Are Carpets Healthy?







    People (exhalation, body odors, diseases)
    Activities (work such as cleaning, using correction
    fluids, carbon less paper, pest control products, and
    personal activities such as wear fragrances and
    smoking)
    Technology (photocopiers and laser printers)
    Furnishings (furniture, draperies, floor coverings)
    Finishes (paint, varnish, vinyl wall coverings)
    Building materials (caulking compounds, adhesives,
    wood laminates)
    Outdoor air quality
    Inadequate or contaminated air handling units
    Inadequate cleaning practices


    Today, indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important environmental consideration. Because
    we spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors, we must do everything
    possible to improve the air we breathe. During the energy crisis of the '70s,
    Americans began to tightly close their workplace's and homes in order to conserve
    energy resources. Currently, many families have both parents working, with less
    cleaning time in the home. Ventilation and cleanliness play important parts in
    maintaining good air quality; although, the indoor environment is impacted by many
    factors.

    Among the factors that may impact the quality of the indoor air in your home is the air
    drawn from outside. Other factors may be tobacco smoke, radon, and cooking odors,
    as well as renovating and redecorating products, such as wallpaper, furniture and
    cabinetry, carpet, paints, varnishes, particle board, wood finishes, caulking, and
    adhesives. Interior products in the home have the potential to impact the indoor air
    because they emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. The quality of
    indoor air also involves cleaning materials, building materials, ducts transmitting heat
    and air conditioning, activities in the building, people, pets, and furnishings.

    One must look at the whole picture. Cleaning products used in the home, as well as
    interior furnishings, should be low VOC emitters, with emissions, sometimes
    improperly called off-gassing, that dissipate quickly. Scientific studies have
    demonstrated that new carpet is one of the lowest emitters of VOCs into the indoor
    environment and that these emissions dissipate very quickly. The low-level VOC
    emissions and the harmless odor from new carpet dissipate within the first 48 to 72
    hours after installation. Carpet has not posed any health problems for millions of
    satisfied customers. Carpet is made primarily of the same innocuous materials found
    in clothing and other everyday fabrics; i.e., polyester, nylon, and olefin fibers, latex
    (synthetic rubber), and polypropylene (olefin) fabric backing.

                            THIS IS NOT JUST OPINIONS THESE ARE FACTS!  2015
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Just like a filter on
your a/c, your
carpet needs to be
cleaned out to be
effective at
catching dust and
other particles. By
vacuuming
regularly and
cleaning at least
one time a year.