Carpet & Health

Carpet & Health

Know the Facts

For allergy and asthma suffers, the critical issue is the amount of dust and allergens present in the air. In the past carpet has been unfairly singled out for its alleged association with dust and allergies.

However, those views are little more than urban myths.

A major study by the German Allergy and Asthma Society (DAAB) (ALLERGIE konkret 2/2005) found that wall-to-wall carpet reduces dust in the air by 50% of that found above hard flooring surfaces.

The researchers concluded that for particularly sensitive persons already suffering from previous damage to their airways, “the selection of a flooring material that binds dust and does not emit it to the air to be breathed is an essential preventative aspect”.

A properly maintained carpet traps dust particles, removing them from the breathing zone and, compared to hard surfaces, particles are retained within the carpet pile structure.

Citiation - Residential / Health & Environment