Do You Know Your Carpeting Can Have An Impact On You or a loved one’s Health?
Did you know your carpet could trap pollutants that can cause or aid bad health conditions? It’s true! The American Lung Association has said this on their site. They have had many different environmental health & health agencies confirm this. Your carpet can trap pollutants like pet dander, dust mites, particle pollution, lead, cockroach allergens, Pesticides, mold spores, dirt and dust. They have the capability of becoming airborne after toxic gases in the air stick to small particles which then settle into carpets that recirculated back in the air during renovations, vacuuming or even with normal everyday activity like walking across the carpet. Research shows that children are more likely to be exposed to all these pollutants and more because they spend time playing on the floor and placing their hands in their mouths leading to being sick or unhealthy. Large carpeted areas can prove to be very difficult to remove indoor air pollutants and allergens.
Some new carpets, carpet pads & adhesives used to install them, contain chemicals that could harm you or a loved one’s health. Chemicals & glues used to produce and install carpets could contain or been made with volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), which emit odors and pollutants. Carpets that have been recently installed (New) has been associated with wheezing and coughing in babies in their first year of life.
Here are some things that could help protect you & your loved one’s health!
No carpet or less carpeted areas. Chose rugs that can be removed and cleaned outside or chose hard-surfaced flooring. Since this could prove to be impossible for some to do than vacuuming at least three times a week with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can help reduce the amount of dirt, dust, pollutants & allergens that remain indoors. At the same time, vacuuming can disturb settled particles, causing more pollution to become airborne. Cleaner is better and having your carpets clean regularly could help ease and get rid of the some of the pollutants, dirt and dust that remain. Bathrooms, kitchens and entry ways should always be carpet free. They are more frequently damp, providing an excellent condition & environment for mold.
When buying new carpet, think of it as buying any other building product. Choose a carpet & request that it be unrolled & aired out in a well-ventilated area such as a dry clean warehouse for 72 hours before installation. When buying carpet, choose a carpet that releases fewer VOC emissions. It would be better to have carpet installed while that space is unoccupied. It is also best if you allow 72 hours of ventilation before inhabiting or occupying that space. Check and make sure the carpet can be removed later without the use of toxic chemicals.