When people decide to get their carpets cleaned, they usually aren’t thinking about the health benefits. Carpet start looking dull or matted down so you hire someone to give them a clean to help them look better. We often don’t stop to think how the very same dirt and dust that makes our carpets look so dull affects our health. According to the CDC, one in about twelve people suffer from asthma and 24 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. So what parts can clean carpets play in your respiratory health?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Asthma is caused by irritants and substances that act as triggers which cause airways to narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus. These irritants can include such things as airborne bacteria, pollen, mold spores, dust mites, pet dander, and even cockroach waste. Allergies are also caused by irritants that causing you to develop a condition called rhinitis which is an inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose. Over time, these substances build up in our homes and get trapped in the fibers of our fabrics such as our carpets and upholstery.
The dirt and dust that we bring into our home tends to find its way into the fabric of our carpet and upholstery. I know this sounds gross, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. By trapping the dirt and dust in our home, our carpets and upholstery essentially acts as a filter, keeping the dust out of the air and out of our lungs. Just like any filter, though, they eventually get full and as we walk on our carpet we kick the dust back into the air we breathe.
Bacteria multiplies, and the more bacteria there are the faster they can multiply. Carpet cleaning can help prevent the spread of bacteria in three ways: 1) by removing bacteria, meaning there are less bacteria to multiply. 2) by changing conditions that facilitate bacteria growth. 3) by adding a sanitizer that not only kills bacteria, but prevents bacteria growth. An independent lab tested Chem-Dry’s cleaning process and found that, when a sanitizer is added, their cleaning process removes 89% of airborne bacteria.
A big criticism of carpet cleaning companies is that they leave carpets soaking wet. As the carpets are left soaking in the excess water, they grow mold and mildew causing the air quality of your home to become worse. Ironic, right? Cleaning your carpets can actually make them worse. Chem-Dry, on the other hand, uses a special carpet cleaning technique called Hot Carbonated Extraction which uses hot, carbonated bubbles to extract the dirt. This method allows Chem-Dry to use less water and leave your carpets dry enough to completely dry in about two hours, preventing the growth of mold and mildew.
If you or a family member suffers from asthma and allergies, it is crucial to be aware of the conditions of your home. If you don’t know where to start, or if you would like more information on how to keep your home clean, talk to the home health professionals at Hampton's Chem-Dry. We would love to help!