Having cleaned many carpets and upholstered furniture in and around my home city of Liverpool I have noticed more people are getting wooden floors laid. As well as being easier to clean, my customers tell me they are ‘healthier’ and especially so if children were in the home. I decided to look into this after I noticed dust settling on a wooden hard floor at my friend’s house, and was concerned when his baby crawled along this floor disturbing these particles. It was a sunny day and the airborne particles were very visible.
I discovered through research that the number of people affected by allergies, asthma and other allergic diseases is growing by 10% each year, which means that the total cases will double approximately every ten years, yet the replacement of carpets with wooden floors is actually increasing.
A study was made in Sweden a few years back to see if carpet actually contributed to the development of allergic illnesses, so they removed all carpeting from all public buildings, carpets in these places went down from 40% to just 2%, and sales of carpet reduced from 20% of the market to just 2%…The result was allergic cases rose by 600%!
It seems that if there is no carpet to filter the airborne allergens they would simply float about on the new wooden floors and so would easily contaminate anyone that was close by, carpet simply traps these particles and are removed easily be regular vacuuming as well as professional deep cleaning.
Imagine the scene, two children come running in from another room, the dust and pollutants that are sitting on a wooden or hard floor will kick up, and the likely hood is up to the level of the children’s nose and mouths, carpet will hold these and so are a natural choice in today’s world of asthma and other allergies, so next time you are thinking of replacing them with a healthier option.
I would advise anyone that is prone to airborne allergies to keep their carpeting. Just get your carpets cleaned regularly, or treated with an allergy protection solution by a professional as well as their soft furnishings, mattresses, and pillows. It is not a case of cutting these everyday things out, but just keeping them clean. Take rugs outside once a week and beat them, vacuum your suite and curtains with the appropriate hand tool.
Follow these steps and see if your allergies reduce!