Carpets can wreak havoc on those folks who suffer from allergies. Seasonal impacts on your allergic reactions can be bad enough, but when you have triggers in your home all year round that can make getting through the day downright intolerable.
What such triggers could be located in your home, just waiting to make you sneeze, sniffle, and cough? The first place to look is the carpeting that’s been installed. But don’t look at it too close, as there is a cornucopia of dust, pollen, mold, and other various allergens that get inside your house and lodge themselves into the fibers of your carpet.
These can have devastating effects on your allergies and make you cough, give you runny eyes, and generally make you uncomfortable and miserable. So what’s the answer? Do you have to live with tile or hardwood in your home for the rest of your life? Luckily, there are options for those who are sensitive to the allergens that can get trapped in a carpet and they too can enjoy all the benefits of having floor coverings that won’t make them sick.
These days, most consumers look for stain resistant carpet to avoid the lasting impacts that spills, accidents, and pet wastes can have on the fibers. But the good news is that stain resistance can also offer allergen resistance as well since the same materials are typically used for the purposes of both.
Synthetic materials such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyester are the best options for allergy sufferers since those materials are excellent at preventing stains from setting and repelling allergens at the same time. The worst option is wool, as dust, pollen, and mold all prosper and develop in that material, making it a bad choice for avoiding allergic reactions.
When selecting a carpet, you should take a few things into account to ensure that it won’t be a breeding ground for the type of allergic triggers that can make your day insufferable. For starters, check the fibers and strands closely and choose a carpet with strands that are tightly woven together. This way, fewer particles and allergens can get into them.
Be sure to check the VOC level on all of your components as well. Those are the volatile organic compounds that can be discharged by the carpet itself, along with the padding and adhesive used to install the carpet. These compounds can be ground zero for aggravating respiratory issues, causing headaches, itchy skin, and sneezing and coughing.
Finally, the best and most effective precautionary measure you can take is routine maintenance of your carpet through regular vacuuming and having it professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year. ChemDry offers a wide array of services to help you eradicate any harmful irritants that might be caught in your carpet and keeps it looking as good as the day you bought it. Keeping your carpet clean will also help to preserve any warranty you may have received with the carpet when you had it installed.