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What Is In Your Carpet?

In today's blog post, we discuss what exactly is in your carpet. 

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study revealed that carpet acts as a filter in your home, trapping soils, gasses and pollutants such as pet and human dander, pollen, and even air pollution. That’s great news since just about every home in America has wall to wall carpet installed in one or more areas. Some people still believe the old misconception that carpet is bad for indoor air quality and causes health problems like allergies and asthma. However, studies indicate that properly maintained carpets actually improve indoor air quality. The key is having a maintenance routine.



Periodic professional cleaning is a major part of that maintenance routine, eliminating the contaminants that build up over time. Every household has it’s own unique combination of factors such as environment, number of occupants, children, pets, and smoking or non smoking, etc. So how often is enough? Fortunately, the EPA is there to help with some basic guidelines for a total carpet maintenance plan. Look at the chart below. You will see that various contributing factors are outlined, making it is easy to determine how often you may need to have your carpets cleaned.

“Wait a minute!” you may say. “It seems a little extreme to clean my carpet that often.”

But think about the source of these recommendations. The Environmental Protection Agency, was created to help assure the health and safety of living things in a variety of environments, including outdoors and inside homes and buildings. So these recommendations are based on cleaning for health, not simply appearance.

Carpet is designed to hide soil, so it can hold a lot of dirt before it begins to look “dirty.” Unseen contaminants build up in the carpet over time to the point where they may have a negative effect on the occupants of the structure, especially those with underdeveloped, sensitive or compromised immune systems. The key is to avoid letting the carpet get to the point where this happens.


Are we saying that if you don’t get all of your carpets cleaned according to this chart you and your family will get sick? Not necessarily. This chart is merely a guide. There are things that you can do to reduce the frequency of professional cleaning. Make sure that you vacuum often. The more the better. Be prompt about cleaning up spots and spills. Use doormats at all entrances. Don’t wear street shoes in the house. Also avoid going barefoot, because body oils get on the carpet and attract soils.


If you would like to set up a maintenance program specially tailored to your home, life-style and environment contact KleenRite today at (217) 351-4930.

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