Carpets are beneficial for your home, mostly because they offer warmth, comfort and style. They’re also great if you have children, as their soft surface can soften the blow if your kids fall and hit the ground while playing.
However, if someone at home is prone to allergies, having carpets can be a problem. Allergies can be caused by many things, including dust, mites, pollen, mold, dander and any other microscopic organism. Even the cleanest rugs can function as traps for these allergens, which is a huge inconvenience for asthmatics and those with similar allergies.
Therefore it’s important to know what type of carpets to have in order to minimise the number of allergy-causing elements in your home. Here are some tips that can help you in choosing the right carpet:
The best texture
The best carpets to prevent trapped particles are those made with a short pile and tight weave. The less furry or shaggy the carpet is, the better it is for your health. One example of this is the twist carpet, which is crafted from a very tight weave such as a loop weave. The shorter the hairs on the carpet, the less places allergens can hide and grow.
The best materials
Synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester, or a blend of these are the best at repelling mold, dust, pollen and mildew as they have nothing organic for these organisms to feed on, so they dry out and eventually die off. Try and avoid carpets made of natural fabrics like wool, which can function as a food source for various microorganisms and molds. In addition, nylon appears to be the best hypoallergenic carpet material and can repel allergens easily, as compared to other materials.
Carpets in the home of an asthma patient or allergy sufferer would require increased care and vigorous cleaning. Carpets should be vacuumed at least once of twice a week, preferably using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to ensure that the allergens don’t escape into the air again. Carpets should also be cleaned professionally once a year, preferably with hot water extraction, which works best to remove any microscopic particles.
Choose Low VOC Carpets
Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are found in everyday objects, but they can be harmful to your health and trigger respiratory issues. Some carpets have glues and paddings that have a high VOC content, so always buy carpets from respectable brands where you can ensure that the materials are low in VOCs, either through the carpet label or by contacting the carpet producers.
Having carpets in your home, even with an allergic person around, doesn’t have to be a burden. Just make sure you minimise the chances of allergens building up. One way you can do that is to have your carpets cleaned professionally on a regular basis. Our experienced carpet cleaners are always on hand to assist and provide you a cleaner, healthier home.
written by Michelle Chee