According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “people spend 90% of their times indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” Carpet often absorb these pollutants.
This can become a real problem for people with respiratory issues or allergy problems – especially if it’s not properly addressed. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to prevent the potential for negative health effects.
The first line of defense should be to vacuum twice a week – more often in households with pets or small children. This task can remove dust, dander, and allergens. Vacuuming regularly will also help extend the life of your carpets.
The key here is to vacuum slowly and thoroughly using a HEPA-rated vacuum cleaner. Make sure you’re changing the bag when it’s half to two-thirds full. If you use a canister vacuum, empty it after each use.
As a rule of thumb, you should invest in professional carpet cleaning every twelve months. Semi-annual carpet cleaning is often recommended for homes with kids, pets, or immune suppressed family members.
The best carpet cleaning method is steam cleaning, Steam cleaning penetrates deep into the fibers to extract embedded dirt and grime. Most carpet manufacturers require this method to maintain warranties. DIY steam cleaning is not recommended and may void warranties.
Choosing the right carpet cleaning company is important. After all, you want an experienced carpet cleaner who will ensure your carpets are not only sanitized, but that most of the moisture and detergent is effectively extracted. This will keep your carpets cleaner for longer lengths of time.
Between professional carpet cleanings, use mats outside and in, enforce a “no shoes inside” rule, routinely change your air filters to reduce airborne particles, and clean spots and spills as soon as they happen. You may want to consider applying a quality protectant after each cleaning as well.
Carpet Cleaning Service AZ provides high-quality carpet cleaning services to residents throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Additional cleaning services include upholstery, tile and grout, and water extraction. We use specialized, truck-mounted equipment and non-toxic solutions. Contact us at (602) 633-2015 for a free quote.