Allergies and Rug Cleaning

Professional Rug Cleaning Helps Keeps Allergens Away

Rugs and carpeting can pose considerable health risks if they are not professionally cleaned regularly. A rug acts much like a filter for your home and can hold an entire universe of fungi, irritants, and microbes that can make you ill.

Although you may not be able to see them with the naked eye these irritants are there and can cause respiratory problems, skin infections, and allergies.
Rugs and carpeting can be a hotbed for microscopic organisms such as dust mites, mold, and other allergens that quickly multiply feeding off dust, human skin cells, and pet hair. When you walk on a rug or carpet, these irritants are kicked into the air in an instance and then inhaled, causing breathing issues. This can cause health problems including coughing and cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, to adverse allergic reactions and asthma attacks. In fact, studies have shown that compounds traced to rugs and carpeting have been identified as one of the main causes of asthma.

In addition, mold can rapidly grow in a damp climate and that includes in your rugs and carpeting. This can produce hazardous toxins that turn the in-house air unhealthy. Also, prolonged exposure to mold toxins can result in adverse conditions especially those that are allergic to mold spores.

When your rugs aren’t regularly cleaned, your family may experience skin redness, swelling, or itchiness, mainly due to the irritants living and non-living in the rug. Allergies are not always associated with respiratory problems. They can also show up as itchy rashes that are triggered by dust and dirt in a rug that has not been properly cleaned.

If you already have allergies a rug that is not regularly or thoroughly cleaned by a professional like ServiceMaster, it can make your allergies worse. People with pre-existing allergies will experience uncomfortable allergic attacks the moment they are exposed to the allergens released into the air by walking on the rug.

To maintain a healthy environment in your home, it is paramount to keep the rugs soil- and allergen-free. To do that you’ll need to have your rugs professionally cleaned. ServiceMaster specializes in rug and carpeting cleaning. Call us today if you have any questions about suspected allergens or mold growth in your rugs or carpets.