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HFI release 5.24

May 24, 2011
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The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
Release Results of Cleaning Industry Survey on Flooring, Cleaning, Asthma and Allergies
Promoting Discussion of Asthma, Allergies, and the Role of Carpet Selection and Care

Boise ID - The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) have released the Cleaning Industry Survey on Flooring, Cleaning, Asthma and Allergies completed by more than 100 cleaning industry respondents from a variety of market segments in May 2011.
Survey prompts and results were as follows:

• As it relates to asthma and allergies, carpets are healthier than hard floors because they trap dust and prevent it from becoming airborne:
Always -10%
Sometimes - 47%
Never- 43%
Omitted - 0%

• As it relates to asthma and allergies, hard floors are healthier than carpets because they are easier to keep clean:
Always - 38%
Sometimes - 51%
Never - 10%
Omitted - 1%

• Clean carpet contributes to allergies and asthma:
Always - 0%
Sometimes - 59%
Never - 40%
Omitted - 1%

• Carpet is a dust collector:
Always - 63%
Sometimes - 36%
Never - 1%
Omitted - 0%

• Carpet is a dust releaser:
Always - 20%
Sometimes - 65%
Never - 15%
Omitted - 0%

• Carpets release more dust into the air than hard floors:
Always - 18%
Sometimes - 58%
Never - 23%
Omitted - 1%

• Hard floors release more dust into the air than carpets:
Always - 27%
Sometimes - 52%
Never - 19%
Omitted - 3%

• The type of carpet is an important factor in its ability to be cleaned:
Always - 69%
Sometimes - 28%
Never - 3%
Omitted - 1%

• The type of carpet is an important factor in its impact on asthma and allergies:
Always - 48%
Sometimes - 46%
Never - 6%
Omitted - 0%

• Quality and frequency of cleaning determine how likely carpet is to contribute or not contribute to asthma and allergies:
Always - 72%
Sometimes - 24%
Never - 4%
Omitted - 0%
“It is noteworthy that the largest number (72%) of those surveyed believes that keeping carpet clean is key to keeping it healthy,” says Allen Rathey, President of HFI.
A graphic summary of survey results can be downloaded here: Cleaning Industry Survey on Flooring, Cleaning, Asthma and Allergies.
Persons completing the survey had an opportunity to win a backpack vacuum donated by ProTeam, Inc. The winner of the ProTeam Vacuum was Janice Stewart of Castle Keepers, Inc., N. Charleston, SC 29406.

The Healthy Carpet Workgroup (HFI) - consisting of more than 50 survey volunteers - will discuss “Asthma and Allergies: The Role of Carpet Selection and Care” beginning in June 2011 with results and recommendations to be shared at ISSA InterClean North America in 2011.

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