Have you ever put much though into what types of contaminants are in your carpet? Your carpet collects and filters almost every spilled material, airborne contaminant, and tracked soiling that enters your home. Your carpet acts as a sink, as a matter of fact; carpet is designed to hide soiling. By the time a carpet "looks" dirty, it can have a great deal of contamination collected in it. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Professional carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.
Toxins can sometimes attach to these unwanted pollutants and also become trapped in your carpet. As you vacuum or even walk across the carpet, toxins and pollutants may be released and ultimately impacting you and your families ability to breathe. For individuals suffering from lung and breathing conditions, this may be potentially dangerous. Regular, professional carpet cleaning not only kills unwanted bacteria, but also removes even the most settled pollutants and toxins.
Dust mites and other microscopic critters may be infesting your home and you are not even aware. Although these creatures are not known to cause allergies directly, they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Due to their very small size, dust mites, their body fragments, and especially their feces can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed which can exacerbate allergies and also disturb breathing for the healthy. Steam cleaning exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can't survive.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have estimated that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies. These include both indoor and outdoor allergies that are caused by trees, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergen; and, cat, dog and rodent dander. If you live in an area with high humidity, professional carpet cleaning is highly recommended. During wet or humid weather, moisture may be absorbed deep into your carpets and if not vacuumed or dried adequately mold or mildew may appear. Regular carpet cleaning prevents the growth of these fungi which have been associated with a wide range of health risks.
In addition, according to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it's especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Set aside from vacuuming you will also benefit from professional steam cleaning. Carpet cleaning will not only improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet but the most valuable benefit from the process is improving you and your family's health!