Can Dirty Carpet Cause Health Problems for People and Pets?
One of the main questions I get from homeowners is Can dirty carpet cause health problems? The answer is yes!
It’s true that a dirty carpet can harbor all sorts of pollutants that could affect the health and well-being of any person or animal.
One way to help combat this potential air-quality problem is to vacuum frequently with a good quality and well maintained machine that has a HEPA filter.
It’s important to not stir up dust and contaminants when you vacuum. It would be wise to have sensitive people and animals out of the area and open a window or two to air out the room for a few minutes when you are done.
Speaking of Air Filters
When was the last time you replaced the air filter in your heating system and air conditioning unit? They are inexpensive and it only takes a minute to replace them.
There are also companies that specialize in cleaning your air ducts and ventilation system. This might be something to look into if indoor air quality is important to you.
4 Questions About Carpet Cleaning
- Can Dirty Carpet Affect Allergies or Asthma?
- How to find an Honest and Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company?
- How Do I Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams and Costly Mistakes?
- What to do about Pet Damage; Carpet Stains and Carpet Repairs?
The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned properly.
You might want to consider having your carpet professionally cleaned on a regular and ongoing basis. It can lower the cost if you have your carpet cleaned before it gets too dirty.
For example, imagine not cleaning your stove top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be to clean it?
If your stove top was just dirty from cooking last night’s meal then it might take just a few quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get the surface clean again.
But if you had not cleaned it for a week or more, then can you imagine how long it could take to clean it and how much more difficult the task would be? The same goes for your dirty carpet.
If you haven’t had your carpet cleaned in a long time, no matter who you call… it’s going to take some extra time & effort to do a thorough cleaning. This means it will likely cost you more to get the job done right!
Having your carpet cleaned an a regular basis can not only help reduce the cost, but it may also help you, your family and your pets live, breathe and play in a much healthier environment.
Learn more: Carpet Cleaning Cost and Pricing
Do You Have Allergies, Asthma or Other Respiratory Issues?
Should You Have Your Carpet Cleaned More Often?
Any carpet pile can harbor plenty of dirt, dust and debris. Even the most powerful vacuums can’t remove everything embedded deep in your carpet pile.
Can Bad Air Quality Cause Respiratory Problems?
I am not a doctor but having your carpet cleaned at least every other year is probably a good idea.
However, if you have a large family, you should have your carpet cleaned more often. Especially if you or anyone in your family has any respiratory issues like asthma, COPD or allergies.
Cleaning your carpet once every 18 months, or even once a year, may help reduce the potential for respiratory symptoms, or problems caused from exposure to air-borne pollutants.
Using a vacuum with a HEPA Filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) may also a good idea. Check out my Carpet Vacuum Cleaner page. Learn more: Best Vacuums for Carpet
Learn more about Carpet cleaning fees, costs and pricing
Read the full story about what all homeowners need to know about Carpet Cleaning Costs
- How to locate an honest and reputable Carpet Cleaning Company and extra charges and fees for carpet cleaning.
- Carpet repairs, restoration and common Carpet Cleaning mistakes.
Q. Can Dirty Carpet Cause Health Problems?
The one main resource I turn to when it comes to learning about new carpet and air quality, is the Carpet and Rug Institute.
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