Allergies develop when your body incorrectly believes that a harmless substance, known as an allergen, must be “fought off” to keep you healthy. There are thousands of known and unknown allergies humans can develop. But how much do you know about carpet allergies?
Carpet allergies are caused by allergens that gather in your carpet. People are usually sensitive to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are substances found in new carpeting materials and cleaning materials, as well as various environmental allergens that have been tracked into the house.
Common Carpet Contaminants
Carpet may attract allergies and irritants, especially in high-traffic areas of the home.
Carpet fibres gather dirt and other environmental contaminants from the bottoms of shoes and feet. Whenever the carpet is walked on, these particles are stirred up and released into the air, where we inhale them. Long-fibre carpets are more likely to gather dust and environmental contaminants such as:
- Mould spores
- Pet hair
- Tobacco smoke
- Insect debris
- VOCs From harsh #chemicaldrycleaning products
Commmon Carpet Alergies
As contaminants and even bacteria build up in your carpet, the risk of developing allergies increases. Unmaintained carpets cause a decreased air quality, often resulting in allergies and respiratory problems like asthma.
Some of the main symptoms related to carpet allergy are:
- Eye, nose and throat & skin irritation
- sneezing & coughing
- runny or stuffy nose
- Hives, rash or contact dermatitis
- Nausea & vomiting
- Nose bleeds
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness & fatigue
Regular carpet cleaning and maintenance are essential to preventing allergic reactions in your guests and family members.
Signs Of Carpet Allergy
It’s tricky to tell whether the carpet is the source of allergies, but the most common indicator is when out-of-season allergic symptoms like hayfever begin to occur. Another clue is instances of allergies worsening while at home. Look out for signs of contact dermatitis, hives or any skin irritation after coming into contact with a carpet.
Reduce Your Risks
You can reduce the risk of your carpets causing allergies by ensuring #cleaner air quality with the following tips:
- Vacuum and steam carpets regularly
- Smoke outdoors
- Leave shoes at the door
- Clean up spills immediately
- Brush excess pet hair off pets (especially after the winter season)
- Deep clean carpets
- Use green carpet cleaning solutions as opposed to harsh chemicals
But life gets busy. It’s understandable that you’re only able to do so much to maintain the cleanliness of your carpets. That’s why Chem-Dry Central North cleaning service offers effective deep carpet-cleaning solutions for your home and business. Our carpet cleaning service combines cutting-edge equipment with green, pet- and kid-friendly chemical dry cleaning products designed to eliminate allergins. We get rid of germs and bacteria with high-powered steam cleaning solutions.
For over two decades, Chem-Dry Central North cleaning service has been using our own carbonated cleaning solution – The Natural®. This safe, non-toxic cleaning solution uses 80% less water than traditional steam cleaners. Protect your family’s health and well-being! Get in touch today to find out how Chem-Dry’s Carpet Protectant Package and Healthy Home Package (incorporating professional strength deodoriser and sanitiser) can help protect your home from harmful allergens and bacteria.