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Does Steam Cleaning Carpets Help With Allergies?

a man with a carpet allergy

Allergies aren’t just seasonal occurrences. They can take place throughout the year due to irritants entering your home environment and subsequently your body. To protect yourself and your family members from allergies that can result in runny noses, coughing and sneezing, congestion, rashes and a whole lot more, you may need to remove the cause of concern in the first place.

If you’re wondering what this is, the answer is in having carpet allergies treatment done for your and your family’s health and wellbeing. If you aren’t sure what this entails, fear not. This article covers everything you need to know about allergies and cleaning your carpets the right way. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look.

Can a dirty carpet cause allergies?

The short answer to this question is “yes”, dirty carpets can cause allergic reactions. There are several reasons behind this. The first is that because carpets have fibres (of varying lengths), these fibres tend to trap dirt, grime and debris. This means you and your family members are walking on dirt no matter how clean you think your carpet is or how regularly you vacuum it.

The second reason is that in humid areas, mould tends to develop within carpets. Many people with dirty carpets and allergies suffer from asthma as a result of this. And the third reason entails a fact that you may be less than comfortable with. It’s because it involves dust mites. These get carried around from place to place and can easily be brought indoors by a family member or a pet. They then create colonies in the safe space of your carpets, which can exacerbate allergies.

In particular, the longer the carpet fibre and the shaggier it is, the higher the chances that you’ll develop allergies. One prime example of this is wool carpet allergies, which develop due to dirt that accumulates in wool carpets. They are known for having longer, thicker and fuller fibres and as such, trap in more dirt.

How to get rid of carpet allergies

Having covered the basics of the problem, let’s take a look at the solution and in particular how to remove allergens from carpet. Here, we have some good news and bad news for you. Let’s start with the bad news first: vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis won’t be able to get rid of the allergens in an effective way. Sure, you can vacuum every day but the chances of penetrating deep into the carpet fibres are slim. In addition, a standard vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a powerful enough suction nozzle nor can it raise temperatures so high as to kill dust mites.

However, steam carpet cleaning for allergies will. What does this involve? It’s a proven formula for success. Steam carpet cleaning for allergies involves using specialist carpet cleaning equipment that will moisten the entire carpet with some quantities of water while mixing this with a pet, eco and child-friendly detergent solution. This penetrates deep into the carpet fibres, ensuring that every affected area is thoroughly treated. If at this point you’re wondering about all the moisture and whether it has potential to result in mould and mildew, you’d be absolutely correct.

But with a hot water extraction method, most of the water combined with the detergents and the loosened up allergens, invaders and dirt are extracted with a high-suction powerful nozzle that ensures your carpet is practically dry after the treatment. Yes, you will have to wait a while for it to dry completely, but this is worth it especially since you know that the cause of your allergies will be removed.

There’s one more point we’d like to make here and that is about the hot water extraction method. Because hot water is used, at temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius (incidentally, the temperature that kills dust mites), your cause for concern will be much lower because not only dust mites but bacteria that can’t thrive in such heat will be eliminated.

Bottom line: Professional carpet cleaning can remove allergens from your carpet

At Perfect Carpet Cleaning, we offer professional and efficient carpet cleaning for allergy sufferers. We use a tried and tested method, expert equipment and the right detergents to ensure that your home is as allergen-free as possible. Stay healthy and enjoy the cleanliness of your home and carpets with our domestic and commercial carpet cleaning in Harrow, Enfield, Barnet and the surrounding areas in North London. If you have any questions or you’re looking for more information, feel free to reach out to us. Our friendly team is ready to help and be of service to you!

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