, the symptoms can become severe. Severe effects of exposure to poor indoor quality can lead to a decline in health, cancer and other disease. Those who suffer from asthma are especially sensitive to indoor air quality. There are all types of potential allergy triggers in a home, from pet dander to pollen and dust. So, you can see why maintaining a clean carpet is especially vital in these situations!


Best Carpet Cleaning Tactics

When dust settles on a smooth surface like hardwood, it has the potential to become disturbed and redistributed throughout the day. The fibers of carpet are an asset in the sense that they trap dirt, dust, and other substances. Opening your windows and using your fans might help with circulation, but it won’t remove dirt or dander from carpet. Since it’s easy for these allergens to accumulate, it’s important to vacuum and clean carpet regularly.

Carpet cleaning is one of the first steps you should take when you want to increase the air quality inside of your home. Professional carpet cleaning paired with regular vacuuming is one of the best ways to maintain good air quality in a room! Carpet in high traffic areas of the home should be cleaned more often than other rooms. Steam cleaning and chemical cleaning are two options to consider. Steam cleaning is the best option for reducing pollutants. Why? Because it doesn’t leave behind any chemicals. Using high temperature water, cleaning power reaches all the way to the bottom layer of the carpet, removing pollutants. You cannot replicate the results from the equipment and expertise of a carpet cleaning service. You can now see why indoor air quality and flooring go hand in hand.

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