How Professional Carpet Cleaning Can Improve Indoor Air Quality - Escarosa
Spring is here. That means it’s spring cleaning time for many of us. As you dust those corners and wash the curtains, though, don’t overlook one of the most critical elements of your home: your carpets. If you want a space that feels fresh, investing in professional carpet cleaning is critical.
Professional carpet cleaning offers many benefits. It makes your carpets look great and feel soft underfoot, to name one feature.
Carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning also removes allergens and improves the air quality in your home.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of professional carpet cleaning. We’ll also outline how it can remove things like allergies, dust mites, pet dander and odors, and more.
Let’s dive in.
What’s Living in Your Carpets?
While they look nice and add warmth and texture to our homes, carpets can be collectors of all kinds of dirt, dust, and odor.
The same dense fibers that make carpets feel soft underfoot provide a perfect home for all sorts of living organisms.
Here are just a few of the things that may live in your carpets:
Dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic arachnids. They’re common in textiles like carpets, where they live and feed on skin flakes shed by humans and animals. When dust mites are present, they can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms of dust mite allergies include coughing, sneezing, and new or worsening skin rashes.
Carpet beetles. Carpet beetles are tiny insects that feed on wool, silk, or cotton carpet fibers. If you have them in your home, they won’t stay in your carpet. Eventually, they’ll migrate to other household items made of similar materials, like furniture and clothing.
Mold and mildew spores. Carpets often harbor mold and mildew, especially in damp, humid environments like Florida. Mold and mildew are common fungi that can damage your home’s air quality and cause respiratory issues. Symptoms of mold exposure include coughing, sneezing, and wheezing.
Bacteria and germs. Carpets can also harbor germs, bacteria, and other microorganisms that enter your home from outside or via pet stains and food spills. Over time, these spills contribute to bad indoor air quality and declining health for the people who live in your home.
Because carpets harbor so many organisms, carpeted households have higher levels of allergens than non-carpeted homes.
While removing carpets can cut down on allergens, routine, professional carpet cleaning can also help remove irritants and create a healthier home.
How Does Professional Carpet Cleaning Improve Indoor Air Quality?
Now that you know what lives in your carpet, let’s discuss how carpet and upholstery cleaning gets rid of the yuck and makes your home feel healthy and clean:
Removal of Allergens
The first and most important benefit of professional carpet cleaning is allergen removal. Over time, carpets accumulate dirt, dust, and allergens, including pet dander, pollen, and dust mites.
When you walk on your carpet, these particles become airborne, leading to poor indoor air quality and potential respiratory symptoms.
Fortunately, professional carpet cleaning can change that. Because industrial carpet cleaning companies use high-powered equipment equipped with heat and steam, they can effectively remove contaminants from carpet fibers and reduce the number of airborne pollutants in your home.
Elimination of Mildew and Mold
Mold and mildew are some of the most problematic substances in any home.
They can also be difficult to prevent: mold will grow in damp, humid environments, and carpets are its ideal habitat.
When you hire a professional carpet cleaning company, they’ll bring steam cleaning equipment. This ultra-powerful equipment kills and removes mold and mildew spores from your carpets.
It also removes dirt and grime buildup to get rid of stains and restore carpets to like-new quality.
Nobody wants to live in a stinky home. Luckily, upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning are great ways to avoid that outcome.
While carpets can trap odors from sources like spills, food particles, and pet accidents, professional carpet cleaning provides the deep cleaning needed to remove these odors and eliminate their sources. The result is fresher, cleaner, better-smelling indoor air.
Removal of Pet Allergens
Carpets are hotspots for allergens from pests like dust mites and cockroaches. As you walk on your carpets, these irritants become airborne and destroy indoor air quality.
Fortunately, professional carpet cleaning reduces or eliminates these allergens, improving your indoor air quality and reducing the number of irritants in your home.
How Often Should You Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned?
We recommend having your carpets cleaned every 12 months in low-traffic homes or twice a year in high-traffic homes with kids, pets, or lots of people.
Cleaning your carpet improves its performance, makes it look and feel nicer, and extends its lifespan, meaning you’ll go longer between carpet replacements and enjoy a healthier home.
How Often Should You Have Upholstery Cleaned?
Like your carpets, we recommend cleaning your upholstery at least once a year. If you live in an active house with messy kids, pets, or guests, consider increasing that to twice a year.
You may also want to have your upholstery cleaned more frequently if you notice a musty smell, or if your upholstery has recently suffered a spill or accident.
Escarosa Cleaning and Restoration: Professional Carpet Cleaning and More for a Healthier, Happier Home
When it comes to your home’s air quality, don’t compromise. You also shouldn’t have to make do with dirty, dingy carpets that feel flat and gross underfoot.
Fortunately, you don’t have to.
Whether you’ve just gotten through the “puppy phase” with a new dog or you’re raising little kids who are active and into everything, we’re here to help.
Our powerful, industry-leading techniques will remove allergens, dirt, dust, mold, and mildew from carpets and textiles, freshening your home and improving its indoor air quality.
Ready to learn more about our team or how our services can help you enjoy a cleaner, fresher home? Contact us today!