If you’re an allergy sufferer, have asthma, or have family members with these conditions, you have probably been advised to get rid of the carpet in your home. Carpet traps allergens and it was thought that these allergens would worsen allergy and asthma symptoms. It turns out that what we’ve been told may actually be the opposite of what is good for you.
Indoor Air Pollution
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants were two-to-five times greater than outdoor pollutants. Considering that Canadians spend about 90% of their time indoors, this can lead to serious exposure to pollution!
Carpeting Traps Airborne Allergens
A 2005 study done by the German Allergy and Asthma Society found that, contrary to popular belief, bare floors actually increase exposure to fine particulate matter that can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms. The use of wall-to-wall carpeting actually reduced the exposure. The prevailing theory that carpeting holds allergens such as dust and dander is actually a good thing.
Bare floors don’t trap dust, dander, and other particulates and they are free to move around through the air. When the air is stirred by a breeze, people walking through the room, or a gust from an air vent, all of allergens get blown into the air where they are breathed in. Carpeting, on the other hand, traps allergens and does not release them into the air. The air quality in carpeted areas is actually better than in areas with bare floors.
The Sauerhoff Study
Another study, performed in 2008 by Dr. Mitchell W. Sauerhoff, Ph.D. DABT, concluded “based on the available science, carpet does not cause asthma or allergies and does not increase the incidence or severity of asthma or allergies symptoms. In fact, with respect to asthma and allergies, multiple studies have reported fewer allergy and asthma symptoms associated with carpet.”
Proper Maintenance is Key
Of course, you can’t just let your carpeting do all the hard work for you. In addition to regularly changing your home’s air filters and cleaning your upholstered furniture, proper carpet maintenance such as vacuuming and regular professional carpet cleaning, is key to removing trapped allergens.
Always Heed Your Physician’s Counsel
While studies have shown that carpeting can actually reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, it’s always the best to work with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for you and your family.
To find out more about professional carpet cleaning services, upholstery cleaning, and other related services, call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today.
With so many flooring options available to folks looking to upgrade their living space, it can be a challenge to decide what to actually put on your floor. If you are considering replacing your carpet with wood or tile, or are considering other flooring options, maybe it’s time to reconsider carpet.
Here are seven great reasons to consider carpeting for your home.
1. Comfort. If you think you’ll be spending any time on your floor, carpeting is a great choice. Hard surfaces, like wood or tile, are just that – hard. Because tile and wood flooring are inflexible, every time you walk across them your body is getting impacted. Carpeting is a great option for families with little ones who are learning to crawl or walk, too.
2. Warmth. Winter in Toronto gets cold. Keeping your home warm through long, cold winter months is easier when you have the insulating benefits of carpet. According to a study by the Georgia Technology School of Textile Engineering, carpeting provides a higher insulation factor1.
3. Quiet. Have you ever noticed how loud it can be in rooms with hard floors? That’s because hard surfaces, like tile and wood floors, can’t absorb sound so it bounces around. Carpet is naturally more absorbent and makes the space it’s in much quieter.
4. Safety. You already know that carpet is more absorbent, but it can make rooms safer than tile or other hard surfaces. Carpets can provide a soft landing for little ones who are more accident prone, but it can also prevent accidents from happening on places like stairs. Carefully chosen stair carpeting can prevent slips and falls – especially in homes with folks who may have mobility issues.
5. Health. If you have allergies or asthma, you have probably been told to get rid of all the carpeting in your home. A 2005 study done by the German Allergy and Asthma society found that rooms with bare floors, “the risk of more airborne fine particles rises, while the use of wall-to-wall carpeting minimizes the risk.2” It’s actually the fact that carpet holds allergens that gives carpet the advantage. Just make sure to have a professional Toronto carpet cleaning company come in to professionally clean your carpets at least twice a year – if not more frequently.
6. Style. Carpet can truly transform a room. With so many options and styles to choose from, you can change the entire look and feel of a room just with the addition of carpet.
7. Cost. Generally speaking, carpet costs less than hard surfaces like tile or hardwood. Some tile types and hardwood require special cleaning products, which can be costly over the long run. Carpet is usually less expensive to maintain – as long as you take care of it.
Want more information about maintaining the carpet in your home? Call Dr. Carpet today 647.800.5199
Has your carpet gone from flat to wrinkled? It may be time to have it re-stretched.
If your carpet is wrinkled or lose, you may think that you need to have it replaced entirely. That’s not necessarily the case. Most often, wrinkles, buckling, and lose carpet can be repaired fairly easily by giving it a “facelift”. Carpet re-stretching will remove the wrinkles and buckling from your carpet and give it a fresh new look.
Just like most other things in your home, carpets have a lifespan. On average a carpet can last fifteen years or so, as long as you take care of it. There are several culprits that can cause your carpet to buckle and wrinkle.
The padding may be low quality – or the wrong kind.
If your carpet installer tried to save some money on installation and didn’t check the manufacturer’s specifications for padding, or used a low quality underpad, it may be why your carpet is wrinkling.
The installation was not done correctly
The most common cause of carpet wrinkling is simply improper or insufficient stretching when your carpet was initially installed. The process of making carpets has changed over the years and carpets are stiffer now. If your carpet installer used only a knee kicker instead of a pole or power stretcher, your carpet probably wasn’t stretched to the manufacturer’s specifications. This is why it is imperative to hire a professional carpet installer who stays up-to-date on the latest changes in his or her industry.
Delamination is what happens when your carpet separates from its backing. You should check your warranty and make a claim, because delamination may be the result of a manufacturing issue. But delamination can also be the result of humidity or other moisture build-up from flooding or vapour rising up from holes in the concrete slab that your carpet is on.
Too much water
Over wetting, which is usually the result of improperly applied carpet cleaning techniques, but can also be the result of flooding or other moisture build-up, can cause your carpet to wrinkle and buckle.
Two more factors to consider are humidity and temperature. If your carpet was installed during a particularly humid day, that may be a contributing factor to your carpet wrinkling. If your carpet installer did not let the carpet acclimate to the environment prior to installing it, that may be part of the buckling problem. Homes or rooms that reach high temperatures (above 85-degrees Fahrenheit) for extended periods of time can also cause your carpet to warp.
Carpet restretching can extend the life of your carpet and give your home a “fresh carpet” feel. For more information about carpet repairs, carpet restretching, or to get your free quote, please call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199. We specialize in all kinds of carpet repairs for loose, buckling, frayed, torn, stained, and water damaged carpets in the Greater Toronto Area.