Could Your Carpets be Making You & Your Family Sick?

Have you or someone in your immediate family been suffering from unusual ailments, such as asthma, skin conditions or allergies, that are all but unexplained? It may be worth considering that it may be your carpet that is the root cause of these health issues.

Sure, carpets look great, keeping you warm and tying a room together, from a decorative point of view. But they can also harbour some real nasty surprises if not taken care of correctly. However, there are some things you can do to make sure your carpets will not cause illnesses, or will alleviate existing problems that may be ongoing.


Check for Mold:

One of the first, and most important things you can do when it comes to your carpets, is checking for the presence of mold. Your sense of smell is a wonderful tool to use here, as carpets that smell musty or unpleasant can be indicative of mold growing in the carpet. Visually, you can also check to see for discoloration (both in the piles, and in the carpets backing underneath, if you can access it). If you suspect or discover mold growth in your carpets, you should seek professional assistance immediately.

Purchase a HEPA Filtered Vacuum Cleaner:

Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are by far the most effective machines out there for lifting dirt & debris from your carpets. And if you have pets that move across carpeted areas in your home, these kinds of vacuums will help get a more effective clean, lifting more of that fur. It is recommended that you vacuum using your HEPA filtered machine at least twice a week. A good rule of thumb is, you cannot vacuum a carpet too much!

Consider Installing A Doormat:

Relatively inexpensive, doormats can be of great assistance when it comes to trying to minimise the amount of dirt being introduced to your carpets. Having one immediately inside your front door can drastically cut down on the amount of dirt and grime that would otherwise be introduced to your nice clean carpets!

Clean Up Spills As Soon As You Can:

If you notice that something has spilled onto your carpet’s surface, you should immediately make efforts to clean, dab or mop up that spill. Delaying here means that whatever has spilled has greater opportunity to sink deep into your carpets, which can ruin the entire carpet long term, and is promotive to mold growth.

Call In Professional Assistance:

Sometimes, nothing else will do except to call in the professionals. If you suspect at all, for even the slimmest reason that your carpets could be causing illnesses in your home, then do not delay in seeking professional advice. We have seen every scenario in our long years in the business, so we are best positioned to advise you on what you need to do. You cannot quantify your families health, and you shouldn’t have to. Having clean carpets ensure that you never will need to!

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