Allergies: Nothing to sneeze at.

This is directly from the Carpet-Rug institute, the information source for all things carpet.

Myth No. 1: Carpet aggravates asthma and allergies.

The weight of evidence does not support a link between carpet and asthma and allergy symptoms, even though some health care providers believe there is an association. In fact, clean, dry, well-maintained carpet actually improves indoor air quality. CRI Article.

One of the best ways to disprove myths is through science-based facts. A primary mission of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is to educate different audiences about carpet’s positive role with respect to indoor air quality. Here are some ways to educate the carpet buyer.

CRI has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety commission to evaluate carpets role in the indoor environment. They test carpet for Volatile Organic Chemicals (V.O.C’s). Over 90% of all carpets manufactured pass California’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) standards for indoor air quality.

Plus carpet captures dust and dirt for you to vacuum up later with your HEPA approved vacuum. I will have more on these in another blog post.

Myth No. 2: is tied into No. 1. Carpet can’t be cleaned and maintained (thus causing allergies and asthma).

Through proper maintenance and cleaning with Seal of Approval (SOA) cleaning solutions and vacuums, a carpeted home provides a clean and healthy environment, as well as a cozy atmosphere! Care and Cleaning Tips.

Myth No. 3: Carpet is not environmentally friendly.

As consumers become more interested in environmental sustainability, green building practices are becoming more important as a lasting trend. Schools, health care facilities, businesses and public facilities recognize the benefits of building green. Governmental entities are even passing laws to mandate future green construction of public and private buildings.

More allergies next time.