Carpet can help improve air quality in the home, according to articles on Dirty Carpet and Home Health. The carpet you have is so much more. Your carpet is the largest filter of air in your home. It holds soil, allergens bacteria pollens chemicals, and contaminants which would otherwise be airborne.
Dr. Michael Berry, Ph. D., is the former director of EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office. Berry states in his “Protecting the Built Environment Carpet Cleaning and Health” book that the carpets are the main cause of most cleaning problems indoors. But this problem can easily be remedied through regular maintenance. In his book, “Protecting the Built Environment: Carpet Cleaning for Health”, Berry compares carpets with a sink. It collects contaminants of every kind from indoors as well as outdoors. As the carpet (the sink) fills, it accumulates dirt, dust, and other pollutants. Once the sink is full, you need to empty it. Carpet cleaning is essential.
The indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor air. Well, it’s true. Mainly because of trapped indoor air. Rarely is it replaced. In contrast, the outdoor air blows away to be replaced by cleaner air. The carpet will release pollutants into the trapped air. The pollutants are deposited in your carpet as you walk on it. After someone has walked on them, the dust particles are dispersed back into your atmosphere and inhaled by you and your loved ones. It’s even visible when you watch the sun and all the dust. It’s because of the repeated breathing that indoor air becomes more polluted.
Berry warns that, if carpets aren’t cleaned properly, they can be breeding grounds for bacteria and other bio-pollutants. The sink must be emptied regularly and carpets should always be cleaned. Many people only clean their carpets when they are dirty. By the time dirt can be seen in the carpet it’s probably very filthy. The right vacuum is very helpful. The vacuum that is the best, regardless of its price, will only capture 15% of dirt. It is the remaining soil that collects bacteria, allergens and other pollutants. Berry says people seldom clean their floors to maintain their health. However, cleaning your carpets will help improve the air quality in your home.
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