Your carpeting can be the perfect environment for breeding dust mites and common household allergens. Particles dropped on your floor such as dust, pollen, dirt and other debris get caught in the fibers of your carpeting. Dust mites actually feed on dead shed human skin which amounts for a large part of household dust. Carpeting provides a banquet table for a feast of dust mites. As your family walks around on the carpet, they stir up the settled bits of allergen, causing them to become air-borne. It is when the dust becomes air-borne, that the allergens are easily inhaled and trigger an allergic reaction.
Just thinking about dust mites in your carpet and home can make anyone cringe! So now that you are completely horrified and afraid to walk on your carpet lets discuss some ways to reduce allergens in your carpeting. Many studies have been done on dust mites and the amounts of dust mites in your home. Few studies have been done on all the products out there to reduce dust mites, so finding solutions can be a little tricky.
One study that was done in South Florida did have significant findings in terms of vacuuming and carpet cleaning. They chose a school with carpeting for the test environment. Levels of allergens were measured before the test and after. With routine vacuuming and carpet cleaning they were able to reduce the amount of airborne allergens. Another key element that came out of this study was proper vacuuming. The study tested vacuums with filters and without and found that unfiltered vacuums could release airborne allergens up to four inches off the floor. Please note that using HEPA vacuums are recommended, non HEPA vacuums can tend to knock around the dust making it airborne and creating a worse problem.
For those of you with wood flooring, vinyl and or tile you are not off the hook. The fibers in carpeting actually trap the dust mite allergens, you’ll need to take extra care to damp mop the floors and keep them free of dust.
Snyder’s Carpet Care recommends the following ideas for keeping your home and carpeting free of allergens:
- A HEPA Vacuum
- Airborne Filters- Look for anti-microbial products
- Damp mop wood, vinyl and tile flooring
- Use dehumidifiers to keep your humidity below 50%
Our next blog will discuss the issue of dust mites and allergens as they affect your entire house. Keeping the carpets free of allergens is just one component of the problem. For more information on how to properly maintain your carpeting or flooring, please feel free to contact us at Snyder’s Carpet Care.
Snyderâ€™s Carpet Care services the DFW Metroplex. For quotes on carpet cleaning or for new flooring please contact us at 972-898-3886 or visit us on the web at www.snyderscarpetcare.com.
Coppell Carpet Cleaning Company, Christine Snyder owner of Snyder’s Carpet Care discusses Dust Mite allergens and how to reduce them in your carpeting.Â We have been providing quality Carpet Care in North Texas for over 8 years.Â Serving both residential and commercial clients.Â Our services extend to Cedar Hill, Desoto, Duncanville, Midlothian, Grand Prairie,Â Red Oak, Ovilla, Arlington, Mansfield, Frisco, Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Coppell, Lewisville, Flowermound and Dallas county residents.
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