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Is carpet bad for allergies and asthma?

Wednesday 01 May 2019

It is a common misconception that carpet can adversely impact allergy and asthma sufferers, when in fact the opposite is true.  At Red Carpets, we know that not only does carpet add warmth and comfort to any room, it also helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants with proper cleaning.

Over the past few years, people have often been led to believe that carpet aggravates allergy symptoms by harbouring dust and pet dander in the fibres.  According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, studies around the world have come to a different conclusion: that carpet actually decreases harmful particles in the air by trapping them in the carpet.  Properly cleaned carpet is a good choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma, so long as you vacuum.  Regular vacuuming removes and disposes of the particles from the surface of the carpet.  In the case of hard surface flooring such as laminate or hardwood, the simple act of walking on the floors and sweeping causes them to be expelled back into the air.

Simply put, what falls to the carpet (such as allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants) tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate.  Properly maintained carpet leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment.  Regular vacuuming with an efficient vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.

Come and visit one of our carpet shops in Anstey or South Wigston and we’ll help you choose the flooring that is right for you.