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!
Blot up as much as possible with kitchen roll or a clean white towel, then try using a solution made from dish detergent, vinegar, and water. Mix 1 part detergent, 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. Don’t rub but blot the spot then thoroughly rinse with clean water.
Take a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix well with one tablespoon of ammonia. Saturate the area with this solution and cover with Clingfilm, put a heavy weight on top and leave for a few hours. Remove and rinse the area well. This method can also be used to remove lipstick.
Vacuum cleaning is vital in maintaining your carpets’ appearance and preventing severe deterioration. In areas of high use, this should be done daily to remove dry soil, dust, and grit which can damage carpet fibers and to restore your flattened pile to an upright position. An upright carpet cleaner with strong suction and rotating brushes is the most effective at this, provided that the dust container is emptied frequently. Much of the efficiency is lost as these fill up.
One of the easiest ways to keep your carpets in top condition is really easy – replace your entrance doormat on a regular basis, use a good strong one and take it outside every now and then and beat the dust out of it
There are many things to consider when you decide to have your carpets or upholstery cleaned.
The first option is the do it yourself route. You will find machines to hire in your local do it yourself or tool hire shop, you can even sometimes pick one up at your local supermarket. These tend to be underpowered, my customers that have used them complain of carpets and fabrics being wet for days as they easily over wet the area but simply don’t have the power to recover the moisture.
Next up is to look for a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner to do the work for you. When you open up the phone book or browse the world wide web you will notice there are hundreds of cleaners out there. My advice would be to do a bit of research into who you choose.
A local tradesman is always better as if you hire someone twenty miles away from this will, of course, be added to the cost, time is after all money! Ask if they are trained to a nationally recognized standard? are they fully insured? How long have they been in business for? Can they come to give you a free quote?
Watch out for a price that seems too low to be true. There are a few cleaners that may offer say for example a lounge clean for £xx. On arrival (and usually after they have set up) this price is increased due to a variety of factors such as ‘the room is bigger than we thought’, or ‘its extra for stain removal’ . This is known as ‘bait and switch’ and is frowned upon by professional cleaners such as myself.