Indoor air quality (IAQ) is extremely important for many reasons, primarily in maintaining a healthy environment within a building. When talking about IAQ at home, the first thing that comes to the mind of most people is the home’s HVAC system. There are many more elements inside the home, however, that contribute to IAQ. Though it may be further down anyone’s list, the carpet actually plays a significant role in this matter.
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), an organisation that provides information about carpets and rugs, discussed the relation of IAQ and carpets. Through gravity, particles in a household eventually falls to the floor, but any amount of wind (any movement that displaces air) can cause the tiniest particles to circulate into the air again. Carpets are able to trap these particles and keep them out of the breathing zone. That’s how carpets contribute to improving IAQ.
In relation to the above, it’s actually a misconception that carpets should not be used in homes with residents who have asthma or allergies. Scientific studies have shown that carpets actually help in keeping allergens away from humans. Furthermore, carpets are among the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), compared to other interior finishes and flooring choices. Also, mould doesn’t grow on carpets made of synthetic fibres as long as they are kept dry.
Keep Them Clean
Keep in mind, however, that you can only enjoy IAQ improvements and other benefits from carpets if they are kept clean. When they get too dirty, you would need a West Drayton or Northwood carpet cleaning service who can get rid of the dirt and allow the carpet to effectively perform its functions.
As a homeowner, you can vacuum carpets regularly as a maintenance activity. However, there comes a time when simple vacuum cleaning just won’t do. Indicators that your carpets need a deeper level of cleaning include dust storms released when moving across the carpet, grimy circles around where furniture stand, a significantly different colour from when the carpet was newly installed, and a matted or sticky feeling.
When you observe this in your carpets, call in the pros to have your carpet cleaned. Northwood or West Drayton carpet cleaning services can bring back that brand new look to your carpet while restoring its filtering capability for better IAQ. If you are concerned about environment-friendliness of the cleaning materials and methods, companies like Safeclean Hillingdon present green alternatives.
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Posted by: Graham Maddock