Experts agree that indoor air quality may be even more of a concern than outdoor air quality. Many say that indoor air quality can be 8-10 times worse than outdoor air.  Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, making prioritizing clean indoor air quality a big priority for each of our homes. While many factors contribute to poor air quality, including emissions from paint and textiles inside our homes, one of the most serious contributions to poor air quality comes from simple dust, dirt, and pollen.  Read on to learn more about how carpet cleaning can remove those particles, keeping you and your family healthy and reduce your risk of allergies.

A worker cleaning a carpet with a machine

What are the risks of carpets?

Surprisingly, some say carpets can actually improve your air quality, by acting like a filter that traps dust and pollen so that it doesn’t float through your home air, affecting your breathing.  The truth is that this benefit of carpet can actually become a risk if your carpets aren’t vacuumed and cleaned regularly.  Since carpets do absorb much of the dust and toxins in your home, they need regular and thorough cleaning to prevent the buildup from overwhelming your carpets and re-entering your air.  Without this carpet cleaning, even the slightest movements can disturb the trapped dust enough to send it back into the air, affecting your breathing, and health.

How can I reduce dust in my home?

One simple way to greatly reduce dust and dirt in your home and carpets is to keep it from entering your home in the first place.  You can do this by making a “no-shoe” rule indoors.  Have a place that you and your guests can leave shoes just outside the door or in the front entry and provide socks or slippers for them to wear inside instead. This is common in many parts of the world and will quickly become an accepted part of your home.

Whether or not you wear shoes indoors, regularly vacuum your home.  This means vacuuming at least once a week, although you should vacuum more often if you have pets, perhaps even as often as every two days.  Vacuuming slowly and thoroughly is the most effective, a difficult task since most of us are in a hurry every time we clean our homes!  Slow vacuuming allows the beater bar of the vacuum to vibrate more of the settled dust and dirt up towards the suction, allowing it to be removed. Also, be sure to vacuum corners and edges of your carpet with the crevice attachment of your vacuum.  These tight areas are slightly indented and tend to trap particles.

In order to make your vacuuming most effective, dust your home thoroughly right before vacuuming your floors.  Make sure to also vacuum your drapes and wash any curtains and slipcovers regularly.  This is essential especially if you have pets, whose fur and dander can land on these surfaces and build up over time.  

As the final, crucial step, be sure to regularly have your carpets professionally cleaned.  The right carpet cleaners can pull all the deeply held dirt and dust out of your carpet, along with those surface stains.   Carpet cleaning should be done once a year, or two to four times a year if you have children or pets.

Can’t carpet cleaning lead to mold?

Mold is a serious concern for indoor air quality.  And carpet cleaning can leave the excess water, allowing mold to form under or in the base of, carpets, growing unseen but affecting every breath you take.  This is a serious reason to use a professional carpet cleaning company rather than taking the somewhat cheaper route of do-it-yourself carpet cleaning.  Its very easy to leave excess water on the carpet after cleaning, especially when cheap rental machines are used.  Additionally, many homeowners unintentionally use too much cleaner in their home machines, allowing the residue to be left sitting in the carpet fibers, eventually contributing to indoor air pollution as the dust from the cleaners are disturbed and enter the home air.