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Myth Busting: Carpet and Allergies

Fall has arrived here in the North Carolina mountains and my, oh my it is spectacular! However, the season changing also means that seasonal allergies are here. Today, CitruSolution is here to debunk a common myth ab0ut carpet and allergies. It is a common misconception that carpet can adversely impact allergy and asthma sufferers, when in fact the opposite is true! Not only does carpet add warmth and comfort to any room, but it also helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants with proper cleaning. While it is a common belief that folks who have allergies should not have carpet, studies around the world have found that carpet actually decreases the number of harmful particles in the air by trapping them in its fibers! Properly cleaned carpet is a viable choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma, the only catch is you have to vacuum! Regular vacuuming removes the trapped particles from the fibers of the carpet. In the case of hard surface flooring such as tile or hardwood, the simple act of walking on the floors and sweeping causes allergens to be recirculated back into the room. In conclusion, properly cleaned carpet can lead to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment.

Can Carpet Reduce Allergies?

Regular vacuuming with an efficient vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe. Effectively cleaned carpet is the best way to combat allergies and raise indoor air quality. Here are 7 tips to help you vacuum effectively.
  • Vacuum regularly and thoroughly. It is simply the best and easiest way to care for your carpet, with the added benefit of improving indoor air quality.
  • Use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick once-over doesn’t do much!
  • Don’t ignore the corners or crevices where dust builds.
  • Use the proper attachments to clean those difficult to reach areas.
  • Clean from the top-down! Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first, then vacuum.
  • Remember to empty vacuum canisters or change bags when they are half to two-thirds full.
  • For best results, professionally deep clean your carpet every 12-18 months.
If you have pets or children, you may need to have your carpets professionally cleaned more often. We all know that some pets (and kids!) produce more mess than others. While your scheduling your carpet cleaning, don’t forget to clean your area rugs and upholstered furniture! Give the couch cushions a couple of good hard whacks in some direct sunlight – you may be shocked at how much dust comes flying up in the air!

The CitruSolution to Carpet and Allergies

Low moisture carpet and rug cleaning using a natural, non-toxic and allergen destroying product, like CitruSolution, is the most effective way to clean. “Steam cleaning” often leaves so much moisture trapped in the carpet pad that it can cause mold growth. It also leaves behind a sticky soap residue that will cause more allergens and dirt from pets and people’s feet to stick to it. Steam cleaning can actually make the problem worse within a few weeks – and who needs that? CitruSolution destroys that sticky soap residue, and leaves your home naturally clean and smelling great. Do you know what the best part is? Carpets cleaned with CitruSolution will stay cleaner longer! Give these tips a try and give those allergies some push-back!
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