Carpet cleaning: Tips for helping your child's asthma

When you have a child who suffers from asthma, you probably work hard to prevent attacks...

When you have a child who suffers from asthma, you probably work hard to prevent attacks by keeping your home clean and free of dust. You might even clean your carpets using one of those industrial carpet cleaners you can rent from the supermarket. However, if your child still has trouble with asthma, even after you clean your carpets yourself, you might consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning company in the Atlanta area. Professionals can use specialized equipment that can help to greatly reduce allergens and other triggers in your home.

Carpet Cleaning Tips for Asthma

Certain solutions and equipment can help make your carpets less prone to harboring allergens and asthma-inducing agents in your home. These include

  • CRI Seal of approval: Look for a carpet cleaning company that only uses solvents and cleaning solutions that have a CRI Green Label Seal of Approval. Products with this seal will deep-clean your carpets using more natural ingredients that can help to greatly improve the interior air quality in your home.
  • Clean more frequently: If you normally have your carpets cleaned every few years, try bumping it up to once a year if you have a child with asthma in the house. More frequent cleanings mean less of a likelihood that allergens and asthma triggers, such as dust mites, will breed in your carpeting.
  • Avoid over-saturation: The more water that sits on your carpeting, the higher the chances are that asthma-aggravating mold and mildew will start to grow. You can avoid over-saturating your carpeting by having it steam cleaned instead of using carpet cleaners that saturate. Steam carpet cleaning uses very hot steam to deep clean the floor, while machines that use a spray and suction method often leave behind a lot of excess water.

Still not enough?

Although cleaning your carpets will reduce some of the asthma triggers out there, like dust, mold and mites, sometimes the carpeting itself can release gasses that can aggravate an asthmatic condition. These gasses, called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, may never fully dissipate in your home. If your child still struggles with asthma, even when you have your carpets cleaned regularly, consider replacing the synthetic carpeting with a natural carpeting made from wool or other non-gaseous material. You might also consider replacing the carpeting altogether with a different type of flooring, like bamboo or wood.

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