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Colorfast Carpet Care

July 29, 2011

Carpet comprises roughly 70 percent of all floor coverings in the United States — a figure sometimes higher when specific to commercial buildings.

So, unless you are content with only running at 30 percent capacity, carpet care is something about which you will want to know more.

Depending on the space and the amount of traffic, carpet can be a better, healthier alternative to hard surface flooring.

However, failure to frequently vacuum and periodically deep clean carpet can have adverse affects in terms of both appearance and building occupant wellbeing.

To help dispel some myths and educate the masses about carpet selection and its subsequent care, the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) teamed up to deliver a questionnaire to more than 100 professionals from various market segments.

Just The Facts, Ma’am

After all of the responses were tabulated and evaluated, some interesting developments were unearthed in the Cleaning Industry Survey on Flooring, Cleaning, Asthma and Allergies.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents say that clean carpet sometimes contributes to allergies and asthma.

Conversely, 40 percent replied that clean carpet never contributes to allergies and asthma.

This dichotomy is intriguing because carpet, while aesthetically pleasing if not soiled or worn-out, functions as a giant air filter, trapping soils and other would-be airborne particulates until they are removed through vacuuming.

The notion of carpet as an air filter is not agreed upon by the 58 percent of respondents who claim that carpets release more dust into the air than hard floors.

Something nearly all survey respondents agreed upon — 96 percent selected either “always” or “sometimes” — is the concept that the quality and frequency of cleaning determines how likely carpet is to contribute or not contribute to asthma and allergies.

It is interesting that, regardless of their opinions pertaining to carpet collecting or releasing dust relative to that of hard floors, almost everyone who participated in the survey is in accordance that keeping carpet clean is key to keeping it healthy.

The idea of a clean caret being a healthy carpet is explored in further detail here.

Whether you have been caring for carpet for several years or you are looking to add such service to your repertoire, I hope you find some useful nuggets of knowledge in the 2011 CM/Spotlight: Carpet Care.


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