Clean Carpet Equals Clean Indoor Air: Can Carpet Cleaning Help to Reduce Air Pollution?
Believe it or not, clean carpet has a direct effect on the quality of the air inside your home. Most people don’t appreciate the correlation between the flooring in your home and the air you breathe. The EPA estimates that the air inside your home is up-to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. Considering that we spend about 90% of our time indoors, isn’t it a good idea to start thinking about ways to make your home a more healthy place for your family?
Modern homes are energy efficient. The tightly sealed windows and doors prevent air from flowing naturally through the house. Open doors and windows let pollen, mold and smog enter the home where it’s trapped inside. Gases and smoke particles released while cooking are also trapped. Eventually all of these pollutants will settle on the floor. Foot traffic disturbs dust, on wood and tile floors, with every step you take consequently returning to the air where it is breathed in. Carpet traps pollutants like a filter, releasing them during vacuuming and cleaning. Therefore, regular vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning are recommended for maintaining a healthy indoor environment.
What Can I Do?
Regular vacuuming of all the flooring in your home is the most effective way to remove soil. Vacuuming carpet can remove more than 2/3 of dry soil. Professional carpet cleaning removes the rest. How often you should vacuum depends on how many people use each room in your home. Vacuum each room 1 time per week for each person that regularly uses each room. As an example, a family of four where each child has their own room would want to vacuum the children’s bedrooms once per week. The master bedroom would be vacuumed twice per week. The common areas, like the living room, are vacuumed 4 times per week.
Professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months will maintain clean carpet. If you have children and pets in your home you may consider a professional carpet cleaning more frequently, every 6 to 9 months. More frequent carpet cleaning won’t hurt your carpet and will help to keep it looking good and your home healthy.
Remember, maintaining your flooring will help your floors last longer, look better and contribute to an overall healthy indoor environment. Waiting until your floors look really dirty can often lead to permanent irreversible damage.
Your professional carpet cleaning company can tailor a maintenance program to your needs. Healthy Clean Carpet & Tile Care offers free onsite inspections and estimates to let you know exactly what we can do for you and how much it will cost.
Following these simple guidelines will help your whole family breathe easier in your home.