Today we are answering the eighth question in the 1o part series: Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Flooring.
Question: Is carpet a bad choice if I have allergies?
Answer: NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.
Things you should know:
- Carpet actually helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants when properly vacuumed and maintained.
- It’s what falls to the carpet – such as allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants – that tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate.
- Properly maintained carpet leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment because regular vacuuming with a Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval -certified vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.
- There is no scientific study linking the rise of allergy and asthma to the use of carpet. Indeed, several studies actually disprove any correlation.
- Carpet may even be helpful to people with asthma: http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/medline/record/MDLN.12170270
- A 2003 study of more than 4,600 school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. http://www.nature.com/jes/journal/v13/n3/full/7500266a.html
- Studies have compared the distribution of airborne dust associated with normal activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces. Findings show that walking on hard surfaces disturbed more particles. These particles became airborne and entered the breathing zone. In contrast, carpeted surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbed fewer particles. The result was less dust in the breathing zone over carpeted floors. http://www.carpet-health.org/pdf/AllergenPaper.pdf
Hope this information helps!