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Survey looks at IAQ and carpeting

May 4, 2012

MUKILTEO, WA — A survey of carpet cleaning technicians, cleaning professionals and facility managers finds that the majority, 43 percent, believes carpeting improves or can help protect indoor air quality (IAQ), according to a press release.

More than half (55 percent) of the respondents said that they have "researched information on how carpets may or may not impact IAQ," while the rest indicated they had not done any research on the subject, the release stated.

According to the release, 59 percent indicated they already have "adequate information" as to the impact, pro or con, carpets may have on IAQ.

"It is fairly well documented that carpets, because they act like a filter and absorb dust and other impurities, actually help protect IAQ," said Mark Baxter, an engineer with U.S. Products.

"But, we also know they do this most effectively if they are properly maintained and kept clean, which usually requires the use of hot water carpet extractors," Baxter added.

Click here to read the complete release.