Benefits of Carpet Cleaning

Most people spend about 90% of their time indoors (between work, home and traveling in a vehicle) and for the first time in history it may be safer to be out in the wilderness (even with all the wild animals) than in our own homes.

The obvious benefits of carpet cleaning are the overall appearance and longevity of your textiles. But there’s more to it than that. There is another far more important benefit of carpet cleaning and keeping your upholstery clean: Your Health! Government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. House of Representatives are calling indoor air pollution our #1 environmental problem affecting Americans today.

Indoor air gets polluted as dust and dirt enter our homes, offices and cars and get trapped in the carpet, furniture, walls, and ceilings. Doctors advise that dust is the last medium to human infection. (Germs and dust mites get around by attaching themselves to the particles of dust.) Indoor air quality degrades by easily detectable pollutants such as smoke, mildew and mold. Other pollutants like gases, certain chemicals, bacteria and pollen are harder to detect but they are definitely there.

Did you know the average home collects 40 pounds of dust a year?

Dust serves as a feeding and breeding ground to 15 species of dust mites. Eighty percent of the dust in our homes is shed skin cells. The dust mites feed on the dead skin cells which in turn creates dust mite fecal matter. These almost invisible critters crawl around in beds, pillows, furniture, carpet, etc. and live for about 45 days. Allergies affect nearly 20% of the population. Unlike pollen-induced allergies, which are seasonal, dust allergies are present year round. Today’s home with airtight windows, central heating, wall to wall carpeting and textile furnishings, combined with inadequate ventilation, provides an ideal environment for house dust mites.

FACT: 90% of colds are caught from indoor air.

Homes, offices and vehicles are sealed up tight and very little fresh air circulates through them. The newer the building, the tighter it’s sealed up. As people clean they get rid of some of the pollutants but over time they keep accumulating. We are advised that only 10% of colds are caught outdoors and 90% from being indoors! Nature has a way of destroying germs outside but indoors we keep them trapped in.

How serious is this, really?

I know many people think they can ignore all of this because “it’s really no big deal.” Or is it? Indoor air pollution has been found in many cases to be far worse than that outdoors. The EPA has found many contaminant levels 100 times higher indoors than the air right outside the same home! Medically speaking nine breathing problems are the most common from indoor air pollution. Of these, headaches, burning eyes, aching throats, sinus congestion and loss of energy are symptoms often mistaken for common colds or viruses. For some mysterious reason though, these symptoms clear up when the person leaves the building. Many people wonder why they may feel fine (even though naturally tired) when they go to bed only to awaken to a runny nose, scratchy throat or itchy eyes. They also wonder how come it seems so hard to get going in the morning even though they got 8 or more hours of sleep. Could it be their body spent the whole night fighting off irritants? According to the EPA, it is crucial to try to improve the indoor air quality of homes or offices.

How can you improve your indoor air quality?

House dust mites, pollens, animal dander and other allergy/cold causing agents can be greatly reduced with regular, professional cleaning of your carpets, upholstery, tile and mattresses. The high temperature of the water that Embassy cleans with disinfects and sanitizes the areas as well as the suction of our machines having the capacity to remove the germ and fecal encrusted dust that is in your home or office.

Other ways to keep your indoor air healthier is to clean: stuffed animals, pillows, dryer vents, air filters, air ducts, furnace filters, your drapes, window coverings, walls and ceilings. Dust and pollutants accumulate on all of these surfaces although a greater percentage does seem to collect on your upholstery, tile floors and in your carpets. Another key is to keep your vacuum maintained and to use it regularly! Be sure to change and/or clean your vacuum filters frequently. You should be vacuuming once per week for every person that resides in your home. (Four people, vacuum four times a week.) Also, be sure to open up doors and windows occasionally to allow an exchange of indoor and outdoor air along with using kitchen fans when cooking.

Added benefits of carpet cleaning: You can have a healthier home and work environment with a little bit of effort. Call Embassy Carpet Cleaners today for a deep clean to keep your home, business and vehicle a healthy, sanitary and comfortable environment for you to enjoy.