Deep cleaning your carpet can make it look great: it’s noticeably brighter, it smells fresher, and those stubborn little stains are gone. But a proper cleaning goes beyond simple aesthetics: it can deliver a lot of health benefits as well. If you’ve got asthma or allergy sufferers in your household, regularly cleaning your carpet can help make a big difference in the lives of those you love.
One, deep-cleaning your carpets can eliminate trapped allergens, contaminants and pollutants.
EPA studies have shown that indoor air pollution levels are usually double (or more!) that of outdoor pollution levels…meaning that some unsavory and even harmful toxins are being absorbed by the carpet in your home. Because – in addition to your typical contaminants like dirt, dust, and pet dander – more insidious pollutants like airborne gases, chemical residue and mold spores can become trapped in your carpet fibers. Walking back and forth across the carpet can stir up the contaminants, sending them airborne again.
Dust mites are everywhere, and dirty carpets can act as a magnet for their waste.
Dust mite waste is actually what sets off dust mite allergies, not the mite itself. Not to mention, carpets can serve as a kind of food trough for the little pests! Human skin flakes and pet dander are two main food sources for dust mites, and both are likely to be found in abundance in most carpets. Humans shed millions of skin cells a day, so you can imagine how many of these end up lodged in the soft surfaces of our home. So if you want to take care of a dust mite infestation, deep-cleaning your carpets can definitely make a difference! Additionally, there are mixtures you can add to the carpet shampoo that specifically (and safely) target dust mites.
Deep-cleaning your carpet can also help prevent mold growth.
Older, conventional methods of carpet shampooing meant saturating the fibers, which then required long dry times; even then, the carpets still might not dry out properly, which then led to mold and mildew growth. For asthma and allergy sufferers, that’s a major trigger. New methods, like those using dry foam, actually encapsulate the dirt – which effectively uses much less water – which means a much smaller chance of mold or mildew becoming a problem.