Spring has just arrived, yet allergy season is already in full swing. And with this allergy season already predicted to be the worst ever in Florida, it’s important to take every measure possible to protect your family’s health. The quality of your home’s air is no exception, and you might be surprised to learn that its flooring plays a role in this.
Carpet Flooring and Allergies
Contrary to popular belief, those suffering from asthma or sensitivity to allergens don’t actually need to avoid carpet flooring. In fact, according to a study conducted by The Airmid Healthgroup, properly maintained carpets can actually help serve as an air filter for your home (more on that later). Of course, proper periodic removal of these materials is necessary to
While vacuuming may not be enough to remove all allergens, doing so regularly can help prolong the need for professional cleaning. Vacuums featuring HEPA filters are recommended, as they’ll prevent particles from reentering the air while cleaning. So make it a point to vacuum your carpet once per week.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Eventually, carpet will need to be professionally cleaned. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell from the surface, but most manufacturers recommend professional cleaning every 18 months. However, those who are particularly susceptible to allergies – or whose homes receive unusually high indoor-outdoor traffic – However, not all professional floor cleaners are the same; many still rely on outdated techniques that are not as effective in removing dirt, allergens and even mold. Worse yet, it can be difficult to tell whether the services of a carpet cleaner actually removed harmful particles since most of them eliminate odors with perfumes (which, in themselves, can prove detrimental to sensitive people).
Fortunately, the industry offers a fairly easy way to vet carpet cleaners: the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certification. You can learn more about the certification and proper cleaning techniques here: https://classiccarpetspcb.com/floor-cleaning/
Allergies and Vinyl Flooring
A few years back, Johnsonite made industry headlines after receiving the Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification from Allergy Standards Limited for a line of its vinyl flooring. Manufacturers took note, and now, many lines of vinyl flooring have been carefully engineered to help reduce in-home allergies. How, exactly? One of the most important aspects is floor cleaning: it must limit the number of allergens expelled during normal cleaning procedures. The same is true during installation; airborne particles that could prove detrimental to allergy sufferers (and humans in general) must also be reduced. And, of course, the retention of allergens must also be kept to a minimum or eliminated.
We know how miserable allergies can be and the importance of finding relief in any possible form. To learn more about the impact your flooring has on your home’s air quality – or to browse a large selection of allergy/asthma friendly flooring, be sure to stop by Classic Carpet in Panama City today!