There have been many studies that have found no link between carpet and the worsening of asthma or allergy symptoms. One of the biggest studies was done in Sweden over a 15 year period. Sweden banned the use of carpet in public buildings and its use decreased dramatically around the country. The Sweden Central Statistics Bureau found that the incidence of allergies in the general population increased, which turned out to be in direct proportion to the amount of hard flooring being installed.
Another study done in New Jersey found that there was an association between having carpet in a child’s bedroom and needing less asthma medication. There are several other studies that have shown results similar to the ones mentioned here.
Carpet flooring can improve allergies and asthmatic symptoms
This research suggests that carpet flooring could even be good for allergy and asthma sufferers. Pollen, pet dander and other allergens are tracked in from outside. This flooring can act as an air filter by grabbing these allergens, keeping them out of the air, preventing them from being inhaled. These allergens can then be easily removed from carpet by appropriate cleaning techniques.
By contrast, in areas with hard flooring, the allergens are released into the air when you move over the surface. This release of allergens can be especially problematic for children since they are closer to the floor.
Cleaning and routine maintenance of carpet
A low pile carpet may be easier to keep clean. However, any type of flooring is going to require some routine maintenance. Knowing what triggers your allergy and asthma symptoms is important to being able to keep them in check.
When allergy sufferers have problems with carpet, it is often because the flooring isn’t being kept clean and dry. Over 90 percent of the carpet sold today is made up of synthetic fibers. Microorganisms such as mold and bacteria can’t feed on those fibers and will quickly die or be vacuumed up. If the carpet isn’t clean and dry, those same microorganisms will have plenty of food and water, which will allow them to flourish.
Airborne allergens like pet dander and pollen are extremely common. If these airborne allergens trigger symptoms for you, you will have to be more diligent than most. Keep your flooring and the rest of your home clean, regardless of the kind of flooring you have.
Make sure you are using a good vacuum with excellent suction power and a HEPA filter. The vacuum also needs to be in good working order with good seals to help prevent allergens from being expelled back into air. Vacuuming over the floor with multiple passes in opposite directions is most effective. High traffic areas and areas where pets are allowed should be vacuumed daily.
Keeping the rest of the room clean will prevent excess dirt from falling on the floor. Make sure to regularly clean under and behind furniture. Using a good door mat reduces dirt and allergens tracked into your house. Also, be sure to remove shoes upon entry.
Gowdy Flooring can help with all the flooring needs for your home. Call us today at (806) 353-6226 for more information. You can also connect with us via e-mail. We welcome your visit to our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.