Can Carpet and Allergies Exist in Harmony?
It’s on every list of recommendations for allergy sufferers. “Carpeting traps allergens! Just say no to carpeting!” Does having allergies really mean you have to say goodbye to soft, cozy carpet? As experts in carpet installation for Frisco homes, Peek‘s is happy to say that there are carpeting options for allergy sufferers. All you need is a good cleaning routine and a little help from the latest carpeting technology.
The yarn that gives carpeting its irresistible softness is the very reason many doctors recommend allergy sufferers reject it. Carpeting yarn forms a forest that can trap allergy-causing dirt, dust, pollen and pet dander. When you walk across the carpeting later, the allergens are stirred back into the air and into your nose.
Taller pile tends to trap and release more allergens, so one great option for allergy-friendly carpeting is low pile. Think berber and cut and loop. They’re less plush than other carpeting, but they clean easily, are durable and are wonderfully stain-resistant.
Don’t lose heart if you want a plusher carpet. There are still options available. The latest dirt-repellent materials and special treatments make even high pile carpeting release trapped allergens with ease when you run your vacuum cleaner.
Triexta, also known as SmartStrand, is one of the most popular options for allergy sufferers. A plant-based carpeting, the fibers are so smooth that they’re naturally stain resistant and dirt repellent. Wool, whose natural fibers have microscopic “scaling” on the surface, is also naturally dirt-repellent. Before you schedule carpet installation for your Frisco home, ask a flooring specialist which dirt-repellent option suits your budget and lifestyle best.
Go with a Routine
A cleaning routine, that is. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner with a built-in HEPA filter. HEPA filters remove 99% of allergens from the air they process and prevent any allergens you suck up from getting back out. Vacuum at least once a week, including things like rugs and stairs. Routine vacuuming prevents allergens from accumulating in your carpeting and keeps it looking great, too.
Changing your habits can also help reduce the allergen build up in your carpeting. Make a “no shoes in the house” rule. Shoes track in allergens and grind them deep into your carpet fibers. Setting up a bench and shoe rack just inside the door will encourage the new rule. Keeping the windows shut during the peek of allergy season will minimize the allergens that blowing in from outside.
Also keep in mind:
- Clean your rooms from the top down. Dust high surfaces first, work your way down to your baseboards, then run your vacuum. That way, none of the dust you knock down will linger on your carpet.
- Use the right vacuum settings for your carpet’s pile height. The wrong settings will prevent your vacuum from cleaning effectively. It also damages your carpeting.
- Vacuum slowly. If you go too fast, you won’t pick up as much dirt.
- Remember to change your vacuum’s built-in filters regularly.
Get Carpeting Cleaning
Annual carpet cleaning, especially steam extraction, is an excellent compliment to your regular vacuuming routine. The water and specialized shampoos flushes allergens from deep within carpet fibers and padding. Steam cleaning even gets hot enough to kill allergen triggers like dust mites and molds.
To ensure your cleaning service knows how to give you a thorough clean, choose a service that also specializes in carpet installation in the Frisco area. Flooring specialists understand how to care for different types and brands of carpeting. At Peek‘s, we also include special treatments like pet odor busters at no extra cost.
Get Better Air Quality
Indoor air quality is a concern whether you have carpeting or not, but allergens circulating in your air can end up trapped in your carpet. Choose high quality furnace filters that are rated for allergy sufferers to improve your whole-home air quality. If you have a family member with particularly bad allergies, consider putting a HEPA-grade air filter in their bedroom.
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can also have an impact on indoor air quality. VOC sensitivities often go hand-in-hand with concerns like allergies and asthma. Talk to your carpeting installer about low VOC carpet and padding. Don’t worry about limiting your options. Most of today’s top carpeting brands offer a range of low VOC options and boast commitments to environmental stewardship.
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Allergies are rarely the only consideration on your plate when you go floor shopping. Pets, kids, high traffic areas, moisture concerns and design demands all need to be met. At Peek‘s, we understand. The carpeting pros at our showroom will talk you through your options and help you make a choice you’ll love. Visit us today and see our allergy-friendly carpeting choices for yourself.