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Is Carpet Bad for Allergies and Asthma?

Should I buy carpet if I have asthma and allergies?

Yes, buying carpet will actually help with your indoor air quality, and therefor will help with your allergies and asthma.  There is one big caveat, however.  Or, two caveats, dont let me forget the second one (pad).  First, you have to actually clean your carpets on a regular basis. We'll cover both in detail.

Cleaning: 

When the carpet arrives at our store, we open it and let it air out.  In most cases we make each room's cut in our warehouse on a machine.  This ensures that the majority of manufacturing odors and other concerns are released outside of your home.  When your carpet is installed, its free of most of the triggers you are worried about.  This is where our job is done and yours begins.

Think of it this way:  Lets say you have a dog that is naturally hypoallergenic.  If that dog takes a roll into a bunch of grasses and weeds, then comes into your house, that dog is no longer hypoallergenic, it's a host.  You have to clean the dog and extract all of those allergens.  Its the same with carpet, you have to help it help you.  This is then broken down into two things to consider:

  1. Purchasing the correct construction
  2. Using an approved hepa-filtered vacuum
Think Carpet Construction First

A healthy home environment starts with picking a carpet that is EASY TO CLEAN.  Choose a flat surfaced DENSE textured carpet.   It has a surface area that keeps soil, dander, and allergens on top of the carpet and it is easier for vacuum cleaners to extract the bad stuff.

Your Vacuum Cleaner is just as Important as your Carpet

Those triggers that you are worried about are inevitable.  They will get into your house and settle onto your floors.  Accept it as fact - then deal with it.  Manufacturers all recommend vacuum cleaners that are appropriate for your carpet, but speak with us or another professional about which vacuum cleaner will easily extract and contain those triggers.

Carpet, Pad and Chemical Sensitivities

Carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among househld furnishings and building materials. As a Shaw Flooring Gallery, all of our carpets meet the industry's highest VOC standard, the Carpet & Rug Institute's Green Label Plus program.  The biggest offender, however, will be your carpet pad, so choose wisely.

Very easily forgotten, however, Pad is an extremely crucial component to your carpet and to your health.  We wont get into the nasty side of the pad industry, just take our advise:  You want a pad made from virgin memory foam.  If you can pick a pad made with these healthier ingredients, you'll help reduce VOC's and mitigate chemical sensitivies.  We offer the St. Jude Collection of carpet pad that offers several healthy alternatives to the standard rebond carpet pad.

We take your health very seriously, and we make sure we do our best to offer healthy and safe flooring products.  We also spend time during the selection process to make sure you are comfortable with the products and how they need to be cared for. 

 

carpet and allergies

Simple Facts

Carpets lock in allergens, dirt, dander, and other triggers and keep them from becoming airborne.

Science Stuff

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A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet and allergy and asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. In 2003, a study of school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just two of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.