Can Regular Carpet Cleaning Boost Your Indoor Air Quality?

Yes it can!

The fibers in your carpets act like little sponges, grabbing dust and dirt out of the air and trapping those particles. If not properly steam cleaned on a regular basis, those particles can build up and worsen respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies. If you own a home with seniors or small children living in it, or those suffering from  the above respiratory illnesses, it’s even more important to get your carpets cleaned regularly.

We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, where concentrations of many pollutants can be two to five times more than outdoor concentrations, according to the EPA. There are many reasons for this, from energy-efficient building construction in recent years to increased use of synthetic furnishings, personal care products, building materials, pesticides, and household cleaners.

Indoor air pollutants can include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Radon
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Pesticides
  • Ozone
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Bacteria

You can’t expect regular vacuuming to remove all of these particles. Carpet fibers run deep, and to get the dirt and debris trapped there, you must apply a combination of heat and water to kill and remove anything that’s hiding in your carpet. You also need consistent suction. These three things together make steam cleaning at high temperatures the most effective choice.

The rooms in your home can become unpleasant and stuffy with carpets that are clogged with dirt and dust. When you have your carpets cleaned regularly to remove allergens and harmful particles, you improve the air flow of the room, as well as the quality of that air.

Simple house dust can include skin particles, dirt and pet dander, making an ideal feeding ground for dust mites within your upholstery and carpet. In high foot traffic areas, house dust and dust mites are stirred up every time you walk past, infiltrating the air you breathe. Even tasks such as changing the sheets on your bed or moving curtains aside can trigger the introduction of more dust and mites into the air. Carpet cleaning services allow you to control the dust mites and allergens that your carpets harbor and release into the air.

What Else Can You Do to Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Besides cleaning your carpets, rugs and upholstery regularly, there are other steps you can take to make sure the air you breathe is the healthiest it can be.

  • Change Filters Often: Air filters pull dirt and contaminants from the air but they do get clogged over time and need changing. On a regular basis, check and change filters for your AC system, vacuum cleaners, kitchen vents, and clothes dryers.
  • Check Air Ducts: Air ducts distribute hot and cold air throughout the home, but if you neglect them and don’t have them cleaned regularly, they could be distributing contaminants throughout the house.
  • Turn on Vents When Cooking: Several indoor air pollutants originate in the kitchen, so always switch on the vents over your stove or open a window for more ventilation when cooking.
  • Control Humidity: Too much moisture leads to mold and mildew growth that can worsen respiratory issues. Put dehumidifiers in your basement to keep up consistent humidity levels.
  • Add Plants: Indoor plants freshen the air, acting as nature’s air filters. Plants like ferns and lilies draw contaminants out of the atmosphere, improving your home’s air quality.

Contact 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services

To book your carpet cleaning and duct cleaning appointment, and improve the air quality in your Michigan home, contact us at (248) 491-3088.

I could not be happier with our cleaning service from 1st Class! From my first call, Ginny worked with me to optimize the timing of our cleaning with other work being done, and all communication from there was clear and thorough. Claude and Ginny are genuinely nice people and were a pleasure to work with during the cleaning. They clearly know their stuff and stand behind their work. Results were my formerly bedraggled 9 year old carpets looking brand new and a company I will definitely use again and recommend to others.
Sarah C.
This Company did a fantastic job on our 30+ year old carpet that just won't wear out! While we were moving furniture back afterward, I noticed a strip in a traffic area that didn't look quite right. When I contacted them, they were back out within a few hours and promptly took care of the issue!
Sue G.
Awesome company, my furniture looks amazing. They were clean and professional. Also, on time and went right to work!
michele G.
I saw their google reviews and called them for carpet cleaning. Very professional and the best carpet cleaners I have ever had and very reasonable prices. 😊😊😊
Sneha P.
Very professional, polite, the carpets looked and smelled wonderful!
Christine L.
I called him on Saturday to clean my couch and my chair and they came out on Sunday and did an awesome job. I will be using this company again
Tina S.
This company is amazing! I highly recommend them! They were on time and super friendly and did an amazing job! Great experience!
Grace S.
Team just left moments ago after carpet cleaning. House looks much better already. They got out stuck on stains. Highly recommend them. After using others, they are now our go to carpet cleaning crew.
J. A.
Are use this company for air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. The team was extremely professional and courteous and informed me of any concerns with my events. I was very happy with the quality of the service and the duration.
Heather S.
1st Class is exceptional. Extremely responsive, courteous, thorough and on time. Definitely recommend! THANK YOU!
Lindsay G.
Wow 1st class is their name for a reason. I had the vent cleaning, carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services done today. They did such a thorough job in 2.5 hours for a 2500 sqft house, very nice owners (husband/wife) team that show up and WORK. Very satisfied.
Caitlin S.
Hung up the phone and they were at our front door in minutes. Toilet leaking all over wet carpet.
Chris J.
My 2 dogs got skunked last night. We cleaned up everything we could ourselves but our main rug i couldnt get the smell out. I called 1st class and HANDS DOWN the FASTEST SERVICE IVE EVER GOTTEN. Lucky for me they live down the road and were here at my house 15 mins later. Totally professional, got rid of the smell and so understanding and helpful.Im passing there information on to all my neighbors and friends because you dont get service like they provide anywhere else!!!Thanks again for everything!!!!
Kyle O.
Would recommend this company. On time and courteous. Excellent job on my carpet which was extremely dirty looks great now.
Dorothy M.
They were fabulous! They were early and got some nasty stuff out. Thank you so much.
Laura Y.
We have a carpet that was the best quality at the time, but is 30 years old. It had so many stains, I was sure they were permanent. The owners showed up with state of the art equipment and 'steam' cleaned, not hot water clean, and got almost every stain and mark out of this old carpet. It honestly looks like new. The only stain remaining was because it was actual wood stain and you have to replace the carpet with that much damage. The steam allows you to walk on the carpet in 6 hours instead of the usual 24. We are selling this house and the carpet was the only sore spot, but not anymore. I will recommend this company to family and friends with a clear conscience.
Tom T.