A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies prove that properly cleaned carpet can help reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies.
Proper Cleaning Allergens
Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Regular vacuuming effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe. Click here for tips on how to select the best vacuum for your carpet.
Know the Facts
These studies include:
- New England Journal of Medicine Inner City Asthma Study
The childhood asthma study concluded that carpet does not cause or increase the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
- Airmid Healthcare of Ireland Study
The Airmid study revealed that effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, removing them from the breathing zone, and reducing their circulation in the air.
- DAAB Study (German Allergy and Asthma Society)
The DAAB study proved that carpet can reduce airborne dust by 50% of that found above hard flooring surfaces.
Carpet and Indoor Air Quality
Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Did you know carpet is among the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting flooring choice available?
It actually acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles and removing them from the breathing zone. Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with carpet.
The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard identifies carpet, adhesive and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are among the lowest VOC-emitting products on the market. All Mohawk carpets are CRI Green Label Plus certified.