We don’t often associate what we put on our floors with what enters our lungs. However, area rugs have a surprisingly positive effect on air quality. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, to fall to the floor. A carpet will trap these particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air.
So, what does this mean for you? If you have asthma or allergies, you may want to invest in a quality carpet. Though this goes against common practice, studies have shown that properly cleaned carpets can reduce even the most severe allergy and asthma symptoms. Carpet, then, is the best flooring choice for those dealing with these issues.
Similarly, clean and dry carpets inhibit the growth of mold, which is likely a large concern for homeowners and those suffering from allergies. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes. Regular cleaning is necessary to maintain this level of cleanliness, but it is well-worth the effort.
To that end, a dirty carpet does not help anybody. If a carpet goes uncleaned for years at a time, it may catalyze symptoms in people with asthma and allergies. Bring your carpet to a professional cleaner at least once each year to ensure cleanliness. We recommend doing this during spring cleaning season—just as allergies hit (and carpet cleaners advertise sales!).