Asthma & Allergies In Carpets

Asthma & Allergies In Carpets

From: Carpet Makeover, Gold Coast Australia

 

Reduce Asthma and Allergies 

Asthma & allergies in carpets across Australia are affecting one in three people during their lifetime.

Allergies include asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), conjunctivitis and eczema. Symptoms occur when a person's immune system over-reacts to contaminants in the environment. Common allergens are dust mites, pets, pollen, insect bites or stings, mould, certain foods and some medicines.

 

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Most allergic reactions are mild and can be kept under control. But even mild symptoms of sneezing blocked nose and itchy eyes can be annoying and impact on people's lives & activities. The best way to reduce such symptoms is to avoid the cause of the allergy but avoiding common allergies isn’t always practical.

 

For example, experts often recommend pets be kept away from carpeted areas because carpets trap animal hair and allergens. However for many families their cat or dog is part of the family and restricting them to certain areas of the house or even outside is not an ideal solution.

On top of that, Cat dander and other common allergens can be brought in from outside and transferred to the carpet and furnishings inside. So even though your home or office may not harbour pets, the carpet in your home or business could still cause symptoms in those who are sensitive to allergens. 

 

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Children, asthma and carpets

Allergies are particularly common in children. Children are more affected by dust mites and other allergens because they tend to roll around on the floor, breathing in the fine particles disturbed by activity.

It is recommended that carpets be vacuumed once a week but it should be noted that vacuum cleaners alone do not remove all allergen particles.

In fact , vacuuming can increase the amount of dust mite allergen in the air for up to 20 minutes until it resettles.

Parents of children with asthma used to be instructed to rip up any carpet in the home but experts do not agree whether there is any benefit in switching to hard flooring.

It is recommended to help reduce asthma & allergies in carpets that they are vacuumed once a week but keep in mind that vacuuming will not remove all allergen particles. 

 

Improving the air quality in your home or business

Unpleasant odours can be caused by pet urine, bacteria, fungi and mould but they are more than just a bad smell. Most air fresheners simply mask odours, they do not decompose the source or reduce bacteria. Breathing in the molecules from some odour causing substances, particularly over long periods of time, can cause or trigger respiratory issues in people who are susceptible.

Mould thrives in poorly ventilated, damp environments and is a common allergen in humid areas such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Tweed.

Four in ten people have a sensitivity to breathing in mould spores. Walls, timber, carpet, furniture and furnishings can harbour mould if they remain damp for periods of time.

Although carpet cleaning is a popular springtime activity, it can be beneficial following any prolonged wet weather which results in cold, damp households and offices. Government health departments recommend carpets and rugs are cleaned regularly to prevent mould harbourage.

Improving the air quality in your home or business, and making the environment safer for people with allergies, can be achieved through regular carpet cleaning. Benefits of carpet cleaning in addition to reducing asthma and allergy symptoms include removing stains and smelly odours, improved presentation, and maintaining the health and life of your carpet.

If you would like more information on treating dust and allergens in the home through carpet cleaning, call Carpet Makeover today on 1300 558 794 or email us

 

All the best, the Carpet Makeover team

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