Carpets are magnets for dirt, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens. Vacuuming helps remove surface-level particles, but it doesn’t deep clean.
Can carpet cleaning cause allergies? Some studies show the carpet cleaning process can temporarily release allergens into the air and make symptoms worse for allergy and asthma sufferers.
However, professional carpet cleaning provides a thorough scrubbing to remove deeply embedded allergens.
Let's take a closer look at carpet cleaning and its correlation to allergies.
There are several methods of deep cleaning carpets:
This hot water extraction method sprays a detergent solution deep into the carpet fibers. A powerful vacuum extracts the dirty solution, dirt, and allergens back out. Steam cleaning provides the deepest clean.
Absorbent bonnets or pads are soaked in a cleaning solution and then buffed over the carpet. Friction transfers dirt to the pad. This method only cleans the surface.
A powder containing detergents and spongy materials is worked into the carpet and then vacuumed up after sitting. The powder absorbs dirt without moisture.
Carpets are scrubbed with a detergent solution, allowed to dry, then vacuumed. Shampooing cleans well but doesn’t extract embedded dirt. Can you be allergic to carpet cleaner? Depending on the ingredients in the shampoo, yes, you absolutely can be. It's always wise to make sure nothing in the formulation bothers you before spreading it all over your rugs.
While carpet cleaning removes vast amounts of dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens, the process may also temporarily stir some of these particles back up into the air.
Steam cleaning and dry cleaning seem to produce the most airborne allergens during the cleaning process.
With steam cleaning, the hot water, detergent, and agitation can aerosolize allergens from the carpet fibers into the air. The powders used in dry cleaning can also get dispersed through the air during cleaning.
Shampooing and bonnet cleaning involve less vigorous scrubbing and don’t use water or powder cleaners, so they are less likely to kick up allergens during the process.
Why do I feel sick after cleaning my carpet? If carpet cleaning tends to worsen your allergies, there are some things you can do to minimize the release of airborne particles:
While carpet cleaning may temporarily stir up some allergens, keep in mind that it does provide long-term allergy relief by thoroughly removing dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and other particles embedded deep in carpets.
Regular professional carpet cleaning can provide these benefits for allergy sufferers:
So even if carpet cleaning initially aggravates your allergies, the long-term reduction of allergens in your home is worth the trade-off.
Professional carpet cleaners have industrial-strength equipment that deep cleans better than rental units. Their powerful truck-mounted steam cleaners heat water to very high temperatures to sanitize carpets and extract more allergens.
If renting equipment to DIY, choose a high-powered steam cleaning unit designed to remove allergens. Use a pet-specific cleaning solution. Make multiple passes over high-traffic areas to thoroughly scrub. And vacuum well after cleaning.
No matter which method you choose, regular and thorough carpet cleaning is key for lowering allergen exposure and minimizing allergy symptoms over the long haul.
Here are some other carpet cleaning tips to minimize allergens:
Along with regular carpet cleaning, allergy sufferers can further reduce allergens with these steps:
If all else fails, visiting an allergist can provide immense relief for ongoing allergy symptoms. Allergists are specially trained to identify exactly which allergens may be causing your symptoms through comprehensive allergy testing. Once the culprit allergens are pinpointed, allergists can provide specific immunotherapy treatments like allergy shots or sublingual drops to desensitize your immune system over time.
Allergy specialists can also help determine if symptoms are being caused by allergies in the first place or if sinus issues, asthma, or other conditions are to blame. Having an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan from an allergy specialist can get to the bottom of chronic allergy problems and provide long-term symptom relief.
While professional carpet cleaning may temporarily stir up some allergens into the air, the long-term benefits of deep cleaning for allergy relief are significant. The thorough scrubbing and powerful extraction help remove vast amounts of allergen particles embedded deep in carpets that vacuuming cannot reach. Just be sure to take precautions during and after cleaning to minimize your exposure to any airborne allergens. Combining regular professional carpet cleaning with other methods to reduce allergens at home can provide long-term relief of allergy and asthma symptoms.
About Middletown Carpet Cleaners by AmeriBest
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