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Carpet for allergy sufferers

January 3, 2012

Carpets are some of the most popular and most loved flooring types around. There’s nothing more cozy, homey, and luxurious than walking barefoot on carpet. However some people dread the thought of carpets in their home, as it can be a real trigger for asthma and allergy sufferers.

It doesn’t matter if you take off your shoes the moment you step in the door. It doesn’t matter if you keep your house spotless — some allergens will make their way inside. (After all, they are nearly invisible.) Once those allergens — dust, pollen, microscopic mould and other organisms — find their way in, gravity pulls them to the floor. There, they become trapped in and around carpet fibers. Granted, this reduces the opportunity for those nasty little things to circulate in the air, where you can breathe them in and suffer a perpetually runny nose, but every step on that carpet sends tiny clouds of particles back into the air.

The good news is that people with allergies and asthma can have carpet. Most fibers used in mass-produced rugs and carpets today are harmless materials like polyester and nylon, the same stuff clothes and bags are made out of. These synthetic blends are constructed out of lab-developed fibers that repel allergens, in part because they are nonorganic and offer an inhospitable climate. For example, mould has nothing to eat and pollen dries out. Nylon is the most effective allergy-controlling carpet fiber.

But no matter which carpet type you choose, dust, pollen and other allergy-aggravators are still in there, so the best thing to do is to get rid of them. People that have allergies should vacuum their carpet at least twice a week and have their carpet cleaned the way the manufacturer specifies approximately every 12 to 18 months. Carpet is in fact an asset for allergy sufferers as it traps the dust versus a hard surface where dust lays on top of the surface to kicked back into our breathing zone. We recommend using a vacuum with a good hepa-filter.

If you are looking for more information, please visit our website: http://www.andersens.com.au or call us on 1800 016 016

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