Can Carpet Cause Health Problems – (The Real Risks)

Well, carpets can be a home to dirt, dust, pollutants, pesticides, allergens, pet dander and above all pollutant gas particles in the room can hide into your room carpets. So, carpets may damage your health over a period of time.

Though carpet is an evergreen choice for covering floors of the house.

Interior designers have been suggesting carpet as floor furnishing choice for number of years.

But with time carpets have proven to cause health problems of various sorts to human body.

It is very important to know how carpets can turn into different allergy causing source.

But this does not mean that carpets are a bad option or they do not add value to your house.

This short article will explore about carpets causing health problems.

So let’s dive..

Are Carpets Dangerous To Health – The Real Truth

Carpets are made from different textile materials from natural like wool and cotton to synthetic fibers like polyester.

These textile materials are woven into different styles. These styles of carpets leave plenty of vacant minute areas for pollutants to get stored.

Many of us do not notice the tiny multicellular organisms called mold spores.

Mold are type of a  fungi that can cause tiny things to rot and cause health hazards.

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How Do You Know If Your Carpet is Making You Sick?

Carpets cause more damage to the health of people who already suffer from minor health problems.

There are very obvious signs that you are getting sick if your house is carpeted.

We are in a habit of just cleaning the surface of the carpet with vacuum cleaner only, but this is not enough.

You will notice over time that you surfer from different health problems if you spend most of your time daily on carpeted surfaces.

The following health problems are signs that your carpet is making you sick.

  • You are getting allergies of different sorts and they are not going away even with medication. This is an obvious sign that your carpet has plenty of pollutants  stored in it. If you have pets around in your house this can make it even worse for your allergies as carpets provide pet dander storage spaces. Mold, tiny pet hair and small bugs can be a constant cause of your allergies aggravation.
  • If you are having skin problems and allergies there might be a possibility that your carpet is a home to bacteria’s that can enter in your body through scratching and heel cracks. These bacteria’s can cause skin fungi problems along with athlete’s foot problems.
  •  The resporatory problems are generally caused by carpets as very tiny carpet hair can float in air and enter your body through breathing.

These three obvious health damage signs are enough to make you realize that your carpet needs regular cleaning and proper treatment to make it pollutant free.

How Often Should Carpet Be Cleaned?

Carpets  need to be cleaned and treated regularly depending upon many factors.

If you have pets, or open windows for fresh air regularly in a carpeted room, or the people mostly enter carpeted room with cleaning their shoes, or you eat on the carpet or spill liquids all these things require cleaning regularly.

Depending on the environmental conditions as mentioned above you should thoroughly clean your carpet after every 6 months.

This way all the dirt and dust along with other pollutants will not be able to make carpet their permanent home.

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What is The Best Way To Clean Your Carpet?

The best way to clean your carpet is through steam cleaning, this help remove dust and dirt along with other bacteria that are know to cause allergies.

Dry technique (through vacuum) of cleaning carpets once every day is good to remove pet hair, tiny bugs and mold spores.

List of Health Problems Caused By Carpets

  • Respiratory Problems
  • Skin and Eye Allergies
  • Weak Immune System
  • Pet Germs Exposure
  • Stomach Problems
  • Anguish Mental Problems
  • Exposure to Toxic Gases

These are a few health issues one can face with carpeted house. All the mentioned health issue can get worst if carpets in your home are not properly and regularly cleaned.

Final Thoughts

Carpets are a good way to furnish your home floors. They have been a regular choice for interior designers as they help boost the look of your house by adding value to it.

Carpet require care and cleaning treatments on regular bases.

There is no need to worry if you are in a habit of regularly cleaning your carpets.

All you have to be careful is about changes in your health conditions if you are spending considerable time in a carpeted room.

Carpets cleaning is a must thing to practice to avoid any major health issues.

Written by: Adil Masood Qazi.