Allergens


Greater Toronto Area Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning is somehow considered more of a luxury than a necessity, but cleaning your carpets has much more to do with your life than just how your floor looks. Not having your carpets cleaned regularly can actually cause health problems. The toughest problems (stains, damp etc…) can often be the ones most neglected, yet are often the most potentially harmful. Whether you can simply use water and a cloth, or need a professional commercial or residential carpet cleaning service like Everclean offers, there are many reasons (health-related and otherwise) to make sure you regularly clean your carpets.

Studies have conclusively found that damp carpets increased the incidences of asthma in an environment where people were constantly exposed to the carpet. Organisms known as volatile organic compounds and microbial growth were found able to flourish in an unclean, damp carpet, and the results were increased cases of bronchial asthma, one of the deepest forms of the disease.

Allergic reactions may be the most common health problem associated with biologic irritants and carpet. These reactions can range from mildly uncomfortable to life threatening, as in a severe asthma attack. Some common signs and symptoms are a runny nose and sneezing, coughing, wheezing and difficulty in breathing, headache, fatigue and watery eyes. Little information exists about the possible long-term health effects of exposure to these chemical and biological contaminants.

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Dirty carpets are well known to be a breeding ground for dust mites, in the same way that dirty hair is a breeding ground for lice. Dust mites feed off of the same fungi, bacteria, and human skin cells that naturally filter into a carpet and stay if the carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis. Studies have also shown that most people are allergic to dust mites, and as they die, their carcasses are inhaled by humans who come into contact with the dirty carpet. Inhalation of the dead bodies has been known to cause rashes, and eye and nose irritation.

Mould has not been proven to link to asthmatic attacks, but this does not mean that mould does not cause humans great discomfort if left unattended. Bacteria and allergens which live on the mould can build up on uncared-for carpeting, and when ingested, can cause allergies to surface via the respiratory system. Worse problems can arise if the body succumbs to the bacteria which live on the mould spores, which it is especially prone to do if already weakened by another disease. If you are experiencing cold-like symptoms more often than normal, it is most likely time to get your carpet cleaned.

The Canadian Lung Association states that people can have air quality problems in any kind of building, new or old. The good news is that you can do something right now to improve your home’s air quality.