Improving Health

Indoor Environmental Health

Many people spend greater than 90% of their time indoors. Scientific and medical advances have given rise to a greater awareness about indoor air quality contamination, how it negatively impacts health, and what measures can be taken to enhance indoor air quality.

Ever sit and watch dust floating through a ray of sun in your house? Dust is comprised of many things and represents just some of the many pollutants that fall to floors and build up in carpets, including dead skin cells, dust mites (and their plentiful excrement), mold, pollen, and all sorts of other organic and inorganic materials. Add to these “natural” contaminates those which are tracked in from the outside—things such as pesticides, insecticides, soil, oils, and solvents—and you end up having a real pollution trap in your home. Floors, and especially carpets, are traps for all of these contaminates.

Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, head of Allergic Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School, estimates that somewhere between 500,000 and a million hospital visits are made each year by patients allergic to bio-contaminants such as fungi, mites, and bacteria.

Vacuuming & Air Filters

Fortunately, your indoor air quality can be dramatically improved, and proper floor care is one of the leading things you can do. If properly maintained, you can enjoy your carpeted areas without the worry of an unnecessary build up of contaminates. Most importantly, floors should be vacuumed thoroughly and frequently. Over 90% of particulate matter can be extracted from the carpet through thorough and frequent vacuuming.

Keeping your furnace filter changed regularly with high quality filters and having a good HEPA air filter in your home are other steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality.

High-Quality Steam Cleaning

Most indoor health experts recommend for floors to receive a yearly deep cleaning through a professional and high-quality steam cleaning service—this is essential for extracting the contaminates from the carpet which can’t be removed by vacuuming alone, restoring the carpet fibers to a like-new condition.

"Carpeting and fabrics not cleaned and properly maintained have the potential to cause a variety of health problems inside the building environment." “Every time carpets and fabrics are emptied of their pollution buildup through professional cleaning methods, there is a health benefit. Cleaning processes that extract pollutants from the environment enhance the quality of the indoor environment by reducing exposure. Cleaning, especially through extraction, improves environmental conditions and health protection." – Dr. Michael Berry, Deputy Director of the Environmental Criteria and Assessment office of the EPA