Can Regular Carpet Cleaning Boost Your Indoor Air Quality?

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.