The effect of rugs on reducing indoor air pollution
In addition to aesthetic aspects of rugs, they act as air filters (air purifier) and trap bacteria, allergens, dirt for the purpose of preventing these harmful elements from circulating to other areas. Your rug the same as an air filter, which needs to be replaced on a scheduled basis, must be cleaned maximum every two years. If you have one or more pets, you need to get your rug cleaned much more often. This is because 75% of home rugs contain dust mites, pet hair, urine, pollen grains and bacteria. These unhealthy particles sit on top of the foundation and cannot be removed by surface-level cleaning. To restore rugs to their original beauty, you need to get them deep cleaned by professionals.
Rugs and indoor pollutants
Almost 75% of people don’t remove their shoes when they walk on a rug. When you stroll through your front door in your shoes, you’re likely dragging in mud, dirt or animal waste. Sidewalks and lawns can be littered with paint flecks, lead dust, animal waste, fertilizers, and–all of which sticks to your shoes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 80% of our exposure to pesticides happens indoors, thanks to tracked-in contaminants.
According to American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68% of American Households (about 85 millions) own a pet. Rugs trap pets’ hair and prevent them from escaping back into the air. While regular vacuuming is a must, pet hair can get embedded into the rugs fibers. Generally speaking, it’s totally normal and healthy for most cats and dogs to shed esp. in the spring when they prepare for warmer temps. The more you walk on your pet hair covered rug, the thinner hairs become embedded, which makes them harder for the vacuum to suck up. Moreover, dogs produce dander which can lead to allergic reactions in humans upon ingestion or inhaling. Dander is a type of dead skin(flakes) wastes. Dogs have other traces such as saliva, urine, feces as well. These traces of protein can even be found in abundance in your house as it can spread through air medium. Your rug sucks up all these pollutants and doesn’t let them spreading through the air.
If you live in a neighborhood surrounded by pollens, you should pay more attention to your rug health status. Pollen and other pollutants can come in on the bottoms of shoes and through open windows. The good news is that rugs attract pollens to different degrees. Therefore, they prevent the microscopic irritants from spreading through the air. But remember that just like HVAC, your rugs need to be cleaned periodically. It is estimated that 50% of illnesses are caused or exacerbated by indoor pollution. Therefore, you’re advised to get your rugs professionally cleaned maximum every two years. Allergy associations, such as the American Lung Association and the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA), suggest avoiding all types of wall-to-wall carpeting in favor of washable throw rugs.
How often should you get your rugs cleaned?
Since rug is a main component of your living space, it’s important to maintain its pristine appearance. Moreover, you want your rug to be free of dust mites, pet hair, odors, urine, pollens and bacteria for a more hygienic home. Rug fibers act as a filter and consequently collect much of the allergens and dust that flow in the air. By passing time, these allergy-inducing particles can build up in the rug fibers. If you let them accumulate, these particles will become airborne. Only through periodic cleaning can get rid of these allergens to restore a healthy indoor environment. Needless to say, if you share your home with pets, regular cleanings are significantly more important. And if you allow shoes to be worn indoors, you’d better know that shoes track in dirt as well as bring in small particles of grit. Keep in mind that if this dirt and grit is not removed periodically, it will eventually lead to permanent wear patterns on your rug.