Do you suffer from allergies to dust mites, pet dander, mold or pollen? Did you know that your wall-to-wall carpet might be your worst enemy? Take our quiz and learn how you can beat those dusty carpets at their allergy-triggering game.
Carpet attracts allergens like dust mites, pet dander and mold spores that trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people.
Carpets in your home may harbor 100 times more allergens than hard floors such as parquet and vinyl flooring.
Though carpet companies defend their product, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America agrees that wall-to-wall carpeting aggravates allergies to airborne substances.
Infants and children are more adversely affected by allergens found in carpets, and they spend a lot of their time close to the ground.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that more than 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites.
The dust mite's waste is the actual allergen and it produces as much as 200 times its body weight in waste every day.
Dust mites like warm, humid environments such as mattresses and bedding.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, dogs and cats cause allergies in 15 to 30 percent of allergy-sensitive people.
Pet saliva and urine can trigger allergic reactions as can the dust, fleas and pollen trapped in pet hair.
A leak in your ceiling or a wet carpet can cause mold to develop. Mold spores then disperse through the air.
A tightly woven carpet with short fibers is least likely to harbor allergens and is easier to clean.
Vacuuming thoroughly once or twice a week is the best way to remove allergens from your carpet and rugs.
A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter removes over 99 percent of airborne particles from your carpet.
Steam or dry cleaning your carpets every six months can help keep your allergies at bay. Be sure it dries thoroughly to prevent mold.
The Carpet and Rug Institute of America offers its Seal of Approval to vacuum cleaners that demonstrate the ability to remove allergens, particles and contaminants from the air.