Keep in mind that although
carpet can be a haven for allergens, unless you have not cleaned
it regularly it is not usually the cause of your allergic
reactions. Your carpet actually acts much like a filter trapping
the allergens in the floor keeping them out of your breathable air
and allowing you to reduce them by cleaning the carpet regularly.
In fact, it is rare for a person to be allergic to carpet as
carpet is usually made from the same sort of fabric types as your
clothing. (Of course if you know that you get a horrible rash from
that wool sweater you got from Aunt Irene last Christmas; make
sure you talk to your carpeting specialist to avoid inadvertently
buying a wool or wool-blend carpet.) There are individuals who are
allergic to certain types of carpet or the fumes that are released
from new carpet but they are a small percentage. The majority of
people will have no trouble with the carpet in their home as long
as it is well maintained.
Below is a short list of some of the
most common household allergens that may be in your and carpet.
For the most part, these allergens will always be present in your
but you can reduce their impact on you by learning more about
Dust mites are the single largest allergy. Mites are
too small to see but live in particles of dust and eat both the
dust and human skin that has been shed. It would be impossible to
completely rid your of home dust mites but there are ways to
significantly reduce their numbers and their effect on you.
Pet dander is the little flakes of skin and hair that
your pet sheds during the normal course of his lifetime. Pet
dander, like dust mites, are very small particles that are
attracted to the fibers of your carpet. If you have no carpet, pet
dander could pose a more significant allergy problem as walking on
the wood or tile will kick the dander up into the air to be
word "pollen" comes from a Latin word that means
"fine flour" or "dust". Pollen is a very fine,
powdery, yellowish grain that fertilizes flowering plants.
Allergenic pollen is usually generated by plants that are
pollinated by the wind carrying pollen from one plant to another.
Because pollen is carried in the air, it is generally a part of
your home's atmosphere, although it will be worse during certain
times of year. As with pet dander and dust mites, there is no real
way to eliminate pollen from your home, but there are ways to
significantly reduce the amount to which you are exposed.