Is Your Home Carpeting Making You Sick?


Summer is a season filled with loads of sunshine, fresh air, and endless outdoor family fun, such as cookouts, pool parties, and simply relaxing in your yard with neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, all of that hectic coming and going from the kids, pets, and guests can take a considerable toll on your home's cleanliness. You know that a clean environment is better for your health, and while you can't always control what is on the outside, you can ensure that the inside of your home is one of the healthiest environments possible.

Musty odors? Unexplained allergies? Carpet that stayed wet...a little too long? These may be the culprits for what's making you feel ill, and luckily, we have the tools to help at KleenRite. Even if your carpets appear clean, they can host bacteria, microbes, and other irritants. Don't fret. Call the professionals at KleenRite and start preparing for the cooler indoor months ahead with a deep carpet cleaning. Especially before autumn and indoor activities are back in full swing, take the time to protect your family by ensuring your carpet isn't making you sick.

The Environmental Protection Agency and its Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. Also, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 50 percent of all illnesses are caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air. Over 40 million Americans suffer from allergies due to home bio-pollution.

Below is a list of health issues that could be coming from or made worse by a dirty carpet.

Musty Odors

Condensation may be lurking deep within the pile of your carpet. You might not see it or feel it, but these tiny droplets of moisture can occur and trigger moldy smells and mustiness. During the heat of summer, hot moist air from outside enters your home every time you open a door or window, and the source of mold-triggering moisture during summer is the outdoor air itself. Now is the time to rid yourself of these unnecessary musty odors. Carpets that have been damp or wet for more than 24 hours should be removed or professionally cleaned and restored.

Respiratory Issues

Mold, pet hair, dust, and dirt can all get trapped in your carpets, and daily activities such as kids playing or house cleaning, like vacuuming, can dislodge these particles from deep in your carpet and spread them into the air. This movement of pollutants can cause respiratory issues such as coughing or difficulty breathing. Household members who suffer from asthma can feel these symptoms even more intensely, as they're more vulnerable to airborne contaminants.

Allergies

Buildup in your carpet can easily trigger an allergy attack or make your day-to-day life just a little more unpleasant. The same mold and dust mites that can inflame your lungs can also give you red eyes or a runny nose if you suffer from allergies. Basic cleaning measures alone aren't enough to ensure that your carpets aren't a host to pollutants and toxins. They may look harmless to the naked eye, but beneath the surface, carpets can contain hundreds of pathogens from dust mites and pet dander to mold spores and bacteria.

Skin Irritation

Itchy skin, rashes, athlete's foot, and eczema are all dirty carpet dangers that can be triggered or made worse by dust mites in an unclean carpet. Even a regular maintenance schedule from the most diligent home cleaners is insufficient to evade all of the tiny dust mites. Having your carpets cleaned professionally on a regular schedule will help protect sensitive skin and eliminate these uncomfortable irritants.

Weakened Immune System

Your body works hard to keep you healthy, and your immune system is constantly fighting off germs and pollutants. When you're spending considerable time in an unclean environment, your body works overtime to fight against the bacteria and toxins to keep you healthy. An extensive buildup of germs in your home's dirty carpets can make your family's immune systems work overtime.

Eliminating Summertime Grime

Whether your pets come inside covered in grit, mud, and debris after a downpour or your children track things in on their bare feet, time spent outdoors has likely taken a toll on your carpet. Taking the time to schedule deep carpet cleaning now can give you some peace of mind. Over time, dust, dirt, and grime can become compacted in your carpet's fibers. You'll know your home is a safe and comfortable space to enjoy long after the last days of summer are fond memories.

Get Well!

If any of these are happening in your home, it's time to call the professionals at KleenRite, and learn more about how our services can help your family wrap up a season of outdoor fun. Contact Kleenrite today for a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION estimate on any of your cleaning needs! Call Kleenrite at 217-351-4930 or schedule your service appointment online.


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