According to the American Lung Association, carpet can act as a “sink” for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi. This means that whenever you interact with you carpet by walking or otherwise having contact with it, you can disturb these contaminants and cause them to re-enter the air where they can be inhaled.
The best solution for this problem is regularly scheduled cleaning with an environmentally-safe tool that removes the contaminants from your carpet without aerating them. A water-filtering vacuum is a perfect way to accomplish this.
Carpets can hold a massive amount of junk sifted down between the fibers and even into the padding beneath the carpet.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency there are many potential contaminants in a home, including pet dander and hair, dust mites, secondhand smoke, mold, and pesticides. Many of these contaminants can play a role in allergies. Because carpet can collect these and other contaminants, regular cleaning of carpets is critical in reducing the impact of allergies.
These same contaminants can also exist in the workplace, further compounding problems. Because it is particularly important to remove these contaminants without causing them to be disturbed and blown back into the air where they can settle on other surfaces or be breathed in, it’s a good idea to clean your carpet with a water-filtered vacuum cleaner or even bring in a commercial steam cleaning company.
Did you know that you could have a serious potential problem for your electronics devices hidden in your home or office? One that’s hiding in one of the most common places, your carpet?
A common road de-icing chemical, magnesium chloride, has been cited in articles by the USDA, Electric Co-Op Today, and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association as a cause of electrical arcing on electrical systems and wiring failures.
Worse yet, you could be inadvertently making the problem worse by trying to clean.
To learn more read our article on Carpet In The North.
Did you know that the de-icing chemical Potassium Acetate, used by many state highway departments, can cause gastrointestinal problems? Other symptoms may include increased urination and hyperkalemia. The MI Dept of Environmental Quality has cited this chemical in a report.
To read more, visit our article on Carpet In The North.
What is the Life Span of Polyester Carpet vs Nylon Carpet?
When replacing carpet you need to determine how long you want it to last then you can pick which material best fits your needs. If you are updating your home to sell it you don’t want to spend a lot, you just want it to look good so it sells. On the other hand if you are remodeling your home and don’t plan on selling it anytime soon then you want your carpet to last a long time. Typically polyester carpet lasts 5 to 7 years and nylon carpet lasts 15 to 20 years.
Of course you can make your carpet last longer by removing shoes at the doorway, regularly vacuuming and cleaning it.
If you have been planning to have new carpet laid in your home make sure you check with the store or installer before making plans to take time off work. We just checked with Home depot and they are 3 weeks out to schedule carpet installation.