What do you do about all those “Lurking Things”
Dr. Michael Berry, Deputy Director of the Environmental Criteria and Assessment office of the Environmental Protection Agency stated, “Based on what I have learned in recent months from researchers working in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, I have reached the conclusion that carpeting and fabrics not cleaned and properly maintained have the potential to cause a variety of health problems inside the building environment.” So what can you do about all these things that are lurking in your carpets? Visit our website.
- Insoluble particulate soiling
- Volatile organic compounds
- Combustion products
- Dust mites
- Epidermal waste
- Chemical contamination
- Food particles
- Migrated outdoor pollutants
- Grease and oil deposits
Big words, but what do they mean? Quite simply, if your carpet acts like a sink, then it filters and collects sources of soil, bacteria, allergens, and pollutants from the indoor environment. These contaminants are part of what makes your carpet “ugly-out.” This “collection” and “filtering” process allows carpet to trap contaminants within the carpet. Hard surface floors may allow these contaminants to continue to “roam” throughout the indoor environment. But like any filter, you carpet needs to be periodically cleaned out.
If these contaminants are in your house, they could be contributing to you and your family’s health and allergy problems. Bacteria, pollutants, and allergens trapped in your carpet can contribute to an unhealthy indoor environment. Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, head of Allergic Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School, estimates somewhere between 500,000 to 1,000,000 hospital visits are made each year by patients allergic to bio-contaminants (fungi, mites, cockroaches, bacteria).
WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT ALL THOSE “LURKING-THINGS”?
For one thing, periodic vacuuming. Vacuuming can remove a great deal of this soiling. But most vacuum bags allow small particles to pass through them. These released particles tend to build up over time and have the greatest potential to cause harm as they are inhaled deep into the lungs. Many other types of contamination simply cannot be removed by regular vacuuming. That is why it is absolutely essential that you have your carpets periodically cleaned professionally. Professional Carpet Cleaning utilizes the Hot Water Extraction method which makes a significant positive contribution to removing these contaminants. Recent tests performed by organizations such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Institute, and the Carpet and Rug Institute have demonstrated that professional cleaning can contribute to a reduction in indoor air pollutants.
Here’s what Dr. Berry of the EPA has stated: “Every time carpets and fabrics are emptied of their pollution buildup through professional cleaning methods, there is a health benefit. Cleaning processes that extract pollutants from the environment enhance the quality of the indoor environment by reducing exposure. Cleaning, especially through extraction, improves environmental conditions and health protection.”
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR CARPETS CLEANED?
How often you should have your carpets professionally cleaned depends on a number of circumstances. Du Pont, the world’ s largest manufacturer of fibers, recommends cleaning at least once every eighteen months. But other considerations may increase the frequency rate: smoking habits, number and ages of children, soiling conditions, humidity, temperature, condition of the outdoor environment, health status of occupants, allergy conditions, number and type of pets, and the types of activities being conducted are just a few.
Keeping your carpet looking new
Keeping your carpet looking new means taking time to do the little things like cleaning up spills and stains and vacuuming. But it’s also important to do a deeper carpet cleaning once in a while, using steam cleaning to pull out or break down stains. If your carpet hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in the last year, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner that uses a high-power steam cleaning machine. We use this method of cleaning at The Carpet Cleaning Co.
Do it yourself or call a Professional
Some homeowners may choose to clean their own carpets and upholstery with either a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner, home steam carpet cleaners or other portable carpet cleaning units. These options, however, may not have the power necessary to remove deeply embedded soil, dust, spots, and pet odors, and they may lack proper water extraction. Furthermore, portable units that use water may not achieve the temperature needed to properly succeed in carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning. The best alternative is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company with an accomplished team of professional carpet cleaners that uses truck-mounted equipment and hot water extraction to remove the deep down dirt.