Should You Remove Your Wall-To-Wall Carpet?
By cleanzone102561, Feb 25 2020 12:03AM
I am sure we have all heard someone say that they would like to remove their carpet because it contributes to asthma, allergies or poor air quality in the home. This sentiment as been repeated for so long that it has become accepted as “common knowledge” to many.
Since starting our service business, in 1997 I cannot tell you how many times we have heard this from well intentioned folks who are convinced it is a fact even though scientific studies continue to show otherwise.
Carpet that is properly maintained may actually be beneficial to indoor air quality by trapping and holding dust and other household soils which would be easily be stirred up, on hard surfaces. Carpet has many benefits in addition to trapping soil. These include sound dampening and comfort. It also provides a cushioned landing for trips and falls as well as protection for dropped items. This is an important consideration if there are young children or elderly in the home.
By understanding that carpet is a great “filter” we must accept the fact that the “filter” must be cleaned to insure the greatest benefit to the indoor environment. We know that proper cleaning means that we, as professional cleaners, must use methods and agents which meet indoor air quality standards. This is why we use Green Seal Certified Procyon pre-conditioner and rinse with clean, super-heated water.
Unfortunately, many (so called) professional cleaning companies use outdoor degreasers and harsh chemicals which were never intended to be used in the home. This will inevitably have an adverse effect on indoor air quality in addition to damaging the carpet and causing rapid re-soiling.
We at Clean Zone hope this information will help provide you with a better understanding regarding carpet in your living space. If you have any questions please give us a call.
The following link contains the excerpts listed below and is a great reference for information regarding indoor air quality as it relates to carpet
• In 2003 a panel of ten academic and industry researchers and technical specialists met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 29-30, 2003, to critically examine peer-reviewed or otherwise credible science with regard to the positive or negative attributes of carpet in the modern indoor environment.
• The primary objective of the expert review was to examine key studies that address carpet as a major contributor to indoor environmental quality and as a possible source of adverse human response.
• A comprehensive review of the literature supports the contention that carpet is a significant positive contributor to the quality of life indoors.
• As with any high-volume-use indoor product, when carpet is reasonably maintained, it poses no adverse exposures or health effects. When installed and maintained as intended, carpet is not a risk to public health. When examined in proportion to its use, carpet is associated with minimal complaints, consumer dissatisfaction or concern.
• A large proportion of the developed world’s population is exposed to carpet, and so it is remarkable and significant that this review found no epidemiological or toxicological studies presenting clear or direct evidence that exposure to carpet in any environment causes an adverse human health response.
• When weighing the different factors in making a flooring selection, health effects, if considered at all with regard to carpet, should be considered in a positive rather than negative context.
• In the past 10 years there has been a generalized trend for the removal of carpet in home and public places. This has been widely recommended and has occurred despite the absence of studies demonstrating beneficial effects of isolated removal. Indeed, in Sweden between 1973 and 1990 there has been a 3-fold increase in asthma and allergy despite an 80% decline in carpeting and substitution and laminate flooring. (Devereux, 2003, pg 402)
• Proper maintenance and cleaning, employed proactively in a well-planned and managed built environment, can prevent or solve most problems related to IEQ issues.
• An effective cleaning program must emphasize (tested) technology directed at maximum extraction, minimum residue, safety, and ease of use
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