In the UK there are around 5.4 million sufferers of asthma, which means those who live with this disease live in one in five households. Asthma can be triggered by a number of things including cold air, gas, exercise and pet hair. Unfortunately there is no cure, but it is a manageable condition and if we do our best to deal with the causes most people with asthma are able to live normal lives.
Allergens in the home
Some of the leading causes of asthma are dust mites and pollen, the kind of stuff that can be hard to spot with the naked eye. These triggers are often hidden in plain sight in our own homes. Those with hard floors have probably noticed that, as quickly as within a few days, small pockets of dust can gather. For those with carpets, however, this is less obvious, but that doesn’t mean there is any less dust in the room. In fact, often there is more, which is bad news for asthma sufferers.
The hidden nasties in your home
The twisted fibres of a carpet or rug provide the perfect surface for this dust and dirt to cling to. It can quickly become trodden into the carpet fibres and become very hard to spot, but remember it’s going to gather just as quickly as with a hard floor, which means if your carpet hasn’t been cleaned for a while there could be a whole lot in there. Up to a point, this can be helpful, since carpets can trap allergens that would otherwise be drifting around in the air of a home, Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect to hire a professional carpet cleaner regularly, meaning that over time this trapped dust builds up to unpleasant and sometimes hazardous levels.
Keep your children’s lungs healthy
Those who have young children in particular should be mindful to avoid letting this build up too much. Children’s lungs and respiratory systems can be easily affected by dust, even if they haven’t been diagnosed with asthma. Young children tend to spend a lot of time on the floor, so it’s important to make sure they’re not breathing in a load of dusty air whilst they’re down there. Dust mites are one of the leading causes of respiratory disease.
Reduce dust by 75%
A professional carpet clean has been proven to reduce the amount of allergy causing dust in a carpet by over 75%. This is enough to make a huge improvement to the home environment of anyone with breathing difficulties. Whilst regular hoovering and sweeping will ensure a carpet stays healthy for longer in between professional cleans, professional equipment offers a much more powerful solution, reaching deeper into the pile of the carpet and properly eliminating dust mites and bacteria.
With summer comes pollen, so there’s never been a better time to deal with the allergens in your home. If you’re overdue a professional carpet clean then why not give us a call and experience the difference it can make.